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Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

31st May 1963

No Electricity Points in These Council Houses

Rushden Urban Council last week instructed its Surveyor to arrange for a survey to be made of the present position with regard to council houses with no electrical points other than ordinary lighting points, commencing with four and five bedroom houses.

Mrs. D. E. Shrives, chairman of the housing committee, said: “People are still using an iron from the ceiling, which is dangerous.”

The housing committee reported that council house rent arrears on April 25 stood at £543 17s 2d.

A tenant interviewed at the previous meeting was to be told that he would be expected to pay off his arrears of £14 7s 8d at the promised rate of £2 per week, despite the fact that it had not been possible to arrange with his employers for the amounts to be deducted from his wages.

The committee said the tenant would be asked to appear before then again should he fail to make the payments.

Lorry Hoist

The Highways and Planning Committee informed the council that it had given further consideration to whether a hoist was really necessary as part of the equipment of a lorry it was intended purchasing. The need for a hoist was questioned at the previous council meeting by Mr. A, Goulsbra.

The deputy surveyor said the hoist, costing about £720 plus the cost of fixing, would be a most useful item of equipment. It could be transferred to another vehicle when it was time for the lorry to be replaced.

Approval was given to the committee’s recommendation that the lorry, with hoist, should be bought.

‘No waiting’ plea: no action

The occupiers of factory premises in Shirley Road, Rushden, have asked the Urban Council for a “no waiting” order to be applied to a section of the road near their premises in order to facilitate access by lorries.

The council, however, does not feel justified in doing so and has decided to leave the matter in the hands of the police.

The deputy surveyor told the council last week that he was still awaiting quotations for the road repairs necessary following the frost damage at Tennyson Road, Purvis Road and the upper part of Hall Avenue.

With regard to St. Mary’s Avenue and part of Hall Avenue constructed with concrete, however, the Road Research Laboratory had advised that a thin bituminous covering was necessary. This, with the work needed on a footpath, would cost about £1,600.

28th June 1963

Petrol station plan refused

Rushden Urban Council, acting on recommendations of the county planning officer, has turned down an outline plan by Consular Garages Ltd, to build a petrol filling station at Northampton Road.

The reasons given at the council’s meeting on Monday were:- “The use of the accesses to a petrol filling station situated on a bend in the classified road A45, opposite to a junction with the classified road A5001, would interfere with the free flow of traffic on this length of highway, which is not subject to a speed limit.

“Planning permission was granted in July 1962, for a petrol filling station on a site at Little Irchester about two miles to the west of the application site, and on the same side of the road. There is therefore no overriding need for a further filling station on this site.”

The council learned that further complaints had been received from residents in Station Road concerning excessive noise from nearby dairy premises.

The Public Health Committee is to meet representatives of the complainants and the dairy firm, at its next meeting on July 8.


Consideration was given to observations made by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government on increasing difficulties arising from the disposal of sewage in the Irthlingborough – Wellingborough area.

The Ministry suggested it would be useful if local authorities in the area would urgently consider the idea of constructing a joint sewage disposal works, at least for Wellingborough, Finedon, Irthlingborough and the two Irchesters.

The council, however, agreed with its Public Health Committee that there was no suggestion of difficulties in the disposal of sewage from the Rushden area – a major improvement scheme is now being carried out at the town’s sewage disposal works – but it was necessary for the council to be kept fully informed, and attend any meeting arising from the Ministry’s suggestions.

Charges for using pitches increased

It was reported at Rushden Council that the Parks Committee had reviewed the charges for using football pitches at Spencer Park and Jubilee Park, and had decided to increase the inclusive costs of pitch and nets from eight shillings to ten shillings.

Mr. H. H. Lumbers, however, objected to the committee’s recommendation. He said that the new charge for using pitch, nets and two dressing rooms, at 15s, was greater than the charge for cricket pitches, and was far in excess of charges made by neighbouring authorities.

Mr. Lumbers only gained one supporter, and the recommendation was approved.

A letter was received from tenants in Allen Road inquiring whether they had been overlooked in the programme for internal decorations to houses, as other houses in the same road had been dealt with two years ago.

The deputy surveyor said that the houses were included in the programme for 1962, but the work had been delayed due to an abnormally high number of tenancy changes, and to work which had resulted from frost damage.

Still under the heading of housing maintenance, the council approved a plan to invite tenders for external painting at 206 houses, and authorised the surveyor to engage two additional painters on the direct labour staff so that the council could catch up with its work.

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