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Rushden Urban District Council

The Rushden Echo, 10th March, 1922

War-Time Allotment Holders
County Committee & Church Parade Improvement
No More High Pavements
The Cost Of Living

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

Allotments Committee

A meeting of the War Time Allotment Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 15th February, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), J.S. Clipson, H. Smith, T. Wilmott, T. Swindall, J. Hornsby, L. Baxter, and W. Gutteridge.

The Clerk reported that under the present arrangements the occupation of the allotments would terminate on the 1st March this year, but the Council had power to retain possession on behalf of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries until the 25th March, 1923, if they considered it desirable so to do. The rent for the period up to the 1st March had not yet been collected and arrangements should be made for this to be done.

It was arranged that Mr. Gutteridge and Mr. Baxter should attend at the Council Buildings on Friday, the 24th instant, from 7 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, the 25th instant, from 4 to 5 p.m., for the purpose of receiving the rents and that the Clerk be instructed to advertise in the local papers to this effect.

The Clerk was also instructed to include in the advertisement a statement to the effect that if those cultivators who wished to retain possession for another year would intimate their wishes on paying the rent, the Council would arrange accordingly, and also notify such owners who wished to resume possession in order to cultivate the land themselves to give notice to that effect to Mr. Gutteridge or Mr. Baxter at the time before stated.

It was further resolved that in all cases where the cultivators wished to retain possession and the owner was not desirous of cultivating the land himself, to recommend the Council to exercise their powers and retain possession until the 25th March, 1923.

Mr. Spencer, moving the adoption, said that the Council had provided the land at the request of the Government during the war. He believed that the rents had not exceeded 9d. a pole anywhere. If there were any complaints the committee would be only too willing to hear them. About two-thirds of the holders had not paid up the rents, probably because they had not the money with which to pay. But those holders would hardly expect to remain in occupation.

Mr. Swindall, seconding, said that the lowest rent charged was 4d. a pole.

Mr. Bazeley said he had heard many reasonable complaints. Holders believed that they were being charged as much as ordinary allotment holders, whose land was in good condition and properly fenced. The war-time allotment holders had had to break up native soil and very rough at that, and there was no fence to protect it.

Mr. Hornsby pointed out that the war-time allotment holders had had the land rent free for two years. Now they were beginning to feel the advantage of the land, if they wished to remain in occupation the Council would do their best for them. He was sorry to hear that there had been complaints.

The report was adopted.

Council In Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 15th February, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, Fred Knight, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Officers’ Salaries

The Committee considered at length as to whether, and if so, what, revision was necessary in the salaries paid to their officers, and ultimately unanimously resolved that the question be adjourned for six months.

Library

An application from Miss Mantle, the Librarian, for an increase of salary, referred to this Committee by the Free Library Committee, was considered and it was resolved to recommend the Council to grant an immediate increase of 5/0 per week and that the salary be again considered with those of the other officers in six months’ time.

Staff

The Chairmen of the various Committees were requested to interview the heads of the departments with regard to the staffs with a view to any desirable modification.

The report was adopted.

Plans &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, February 22nd, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (Chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

A Club Pavilion for the Rushden Town Bowling Club off the Kimbolton-road and passed.

Cycle Sheds

Applications were received from the following for the erection of cycle sheds at the rear of their premises:-

Mr. F. Pratt, 27, Midland-road.

Mr. W. A. Scrimshaw, 35, Midland-road.

Mr. Reg. Tye, 79, Washbrook-road.

Mr. W. Hooton, 17, Spencer-road,

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

Coal Barn

An application was also received from Mr. W. Allen for permission to erect a coal barn at the rear of his premises No. 26, Newton-road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.

Church Parade Improvement

A letter was received from the County Surveyor dated the 18th February stating that the Roads and Bridges Committee had decided that they were unable to accede to the Council’s request for a contribution towards the cost of this improvement.

The Surveyor reminded the Committee that the application was made on the 12th January and that he received a reply from the County surveyor dated the 16th January stating that the Sub-Committee of the Roads and Bridges Committee had decided to recommend the full Committee to approve the scheme submitted and to pay 25 per cent. of the total cost. The letter further stated that the County surveyor was submitting the matter to the Divisional Engineer of the Ministry of Transport with a view to a contribution of 50 per cent. The Committee considered that a strong protest should be made against this treatment.

Newton Road

It was resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to repair this road from Oswald-street to the end of the Council’s building estate immediately after the 31st March next.

Co-Operative Wholesale Society

A letter was received from the Architect to the C.W.S. asking the Council to re-construct the pavement in front of their new Offices with a view to bringing it into conformity with the building level.

