|The Rushden Echo, 13th June, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Proposed Institute for Boot Manufacture
Sanitary Inspector’s Salary Increased
Traffic Impeded By Band Concerts
Wednesday, present Councillors C. Bates, J.P., in the chair, J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, John Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., F. Knight, J.P., T. Swindall, John Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. Hyde, T. Wilmott, Ven. A. Kitchin, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 28th May, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Messrs. Clark and Sanders for timber shed off Coffee Tavern-road, and no exception taken.
The Surveyor reported that he had been informed by the owners of corner plots fronting on Cromwell-road that when that road was made under the Private Street Works Act the owners of such corner plots were charged on their full frontage to Cromwell-road, and were given to understand that when the roads leading out of Cromwell-road were made they would only be charged at one-third of their frontages on such roads. The Surveyor also reminded the Committee that this practice had been adopted in several other cases.
The Committee thought that an apportionment of one-third on the corner plots to a depth of 70 feet would be fair and it was resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.
The Surveyor’s estimate of the expenses of making up this road amounted to £384/4/5.
Tenders were received for the widening of this bridge on the Recreation Ground side as follows:-
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept Mr. Wilmott’s tender.
This matter was re-considered by the Committee and it was resolved to recommend the Council to have the following additional lamps lighted during the summer months:-
At the corner of Duck-street and Wellingborough-road.
At the corner of Church-street and Wellingborough-road; and
At the four roads near the Oakley.
The Surveyor was instructed to prepare the necessary plans and specifications for the houses to be erected and authorised to obtain any necessary assistance.
Post Office Telegraphs
An application was received from the Post Master General asking for permission to lay and maintain underground telegraph lines as follows:-
(a) From the corner of Park-road and Newton-road to the entrance to the Council House yard.
(b) From High-street along north side of College-street, west side of Alfred-street, to and along the passage adjoining the schools to the position of the proposed pole.
(c) To the laying and maintenance of an underground telegraphic line from Newton-road across the Council House yard up and through the wall to the adjoining gardens.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to give the necessary consent.
Mr. Swindall asked if the underground telegraph lines were to be laid at once.
The Surveyor : Yes.
Mr. Swindall : Putting in the electric light mains is causing some inconvenience, and if we have two at the same time it will cause some obstruction.
The Clerk said this was a limited scheme.
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 3rd June, 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Knight, T. Swindall, and Ven. A. Kitchin.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows :-
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:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £806/0/11, were examined and passed for payment.
Inspector of Nuisances
The Committee had before them for consideration a recommendation from the Health and Sanitary Committee that the salary of the Sanitary Inspector be increased forthwith to £100 per annum, thus making with the salary of £5 per annum as Inspector under the Petroleum Acts a total salary of £105 per annum.
Mr. Allen was appointed Inspector of Nuisances in March, 1911, at a commencing salary of £80 rising by annual increments of £5 to a maximum of £100, and at the same time was appointed Inspector under the Petroleum Acts at a separate salary of £5. Mr. Allen’s present salary is therefore £95.
The Finance Committee, in view of the terms of the appointment, did not feel justified in supporting the recommendation of the Health and Sanitary Committee, which it was now understood would pass on for the consideration of the Council at their next meeting.
The Committee also considered the amount of the remuneration to be made to the surveyor in respect of his services in connection with the Sewage scheme and the erection of workmen’s dwellings. It was pointed out that any such remuneration would have to be by way of increase of salary as no payment out of loans could be made to officers of the Council. If an outside engineer had been employed and his remuneration paid out of loan the cost approximately would have been £800 for the sewage scheme, representing an annual re-payment of principal and interest combined of £40 for a period of 30 years. Mr. Madin’s present salary is £230 and the Committee resolved to recommend the Council that this salary be increased to £305 per annum for two years dating from the 24th June instant and at the end of that period to be fixed at £250 per annum.
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 4th June, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that ten cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., two of scarlet fever, three of diphtheria, one of erysipelas, and four of tuberculosis.
A letter was received from Dr. Morris asking for leave of absence from the 19th instant to the end of the month and expressing his regret at being obliged to sever his connection with the Council which had lasted for so many years.
The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to accede to Dr. Morris’s request.
The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that 28 informal notices had been issued since the last meeting, all of which were receiving attention.
A quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a case of scarlet fever.
The Council notice served on the occupier of No. 3, College-street, had been complied with.
The work of the demolition of No. 136, High-street, had been commenced.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Sale of Grass
It was resolved that the grass at the Farm, Cemetery, and Hospital be offered for sale by public auction on Monday next, the 9th instant, by Mr. J. S. Mason.
The Surveyor was instructed to disconnect the fountain in the wall at the corner of the Green from the well at present supplying same and lay on the town water.
The letter from the Clerk to the School Managers, requesting the Council to consider the question of the provision of public swimming baths, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered at length and ultimately it was resolved before making any recommendation that the Committee visit certain sites and to meet on Friday evening next at 7 o’clock for that purpose.
The Clerk read a letter received from the Secretary of the Education Committee in reply to his enquiry as to what financial assistance that Authority would be prepared to give in the event of the Council deciding to provide a swimming bath, from which it appeared that if satisfactory arrangements were made for the reservation of the bathing place during the time shown on the school time tables for the use of scholars attending the Public Elementary Schools the Education Committee would be prepared to contribute towards the maintenance of the bathing place at the rate of 7/6 per hundred registered attendances. This would be independent of any payment which might be made to meet the cost of instructing the scholars.
