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Rushden Echo, 15th June, 1923, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

[The first column is on the fold of the paper and some words are unreadable]


Many More Houses Wanted
People Living In Appalling Conditions
Proposed Increase Of Councillors And Guardians
The Health Of Rushden.

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

Housing Committee

  A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday -----th, 1923, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.

Rents

  The chairman reported that three of the eight houses were now let, and it was necessary to fix the amount of the rent.  The committee had before them the rents of other types of houses on the estate, and resolved to recommend the Council that a rent of 9s.  9d. per week be fixed.   Attention was called to the delay in completing these eight houses, and it was resolved to instruct the Architect to communicate with the builders, pressing them to finish as soon as possible.

Trafford-Road

  It was resolved to ask the Architects to -----------committee at an early date, with a --------completing the building on this road-----------  forward a scheme, under the new Housing Act, for the additional houses ------

King’s Road Houses

  It was reported to the committee that one of the tenants of these houses had built a house for himself, which was now ready for occupation-.  It was resolved that he be given a week’s notice to quit, to make room for an ex-serviceman.

  A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Thursday -------th, 1923, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Trafford-Road

  Mr. Fisher met the committee and discussed with them the question of filling up the ----- building sites in Trafford-road.  He produced plans of a new type of house, which the committee approved, and it was estimated that the vacant land would provide sites for 30 houses.  Mr. Fisher was instructed to approach the Minister of Health with the plans at the earliest opportunity, with a view to the -------- being proceeded with.

  A letter was received asking if the Council would sell a plot of land in Trafford-road ------  for the erection of a dwelling-house ------, and the Clerk was instructed to -------- that all the available building land in Trafford-road was being utilised for the Council’s own housing scheme.

  Mr. Knight, having presented the above report said that the committee believed that the new houses would be an improvement on those already erected.  There would be upstairs bathrooms, and, thus placed, the bathrooms would be more likely to be used than those that were downstairs – handy for store -------.  The committee hoped that the 30 houses would be erected very speedily.

  Mr. Swindall said he considered that the committee should have had the plans of the houses to present to that meeting.  There were only four members present at the committee meeting.

  Mr. Knight said he wished more members had been present.  Perhaps others were having a game of bowls.

  Mr. Swindall: I protest against that ---------.  Mr. Fisher is a paid official, -------- committee, and not he, should have ---- considered in fixing the meetings.

  Mr. Knight: Mr. Fisher had to go to the Ministry the next day.

  The Chairman said it appeared to have been unavoidable, the meeting having been an emergency one.

  Mr. Coles expressed pleasure at the prospect of more houses, but he hoped that the Council would not rest on their oars.  People are still living in Rushden in appalling conditions.

  The Chairman asked Mr. Knight if the committee had decided that there should not ---------amongst the Council houses.

  Mr. Knight: No.

  Mr. Perkins pointed out that, with the -------- estate, it might be a convenience to residents to have shops in their midst.

  The reports were adopted.

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, May 30th, 1923, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. W. Coles, and F. Corby.

Plans

were presented for:-

  ------------ to 173, Wellingborough-road, -----Mr. Horace Knight, and passed.

  Bungalow in Portland-road for Mrs. J. ----------, and passed subject to the fireplace back being made to comply with bye-law 40.

  Alterations and additions to 91, High-street South, for Mr. A. Coleman, and no exception taken.

Telephone Kiosks

  An application was received from the Postmaster-General for permission to erect telephone kiosks as follow:

  One near the bottom of Hayway;

  One on the Bedford road, near Mannings-street, and

  One on the Wellingborough road at its junction with Irchester-road.

The application was referred to a sub-committee consisting of the Chairman and Surveyor to visit the sites.

Building Bye-Laws

  The Chairman stated that the sub-committee appointed at the last meeting to consider the new Model Building Bye-laws were not yet in a position to report, but hoped to do so at the next meeting.

Boiler Reports

  The Surveyor submitted reports from the National Boiler and General Insurance Co., Ltd., with regard to the steam-roller and the steam fire engine, both of which were satisfactory.

  The report was adopted.

Finance And Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, June 6th, 1923, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), C. Bates, F. Corby, J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

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, 1923

107

10

10

Week ending May 10th, 1923

106

0

6

Week ending May 17th, 1923

110

3

11

Week ending May 24th, 1923

105

18

5

Week ending May 31st, 1923

111

4

6

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

2,030

7

7

Fittings

115

16

8

Market tolls

7

5

0

Assisted housing rents

237

18

6

King’s-road rents

61

18

6

Spencer Park

34

0

10

Burial fees, etc

10

18

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

2,030

7

7

Collector – Fittings

115

16

8

Collector – Market tolls

7

5

0

Collector – Cottage rents

299

17

0

Collector – Spencer Park

34

0

10

Cemetery Registrar – Burial fees, etc

10

18

0

E. Dickens – chimney on fire


2

6

Library – Fees, etc

6

9

10

Total

2,504

17

5

And that the balances on the undermentioned accounts were as follow:


£

s

d

General account

3,375

5

4

Loan No. 16

33

2

3

Loan No. 35

2,101

19

10

Loan No. 36

200

0

0

On deposit

11,000

0

0

Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £5,260  12s.  8d. were examined and passed for payment.

  The report was adopted.

Health And Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, June 6th, 1923, when there were present: Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), L. Perkins, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Swindall.

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 22 nuisances had been dealt with, of which number eight had been abated.  Of the outstanding nuisances 14 had been abated.

