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The Rushden Echo, 14th March 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Spread of Consumption

Chairman’s Grave Warning

The Church-Parade Improvement

The State of Rectory-Road

Assessment of Cottage Property


Wednesday, present Councillors Geo. Miller, J.P. (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, and J. Spencer, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Plans, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 26th Feb., 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and J. Spencer.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. Geo. Knowlton for a house on the St. Crispin’s Estate, Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to the privy being built in cement, provided with a removable receptacle and placed at least 30 feet from the well, and the windows in the bedrooms made to comply with Bye-law No. 56.

Rectory-Road

The Surveyor submitted specification, plan and estimate for the making up of that part of this road which lies between the Salvation Army Barracks and Beaconsfield Place under the Private Streets Works Act, 1892, amounting to £370.

It was resolved that they be submitted to the Council at their next meeting, with a recommendation that the same be approved.

With regard to the road to the south of Messrs. E. Claridges’ factory, the Surveyor submitted an estimate which the Committee thought might be modified to some slight extent, and he was instructed to submit an amended estimate at the next meeting.

Allen-Road

A memorial was received from the residents in this road calling attention to the bad state thereof and requesting the Council to put same in repair. The Committee decided to visit and inspect the road before making any recommendation.

Fire-Brigade

The Clerk submitted a letter from Mr. J. T. Colson, thanking the Council for their remarks respecting his services to the Brigade, and accepting the post of honorary member of the Brigade.

Fire Engine Boiler

The Surveyor submitted a report received from the National Boiler and General Insurance Co., with respect to the fire engine boilers. With regard to No.1 it was resolved that the Company be informed that this boiler could be prepared for the annual internal and external examination any time on hearing that their inspector could visit Rushden. With regard to No.2 boiler, the suggestions of the Company were not considered reasonable, and it was resolved to cease to insure this engine with the Company.

Recreation Ground

The Clerk read correspondence which had passed between him and Mr. C. E. Bayes’s solicitors with regard to Mr. Bayes’s claim to use the strip of land adjoining his property on the Washbrook-road, occupied by Messrs. Bailey & Co., as a roadway.

The Committee were quite unable to admit Mr. Bayes’s claim to any such right, but were prepared in the event of Mr. Bayes and the owner of the land on the other side of the strip of land referred to, undertaking to recommend the Council to surrender the land for this purpose, and the Clerk was instructed to so inform Mr. Bayes’s solicitors.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 4th March, 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.

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 6th Feb., 1913

45

0

7

Week ending 13th Feb., 1913

47

19

10½

Week ending 20th Feb., 1913

40

17

Week ending 27th Feb., 1913

38

1

2

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

649

11

6

Fittings

14

1

8

Green Tolls


8

0

Burial Fees, etc

9

12

6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, District Rate

649

11

6

Free Library, fees, fines, etc

2

17

0

Fines for chimneys on fire

1

2

6

Petrol licenses

 

14

0

Carbide of Calcium licenses

 

8

0

Slaughterhouse licenses

 

3

0

Knacker’s Yard license

 

1

0

Pawnbroker’s license

 

1

0

Game Dealer’s license

 

3

0

Trentham, Deposit

5

0

0

Collector, Cemetery Fees, etc 

9

12

6

Collector, fittings

14

1

8

Collector, Green Tolls

 

8

0

               Total 

684

3

2

And that the following balances were in hand:-

£

s

d

General Account

2610

15

4

Loan Account No. 16

256

2

2

Loan Account No. 19

287

17

6

Loan Account No. 23

409

9

2

Loan Account No. 24

10493

15

2

Loan Account No.25

757

18

0

           Total

14915

17

4

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts, amounting to £2182 6s10d were examined and passed for payment.

Mr. J. W. Lloyd

It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase Mr. Lloyd’s salary by £10 per year, dating from the 1st March.