It was explained that this would involve considerable works and heavy expense, but the Surveyor was instructed to interview the Society’s representative and meet their views as far as possible on condition that the Society bear the whole of the expense.

Classification Of Roads

A letter was received from the Ministry of Transport stating that the present classification of roads was confirmed for the ensuing year and asking that the Council’s estimates might be framed accordingly.

The report having been received, Mr. Spencer asked if it was the usual course of procedure they were adopting towards the C.W.S.

The Chairman said that the architect knew that the level of the pavement would need to be raised and that the cost should fall on the C.W.S.

Mr. Perkins said he should oppose having another high pavement. That one in High-street South was dangerous enough.

The Surveyor said it was necessary to raise the pavement about four inches but the channel would also be raised. There would be no danger in the height of the pavement.

The report and recommendation were adopted.

The Chairman, referring to the High-street improvement, said that the Committee considered that the County Roads and Bridges Committee were playing fast and loose with the Rushden Council in their action. It was believed that the improvement was a very substantial one for passing traffic.

Mr. Horrell said that if the County Committee were not aware of the full facts of the case they should be acquainted. He doubted if the County Committee really understood the real case.

Mr. Spencer moved that the County Committee be again applied to for the contribution promised by the sub-Committee.

Mr. Wilmott seconded and said it looked by the way the Sub-Committee’s recommendation had been turned down by the full County Committee that the Rushden Council had been promised something wrong and out of order.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 1st March, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present Messrs. W. Bazeley (Chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, F. Knight, L. Perkins, and T. Wilmott.

Infectious Disease (Notification of)

A circular letter from the Ministry of Health, dated 24th February, was received reminding the Council that the fees payable for notifications from 1st September last would revert to 2s. 6d. as in pre-war times.

Local Authorities’ Non-Trading Services (Manual Workers) Provincial Council

A circular letter from this Council was received stating they had unanimously resolved to recommend the Local Authorities in the East Midland area to adopt the under-mentioned scale and conditions as from 1st March, 1922.

At the present time in this district one penny per hour has been deducted from the scheduled rates adopted by the Provincial Council in August, 1920. The following is the recommendation made by them for further reductions:

When the cost of living
figures fall to…

A further reduction off the
scheduled rates of…

95% above July, 1914

1d. per hour

80% above July, 1914

1d. per hour

60% above July, 1914

1d. per hour

40% above July, 1914

1d. per hour

20% above July, 1914

1d. per hour

Same as July, 1914

1d. per hour

The scale to be subject, amongst others, to the following conditions:-

(a) Each alteration to operate for a period of three months.

(b) No greater reduction than 1d. per hour to take place during each period of three months.

The Committee unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to adopt the scale.

Road Improvements

A further letter from the County Council was received agreeing to contribute one-half of the cost of the following work subject to it being carried out to their satisfaction, viz:

Levelling the side borders from Ditchford-turn to Rushden-turn on the Wellingborough-Higham Ferrers main road, £100.

Construction of a gravel footpath on the same road, £300.

The Committee considered the work absolutely useless and decided to take no steps with regard thereto.

Special Meeting

It was resolved to hold a special meeting of the Committee to clear up the accounts for the year on the 22nd instant at the usual time.

The report having been received, Mr. Hornsby said he agreed there had been considerable reductions in the cost of living but it always seemed that the lowest paid workers were the first to be reduced. He moved as an amendment that they consider the whole wages and salaries of the Council workers and staff before any further reductions took place.

Mr. Spencer supported the amendment.

Mr. Perkins said that the staff had not had their salaries advanced at the time that the manual workers’ wages were increased, and consequently it would not be fair to reduce the two together.

Mr. Swindall said that the employees were getting 1d. per hour more than the schedule scale.

Mr. Bates said he thought that the workers should be able to feel that they would not be worse off than in 1914.

Mr. Wilmott said that the manual workers were getting 37/6 as against 22/6. They would be 10/- better off as regards the cost of food even when the lowest rate was reached.

The report was adopted, only the mover and seconder of the amendment voting for the amendment.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 1st March, 1922, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, L. Perkins, and J. Spencer.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 12 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, &c., and the number now outstanding was 48.

The carcase and organs of a heifer, two pigs’ heads, and a quantity of bacon, all voluntarily surrendered, which upon examination had been found unfit for human consumption, had been destroyed in the usual way since the last meeting.

A quantity of bedding had been destroyed at the Sewage Farm, and seven articles of bedding disinfected at the Depot, all of which had been exposed to infection.

