|The Rushden Echo, 10th March 1905, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, W. H. Wilkins, A. Mantle, G. H. Skinner, and F. Ballard, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).
Plans, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, 8th Feb., 1905, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, G. Denton, F. Knight, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and A. Mantle.
were presented by :-
Messrs. Nurrish, Nurrish, and Pallett (amended plan) for a new factory on the Shirley Park Estate and passed.
Messrs. Jaques and Clark for a coal shed adjoining their factory in Station-road and passed.
The Rev. Dr. Riddle for addition to the new Church building at the corner of the Hayway and passed.
Wellingborough and District Tramroads
A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council with regard to this Bill, explaining the County Council’s attitude thereto and enclosing particulars of amendments required.
The Committee, whilst recognising the advantages of the suggested amendments, were of opinion that having regard to their former attitude and to the way the Company had met them with regard to the High-street trams they could not consistently bring any pressure on the company to accept the whole of the amendments. They, however, considered that the proposed amendments giving the Local Authorities a perfectly free hand with regard to the promotion of a Provisional Order for the supply of electricity should be insisted upon. If this amendment was accepted by the Company and the clause abandoning the High-street tramroad deleted from the Bill, the Committee agreed so far as this Authority was concerned to express their satisfaction with the Bill
The Committee further considered the application to extend this sewer to the new house recently erected by Mr. W. G. Willmott and agreed to carry out the work forthwith on Mr. Willmott undertaking to pay one-third of the cost, estimated at £86.
The Surveyor submitted his estimate of the cost of completing this road and maintaining the same for five years amounting to £183/15/4.
The Clerk was instructed to submit the estimate to the owners and inform them that if they agreed to the same and were prepared to pay the amount of the estimate the Council would enter into the usual agreement for completion and taking over the road.
The Clerk informed the Committee that he had received two applications from the County Surveyor for this Council’s estimate of the expenses of maintaining the roads for the ensuing year but that the surveyor found it somewhat difficult at this early stage to prepare the estimate required; he would do so, however, at the earliest possible date.
Main Roads Improvements
A letter was received from the Clerk to the County Council stating that that Council had resolved to increase their contribution towards the improvement at the south end of the town and on the work being completed to the satisfaction of the County Surveyor would pay half the cost of the whole scheme, not exceeding £102.
A letter was received from Father O’Hagan asking the Committee to consider the advisability of constructing a new footpath from the Washbrook as far as the new Board schools on the Hayway.
The letter was referred to a special Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairman, Mr. F. Knight, and Mr. G. H. Skinner.
The annual report of the Secretary was received which showed that the Brigade had been called out five times during the year. The report stated that new rules had been adopted, which worked well and would shortly be submitted to the Council.
A letter was received from the owners asking that the whole of these roads might now be completed in accordance with the agreements entered into, and taken over as public highways forthwith.
It was resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to at once carry out the necessary works and complete the various roads on the Estate.
Housing Of The Working Classes Act
Orders of the Local Government Board dated respectively 7th January, 1905, and 15th December, 1904, were laid upon the table.
The report was adopted.
Finance &c. Committee
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 22nd February, 1905, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, Fred Knight, A. Mantle, Geo. Denton, and W. H. Wilkins.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows :-
By the Collector’s account produced it appeared that during the last month he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts :-
The Committee examined the Treasurer’s accounts from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts :-
And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts :-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Memorandum of Water Rate
The Collector submitted the following memorandum of water rate made the 16th day of November, 1904.
A list of the irrecoverable arrears of this rate was also submitted by the Collector and ordered to be written off.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that 31 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., 26 of scarlet fever, with one death, two of diphtheria (both of which were fatal), and three of erysipelas. He had inspected the house where the diphtheria cases had occurred in Sartoris-road, and found the automatic drain there out of order; he had directed the Inspector’s attention to this and the necessary instructions had been given to have the mischief remedied at once.
The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that he had fumigated 27 houses since the last meeting and that all the cases of scarlet fever, with the exception of one in Pratt-road which had proved fatal, were going on well, and the epidemic seemed abating.
The drain at the house in Sartoris-road referred to by the Medical Officer was being attended to, the house being now empty.
A complaint was received from the residents in Co-operative-row with regard to the bad smells arising from Mr. W. W. Smith’s farmyard.
The Inspector was instructed to ask the Medical Officer to meet him on the site with a view to some steps being taken to abate the nuisance complained of.
Medical Officer’s Annual Report
The annual report was received. The Clerk was instructed to obtain further prints and circulate amongst the members.
Electric Lighting Order
A letter dated 16th February, 1905, was received from the Board of Trade enclosing copy of a letter which had been received from the Promoter of this Order requesting the Board of Trade to dispense with the consent of the Council to the grant of the Order, and asking for the observations of this Council thereon.
It was resolved that the Chairman and Clerk be authorised to draw up and forward a letter to the Board of Trade setting out the reasons why the Council refused to give their consent.
The Clerk reported that the apportioned expenses payable by the following persons were still unpaid, viz., Thomas Spavins £74/1/10 and Thomas Lack £4/8/4.
Notices signifying the Council’s intention to proceed to the sale of the properties charged had been duly given and had expired some time since.
It was resolved that the Clerk be authorised to inform the parties interested that unless the amounts of the apportionments be paid within 14 days from this date the Council would give instructions for the properties to be offered for sale by public auction without further notice.
The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for team labour for the ensuing year. The Contract to be for 1, 2, or 3 years at the option of the Council, and the Contractor to have his stables within the Urban District.
Mr. Claridge reported that since the last meeting Mr. Robinson had signified to him that he was now agreeable to give up the land required in consideration of a cash payment of £17/10/- and would provide his own fence.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to agree to this and to instruct the surveyor to proceed with the work forthwith.
The report was adopted.
The Health of the District
The annual report of the Medical Officer (Dr. Morris) was presented.
Mr. Wilkins thought that the Medical Officer had over-estimated the population.
Mr. Hornsby, referring to a suggestion by the doctor that the prevalence of consumption was due largely to the exchange of rural life for town life, said the Government ought to take the matter up. There would then be some chance for those who wished to get back to the land.
The Days of Meeting
Mr. Ballard gave notice that at the next Council meeting he would move that they revert to the old system of holding committee and Council meetings.