|The Rushden Echo, 10th June 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Roller Skating In The Streets
Concerts and Order
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present :- Mr. F. Knight (chairman), Mr. J. Claridge (vice-chairman, the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).
Plans, etc. Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th May, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and G. Miller.
were presented by:-
Messrs. Ashford and Campion for alterations to workshop in Newton-road and passed subject to the manure pit being covered in and ventilated.
Mr. T. Wilmott for house and shop at the corner of Kings-road and Robinson-road, and passed subject to chimney walls being made 9 inches thick as provided by Bye-law 40 and a suitable ashbin being provided.
Mr. R. H. Carter for coal shed at the rear of his house, No. 56 Station-road and no exception taken.
Mr. W. Knight for additional w.c. to his factory in Manton-road and passed.
Messrs. Cave Brothers for a cinematograph hall in Alfred-street with covered way from High-street and referred back for amendment as to thickness of walls.
The Surveyor gave particulars of the various new houses, etc., and the steps taken to complete the numbering of same.
The Committee approved.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to place an unclimbable iron hurdle across the brook near the Council Schools in Alfred-street.
The Surveyor was instructed to round off the corner on the north side of this street at its junction with High Street.
High Street Improvement
A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council stating that that Council had agreed to pay, upon the completion of the work to the satisfaction of the County Surveyor, a sum of £32 towards the cost of the land and half the cost not exceeding £96 of the works necessary to carry out the improvement.
A letter from the Deputy Coroner respecting the recent fatal accident and containing the jury’s suggestion with regard to the street lighting, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting was considered. The Committee were unable to recommend any alteration in the time or mode of putting out the lamps.
Road Materials Granite
Tenders for the supply of granite for the current year were considered and the Surveyor was instructed to place his orders as follows:-
Tenders for the supply of slag were also received and the Surveyor instructed to place orders for about 1,000 tons in quantities as required from the following firms at the respective prices quoted by them, viz.
Kettering Iron company Unbroken 3/6, spoutings 5/6; 2 ¼” 5/6; 2” 5/6; 1¾” 5/6; 1½” 5/6; 1” 5/6; ½” 5/6.
Wellingborough Iron Company Unbroken 4/6; spoutings 5/3; 2¼” 5/3; 2” %/3; 1¾” 5/3; 1½” 5/3; 1” 4/6; ½” 4/0.
T. Butlin and Co. Unbroken 3/6; spounting 4/9; 2¼” 4/9; 2” 4/9; 2” 5/0; 1¾” 5/0; 1½” 5/0; 1” 4/0; ½” 3.6.
The report was adopted.
Finance And Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 31st May, 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), John Claridge, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the surveyor’s cash account with the wages books the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
Collector’s District Rate Account
The Collector’s District Rate Account was examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sum since the last meeting:-
Collector’s Fittings Account
The Collector’s fittings account was also examined from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
Cemetery Registrar’s Account
The Cemetery Registrar’s account was also examined, from which it appeared that the following sum had been received by him since the last meeting:-
Green Tolls Account
The Green Tolls account was also examined from which it appeared that the Collector had collected the following sum since the last meeting :-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined form which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the balances on the under-mentioned accounts were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £286/18/11, were examined and passed for payment.
Rectory Road Improvement
The Clerk was instructed to negotiate a loan of £1,000 for the purpose of this Improvement.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 1st June, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that seven cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, all of diphtheria, six of which had been supplied with milk from the same dairy. He recommended that a sample of the milk from this dairy be sent to the Laboratory of Pathology and Public Health for Bacteriological examination. The Committee agreed to the recommendation of the Medical Officer and instructed the Inspector to obtain and forward a sample of the milk in question.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of May 54 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, &c. which were receiving attention.
The Inspector also reported that the drainage of the houses Nos. 8, 10, 12 and 14 Station-road and No. 45 Moor-road, was defective. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to remedy the defects forthwith.
The Inspector also reported that he had visited the whole of the dairies and cowsheds in the district during the past month. In many cases the premises required white-washing, the floors cleansing and the manure in the yards moving more frequently. He was instructed to call the attention of the cowkeepers to the regulations in force and the penalties imposed for non-compliance therewith.
An application had been received from Mr. William Peach for registration as a cowkeeper and his name placed on the register.
The Inspector informed the Committee that acting on the advice of the Medical Practitioner in attendance, he had destroyed a flock bed and three pillows on which a patient suffering from diphtheria had died.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace same.
Three books belonging to the Free Library found in a house infected with diphtheria had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
A sample of water had been taken from a well at the Windmill Cottage on the Wymington-road and certified by the Medical Officer as unfit for drinking purposes. The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to require the town water to be laid on.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Sale of Grass
The Farm Sub-Committee reported that they had met and recommended that the grass at the Farm, Cemetery, and Hospital be sold by public auction by Mr. John S. Mason on Monday, the 20th instant. The Committee agreed.