The Committee estimated that the amount that would be received under the terms of the foregoing letter would be between £15 and £20.
Mr. Clipson said they were all sorry at the cause which had led to Dr. Morris’s application for leave of absence.
Referring to the fountain Mr. Claridge said he was glad that something was to be done. At the same time children were playing havoc with the trough by throwing in pebbles, sods, etc., and blocking it.
The Surveyor said that attention should be given to the matter, so that the trough could be used for watering horses.
With regard to the swimming baths, Mr. Perkins said they could take about 300 scholars a week to the baths during the summer months.
Mr. Bazeley said that the committee had visited the Bedford-road and Station-road suggested sites. He thought the majority of the Sanitary Committee favoured the Station-road site, which were more central and the extra revenue would more than repay the Council for the extra cost, even if it cost £200 or £300 more than the Bedford-road site.
The question was postponed to a subsequent stage of the meeting.
The report was adopted.
Recreation Ground Committee
A meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 4th June, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
Sale of Grass
It was resolved that the grass be offered for sale by public auction by Mr. J. S. Mason on Monday next, the 9th instant, in two lots.
It was resolved that the Bands be informed that the Council will have no objection to their giving concerts in the Recreation Ground any time after the 30th June instant.
The Chairman reported that representations had been made to him on behalf of the Police that the greatest difficulty was experienced in regulating the traffic near the Church on Wednesday evenings during the time the Band was giving its weekly concerts there.
The Committee agreed that the traffic was much impeded, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to request the Bands to discontinue such Concerts on the Green after the 11th instant and offer them in place thereof the Cemetery field or Recreation Ground, whichever might be preferred by them, the latter not until after the 30th instant.
The Chairman of the Committee (Mr. Knight) said they ought to help the police as much as possible. The safety of the public was very much helped by a policeman being placed on point duty at the bottom of Newton-road during the busiest part of the day. Mr. Knight also mentioned that the grass in the Recreation Ground had realised £9/2/6.
The report was adopted.
The Local Government Board wrote approving of the appointment of Dr. Baker as Medical Officer. The Clerk said that Dr. Baker would be prepared to resign at any time if the Council decided to appoint a whole-time Medical Officer.
Sanitary Inspector’s Salary
The Chairman said that at the last meeting of the Sanitary Committee a recommendation was sent to the Finance Committee that the salary of the Sanitary Inspector be increased from £95 to £105 a year. The matter was discussed at some length at the Finance Committee’s meeting, but no recommendation was arrived at, and the recommendation of the Sanitary Committee would now stand good.
Mr. Bazeley moved that the salary be increased from £95 to £105 and said that Mr. Allen did his work in a fearless, straightforward, gentlemanly manner.
Mr. Perkins seconded and said the present salary was very small. He had always found Mr. Allen gentlemanly and very thorough in his work.
Mr. Spencer supported and said that in Mr. Allen they had a thoroughly efficient officer.
In answer to Mr. Perkins, the Clerk said that at present the salary advanced £5 a year and the present proposal would simply forestall the maximum by two years.
It was pointed out that a great deal of extra work now devolved upon the officer owing to the inspection of houses.
The proposition was carried by six votes to five.
With regard to the side street near Messrs. E. Claridge’s factory, leading out of Rectory-road at the back of the Salvation Army Hall, a letter was received from the owners asking the Council to reconsider their decision to put in force the Private Streets Works Act, as the expense would be a great hardship to them as working men and because the road was not used except for the factory. They asked that a deputation might be received on the matter.
Mr. Spencer moved that the Plans Committee receive the deputation.
Mr. Kitchin seconded and it was carried.
The Secretary of the Northants Education Committee wrote with regard to the proposed technical institute in boot manufacture, stating that the committee would be prepared to receive the opinion of the Urban Council as to where the institute should be erected, but pointing out that the County Council had definitely decided to erect only one institute.
Mr. Spencer very much regretted this decision to have only one institute.
Mr. Perkins thought that they should try and get it at Rushden, which would be so convenient for students at Higham Ferrers, Raunds, Irthlingborough, and elsewhere. Rushden was the centre of the district where the students were most numerous. Geographically Wellingborough was the centre but it was not such an important boot centre as Rushden.
Mr. Bazeley : I hear that Raunds Urban Council have decided definitely in favour of Wellingborough.
Mr. Perkins : If there is to be only one for all time Wellingborough is the place.
Mr. Claridge : For the present, and for some considerable time, I think, you may rely upon it there will be only one. Kettering is making a strong bid for it, and I think they will be prepared to give more financial assistance to it than any other town in the county.
The Chairman : Irchester and Irthlingborough are in favour of Wellingborough.
Mr. Claridge : And Higham Ferrers is in favour of Wellingborough.
Mr. Knight said that in spite of the decision of the County Council they should still ask for two institutes one at Rushden and one at Kettering throwing upon the County Council the responsibility of ignoring the wishes of the two largest centres which were the most interested and which supplied the most students. He was still of opinion that the two institutes could be provided for the amount proposed to be spent at Wellingborough.
Messrs. Knight, Spencer, Perkins, Hyde, and Claridge were appointed a committee to deal with the question of expressing the views of the Urban Council before the Education Committee.