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Rushden Echo, 15th June, 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Theft of Road Materials
War-Time Production of Food
The Cultivation of Waste Land
Public Health

  Wednesday, present Councillors J. Spencer J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chair), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, The Ven. A. Kitchin, M.A., and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Council in Committee

  A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, May 30th, 1917, when there were present: Messrs. J. Spencer, T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson and T. Swindall.

Chairman

  It was resolved that Mr. Spencer be appointed Chairman of this committee for the ensuing year.

Sub-Committees

  The following Sub-Committees were appointed:-

  Cemetery – The Chairman, Messrs. Wilmott and Claridge.

  Farm – Messrs. Wilmott, Bates, and Skinner.

  Lighting and Fire Brigade – The Chairman, Messrs. Wilmott and Swindall.

  Highways – Messrs. Bazeley, Clipson, and Knight.

Health and Sanitary Reports

  The report of the Medical Officer for the month of May was received.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting he had issued 26 preliminary notices, calling attention to nuisances, etc., 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 part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d.

  The Inspector also reported that the carcases of three pigs, voluntarily surrendered, had been found to be unfit for food and destroyed in the usual way.

  The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work since the last meeting.

Co-op Row

  Attention was called to the state of this road, and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to communicate with the owners with a view to same being put in a proper state of repair.

Diseased Meat

  The Sanitary Inspector also reported that the proceedings instituted against Messrs. E. Parsons and Sons, Ltd., for exposing for sale diseased meat were duly heard on Friday last, the 23rd instant, when a conviction was recorded, the defendants being fined £10 and £17 8s. 0d. costs.

Public Clocks

  Mr. W. Ginns attended the meeting in support of his application for the position of winder, etc., of the Parish Church clock, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. C. M. Fisher.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to appoint Mr. Ginns at an annual salary of £6; duties to commence July 1st next.

Public Lighting

  The Surveyor reported that after consultation with the Chairman he had ceased street lighting on April 30th last.

  The Committee approved.

Drill Hall

  A letter was received from Mr. G. R. Turner, on behalf of the Rushden Volunteer Corps, asking the Council to patch and tar paint the floor of the Drill Hall in order that it could be used for drill purposes.

  The Surveyor was instructed to carry out the necessary work.

Griffith Street

  A letter was also received from the Rushden Heel Co., asking the Council to remove the tree near the entrance to their factory in Griffith-street.

  The matter was referred to the Highways Sub-Committee, with power to act.

Cemetery (Unlaid-Out-Portion)

  Tenders were received for the mowing grass and grazing on this land to March 31st next, and it was resolved to accept that of Mr. F. Collins, £5, the highest.

  A letter was received from Messrs. G. Selwood and Co., asking the Council to vary the line of the fence dividing the Cemetery field and their factory in order to allow an extension to their works.

  The Committee decided to meet on the spot on Wednesday next, at 7 p.m.

Food Production

  A circular letter from the Northants Education Committee was received, stating that the duty of organising for [word missing] production in allotments and cottage gardens had been undertaken by the Women’s War Agricultural Executive Committee, at whose request the Education Committee were endeavouring to form a panel of horticultural representatives and advisers to cover the county, and asking this Council to nominate Mr. Gutteridge as their representative.

  The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Defence of Realm Regulations

  An Order made by the Local Government Board under the Defence of the Realm Regulations was submitted, conferring upon Local Authorities and their officers’ powers and duties of enforcing within their district various Orders relating to food control.

  The Committee resolved to recommend the Council to designate the Sanitary Inspector for carrying out the Order.

Road Materials, Larceny of

  A report from the police was received, stating that two boys had been caught carting away from the Hayway about a hundredweight of slag used for supporting the footpath there.  The boys informed the police that they did so by their mothers’ request, for the purpose of repairing a garden path.  The boys in question being of the age of nine and ten respectively, the Committee did not feel disposed to recommend a prosecution, but instructed the Clerk to summon the parents and the boys to appear at the next meeting of the Council.

