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The Rushden Echo, 13th May 1910, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Mr. John Spencer’s “Reform Bill”

The District Rate : A Suggestion

A meeting of this council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge (vice-chairman), G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, F. Mallard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bayes, J. Spencer, and W. Bazeley, the Ven. Arthur Kitchin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin) and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).

The King’s Death

Resolutions passed by the Council regarding the King’s death will be found reported in another column.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th April, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight, J. Claridge, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and G. Miller.

Appointment of Chairman

The following sub-committee was appointed :-

Lighting and Fire Brigade. – Messrs. J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, and W. Bazeley.


were present by :-

Messrs. Robinson Brothers for additions to their factory in Grove-street and passed.

Mr. E. Hawkes for additions to his house, No 56 Kings-road, and passed.

Mr. G. W. Spencer for w.c.’s to two cottages in Sandpit-road, and passed.

Mr. George Chettle (amended plan) for out-buildings to his house in Duck-street and passed.

Mr. C. W. Horrell for additional sanitary accommodation to his factory in Fitzwilliam-street, and passed.

Mr. George Selwood for additions to the engine house at his factory in Harborough-road and passed. No objection was taken to the erection of a galvanised iron coal shed at the rear if the consent of the adjoining owner is obtained.

Mr. Tom Swindall for two houses in Brookfield-road, and passed.

Messrs. Ashford and Campion for alterations to workshop in Newton-road and rejected as not complying with the Byelaws.

Mr. A. H. Cashmore (on behalf of the Ambulance Association) for buildings for Headquarters in Midland-road, and passed subject to the building being set back eight feet from the street.


The Surveyor reminded the Committee that the contract with Mr. Alfred Packwood for day-work entered into in the year 1908 was for a period of three years subject to the approval of the new Council for the third year.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to continue the contract for the third year.

Rectory Estate

The letter received from the owners of this Estate at the last meeting, asking the Council to complete and take over the upper portion of Portland-road in accordance with the agreement, was again considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to complete the work and take over the road forthwith.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to discontinue full street lighting on the 9th May. The summer lighting to be as usual.

Street Name-Plates

The Surveyor was instructed to provide name-plates for the streets in the district where required.

It was also resolved to require all owners to provide numbers for the houses where previously supplied by the Council and now missing.

Street Watering

It was resolved to recommend the Council to purchase a new galvanised iron stand pipe for the purpose of street watering at a cost of 59/6, less 15 per cent. discount.

Duck-Street Improvement

An offer was received from Mr. George Chettle to give up a strip of land and to take down and re-build the wall if the Council would make good the road.

It was agreed to recommend the Council to accept the offer.

Tar Painting

The Surveyor was instructed to spray the High-street from Mannings’s Lane to the Queen Victoria Hotel, as was done last year, at a cost not exceeding £50, towards which it was understood the County Council would contribute one half.

The Surveyor was also instructed to tar paint certain of the District roads, where suitable, as last year.


The Surveyor was instructed to complete the piping of the ditch in Washbrook-road with as little delay as possible.

Road Materials

The Surveyor was instructed to complete the piping of the ditch in Washbrook-road with as little delay as possible

Knuston Footpath

Attention was called to the dangerous state of this footpath near Mr. Clark’s stone-pits, The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Clark calling his attention thereto and requesting him to put the same in order forthwith.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 3rd May, 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight, J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.

Appointment of Chairman

It was resolved that Mr. Knight be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows :-

Week ending 7th April, 1910
Week ending 14th April, 1910
Week ending 21st April, 1910
Week ending 28th April, 1910

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting :-

Free Library…Fees, fines, etc.

Sanitary Inspector…Trade refuse

And that the balances on the under mentioned accounts were as follows:-

General Account
Loan Account No. 16
Loan Account No. 10
Loan Account No. 22 overdrawn

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Memorandum of General District Rate

Rate made the 13th day of October, 1909.

Amount of rate
Supplemental list
Recoverable arrears of former rate
Amount collected
Recoverable arrears
Irrecoverable arrears

A list of the irrecoverable arrears was submitted by the Collector and ordered to be written off.

Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee

A special meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 4th May, 1910, at 6.45 p.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and G. Miller.

High Street Improvement

The Surveyor reported that on inspecting the culvert running across the road from the Orchard into the Cottage grounds he found that at some time it had been diverted so as to run under the present footpath for some yards. This part of the path would now be thrown into the roadway and the brickwork of the culvert being in a bad condition it would not, in his opinion, be safe. He recommended that an 18-inch pipe, laid in concrete, be substituted for the present culvert, at an estimated cost of £12. The County Surveyor had visited the site and approved. The County Council, it was understood, would contribute half the cost.

The Committee instructed the Surveyor to act on his recommendation and to proceed with the work forthwith.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 4th May, 1910, at 7 p.m., when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight, J. Claridge, C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Appointment of Chairman

It was resolved that Mr. Claridge be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.

Appointment of Sub-Committees

The following Sub-committees were appointed:-

Farm – Messrs. J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.

Cemetery – Messrs. F. Knight, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that eight cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of diphtheria, one of enteric fever, and one of erysipelas. The Schools Medical Officer had been in the district during the month, and the Inspector was instructed to interview the parents of certain of the children mentioned in his report.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 59 informal notices had been issued since the last meeting, calling attention to nuisances, &c., which were receiving attention.

The Inspector called attention to the w.c. at No. 5, Pytchley-road, occupied by Mr. Thomas Barford, which was in an insanitary condition. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupier, requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Dairies, Milkshops, and Cowsheds

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 26th and 28th February and the 1st and 2nd March he visited 27 premises, belonging to 25 cowkeepers, and inspected 272 milk cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. The Veterinary Inspector considered the report very satisfactory. One cow having been mentioned in several reports as suffering from a tumour on her throat, the Committee considered that the owner should dispose of it without further delay, and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see the owner and advise him accordingly.

Factory Acts

The Inspector reported that 31 outworkers’ lists had been received from employers within the district and one from the Tottenham Urban District Council. No lists had been received from any of the adjacent authorities, and he was instructed to write to the various authorities calling their attention to this.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.

It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashtub, ashpit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly, with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owner, requiring her within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Team Labour – Scavenging

The Surveyor reported that the contract for scavenging with Mr. W. W. Smith, entered into in the year 1908, was for the term of three years, subject to this Council approving the same for the third year.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to approve the contract for the third year, subject to Mr. Smith agreeing to deposit the refuse at a place and in a manner satisfactory to the Council; and for the purpose of making the arrangements with him a Sub-committee, consisting of the Chairman, Messrs. Knight and Skinner, was appointed.


The surveyor was authorised to procure poison at a cost not exceeding £1 for the purpose of destroying the rats at the tip used for the deposit of old tins, etc., off the Wellingborough-road.

Sewage Disposal Works

The Surveyor was instructed to make arrangements for the visit of the Council to the Sewage works at Kettering at an early date.


Attention was called to a nuisance existing in John-street caused by the deposit of refuse from a factory close by. The Inspector was instructed to see the owner of the factory and request him to abate the nuisance forthwith. The report was adopted, with Mr. Bazeley dissenting from the recommendation to renew Mr. W. W. Smith’s contract for scavenging.

The District Rate

The Finance Committee reported that they had held a meeting that evening at which the general district rate as made out was submitted by the Clerk. It was resolved to recommend the Council to rate the owner instead of the occupier in those cases where premises at a rental not exceeding £8 per annum were occupied solely for domestic purposes.

The Chairman explained that the adoption of the report would merely put the present method in regular order.

The report was adopted.

Election Matters

Mr. Spencer, in moving a series of resolutions of which he had given notice, said he had no party object in moving them but he thought if they were adopted it would make for the better government of the town. The town had grown from a small place to an important town and as additional work was placed on local authorities he thought they ought to have 18 members on the Urban Council. He was also in favour of the division of the town into three wards, and believed this would create a greater interest in public matters. He also believed that annual elections created more public interest in the business of the Council, and he had always been opposed to triennial elections. Then again they had always been backward in trying to get their proper share of representation on the County Council, and at the present time he considered the town was


He moved first that the Council was in favour of an increased number of Urban Councillors.

