|The Rushden Echo, 23rd May, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Motor ‘Buses and Street Lighting
Damage at The Recreation Ground
Thirteen Cases of Infectious Disease
New Medical Officer Appointed
Houses Unfit For Human Habitation
Open-Air Bathing Place
Wednesday, present Councillors C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Swindall, T. Wilmott, Ven. A. Kitchin, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
On the reading of the minutes, Mr. Bazeley asked if the Clerk had received a reply from the County Education Committee with respect to the nomination of School Managers for Rushden.
The Clerk : Not a word, officially.
Mr. Claridge : There has been no meeting of the full committee yet.
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th April, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Spencer and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Bates be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-Committee was appointed :-
Lighting and Fire Brigade. The Chairman, with Messrs. Claridge, Spencer, and Wilmott.
were presented by :-
The Rushden Industrial Co-op. Society for new bakery premises at the rear of their existing buildings in Newton-road and passed subject to the drainage arrangements being carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.
Mr. Joseph Knight for stable and motor garage adjoining his house on the Knuston-road and passed.
The Northants Union Bank for new engine-room to factory in Sartoris-road and passed.
Mr. E. F. Wrighton was granted permission to erect a wooden shed for storage of potatoes in his garden at the rear of No. 58 Harborough-road.
A letter was received from Mr. Brett with regard to the plan for four houses on the Wellingborough-road passed at the last meeting stating that it was his intention to place them 40 feet back from the road instead of 50 feet as shown on the plan.
The Committee took no exception to this.
The Committee visited this road and resolved to recommend the Council that that part which extended from Cromwell-road to the eastern boundary of No. 44, Allen-road, not being at present levelled, paved and metalled to the satisfaction of the Council, be levelled, paved and metalled under and in accordance with the provisions of the Private Street Works Act, 1892, and that the expenses incurred in executing such works be apportioned upon the premises fronting, adjoining, or abutting on the said street according to the respective frontages of such premises, and further that the surveyor be instructed to prepare and submit to the Council (a) Specification of the above-mentioned works with plans and sections, (b) an estimate of the probable expenses of the works, and (c) a provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses among the premises liable to be charged therewith under the Act.
It was resolved to discontinue the winter lighting on the same lines as last year as from 10th May next.
The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for the ensuing year’s supply of road materials.
He was also instructed to get in tenders for carting same.
Main Roads - Tarvia Grouting and Surface Tarring
The Surveyor submitted a letter from the County Surveyor stating that the Road Board had approved of the expenditure of a sum not exceeding £237/10/0 on the main roads in this district in respect of these works, viz., £157/10/0 for tarvia grouting and £80/0/0 for surface tarring. The Road Board would contribute three-fourths of the cost, amounting to £178/2/6; the County Council would contribute half of the balance, leaving £29/13/9 to be provided by the Council.
Daywork The question of Mr. Smith’s contract was considered and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no action to terminate it for the ensuing year.
It was resolved to recommend the Council that that part of this street lying between the Salvation Army Barracks and Beaconsfield-place, not being at present levelled, paved, metalled, and made good to the satisfaction of the Council, be levelled, paved, metalled, and made good under and in accordance with the provisions of the Private Street Works Act, 1892, and that the Council do contribute a sum of £34/0/0 towards the expenses incurred in executing such works, and that the remainder of the estimates incurred in executing such works be apportioned upon the premises fronting, adjoining, or abutting on the said part of the said street according to the respective frontages of such premises.
The Surveyor submitted to the Committee (a) specification of the above mentioned works with plans and sections (b) an estimate of the probable expenses of the works and (c) a provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses among the premises liable to be charged therewith under the Act.
Whereupon it was resolved that the specification of the said works and also the plans, sections, estimate, and provisional apportionment relating to such works be recommended to the Council for approval.
Side Street Leading Out Of Rectory-Road
It was resolved to recommend the Council that that part of this street lying between Rectory-road and the eastern boundary of Mr. J. Jones’s cottages not being at present levelled, paved, metalled, and made good to the satisfaction of the Council, be levelled, paved, metalled, and made good under and in accordance with the provisions of the Private Street Works Act, 1892, and that the expenses incurred in executing such works be apportioned upon the premises fronting, adjoining, or abutting on the said street according to the respective frontages of such premises.