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

Factory and Workshops Act

Temporary permission was given to Mr. S. G. Leach to use a workshop at the rear of No. 34, Station-road, with sanitary accommodation provided for his five employees at 32 and 34, Station-road.

Petroleum Acts

An application was received from Messrs. Lack Bros., of 62, Moor-road, for permission to store 500 gallons of petrol at their garage in Sartoris-road. A Sub-committee consisting of Messrs. Hornsby and Spencer was appointed to visit and inspect the proposed store and report to the next meeting.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that as instructed at the last meeting of the Council he had supplied galvanized iron sanitary dustbins to the various properties.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to forward an account of the cost to each of the respective owners and demand payment within one month.

The report was adopted.

Overseers

Mr. J. T. Colson, Mr. B. Ladds, and Mr. L. Baxter were re-appointed overseers, and, on the motion of Mr. Swindall, seconded by Mr. Horrell, Mr. F. Green was elected an overseer in the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. John Claridge.

Spencer Park

Mr. Knight, reporting for the Parks Committee, said that the Committee had met in Spencer Park on the previous Monday and had inspected the bowling greens and tennis courts. They had come to the conclusion that only No. 1 bowling green would be fit for the coming season. The recommended that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase a roller and lawn mower, and that a shelter be erected for the players and their kit, and that another shelter be erected later on near the Territorial Hut, for the use of utensils and tennis players and kit. Also they recommended that the Council lay a one-inch water service pipe from the main in Spencer-road with connections to each green. There was no hurry for the second shelter.

Mr. Horrell asked if the Committee would supply the “woods” for bowls.

Mr. Knight said he could not be sure, but he was getting all information necessary for the Committee, who would be consulted before anything was done. He rather believed that the Council would be supplying the woods. The better provision they made the better for the town and Council, as those greens were good paying concerns.

Garage

On the proposition of Mr. Hornsby, seconded by Mr. Spencer, it was agreed to accede to the request of the Motor Ambulance Committee for permission to erect a garage in the Council yard.

Irthlingborough Bridge

The County Council wrote with reference to the proposed improvement of Irthlingborough Bridge, asking whether the Rushden Council would be willing to contribute a fair share of the cost.

Mr. Knight pointed to the action of the County Council in refusing a grant towards a county improvement at the Green, and asking Rushden to contribute to what, he said, was a county matter at Irthlingborough. He did not consider it showed a very good spirit.

Mr. Spencer moved that the suggestion be not entertained, as it was purely a county improvement.

Mr. Perkins seconded.

Mr. Swindall supported and said that the Irthlingborough Bridge was a scandal to the county. He was afraid that the County would not act until there was a serious accident.

The motion was carried.

Housing

Mr. Perkins asked if it was true that the Council had promised a house to the manager of a shop in High-street while there were so many ex-Servicemen wanting houses. If so, he moved that the offer be cancelled.

Mr. Bazeley said that the Committee had adhered strictly to the rule to consider ex-Servicemen first. The man referred to had served for three years and although he had been married for six years, he had had to store his furniture and live in rooms. He suggested that the Council place confidence in the selection committee, who were often faced with the difficulty of allotting four houses to 20 applicants.

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The Rushden Echo, 24th March, 1922

A Reduction In The District Rate
No More Council Houses at Present
War-Time Allotment Holders

A special meeting of the Rushden Urban Council was held on Wednesday at the Council Buildings. Present, Messrs. W. Bazeley, J.P. (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, F. Knight, J.P., C. W. Horrell, C.A., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. S. F. S. Piper).

Finances

The Chairman said that the Finance Committee met that morning to consider the estimates for the forthcoming year.

The Clerk said that cheques were recommended to be passed for the sum of £1,517 14s. 3d., and the Committee estimated that the balance at the end of next year would be the same as had been estimated for the current year. They had started the year with a balance of £2,299 9s. 1d., and had now close on £2,000 in hand.

Mr. Spencer: That is very satisfactory indeed.

On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Hornsby, the cheques were passed for payment.

A Lower Rate

The Clerk said that the Rate Collector wished to be able to prepare his books for the new year, and it was advisable that the new rate should be made. During the coming year they would not have to meet expenses of laying out the Green, as that had been paid out of current rate. The Committee estimated that they would be able to reduce the rate from 8s. 4d. to 8s. They recommended that the Rate Collector be authorised to levy a rate of 4s. for the half-year.

On the motion of Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mr. Horrell, the new rate was made.

The Clerk said that if nothing unforeseen cropped up during the next twelve months they ought to finish up with practically £1,000.

