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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 15th January, 1932, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Twelve More Houses to be Built
Town’s Meeting to Consider Agricultural Show

The monthly meeting of the Rushden Urban District Council was held at the Council Buildings, Rushden, on Wednesday evening, when although the business was concluded in twenty-five minutes, several interesting items were discussed.

The Council agreed to apply for sanction for a loan of £4,475 for the erection of 12 non-parlour type houses by Mr. Robert Marriott, at a cost of £4,407.

It was also agreed to call a town’s meeting in connection with the County Agricultural Show, which is to be held at Rushden in May, to be held at the conclusion of the February meeting of the Council.

The damage to trees in the Wellingborough-road area was also discussed.

The members present were Messrs. L. Perkins, J.P., M.B.E., B.Sc., (in the chair), J. Roe (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, T. F. B. Newberry, C. Claridge, F. Green, J. Allen, W. E. Capon, C. W. Horrell, C.A., L. Tysoe, T. Swindall, A. Wilmott, G. W. Coles, J.P., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. T. Richardson, D. G. Greenfield, M.D., with the Clerk, Mr. G. S. Mason, the Surveyor, Mr. J. W. Lloyd, and the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. F. S. F. Piper.

An apology for absence was received from Mr. A. Allebone, C.C.

Agricultural Show

Arising out of the minutes of the last Council meeting the Clerk said there was nothing on the agenda concerning the Agricultural Show, which in accordance with the Society’s acceptance of the Council’s invitation, was to be held at Rushden in May. It was time to hold a town’s meeting.

The chairman said this was the usual practice and it was for the Council to decide whether to hold a meeting or wait until their February meeting before making a decision.

Mr. Hornsby: Will there be time after the next Council meeting?

The Clerk: We have to appoint committees to carry out the work. It is a question of whether we should hold the meeting this month or early in February.

Mr. Claridge: I think we had the meeting fairly early last time and we may as well on this occasion.

Mr. Horrell: Could we hold it after the next Council meeting. We generally get through the business by about 7.30. I do not think our commitments are quite so large as before.

The Clerk: Could we have the meeting on the Monday following the Water Board meeting?

The chairman: If we choose that day it will perhaps be suitable.

In reply to a question the chairman said it was proposed to hold the meeting in the Council Chamber.

Mr. Hornsby: We want the interests of the town represented, but it seems as if there will be time then to make the necessary arrangements.

Mr. Horrell moved that a town’s meeting be held after the next Council meeting.

Mr. Hornsby seconded.

The motion was carried and it was agreed to call the meeting for 7.45 p.m.

Hall Vermin

The Parks Committee reported that their attention had been called to the prevalence of certain vermin in the Hall grounds, which were becoming destructive, and they recommended the Council that an effort be made to exterminate such pests. With this end in view, the Surveyor had been instructed to provide the caretaker with the necessary equipment for the purpose. – This was approved.

Hall Bandstand?

The Committee further reported that they had again considered the question of the provision of a bandstand in the Hall grounds, and owing to the national emergency they recommended the Council that further consideration be adjourned sine die.

Presenting the report of the Committee, Mr. Spencer said perhaps the most important item was the postponement of the erection of the bandstand. The Committee had considered the matter but felt that, for the time being, the matter would be best adjourned. – The Council agreed to this course.

Rushden Hall

Referring to the opening to the public from December 23rd last to January 2nd, of the room at Rushden Hall next to the conservatory, as reported by the Hall Committee, Mr. Spencer said that at the request of the old people who met there they had continued to leave the room open. It was frequently used and Mr. Pettitt had no objection.

The Chairman: I take it the sub-committee feel they have the power to allow the Hall to be open.

Mr. Spencer said the Committee had taken it upon themselves but he did not think the Council would object.

Spencer Park

On the recommendation of the Parks Committee the surveyor was instructed to inspect Spencer Park and to carry out a process of levelling and rolling where he considered it necessary.

