|The Rushden Echo, 14th June, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Notification Of Consumption
The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present Councillors G. Miller, J.P., C.C. (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., F. Ballard, J. S. Clipson, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, T. Swindall, and G. H. Skinner, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk), Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor), and F. J. Allen (sanitary inspector).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 22nd May, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), C. Bates, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, and J. Spencer.
were presented by:-
Mr. A. Clayton (amended plan) for additions to factory in Grove-street and Manton-road and passed.
Mr. W. Sinfield for house in Rushden Court Avenue and passed.
Mr. S. W. Clayton for additions to workshop in Harborough-road and passed subject to compliance with Bye-law No. 28 with regard to recesses.
Messrs. James Hyde Ltd. for additions to factory in Glassbrook-road and passed.
Mr. C. R. Claridge for house on the Newton-road and passed.
The matter of making up this road under the Private Street Works Act was under the consideration of the Committee, but having regard to the possibility of considerable building operations taking place there in connection with the proposed Electric Light Works it was decided to adjourn the matter for three months. 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 4th June, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), F. Ballard, J. Claridge, and Fred Knight.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £703/9/3 were examined and passed for payment.
The Chairman said that Mrs. Warner had come into line with other property owners and had paid the cost of the agreement. Mrs. Warner informed him that she was quite in agreement with the policy of the Urban Council on the matter, and, in fact, thought the bye-laws did not go far enough. The Council went as far as the law allowed them to do, but Mrs. Warner would like them to go further with regard to improper buildings.
Mr. Ballard: I take it that the future policy of the Council will be to treat every person on the same lines as Mrs. Warner?
The Chairman: Yes.
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 5th June, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that eight cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, all of scarlet fever.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 45 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., most of which were receiving attention.
A quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption and the house sprayed and fumigated. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of such bedding at a cost of about 15/-.
The Inspector also reported that he had inspected the six houses Nos. 32 to 42, Moor-road, and found nuisances arising owing to the following defects:-
Nos. 32 to 42 unsuitable and defective yard paving.
No. 32 defective w.c. pan.
Nos. 34 and 36 defective branch drains.
No. 40 defective sink waste pipe.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to remedy the defects forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Knacker’s Yard Licence
An application was received from Mr. George Chettle for a renewal of his knacker’s yard licence, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Inspector of nuisances submitted a report with regard to the following houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.
It appeared to the Committee by the report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashtub, ashpit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
Shops Act, 1912
A letter was received from the Clerk to County Council referring to the provisions of this Act with regard to the possible delegation of the powers of the County Council to local authorities and intimating that the Finance Committee of the County Council were of opinion that provided the District Councils in the County were willing to act as the Agents of the County Council in the effective administration of the Act, arrangements should be made accordingly.
The Committee without definitely expressing any opinion as to the desirability of administering the Act on behalf of the County Council instructed the Clerk to write to the Clerk of that body enquiring what financial arrangements it was proposed to make should the District Councils undertake the work.
Housing And Town Planning Act
Mr. Charles Wright attended the meeting on behalf of the owner with a view to ascertaining if certain works were carried out the property would then be considered satisfactory and the Closing Order withdrawn. It was explained to Mr. Wright that the Order was made on the strong recommendation of the Medical Officer of Health and only upon his recommendation could it be withdrawn. It was arranged that Mr. Wright should submit his proposals in writing in order that they might be placed before the Medical Officer and his opinion obtained thereon. The Clerk was instructed to supply Mr. Wright with a copy of the Medical Officer’s report upon which the Committee acted.
The Committee had before them a circular letter from the Local Government Board with regard to the Parliamentary grant for sanatorium purposes, commending the interim report of the Departmental Committee on Tuberculosis to the consideration of Local Authorities. The report, after drawing attention to the progress made by local authorities in the organisation of preventative measures against tuberculosis, recommended that the existing Public Health Administration should be supplemented by the provision of tuberculosis dispensaries and institutions in which in-patient treatment is given and suggested that in the first instance the Medical Officer for each county and county borough should submit a report setting out the existing means for the treatment of tuberculosis within the county or county borough.
With reference to the existing powers of the local sanitary authorities, attention was particularly called to Article 8 of the Public Health Tuberculosis Regulations, 1911, which provides as follows:-
“Upon the receipt of a notification under the regulations in force, the Medical Officer of Health either personally or through an officer acting under his instructions, shall make such enquiries and take such steps as may appear to him to be necessary or desirable for preventing the spread of infection and for removing conditions favourable to infection.”