The Surveyor submitted to the Committee (a) specification of the above mentioned works with plans and sections (b) an estimate of the probable expenses of the works and (c) a provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses upon the premises liable to be charged therewith under the Act.
Whereupon it was resolved that the specification of the said works and also the plans and sections, estimates, and provisional apportionment relating to such works be recommended to the Council for approval.
Military Manoeuvres, 1913
A letter was received from the Secretary to the Military Manoeuvres Commission stating that he proposed to send in the month of June a draft of the proposed Order within the meaning of the Act and asking the Council to let him know by the 15th May the address of their Office for the public inspection of the draft Order which would be advertised for public inspection at the place selected on week days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. except on Saturdays when the hours would be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Clerk informed the Committee that he had already replied giving the address of the Council Buildings as the Office for the purpose of deposit.
The Committee approved.
Rushden & District Electric Lighting Order
A letter was received from the Board of Trade enclosing for the information of the Council a copy of the regulations made by the Board of Trade for securing safety to the public and for ensuring a proper and sufficient supply of electrical energy. A print of the regulations was submitted by the Clerk, which he explained were the usual ones made by the Board of Trade in all such cases.
Locomotives Act, 1898
The Clerk submitted a print of a supplementary Bye-law made by the County Council for regulating the use of locomotives and of wagons drawn by locomotives on any highway. The effect of the new Bye-law was to provide that where a locomotive was drawing two or more wagons a cord or other efficient means of communication extending from the rearmost wagon to the locomotive should be provided and that some person should travel in the rear of such wagons and signal to the driver to stop or drive to the side of the highway when necessary to do so in order to enable pedestrians, vehicles, horses, or cattle to pass by.
Motor Car Acts
A circular letter from the Local Government Board was received enclosing an Order made by the Board dated 19th April, 1913, with reference to brakes to be provided for motor cars exceeding two tons in weight.
With respect to the paragraph relating to street lighting, the Chairman remarked : Something has been said with respect to the motor ‘buses now running and it was thought that a few more lamps might be left alight during the summer on account of the dangerous traffic.
Mr. Claridge thought there should be lamps alight, not only in High-street but at several of the dangerous corners.
Mr. Bazeley said that circumstances altered cases. Now that the ‘buses were running, some of the lamps should be left alight. It might mean a little expense, but it was their duty to safeguard the public. He moved, as an amendment to the report, that lamps be left alight at the surveyor’s discretion.
Mr. Wilmott seconded, and mentioned the Wymington-road and Washbrook-road corners.
Mr. Knight thought the Surveyor would want definite instructions from the Council. He did not think the motor buses would be any more dangerous to the public than the private motor cars, and not so much so, as the ‘buses carried very good lights.
Mr. Claridge suggested that it should be left to the Lighting Committee.
Mr. Bazeley accepted this suggestion, and it was carried.
Mr. Spencer : I suppose the speed of motor ‘buses would not come within the province of this committee?
The Clerk : No.
Mr. Spencer : Personally I think it would be better if we could run our own ‘buses in conjunction with other towns.
Recreation Ground Committee
A meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th April, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (Chairman), C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, L. Perkins, and J. Spencer.
The Surveyor reported that he had now gone into the figures of Mr. Marriott’s tender with him and that he had agreed upon the following prices:-
It was resolved to recommend the Council to enter into a contract with Mr. Marriott for carrying out these works at the prices named and also to include in the same contract a provisional item of £100 for three sets of swings.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Knight : I regret that considerable damage is being done in the Recreation ground. I am sorry that whoever is doing it does not appreciate what is being done for them by the town. A great many trees which the smaller boys can reach have been stripped off. It is very discouraging to the Council and the town to have provided a Recreation Ground of that size and convenience and that it should be so soon abused. We shall have to catch the culprit and make an example of him. I suggest that if anyone is caught we should ask the Magistrates at Wellingborough to pass a severe penalty, so as to stop this wilful damage.