Road Stone Control Committee

  The Surveyor reported that he had attended a meeting of Surveyors at Northampton, when a letter from the Ministry of Munitions was received, asking that a list of all roads of essential importance in the county might be at once submitted to them in order that the supply of road materials might be regulated.  The Surveyor suggested the names of the following roads to be included in the list:-

Bedford and Kettering Main Road

Kimbolton Main Road

Washbrook Road

Station Road

Wellingborough Road

Church Street

  The Ministry of Munitions also asked to be supplied with a statement showing the quantities of Materials used on these roads in the past years.

  The Surveyor stated that he was preparing such a statement and also a map showing the roads above mentioned.

Sparrows

  A letter was received from Mr. Reginald B. Loder inquiring what steps, if any, were being taken in this district to destroy town-bred sparrows.  The Clerk was instructed to reply that no official action was contemplated.

  A leaflet from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was also received, calling attention to the harmful effect following the destruction of small birds and to their general usefulness.

Steam Roller

  The Surveyor reported that he had received an application from the Raunds U.D. Council for the hire of the steam-roller, and was authorised to loan it to them at a charge of 30s. per day.

  The report was adopted.

  With regard to the appointment of the Sanitary Inspector for carrying out the Defence of the Realm Regulations, the Chairman said that, before any prosecutions were ordered, the Inspector would bring the matter before the Council.

  The Chairman said the Council did not wish to be vindictive, nor did they want to bring such young lads before the magistrates, but they wanted to stop this kind of thing.  The material at the present time was extremely expensive, and the footpath was being destroyed.  The lads and their parents promised not to offend again.

Finance & Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, June 5th, 1917, at 10 a.m. when there were present Messrs. T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, and Fred Knight.

Chairman

  It was resolved that Mr. Spencer be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.

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 May 3rd, 1917

29

18

0

Week ending May 10th, 1917

32

2

4

Week ending May 17th, 1917

33

12

8

Week ending May 24th, 1917

33

12

2

Week ending May 31st, 1917

31

14

7

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General District Rate

1631

12

6

Fittings

8

1

2

Green Tolls


10

0

Burial Fees, etc

10

19

6

Cottage Rents

50

2

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

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

 

£

s

d

Collector, District Rate

1631

12

6

Collector, Fittings

8

1

2

Collector, Green tolls

 

10

0

Collector, Cottage rents

50

2

0

Cemetery Registrar, Burial Fees, etc

10

19

6

Registration of Prisoners of War Charity

 

5

0

Free Library, fees, fines, etc

1

0

9

Collector, seed potatoes

17

9

0

Lightstrung Cycle Co., petrol license

 

2

0

Lightstrung Cycle Co., carbide license

 

2

0

Chettle & Son, knacker’s yard license

 

1

0

C. Robinson, chimney on fire

 

2

6

G. Miller’s fire, extinguishing expenses

4

14

0

War Loan Dividend

28

15

0

Total

1753

16

5

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General account

2100

11

6

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 27

107

11

11

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £626 13s. were examined and passed for payment.

Diseased Meat

  The Clerk reported the receipt from the Clerk to the Magistrates of a cheque for £27 4s., fine and costs, less Court fees, in the prosecution of Messrs. E. Parsons & Sons, Ltd.  The report was adopted.

Uncultivated Land Committee

  A meeting of the Uncultivated Land Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Monday, May 21st, 1917, when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, J. S. Mason, L. Baxter, H. Smith, T. Swindall, and W. Gutteridge.

  The Clerk reported that the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries had made an Order under which the cultivators would be allowed to remain in possession of their allotments until January 1st, 1919; that is to say they should not be disturbed before that date without compensation.

Seed Potatoes

  The Surveyor reported that eight tons of seed potatoes had been purchased and disposed of.

Prizes

  Mr. Swindall, as chairman of the Allotment and Small Holdings Society, said that the Society had a prize fund of £10, which they distributed annually to allotment holders, members of the Association who cultivated hired lands.  The members of the Association who cultivated purchased lands did not share in this fund.  He (Mr. Swindall) had had placed at his disposal a further sum of £10, and after consultation with the members of his Association it had been suggested that this sum of £10 should be divided as a prize fund equally between the members of the Allotment Association who cultivated purchased land and the cultivators of the unoccupied land.  It was anticipated that further donations would be promised towards the prize fund, and these would all go to the latter class.

  The Committee approved of the arrangement, and expressed their appreciation of the gifts made.

  It was resolved to meet again on June 18th to make arrangements for the judging.

  The report was adopted.



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