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Rushden Urban District Council

16th July, 1920

Municipal Housing Schemes
Loan for the New Houses
The War Memorial

Wednesday, present: Councillors J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., (chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., C. Bates, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, T. Swindall, C. W. Horrell, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. E. Bayes, T. Wilmott, and J. Tomlin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Piper).

Housing Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Monday, 21st June, 1920, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Newton-Road Lay-Out

The Chairman reported that the Committee met the Housing Commissioner on Tuesday, the 15th instant, who, on viewing the site, was prepared to concede the laying of a sewer up the Newton-road, the cost to be charged to the Housing scheme. He however declined to sanction a footpath or any street works, and further would not agree to the present ditch being piped in.

The Committee considered that this latter item was essential and that a gravel path should be formed on the same side of the road as the cottages and it was resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to prepare an amended scheme showing sewers, piped in ditch, and gravel footpath, and see the Commissioner thereon with a view to the matter being settled at the earliest possible moment.

The report was adopted.

Mr. F. Knight said that no reply had been received from the Commissioner regarding the new suggestion of the path.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th June, 1920, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

A cart shed on Shirley-road for Mr. J. Jones and no exception taken.

A leather store at the rear of their factory in Moor-road for Messrs. Skeeles and Co. and no exception taken, provided the building is not used as a place of habitual employment.

Additions to factory in Manton-road for Messrs. C. Bull and Co. and passed.

A motor shed and cowshed at the rear of No. 4 Manton-road, for Mr. A. Clayton and no exception taken.

Extension to club house and premises in Windmill-road for the Windmill Club and passed.

Shirley-Road

A letter was received from Mr. J. Jones asking the Council to put into force the Private Street Works Act with regard to the upper portion of this road.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Committee could not see their way to recommend the Council to accede to the request.

Main and Other Roads

The Surveyor was instructed to sand and gravel the gradients on the various tarred roads in the district.

Memorial to The Fallen

The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee appointed at the last meeting had met the Committee of this Fund on the Green and the proposal for the erection of a monument thereon was submitted. The scheme if carried into effect would necessitate the removal of the chestnut tree from the site.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application, subject to the work being carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Mr. Claridge said that, much as they regretted losing the beautiful chestnut tree, they had discovered that it was standing very dangerously, something seeming to have eaten a great part of the trunk away. The tree would very soon have to come down, or it would fall. If a snow-storm came, the tree would doubtless be unable to bear the weight. He moved the adoption of the report.

Mr. Bates seconded, but said he had come with the intention of opposing the resolution. Since hearing the Chairman’s report on the condition of the tree, however, he was satisfied that it should come down.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th July, 1920, at 10 a.m. when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, T. Swindall, 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, 1920

97

11

6

Week ending 10th June, 1920

99

14

3

Week ending 17th June, 1920

106

1

11

Week ending 24th June, 1920

109

11

0

Week ending 1st July, 1920

108

4

2

Collector’s Accounts

The Collector’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

1287

16

9

Fittings

23

12

0

Green tolls

1

1

6

Cottage rents

58

7

11

Burial fees, etc

10

9

6

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

Magistrates’ Clerk, half fines

4

17

0

War Loan Dividend

50

0

0

Lightstrung Cycle Co., Petrol licence

 

2

0

Wargate Motor Engineering Co., Petrol licence

 

2

0

Free Library, Fees, etc

2

7

9

Collector, G. D. Rate

1287

16

9

Collector, Fittings

23

12

0

Collector, Green tolls

1

1

6

Collector, Cottage rents

58

7

11

Cemetery Registrar, Burial fees, etc

10

9

6

Collector, Emg. Coal

520

19

5

Total

1,959

15

10

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General account

975

8

9

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 29

4

4

4

Loan account No. 30

1317

14

10

On Deposit

10000

0

0

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £2673/13/10 were examined and passed for payment.

Workmen’s Wages

The application from the Workers’ Union for an all-round increase of 10/- per week on behalf of the Council’s workmen referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting was considered. The Council having become members of the Joint Industrial Council (non trading service) which was dealing with the question of wages of Municipal employees, it was resolved that the matter stand over until that Council’s recommendations had been received and the Clerk was instructed to write to the Secretary pressing for an early statement.

Officers’ Salaries

A letter was received from the National Association of Local Government Officers requesting the Council to put into operation from the 1st July, 1920, the minimum grading and salaries scheme adopted by the National Joint Council for Local Authorities, Administrative, Technical, and Clerical services. The scheme was the result of prolonged negotiations between Employers and Employees Representatives on the National Whitley Council.

The matter was referred to a Sub-committee consisting of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to consider and report.

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 7th July, 1920, when there were present:- Messrs. W. Bazeley (Chairman), J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Hornsby, L. Perkins, and J. Tomlin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 12 preliminary notices had been issued since the last meeting, all of which were receiving attention.

Various quantities of food had been surrendered and destroyed in the usual way as being unfit for human consumption.

The Inspector also reported that a drain at No. 88, Wellingborough-road, which had been repaired, had been covered in without his final approval. It was resolved to recommend the Council to give to the owner 24 hours’ notice of the intention to test the drain.

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

Petroleum Acts

An application was received from the Rushden Engineering Co. for a licence to store 300 gallons of petrol in their store which was being erected in High-street South. It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application subject to the store being to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.

It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ash-tub, ash-pit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly with a recommendation that notices be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. E. W. Parks was received from which it appeared that during the past quarter he had visited 31 premises and inspected 180 cows and heifers, making an individual examination of each udder.

The report was considered satisfactory.

Cemetery

The Cemetery Registrar’s quarterly report was received from which it appeared that there had been 38 interments during the past quarter; four grave spaces had been purchased and two reserved for a period of 14 years; four headstones had been erected and nine spaces enclosed with kerbing. The receipts had been £32/17/6 and no fees were outstanding.

Sewage Farm

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise in the local papers for tenders for grazing the 8 acres of land at the sewage works until Christmas next.

The report was adopted.

Housing Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th July, 1920, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Lay-Out

The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had visited the Housing Commissioner in London and submitted to him an amended scheme with regard to the works proposed on the Newton-road. His proposals had been favourably received by the chief architect but no definite decision given him.

The Clerk read a letter dated the 6th July from the Commissioner stating that the works in question had been referred to the Ministry of Health for their decision and that they hoped to give an early reply.

At the suggestion of the Clerk, a resolution was passed authorising the Clerk to apply to the Ministry of Health for permission to proceed with the new houses contracted for by Rushden Master Builders and Messrs. G. Henson and Son, to cost about £35,600, and to the Public Works Loans Commissioners for a loan.

Items

Mr. C. E. Bayes was elected a member of the Charity Trustees in the vacancy caused through the death of Mr. T. W. C. Linnitt.

The Pawnbroker’s licence held by Messrs. Brooke and Brooke, Rushden, was renewed.

Messrs. Chas. Thurston wrote applying for the use of Spencer Park for Rushden Feast week at the same terms as previously (£20). After some discussion as to whether the charge should not be increased in accordance with other charges, it was ultimately agreed to accede to the application.

The Council resolved to accept the invitation of Rushden and District Friendly Societies’ Council to attend Church Parade on July 25.



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