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Rushden Urban District Council

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 9th May 1958

USAF’s ‘Friendly’ Gift to Council

Rushden Urban Council held the final meeting of its three-year term on Wednesday, and members saw the distinguished visitors’ book which has been given to the town by the Americans at Chelveston Air Base.

They adopted a resolution expressing appreciation of the friendship behind the gift, and declared the book to be a permanent remembrance of the mutual regard and goodwill between the American Air Force and Rushden.

Mrs. W. M. Lean (chairman) said the friendship between the two countries was desperately important. She said that the questions of where the book should be kept and who should sign it in the future would be considered by the General Purposes Committee.

Mr. A. H. Bailey said amid laughter: “You will find that a space has been left for a coat of arms. I will leave it at that.

Chairman Thanked

There was a warm vote of thanks to the outgoing chairman – proposed by Mr. J. E. Wills and seconded by Mrs. A. Muxlow, who, as the Council’s first woman chairman, expresses pride in the work of her successor.

Mrs. Lean said she had been to many functions, enjoyed them, and “learnt an awful lot.”

Arising from an application by the Rushden committee of the National Society for Cancer Relief, the General Purposes Committee has decided not to grant the further use of the Council Chamber for regular meetings of established organisations.

“We didn’t want the Council Chamber to become an habitual place of meeting for societies,” explained Mr. F. E. Brown.

Garden of Rest

Mr. Alan Allebone mentioned that work towards the “garden of rest” at the cemetery was purely preliminary, and said that he was sure the next Health Committee would welcome suggestions.

Dustmen, said Mr. Allebone, have now been instructed to collect any old metal left near the dustbins.

Rushden Allotment Association has complained that tenants of houses bordering on the allotments in Highfield Road were depositing rubbish on the allotments and were also breaking down the fences in places at the rear of the houses.

Following an alleged offence against the New Street Act, 1951, builders in the town are to have their attention drawn to the provisions of the Act. It was reported by the Highways Committee that the erection of a house in Morris Avenue had been proceeded with before the owner of the land had paid to the council, or secured to their satisfaction, the estimated cost of street works charges.

Liability to a fine of £100 was said to be involved, but the committee, though taking a serious view, decided not to recommend proceedings, the case being the first of its kind in the district. The builder, however, will receive a warning.

There has been only one formal objection to the making up of Link Road. Owners of property in Lime Street have met to discuss proposals for making up that road.

Owners in Harvey Road are in luck. The final cost of road works there was £1,594, compared with the provisional contract sum of £1,869.

Street lighting improvements have been left for the new council to consider. Apart from the trunk road, the Highways Committee reported, there are 534 electric lamps, of which 41 are illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout the year, 272 from dusk to 11.30p.m. for nine months, and the remainder from sunset to 11.30 p.m. throughout the year.

Two additional lamps will be placed in Woodland Road.

Cycling will be banned on the footpath from Birchall Road to Tennyson Road.

There has been no objection to the clearance orders made in respect of houses in Sussex Place and Dell Place.


The Rushden Echo and Argus, 23rd May 1958

Labour ‘rows’ for Rushden

When the old rota of office-bearing was restored at Rushden Urban Council’s annual meeting on Wednesday, Mr. R. R. Griffiths, the Labour whip, replied to an observation made last week by Mr. A. H. Bailey, his opposite number on the Conservative side.

Mr. Bailey had told the Press he was glad to hear that the Labour group would “row in” with the Conservatives.

To this Mr. Griffiths retorted cheerfully: “We have always rowed for Rushden and shall continue to do so, but, of course, we shall be rowing in a different boat.”

Emphasising that the meeting was to be “traditional,” Mr. Griffiths proposed Mr. F. E. Brown (Cons.) for the chairmanship (which he previously held in 1950-51) and expressed full confidence in his capacity and experience. He added the hope that both Mr. and Mrs. Brown would have an enjoyable year.

Mr Brown greets Mr Ginns
Mr Frank Brown greets Mr Charles Ginns, who is to be vice-chairman
Seconded by Mrs. G. Marriott, the appointment was unanimous.

