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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 13th January, 1950, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Inspector to Hear Local Views

Council Object to Cables Over Roads

RUSHDEN Council’s objections to the slinging of electric cables over main roads will be heard by an inspector of the Ministry of Fuel and Power, who is to visit the town on January 20th.

Reporting this to the Council on Wednesday, the Clerk (Mr. A. G. Crowdy) said it was not quite clear whether the inspector intended to deal with the case in dispute in Kimbolton Road as well as the cases in Bedford Road.

Coun. A. H. Bailey protested strongly against the delay in arriving at a decision, saying that the Council had asked for the matter to be dealt with urgently.

The Clerk also announced that the Ministry of Health was proposing to make an Order extending the Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board’s district of supply and altering the Board’s constitution, so that representatives of the Bedford and Wellingborough Rural Councils could be included.

Not Discussed

Sites for two shops in the layout of the Upper Queen Street housing estate were approved. Coun. J. T. Richardson inquired if the Housing Committee intended that the shops should be built by the Council for letting, and Mrs. Muxlow replied that the committee had not gone beyond the allocation of sites – the tenancy of the shops had not been discussed.

Building plans were as follows :- extensions to lodge at Rushden House Sanatorium, Kettering and District Hospital Board; filling station, Vehicle Supply and Hire Co.; conversion at Rushden Memorial Hospital, Kettering and District Hospital Board; bathroom, 42, Washbrook Road, Mr. R. L. Roberts; new chimney, 29, Park Avenue, Mr. L. Clark; alterations to bathroom and bedroom, 173, High Street, Messrs. Robert Marriott, Ltd.; workshop, Upper Queen Street, Mr. F. Felce; conversion of “Eastfields,” Victoria Road, into children’s nursery, Northamptonshire County Council; bathroom, “Hillcrest,” Bedford Road, Mr. F. H. Kirby; extension to bungalow, 121, Hall Avenue, Mr. W. T. Maddock; covered way, “Littlewood,” Hayway, Mr. W. B. Sewell.

One of the plans mentioned Cresswell Road, and Mrs. Muxlow asked where that was. In turn the Chairman and the Surveyor admitted they did not know. Members in general were equally in the dark, and the Chairman announced with a laugh, “We will find out for the next meeting.”

Six Houses

The Housing Committee announced that six houses will be built by private enterprise this year.

Asked to remove eight fir trees bordering on No. 59, Southfields, the Housing Committee decided against doing so.

The question of television aerials on Council houses has been discussed by the Housing Committee, and the Clerk will inquire if it is possible to obtain a comprehensive insurance policy to cover any risk of damage or third party claims.

Contracts were placed for the internal decoration of 323 Council houses in Newton Road, Westfield Avenue and Westfield Place.

Reporting that it would be necessary to review the rent of Council houses in order to provide additional income for the housing revenue account, the Treasurer was authorised to prepare proposals.

The Highways Committee reported that it was not necessary to issue any additional protective clothing to men employed on refuse collection and highway work.

Following a request from owners and occupiers, representatives of the Council have inspected Quorn Road and Lawton Road and will report on their condition.

A Health Committee report stated that it has been the custom for many years to permit the salvage of used wire wreath frames from the cemetery dump. The committee has directed that this practice should be discontinued.

Rats Destroyed

The charge for disposing of leather bits at the Council’s refuse tip was increased from 1s. to 2s. per load as from February 1st. A report on the Wellingborough Road refuse tip estimated that from 150 to 200 rats had recently been destroyed by poison.

As an economy measure, recommended by the Ministry of Fuel and Power, the Council agreed that its Fuel Overseer should also serve Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough. The officer is to have part-time clerical assistance on certain days.

The Medical Officer reported 18 births, and nine deaths.

Members in attendance were : Couns. W. E. Capon (chairman), F. E. Brown (vice-chairman), Mrs. W. M. Lean, E. J. Roe, A. A. Allebone, A. H. Dickens, E. E., Newell, A. H. Bailey, J. Allen, Mrs. A. Muzlow, C. G. Faulkner, J. H. J. Paragreen, H. Waring, W. J. Sawford, E. A. Sugars, J. T. Richardson and Mrs. A. Rowthorn.

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