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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 16th July 1948, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Sunday Joints on Oil Stoves

Some Rushden residents in Newton Road claim to have waited twenty-two years for electricity to be connected to their homes.

According to a letter read by Councillor A. H. Bailey at Wednesday’s Council meeting, electric cookers stand idle while Sunday joints simmer on oil stoves.

And when the tenants return home from their work at night they have to read their papers by the light of paraffin lamps.

Mr. Bailey who took up the matter wanted representations made to the Central Electricity Board and he reminded councillors that they supported the applications made by the residents concerned last year.

When Councillor Bailey asked if the “operation” in the Washbrook Road and Moor Road area was now complete Councillor Waring replied “Yes – I live in the depressed area.”

The Council have reversed their attitude to back garden aviaries and the Housing Committee whose report was referred back in June, have decided to adhere to their original recommendations.

The matter took on the proportions of a “test case,” a tenant having applied for permission to erect an aviary in St. James Close.

Asked by Councillor J. Allen on what grounds the committee took its stand, Councillor J. T. Richardson, the chairman of the Housing Committee replied: “It is policy we think of. The tenant has been to see me personally and I assured him that we had nothing against him.”

Higher wages for Council workmen will probably mean a higher general rate for the next half-year, in the opinion of Councillor A. A. Allebone.

Recommending the Council to adopt the new wages and a 44-hour week for its manual employees the Finance Committee reported that the increase cost would be about £1,100 in a full year and £850 in the present year.

Councillor Allebone said he thought that the effect of a mere 6s a week increase would come as a shock to some members. It was equal to a three-penny rate.

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