Memorandum of General District Rate

The Collector submitted the following memorandum of General District Rate made on the 8th day of May, 1912:-


£

s

d

£

s

d

Amount of Rate

4424

9

4

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears of former rate

26

2

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4450

11

10

Amount collected

4345

16

10

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears

24

10

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4370

7

9

Irrecoverable arrears

 

 

 

80

4

1

Irrecoverable arrears 80 4 1

The Collector also submitted a list of the irrecoverable amounts, which was made up as follows:-

Unoccupied Property


£

s

d

Cottages

6

17

0

Shops, houses and shops, etc

27

2

4

Factories, etc

11

15

0

Stables

1

11

8

Land

4

6

2

Houses

4

16

5

                Total

56

8

2

Exempt


£

s

d

Labour Exchange

3

0

0

Post Office

8

0

0

Vestry Hall

 

5

0

North-street Schoolroom

 

13

9

Telephone poles

8

9

0

             Total

20

7

9

Reduced on Appeal

 

£

s

d

Cottages

 

18

2

Northants Union Bank

1

5

0

Shop

 

5

0

Factories

1

0

0

            Total

3

8

2

and it was resolved to recommend the Council to write same off as irrecoverable.

The Clerk reported that the items given as exempt, except the Vestry Hall and North-street School, were received from Government.

Mr. Bazeley complimented the Clerk on the lucid way in which the items were set out.

The report was adopted.

Council in Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th March, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (Chairman), C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

New Sewage Works

Filtering medium. – The Surveyor informed the Committee that Mr. Willmott’s tender contained alternative prices for the filtering medium to be used. The original proposal was to have boiler clinker for both sets of filters, but if slag from the Wellingborough Iron Co. were used for the primary filters a saving of £450 would be effected. He had made enquiries from several places where slag had been used, including Kettering, and the replies had been satisfactory in every case. After very careful consideration the Committee resolved to recommend the Council to use slag from the Wellingborough furnaces for the primary filters and boiler clinker for the secondary filters.

Sprinklers. – It was resolved to accept the tenders of Messrs. Ames Crosta and Co., of £480 for the sprinklers. The Surveyor had received very satisfactory reports with regard to this firm and the sprinklers supplied by them.

Ejectors. – It was resolved to place the order for the Compression tank and ejectors with Messrs. Manlove and Elliott, on the understanding that the nature of the power to be used was to be settled later.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th March, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (Chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that 20 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., four of scarlet fever, two of diphtheria, one of erysipelas, and 13 of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of February 41 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.

One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1.

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

Housing, etc., Acts

It was decided to take into consideration the question of making demolition orders in respect to the houses in which closing orders have already been made, at the next meeting of the Committee.

The report was adopted.

Recreation Ground

A letter was received from the Commonwealth Cricket Club (Messrs. John Cave and Sons’ factory), asking to be allowed a site in the Recreation ground for practice on week-nights and matches on Saturdays.

Mr. Claridge: We shall have to consider the regulations as a whole before long.

The matter was referred to the committee.

Grave Warning

The Chairman referring to the Health Committee’s report, said: We are doing all we can to put down this insidious disease of consumption. I should like to ask the public to assist us by putting a stop to the practice of spitting on the pavement, which is so largely indulged in, not only in Rushden but in other towns. If the people who do it so thoughtlessly realised the danger it is to the health of the public they would refrain from it. If they must spit I do wish they would spit into the gullies. This sputum, lying on the paths and drying, is being blown about and is undoubtedly an important factor in spreading consumption. If people will not abstain from this practice through the remarks of the Council I think they will when they realise the fact that their own little ones are playing about the pavements and inhaling this disease from the sputum drying up. I hope the public will take notice of this. If the Sanitary Inspector has any more leaflets to dispose of, they might serve a useful purpose as a reminder. (Hear, hear.)

Overseers

Mr. Clipson proposed the re-election of Mr. L. Baxter as overseer, and Mr. Knight seconded.

Mr. Knight proposed the election of Mr. T. W. C. Linnitt, who, he said, had served on the Assessment Committee of Wellingborough Union, and had gained great experience.

Mr. Skinner seconded.

Mr. Swindall proposed that Mr. John Claridge and Mr. J. T. Colson be re-elected.

Mr. Spencer seconded.

Mr. Swindall: There is no chance of having five, I suppose?

The Clerk: No.

After discussion these four were elected.

Assessment

Mr. Spencer: There is a proposal to alter the assessment in the Wellingborough Union. What would be the advantage or otherwise to Rushden? Is it to reduce the rents or to saddle the working classes by giving landlords the opportunity of raising the rents?

Mr. Claridge: This question has received the consideration of the Assessment Committee of the Wellingborough Union. We as Rushden overseers were practically unanimous that it would not be wise to alter the assessment. We believe it would affect the house property a good deal. But the Wellingborough overseers think the change would raise their assessment about £2,000. It would mean that houses now let at 5/9 would be increased to 7/6 a week. We did our best to oppose the change, and the question has not been settled yet. It was adjourned till after the election. Wellingborough strongly supported it, as did one or two other smaller parishes, but we opposed it as strongly as we could.

