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Rushden Echo, 14th July, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Strong Action On The Housing Question
Deputation To The Ministry
Shall Sunday Refreshments Be Served In Spencer Park?

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


  The Clerk said that, as instructed at the last meeting, he had written to the Ministry of Health asking for sanction to complete the housing scheme by erecting 25 more houses, which had already received the Ministry’s authority.  The Ministry replied that, having regard to the small number of houses now remaining for erection throughout the country, they regretted that it was not possible to give the sanction asked for.

  Mr. Knight said he thought that no town in the neighbourhood had been so badly treated as Rushden.  The Ministry had forced upon the Council a very extensive scheme.  If this scheme had not been pressed upon the Council the local authority could have got plenty of building land in various parts of the town, where the roads, sewers, etc., were already provided, but the Ministry would not approve of this.  Then, when the Council prepared their scheme, the Ministry complimented them on acting so energetically and earnestly.  Rushden was one of the first 24 towns to send in a complete scheme and he (Mr. Knight) had received a personal letter of thanks from Dr. Addison.  The Ministry allowed them to incur a big expense on roads, water mains, sewers, etc., and now refused sanction for the completion of the scheme by building these 25 houses.  There were about 300 applicants waiting for the new houses.  If the Ministry had left the Council alone the local authority could have built houses, equal to the houses already built, at two thirds the cost.  He suggested that a strong protest be sent to the Ministry, and if they could not do anything he thought the member for the Division should raise a question in the House of Commons.

  Mr. Horrell moved that a deputation be sent to the Ministry, accompanied by the member for the Division.

  Mr. Coles seconded.

  Mr. Spencer thought Sir Alfred Mond, the Minister, was entirely out of sympathy with the working people, and ought to be removed from the office.

  Mr. Wilmott suggested that, as the builders were wanting work, they be asked to tender for these 25 houses, and that the tenders should be sent to the Ministry for their approval.

  Mr. Horrell’s proposition was carried, and Messrs. Swindall, Knight, and Spencer, with the Clerk and Surveyor, were appointed the deputation, with Mr. W. R. Smith, M.P.

Plans &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 28th June, 1922, when there were present: - Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, and T. Wilmott.


were presented for:-

  Shop and offices in the High-street for the Northants Printing and Publishing Co., Ltd., and passed subject to a block plan and sections of the drainage being supplied.

  Additions to No. 4, Duck-street, for Mr. Arthur Sanders, and passed subject to a block plan being supplied.

  House on the Newton-road for Mr. H. Dickson, and passed subject to the brickwork at back of the fire place being either 9-inch work or lined with slate in cement and secondary ventilation provided for the attics.

  Workshop at the rear of No. 13, Winchester-road, for Mr. C. H. Myers, and no exception taken.

  Institute on the Rectory field off Robinson-road for the St. Mary’s Church and passed.

Wooden Buildings

  An application was received from Mr. Stanley Watson, of No. 112, Glassbrook-road, for permission to erect a wooden building at the rear of the premises occupied by him and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.

  An application was also received from Mr. w. H. Bates in respect of a building erected by him at the rear of his premises, No. 14, Ealing-terrace.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto provided Mr. Bates gives an undertaking to remove the building when called upon so to do and that no light or opening be made in the west side thereof.

Infringement of Bye-Laws

  The Surveyor reported the erection of a building at the rear of No. 133, Cromwell-road, by Mr. Herbert Smith, without having first submitted a plan, thereby contravening the Building bye-laws.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Mr. Smith requiring him to attend the next meeting of the Committee to show cause why such building should not be removed, altered, or pulled down.

Bedford ’Buses

  A letter was received from the Superintendent of Police enclosing an application from the National Omnibus Co. for permission for their ‘buses to pass through to the Rushden railway station.

  The Clerk was instructed to reply to the Superintendent that the Committee saw no objection provided a suitable stand was provided off the High-street.

Fire Brigade

  The Fire Brigade Sub-Committee reported that four new tunics, at least, were required for the Brigade, and recommended that an order be given for these at the price of 56/6 each.

  The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

  The report was adopted.

Parks Committee

  A meeting of the Parks Committee was held at Spencer Park on Tuesday, the 4th July, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), G. W. Coles, T. Swindall and F. Corby.

Bowling Green

  The Chairman reported that the Surveyor had, as requested, obtained prices from Mr. T. Taylor, of Glasgow, for 24 pairs of bowls, twelve rink markers (six with combined scorers), twelve rubber mats, six jacks, and 24 pairs of rubber slips, the total net cost of which amounted to £50, and it was necessary if the requisites were to be delivered before August that the order be given immediately.

  It was resolved to instruct the Surveyor to place the order with Mr. Taylor at once and immediately upon delivery that arrangements be made for opening the No. 1 Green.

Refreshment Stall

  An application was received from Mrs. Smith, the tenant of the refreshment stall, for permission to open on Sundays.

  The Committee referred the application to the Council.

Football Pitches

  Applications were received from the St. Peter’s C.C., The Old Boys’ F.C., the Church Army F.C., and the Mission F.C., and it was decided to recommend the Council to allot the two pitches between these four clubs at a rent of £1 each club for the season.

  The report was adopted with the exception of the last paragraph.

Finance and Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th July, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present: - Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £1670/7/8 were examined and passed for payment.

Rates Department
Appointment of Junior Clerk

  Mr. Perkins reported that five applications had been received for the appointment of junior clerk in the Rates Department which the Chairman, Mr. Lack, and himself had considered, and now recommended that Leonard Fennell, of Newton-road, be appointed at a salary of £26 per annum.

