|The Rushden Echo, 15th May, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Municipal Housing Contract Signed
The Bandstand in The Recreation Ground
The Health of The Town
Swimming Baths to be Provided
Wednesday, present Councillors J. S. Clipson, J.P. (chairman), T. Swindall (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. Bates, Fred Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Wilmott, Ven. A. Kitchin, M.A., 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).
A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th April, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Clipson be appointed Chairman of this committee for the ensuing year.
Mr. Thompson’s Contract
The Clerk reported that he had written to Mr. Thompson requesting him to attend and complete his form of tender, and had that morning received a reply enquiring when it would be convenient for him to do so. The Clerk was instructed to reply that the form must be completed by Saturday next at noon and that this could be done at any time during office hours.
The Chairman reported that Mr. Thompson had now signed the contract.
The report was adopted.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, April 29th, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Clipson be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-committee was appointed:-
Lighting and Fire Brigade Messrs. Clipson, Claridge, Spencer and Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Mr. T. Robinson for house on the Wellingborough-road and passed subject to evidence as to party wall being produced.
Messrs. Sanders and Sanders for new engine house at the rear of their factory in Spencer-road and passed.
Mr. James Jaques for four houses in Glassbrook-road and passed subject to him entering into the usual agreement as to maintenance of the combined drain.
Mr. J. Harris for additions to No. 11, Brookfield-road, and passed.
Messrs. Clark and Sanders for engine shed at the rear of their premises in Coffee Tavern-lane and no exception taken, subject to them giving an undertaking to remove the building when called upon so to do.
Mr. H. P. Hodge for workshop at the rear of his premises in High-street and passed.
It was resolved to discontinue the winter lighting on the same lines as last year as from the 11th May next.
It was also resolved to recommend the Council to have the lamp columns painted in two colours as before.
The Surveyor reported that, as instructed at the last meeting, he had considered the complaint of Messrs. Sanders and Sanders as to the surface water from this road running on to their property, and estimated the cost of laying in a storm water drain with gulleys, etc., at £48.
The Committee were unable to recommend the Council to incur this expenditure.
A memorial was received from the tradesmen in the High-street complaining of the dust nuisance and requesting the Council to more frequently water the roads.
The surveyor was instructed to give the matter his attention.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to advertise for tenders for the making up on this road under the Private Street Works Act, 1892.
A letter was received from Mr. I. Haigh with reference to the paving of the strips of land between the footpath and the garden walls of Nos. 52 and 54, Higham-road, the consideration of which was deferred for the present.
A letter was received from Mr. George Selwood asking the Council’s consideration as to the opening up of a footway from the Newton-road or Oswald-road into Harborough-road. This would involve taking a public footpath through the Cemetery or acquiring land from adjoining owners.
The Committee felt quite unable to recommend the Council to take any steps in the matter.
With regard to Harborough-road, Mr. Perkins said it was a very long way for the children there to go to the Newton-road school. A path would be very convenient to the school children, who at present had to go into Park-road and then through the Council field. A path would make it possible for the children to get to and from school in a third of the time.
Mr. Bates said a path there would also be a great advantage to the workpeople.
The Ven. A. Kitchin argued that the path would be a great convenience to the people living in the neighbourhood.
This question was referred back to the whole Council in committee, and the rest of the report was adopted.
Recreation Ground Committee
A meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th April, 1914, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Knight be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The Chairman reported that he and the Surveyor had visited Bedford, as arranged at the last meeting, and the Surveyor had since invited tenders for the erection of a bandstand on similar lines to that at Bedford.
The lowest tender received was that of Messrs. Swannell and Turlington for £44. Subscriptions for this amount had been raised, and the Committee authorised the Surveyor to accept the tender on the understanding that the expense would be covered by voluntary contributions.
A further tender amounting to £26 was also received from Messrs. Swannell and Turlington for the erection of a fence round the stand, and this the Committee recommend the Council to accept and defray the expense out of the district fund.
Tenders were also received for the erection of shelters, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accept Messrs. Swannell and Turlington’s tender of £79/10/- for one shelter.
The Committee arranged to meet on the ground to-morrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m. to select sites for the stand and shelter.
Mr. Knight (chairman of the committee) said that the bandstand was being provided by private subscriptions and it will then be handed over to the Council to maintain it, and the committee considered that the best way to protect it would be the erection of a fence, as proposed. The public had subscribed generously and the Council should do what they could to protect it. He moved that Messrs. Swannell and Turlington’s tenders for the bandstand and fencing be accepted. This was carried.
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 5th May, 1914, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, and F. Knight.
It was resolved that Mr. Clipson 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:-
The Committee examined the Collector 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 balances were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £1460/16/1 were examined and passed for payment.
The Clerk reported that the Overseers had agreed to contribute to the salaries of the new officers a sum equal to the expenses incurred by them in previous years for similar services. The salaries of Mr. Lack and Mr. Woodward would there fore be apportioned as follows:-
The whole of the salary of the office boy would be borne by the Council, as also the agreed increments of £5 annually to Mr. Lack.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to confirm this arrangement.
The Clerk reported that two of the owners had failed to pay their apportioned charges in respect to the making up of this road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to give formal notice requiring payment of the amount due, with a view to exercising the power of mortgagees conferred upon them in the event of non-payment within three months.
Bandstand. The recommendation of the Recreation Ground Committee with regard to the expenditure of £26 for the erection of fencing round the bandstand was considered, and although not specifically provided for in the estimates it was resolved to recommend the Council to sanction the expenditure.
Shelter. With regard to the shelter it was pointed out that if the work proceeds this would involve a charge on the rates of about £40 and the Committee suggest to the Council that the work should be postponed for 12 months if satisfactory arrangements could be made with the contractor.