Plans Approved

On the recommendation of the Plans Committee, plans were approved as follow:- Two houses in Palm-road for Mr. W. Dickens; house in Wymington-road for Mr. G. E. Bays; house in Wymington-road for Mr. S. H. Robinson: house in Park Avenue for Mr. L. Phillips; house in Park Avenue for Mr. A. Sanders; house in Park Avenue for Mrs. D. E. Ward; amended plan of billiard hall with lock-up garages in addition in Duck-street for Mr. D. E. Mitchell; cellulose paint store adjoining their factory in Irchester-road, for Messrs. Radburne and Bennett, Ltd.; garage at rear of house now being erected on the Hayway for Mr. A. J. Sturgess.

Houses in 1931

The Surveyor submitted the following statistics as regards the erection of dwelling houses for the year ending 31st December, 1931

Plans for private houses approved 68; private houses certified as completed during the year, 41; Council houses certified as completed during the year 106; private houses in course of erection at the end of the year 26; private houses approved but not yet commenced 13.

Parking Places

A letter was received from the Superintendent of Police, stating that he had inspected the parking places in College-street and Rectory-road subsequent to additional lamps being provided there. The Chief Constable was now satisfied that the parking places were adequately lighted, and had given consent to exemption from the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations, 1929, sec. 6 (1) for the period during which street lamp are alight at each parking place.

Hayway Improvement

The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Transport stating that in view of the recent issue by the Ministry of Health of suggestions for economy, and of the intimation already conveyed that it was not possible at the present time to entertain the Council’s application for a grant from the Road Fund in respect of the proposed improvement in Hayway, the Department would be glad to know whether the Council proposed to defer their application for loan sanction.

The Highways Committee recommended that in view of the circumstances the matter be deferred for the present and the Council agreed.

Combined Drainage

The Highways Committee reported that they had received a memorial from the Rushden Master Builders Association with regard to a recent decision of the Council not to allow a system of combined drainage in respect of two houses proposed to be erected in the Wellingborough-road by Messrs. Packwood and Son, and urging the Council to reconsider the question.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Committee had given careful consideration to this case but while every case submitted would be dealt with on its merits they could not see their way to recommend the Council to amend their previous decision.

Electric Cable

Notice was received from the Rushden and District Electric Supply Co., Ltd., of their intention to lay an electric cable in a part of Newton-road, near Winchester-road.

Trees Damaged

In connection with the report of the Highways Committee, Mr. Spencer said that damage to trees still continued in the Wellingborough-road area. He had gone by that day and seen a number of trees broken. It seemed a great shame, and appeared to have been done intentionally by some vicious person.

Mr. T. Wilmott: I have heard complaints.

Mr. A. Wilmott: Could we not offer a reward?

The chairman: I have received a letter from a resident in that part of Rushden. I did not know it was a “low” quarter but perhaps the culprits wander up there from other parts of the town. The letter is a lengthy one and I propose to hand it over to the chairman of the Highways Committee. It is no use offering a reward unless we are prepared to back up the Committee by prosecuting. I think that if the culprits are found, and they are not young children, they should be made to pay.

Dr. Greenfield: May I ask if the ratepayer in question can give any information or is it a general letter?

The chairman: There is no information as to the people doing it.

Dr. Greenfield: If the public do not assist us we can do very little.

Mr. Spencer: I think it is done late at night.

Housing Tenders

The Housing Committee reported that at their meeting the chairman informed them that in accordance with the request from the Ministry of Health on the recent occasion of his and the surveyor’s interview with them, tenders had been invited for the twelve non-parlour houses abutting the open space in Irchester-road in alternative sizes, viz.:- one with a superficial area of 782.7 square feet and the other with a superficial area of 756 square feet, the former being the area of the non-parlour houses previously erected by the Council. Tenders had now been received and the Committee recommended the Council that the erection of the smaller type of house be not entertained, and further recommended that the tender of Mr. Robert Marriott, of Rushden, be accepted (subject to the approval of the Ministry of health), at £4,407, for the erection of the twelve houses of the larger type.