  The Committee approved and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Wellingborough Road

  A letter was received from Mr. H. D. Carter, of High-street South, asking the Council to grant him compensation in respect of injuries to himself and his bicycle owing to an accident caused by the alleged faulty condition of the Wellingborough-road.

  The Committee, while sympathising with Mr. Carter, were unable to recommend the Council to accept any liability.

  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 5th July, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Claridge, G. W. Coles, J. Hornsby, and Fred Knight.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting twelve preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., and the number of nuisances now outstanding was 33.

  Eleven pounds of meat offal, voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed as being unfit for human consumption.

  A quantity of bedding had been disinfected at the Depot and a quantity of bed flocks destroyed, all after cases of infectious disease.

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

Petroleum Acts

  An application was received from Mr. F. A. Austin, of No. 41, Oakley-road, for his present license to store petrol to be increased from 100 to 500 gallons.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto subject to the store being constructed to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

  An application was also received from Mr. Charles Chamberlain for permission to store 80 gallons of petrol at the rear of his premises No. 78, Wellingborough-road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto, subject to the store being to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

Dairies, Cowsheds, & Milk Shops Order

  The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received from which it appeared that on the 19th, 20th and 22nd June, he visited 26 premises and inspected 183 cows, making an individual examination of each udder.  The whole of the cows were clinically normal and their general condition satisfactory.


  The Cemetery Registrar’s half yearly report was received from which it appeared that 89 interments had taken place during that period and the total number of burials since the opening of the Cemetery in 1889 now amounted to 4671.

  Twenty-five grave spaces had been purchased and eight reserved for a period of 14 years.  Five headstones had been erected and nineteen grave spaces enclosed by kerbing; additional inscriptions had been cut upon three existing memorials.

  The total receipts for the half-year had been £118/16/-, and no fees were outstanding.

  The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had met at the Cemetery and decided to recommend to the Committee as follows:-

(1)     That a tender of £2/8/- for the outside painting of the Chapel be accepted.

(2)     That the Cemetery Regulations, etc., at present posted on the notice boards at the entrances be renewed and enclosed in a glass frame for protection against the weather, and placed outside the Chapel.

(3)     That in future a fee of 5/- be charged in respect of marble vases placed on the graves.

(4)     That wrought iron gates with cast iron pillars be fixed at the Park-road entrance to the Cemetery field at a cost of £17/10/- and that the small wooden gate at the Oswald-road entrance be replaced by a wrought iron gate at a cost of £5.

  The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.


  The Surveyor reported that during May 236 loads of house refuse had been collected at a cost of 6/7 per load and that during June 168 loads had been collected at a cost of 7/1½ per load.  He suggested that during the months of July, August, and September two carts instead of three be engaged on this work, the third cart to be used at odd times if occasion demanded.

  The Committee approved.

  The report was adopted.

Sunday Refreshments

  Mrs. Smith, the caterer for refreshments in Spencer Park, applied for permission to supply tea, etc., on Sundays.  She stated that parties from out-of-town were disappointed that they could not obtain refreshments on Sunday.

  Mr. Perkins moved that the application be granted, and said it would not be compulsory for anyone to take tea there if they did not want it.

  Mr. Knight seconded.

  Mr. Spencer opposed, and said he did not believe in more Sunday labour than was absolutely necessary; he was opposed to Sunday trading; and he did not think there was any demand for the Sunday refreshments.  He thought it would be detrimental to interfere with the family gatherings on a Sunday.

  Mr. Corby opposed, and said that when the advertisement appeared it was stated that it was for six days only, and Mrs. Smith tendered on those lines.

  Mr. Hornsby supported the motion of Mr. Perkins, and said he was sorry Mr. Spencer had taken the action he did.

  Mr. Coles supported the motion, and said it was far better to have tea there than to go to the public-house for drink.  He thought there was no more harm in having tea there than in one’s own home.

  Mr. Spencer: Does the resolution include sweets, chocolates, ice creams, etc?

  The Clerk: I suppose so.

  Mr. Perkins said he quite respected the desire for a quiet Sunday.

  Mr. Claridge opposed the proposition on the ground that there had been no demand.

  The Chairman said he did not think they, as a public authority, should set the example of Sunday trading.

  The resolution was lost by six votes to five.  Against the resolution there voted Messrs. Swindall, Spencer, Corby, Bayes, Claridge, and Horrell; for the resolution, Messrs. Perkins, Knight, Wilmott, Coles, and Hornsby.

The Feast

  Permission was granted to Mr. Thurston to occupy Spencer Park for the Feast.


  A number of tenants in King’s-road wrote asking that the rates might be paid weekly with the rent.  On the proposition of Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mr. Knight, the application was agreed to.


  The Wellingborough Board of Guardians wrote asking if the Council could find work of public utility for the unemployed, and suggesting that the Council should appoint a deputation to consult with the Board.

  This was agreed to, and Messrs. Bates, Swindall, Knight, and Horrell were appointed the deputation.

Health Week

  A letter was received from the County Council stating that they proposed to recognise October 8 – 14 as Health Week, and inviting the Urban Council’s co-operation.  The letter was referred to the Health and Sanitary Committee.


  Mr. Claridge moved “That in the opinion of this Council it is not desirable to shorten the hours now in force, with regard to Summer-Time, believing, as this Council does, that the present Summer Time hours are a great boon to the workers and the public generally.”

  Mr. Spencer seconded and Mr. Perkins supported.

  Mr. Hornsby opposed.

  The position was carried, Mr. Hornsby voting against.

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