Mr. Hornsby said that with the amount of work done and paid for out of the current rate during the year they might be well satisfied to have finished up as well as they had, and then to be able to reduce the rate by 4d.

The Clerk: Besides paying for the Green improvement, £600 extra was paid to the Water Board for increased expenses. The Council are to be congratulated on the present position.

Housing

The Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Health replying to the Rushden Council’s application for permission to erect more houses. The letter stated that having regard to the limited number of houses to be built under the Assisted Houses Scheme and the fact that only a small number remained to be allotted throughout the country, the Minister regretted that he was unable to approve the erection of further houses by the Council. The letter added that as regarded over-crowding, Rushden compared favourably with other areas.

Mr. Bates: Not a very encouraging reply.

Mr. Spencer said he was very disappointed, knowing the over-crowding there was in the town, but he was afraid there was not much they could do at present.

The Chairman said there was no case at all in the letter. If conditions were not altered Rushden would never have an A1 population. He believed that if the Council kept on agitating they would get something done. It would not do to take such answers as that lying down.

Mr. Knight said that not only would the health of the inhabitants suffer, but people would leave the town for better areas and, in spite of the many new boot firms giving facilities for more employment on the return of trade, the people would have gone.

Mr. Hornsby suggested that the change in the head of the Ministry might have made a difference. They were allowed to build a fair number even when prices were high. Now, although costs had come down to about half, Sir Alfred Mond would not grant permission for more houses. If Sir Alfred Mond had to live as some of the people were living in rooms he would probably alter his attitude.

War Time Allotments

The Clerk read the following letter:- To the Rushden Urban district Council (Allotment Committee).

At a meeting of the Committee of the Rushden War-Time Allotment Cultivators it was decided as follows:-

“That no surrender of the plots shall be made until Lady Day, March, 1923, this being the date of termination fixed by the Ministry of Agriculture.

“In view of the fact that an appeal has been made to the Ministry of Agriculture with regard to the exorbitant rents being charged members are advised not to pay until such has been settled by arbitration, which is provided for in the terms set forth in the Circular issued by the Council in March of 1920.

“The Committee further protests against the methods of the collectors in informing occupiers that unless the rents were paid they were to clear off at once, as this is also distinctly against the terms set forth in the said Circular, which distinctly states that one of the terms shall enable the occupation to be determined by the Board at Lady Day or Michaelmas on giving three months’ notice.

The Committee of this Association are quite prepared to discuss with the Council and state their objections, and also require satisfaction as to who is receiving the money paid where there are no owners coming forward to claim their plots.

As the members of this Association will require intimation of what is being done by the Committee on their behalf, we propose to forward a copy of these resolutions to the Press at once. – (Signed)

W. G. LYMAN (president),
HARRY BAZELEY,
A. E. CHERRY
H. W. WYKES, and
J. HERBST (committee),
A. H. BUTLER (secretary

March 20th, 1922

The Clerk said that the Committee had decided that although owners were not forthcoming for some of the plots it was only right that the Council should retain possession on their behalf until Lady Day, 1923. With regard to those who had not paid their rents, the Council would not retain possession for them, and consequently others would be able to come forward and take possession themselves, those holding the land after March 25th, 1922, being trespassers. The War Time Allotment Committee recommended that proceeding be taken against those who had not paid, being very determined that the whole of the rents should be paid even if the actual owners could not be found at once.

Mr. Knight said that the Committee were prepared to meet any holder and revise unfair rents if they could show that the prices were higher than they should be. The holders seemed to have taken up a very severe attitude.

The Clerk said that owing to the depressed state of trade it had been decided to make a reduction in the rents of 25 per cent.

Mr. Spencer: I was surprised that there was any disagreement. I had had no complaint from any individual until that protest meeting. There was no application to meet the Committee. We are here to serve the town, and are willing to consider all fair complaints, but the holders have never given us the opportunity to meet them. We are willing and anxious that justice should be done. I thing that some of the holders have acted arbitrarily and without reason.

Mr. Swindall said that even in the letter just read out there was no mention of excessive charges. It looked as if some of the holders wanted to repudiate the control of the Council.

Mr. Hornsby said that notices ought to be posted stating that trespassing and damaging of fences would be severely dealt with.

Mr. Bazeley, replying to Mr. Horrell, said that the rents had been calculated from the third year on the basis of the ordinary allotments. The tenants had the advantage of fences and of security of tenure. He had heard of a case where posts had been pulled up and carried off. The tenant there had a real complaint. The holders should have sent a deputation to the Council.

