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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 13th June, 1947, Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Water Shortage Delays Housing

Shortage of water, cement and painters has delayed housing work, said Coun. T. W. Cox at Wednesday’s meeting of Rushden Urban Council. Some progress has been made, however, and foundations for some of the Trusteel houses have been laid.

Names for new roads on the estate of the Higham boundary were approved. They were Tollbar, Tenter Close, St. James’ Close, Handcross Way and the Hedges.

Informed by the Ministry of Health that electric lamp bulbs provided in the prefabricated bungalows would be a charge upon the general rate, the Housing Committee has decided that in future electric bulbs and shades must be provided by the tenants at their own expense. The Council had already spent £40 3s. 3d. on these fittings.

Shocking Condition

Mrs. Muxlow spoke of the “shocking” condition of a pavement in Roberts-street, and Coun. Richardson criticised the ‘inadequate’ roping off of a wall in that street marked “Dangerous.”

The wall is part of a house next to a site which was cleared after the bombing. Mrs. Muxlow announced, however, that it had just been scaffolded.

Subject to no objection being received, tenders were ordered to be obtained for the laying of a sewer in Quorn-road.

Seven residents in Woodland-road who petitioned for an extension of the scheme have been informed that provision has been made for a sewer to be laid when the development of the road justifies it, and that in the meantime the drainage system at the eastern end of Woodland-road can be connected to the outfall sewer from Quorn-road.

Coun. Brown informed Coun. Waring that the actual connections to the houses would have to be arranged by the occupants themselves.

The Health Committee has decided that within two months all street traders in ice-cream must provide an approved type of hood or screen for the ice-cream containers.

Complaints of annoyance caused by smoke from business premises in Crabb-street have been received from residents in Crabb-street and Co-operative-row.

The British Restaurant manager was authorised “as an experiment” to serve meals at prepared tables in the upstairs room at 1 p.m. each day at an inclusive charge of 1s 6d.

Coun.Waring scouted the notion of any “class-consciousness” in this. The purpose, he said, was to rectify an adverse balance-sheet.

A month ago the setting up of a sub-committee to examine the Council’s accounts was condemned by many of the members. The Finance Committee now asked for the retention of the sub-committee, but promised that the full committee would still examine the accounts. The Council agreed, but Coun. Roe said he could not see the necessity for the appointment.

Dumping of rubbish on vacant land at the junction of Wymington-road and High-street South was mentioned.

The Sanitary inspector has taken action in conjunction with the owners of the land, and Coun. Brown said he hoped to see an improvement. “This had long been an eyesore,” he added, “and the rubbish makes it worse.”

Fuel Overseer

Consequent upon Mr. J. W. Lloyd’s retirement, Mr. E. H. Forrester was recommended for appointment as full-time local fuel overseer. Mr. Forrester has hitherto acted as fuel overseer’s assistant.

Building plans were : Two pairs of houses, Park-avenue, Messrs. A. Sanders, Ltd.; Nissen hut (garage), Pightles-terrace, Mr. P. W. Wills; garage, Park-avenue, Mr. E. Robinson.

The Clerk (Mr. A. G. Crowdy) reported that the Salvation Army had agreed “in principle” to the disposal of their premises in Queen-street. The District Valuer had been asked to report on the buildings

Eighteen births and 20 deaths were reported by the Medical Officer (Dr. J. T. W. Reid). Disease cases last month were: Scarlet fever 2, measles 4, whooping cough 7, tuberculosis 2, pneumonia 1.

Members in attendance were: Couns. A. H. Bailey, J.P. (chairman), J. H. J. Paragreen (vice-chairman), F. E. Brown, J. Roe, A. A. Allebone, T. W. Cox, F. Green, J.P., R. E. B. Sargent, A.F.C., J. Allen, W. E. Capon, A. F. Weale, Mrs. O. A. H. Muxlow, G. Knight, S. A. Lawrence, H. Waring, W. J. Sawford, E. A. Sugars, and J. T. Richardson. J.P.

Several junior members of the Labour Party attended and were welcomed by Coun. Bailey, who said he hoped they would continue their interest in local government.

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