|Rushden Echo, 12th July, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Representation On The County Council
The monthly meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present Councillors G. Miller, J.P., C.C., (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), John Claridge, J.P. C.C., F. Knight, J.P., G. H. Skinner, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, and the Ven. A. Kitchin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Allen).
Health And Sanitary Committee
A special meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 19th June, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Swindall.
Housing, Etc., Act
The Medical Officer stated that he had further visited and inspected this property and was quite satisfied that no works thereon could make it fit for human habitation.
The Local Government Board Order and Regulations were discussed with the Medical Officer, and the Committee expressed to him their decided opinion that they should receive his personal attention.
Dairies, Cowsheds, And Milkshops Order
Mr. Bainbridge, the Veterinary Inspector, attended the meeting and discussed at length his last report with the Committee. On the whole, Mr. Bainbridge was satisfied with the improved condition of the milk cows and with the assistance rendered to him by the various cowkeepers but thought that some improvement might be made in the cowsheds. With regard to tubercular tests, Mr. Bainbridge was authorised by the Committee to make not exceeding three in number if he had any suspicious cases on his quarterly examination.
The report was adopted.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 26th June, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight and J. Spencer.
Were presented by:-
Mrs. W. Ginns for the erection of a wooden shed at the rear of No. 150, Queen-street, and no exception taken.
Mr. W. A. Patenall for corrugated iron building for leather store in the field at the rear of his factory in North-street and no exception taken.
Mr. J. Harrison for house and stable at the corner of Irchester-road and Glassbrook-road and passed subject to compliance with Bye-law No. 40.
Mr. J. Harrison for three houses on the Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to the usual agreement as to combined drain.
Messrs. Cave Brothers for additions to the Palace Theatre, and rejected as not complying with the Bye-laws.
Mr. E. Wrighton for two store sheds at the rear of Nos. 21 and 23, Crabb-street, respectively, and rejected so far as the one at the rear of No. 21 is concerned, and no objection taken to the one at the rear of No. 23.
The Surveyor was instructed to construct a length of sewer about 60 yards along the Wellingborough-road from the four roads to the existing sewer.
It was resolved that the public lamps in the district be painted one coat as was done last year.
Letter Pillar Box
An application was received from the local Postmaster for permission to erect a letter pillar box near No. 57, High-street South.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant the permission, subject to the exact site being agreed upon by the Committee.
The Surveyor was instructed to protect the trees on the Wellingborough-road beyond the four roads with wire netting.
The Chairman, with reference to the Wellingborough-road sewer, said they had the money to do the work, and it was only completing that portion of the Wellingborough-road in order that the property about to be built might drain into it. The proposed pillar box was opposite the vacant shop formerly occupied by Mr. Eagle.
The report was adopted.
Finance And Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 2nd July, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, F. Ballard, J. Claridge, Fred Knight, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the balances on the undermentioned accounts were as follow:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £2064/0/2 were examined and passed for payment.
The Committee decided to recommend the Council not to make an application for a reduced contribution under Section 47 of the Insurance Act but to pay contributions at the ordinary rate set out in the Act, deducting the employees’ share thereof in the ordinary course.
The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Solicitors to the National Federation of Meat Traders Association (Incorporated), asking for compensation in respect of an alleged unlawful seizure of a carcase of mutton by the Sanitary Inspector from a local butcher in March last.
The Committee could not recommend the Council to accept any liability in the matter.
The report was adopted.
Health And Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 3rd July, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that seven cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever and one of diphtheria.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month 31 informal notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.
During the past month all the public elementary schools had been sprayed and disinfected, together with one private school.
Two books belonging to the Free Library, found in an infected house, had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
A sample of water taken from a well at the Laurels, Bedford-road, had been examined by the Medical Officer, who certified it unfit for domestic purposes.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work done during the month.
The Medical Officer wrote stating that he was quite willing to visit personally the notified cases with the Inspector.
Housing, Etc., Act
In view of the expression of opinion given by the Medical Officer at the special meeting, the Committee were satisfied that no works executed on this property would make the houses fit for habitation, and the Closing Order having become operative it was resolved to recommend the Council to serve notices on the tenants, requiring them to cease occupation at the end of the month.
The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had met at the Cemetery and decided to recommend that the entrance gates be repaired and painted.
The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor accordingly.
Sale Of Grass
The Surveyor reported that the sale of grass at the sewage farm, cemetery, and hospital took place on the 1st inst. and realised as follows:-
The letter from the solicitors to the National Federation of Meat Traders Association (Incorporated), submitted to the Finance Committee, was read to this Committee, who approved the action of the Finance Committee in the matter.
The report was adopted.
The Clerk read a letter from the Northants County Council with reference to the recent application of the Urban Council for increased representation for Rushden on the county authority. It was stated that the Local Government Committee of the County Council had deferred the matter for further consideration until the publication of the official figures of the 1910 census.
The Chairman said that Mr. Claridge and he were at the meeting, at which all the letters pertaining to the question were read.
Mr. Spencer: I suppose the idea is to postpone the matter as long as possible! Sooner or later, if we do not get representation, we shall have to apply for powers to make Rushden a borough! I would suggest an application to the Bedfordshire County Council to take us in, but, on consideration, I think that perhaps incorporation would be better! Plenty of towns not so large as Rushden have borough powers.
Mr. Claridge: But they have not been incorporated lately.
The Chairman: We should have to be over 20,000 to become a borough.
Mr. Claridge: Over 100,000 become a county borough.
The matter then dropped.
Mr. Knight said that at the last meeting he had given notice of a proposition that application be made to the Midland Railway Co. for the trains which were taken off during the coal strike to be put on again. The reason he did not now move the resolution was because he found, after giving notice at the last meeting, that a petition to a similar effect was being numerously signed in the town. He wished to add that the train leaving St. Pancras at 6.30 p.m. which just missed the connection at Wellingborough for Rushden should be made to run in connection with the Rushden branch. It was only a matter of the Rushden train starting a few minutes later and he thought the alteration could be easily made. The Higham and Rushden Water Board had moved a resolution to that effect and the petition in the town was numerously signed. He also wanted to include in the application a request that the platform at the Rushden station should be covered in for the whole length of the station buildings. The present uncovered platform was a great inconvenience to the public and to the Company’s servants as well, particularly in the winter and in wet weather. The petition was made so as to include that recommendation. A reply had been received from the M.R. officials stating that the application was under consideration. That being so, they hoped to have a favourable reply, to the effect that the Company was prepared to meet the wishes of the town. If the reply was unfavourable, then they could raise the question again.
Mr. Kitchin said that a connection to Rushden by the 6.30 p.m. from St. Pancras would be a great convenience to many Rushden people.
The Clerk said that a letter had been received from the M.R. Co., stating that the question of connecting the 6.30 train to the Rushden branch should be considered in the next revision of the time-table.
Mr. Bazeley said he hoped the effect of the application would be to make the M.R. Co. give more consideration to the Rushden line. Considering the large amount of goods and passenger traffic they had on that branch he thought the line deserved greater consideration than it had done so far.
The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board with reference to the application of the Urban Council for sanction to borrow £12,300 for works of sewage disposal, stating that before deciding on the application the Board would direct a local inquiry to be held. That inquiry was to take place as soon as the engagements of the Inspectors permitted.
A second letter was received from the Board asking for information as to the amount the Council estimated would be required in connection with the recreation ground.
The Clerk said he thought the idea of the Local Government Board was to hold the two inquiries at the same time.
It was decided that the committee should consider the recreation ground requirements.