Russia

The Chairman reported that he had had a visit from Major Fairfield, who was organising meetings in support of the relief of starving Russia. Mr. Fairfield wanted the Council to support a meeting to be addressed on April 3rd, by a lady who had been to Russia.

Mr. Horrell said that the Boot Manufacturers’ Association had had a circular drawing their attention to the famine.

Mr. Spencer said that Rushden had not been entirely unmindful of its duty. The Wellingborough-road Mission had sent £16. He supported the suggestion.

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The Rushden Echo, 21st April, 1922

Mr. Bazeley’s Retirement - Fine Tributes

Wednesday, present Messrs. W. Bazeley, J.P. (Chairman), T. Swindall (Vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, F. Knight, J.P., L. Perkins, B.Sc., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Deputy Surveyor (Mr. Lloyd).

The seal of the Council was affixed to the General District Rate of 4s. in the £.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, March 19th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

Factory extension in Portland-road for Messrs. Alfred Sargent and Son, Ltd., and passed.

Extensions to leather shed at the rear of Messrs. Alfred Sargent and Son, Ltd., factory in Portland-road, and no exception taken.

Re-building No. 93, High-street for Mr. C. Poole and referred back for amendment as not complying with the bye-laws.

Storage shed at the rear of 118a, High-street for Mr. W. Keller, and passed.

Mixing room at the Chrome Tannery of the Kimbolton-road, for the Rushden Chrome Tannery Co., Ltd., and passed.

Cycle Sheds

Applications were received for permission to erect cycle sheds, etc., at the rear of their premises, as follows:-

Mr. E. Ward, 39, Spencer-road

Mr. C. Goodman, 45, Spencer-road

Mr. A. Thompson, 8, Washbrook-road

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

Factory, Moor-Road

A letter was received from Messrs. Ashford and Campion requesting that the permission given to use their factory in Moor-road until six months after the termination of the war, be extended indefinitely; they only intended, in future, to use it for the manufacture of heels.

The Surveyor was instructed to visit and inspect the factory and report to the next meeting.

Team Labour

Tenders for Team Labour (daywork and scavenging) were received, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accept those of Mr. C. Spriggs, Messrs. Ashford and Son, Mr. W. G. Wilmott, and Mr. N. M. King.

Road Materials

The Surveyor was instructed to make arrangements, as far as possible, with the firms at present supplying the Council with road materials to continue to do so at the current prices, for the ensuing three months.

High-Street South

Attention was called to the dangerous state of the wall at the corner of High-street South with Co-operative-row, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice under Section 75 of the Public Health Act, 1875, on the owner requiring him to repair the wall forthwith.

The Green

The Surveyor reported that the old guide post on the Green was beyond repair and submitted a quotation for a new one.

The Committee were of opinion that it would be preferable to remove the lamp near the southern end and erect a column, combining guide post and lamp, and resolved to recommend the Council to accept the quotation of the Stanton Iron Works Co. for a column which could be so adapted.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to cease public lighting on April 6th next with the exception of the High-street, which would continue to be lighted until May 6th.

Church-Parade Improvement

The Clerk reported that as instructed at the last meeting of the Council he had communicated with the Clerk to the County Council with regard to the Sub-Committee’s recommendation, who had replied that in considering this matter the Roads and Bridges Committee had before them such recommendation.

The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, April 5th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, 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 March 2, 1922

125

17

2

Week ending March 9, 1922

137

5

2

Week ending March 16, 1922

138

2

1

Week ending March 23, 1922

139

14

9

Week ending March 30, 1922

136

10

11

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

915

0

8

Fittings

242

17

7

Market tolls

6

4

6

Cottage rents (Kings-road)

62

14

8

Cottage rents (A. Housing Scheme)

186

2

6

Cemetery fees

19

19

6

Cemetery fees…… 19 19 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

Allotment rents

63

16

5

Collector, rate

915

0

8

Collector, fittings

242

17

7

Collector, market tolls

6

4

6

Collector, cottage rents

248

17

2

Cemetery Registrar, cemetery fees

19

19

6

Library fees

2

1

7

J. S. Mason, sale of crops

262

0

7

County Council, classified M. roads

320

0

0

County Council, classified D. roads

43

0

0

Water Board, re telephone

5

9

6

Water Board, re loans

560

10

5

Water Board, re office staff

60

0

0

Warren, slaughter H. lic

 

1

0

Hollis, slaughter H. lic

 

1

0

Co-operative Society, slaughter H. lic

 

1

0

J. Knight, slaughter H. lic

 

1

0

Various petrol and carbide licenses

1

18

0

Overseers, rent of offices

15

0

0

Per Loan No. 34, Spencer Park

466

13

4

S. Winsor, rent of oakpits

3

0

0

War Pensions Committee, Library

20

0

0

Total

3256

13

3

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General account

2088

8

2

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 33

2147

15

6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £780 15s. 6d. 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, April 5th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, L. Perkins, and J. Spencer.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 21 preliminary notices had been served in respect of nuisances, etc., during the past month and the number now outstanding was 49.