With reference to the provision of a shelter, Mr. Bazeley said he was not in favour of the work being postponed if it could possibly be carried out this year.
It was decided that the whole Council in committee should visit the Recreation Ground to consider this matter.
The rest of 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 6th May, 1914, when there were present :- Messrs. J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, and G. H. Skinner.
It was resolved that Mr. Swindall be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-Committees were appointed:-
Cemetery. Messrs. Swindall, Bazeley, and Perkins.
Farm. Messrs. Clipson, Skinner, and Bates.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that fifteen cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever, nine of tuberculosis, and two renotifications of tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of April twenty-one 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 in South-terrace. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1.
A book belonging to the Athletic Club library discovered in a house in Kings-road, in which a case of scarlet fever had occurred, had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.
The Inspector also reported that he had visited and inspected the premises No. 19, Park-road, and found that the outer wall abutting on the road leading to Dell-place was in a very damp and defective condition. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner, requiring the defects to be remedied forthwith.
The Inspector further reported that the rain water pipes at the rear of Nos. 1, 2, and 3, Dell-place, were connected direct to the drains in contravention of Sec. 37 of the Public Health Act, 1907. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring the pipes to be disconnected forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
An application was received from Messrs. G. Chettle and Son for a renewal of their knacker’s yard licence, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Surveyor submitted a specification and estimate of the expense of putting the approach road to this property in a proper state of repair. The estimate amounted to £51/6/3.
The Committee approved the specification and estimate, and instructed the Surveyor and Inspector to confer with the owners with a view to them carrying out the work without incurring the expense of the Council putting into force the Private Street Works Act. In default of the owners coming to any arrangement by the next meeting, it was resolved to recommend the Council to proceed forthwith under the Private Street Works Act.
A letter was received from the Northampton General Hospital, stating that the Board of Management had under consideration the appointment of a paid pathologist, provided sufficient work could be obtained to make it worth while to employ a first class man, and enquiring if this Council would be prepared to send to the Hospital all their pathological and bacteriological work if such an appointment were made.
The Committee recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to reply in the affirmative, and to state that the average annual cost for such examinations to this Council was at present about £5.
The Sub-committee were authorised to incur an expenditure of £5 in the purchase of bedding-out plants.
Public Swimming Baths
The Surveyor presented the following report on the visit of the Committee to Chesham and Letchworth :-
The bath at Chesham is situated about three-quarters-of-a-mile from the centre of the town, and the enclosure is about 100 feet long by 35 feet wide, the water area 85 feet by 30 feet, and the capacity about 82,000 gallons; the maximum depth is 5 feet and the minimum 3 feet. The bath itself is built entirely of concrete, and the fencing of expanded metal and timber framing covered with rough cast. Dressing boxes are provided along one side and at one end, twelve being private boxes and two “open type sheds.” The bath is open daily during the season (two hours only on Sundays) and Thursdays is reserved for ladies. The cost amounted to £700, exclusive of the site.
The bath at Letchworth is centrally situated, the enclosure being 114 feet by 60 feet, the water surface measuring 90 feet by 40 feet and the depth is from three to six feet. The bath is lined with concrete and the fencing is of wood. Private dressing boxes and an open shed are provided, also a shower bath for bathers to use with soap. The cost of this bath was £450, and was put down about eight years ago.
It was resolved to submit the report to the Council with a recommendation that the Council authorise the Committee to proceed with the scheme for the provision of a bath of a similar character to those described in the report, and that the whole Council form themselves into a committee for the selection of a suitable site.
A letter was received from the local manager with reference to the complaint made to the last meeting by the occupiers in Queen-street with regard to the new engine house. The Society stated that the matter had received the careful consideration of their Directors, who were anxious that there should be no nuisance, and on the advice of their chief engineer had agreed to fix an additional length of exhaust pipe at a cost of £50, which they hoped and believed would obviate the trouble.
On the question of swimming baths, Mr. Swindall said that the Surveyor thought that by combining the best qualities of both baths referred to he could provide one which would be suitable for Rushden. He moved that the committee be authorised to proceed with the scheme.
This was carried, Mr. Skinner not voting and the Ven. A. Kitchin voting against.
The report was adopted.
The Clerk read correspondence relating to the loans for the land and buildings of the proposed workmen’s dwellings for Rushden. A letter from the Local Government Board stated that they had recommended the Public Works Loans Commissioners to loan the Rushden Urban Council the sums of £14,086 for land and £7,950 for the buildings, to be repaid in 90 years and 60 years respectively.
The Clerk had made application to the Commissioners asking them to advance the two sums required, payable by annual instalments.
The Board replied that if the Rushden Council passed formal resolutions moving that the sums be borrowed the Commissioners would investigate the application. They enclosed a list of queries, and reserved the right to make any alterations in their own conditions, which were that the money be paid in half-yearly instalments of principal and interest.
Mr. Claridge moved that the Council borrow the money for the land, and Mr. Bazeley moved that the money be borrowed for the buildings, and the resolutions were carried unanimously.
The Clerk explained that the money would not be advanced until the Board’s Commissioners had made an investigation of the case.
Mr. W. Clapham, who has had charge of the sewage disposal scheme, which is now nearing completion, wrote resigning his position at the termination of a month’s notice, and promising to render assistance free until the completion of the scheme.
Mr. Claridge said that Mr. Clapham had served the Council well and had given every satisfaction.
Mr. Wilmott endorsed these remarks.
As Mr. Clapham had had no holiday during his 2½ years’ term of service under the Council, it was decided to grant him a fortnight’s holiday.