|The Rushden Echo, 11th March, 1921, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Unemployment in The Town
“Food Control Expenses” Returned
Loans for Housing Scheme
£1,000 for Labour
| Wednesday, present Councillors John Claridge, J.P., C.C. (chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., C. Bates, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, T. Swindall, C. W. Horrell, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. E. Bayes, T. Wilmott, and J. Tomlin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Assistant Surveyor (Mr. Lloyd), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Piper).
In reply to a question from Mr. Bates regarding the unemployed of the town, Mr. Perkins said he had met the teachers of the town and they were willing to contribute a sum regularly.
Mr. Bates asked what was being done in regard to the scheme decided on at the previous meeting for the unemployed.
The Chairman said that Mr. Madin had been busy with the scheme.
The Clerk said that all labour would have to be obtained through the Labour Exchange.
Mr. Bates: Are they to be ex-Service-men only?
Mr. Knight: Mr. Bates heard all about the scheme at the last meeting.
Mr. Bates: I am not talking to the gallery, but I am continually being asked the questions I have put to-night.
The Chairman: The scheme is going forward.
Plans, &c. Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 23rd February, 1921, when there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.
were presented for:-
Motor garage for Mr. F. Hawkes adjoining his office in Portland-road and no exception taken.
Store room for Messrs. H. E. Wilmott and Co., Ltd., near their factory in Portland-road and no exception taken.
Shed for Mr. H. Mackness at the rear of No. 38, Midland-road and no exception taken.
Piggeries for Mr. Walter Dickens on St. Crispin Estate and passed.
Motor garage for Mr. Joseph Ladds at the rear of No. 249, Wellingborough-road and no exception taken.
A letter was received from Mr. Arthur Cave calling attention to the state of the road-side near his house. The Surveyor was instructed to give the matter attention.
The surveyor reported that the County Surveyor had been in communication with him with regard to the estimate for the main roads in this district for the ensuing year.
It was resolved that he be instructed to agree for the same amount as last year, viz., £2,000, plus any amount under expended during the current year.
Classification of Roads
A letter was received from the County Surveyor stating that the Ministry of Transport had now agreed that Wellingborough-road should be classified as a first class road and Irchester-road as a second class road.
The Committee considered this satisfactory.
The Clerk submitted a letter from the Local Authorities Provincial Council (manual workers) asking what decision this Council had arrived at with reference to the recommendation of that Council that all municipal employees should be granted 12 days’ holiday per year with pay.
The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Committee did not consider the present an opportune time to act upon such recommendation.
A letter was received from the Working Men’s Club asking that the lamp in Griffith-street near the footway leading to Park-place might be lighted.
The matter was referred to the Lighting Sub-committee to consider and report.
Assisted Housing Scheme
The Surveyor was instructed to proceed with the numbering of the houses on the Newton-road site in accordance with the suggestion submitted by him. The question of naming the streets was adjourned to a future meeting.
The report was adopted, Mr. Bates voting against the refusal to grant 12 days’ holiday. He said he considered that the matter had not been sufficiently discussed.
The Chairman: It was fully discussed in committee and Mr. Bazeley concurred, so I do not think there is much wrong.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 2nd March, 1921, at 10 a.m., when there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, T. Swindall, 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:-
The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums during the past month:-
And that the balances were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £1,578 5s 7d were examined and passed for payment.
Fire Station Cottage
It was resolved to recommend the Council to give one month’s notice to quit to the occupier of the Fire Station Cottage with a view to the road foreman living there.
It was resolved to hold a special meeting of the Finance Committee to clear up the accounts for the year on Wednesday, the 23rd instant at 10 a.m.
Spencer Park Unemployment
A circular letter was received from the Unemployment Grants Committee stating that they had now been authorised to make a grant of 60 per cent. of the wages bill of works carried out for the benefit of the unemployed.
The Clerk reported that he had been in communication with the Committee who had agreed to make a grant of 60 per cent of the wages bill in connection with the work now being carried out at Spencer Park provided not less than 10 men were employed. The grant not to exceed £180.
