The Rushden Echo, 10th June 1898, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Year’s Estimates
At Wednesday night’s meeting there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), F. Knight (vice-chairman), W. H. Wilkins, T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, G. Fountain, B. Mortimer, G. Miller, J. Spencer, G. Denton, and W. H. Brawn, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. Madin), the Medical Officer (Dr. Owen), and Sanitary Inspector (Mr. J. B. Martin).
The committee reported that plans had been presented by:- Mrs. Mary Stapleton (amended) for three houses on Denmark-road and passed; Mr. C. G. Cunnington for additions to currying factory in Succoth-yard and passed; Mr. Fred Cave for stable and coach-house in Victoria-road and passed; Independent Wesleyan chapel trustees for new chapel in High-street, and referred back for further means of exit to be shown; Mr. R. Marriott for new roads on the Victoria Estate, and referred to the Plans Sub-committee to inspect the site.
Estimates for the year ending March 31st 1899, were submitted by the committee as follows:-
Cash balance at the commencement of the year, £2,117 10s 10d, including £989 16s 11d, in hand for private street improvements included in the estimate of expenditure, this bringing up the total to £10,575 10s 3d.
The estimates were adopted.
The Committee minutes showed that the Surveyor had submitted the final apportionment of the expenses of making Griffith-street, which was approved; and that the Surveyor was instructed to caution Mr. Harry Knight to at once pull down the erection on the Newton-road, otherwise the Council would take proceedings.
The Chairman said they had the boiler at the additional water supply well for a month. That month had nearly expired and he thought the experience was that the boiler was not satisfactory. The work required could not be done with it. The Surveyor was under the impression that it would be much better to buy a new boiler rather than continue with that one. They had it at £1 a week with the option of purchase at the end of the month for £30. They, however, could get a new boiler for £44.
Mr. Wilkins said the present boiler might be worth nothing at the end of twelve months while a new one would be worth a great deal.
The Chairman said they had a very satisfactory supply of water at present. The builders had received notice that they could have water now for mixing mortar, etc. The reservoir now stood at eight feet.
Mr. Denton: That is very satisfactory.
Watering The Streets
Mr. Miller: Would it be wise to water the streets, especially for the coming show? The roads to-day have been very dusty. If we have water running away we might safely use it.
The Surveyor: It is not running away.
The Chairman: I think we might utilize some of it. We might water the roads, say, once a day.
The Surveyor was instructed to have the streets watered at his own discretion.
Mr. Skinner: If anyone leaves a tap running all day on purpose, is there a fine?
The Chairman: There should be.
Mr. Skinner: I am told that some people always leave the tap running because they think that in that way they get the water fresher.
The Chairman: If you know of such a case you should report it to the Surveyor.
Mr. Denton: The Surveyor should be informed and then we should probably call upon the offender to take water in future by meter.
The Water Experts
Mr. Fountain asked if any report had yet been received from the experts (Mr. Eunson and Mr. Cameron) as to what course they would recommend the Council to take to procure a permanent supply of water.
The Chairman: No.
The Surveyor: Mr. Eunson says he hopes to have the report ready in time for the next meeting in committee.
An Alleged Nuisance
Reference was made to an alleged nuisance in the lavatory at the M.R. Station.
The Sanitary Inspector said he had seen nothing himself to complain of. He had advised the officials to be careful to see that it was always in proper order.
Damage at The Cemetery
Mr. Bayes, keeper of the cemetery, attended the meeting and said he had from time to time received complaints about flowers being stolen from the graves, in consequence of which he watched. Last Sunday afternoon he saw a girl named May Jane Burfield, of Queen-street, take some flowers from a shrub in the cemetery. When he spoke to her, the girl said she was 12 years of age, but he had since ascertained that she was vaccinated on May 12th, 1882, which would make her about 16 years of age.
It was resolved to request the girl to attend the next meeting of the Council.
Service of Trains
The M.R. Co. wrote stating that the representations of the Council with regard to the train service on the Higham Ferrers Branch line should have due consideration.
This letter was too indefinite to please the members of the Council and the Committee were asked to send a reply to the M.R. Co.
District Council Association
It was resolved that the chairman and the clerk should attend the annual conference of this association at Matlock on July 15th and 16th.