The Committee instructed the Clerk to call the Medical Officer of Health’s particular attention to the foregoing Article and to express to him their opinion that the necessary work thereunder should be undertaken by him personally and not through the Inspector of Nuisances.
An application was received from Mr. Sabey, the Cemetery caretaker, for an increase of wages.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant an increase from 26/- to 28/- per week.
The Clerk said that the Sanitary Committee had met that night and with regard to the notification of tuberculosis a letter was received from the Medical Officer suggesting that it would be desirable for him to meet the committee. The committee therefore recommended that the matter be referred back to them, and this course was agreed to, the rest of the report being adopted.
Mr. Knight gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that a letter be sent from the Council to the Midland Railway Co., asking them to again put on the branch-line trains which were knocked off during the coal strike, and that he would also call attention to what he considered to be necessary improvements with regard to the trains and the station accommodation.
Mr. Bates reported that the Farm Sub-Committee met on Tuesday at the farm and decided to have the sale of grass on Monday, July 1st.
The Chairman said that the Council would shortly have to consider the position of the insurable persons in the employ of the Council under the National Insurance Act. He moved that the matter be placed on the agenda for the next meeting of the proper committee.
Mr. Bates seconded, and it was carried.
The Chairman said that at the last meeting of the Cemetery Committee the Surveyor was instructed to repair the cemetery gates on the Newton-road. The Surveyor had come to the conclusion in which he (the chairman) concurred that the gates were now practically past repair. The gates were absolutely rotten and were not worth the paint which it was proposed should be put on them.
Mr. Clipson: Are they oak gates?
The Chairman: Yes. They have had 25 years’ wear. The wet has got into all the joints and they are now like touch-wood.
Mr. Swindall suggested that the Cemetery Committee should meet on the spot and examine the gates, and this was agreed to.
It was stated that if iron gates were substituted for the present wooden gates the cost would be heavy, but it would probably be the cheapest in the long run.
Police Court Facilities
Mr. Bazeley: Has the Clerk received any answer to the letter sent to the Home Secretary with respect to Mr. Spencer’s resolution asking for a police-court for Rushden?
The Clerk said he had received the usual formal acknowledgement. He had received a reply from Mr. Chiozza Money, M.P., stating that he would gladly take the matter up with the Home Secretary.
Referring to a notice in a Northampton paper to the effect that the County Council had refused the application of the Urban Council for an increase in the representation of Rushden on the County Council, the Chairman said that as a matter of fact the question had not yet come on at the County Council meeting.
Mr. Swindall asked if anything had been said at the meeting of the Sanitary Committee about having a meeting of the whole Council at the sewage farm. There were several things which ought to be considered. It would be better for the Council to meet on the site and have everything explained to them before the Local Government inquiry took place.
The Chairman: The plans have gone to the Local Government Board. There is no reason why the Council should not meet there.
Mr. Bates moved that the Council should meet there.
Mr. Swindall seconded, and said they got a different idea when they were on the spot. There were several things the Council should consider, one of them being the position of the manager’s house.
This was carried.
Compliments To Rushden
The Chairman said that, according to the instructions of the Council, he had met the delegates to the Annual Grand Meeting of the Free Gardeners and had given them a welcome to the town. The delegates generally expressed their gratification at the cleanliness and good order of the town, and some of them stated that they would bring their wives to Rushden for their holiday. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Bazeley: A health resort!
The Chairman: Yes. The town was certainly looking at its best.
The Clerk stated that at a meeting of the Sanitary Committee preceding the Council meeting that night the quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge (veterinary inspector) was received. The inspector said that on June 4th and 6th he visited 28 premises belonging to 26 cowkeepers in the urban district and inspected 252 cows and heifers, making a special examination of their throats and udders. The committee instructed the inspector to keep under his observation certain of the cows mentioned in his report. It was resolved to ask Mr. Bainbridge to attend a special meeting of the committee to be held on Wednesday, June 19.
The Sanitary Committee reported that they had instructed the Surveyor to notify occupiers of houses by leaflet as to the collection of tins from the rear of their houses and also the days of collection. The report was adopted.