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The Rushden Echo, 19th June, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Municipal Housing Scheme
Dangerous Corners
Recreation Ground: Name To Be Changed
Houses Condemned
Infectious Disease Nearly Stamped Out

Wednesday, present Councillors J. S. Clipson, J.P. (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, C. Bates, L. Perkins, B.Sc., J. Spencer, T. Wilmott, and G. H. Skinner, with Messrs. G. S. Mason (Clerk), W. B. Madin (Surveyor), and F. J. Allen (Sanitary Inspector).

Council in Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 20th May, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, and T. Wilmott.

Public Swimming Bath

The Committee had under consideration the provision of a site for the proposed public swimming bath, and the Clerk was instructed to approach Messrs. John Cave and Sons, Ltd., with regard to the piece of land at the north end of their factory and abutting on Duck-street, and Mr. A. H. Sartoris with regard to a site on the Wellingborough-road opposite Duck-street, and the site of the late Mr. Samuel Knight’s house opposite the Green.

Harborough Road

The letter from Mr. George Selwood asking the Council to construct a footway from Newton or Oswald-roads to Harborough-road, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered, and after visiting the site the Committee agreed, whilst recognising the convenience of such a footway to the residents of Harborough-road, that the expense of providing a satisfactory one would be so heavy as to make the scheme impracticable at the present time, and the Clerk was instructed to so inform Mr. Selwood.

The report was adopted.

Plans, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, May 27th, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. Cave Brothers for additions to No. 51, High-street, and passed.

Mr. John Clark for two houses in Upper Queen-street, and passed, subject to the usual agreement as to the maintenance of the combined drain.

Mr. M. Lilley for additions to No. 78, Moor-road, and passed.

The Band Club for alterations and additions to their premises in Manton-road, and passed, subject to the drainage arrangements being made satisfactory to the Surveyor.

Infringement of Bye-Laws

The Surveyor reported that Mr. Frank Harris had erected a shed at the rear of his house in Washbrook-road without first submitting a plan, in contravention of the Building Bye-laws.

The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Harris calling his attention to the infringement and requiring him to submit a plan forthwith.

Dangerous Corners

Main Roads – A letter was received from the County Surveyor stating that the following corners in this district were proposed to be included in the grant for this year:-

1. corner (£60) at junction of main roads near Higham Ferrers boundary.

2. corners (£29) at junction of Griffith-street with Bedford main road,

2. corners (£15) at junction of Hayway with Kimbolton main road:

towards the cost of which the Road Board would make a grant of 75 per cent. and the County Council would pay the remaining 25 per cent.

District Roads – A further letter was received from the County Surveyor stating that the Roads and Bridges Committee had allocated the amount for this district at £10 on the district roads for the corner at Newton Gap, towards the cost of which the Road Board would contribute 75 per cent. The land required for widening the corners to be provided by the Council in each instance.

The Chairman, Mr. Swindall, and the Surveyor were requested to see the respective owners of the corners referred to with a view to them giving up the land for widening purposes.

Tramway Crossing, Wellingborough-Road

The Surveyor was instructed to give his attention to this crossing, which was not in a satisfactory condition, and charge the cost to the owner.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay to Mr. Germain Warren an acknowledgment rent of 1/0 per annum in consideration of his allowing the Council to place a public lamp on his property in Little-street.

The report was adopted.

Team Labour – Scavenging

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for team labour and scavenging as before.

The report was adopted.

Recreation Ground Committee

A meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th May, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Free Church Council

An application was received from the Free Church Council for the use of the Recreation Ground on Sunday evenings, June 7th and 28th, July 19th, and August 9th and 30th, at 7.45 for the holding of open-air services.

It was resolved to accede to the application subject, with regard to the 28th June only, to the Ground being vacant at 7.45 p.m.

Trades and Labour Council

An application was also received from the Trades and Labour Council for permission to hold a Labour meeting in the Ground on June 7th next.

The Committee agreed provided the meeting was finished by 5.45 p.m.

Roman Catholic School Treat

An application was also received from Father O’Gorman for the use of the Ground for children’s sports on the general school treat day in July.

It was resolved to accede to the application on the same terms as last year.

Site for Meetings

The Committee resolved to visit the Ground at an early date and fix a site for the holding of public meetings, etc.

Name of Ground

It was resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions that in future the Ground be known as “Spencer Park.”

