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The Rushden Echo, 10th May, 1901, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

A meeting of this council on Wednesday night, was attended by Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J. Claridge, W. H. Wilkins, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, C. Bates, T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, and G. Miller, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk) and Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor).

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday April 24th, 1901. Present :- Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, W. H. Wilkins, J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, and F. Knight.

A Plan

was presented by Mr. C. E. Bayes for six cottages in Spencer-road and passed.

Mr. A. Young – The Surveyor reported that Mr. Young had entered into the occupation of a new house on the Rushden Court Estate, without having received a certificate of completion. The certificate had been applied for, but owing to the incomplete condition of the property the Surveyor had not been able to grant one. It was resolved to recommend the Council to institute proceedings against Mr. Young unless he obtain a certificate before the next meeting of the Council.

North-street Extension – The Surveyor reported the completion of the street works in North-street at the estimated cost of £54/3/6. The Clerk was instructed to apply to the owners for payment of the apportioned expenses agreed to be paid by them, and on receipt thereof to post the usual notices declaring this part of the street a Public Highway.

Team Labour for carting road materials – Tenders were received for the carting of the road materials for the ensuing season. The Surveyor was instructed to accept the tenders of Messrs. Packwood and Sharp and divide the work between them in as convenient proportions as possible.

Chimneys on Fire – The Clerk reported that he had mentioned this matter to the Superintendent of Police, who asked to be supplied with the written proposals of the Council in order that he might submit the same to the Chief Constable for instructions.

The Committee authorized the Clerk to submit the following:-

(1) That the Police assist the Council by reporting all cases coming to their knowledge.

(2) That on receipt of a report the Council cause a circular letter to be sent to the person reported, stating that if the offence is admitted and a penalty of 2s. 6d. paid no further proceedings will be taken.

(3) That if the person reported fails to admit the offence and pay the penalty within the time specified in the circular, the Council will proceed by summons in the usual way before the magistrates.

(4) That all penalties received by the Council from cases reported by the Police be paid over to the Police Superannuation Fund.

Public Lighting – It was resolved that the Street Lamps, with the exception of those in the High Street between Wymington Road and the Station, to be taken down after Sunday, May 5th, and that the lamps in the High Street be taken down on June 3rd.

Public Seats – The Surveyor was instructed to have the new seats fixed in the positions selected by the Committee last year.

The report was adopted.

Finance, &c Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, May 1st, 1901. Present :- Messrs. Geo. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, J. Claridge and C. Bates.


Accounts – A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Sanitary Reports

Medical Officers:- The Medical Officer reported that one case of infectious disease had been reported during the past three weeks viz., one of scarlet fever at No. 16, Upper Queen Street. He also reported that he had visited 10 factories during the same period, all of which he found in satisfactory condition.

Inspector’s:- The Inspector reported that he had examined the drains, water closets, &c. at No. 16, Upper Queen Street and thoroughly disinfected them. All the usual precautions were being taken. The Inspector further stated that he was making daily visits to, and inspecting, all the small workshops in the town.

The Brook - The condition of the Brook at the South end of the town at rear of John Street was referred to, and it was agreed that the matter should be further considered at the next meeting of the committee.

Cemetery – Mr. J. Attley attended the meeting with reference to the trespass reported by the Caretaker at the last meeting. Mr. Attley admitted climbing over the gates and said he did so to recover his cap which had blown over, he was cautioned by the committee.

The report was adopted.

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Wednesday, 1st May, 1901. Present :- Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), Wm. Bazeley, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall and W. H. Wilkins.

Farndish Operations :- The Surveyor reported the results obtained from the trial wells and suggested using the available water as soon as arrangements could be made with Lady Wantage and Mr. Eady.

The Clerk was instructed to communicate with Mr. Dixon Lady Wantage’s Agent, on the matter.

Mr. Middleton’s further report on the Sharnbrook Scheme :- The further report which the Committee had requested Mr. Middleton to supply on a scheme for taking water from Sharnbrook was received. Mr. Middleton expressed himself as unfavourable to this source of supply and much preferred the Harrowden Scheme. It was decided that before passing any resolution on any of the schemes the Committee visit the sites at Sywell and Harrowden.

Bedford Road Well :- The Surveyor was instructed to fence in the well and belting.

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, said it was satisfactory to know that the Bedford-road well was yielding more water than was anticipated. They were now pumping some 40,000 gallons a day from it.

The report was agreed to.

Fire Station and Town Depot

The Local Government Board wrote sanctioning the borrowing by the Council of £1,400 and £2,350 for a fire station and a town depot.

Mr. Knight thought there should be no delay in starting the work.

The Chairman suggested that the matter should be considered in committee.

The suggestion was adopted.

Dust in the Streets

A letter was received from the Rushden Tradesmen’s Association, respectfully calling the attention of the Council to the condition of the streets and the annoyance caused by the great quantity of dust on the roads. It was pointed out that the tradesmen sustained a great amount of damage through the dust, and the Council were asked if any steps could be taken to remedy the state of affairs complained of.

Mr. Claridge said the matter had already received the attention of the committee and the watering of the streets was begun before the reception of the Association’s letter.

The Surveyor, in reply to a question, did not see what else the Council could do, beyond getting water from the Moors as they did last year. It was a very expensive matter, carrying water from the Moors, and it was only possible to water High-street from that source.

On the motion of Mr. Spencer, the matter was referred to the Highways Committee.

The New Water Rate

The Council resolved to make a water rate for the quarter ending June 30th, to raise £434 0s. 6d.

Queen Victoria’s Memory

Mr. Claridge asked if anything was to be done regarding the calling of a town’s meeting to consider the question of providing a memorial to Queen Victoria.

The Chairman said he was in the hands of the Council in that matter.

Mr. Claridge said the opinion of the committee was that the small amount asked for by Lord Spencer for the county memorial would not affect a local memorial.

The Chairman expressed a hope that the matter would be well considered. He did not like the idea of holding abortive meetings, such as those held in a neighbouring town.

Mr. Claridge agreed that if a town’s meeting was called it must be well supported.

Mr. Knight thought the effort made with a similar object in 1897 was not very encouraging.

Mr. Swindall suggested that too much was attempted in 1897. If they could get a reading room or something of that sort it would be very useful. There certainly ought to be one in the town.

Mr. Claridge : Then there’s the question of a bathing-place.

Mr. Miller : You wouldn’t suggest that as a memorial to the Queen?

Mr. Claridge : Certainly not, but I thought it might be possible to do something in that matter.

The Chairman : That subject is practically before the Council at the present time.

The Clerk : Yes; under the heading “unfinished business.”

Mr. Knight said he saw Mr. Owen Parker, of Higham Ferrers, a few days previously, and Mr. Parker said Mr. Palmer had written to the Fitzwilliams on the subject but had not got a reply. The Mayor of Higham was, however, to be asked to write, so they would probably hear something about the matter soon.

No action was taken with regard to the memorial.

“Hokey-Pokey, Two a Penny”

Mr. Bates asked if it was possible to stop the sale of ice cream on Sundays?

Mr. Spencer suggested that the attention of the police should be called to the matter.

Mr. Bates gave notice that he would move a resolution on the subject at the next meeting.

The Chairman : It will be possible for us to deal with the matter in a comprehensive way then, not limiting it to ice cream.

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