The Committee also recommended that the Council make application to the Ministry of health for sanction to a loan of £4,475 for carrying out the work.

Mr. Swindall: I am sure I and many others are delighted that a town contractor has got the work. To give the work to an out-of-town builder cannot be helped at times but we are very pleased a town contractor has secured it.

The Housing Committee’s recommendations were approved unanimously.

Monthly Reports

The Health and Sanitary Committee reported that the monthly reports of the Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector had been received.

Cemetery Statistics

The Committee had also received the half-yearly report of the Cemetery Registrar, from which it appeared that there had been 57 interments during that period. Thirty-four grave spaces had been purchased, two reserved for a period of 14 years, and one reservation renewed for a second period of 14 years. Eleven headstones, and eleven stone or marble flower vases had been fixed, thirty grave spaces enclosed with kerbing and six additional inscriptions engraved on existing memorials. The fees for the half-year amounted to £137/14/0 all of which had been paid.

Dumping Nuisance

The Sanitary Inspector reported to the Health and Sanitary Committee a nuisance in Cromwell-road caused by the dumping of refuse on an unoccupied plot of land there, and the Committee recommended the Council to serve notice on the owner requiring him to abate the nuisance. – Agreed.

The chairman said it would be as well if people in the neighbourhood were a bit more careful because they were only spreading disease in their own town. The Council had to serve notice on the owner, however, although he might be miles away.

New Overalls

The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to obtain three sets of overalls for the use of himself and his assistant in connection with the disinfection and destruction of various articles after infectious disease, the overalls previously provided being beyond repair.

12 New Chairs

On the recommendation of the Finance Committee the Council agreed to the purchase of twelve additional chairs, similar to the small chairs at present in the Council Chamber, for use in the Council Buildings and Library.

Veterinary Inspection

The Health and Sanitary Committee reported that they had received the quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector from which it appeared that during December he visited 15 premises in the district, and inspected 154 cows, which with one exception were clinically normal and the majority in good condition. The Committee considered the report very satisfactory. The annual report of the Inspector was also received.


On the recommendation of the Committee the Council granted (subject to the new County Council Regulations being observed), an application from Mr. G. C. Townsend, of High-street South for a licence to store 500 gallons of petrol in an underground tank, with pump attached, and also approved an application from Mr. J. Joyce for a licence to store 900 gallons of petrol in an underground triple tank, with pumps attached, near his premises in Station-road. All the tanks had been tested and approved.

The Council also granted applications by various tradesmen for the renewal of their petrol, carbide, and slaughter house licences, subject to the stores, etc., being to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

An application from the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., for a renewal of their licence to sell pasteurised milk was granted.

Rating Committee

The report of the Rating Committee moved by Mr. Claridge was adopted.

Guardians Committee

On the proposition of Mr. Horrell, Messrs. A. Wilmott, C. Claridge and T. F. B. Newberry were re-appointed as the Council’s representatives on the Wellingborough Area Guardians Committee.

Mr. A. Wilmott: I rather thought Mr. Newberry would have something to say about this. I was rather in hopes you would make a change over this job – you can now. This Committee means a tremendous lot more work and I still have to work for my living. It means half a day every Tuesday and it entails a lot of work, and you must be interested in it. I have been down there four hours this afternoon and seen all kinds and descriptions of people and it makes you feel thankful that you are not an inmate yourself. I really think you should make a change because for a job of this sort you want a big heart and big pocket. But I have to thank you for the compliment you have given me. I cannot say all I would like to.

Mr. Claridge: I thank the Council for re-electing me, but I don’t think I have anything to say about it. I have got to like it very well, and I hope we do justice to the various applications.

Mr. Newberry: I have had eighteen years of it and do not find any disadvantage in it.

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