A quantity of various kinds of meat to the weight of 3qrs. 26½lbs., all of which had been voluntarily surrendered, had been destroyed in the usual way as being unfit for human consumption.

Twelve articles of bedding had been disinfected at the Depot during the month, all from infected houses.

Galvanised iron sanitary dustbins had been provided at Nos. 9 and 13 Harborough-road.

The Inspector also reported a nuisance at a factory in York-road caused by excessive smoke from the burning of leather bits. The Committee instructed the Inspector to communicate with the owner with a view to the nuisance being abated and to inform him that unless it was attended to at once serious notice would have to be taken of it.

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

Petroleum Acts

The Sub-committee appointed at the last meeting to inspect the premises of Messrs. Lack Brothers in Sartoris-road, consequent upon their application for a license to store Petrol, reported that they had viewed the buildings and now recommended that the license be granted subject to a proper store being provided in the corner of the yard adjoining the garage and stables, to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

The Committee agreed and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

Dairies, Cowsheds & Milkshops Order

An application to be registered as a retailer of milk had been received from Mr. O. H. Ireson, of 94, Glassbrook-road, and his name placed on the Register.

Factory and Workshops Act

The Inspector of Nuisances also reported that 49 lists had been received, 23 of which contained the names of 124 out-workers, seven of which number had been transferred to other districts.

The Advance Boot Co.’s Factory

The Surveyor reported that he had visited and inspected the building situated off the High-street occupied by the Advance Boot Co., Ltd., as a manufactory in which persons of both sex were employed, and found that the provisions of Section 22 (1) of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1890 were not complied with in the case of such building, inasmuch as it was not provided with sufficient and suitable sanitary accommodation, having regard to the number of persons employed therein. He also submitted a statement showing the existing accommodation.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupiers requiring them to provide within 28 days an extra w.c. for the male workers.

Refuse Receptacles

The Clerk reported that as instructed at the last meeting he had delivered the accounts in respect of the galvanised iron sanitary dustbins supplied by the Council.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to take proceedings for the recovery of the various amounts should they be not paid by Wednesday next.

Appreciation

This being Mr. Bazeley’s last attendance as a Councillor, Mr. Spencer moved that the best thanks of the Council be given to him for the able manner in which he had presided at Council meetings and for the amount of time and attention he had devoted to the work generally. Speaking for his colleagues and himself they were very sorry that Mr. Bazeley was retiring, and they hoped that he would one day come back to them. (Hear, hear.) The meetings had been of a very pleasant character. He did not know a single case of any bad feeling existing between Mr. Bazeley, whether he was Chairman or not, and the other members. Mr. Spencer hoped that in his retirement Mr. Bazeley would be blessed with health, strength and happiness. (Applause.)

Mr. Knight seconded and said he endorsed all that Mr. Spencer had said, not only of appreciation of Mr. Bazeley’s services, but of regret on his retirement. Mr. Bazeley, as chairman, had conducted the business very ably, satisfactorily, and impartially. Mr. Bazeley had been a member of the Council for 22 years, and whenever he had been in a minority, as he had been sometimes, he had taken his defeat very gentlemanly and with good spirit. That was a great factor in any man who deliberated with others round a table. Mr. Knight wished Mr. Bazeley health and happiness, and felt sure that if he should again seek election to the Rushden Urban Council, the electors, remembering his excellent record, would place him in office again. (Applause.)

Mr. Swindall said he wished to associate himself with the previous speakers. He had always found Mr. Bazeley an active, energetic, and interested member of the Council. Although in his retirement Mr. Bazeley would not direct his energies to Council work, he was quite certain that he would give help in other useful channels of the town’s activities, whereby the town would derive benefit. He had had a strenuous time, and had been looked up to with great respect by the boot operatives and working classes of the town generally. Mr. Bazeley would always enjoy that confidence and respect. (Applause.)

The vote was unanimously carried.

