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The Wellingborough News, 4th July, 1902, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The ordinary meeting of the Rushden Urban Council was held in the Vestry Hall on Wednesday evening. Mr. G. Denton, C.C., presided, and there were also present : Messrs. J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), John Claridge, C.C., W. H. Wilkins, J.P., Fred Knight, J.P., J. Spencer, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Jack Green, T. Swindall, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, G. S. Mason (clerk), and W. B. Madin (surveyor).

Health Reports

The Medical Officer reported that four cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting. He further stated that he had examined a sample of water submitted by the inspector, and found it good.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that four cases of infectious disease referred to by the medical officer were all of scarlet fever, in different parts of the town, viz., Station-road, Oswald-street, Irchester-road, and Harborough-road, and that the cases were doing well. The sample of water referred to was taken from a well in Griffith-street, the property of Mr. Hirons. - The inspector informed the committee that the sewer connections on the Bedford-road from Mr. Sartoris’s and Mr. Gross’s properties were now in hand, and he expected the work to be completed shortly. He had called the attention of various owners of outdoor window blinds, and requested them to have the blinds removed on Sundays. He was instructed to report to the committee any case not complying with this request.


The caretaker reported that two boys, viz., Harry Millard, of 93 Cromwell-road, and Willie Cumberpatch, of 117, Cromwell-road, had been committing damage in the cemetery by breaking a laburnum tree. They had also been ill-using one of the seats in the cemetery field. - The clerk was instructed to require the parents of the boys named to attend the next meeting of the committee in order to give them an opportunity of showing cause why proceedings should not be taken.

Proposed Isolation Hospital

The Council, in committee on Wednesday, June 17th, further considered the question of the scheme submitted by the county medical officer of health to the conference at Higham Ferrers in May last, the medical officer being also present. - The Medical Officer informed the committee that the subject had received his full consideration, and he did not advise the Council to incur the heavy liability which the scheme involved. - Mr. Claridge submitted figures showing the cost of the Kettering Joint Hospital, also the hospital of the Bedford Rural District Council, and ultimately it was resolved, upon the proposition of Mr. Wilkins, seconded by Mr. Spencer : “That, considering the large prospective expenditure in connection with the water supply, this committee are not at present in favour of incurring the additional expenses of carrying out the scheme submitted to the Higham Ferrers conference.” - The action of the committee was now approved of.

Sanitary Inspector

The Clerk reported that, in accordance with instructions from the Finance Committee, he had written to the Local Government Board for sanction to the inspector’s salary being increased to £60 per annum on his re-appointment at that meeting. In reply, the Local Government Board had asked to be furnished with particulars of the proposed appointment, and drew attention to the necessity of advertising the intention to re-appoint, in view of the increased remuneration. - The Chairman remarked that this was a bit of “red-tapeism,” and the re-appointment was deferred to the next meeting.


The Highway Committee reported that two tenders had been received for the Harborough-road improvement, one from Mr. W. G. Wilmott for £225, and the other from Mr. R. Marriott for £214. - They recommended the acceptance of the latter, which was agreed to.


A letter was read from the Surveyor asking for increase of salary, and pointing out the importance of the undertakings now in hand. - Referred to committee of the whole Council.

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