|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 14th July, 1950, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Houses Are Now On Points
Rushden Council’s New Method
If you want to know how to set about becoming a Rushden Council estate tenant one fact is outstanding you must get in your application quickly and then forget all about it for the next 12 months.
Announcing a new selection system for prospective tenants, the Council emphasises that during the present shortage of accommodation applications are not considered until they have been deposited for 12 months. There is an estimated waiting list of 500.
Basic points are to be awarded for the following factors, regarded as directly affecting housing need:- overcrowding, lack of a separate home (i.e. sharing accommodation with another family), unsuitable accommodation, ill-health or physical disability, and other special circumstances not covered under these four headings.
It is announced, regarding overcrowding, that points will be awarded for overcrowding of the whole dwelling as well as those awarded for lack of bedroom accommodation. No points will be allowed in any case where overcrowding at the same address has been relieved by the Council within the previous three years.
Under the heading of “unsuitable accommodation” points will be given for structural disrepair, sanitary defects, dampness, etc., which cannot be remedied.
Points for ill-health and physical disability are assessed on recommendations from the Medical Officer of Health after investigation following receipt of a doctor’s certificate.
Balancing points are used in the final selection, and the following matters are those taken into account : 1. war service of husband and/or wife; 2. length of waiting period as an applicant; 3. residence or employment in the district; 4. special personal circumstances.
No information can be given regarding the number of points awarded, and applicants are asked not to canvass members of the Council in support of their cases.
Rushden Hall Alterations and Repairs
Meeting in committee after the public session on Wednesday, Rushden Urban Council received Prof. A. E. Richardson’s specifications for repairs and alterations at Rushden Hall.
The work was estimated to cost £7.295, and after making an allowance for fees, contingencies, furnishings, and fittings, the Council decided to ask the Ministry of Health for sanction to a loan of £9,000.
The promised in-town bus service was also discussed, a sub-committee reporting on an interview with representatives of the United Counties Omnibus Co., who submitted proposals to cover the eastern and western estates of the town.
The Council approved, and agreed to help the company in pushing the plan forward.
It is hoped to start the new service before the winter.
Non Council House Improvement Plan
Grants towards the cost of improving non-council houses are to be offered by Rushden Council, but the scheme is likely to be limited by the restrictions on building licences.
The decision was made at the council’s meeting on Wednesday.
Reporting on the question of improvement grants, the Housing Committee expressed themselves as being favourably disposed in principle to the making of such grants. They recognised, however, that the work involved must be subject to building licences, the quota of which is very limited.
The committee recommended that the council agree in principle to making improvement grants in approved cases, but that all applicants be required to obtain the necessary licences before applying for the grants.
A second recommendation was that the council should apply for an increase in the licensing quota to cover anticipated work under the scheme for improvement grants.
Both resolutions were carried.
Referring to the possible requisitioning of empty premises Coun. J. H. J. Paragreen said he was surprised to find only one property on the council’s list.
There were houses which had been empty for some time, and it was unfair to young people who had to live in rooms.
The chairman (Coun. F. E. Brown) said the Housing Committee would be pleased to receive any addresses that Mr. Paragreen could give.
Seeking the de-requisitioning of “Hazelwood,” in Lime Street, Mr. John White wrote that he was in urgent need of accommodation for a number of new operatives.
He hoped to procure alternative accommodation for the present tenants of “Hazelwood,” and, if successful in this, he intended to convert the property into flats for his managerial staff or, possibly, as a hostel for operatives.
It was agreed to grant the application subject to the tenants being accommodated.
The Housing Committee also reported that they are to consider preliminary plans for a block of old people’s dwellings and flats.
It was agreed to seek tenders for children’s playground equipment on the Hove Road and Higham Road estates as well as at the Southfields, Boundary Avenue, and Jubilee Park sites.