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The Rushden Echo, 11th June, 1920, Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Proposed Expenditure Deferred
“Outsiders:” Application for Increased Wages

Wednesday, present Councillors J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., (Chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Hornsby, T. Swindall, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. E. Bayes, T. Wilmott and J. Tomlin, with the Acting Clerk (Mr. W. L. Beetenson), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 2nd June, 1920, at 10am, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (Chairman), F. Knight, J. Hornsby, T. Swindall and T. Wilmott.

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


£

s

d

Week ending May 6th, 1920

99

1

7

Week ending May 13th, 1920

96

13

4

Week ending May 20th, 1920

96

18

3

Week ending May 27th, 1920

95

3

5

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

2045

9

2

Green Tolls


19

0

Cottage rents

45

1

5

Burial Fees, etc

11

12

0

Burial Fees, etc……. 11 12 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, rate

2045

9

2

Collector, Green tolls

 

19

0

Cottage rents

45

1

5

Collector, emergency coal

36

16

4

Surveyor, emergency coal

30

8

0

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees

11

12

0

Jarvis, petrol licence

 

2

0

E. Warren, slaughter house licence

 

1

0

E. Hollis, slaughter house licence

 

1

0

Free Library, fees etc

2

17

3

Trades F.C., Spencer Park

 

10

0

Magistrates Clerk, Half-fines

4

14

0

War Loan Dividend

50

0

0

Total

2218

11

2

And that the following balances were in his hands :-


£

s

d

General Accounts

1143

10

1

Loan Account No. 10

33

2

3

Loan Account No. 29

4

4

4

Loan Account No. 30

2622

16

10

On deposit

10000

0

0

On deposit…… 10000 0 0

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1160 12s. 6d. were examined and passed for payment.

The report was adopted.

Plans, etc. Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, June 2nd, 1920, when there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for :-

Additions to factory in Sartoris-road for Messrs. W. W. Chamberlain and Co., and passed subject to the drain being covered with six inches of cement concrete.

Shed in Allen-road for Messrs. P. Collins and Co., and no exception taken.

Additions to No. 23 High-street, for Mr. F. Cowley, and passed.

Motor house for Mr. H. Nicholson at the side of No. 17 Manton-road, and no exception taken.

Petrol store and shed at the rear of the Wargate Motor Engineering Co.’s premises on the Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to an iron door being provided for the petrol store.

Messrs. Boots, Ltd., for alterations to Nos. 27 and 29 High-street, and passed.

Additions to club buildings on Windmill-road for Windmill Club and Institute, and referred back for amendments.

Piggeries on the Dial Farm off the Bedford-road, for the Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., and passed subject to the drainage arrangements being to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Additions to factory off Manton-road, for Mr. A. Clayton, and rejected as not complying with the Bye-laws.

Memorial to The Fallen

The application from the Hon. Secretary of the Fund for permission to erect a Monument on the Green, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered.

It was resolved to appoint a sub-committee consisting of the Chairman, Messrs. Bazeley and Bayes to meet representatives of the Fund on the site and report to the next meeting.

Depot Sub-Committee

The following representative from this Committee was appointed to act on the Depot Sub-Committee in conjunction with one member from the Health and Sanitary Committee: Mr. Thos. Wilmott.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday 2nd June, 1920, when there were present :- Messrs. W. Bazeley (Chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, F. Knight, J. Hornsby, and L. Perkins.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that since the last meeting 29 preliminary notices had been served calling attention to nuisances etc., eight of which had been abated and the remainder were in hand.

One set of calf’s lungs and a quantity of tins and bottles, fish, fruit etc. all of which had been voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed in the usual way as being unfit for the food of man.

Inspection had been made of various properties under the Housing Town Planning etc. Act, and where defects found, notices served upon the respective owners.

The Inspector also reported the keeping of pigs in John-street, at a distance not 80 feet from the nearest dwelling house, thereby causing a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to abate the nuisance within 28 days.

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

Petroleum Acts

The Petroleum Inspector reported that Messrs. Lawrence and Richardson of No. 2, Washbrook-road, were storing 126 gallons of Petroleum in a building not in accordance with the regulations. It was resolved that they be called upon to provide a proper fireproof store.

An application was received from the Wargate Motor Engineering Co. for a licence to store 350 gallons of Petrol in a store to be erected at the rear of their new premises on the Wellingborough-road.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application subject to the store being built to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse:-

It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ash-tub, ash-pit or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly with a recommendation that notices be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Bicycle

It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector to purchase a bicycle at a cost not exceeding £8 10s. for use in connection with his office.

Depot Sub-Committee

It was resolved that Mr. Joseph Hornsby be appointed as the representative of this Committee on the Depot Sub-Committee.

The report was adopted.

Conveniences

Mr. Bazeley said that the question of public conveniences had been before the Health and Sanitary Committee, but, by a majority, the consideration of the subject was deferred for six months.

Coal

Notice was received that the control of coal would end on June 30th.

Workmen

A letter was received from the National Amalgamated Workers’ Union asking that the workmen employed by the Council should have an increase of 10s. a week, “owing to the enormous increases in the cost of the necessaries of life.” The United Vehicle Workers’ also wrote asking the Council to pay the new minimum rates of wages.

Mr. Bayes said the application did not come from the employees but from outsiders.

Mr. Swindall and Mr. Wilmott thought the Council should wait until an application is received from the employees own organisation.

Mr. Hornsby moved that the letters be referred to the Finance Committee.

Mr. Bazeley seconded, and it was carried.



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