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Rushden Echo, 16th June, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

More Houses To Be Asked For
Refreshment Pavilion For Spencer Park
The Development of The Newton-Road Estate

Wednesday, present Messrs. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), L. Perkins, B.Sc. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, C. W. Horrell, C.A., F. Corby, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, C. Bates, and G. W. Coles, J.P., with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper), and the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Muriset).

  The Chairman said he was pleased to see Mr. Claridge present and to know that he had recovered sufficiently from his illness to attend the meeting.  It was very nice to see the whole of the twelve members present once more.

Remarkable Health

  Dr. Muriset, in his annual report, stated that the number of inhabited houses in the town was 3,076.  The death-rate for the year was 10.71 per thousand of the population; the birth-rate was 19.89 per thousand of the population; and the infantile mortality was 80.5 per thousand births.

  Mr. Bates: I should like to ask the Medical Officer what he thinks of the general health of the town.

  Dr. Muriset: I think the general health of the town is extraordinarily good.  The death-rate is comparatively low, the birth-rate is fair, and the number of deaths from infectious diseases is comparatively small.

Parks Committee

  A meeting of the Parks Committee was held at Spencer Park on Friday, the 13th day of May, 1922, there were present: Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), T. Swindall, John Spencer, G. W. Coles, L. Perkins, and F. Corby.

Refreshments

  The Committee had under consideration the supply of refreshments and instructed the Clerk to advertise for tenders for the exclusive right to supply teas and light refreshments in the Park during the ensuing season.  A site to be provided in the Park for the erection of a tent or other temporary structure.  No sales to be allowed on Sundays and the usual Feast arrangements to be permitted.

  The report was adopted.

Parks Committee

  A meeting of the Parks Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th May, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Swindall, L. Perkins, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, and J. Spencer.

Refreshment Stall

  Tenders were received for the sole privilege of supplying refreshments in Spencer Park for the current summer, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accept that of Mrs. Smith of Ealing-terrace, for £15.

Pavilion

  The Surveyor submitted amended particulars of the proposed Pavilion, together with a fresh estimate from Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin of £78.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to agree to the new specification and to accept the revised tender.

Bowling Green Requisites

  The Chairman submitted a copy of the rules in force at a neighbouring Green and it was agreed to recommend the Council to adopt similar rules and have same printed.

  The Chairman was requested to obtain prices for bowls, jacks, mats, slips, etc., and submit to the next meeting.

Football Pitches

  The Committee again had under consideration the applications for football pitches, and decided to recommend the Council to reserve a pitch for boys under 16, and to ask the various clubs to again make applications for the remaining two pitches stating the consideration they were prepared to pay for the season 1922-23.  The idea being to let each of the two pitches to two clubs who would play on alternate Saturdays.

  The report was adopted.

  Mr. Horrell asked if arrangements had been made for attending to the bowling greens in Spencer Park.

  Mr. Knight said they had laid on the water and provided the rubber tubes for watering the greens, and the caretaker had been watering them.

Finance Committee

  A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th May, 1922, when there were present:-  Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Surveyor’s Staff

  The Chairman reported that he, with the Vice-Chairman, had been through the list of applicants for the post of Clerk in the Surveyor’s office, but were unable to make a recommendation thereon.

  The Committee considered the matter at length and ultimately resolved to recommend the Council to offer the appointment to Mr. G. S. Turner, of the Rates Department, at a salary of 35s. weekly, and to ask Miss Madin to remain a further month to assist him in the work.  The appointment to be reconsidered in six months’ time.

  It was also resolved that a boy be engaged for the Rates Department at 10s. per week.

  The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 24th May, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

  Additions to bungalow on the Bedford-road for Mr. C. Adams, and passed.

  Additions to house in Grove-road for Mr. H. E. Knight, and passed.

  W.c. in Mr. Saint’s stonemason’s yard in Roberts-street, and passed.

  Amended plan in lieu of that passed at the last meeting for re-building No. 93, High-street for Mr. Poole, and passed.

Barns

  Applications were received from the following occupiers for permission to erect wooden structures at the rear of their houses:-

  W. J. Beale, 137, Newton-road.

  D. Knight, 21, Spencer-road.

  S. Clayson, 32, King’s-road,

and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.

Messrs. Ashford and Campion’s Factory, Moor-Road.

  The Surveyor reported that he had visited this factory, and saw no objection to Messrs. Ashford and Campion continuing to use it for the manufacture of heels.

  The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Field Footpaths

  Attention was called to the state of the stiles on the footpath leading from Higham-road to the cricket field and a subcommittee consisting of Messrs. Perkins, Bayes, and Wilmott was appointed to visit and inspect same and report to the next meeting.

Higham and Washbrook Roads

  A letter was received from Messrs. Cave Bros. offering to surrender a certain quantity of land to round off the corner of these roads and allow the Council to make a straight line to the fence and entrance gates of “The Hut” on the Higham-road and to make a straight line from the rounded corner to the present boundary at the bend, a distance of about 100 yards on the Washbrook-road.  The Council to construct a proper footpath with curb and channel the whole length when the estate is developed.

  The Committee resolved to recommend the Council to accept the offer and to instruct the Surveyor to make application to the County Council for a contribution towards the cost.

Factory and Workshops Act, 1901

  An application was received from the Coxton Shoe Co. for a certificate that their new factory in Rectory-road was provided with proper means of escape in case of fire.

  The Surveyor reported that he had visited and inspected the factory and was satisfied that sufficient and proper means of escape were provided, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.

  The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 31st May, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

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


£

s

d

Week ending 4th May, 1922

116

16

10

Week ending 11th May, 1922

115

3

2

Week ending 18th May, 1922

126

7

4

Week ending 25th May, 1922

127

13

9

Collector’s Accounts

  The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

2588

14

8

Market Tolls

5

18

6

Cottage Rents

253

3

5

Burial Fees, etc.