Mr. Bazeley: We know that if the cottage rents are raised in the manner suggested the working classes will not be able to pay. We Labour members always contend that villa residences, considering the privileges they have, are under-assessed according to the cottages.

The matter then dropped.

The War Office

wrote that it was intending to hold the military manoeuvres in the district next summer.

An Improvement

The Surveyor for the for the Nene Commissioners wrote stating that they proposed to repair and widen the bridge in Ditchford-lane, and asking if the Council would consent to a closing order for a few days.

Mr. Swindall: There ought to be a way for foot passengers if the road is closed for vehicular traffic for a few days.

It was decided to offer no objection to the closing order, as a great improvement would be effected by the widening of the bridge.

Church-Parade Improvement

Mr. Spencer moved that further application be made to the Road Board asking them to sanction the Church-parade widening. The feeling in the town, he said, grew stronger every day in favour of the widening. It was a very dangerous spot, and it was a wonder that serious accidents had not occurred there. He was afraid that somebody would be killed there if the improvement was not carried out.

Mr. Clipson seconded and said they ought to urge the Road Board to widen the road there. A hug sum of money had been received by the Road Board, and Rushden ought to receive some of it.

Mr. Bazeley said he was surprised at the Rector opposing the improvement. The Road Board and the County Council would each bear their share of the cost.

The Chairman said the scheme had received the approval of the County Council and accepted as one of their schemes. He explained that the Rector was absent through the confirmation at the Church.

The motion was carried, and, on the suggestion of Mr. Clipson, it was also resolved to ask the Road Board to send down a deputation to inspect the site.

Shop Hours Act

Mr. Spencer asked if any further progress had been made with regard to this Act.

The Chairman said the Act would have been in operation long ago but the Local Government Board had withdrawn the powers to the Urban and Rural District Councils. The County Council had appointed a deputation to wait on the Local Government Board urging them to allow the powers to be delegated to the local authorities to administer the Act.

Members’ Attendances

The Clerk presented the following list of members’ attendances during the past three years:-

Meetings during 1910 – 11

Council (ordinary)

13

Council (special)

1

Council (in committee)

5

Plans, Highways, etc., Committee

15

Health and Sanitary Committee

12

Finance and Estates Committee

14

                     Total

60

Attendances


Possible

Actual

F. Knight (Chairman)

60

60

J. Claridge (Vice-chairman)

60

57

F. Ballard

48

40

C. Bates

31

30

C. E. Bayes

34

32

W. Bazeley

48

42

J. S. Clipson

34

31

G. Miller

34

32

J. Spencer

31

27

T. Swindall

45

42

G. H. Skinner

45

37

Ven. A. Kitchin

31

28

Meetings 1911 – 12

Council (ordinary)

12

Council (special)

2

Council (in committee)

6

Plans, Highways, etc., Committee

14

Health and Sanitary Committee

12

Finance and Estates Committee

13

              Total

59

Attendances


Possible

Actual

G. Miller (Chairman)

52

50

C. Bates (Vice-chairman)

52

50

F. Ballard

38

8

C. E. Bayes

27

23

W. Bazeley

30

28

J. Claridge

52

50

J. S. Clipson

27

24

F. Knight

38

37

J. Spencer

27

24

G. H. Skinner

30

20

T. Swindall

41

31

Ven. A. Kitchin

30

26


The Rushden Echo, 28th March, 1913

The Financial Position - Not So Good As Expected

A special meeting was held on Wednesday evening, when there were present Councillors G. Miller, C.A. (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, and J. Spencer, Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk), and Mr. Madin (surveyor).

Finances

The Chairman said they had met to discharge the Council’s liabilities.

On the recommendation of the Finance Committee, cheques were signed in payment of a number of accounts, £541/10/10 in all.

Mr. Bazeley : Does that clear off the whole of the liabilities?

The Chairman : Yes.

Mr. Bazeley : Will the expenditure come out in accordance with the estimates?

The Chairman : Not quite. I am afraid we shall be about £400 worse than we expected. We estimate a balance in hand of about £1,100, but I think it will come out at about £600.

The Clerk : The estimated balance was £1153/9/0. We shall perhaps have a little more money in before the end of the Council’s term of office. At all events, we shall be down.


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