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Rushden Echo, 13th July, 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Defective Property To Be Remedied
Cultivation of Waste Land
Prizes for Schoolboy Gardeners
Potato Spraying

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

Council in Committee

  A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, June 27th, 1917, when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight and T. Swindall.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that 32 Preliminary Notices had been issued since the last meeting calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.

  The defective drains at Nos. 3 and 5, Pightles-terrace had been taken up, and a new iron drain laid in place thereof.

  The Inspector also reported that he had inspected the drains of Nos. 47, 49, and 51, Queen-street, with the result that three defective and foul Bell traps were found.  The ventilating shafts to Nos. 47 and 48 were also found to be defective, thereby causing a nuisance.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to remedy the defects and abate the nuisance forthwith.

  A book belonging to the Free Library, found in an infected house, had been destroyed.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.

  The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work since the last meeting.

Dairies, Cowsheds & Milkshops Order

  The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, and 12th, June, 1917, he visited 31 premises and inspected 228 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats.  The Inspector of Nuisances was instructed to write, with regard to one of the cows mentioned therein, to the owner and to keep certain other cows under observation.

Plans

were presented for:-

  Additions to factory, Harborough-road, for Messrs. George Selwood & Co., and passed.

  A Leather Shed at the rear of factory in Duck-street, for Messrs. Cattling & Durham, and no exception taken.

  A Tool Shed at the rear of his house on the Higham-road, for Mr. W. N. Roberts, and no exception taken.

Main Roads

  A letter was received from the County Surveyor, stating that the County Council had approved the following estimates and grants for the work of surface tarring in this district during the current year:-


£

s

d

Total cost

200

0

0

Road Board grant

100

0

0

County Council grant

74

5

0

To be paid by this Council

25

15

0

  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.

Road Materials

  Letters were received from Messrs. Constable, Hart & Co. and J. Smart & Son stating that in consequence of the increased cost of production they were compelled to increase the price of tar macadam as from July 1st, by sixpence per ton.

Rectory Road

  Attention was called to the state of repair of this road near the Salvation Army Barracks, and to the usage thereof by vehicular traffic.

  The matter was referred to the Highways Sub-Committee.

Spencer Park

  The Chairman of the Parks Committee reported that an offer of £6  10s. had been received and accepted for the grass in Spencer Park, and that the Park was closed during this week to enable the purchaser to cut same.

  The Committee approved.

  The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council buildings on Tuesday, July 3rd, 1917, at 10 a.m., when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, and J. Claridge.

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 June 7th, 1917

32

16

10

Week ending June 14th, 1917

31

7

1

Week ending June 21st, 1917

31

16

9

Week ending June 28th, 1917

31

16

6

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

780

17

1

Fittings

8

13

4

Green tolls


10

0

Rents of cottages

41

9

0

Cemetery fees, etc

5

19

6

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

County Council, main roads

280

0

0

Free Library, fees, fines, etc

1

8

2

Magistrates’ Clerk, Parson’s fine and costs

27

4

0

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc

5

19

6

Collector, district rate

780

17

1

Collector, fittings

8

13

4

Collector, green tolls


10

0

Collector, rents of cottages

41

14

3

Total

1146

6

4

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General account

2625

2

11

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 27

107

11

11

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment amounting to £1,461  5s.  9d.

  The report was adopted.

Uncultivated Lands Committee

  A meeting of the Uncultivated Lands Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Monday, June 18th, 1917, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, T. Swindall, J. S. Mason, W. Gutteridge, L. Baxter, J. Hornsby, H. Smith and J. Claridge.

Prizes

  It was resolved to divide the town into three districts for the purpose of awarding the prizes, corresponding with the districts formed on the original allotment, and that the Committees that made the allotments be asked to undertake the judging, assisted by a representative of the Allotment Association.

  It was estimated that a sum of about £13 10s. would be available for prize money, and this was allocated as follows:-


£

s

d

District No. 1 (North)

3

0

0

District No. 2 (West)

4

0

0

District No. 3 (East & South)

5

0

0

  It was also resolved to allot 10s. to each of the three Elementary Schools cultivating Allotments.  The Allotment Association to be asked to appoint judges for the school gardens, the maximum prize not to exceed 5s.

  In awarding the prizes, the Judges were to have regard to the general cultivation of the plot; the judging to take place on Saturday, July 7th.

Potato Spraying

  Mr. Gutteridge reported that the Allotment Association had purchased two Sprayers with a quantity of Chemicals, but it was estimated that this would not be sufficient to do the work required in Rushden, and asked if this Committee could not assist in this way.  It was resolved to authorise Mr. Gutteridge to order another Sprayer at a cost of £3  3s., with the chemicals required, and ask the Council to defray the initial cost.

  With regard to the spraying generally it was thought that if some person might be put in general charge of the machine and have control over the operations it would be a great advantage, and it was resolved to ask Mr. Allen, the Inspector of Nuisances, to undertake this work, with the assistance of some men whom it was hoped the Council would spare for the purpose.

  The report was adopted.

Waste Lands

  The Chairman said that he visited the plots on Saturday with Mr. Swindall, Mr. Clipson and two experts.  The opinion of the experts was that the land was cultivated extremely well, and was a credit to the men who had done the work.  There had been honest labour put into the land and there were signs of a bountiful harvest.

  Mr. Bazeley said he hoped the tenants would be able to remain in occupation of the plots after the year 1919.  It would be a shame, considering the labour they had put into it, if they were not to be allowed to hold the plots for another year.

  The Chairman: Every member of the Council hopes the men will be allowed to retain the land.

  Mr. Claridge said that on Saturday he went round another district with Mr. Wilmott and Mr. John Mason, and they were agreeably surprised at the crops, which reflected the greatest credit on those who had cultivated the plots.  They must have taken a great deal of trouble and have spent much time and labour on cultivating the land, and he hoped they would find the crops remunerative.

  Mr. Swindall, in answer to the Chairman, said that the third potato sprayer had not yet arrived.

Invitation

  A letter was received from the Friendly Societies’ Council, inviting the members of the Urban Council to attend the annual church parade on Sunday next.

  The Chairman said he hoped as many members as possible would attend.

Boundary Commission

  The Chairman reported on the Boundary Commission at Northampton on Monday.

  Mr. Bazeley said that a strong protest was made against so much of South Northamptonshire being included in the Eastern Division.

Sanitary Inspector

  The Council decided to increase the salary of the Sanitary Inspector by the sum of £20 a year in order to retain his services.


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