6

16

6

Treasurer’s Accounts

  The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

Collector, District Rate

2588

14

8

Collector, Market Tolls

5

18

6

Collector, King’s-road Cottages

59

14

5

Collector, A. Housing Scheme

193

9

3

Cemetery Regr., Burial Fees, etc.

6

16

6

Mrs. A. Smith, Spencer Park

7

10

0

Total

2862

3

4

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General Account

3509

5

10

Loan Account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan Account No. 33

7177

11

3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £5,587/14/3 were examined and passed for payment.

Farm Manager’s House

  The Surveyor was instructed to obtain tenders for painting the outside and distempering the inside of the farm manager’s house, and if considered satisfactory to accept the lowest.

Cemetery Caretaker’s House

  The Surveyor was also given a like instruction with regard to the outside painting only of the Cemetery caretaker’s house.

Lumley’s Public Health Acts

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to purchase the latest edition of Lumley’s Public Health Acts for use at the Clerk’s office.

  The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

  A special meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, 31st May, 1922, when there were present Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

C.W.S. Factory

  The Committee visited the site and again considered the application from the architect to the Society to either allow a projecting step in two places, from their offices in Rectory-road, or to reconstruct the pavement to bring it into conformity with the building level.

  The Committee could not see their way to allow the projecting steps, but agreed to recommend the Council to take no exception to the pavement being slightly raised, the whole of the expense of so doing to be borne by the Society.

  The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 31st May, 1922, when there were present Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), T. Swindall, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, J. Hornsby, and Fred 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 11 preliminary notices had been served calling attention to nuisances, etc., and the number now outstanding was 75.

  The carcase and organs of a sheep, three boxes of mackerel, 12 tins of canned fruit and parts of the forequarters of an ox, all of which had been voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed since the last meeting as being unfit for human consumption.  The total weight was 3 cwt. 6 qtres. 22½ lbs.

  A quantity of bedding had been disinfected at the Depot and a quantity destroyed at the Sewage Farm, all after cases of infectious disease.

  An application was received from Mrs. Cave, of No. 7, Pemberton-street, for payment of the sum of 9/6 the value of a quantity of bedding which had been damaged during disinfection.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay to her the 9/6.

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

Dairies, Cowsheds and Milkshops Order

  An application was received from Mr. William Hyde, of No. 40, Irchester-road, to be registered as a retailer of milk and his name placed on the register.

Petroleum Acts

  An application was also received from Mr. Arthur Okins for a renewal of his license to store 100 gallons of petrol at his Garage No. 16, High-street South, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Farm

  The Farm Sub-Committee reported that they had inspected the farm and found everything quite satisfactory.

House Scavenging

  The question of house scavenging was considered and the Committee expressed an opinion that two carts instead of three might be sufficient for the summer months.  The Surveyor promised to look into the matter and report to the next meeting.

  The report was adopted.

Postal

  A letter was received from the Postmaster General, in reply to the Council’s request for a later dispatch of letters from Rushden, stating that the train by which the mails left had not been altered, and if the mails were sent by a later train they would fail to connect with other mails.

Invitation

  An invitation to attend the Friendly Societies Council Church Parade was accepted.

Suggested Increase of Councillors

  A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council in response to the Urban Council’s application for the increase of Urban Councillors from 12 to 18, for an increase of Guardians from 5 to 6, and for an increase of County Councillors from 2 to 3.  The information contained in the letter has already appeared in the “Rushden Echo.”

Housing

  Mr. Spencer, according to notice, moved: “That a further application be made to the Ministry of Health for permission to invite tenders for the immediate erection of another 25 house.”  He said that the members of the Council were all anxious to proceed with the erection of houses.  The roads were made and the houses were badly needed.  The health of the town would benefit considerably by the erection of more houses.  There were many houses in which two families were living.

  Mr. Bates seconded.

  The Chairman: We are all of one mind in the matter, but the question is whether the time is opportune.

  Mr. Wilmott supported the motion.

  Mr. Knight thought there was only one opinion in the Council as to the advisability of completing the first scheme.  The cost of building had now been reduced considerably.

  The Chairman said the erection of these houses would use up much of the now unemployed building labour in the town.

  The motion was carried unanimously.

Newton-Road Estate

  Mr. Spencer moved “That application be at once made to the Ministry of Health for permission to develop the whole of the Newton-road Estate by the erection of artisans’’ dwellings.”  He said he thought the Council should take a bold stand on the housing question.  No doubt Sir Alfred Mond did good work in stopping public building when the prices were high, but costs had now come down considerably.  He did not think that, in the immediate future, dwellings for artisans could be built by private enterprise, and therefore the local authorities ought to take up the matter.  There was great privation in Rushden owing to the lack of houses.

  Mr. Coles seconded, and said there were houses in Rushden to-day which were not fit for habitation, and, if there were new houses, he would be one of the first to move that such dilapidated cottages should be closed.

  In reply to Mr. Perkins, Mr. Spencer said his resolution affected about a hundred houses.

  Mr. Perkins supported the motion, and said the 25 houses for which they asked in the last resolution were not enough to meet the case.

  Mr. Wilmott opposed this resolution, as he considered it would affect the question of the 25 asked for in the last resolution.  He thought houses were required in the Wellingborough-road district, and thought the town should be consulted before building another 100 houses in the Newton-road district.

  Mr. Knight thought this resolution should be postponed until they had got the sanction of the Ministry of Health to erect the 25 houses they had decided that night to ask for.

  Mr. Horrell seconded the amendment.

  Mr. Spencer said he would withdraw the resolution until they had received a reply regarding the 25 houses.



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