After signing the declaration of office Mr. Brown said his one regret was Mr. Bailey who had been vice-chairman for the last 12 months, had decided that duties of chairmanship would be “a little too much” for him. “I for one,” he added, “would very much have liked to see him take it on.”

It was the election of Mr. Charles Ginns, a Labour member for six years, as vice-chairman that restored the friendly understanding recently laid aside.

Moving it, Mr. E. E. Newell (Cons.) said everyone in Rushden would be pleased to know that the Labour members were again willing to take their share of the committee chairs as also of the vice-chair and in due course the chair of the Council. It was unfortunate that in the last few years precedent had not been maintained.

Mr. Bailey seconded the resolution, which was approved by all members, and Mr. J. E. Bailey declared Mr. Ginns to have “all the qualities essential for the make-up of a Christian gentleman.”

Earlier in the meeting the outgoing chairman, Mrs. W. M. Lean, welcomed the two new members, Mr. R. H. Marriott and Mr. E. F. Mawson and thanked Mr. Bailey for his work as vice-chairman last year.

It was agreed to send letters of thanks for past service to Mr. E. E. Pidd (unsuccessful at the last election) and Miss A. M. Sharwood, who is giving up her post as a governor of the Boot and Shoe School.


The Rushden Echo and Argus, 20th June 1958

Council acts over ‘bangs’

Rushden Urban Council has taken action over “complaints about disturbance and possible damage believed to be due to aircraft breaking the sound barrier.”

At Wednesday’s meeting it was reported that, on instructions from the General Purposes Committee, the clerk (Mr. A. G. Crowdy) has communicated with the Air Ministry, protesting about the aircraft activity and seeking information about any claims for damage.

Mr. E. E. Newell, chairman of the committee, said a case of material damage had been reported.


Work which began on Wednesday at the corner of High Street and Station Approach was mentioned by Mr. C. Norris. It is the long awaited prelude to the proposed voluntary traffic diversion, and Mr. Norris commented “We may see results at last.”

No Hindrance

Mrs. A. Muxlow was assured that the council is not hindering a proposal by the County Council to acquire a site near Duck Street for a health clinic. There is, however, a question of access over land which is to be developed as a car park.

Mrs. Muxlow said Rushden needed a welfare centre, a dental clinic and new offices for the registrar of births and deaths. It would be a pity for the scheme to be held up on a matter of access.

It was decided to go ahead with the provision of two flats on the first floor of Rushden Hall.

House Inspection

In view of a case where the council has had to spend £70 on a house vacated by the tenant after only 18 months, the question of regular inspection of houses is to be considered.

Lower ceilings planned for some new houses (an economy measure) were said to comply with modern standards.

Mr. Norris spoke of keen quotations received for private street works.

Because of fouling by dogs, the removal of sandpits from children’s playgrounds was advocated by Mrs. Muxlow.

Fire Chief Thanked

High tributes were paid to the 38 years of fire service given by Mr. A. P. Timpson, chief officer at the Rushden fire station, who is retiring on June 30, and a record will be placed on the minutes.

Station Officer Hollis will be the new chief.

Tenants have been selected for two houses and 10 garages nearing completion at The Hedges. Rent for garages will be 5s 11d a week plus rates.

Subject to approval of the financial arrangements, it was decided to construct a £500 footpath between Hayden Road and Hove Road.

Gutters of 95 houses in the Upper Queen Street district are to be repaired at a cost of £320.

Subject to loan consent, eight houses in Trafford Road are to be altered at a cost of £2,560 by Brown and Stokes, Ltd. The work includes modern fireplaces and airing cupboards with electric heaters.

Provision of hot water supplies at 54 houses on the Irchester Road estate will cost £5,428. The contractor is Mr. F. Armstrong, Wellingborough.

The right to sell teas and refreshments at Spencer Park and the Hall Grounds was conceded to Capt. C. S. Hardcastle, of Deene, for a payment of £5 for the season.

The Parks Committee reported that it had refused an application for permission to sell intoxicants at Rushden Hall during the fete and exhibition next week.