  Fifty-eight visits had been made to premises where food was prepared or sold, and during these inspections a quantity of beef, mutton and pork offal, to the weight of 1cwt. 3qr. 15lb., all of which was voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed as being unfit for human consumption.  A large box of figs weighing 30lb. had also been destroyed as being unfit for food.

  Four rooms had been disinfected after cases of infectious disease.

  The Inspector also reported that, as instructed, he had again visited the Lodge Farm, Newton-road, and found that the dyke in front of the field had been cleaned out.  The occupier of the premises had promised to proceed with the repair and cleansing of the house at once.

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

Housing, Town-Planning, Etc., Acts

  The Sanitary Inspector also reported that, under the above Acts, he had visited and inspected Nos. 1 to 15, Albion-place, and 77, High-street South, which he found in a very dilapidated condition.

  It was resolved that a sub-committee consisting of the Chairman, Mr. Bayes, and Mr. Knight be appointed to inspect the property with the Inspector and report to the next meeting.

Sartoris-Road

  The Inspector further reported with regard to the back way at the rear of this and adjacent roads, stating that he had seen the abutting owners, who were prepared to lay a cinder path to the full extent.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to agree.

Petroleum Acts

  An application was received from Mr. William Elstow, of 72, Crabb-street, for a licence to store 50 gallons of petrol in a store at the rear of that address, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto subject to the store being constructed to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

Highway Nuisance

  A letter was received from Messrs. Roe Brothers, complaining of the nuisance by cows walking on the pavements while being driven through the streets.

  The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to communicate with all the cowkeepers in the district to the effect that when being driven through the streets the cows must be kept off the footpaths.

Hayway

  The Surveyor submitted a letter from Mr. C. A. K. Green renewing his application for the sewer in Hayway to be extended to his house.

  The Clerk was instructed to reply that the committee were unable to recommend the Council to incur the expense at the present time, but immediately further buildings were commenced in that vicinity the work would be carried out.

  The report was adopted.

  On the subject of cows causing a nuisance on pavements, Mr. Hornsby asked if the Sanitary Inspector was going to keep halters on the cows. (Laughter.)

  Mr. Corby said that such an instruction might be important if Rushden were to become a market town.

  The Chairman said the matter was quite simple, and a similar request in respect of another part of the town had had completely satisfactory results.

Other Business

  The seal of the Council was placed to an agreement in respect of main roads maintenance for the year at the sum of £2,060.

  Through the death of two members of the Rushden Parochial Charities, Mr. Claridge and Mr. Hornsby were elected trustees, the other members, Messrs. C. Bates, F. Knight, L. Perkins, and C. E. Bayes being re-elected.

  At the invitation of the Rushden and District Friendly Societies Council, the Council decided to take part in the Church parade next Sunday.

  Mr. H. Lack wrote on behalf of the united Sunday-schools of the town in respect of the combined school treats to be held on July 12th, asking permission to use Spencer Park for forming-up the procession, and, if such were granted, respectfully suggesting that the Council, and possibly the members of the Education Committee, meet at the convenient spot and “witness a march-past of the future citizens of the town.”

  Mr. Claridge: Will the chairman take the salute? (Laughter.)

  Mr. Perkins: I will undertake to be present.

  The permission asked for was unanimously granted, and the suggestion was accepted as an excellent one, the Chairman requesting all the members who would be at liberty to witness the march-past.

Increased Representation

  The Clerk read several letters and reported on telephone messages between himself and the County Council on the subject of members of the Rushden Council meeting committees of the County Council to discuss increased representation for Rushden on the County Council and the Wellingborough Board of Guardians, and increasing the number on the Rushden Council.

  The Council appointed the Chairman, Mr. Swindall, Mr. Coles, and the Clerk to represent them, and suggested that the representatives on the County Council, Guardians, and Rushden Council be respectively three, six, and 18, to be divided amongst three wards to be formed by dividing Rushden.  The meeting, the Clerk said, had been fixed for to-morrow (Saturday).

Medical Officer’s Report

  On the presentation of the annual reports of the Medical Officer and the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. Coles called attention to page 4, pointing out that the number of deaths under one year of age was one in every 13 – a serious matter.  It was higher than the rate for the whole of England.  He did not think that the statistics furnished conclusive evidence of the health of the town.  Secretaries of Friendly Societies would be pleased to furnish the Medical Officer (if he sent them a questionnaire) with statistics for inclusion in his annual report giving very full details of the health of the whole community, such as was not shown in the present report.  The birth rate seemed too low for a town in which there were so many young folks living.  Perhaps irregular incomes partly accounted for it.  On page 14 the Officer said there were 28 houses not fit for people to live in, but yet they were occupied.  That was a very serious matter.

  The Chairman said that with regard to the infant mortality rate they were practically the same as England.  The birth rate was down in proportion to that for England.

  Mr. Wilmott: They want to keep it down.  I think that item is beyond us here. (Hear, hear.)

  Mr. Coles moved, Mr. Claridge seconded, and it was agreed to ask the Medical Officer when he compiled his next report to avail himself of the information in the hands of the Friendly Society secretaries.

  The Clerk reported that one butcher had raised objection to the closing order for butchers’ shops, asking that the half-day be on Mondays instead of Thursdays.  Mr. Mason said that the Council could not make an exception of one butcher.  Practically all the butchers in the town had requested the Council to make the order.

  The Chairman gave the latest figures of unemployed in Rushden and Higham as follow: Men, 353; women, 44; boys, 4; girls, 1.



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