|Rushden Echo, 11th May 1906 , transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Estimates & New Rate
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard (vice-chairman), G. Denton, G. H. Skinner, A. Mantle, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, A. J. Dobbs, F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, and J. Claridge, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).
Plans, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday the 25th April, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, F. Ballard, F. Knight, A. J. Dobbs, G. Denton, A. Mantle, and J. S. Clipson.
It was resolved that Mr. Ballard be appointed Chairman of this Committee.
The following Sub-Committee was appointed:-
Lighting and Fire Brigade: Messrs. Ballard, Swindall, Clipson, and Dobbs.
were presented by:-
Mr. F. Cowley for alterations to Nos. 21 and 23, High Street, converting the front portions into shops and passed subject to evidence as to party wall being produced to the Surveyor and his being satisfied that such wall is of sufficient strength to carry the weight proposed to be placed upon it.
Mr. J. Northern for alterations to premises in Church Street converting lock-up shop and offices into a shop with dwelling-house and passed subject to the necessary air space at the rear being provided by the removal of the shed now shown as standing thereon.
Brook, Bedford Road
The Surveyor reported that the County Surveyor declined to sanction any expenditure on the erection of the fence as proposed by the Committee and suggested that the question of culverting the brook at this point should be considered. The Committee was unable to recommend the Council to incur the large expenditure involved in constructing a culvert at the present time and adhered to its previous decision that a fence as proposed would meet the immediate requirements of the case.
The Surveyor was instructed to inform the County Surveyor of the Committee’s decision and to request that the question of the payment for the fence might be reconsidered.
The Surveyor read a letter he had received from the Midland Railway Company with regard to asphalting the footpath between Beaconsfield Terrace and the Station approach road, agreeing to the Committee’s proposals with regard to the asphalting of same but pointing out that as the public footpath only extended 4 feet in width the Company required an Agreement signed by him admitting that the land at each side was the private property of the Company and an acknowledgment rent of 1/- per year paid by the Council.
The Committee raised no objection to the proposal and authorised the Surveyor to sign such an Agreement on behalf of the Council. It was understood that the work of asphalting would proceed simultaneously with the pitching of the crossing over the road which was to be carried out by the Company.
It was resolved to cease general lighting on the 5th May, but to continue the lighting in the High Street and Higham Road from Manning’s Lane to the Higham Ferrers boundary.
Places of Entertainment
The Committee considered the question referred to them by the Council at their last meeting with regard to the attendance of members of the Fire Brigade at theatrical performances and the Fire Brigade Sub-committee undertook to confer with the Fire Brigade on the matter.
A letter from the Co-operative Society was read stating that theatrical performances were not held in their Hall and that they had no knowledge of any nuisance ever having arisen by crowding outside, when entertainments were given.
The Committee were given to understand that the Coffee Tavern Directors were communicating with the Police with regard to this matter.
With regard to the proposal as to fencing the brook in Bedford-road, Mr. Bazeley moved as an amendment to the committee’s report that the County Council be requested to say what they would be prepared to contribute to the cost of covering the brook. He thought it was time the work was done, from a health standpoint, and that the County Surveyor’s suggestion was the right one.
Mr. Bates seconded the amendment.
In reply to a question as to how the necessary money was to be raised, Mr. Bazeley said it could be raised by loan.
Mr. Skinner did not think anyone would be very ready to lend them more money.
After discussion, the amendment was lost and the report was adopted.
Finance, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 2nd May, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and C. Bates.
It was unanimously agreed that Mr. Swindall be chairman of this committee.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
Collector’s Fittings Account
The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings account, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the month:-
From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that he had visited and inspected the house and premises, No. 82, High-street, at which the business of a fishmonger was carried on and had pointed out to the Inspector certain alterations and improvements which he thought desirable to prevent the recurrence of the nuisance now complained of.
The Medical Officer also reported that four cases of scarlet fever had been notified since the last meeting. No other case of infectious disease had occurred in the district.
The Inspector informed the Committee that the suggestions made by the Medical Officer with regard to the fish shop above referred to had been carried out so far as alterations were required in the construction of the premises and, in his opinion, if the occupier conducted the business properly there should be no nuisance to complain of.
He had inspected the ditch on the Newton Road belonging to Mr. J. Smith, which was in a bad state and required cleaning out. Mr. Smith had promised that the matter should be attended to at once.
The Inspector also referred to the nuisance caused by the drainage from Mr. Abbott’s stables on the Bedford-road running into the brook. The Committee considered this a serious nuisance which should be abated with the least possible delay, and instructed the Inspector to inform Mr. Abbott that unless steps were taken to keep the drainage out of the brook the Committee would have to recommend the Council to take formal proceedings against him for the abatement of the nuisance.
The Inspector was also instructed to require Mr. W. Lewis, of Wymington, to abate a nuisance on the Wymington-road caused by a blocked drain.
The estimates for the ensuing year were considered and agreed to. It was resolved to submit the same to the whole Council in Committee before bringing them before the Council for adoption.
The Collector submitted a water rate for the quarter ending 30th June next, amounting to £533/0/0.
It was resolved that the Council be recommended to seal the rate at their next meeting.
The report was adopted.
The Chairman reported that the Council in committee had gone carefully through the estimates and had cut down every possible item. It was very satisfactory to be able to assure the ratepayers that only a 4s 8d. rate would be required. The Council were recommended to reduce the rating allowance to owners of small property from 30 per cent. to 20 per cent. In the new charges, for water, the small property owners would get a reduction, and the amount they would have to pay extra would be equivalent to the reduction on the water rate. He moved the adoption of the estimates as presented.
Mr. Ballard seconded the motion.
Mr. Dobbs moved that £120 be included in the estimates for the ditch in Washbrook-road to be covered over, as he proposed at a recent meeting. The improvement was urgently needed, as the spot was very dangerous to children. If it raised the rate a penny in the £ he did not think anyone would grumble.
Mr. Bates seconded the motion, which was lost.
Mr. Bazeley moved that a glass-house be provided at the Cemetery for storing plants, and expressed the opinion that it would pay for itself.
Mr. Dobbs seconded the motion, which was lost.
The estimates were thereupon adopted, and a resolution was carried unanimously reducing the rating allowance for small properties from 30 per cent. to 20 per cent.
Urban Council’s Association
A letter was received from the Urban Council’s Association, stating that the annual meetings would be held at Penrith in July, and inviting the Council to send delegates.
No action was taken, the opinion being expressed that the distance was too great.
A letter was received from the Board of Trade enclosing a copy of a provisional order granted to the County of Northampton Electric Power and Traction Company for the supply of electricity in Rushden, Higham, and district. The Council were asked whether they had any observations to make on the subject.
Mr. Bazeley: If we made any observations, would they reconsider it?
The Clerk thought it was too late.
Mr. Bazeley thought the Mayor of Higham was out of order in supporting the granting of the order, seeing that the Higham Council were divided in opinion on the subject. He thought the Clerk should point that out to the Board of Trade.
The Clerk thought they could hardly do that, though there was little doubt that the order would not have been granted if it had not been for Mr. Patenall’s keenness in supporting it.
Mr. Dobbs said that if he had been on the Council at Higham he would have moved a vote of censure on Mr. Patenall.
The Chairman did not think the Council could do anything in the matter at all.
Mr. Bazeley: It places us in an unfortunate position, having another monopoly established here.
In reply to a question, the Clerk said the only thing the Council could do would be to apply to the Member of Parliament to oppose the order, but that would place the Member in a most unfortunate position, seeing that many places in the district were in favour of the order.