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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 15th July 1955, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Flood prevention plan is to cost £17,000

A £17,000 safeguard against flooding, the condition of Hall Avenue after the repair work, and the handling of footpath re-construction in various streets were chief topics for discussion at Rushden Urban Council’s meeting on Wednesday.

The scheme for a relief sewer to prevent the flooding which had occurred periodically at the junction of Wellingborough Road and Duck Street, was adopted for submission to the Ministry after Mr. Cyril Freeman had moved its deferment.

It provides for an automatic pumping station, actuating a pumping main in Fitzwilliam Street and along Wellingborough Road to a point near Station Road.

Mr. Freeman expressed alarm about the cost, which he suggested might be nearer £30,000, and about the effectiveness of the plan, adding that the “receiving end” (the sewerage works) was not adequate.

The surveyor (Mr. A. Millar) said it was better to have a little temporary overloading at the works than to have flooding in Duck Street, Station Road and Washbrook Road.

Mr. Frank Brown said parts of Hall Avenue were still “rather bumpy.” The surveyor replied that joins in the concrete sections were the difficulty. It would be unreasonable to ask the frontage owners to pay for an asphalt carpet over the concrete.

When intermittent pavements operations, especially in Fitzwilliam Street, were criticised by Mr. J. E. Wills and others, the surveyor said he had given instructions that no work was to begin in other streets until continuity could be assured.

It was announced that clearance of a Little Street site, where homes for old people are to replace condemned property, will start shortly.

Tenders have been invited for the construction of roads and sewers on the Hayden Road estate.



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