Inspector of Nuisances
An application was received from Mr. Kingston for an increase of salary and it was resolved to recommend the Council to re-appoint Mr. Kingston, Inspector of Nuisances for the ensuing year at a salary of £110, being an increase of £10 on his present salary. It was pointed out that in future the Council would not pay the expenses of the Inspector in attending the Annual Conference of the Sanitary Inspectors ‘Association which in previous years had cost about £5 and that if sanctioned by the Local Government Board half of the amount by which the salary was proposed to be increased would be payable by the County Council so that there would be no additional charge on the rates.
The report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, June 3rd, 1910, when there were present : Messrs. J. Claridge, J. Spencer, S. Saddler, W. Clark, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, J. T. Colson, the Ven. Arthur Kitchin, and the Rev. J. H. Lynn.
Upon the proposition of Mr. Spencer, seconded by the Ven. A. Kitchin, it was unanimously resolved that Mr. John Claridge be appointed Chairman of the Committee.
The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on the 3rd December, 1909, having been printed and circulated amongst the members of the Committee, it was resolved that the same be approved and confirmed under the hand of the Chairman.
It was unanimously resolved that the following members act on the Management Sub-Committee:- The Chairman, with Messrs. Perkins, Saddler, Clark, Ballard, and J. T. Colson (secretary).
The Secretary reported that he had obtained quotations from the various printers in the town for the printing of Catalogues, but having regard to the prices quoted had considered it desirable to submit the same to the Committee before placing any order. It was resolved to accept the tender of Mr. Phillipson for 500 at £5/14/9, and that when delivered they be placed on sale at 3d. each.
The Management Sub-Committee were requested to take stock of all books in the Library at their early convenience and the printing of the Catalogues was ordered to stand over until this work was completed.
It was resolved to request the Council to instruct their Surveyor to prepare a specification and invite tenders for the painting of the outside wood and iron work of the Library building and submit same to the Management Sub-Committee with power to act.
The Secretary reported that 172 volumes had been added to the Library since the last meeting.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to expend a sum of £10 in the purchase of new books during the current financial year.
The Secretary reported that the number of books issued during the five months 1st January to 31st May was 10,541. The total number issued for the 12 months ended 31st December, 1909, was 23,672.
Several small matters of detail in connection with the Management were dealt with by the Committee.
Mr. Claridge, in moving the adoption of the report, said that during the first full year the library was open between 19,000 and 20,000 books were taken out. During the year ending December 31st the number issued was 23,672, so there is a gradual increase. It had been felt for some time that a catalogue was necessary and the committee had resolved to have 500 printed.
Mr. Ballard asked how many borrowers there were.
Ven. A. Kitchin: About 2,000.
Mr. Ballard thought 1,000 catalogues should be obtained.
Mr. Claridge said the committee thought 500 would be quite sufficient.
The report was adopted.
A letter was received from the Local Government Board auditor, reporting that he had completed his audit of the accounts of the Council for the year ending March 31st last, and making suggestions with regard to clerical details.
The letter was referred to the Finance Committee.
Mr. Swindall asked if any letter had been received from the County Council with regard to the School Managers.
The Clerk: No communication has been received at all.
Mr. Swindall said he hoped nothing would be done before the Council was consulted. There was a good deal of talk and he thought it only right that the Council should know what was going on.
Concerts and Order
Mr. Clipson asked if anything could be done to assist in preserving order in the Council Field, when the Bands gave concerts. There was so much noise sometimes that the music could not be heard. If anything could be done, he was sure the Bands would appreciate it.
Mr. Claridge said the same thing applied to the concerts on the Green. Turf was thrown about and there was much disorder.
The Chairman said he believed something would be done with regard to the Green, and it would be a pity if they could not do anything in regard to the Council Field.
Mr. Bazeley thought there would be much better order if a bandstand were erected. If that was done by voluntary effort he did not think the ratepayers would object.
Mr. Ballard : It’s only the small matter of raising the money, I believe.
The Clerk : The Council could erect a bandstand in a street or a park, but they cannot buy a piece of land for a cemetery and then spend money on it for another purpose.
Ven. A. Kitchin : Is there any idea of what a bandstand would cost?
The Chairman said the Surveyor could tell them because he got out an estimate. The Council decided some time ago, when he raised the question himself, not to raise any objection to a bandstand.
The Surveyor said his estimate amounted to £60.
The Chairman hoped that the police might be able to do something to keep order.
Roller Skating In The Streets
Mr. Ballard asked whether anything could be done to stop roller-skating in the streets. The practice was dangerous to the lads and to the public. Only that evening he saw a lad narrowly escape falling under the wheels of a cart. He did not wish to put an obstacle in the way of the lads enjoying themselves but he thought the public should be protected. If the school playgrounds could be opened he thought it would be a good thing.
The Chairman said it was no doubt a great nuisance.
The Clerk said that before roller-skating became an offence it must be proved that there was obstruction.
Ven. A. Kitchin questioned whether the playgrounds would be suitable for roller-skating. He was afraid the skating would greatly damage asphalt pavements.
The subject was then allowed to drop.