Mr. Knight, chairman of the committee, with reference to the alteration in the name of the Recreation Ground to Spencer Park, said it formed part of the Spencer Park building estate. Mr. Swindall had suggested the alteration, and the committee concurred. He thought that a ground which had cost as much as that had done and which the Council were doing so much to beautify, deserved a better name than “Recreation Ground.” Public footpaths sometimes ran through what were called “Recreation Grounds,” and the local authorities had not always that control over them which the Rushden Council had over the ground in question. He moved that the alteration be made.

Mr. Claridge seconded, and it was carried.

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 9th June, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, and F. Knight.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£
s
d
Week ending 7th May, 1914
37
0
10
Week ending 14th May, 1914
37
13
11
Week ending 21st May, 1914
37
15
Week ending 28th May, 1914
37
11
6
Week ending 4th June, 1914
39
3

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£
s
d
General district rate
918
6
10
Fittings
27
3
8
Green Tolls

4
6
Burial fees, etc
16
8
6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£
s
d
Collector, District rate
918
6
10
Collector, Fittings
27
3
8
Collector, Green Tolls

4
6
Cemetery Registrar, Burial Fees, etc
16
18
6
Coffee Tavern Co., Chimney on fire

2
6
County Council, Main Roads
255
0
0
Free Library, Fees, fines, etc
1
3
7
Total
1218
19
7


And that the balances were as follows:-


£
s
d
General Account
707
3
5
Loan Account No. 16
152
1
0
Loan Account No. 19
387
17
6
Loan Account No. 24
2771
18
7
Loan Account No. 26
37
17
0
Loan Account No. 27 o/d
38
19
2

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1487/0/7 were examined and passed for payment.

Housing, etc., Acts

The Clerk reported that the Public Works Loan Commissioners had now definitely agreed to advance the loans required for this purpose at 3½ per cent, repayable by equal half-yearly instalments of principal and interest combined and that it would be necessary to seal the mortgage deed by Monday next at latest if the money for the completion of the purchase of the land was to be available before the end of the month.

The Clerk was authorised to convene a special meeting of the Council for this purpose on Monday next at 6.45 p.m.

The report was adopted.

Housing, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 9th June, 1914, when there were present: - Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.

Housing, etc., Acts

The Public Works Loan Commissioners, having signified their intention to make the loans required at 3½ per cent, the Surveyor was instructed to intimate to the builders that they might forthwith commence operations. With regard to Mr. Marriott’s tender for the 28 houses the Surveyor was to instruct him to begin with those on the upper portion of the estate and inform him that there was a possibility of the plan for the 12 houses in Kings-road being somewhat modified.

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 10th June, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that six cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., two of scarlet fever, two of erysipelas and one of tuberculosis (knee).

The Officer also reported that the County Medical Officer had during the month inspected the new sewage works and the Smallpox Hospital.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month 23 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., and four statutory notices, all of which were receiving attention.

One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1.

The Inspector submitted a certificate of the Medical Officer of Health that the premises No. 11, South-terrace, required cleaning and limewashing in order to prevent or check infectious disease, whereupon it was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring the work to be done within seven days.

The Inspector also reported that he had visited and inspected the drains at Nos. 3, 5 and 7, Portland-road, and found defects to exist at Nos. 5 and 7. The intercepting trap disconnecting the drains from the sewer had been removed from the chamber. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to replace the interceptor and remedy the defects forthwith.

A sample of water had been taken from a well at Nos. 27 and 29, Crabb-street, and upon examination found to be unfit for domestic purposes. The well had since been closed and the town water laid on to the property.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Housing, Town Planning, etc., Acts.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had in company with the Medical Officer of Health visited and inspected the houses Nos. 50, 52, 56 and 58, High-street South. Nos. 52 and 58 were in a state so dangerous or injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to make a Closing Order prohibiting the use of the houses Nos. 52 and 58 for human habitation until in the judgment of the Council they are rendered fit for that purpose.

It was also resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner of Nos. 50 and 56 requiring him to remedy certain defects forthwith.

Dell Place

A letter was received from Mrs. Skinner stating that she and Mrs. Sanders intended having the approach road drained and repaired as soon as possible, and asking the Committee not to take any further steps in the matter.

It was resolved to recommend the Council, if the work were found to be in hand at the date of their next meeting, or a definite order placed with a contractor by then, not to take further proceedings, but otherwise to act upon the resolution of the last meeting.

Sale of Crops

It was resolved that the sale of growing grass at the Sewage Works, Cemetery, and Hospital take place by auction as usual on the last Monday in the present month.

