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The Rushden Echo, 14th July 1916, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Shall The Feast Be Held This Year
The Price of Bedding
Municipal Housing

Wednesday, present Councillors J. Spencer, J.P., T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge J.P. C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, T. Swindall, J. Hyde and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin) and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Licence

Mr. Beaverstock’s pawnbrokers’ licence was renewed.

Shall The Feast Be Held?

Mr. Knight (chairman of the Park Committee) said that during the past few years the Council had let Spencer Park to Mr. Thurston for the Feast. Mr. Thurston a few months ago made application for the ground on the same terms as before, and the committee thought that, if there was to be a feast, Mr. Thurston should have the ground, because he had always been a good sort of man to deal with, and he would put any damage right. But under present conditions the committee did not care to take the responsibility of saying whether there should be a feast this year or not, and would like the Council to decide. If the shows came they would have to conform to the lighting restrictions.

In reply to Mr. Swindall, Mr. Knight said they had let Mr. Thurston have the ground conditionally.

Mr. Bazeley said that if there was to be no lighting up there would be no undue rollicking. If Mr. Thurston liked to pay £20 for the ground, as in previous years, he thought they should let him have it. He could not see any objection to the Feast this year more than last.

Mr. Claridge said that with the terrible war raging it would be a very wrong thing to hold the Feast, and he thought the Council should be prepared the release Mr. Thurston.

Mr. Hyde suggested they should write to Mr. Thurston asking if he wished to hold the Feast.

The Chairman said he should not like to deprive the young people of any enjoyment they could get in these sad times. They must not make things gloomier than they were.

It was decided to write to Mr. Thurston as suggested, and Mr. Knight said he did not think it right that side-shows should be opened, even if they were screened to comply with the lighting restrictions, if the rest of the field was darkened.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 28th June, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, J. S. Clipson and T. Swindall.

Surface Tarring and Tar Binding

The Surveyor submitted a letter from the County Surveyor stating that the County Council had approved the following estimate and grants for the work of surface tarring in this district during the current financial year:-


£

s

d

Total cost  

182

15

  2

Road Board grant   

  91

  7

  7

County Council grant  

  67

14

11

To be paid by this Council

  23

12

  8

With regard to tar binding the Committee did not propose to recommend the Council to do anything further than that provided for in the Contract previously approved by the County Council.

Council Houses, Class “A” Type

The question of the provision of barns for the class “A” type was considered, the Committee having previously visited the site, and it was resolved to instruct the Surveyor to prepare an estimate of the cost of providing a barn for each house, 8 feet by 6 feet, and submit to the next meeting.

The Surveyor was also instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of completing the paths at the rear of these houses.

Kings-Road

It was resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions for trees to be planted throughout this road.

The report was adopted.

Parks Committee

A meeting of the Parks Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 28th June, 1916, when there were present, Messrs. F. Knight, J. Spencer, T. Wilmott, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge and T. Swindall.

Chairman

It was resolved that Mr. Knight be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.

Band Stand

Representatives of the Rifle and Mission Bands attended the meeting and arrangements were made for the use of the stand during the months of July, August and September.

Rifle Band

The Rifle Band stated that they were giving a concert in Spencer Park on July 9th, one half of the gross proceeds of which they were devoting to the Prisoners of War Fund, and asked for permission on this occasion to be allowed to collect at the entrance to the Park.

The Committee agreed to accede to the application.

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 4th July, 1916, at 10 a.m. when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Hyde and Fred Knight.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

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


£

s

d

Week ending 8th June, 1916

33

  7

5

Week ending 15th June, 1916

32

  4

8

Week ending 22nd June, 1916

33

  3

3

Week ending 29th June, 1916

34

19

1

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General District Rate

817

18

1

Fittings

  21

10

1

Green Tolls

    1

18

0

Burial fees, etc

  10

  2

0

And that he had collected the following sum during the past quarter:-


£

s

d

Cottage Rents

183

3

3

Treasurer’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

Collector, District Rates

817

18

  1

Collector, fittings

21

10

  1

Collector, Green Tolls

1

18

  0

Collector, Burial fees, etc

10

  2

  0

Collector, Cottage rents

40

13

  9

N.U. Bank, Interest on loan

4

16

  0

Free Library, fees, fines, &c

1

  7

  9

Mr. Wright’s fire, extinguishing Expenses

11

16

11

                                Total

910

  2

  7

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

1159

10

11

Loan Account No 16

144

  3

  3

Loan Account No 19

387

17

  6

Loan Account No 27

251

16

  3

Loan Account No 28 o/d

254

12

  6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £443/11/7 were examined and passed for payment.

New Sewage Works – Excess Loan £240

The Clerk reported that he had made arrangements with the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society for the provision of this Loan at 5 per cent for 30 years subject to six months’ notice being given on either side, and would submit the mortgage deed to the Council at their next meeting for sealing.

Collector

The application from Mr. Woodward for an increase of salary was considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to grant him an increase of £10 per annum dating from the 1st instant.

War Savings Association

The question of forming an Association in Rushden under the auspices of this Council was considered, and it was resolved to convene a meeting of the representatives of the various Friendly Societies and Organizations in the town for Wednesday, the 19th instant, in the Council Chamber at 8 p.m. to confer as to the desirability of forming such an association.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer for the month of June was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 28 preliminary notices had been issued during June, calling attention to nuisances, etc. all of which were receiving attention.

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.

One lot of bedding had been destroyed after death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/7/6.

The Inspector also reported that the Chairman and Mr. Claridge had met the owners of Nos 12, 14 and 16, Little-street, on the site, who agreed to convert the three cottages into two and to do all the necessary repairs forthwith.

The notice served to the occupier of No 14 had been complied.

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

Dairies, Cowsheds and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received, from which it appeared that on the 7th 8th 9th and 10th June, he visited 30 premises belonging to 30 cow keepers and inspected 232 cows and heifers, making a special examination of their udders and throats.

The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to keep certain of the cows mentioned therein under observation.

Hospital Land

The Surveyor reported that, after consultation with the Chairman, he had accepted an offer of 25s for the mowing grass at the hospital.

The Committee approved and confirmed the action of the Surveyor.

Cemetery

The Cemetery Registrar submitted his first quarterly report, from which it appeared that during the past three months there had been 30 internments. Only one fee now remained outstanding in respect of the renewal of the reserved grave spaces. Six spaces which had been surrendered had been filled up in accordance with the instructions of the Committee.

Housing, Town Planning, Etc. Acts

It was resolved to give notice to the owners of Nos 52 and 58, High-street South, of the intention of the Committee to take into consideration the demolition of these houses at their next meeting on August 2nd.

Mr. Skinner raised the question of the price allowed for replacing the bedding destroyed, and said it was 2/6 more than it used to be.

Mr. Knight reminded Mr. Skinner that everything had gone up in price, and other members agreed.

Mr. Skinner said he knew of a bed, which was good enough for anybody to sleep upon, being sold for 1/0.

The recommendation was carried, Mr. Skinner voting against.

The report was adopted.



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