Responding, Mr. Bazeley thanked them and said he felt rewarded if the town had not suffered during the past year under his chairmanship. He had tried to be perfectly impartial, and had had the support of every member of the Council, not the least from the vice-chairman. All had worked very amicably together. It was a wrench and with feelings of regret that he left the Council. Ever since he had been a member he had taken the greatest interest in the work and his interest would continue in their duties, and endeavours which he would watch. The past year had been a memorable one in many ways, and it would be a pleasure to him to think of the improvements carried out. The Spencer Park improvements had benefitted a number of unemployed and would add to the happiness of the people who used the Park. He considered that the unveiling of the War Memorial during the past year had been a very impressive and notable event. He, as Chairman of the Council, had promised to keep the Memorial in a proper state of preservation, but he felt that that promise could not have been fulfilled had not the Council decided on the Green improvement scheme. (Hear, hear.) The Council and townspeople had cause to be very proud of the Green now, which would become more and more a beauty spot and a memory garden. Future Councils would commend the present Council on their foresight. The Green reflected great credit on the Surveyor for laying it out. Personally, he (Mr. Bazeley) was very proud of it. He believed in progress, and the more that local authorities could do to make the town better and more attractive the better it was for all concerned. His one great regret on leaving was that the Council had not been able to make more provision for housing the working classes. Hehoped that the new Council would do all they could to move the Ministry of Health to provide more houses as the health and happiness of the inhabitants depended largely on what was done in that respect. He tendered his best thanks to the vice-chairman, to the Clerk and officials for all the assistance they had given him, and to the Press for the efficiency and fairness of their reports.

Mr. Hornsby associated himself with the expression of thanks to Mr. Swindall, who, he said, had always carried out his duties efficiently, his relations with the Council being of the pleasantest character.

Mr. Swindall acknowledged the thanks.

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The Rushden Echo, 28th April 1922

Mr. T. Swindall Elected Chairman
Signs of a Revival in Trade
The War Memorial
An Improved Postal Service Demanded

The first meeting of the newly-elected Council was held on Wednesday, Mr. Fred Knight, J.P., being voted to the chair to open the business. There were also present Messrs. T. Swindall, T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. W. Horrell, 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), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper). Mr. Claridge wrote apologising for his inability to attend owing to his having been ill.

The Chair

Mr. Knight, moving that Mr. T. Swindall be the chairman for the forthcoming year, said he was quite sure that Mr. Swindall was the best man for the appointment, and that members had no other suggestion to make. Mr. Swindall had filled the chair on two previous occasions and he had conducted the business quite satisfactorily. They all appreciated the service rendered by Mr. Swindall during those two terms. He hoped that Mr. Swindall would have good health and strength so that he could attend the meetings. (Applause.)

Mr. Spencer seconded, and said that Mr. Swindall had been a member of the Council for 25 years and had always acted with extreme courtesy, carrying out his duties with ability. Placed in the first position of the town, Mr. Swindall would again give every satisfaction. He also, with Mr. Knight, wished Mr. Swindall the best of health and strength. (Applause.)

The appointment was unanimously carried. Mr. Swindall, thanking the members, said that the two years 1906 and 1915, during which he had been Chairman of the Council had been very pleasurable. He remembered his first visit to the Council in the Vestry Hall. Mr. G. S. Mason was Clerk, and Mr. W. B. Madin was shortly afterwards appointed Surveyor. The fact that both of those gentlemen were still serving showed that they had given satisfaction and that the Council had made a wise choice in the appointments. (Hear, hear.) He wished them both good health and hoped that both would long continue to be officers to the Council. Mr. Swindall offered a hearty welcome to the three new members, and said that the work they had done in the town was proof of their ability for the work of the Council. He also complimented the old members on being returned, a proof, he contended, of the town’s approval of their efforts. He also wished to congratulate Mr. C. W. Horrell on his appointment as a County Alderman, and Mr. B. Ladds on being elected vice-chairman of the Wellingborough Board of Guardians. In passing, Mr. Swindall said that he had with much regret actually heard complaints about the money spent on the improvement of the Green, the suggestion being made that the money could have been better spent in other ways in the town. He wished to defend the late Council on having carried out the splendid scheme which was now a beauty spot of which they might justly be proud. The Memorial was erected by a limited number of subscribers, and the beautifying had been carried out from the rates, so that most people in the town had had a share in the scheme. He had already seen old people sitting on the seats and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings. He appealed to the townspeople to help to preserve the spot, and hoped that the name Green would be dropped and that the place would be known in future as the Memorial. Proceeding, Mr. Swindall said he hoped that the coming year would see a revival in trade. There were already signs, he understood, of improved trade, and he was sure that the calibre of the men in charge of the Rushden boot manufactories was such that when orders were forthcoming for the country, Rushden would obtain a good share. (Hear, hear.)

