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Rushden Echo, 13th July, 1923, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

County’s Compliment To Rushden
Thanks to a Benefactor
Planned Extension of Spencer Park

[This article is on the fold of the paper so some words are missing.]

  Wednesday, present Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), C Bates (vice-chairman),  T. Wilmott, T. Swindall, C. E. Bayes, --------, F. Knight, J.P., F. Corby, John 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).

  Commenting on the conferences held at Northampton of members of the Northants County Council to discuss the request of Rushden Council to have increased representation on their own body, the Wellingborough Board of Guardians, and the County Council, Mr. Perkins said that the Clerk (Mr. Mason) had put the case clearly before the conference, and the result was that an inquiry was promised, to take place probably in the early -------.

Plans, &c., Committee

   A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the ---- June, 1923, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), C. Bates, -----------, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, C. W. Horrell and J. Hornsby.

Plans

were presented for:-

  -----  houses on the Newton-road for Messrs. Fairey and Deighton, and passed subject to the party wall being 9 ins. thick throughout and an undertaking given as to the maintenance of the combined drain ---------.

  -------- store and rest room to factory in Bedford-road for the Tecnic Boot Co., Ltd., and passed.

  --------- and alterations to “Sunny-side” on the Court Estate, for Mr. Hallett, and no exception taken.

  Alterations to buildings (amended plan) on Wellingborough-road for the Adult School and no exception taken.

  -------- blower house at Park-road Wesleyan Church, and passed.

Miscallaneous Wooden Buildings

  Applications were received from Mr. C. -------, 23, Spencer-road, Mr. F. Lee-----, Lightstrung-yard, Mr. R. Tarry, ------road, and Mr. W. Sharp, -------road, for permission to erect wooden buildings near their premises and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.

Hanging Sign

------ his application, permission was given to Mr. W. Wright to remove the hanging sign from Messrs. Lands’ premises and to fix it to No. 100, High-street, at a height of at least 9 feet from the pavement.

Shop Window Blinds

  Attention was called to the dangerous --------- various shop window blinds in the town by reason of their too close proximity to the ground.

  The Surveyor was instructed to request the police to warn the shopkeepers that the blinds at the lowest point must be 9 feet above the pavement.

Newton-Road Improvement

  The Surveyor laid before the Committee details of the proposed improvement at the bottom of Newton-road and it was resolved to recommend the Council to approve ----------.

Building Bye-Laws

  The Sub-Committee appointed to consider the new Model Building Bye-laws ------------ that they had been carefully ----- both sets of Bye-laws, drafts of which had been submitted by the Ministry of Health, and now recommended that the ------- series be adopted.

  The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Factory Acts

  An application was received from Messrs. A. Sargent and Sons, Limited, for a certificate that their factory in Portland-road is provided with sufficient and proper means of escape in case of fire.

  The Surveyor reported that he had visited the factory and found that the building was on the one storey principle ----- of exit were provided as follows:-  Three large doors direct from the workrooms; two small doors direct from the workrooms; one office door on to street; and in his opinion suitable means of exit in case of fire were provided.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant the certificate.

Improvement Works On District Roads In Rural Areas

  The Clerk submitted a Circular No. 188 received from the Ministry of Transport---------- it had been decided to devote some of the Road Fund revenues for the period 1923-24 to assisting road improvement works in rural areas, a condition -----  to any grant being made will be ------- area of the applicant Authority --------rural in character.

  The Committee considered the question of the application on behalf of the Council and concluded that there were no roads in the district that could be brought within --------.

Higham and Washbrook Roads Improvement

  The Surveyor read a letter from the ------ Road Engineer of the Ministry of Transport asking if the Council were prepared to immediately proceed with the work of this improvement in the event of his recommending a grant of 50 per cent towards the total estimated cost of £600.

  The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Clerk to the County Council with a view to their confirmation of an offer to contribute a sum equal to 25 per cent. of the Higham-road part of the improvement, not exceeding £93, made in October last, in which case it was resolved that the Surveyor inform the Engineer that the Council would proceed at once.

  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 4th of July, 1923, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), C. Bates, F. Corby, J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Surveyor’s Cash Accounts

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


£

s

d

Week ending 7th June, 1923

110

14

3

Week ending 14th June, 1923

107

3

1

Week ending 21st June, 1923

106

11

2

Week ending 28th June, 1923

114

14

7

Collector’s Account

  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

1109

0

4

Fittings


4

3

Market Tolls

8

15

0

King’s-road Rents

83

16

9

Assist. Housing Scheme Rents

196

0

7

Spencer Park

48

2

0

Cemetery Fees, etc

17

15

0

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, General District Rate

1109

0

4

Collector, Fittings


4

3

Collector, Market Tolls

8

15

0

Collector, Cottage Rents

279

17

4

Cemetery Registrar, Cemetery Fees, etc

17

15

0

Clerk, Licences


3

0

L. G. Guarantee Society Commission

4

7

3

J. Jaques, Fire Extinguishing Expenses

3

11

0

County Council, Classified Roads

89

0

0

Library, Fees, etc

2

11

8

Collector, Spencer Park

48

2

0

Total

1563

6

10

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General Account

929

14

10

Loan Account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan Account No. 35

2101

19

10

Loan Account No. 36

179

0

0

On deposit

11000

0

0

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £1,179  10s. 8d., were examined and passed for payment.