A grant of £125 by the National Playing Fields’ Association towards the provision of a children’s playground in Rose Avenue was accepted with thanks. Purchase of equipment for the playground was authorised, but the land has first to be levelled.

An experiment in “adventure” playgrounds, using “improvised” equipment, will be made on the Upper Queen Street estate.

The Surveyor (Mr. W. J. Anker) is to report on the possibility of catering for hockey at the Hall Grounds.

Negotiations for the purchase by the Council of a playing field site on the north side of Irchester Road were reported to have been abortive.

Lime Street, it was reported, will be made up by John White, Ltd., under the Private Street Works Act, the other property owners making agreed contributions towards the cost.

Subject to the approval of the Ministry, Link Road will be made up at a cost of £1,788 and the Rose Avenue group of streets at a cost of £9,892. Drybrook Quarries, Ltd., were the successful tenders in both cases.

Notification was received that one-way traffic will be necessary for a period of seven to 10 days during the widening of Church Parade.

Obstruction of the footpath by vehicles in Rectory Road car park is being watched by the Highways Committee.

The monthly report of the Medical Officer (Dr. P. X. Bermingham) mentioned 99 cases of measles.

Lower interest rates on new or renewed local loans were fixed in view of the reduced Bank Rate. The new terms are 5½ per cent for three years and 5¾ per cent for two years.


The Rushden Echo and Argus, 25th July 1958

Night lighting improvements

An increase of all-night lighting in streets was agreed to at Rushden Urban Council’s meeting on Wednesday. About one-fifth of the lamps – not reckoning those along the A6 – are to be lit all night throughout the year, and to affect this 69 of the existing lamps will have to be converted.

Strong complaints were made about damage and defacement at the public conveniences and the ladies’ section in Newton Road was reported to be “daubed with filthy remarks and in a terrible state.”

Mr. R. R. Griffiths, chairman of the Health Committee appealed for assistance from the publicin bringing the offenders to book.


The chairman (Mr. F. E. Brown) congratulated Mr. Alan Allebone, a member of the Council and Water Board on his appointment as a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. He also thanked all who took part in the recent civic church parade.

Mr. E. E. Newell spoke in appreciation of Mr. A. H. Bailey’s work for the Northamptonshire UDC Association, of which he has just been re-elected chairman.

Sixteen more houses are to be built on the Short Stocks estate and the contract was secured (subject to the Ministry’s consent) by F. and R. Windsor Ltd at £23,710.

A tribute to the Senior Citizens Goodwill Committee and its helpers in the cheap meals and chiropody services was paid by Mr. Newell who said the organisation did a tremendous amount of work.

Painting tenders were accepted as follows: Robinson and Buckland, Kettering, 139 houses at £2,040; Mr. J. L. Greenwood, Rushden, 95 houses at £1,454.

The surveyor Mr. W. J. Anker, was instructed to provide six additional lamps in Hayway, five in Spencer Road and six in Glassbrook Road.

A kerb is to be inserted in the car park off Rectory Road to prevent cars overhanging the footpath.

An agreement has been reached with Arthur Sanders, Ltd., for the construction of a new street – Barker Close – in the Rectory Field.

The Highways Committee reported that in readiness for the next phase of the housing programme it would be necessary for road-works to be carried out in Grafton Road. It is hoped to come to an amicable agreement with the property owners there.

Following an application from the Masonic Hall Company, the Highway’s Committee is willing for vehicles to stand without lights in St. Margaret’s Avenue until 11.30 p.m. The proposal will be submitted to the Chief Constable.

It was reported that representatives of Rushden Council and the County Council had met to discuss a proposal for a right of access to a Duck Street site proposed for a health clinic. The county officials, however, decided that the site was not satisfactory.

Further complaints about congestion caused by parking in Alfred Street have been passed on by the Highways Committee to the police.

In reply to the council’s suggestion that traffic lights should be installed at the “Oakley” crossroads, the county surveyor has reported that a traffic survey was made. In view of the comparatively light traffic it was not considered that the delay which would result from a lighting installation was justified.


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