Nursing Service in Northamptonshire

A circular letter was received from the Northamptonshire District Nursing Association inviting the Council to appoint two representatives to attend a conference to be held at Northampton on July 18th, to discuss the question of nursing in Northamptonshire.

It was resolved to appoint the Chairman of this Committee and Mr. L. Perkins to attend such conference.

Summer School of Town Planning

A letter was received from the secretary of the school enclosing prospectus and drawing the attention of the Council thereto with a request that the Council would do what they could to assist those engaged in their offices to attend the school.

The Committee, while expressing sympathy with the object, felt that it would be impossible for the staff of this Council to avail themselves of the opportunity of attending the lectures.

Housing, etc., Acts

A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council, stating that that Council had had under consideration the provisions of these Acts and with the object of assisting them in their deliberations would like to have the opinion of this Council as to whether there is within this area an insufficiency of houses.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Council being recently of opinion that there was such insufficiency had now embarked on a scheme for providing 40 houses and when this scheme was completed the Council would be able to express further opinion as to whether the inadequacy had been met.

Team Labour

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for scavenging as in previous years and submit to a special meeting of the Committee to be held on the 24th instant at 6.45 p.m.

Sanitary Inspector’s Association

It was resolved to recommend the Council to appoint their Inspector, Mr. Allen, as their delegate to attend the annual meeting of this Association to be held in Leicester in September.

Mr. Swindall (chairman of the committee), in presenting the report, said that infectious disease was now nearly stamped out.

A discussion took place with regard to Dell-place.

Mr. Swindall, in proposing (as chairman of the committee) the adoption of the committee’s recommendation, said they had received no communication from the two owners and he thought they would have to put the Private Street Works Act into force. If so, it would cost the owners a great deal.

Mr. Knight inquired what information had been put before the owners as to what was required. He agreed that something needed doing to the road, but the Private Street Works Act would be expensive.

Mr. Bazeley said that the matter had been before the committee for a long period. Every opportunity had been given to the owners of making a satisfactory settlement. It seemed to him that the committee were being played with. The committee felt that there should be no further delay.

The surveyor explained the work which he considered ought to be done.

Mr. Skinner said that a definite order had been given for the repair to the road.

Mr. Swindall said that the owners had been asked to repair the road for the last two years. If they had spent £20 on it a year or two ago the requirements would have been met.

Mr. Bates urged that the road ought to be done properly, in order to protect the houses at the bottom of the road.

The committee’s recommendation was carried.

With regard to nursing service, the Clerk explained that the object of the conference was to prevent overlapping.

The report was adopted.

Parade

A letter was received from the Friendly Societies’ Council inviting the Council to take part in the Friendly Societies’ parade.

The Chairman said he should attend, and he asked as many of his colleagues as possible to accompany him.

Municipal Housing

The Chairman moved that the contracts with Mr. Marriott and Mr. Thompson with regard to the municipal houses and the contract with Mr. Swannell for work at the Recreation Ground be sealed by the Council, and this was carried.

Mr. Bazeley: When will they commence building operations? How much longer are we going to be before we see a commencement?

The Chairman said that the street was being made and the water pipes put in. The work was going on as quickly as possible.

Shops Act

The Clerk said that some time ago the Northants County Council asked the Rushden Urban Council to act as their agents under the Shops Act with regard to making closing orders, and the Urban Council at that time decided that they would be pleased to act on the understanding that the County Council paid the expenses. Mr. Cooper, from the County Council offices, had now paid him a visit and informed him that 17 local Councils had agreed to act as the County Council’s agents in the matter and in no case had they made such a stipulation with regard to the expense as the Rushden Council had done. The County Council could hardly now make an exception in the case of Rushden. Mr. Cooper explained that the only expense would be for printing and advertising the fact that the Urban Council had accepted the delegation of powers, and he expressed the hope that the Rushden Council would agree to act for the County Council and make the closing orders. The Clerk added that he had received a letter from Mr. E. J. Woolston, secretary of the Rushden Hairdressers’ Association, expressing the earnest hope that the Rushden Council would consent to act and hoping that the matter would be pushed forward at once, so that his association could have the benefit of the earlier closing before the summer came to an end. They had now waited two years for the closing order to be made.

Mr. Knight moved that the Council accept the delegation of the powers from the County Council.

Mr. Spencer seconded.

The Chairman said that the expense would only be about £1 altogether.

The proposition was carried, and it was agreed to make the closing order at the earliest possible moment.



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