The Vice-Chair

Mr. Swindall said it was his pleasing duty to nominate Mr. L. Perkins to fill the vice-chair for the next twelve months. Mr. Perkins had been on the Council for nine years, and was well known to the townspeople, being respected by all. Many of the adults in Rushden, not to mention hundreds of children and young folks had been educated by Mr. Perkins, and his high position on the poll showed that he was a popular man. (Applause.)

Mr. Horrell, seconded the nomination, said he endorsed all that Mr. Swindall had said about Mr. Perkins.

Supporting, Mr. Hornsby said he believed it would be the first time that a schoolmaster had occupied the position. Mr. Perkins would fulfil the duties in a business-like manner, and Mr. Hornsby wished both the Chairman and the prospective vice-chairman health and strength.

The nomination was unanimously agreed to. Mr. Perkins thanked the members sincerely for the honour. He said he had served a fairly long apprenticeship. Nine years previously he came rather nervously into that room, but had since recovered. He had necessarily been absent for a year or two, but had attended the meetings when he was at home. He had always been struck with the absolute fairness displayed by everyone who had occupied the chair. There had been no partiality or bitterness, and, the members being docile, the orders had always been obeyed! A very good example had been set, and should any unfortunate circumstance prevent Mr. Swindall attending he (Mr. Perkins) would have those examples before him, and he would do his best to be as worthy. Referring to one point in Mr. Swindall’s speech, Mr. Perkins said he could not imagine who had made any complaint about the Memorial. If it was anyone who had subscribed money to the Memorial they had only to ask for their money back, and it would be paid instantly. He knew someone who would pay back the money to any extent to such people as that. Personally, he had heard nothing but appreciation regarding both the Memorial and the gardens. He considered it was too sacred a place to permit of anyone complaining about it.

Mr. Knight said he was sure that the completed scheme gave general satisfaction. He would appeal not only to the public to assist to keep the spot as beautiful as it was at present, but to the schoolmasters and teachers to warn the children against doing anything which would injure the Memorial or its surroundings.

Committees

were then elected as follows: Finance, Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Messrs. Hornsby, Bates, Bayes, and Wilmott; Health and Sanitary. Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Messrs. Coles Claridge, Knight, Hornsby, and Corby; Plans and Highways.Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Messrs. Spencer, Bates, Bayes, Horrell, and Wilmott; Parks.Chairman and Vice- Chairman, Messrs. Knight, Coles, Spencer, Corby, and Claridge; Housing.Chairman, Messrs. Hornsby, Bayes, Spencer, Wilmott, and Horrell.

The Council appointed Mr. Bayes to fill the vacancy on the Rushden and Higham Water Board caused by the death of Mr. John Claridge.

For the nine members on the Rushden Education Sub-Committee (three to be appointed and six nominated), Messrs. J. T. Colson, E. Sugars, and F. Corby were appointed, and the following were nominated for approval by the County Council: Messrs. L. Baxter, E. Freeman, F. Green, W. B. Sanders, B. Vorley and the Rev. P. E. Robson.

Mr. Spencer said it might not be customary to thank the school managers, but he felt that it would be fitting to express the appreciation of the town and of the Council for the way in which they had carried out their by no means light duties, control of the attendance, school visiting, etc. He moved that the heartiest thanks be given to the members for their services.

Mr. Perkins seconded, and said that he was sure that as a teacher he was endorsing the opinion of all his colleagues in saying that Rushden had a very good body of managers indeed. During his 18 years’ acquaintance with them he had never known any friction between managers and teachers. Not every town could make that boast. (Hear, hear.)

Railway Service

Mr. J. C. Gregory wrote notifying the Council of improved service (details of which have already been noted in the “Rushden Echo”) to come into force next month, and added that the branch line from Wellingborough to Higham would be worked with modern main-line stock. (Hear, hear.)

Postal

Mr. Horrell raised the subject of the postal facilities of Rushden, and said it was unreasonable that the last outward mail should be as early as 5.15p.m., from some of the pillar-boxes and no later than 6.45 p.m. from the general office. He moved that the Clerk be instructed to write to the Postmaster General asking that a later dispatch be arranged. It ought to be easier now with the general improvement of services than it was when Mr. Kellaway was asked at the meeting he addressed in Rushden some months ago.

Mr. Corby seconded, and said it was time the postal service of Rushden was revised.

The proposition was carried unanimously.



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