Mr. Swindall endorsed Mr. Knight’s remarks and said he thought one set of swings would be enough for the time-being; then, if they were properly used, they might provide the other two sets.
The Surveyor : The contract for the three swings has been given to Mr. Marriott and the work is already in hand. One set is for boys, one for girls, and one for children. The committee’s idea was that that would be the best.
Mr. Spencer did not think Rushden boys were more wilful than elsewhere. He was against the Bench being asked to punish children. The scholars in the day schools and Sunday schools might be urged to do all they could to keep the ground in good order, but he thought they should keep children as far away from the police courts as they could.
Mr. Knight : It is not a very small child that could break off the head of a tree.
Mr. Wilmott said the tree was broken off at the height of six feet.
The subject then dropped.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 6th May, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the following balances were in hand:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £1234/2/2, were examined and passed for payment.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to adopt a Standing Order providing that all recommendations of Committee involving expenditure not provided for in the Estimates be submitted to the Finance Committee for consideration before adoption by the Council.
Mr. Spencer thought it would be better for the whole Council to consider the expenditure rather than the Finance Committee.
Mr. Knight : Have not the Finance Committee to recommend to the Council before embarking upon expenditure.
The Chairman : Yes.
Mr. Knight : Then that ought to meet with the approval of Mr. Spencer.
The report was adopted.
Council in Committee
A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th May, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, T. Wilmott, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Friendly Societies’ Sunday
A letter was read from the corresponding secretary inviting the Council to attend the Annual Church Parade on Whit Sunday.
The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Chairman with some of the members of the Council would be pleased to join the party.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th May, 1913, when there were present :- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
It was resolved that Mr. J. s. Clipson be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following sub-committee was appointed : “Cemetery” :- Messrs. Clipson, Bazeley, Perkins, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that thirteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., one of erysipelas, five of tuberculosis, and seven of scarlet fever.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of March 52 informal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.
One lot of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace same at a cost not exceeding £1.
The Inspector also reported that the w.c. belonging to the house No. 3 College-street, was in a foul and 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.
Housing, Town Planning, &c., Acts
The Clerk reported that notices had been served on Dr. Owen and Mrs. Jaques informing them that the question of the demolition of the dwelling houses in respect of which Closing Orders had been made would be considered at this meeting when they would be entitled to be heard on the subject if they cared to attend.
With regard to Nos. 5 and 6 Milton-place, a request had been received on behalf of Mrs. Jaques that the matter might stand over until the 11th instant when Mr. Jaques will have returned to England.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to make Demolition Orders in respect of these houses on the understanding that same would not be carried out until after Mr. Jaques’s return.
With regard to Dr. Owen’s property a letter was received from Mr. J. S. Mason stating that he had received instructions to have the property pulled down and this would be done in the course of the next week or two.
This was considered satisfactory.
With regard to the houses Nos. 73 to 81, Duck-street, Mr. John Clark, the owner, had written promising to have the necessary repairs carried out forthwith and also promising to close as from the 1st September next the houses Nos. 85 to 91, Duck-street.
This letter was also considered satisfactory.
A circular letter from the Local Government Board suggesting that the precautions which are enforceable on the sale by retail of liquid poisons should be observed generally in the gratuitous distribution of disinfectants by local authorities was read and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to act accordingly.
Trade Board Act, 1909
A circular letter from the Local Government Board with regard to the minimum rates of wages in the ready made and wholesale bespoke tailoring trade was submitted.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Surveyor to expend £5 in the purchase of plants as on previous years.
The question of Mr. Smith’s contract was considered and it was resolved to make no recommendation to the Council thereon.
The Inspector reported that the backways and passages of this property had been asphalted and the roadway gravelled in front but nothing had been done at the entrance. He also stated that the necessary repairs to the cottages had not been carried out.
The Clerk was instructed to write to Mrs. Skinner and inform her that these repairs must be executed forthwith and if not in hand at the next meeting of the Committee they would instruct their officers to make formal reports on the houses with a view to Closing Orders being made under the Housing and Town Planning Act.