Spencer Park

  The Committee had under consideration the provision of additional seats near the Bowling Greens and Tennis Courts and it was resolved to recommend the Council that six of these be provided at an estimated cost of £15.

  The report was adopted.

  Mr. Knight moved that the best thanks of the Council be passed to the anonymous donor of the paddling pool, which he said was most highly appreciated, also to Mr. Madin for the excellent manner in which the pool had been laid out.

  Mr. Coles seconded, and said that the Park was so great a boon and used by so great a number of people that the time had come when the Council should consider the advisability of extending the Park.  It might be well to continue Spencer-road and build houses, the further fields to be used both for building houses and enlarging the Park.  It would be a boon and a credit to the town which, they hoped, would grow.  There were not too many donors and he hoped there would be an epidemic of them.  (Laughter.)

  Mr. Perkins, supporting and referring to the interest that Mr. Coles took in the Park generally and bowls in particular, said he regarded Bro. Coles as High Chief Ranger of the Park.

  The motion was carried.

  Mr. Madin suitably responded.

Health and Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 4th July, 1923, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), L. Perkins, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, 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 since the last meeting ten nuisances had been dealt with, of which number two had been abated; 29 of the outstanding nuisances had been abated during the past month.

  Forty-nine visits had been made to places where food was prepared or sold, and during these inspections a quantity of beef and beef offal together with a quantity of pork and pork offal and 16 tins of various foodstuffs, all voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed in the usual way as being unfit for food.

  Following cases of infectious disease two rooms had been disinfected, and at the depot a quantity of bedding had also been disinfected.

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

Milk and Dairies Act 1922

  Applications were received for registration under this Act as follows:-

  Retail Purveyors: Messrs. G. Hall and Son, George Warner, and R. E. Ackroyd.

  Cowkeepers and Wholesalers: Messrs. Wm. Childs, G. Warner, and R. E. Ackroyd, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that their names be placed on the respective registers.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

  The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received, from which it appeared that on the 14th, 15th, and 18th June he visited 24 premises in this district and inspected 176 cows, making an individual examination of each udder.  The Committee considered the report very satisfactory.

Cemetery

  The Cemetery Registrar submitted his half-yearly report from which it appeared that during the past six months there had been 60 interments.  Twenty-four grave spaces had been purchased and eight reserved for a period of 14 years.  Four headstones had been erected, six kerbs laid down, and two additional inscriptions engraved on existing memorials.  The receipts had been £100  14s., and no fees remain unpaid.

Public Lavatories

  The Surveyor submitted a sketch of the proposed public lavatories in Newton-road on the site of the Clerk’s house which the Committee unanimously approved and instructed the Surveyor to prepare plans and an estimate of the cost and submit to a future meeting.

Health Week

  A letter with circular from the National Health Week Committee was received stating that the suggested date for the holding of a Health Week this year was October 7th to October 13th, and giving particulars for the organisation thereof.

  It was understood that the County Council, in conjunction with the County Insurance Committee, was taking the matter up, and it was decided to adjourn the further consideration thereof for the present.

Housing, Town Planning, Etc., Acts

  The Sub-Committee appointed at the last meeting to inspect certain properties in Albion-place and High-street South reported that they visited the site on the 9th ult., and suggested various repairs and renovations.

  It was resolved to adopt the suggestions of the Sub-Committee and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to communicate with the owners with a view to the work being carried out.

  The report was adopted.

Health Week

  The Clerk read extracts from a circular letter from the Northants Insurance Committee, in conjunction with the County Council, stating that it was proposed holding a Health Week in the county in October, and asking the Rushden Council to take the initiative in arranging the week’s programme.

  Mr. Coles moved that the Council accede to the request.  The County Council regarded Rushden’s Health Week plans of last year as absolutely ideal, and they had circulated to most authorities in the county copies of the programme, a very great compliment.

  Mr. Spencer seconded, and said that public baths would be a good start towards public health.

  The motion was carried.

Unemployment

  Mr. Spencer having asked whether the increase of unemployed did not make it necessary that the Council should consider new schemes of relief, Mr. Bates said he could let the Clerk have the figures to read at each meeting of the Council.  Mr. Bates, replying to Mr. Claridge, said he believed there was a slight increase from the last figures placed before the Council.

Road Improvement

  Respecting the Council’s proposed scheme of improving the junction of Washbrook-road and High-street, the County Council wrote reaffirming their previous offer of 25 per cent. (not to exceed £93) of the cost on the main road portion, subject to the work being carried out to the satisfaction of the County Surveyor.



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