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The Rushden Echo, 16th July, 1915, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Rushden’s New School

A meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present:- Mr. T. Swindall (chairman), Mr. J. Spencer (vice-chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Shops Act Committee

A meeting of the Special Committee appointed to consider applications received for Closing Orders was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 9th June, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, and J. Claridge.

The applications sent in on behalf of the Tradesmen’s Committee were considered, viz., (1) for an order fixing Thursday to be the day of the weekly half holiday, and (2) for an order fixing the hours on the several days of the week at which the respective shops were to be closed in the evening.

A deputation was received representing a number of small shopkeepers who objected to the hours suggested for the closing of their shops in the evening but agreed to the Thursday half-holiday order.

The Committee after giving full consideration to the matter came to the conclusion that having regard to the present state of affairs generally it was not desirable to advise the Council to make any order with regard to the closing of shops in the evening but would recommend the Council to make a Thursday weekly half-holiday Order.

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 30th June, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, J. Hyde, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

The Rushden and District Electric Supply Co., Ltd., for house in Shirley-road, and passed subject to compliance with Bye-laws 17 and 18.

Mr. G. Tailby for cycle shed near his house on the Higham-road and passed.

Mr. Walter Wilmott for additions to houses No. 52 and 54, Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to the drainage being made satisfactory to the Surveyor and Bye-law 30 complied with.

Mrs. Francis for additions to fish shop on the Higham-road and passed.

Messrs. E. Claridge and Sons, Ltd., for box shed at the rear of their factory in Rectory-road, and no exception taken.

Mr. Bright for cart shed in yard occupied by him off Duck-street and no exception taken.

Mr. W. Keller for cart shed at the rear of his shop at the corner of Victoria-road and passed.

Mr. C. W. Horrell for open box shed in his factory yard off Moor-road and no exception taken.

Building Bye-Laws

A letter was received from the Local Government Board returning the draft of the new bye-laws proposed to be made by the Council, and suggesting various alterations for consideration.

The Sub-Committee previously appointed were requested to deal with the matter.

Post Office Telegraphs

The Clerk reported that applications had been received from the Superintending Engineer of the Post Office Telegraphs, for permission to lay new overhead and underground telegraph lines in this district, and in accordance with a previous resolution of the Council such permission had been given.

The Committee approved.

Public Lighting

The Surveyor reported that a lamp column in Newton-road had been damaged by one of the Army Service Transport Waggons. He estimated the damage at £2/10/0.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to make a claim against the military authorities for this sum.

The report was adopted.

Housing Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th June, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Wilmott.

Damage To Walls

The Surveyor reported that the walls of one of the Class “C” houses had been damaged by the driving in of nails by a late tenant.

It was resolved to have the walls repaired and charge the cost to the late tenant.

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 6th July, 1919, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, and T Wilmott.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 3rd June, 1915

41

4

4

Week ending 10th June, 1915

39

4

1

Week ending 17th June, 1915

39

0

1

Week ending 24th June, 1915

42

0

0

Week ending 1st July, 1915

43

16

5


Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General district rate

1364

1

2

Fittings

14

12

8

Green Tolls


13

0

Burial fees, etc

14

19

3


Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-

£

s

d

Collector, District Rate……

1364

1

2

Collector, Fittings……

14

12

8

Collector, Green tolls……

13

0

Collector, Burial fees……

14

19

3

Interest on Loan No. 19……

4

16

0

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc…….

1

11

10

Magistrates’ Clerk, Meat case fines……

5

8

0

Collector, Cottage rents……

36

6

0

Total

1442

7

11

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

638

17

1

Loan Account No. 16

144

15

10

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 26

12

17

0

Loan Account No. 27

3097

12

8

Loan Account No. 28 o/d

254

12

6


Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £2,213/7/1 were examined and passed for payment.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

The Medical Officer reported that three cases of erysipelas had been notified since the last meeting and one re-notification of tuberculosis. A case of diphtheria had been reported by the Military Medical Officer and the patient had been removed to the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Oakley.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 26 written and verbal notices had been issued since the last meeting, calling attention to nuisances, &c., which were for the most part receiving attention.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Diseased Meat

The Inspector also reported that the cases against Mr. John Williams, butcher, of Wellingborough, for having unsound meat in his possession, and his employee for aiding and abetting, were duly heard on Monday the 5th inst., at Wellingborough. A conviction was recorded in each case, Williams being fined £50 and £10 costs and Tyler £1 inclusive.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of June, 1915, he visited 31 premises belonging to 31 cowkeepers and inspected 247 cows and heifers making special examination of their udders and throats.

Cemetery

Complaints were received from persons crossing the Cemetery field from Harborough-road, and the Surveyor was instructed to erect notice boards cautioning the public against the practice.

Sale of Grass

The Surveyor reported that the sale of grass took place on the 28th of June by public auction and realised as follows:-


£

s

d

Sewage farm

19

0

0

Cemetery

3

2

6

A slight increase on last year’s prices.

Inspector of Nuisances

It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay the costs of repairs to Mr. Allen’s bicycle which he used in connection with his work.

The report was adopted.

New Sewerage Works

A letter was received from the Local Government Board, in regard to the application of the Council for sanction to borrow £254 for excess expenditure in respect of the new sewerage works. The Local Government Board stated that before acceding to the application they would direct one of their Inspectors to investigate the matter.

New School For Rushden

The Clerk of the Peace forwarded copies of a notice with regard to the provision of an additional school for Rushden to accommodate 175 scholars.

Mr. F. Knight thought that, having regard to the present civil expenditure, if the cost of the proposed school was to be extravagant he thought the Council should protest against it.

The Ven. A. Kitchin said that the matter had been of so long standing that it might very well rest for a year or so longer.

Mr. Claridge did not think the expenditure would be allowed at the present time.



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