The report was adopted.
Recreation Ground Tender
The seal of the Council was affixed to the tender of Mr. R. Marriott for the work at the Recreation Ground.
Mr. Bazeley suggested that Mr. Marriott should proceed with the work as rapidly as possible. There should be no delay in the matter. When the ground was completed he thought there would be great care shown by those who used it. In its present state it was apt to lead youngsters to be more destructive than would be the case if things were in proper order.
The Chairman : I understand Mr. Marriott will push on with the work as soon as possible.
With regard to cutting the grass it was decided that the committee should meet on the ground on Friday at 7.15 p.m.
A letter was received from the Rushden Council School Managers stating that they had received a circular letter from the County Education Committee with regard to the instruction in swimming for boys and girls attending the elementary schools. This subject had now been entered upon the time table and financial assistance towards the cost was given by the County Education Committee. The Rushden Managers pointed out that at present there was no provision made in Rushden for swimming, and they asked the Urban Council to provide at an early date an open-air bathing place, where instruction in swimming could be given in or out of school hours.
Mr. Bazeley asked if the County Education Committee would make a yearly grant towards the upkeep of the bathing place.
Mr. Claridge thought the County Committee would pay so much per child for instruction in swimming, but he did not think they would contribute towards the outlay of providing and maintaining the bathing place.
The Ven. A. Kitchin : Where is this bathing place to be, what would be the size of it, and what is likely to be the cost?
Mr. Claridge : The first suggestion was that the old reservoir at the top end might be used for the purpose, but some of the other School Managers suggested it should be in the Recreation Ground. They thought that with a little expense one might be constructed there.
Mr. Skinner : I think the Education Committee should move in the matter first.
Mr. Claridge explained that the suggestion had come from them.
Mr. Bazeley : The matter was discussed at the Recreation Ground and the Surveyor thought that the far corner would be the most suitable place. The question of cost depends upon the size and the way it is fitted up. I do not think it would be a very large outlay. A cheap dressing shed of zinc might be erected. I believe it would be used by adults as well as children, and would be an acquisition to the town. We might have an indoor swimming bath later on, when we are in a better financial position. I think the open-air bathing place would supply a long-felt want. The river is too far away, and the water is not always clear. The brook runs pretty clear now and it looks as if the water from the brook might be utilised, without laying on the town water. All the sewers had been disconnected from the brook for a long time. If the County authority would assist the Urban Council by an annual grant towards the upkeep the principal and interest on a loan would be very small indeed. I move that the Clerk be instructed to ask the County Education Committee what financial assistance they are prepared to give if the Urban Council provide the open-air swimming bath.
Mr. Spencer seconded.
Eventually it was decided to refer the matter to the Sanitary Committee.
The Fire Brigade
reported that Mr. R. F. Knight had been elected a member, and the brigade recommended that he be appointed third officer.
The Chairman moved that this appointment be made.
Mr. Wilmott seconded.
Mr. Claridge supported, and said he was glad that Mr. R. F. Knight was following his father’s example. (Hear, hear)
The proposition was carried.
Mr. Bazeley moved “That this Council take steps to provide public conveniences for both sexes at the earliest possible date, and that, after estimates had been approved of by the Council, a loan should be applied for to carry out the work.” He said this subject was a hardy annual and had been on the Labour programme for years. A suitable site would be near Messrs. Lilley and Skinner’s warehouse, and it could be done without any extravagant expense. He considered that what was for the good of the town and would last for years should not come out of the current rate but that a loan should be obtained.
Mr. Spencer seconded, and said that Rushden was badly handicapped at present.
In reply to Mr. Perkins, the surveyor said that some years ago he made an estimate for providing underground conveniences for both sexes and the cost was about £750.
After discussion the proposition was defeated, only Messrs. Bates, Bazeley, Spencer, and Perkins voting for it.
The Council then went into committee, and on resuming the Chairman moved that Dr. H. S. Baker be appointed Medical Officer of Health for the town at a salary of £50 a year, the appointment to commence on July 1st next.
Mr. Clipson seconded, and it was carried unanimously.