|15th May 1959
£50 ‘rise’ for council chairman
By a resolution passed at its meeting on Wednesday evening, Rushden Urban Council increased the annual allowance to its chairman from £100 to £150. There was no discussion of the point after Mr. E. E. Newell, for the Finance Committee, had said the present allowance, fixed seven years ago, was out of step with present day costs.
The council, added Mr. Newell, did not want any chairman to be embarrassed by his position.
The present chairman, Mr. F. E. Brown, received a vote of thanks for his work during the past 12 months and replied that the duties had brought him and his wife an abundance of friends.
Although the year had not seemed spectacular, the council had committed itself to the spending of a lot of money on a new sewer, and this would be a very big thing in the interests of the town.
Mr. Charles Ginns, who succeeds to the chair next Wednesday, was thanked for his services as vice-chairman. It is expected that Mrs. G. Marriott will take his place in that office.
During the meeting, Dr. P. X. Bermingham, the medical officer, asked the public not to forget precautions against whooping cough and diphtheria. He emphasised that whooping cough, not poliomyelitis, was at present the greatest killer of infants.
The chairman of the Housing Committee, Mr. J. E. Wills, reported that four people who had been living alone in clearance areas had in turn refused the offer of a one-bedroom flat.
Mr. A. H. Bailey made a strong protest against the parking of vehicles near the junction of Duck Street and High Street and in Victoria Road, where, he said, it was a common thing for vehicles to have to back out after getting half way down the hill. The parking of cars in these areas he described as “unnecessary and selfish.”
The chairman congratulated Station Officer M. F. Hollis on his commendation for bravery at an Irthlingborough tannery fire.
A contract was arranged with F. and R. Windsor Ltd., for the erection of eight houses in Rose Avenue, at a cost of £11,340.
The Housing Committee mentioned proposals for the development of the Grafton Road site by the erection of 62 dwellings, these including ten bungalows and 16 flats.
It was agreed to provide Higham Ferrers Town Council with assistance from the Surveyor’s department for the development of a housing estate.
Because of access difficulties, the idea of using land near Dell Place as a site for old people’s dwellings has been abandoned.
A contract was placed for completing the Duck Street (Pung’s Lane) improvement at a cost of £500.
It was agreed to apply for sanction of a £2,400 loan to cover the completion of a car park in the same neighbourhood.
The surveyor (Mr. W. J. Anker) reported that the council’s men would work a five-day week during the summer months.
Electric street lighting costs have risen from £3,300 to £3,500 a year. It may be extended in the Sanders’ Lodge area next year.
Portions of Talbot Road, Park Avenue and Hillary Road were adopted as public streets. Following a resident’s letter of complaint the making-up of Morris Avenue with a view to public adoption is to be considered as soon as possible.
Eight clubs have booked cricket pitches in Spencer Park and Jubilee Park for a total of 52 matches.
Further damage to windows at Rushden Hall has been reported to the police.
Greenhouses at Rushden Hall can be inspected by the public on Sunday afternoons.
Following a letter from Mr. L. G. Roberts, of Knuston Spinney, the provision of additional seats in Irchester Road will be considered. Mr. Roberts had suggested extra playing fields and a reading room for old people, but the Parks’ Committee pointed out that recent attempts to purchase a playing field in Irchester Road had been unsuccessful.
A Health Committee paragraph was headed “Burial in wrong grave space.” The committee “did not consider that any further action was required.”