National Provincial Council (Non-Trading Services) Manual Workers
A letter was received from the Secretary to this Council with regard to the payment of the Administration expenses of that body and suggested the following grades:-
It was resolved to recommend the Council to make a contribution of £3 towards such expenses.
The Clerk reported the receipt of Sanctions to Loans of £19,943, £3,127, and £3,025 in connection with the Newton-road Housing Scheme and was instructed to write to the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives and the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society with a view to raising such loans. Failing these sources it was resolved to make application to the Public Works Loan Commissioners.
The Clerk submitted a new agreement with the Postmaster General with regard to the telephone instrument at the Fire Station. The quarterly subscription would in future be £1 19s 6d against £1 11s 3d. It was resolved to recommend the Council to agree to the new terms. The report was adopted.
With reference to the item of “food control, expenses returned,” the Chairman said it was very satisfactory to have got the money back. He had had doubts whether they would do so.
Regarding the Fire Station cottage, Captain R. F. Knight wrote asking the Council to defer the matter for one month and meantime to receive a deputation from the Brigade to hear their view on the matter. The request was acceded to.
Mr. Perkins asked what percentage they would have to pay on the loans above mentioned.
The Clerk: If the Council borrows from the Public Works Loan Board it will be at the rate of 6½ per cent.
Mr. Perkins: Can we not borrow locally?
The Clerk: I have been informed by the local Boot and Shoe Operatives’ Union that they have no available funds for investment.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 2nd March, 1921, when there were present: Messrs. W. Bazeley (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, and L. Perkins.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The report of the Medical Officer for the month of February was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that ten preliminary notices calling attention to nuisances, etc., had been served during the past month. The total number of nuisances abated had been 20 and the number still outstanding was 49.
Five lots of bedding after cases of infectious disease had been disinfected at the depot.
The Inspector also reported that the walls and ceiling of the first floor back room and the walls of the kitchen and the paving to the passage and yard of No. 127, High-street were in a bad state of repair, thereby causing a nuisance.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Inspector to serve a notice on the owner requiring him within 28 days to abate the nuisance.
Four legs of pigs voluntarily surrendered had been destroyed in the usual way as unfit for human consumption.
The Inspector also reported that a further seven outworkers’ lists had been received since the last meeting containing the names of 10 outworkers.
The report was adopted.
It was resolved to pay £2,000 to the contractor of the municipal houses, a certificate from the architect having been received.
The retiring overseers, Messrs. J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., L. Baxter, J. T. Colson, and B. Ladds were re-elected on the proposition of Mr. Wilmott, seconded by Mr. Bayes.
Mr. Knight, reporting on the plans for the improvement of the Park said it was proposed to have three tennis courts and two bowling greens, to widen the pipe track for a walk and to have seats along it, and steps down to both sides. If the greens and courts were turfed the total cost would be about £1,350, of which £1,000 would be for labour. (Hear, hear.) The scheme would mean that the Park would be considerably more attractive, but a full time caretaker would be necessary at an annual cost of about £200. The total cost might be reduced by £400 if they sowed the ground instead of turfing it.
Mr. Bazeley said there was plenty of turf at their disposal on the housing site and he would prefer that they should turf the courts and make a proper job of it, even if they had to raise a loan.
Mr. Knight said he had inquired of a neighbouring authority and they stated that their bowling greens were anything but a paying concern.
Mr. Perkins said that even if they did not get the number of pennies they wanted it would be a paying concern to get people into the fresh air. He asked how many men would be employed at one time.
Mr. Knight: Twenty to 24.
Mr. Perkins: Even if we give them only half-time work that does not absorb more than 48 men, a very small number.
Mr. Hornsby suggested that the scheme be proceeded with at once, and that the Surveyor be instructed to employ the largest number of men possible.
Mr. Bates said that workers could get unemployment benefit if they were working not more than three days a week.
The scheme was formally adopted.