Mr. Bates seconded the motion.

Mr. Claridge said Mr. Spencer had put his views very fairly, but he could see no necessity for increasing the number of Urban Councillors.

Mr. Swindall was in favour of the motion but thought it should have been brought forward prior to an election.

Mr. Spencer said it would take some time to get an alteration made.

The motion was lost by seven votes to four.

Mr. Spencer then moved that the time had arrived for the town to be divided into three wards.

Mr. Bazeley seconded.

Messrs. Miller, Ballard, and Skinner opposed the motion, which was lost by 8 votes to three.

Mr. Spencer next moved that the Council was opposed to triennial elections, being in favour of one-third of the members retiring each year.

Mr. Bazeley seconded the motion on the ground that more interest would be created in the elections.

Mr. Clipson opposed the motion because he thought the present system created the more interest.

Mr. Miller said he was in favour of

Annual Elections

but if they made an alteration again he thought it would look like playing fast and loose with the Council, so he must decline to vote.

Mr. Ballard was strongly in favour of triennial elections.

Mr. Skinner, as an economist, thought it was quite sufficient to go to the poll once in three years.

Mr. Swindall said he was rather in favour of an annual election from the democratic point of view, but he thought the disadvantages out-weighed the advantages.

The motion was lost by 8 – 3.

Mr. Spencer’s next motion was to the effect that an increase of County Councillors for Rushden was desirable.

Mr. Clipson seconded the resolution and said the town was certainly under-represented.

Messrs. Ballard, Miller, Claridge, and Bazeley supported, and the motion was unanimously agreed to.

It was decided to send a copy of the resolution to the County Council.

Ambulance Corps

A letter was received from Mr. A. H. Cashmore, hon. sec. to the Rushden Ambulance Division, thanking the Council for their interest in the provision of headquarters for the Division and for allowing the use of the site on Midland-road near the Brook.

In reply to Mr. Swindall, the Chairman said the Council could give no guarantee against the Ambulance corps being disturbed, but he did not think there was the least likelihood that that would happen.

Mr. Bazeley said he could not compliment the Ambulance Corps on their selection of a site. Besides, it was an ideal site for public baths, which were very much needed.

Mr. Claridge: There will be plenty of room left.

Street Lighting

A letter was received from the Coroner at the inquest held recently on Samuel Charles Taylor who was killed accidentally through being knocked down by a cyclist late at night. The letter stated that the jury requested the Coroner to write to the Council and suggest that the lamps in Wellingborough-road and High-street should be put out last. They were of opinion that if the lamps had not been put out on the occasion of the accident the collision would not have occurred.

The letter was referred to the Lighting Committee.

King’s Memorial Service

The Chairman announced that a memorial service would be held at the Parish Church on Friday, May 20, and he proposed to attend it. He would be glad to have the company of every member of the Council.

The Ven. Arthur Kitchin said it was his wish, if possible, to have a united service. With a view to that he had invited two Free Church ministers to attend and to ask their colleagues to join them. He hoped to invite one of them to take part as far as he (the speaker) could arrange, in the service, at any rate to read the passage of Scripture. He would be very glad indeed, when they were observing the last rites in connection with the funeral of their beloved King, if there was no jarring note. (Hear, hear)

Suggested Memorial to King Edward

The Ven. A. Kitchin said it had occurred to him that the town might desire to raise a memorial to the King. Some of them might have noticed that, after a silence of 9 years the church bells were rung on Tuesday. That long silence was because the bells needed re-hanging, and he thought it might be possible for the Chairman to call a town’s meeting to consider the matter, seeing that it was a matter for the whole town, to which the bells belonged. The estimated cost of re-hanging the bells was £205, and if as suggested the octave was completed the total cost would be £342.

Mr. Spencer said he fully agreed with the suggestion of a united service, but while he was not opposed to the re-hanging of the Church bells he thought the provision of a recreation ground for the children would be a more fitting memorial to the King.

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