|The Rushden Echo, 14th May, 1915, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Ven. A. Kitchin’s Criticisms
Reply by The Chairman
Seizure of Diseased Meat
Prosecutions Decided Upon
Wednesday, present Councillors T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, G. H. Skinner, and T. Wilmott, with the acting Clerk (Mr. C. W. Wing), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
The Chairman said he had received a note from Mr. John Spencer, the vice-chairman, regretting he was not well enough to be present. The Chairman said they all hoped Mr. Spencer would soon be well again.
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 28th April, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, J. Spencer, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Swindall be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-committee was appointed:-
Lighting and Fire Brigade Messrs. T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J. Spencer and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Mr. James Jaques (amended plan) for three houses in Duck-street and passed.
Mr. James Jaques for a corrugated iron building to be used as a leather store at the rear of Nos. 13 to 21 Fitzwilliam-street and no exception taken.
Mr. J. Miller for a house and workshop in Victoria-road and passed subject to compliance with Bye-law 40.
Messrs. A. Sargent and Son (amended plan) for factory in Portland-road and passed and no exception taken to an open shed on the West side.
Road Materials Team Labour
Tenders for carting road metal to the various places where required were received and it was resolved to recommend the Council that the tenders of Mr. A. Sharp and Mr. W. G. Wilmott be accepted.
The Surveyor was instructed to use tar macadam in the repair of this road instead of granite as heretofore.
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 4th May, 1915, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, J. Claridge, F. Knight and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. T. Swindall 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’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 balances were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £970/9/3 were examined and passed for payment.
The question of granting a war bonus to the employees of the Council over the age of 65, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered, and having regard to the amount of wages paid to these men the Committee did not consider it desirable to make any further payment by way of bonus.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase the salaries of Charles Allen and Sidney Lawrence by 2/6 per week each, the latter dating from the 1st April and the former from the 1st May.
The Surveyor submitted a letter from Mr. W. W. Smith stating that he would be unable to continue to provide team labour for day-work and collecting ashes unless the Council were prepared to grant him an increase of 1/0 per day on the prices quoted last year. The Surveyor was instructed to inform Mr. Smith that the Committee would expect him to continue at the present prices until the 30th June, being the end of the first year of the current contract, from which day they would recommend that the increase asked for be granted.
New Sewage Works
The Surveyor submitted a certificate for payment to the contractor of the sum of £203/12/8, being the balance due to him in respect of the contract. The surveyor stated that in his opinion the whole of the work had been carried out in a most satisfactory manner, at a total cost, including land, of £12,538/12/6. The amount raised by loan was £12, 285, leaving a balance of £253/12/6 to provide. He pointed out that although the expenditure exceeded the loan yet it actually showed a saving of £475/11/4 on the contract prices, the latter having considerably exceeded the original estimates as submitted to the Local Government Board, owing to the large rise in the prices of materials.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to apply to the Local Government Board for sanction to a loan to cover the deficiency.
The Chairman, referring to a letter which appeared in the “Rushden Echo” from Councillor the Ven. A. Kitchin on the question of the extra 2d.on the rates, said that the writer stated that the extra was asked for simply for the sake of having a balance in hand at the end of the year, and not as a matter of necessity. He (the Chairman) wished to point out that it was almost a necessity to have a balance in hand at the end of the financial year, inasmuch as in the following fortnight about £500 had to be paid out for loans. He also wished to point out that though the Council had made a rate of an extra 2d. yet they had already spent that amount. An extra penny would be taken up by the war bonus which they had granted to the employees of the Council, and there was an application from Mr. W. W. Smith, which would involve an expenditure equal to three farthings in the £. He considered the Council therefore were perfectly justified in making for an increased rate of 2d.
The whole 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 5th May, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J. Spencer, W. Bazeley, and G. H. Skinner.
It was resolved that Mr. Spencer be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-Committees were appointed:-
Cemetery:- Messrs. J. Spencer, W. Bazeley and J. Claridge.
Farm:- Messrs. T. Swindall, C. Bates and G. H. Skinner.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that three cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., one of scarlet fever and two of diphtheria with two re-notifications of tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that 21 preliminary 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 and the room sprayed and fumigated. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/5/0.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The Inspector also reported that on Tuesday the 13th April he made a visit to the slaughter-house of the Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society in Park-road, and there found deposited five pigs recently slaughtered and dressed, in readiness to be taken into the retail shops and intended for the food of man. The five carcases all appeared extensively diseased. Two pigs’ plucks and a portion of fat had already been taken away, one pluck and fat to the Wellingborough-road shop and one pluck to the shop No. 40, High-street South. One liver was missing, which the foreman of the slaughter-house had admitted he had destroyed by burning it. The carcases were examined by the Medical Officer of Health, who agreed with the Inspector that they were diseased, and in his opinion quite unfit for the food of man. The Inspector thereupon made the usual application to a Magistrate for the carcases to be destroyed, and he signed an order for their destruction, which was duly carried out.
The Committee considered the case a serious one, and resolved to recommend the Council to institute proceedings against the Society in pursuance of Section 117 of the Public Health Act, 1875.
The Committee had under further consideration the case reported by the Inspector at the last meeting. In this case he had found deposited for sale at No. 124, High-street, a shop occupied by William Smart, three sides of pork and one half of a pig’s head and the remainder of a fourth side of pork which appeared diseased and unfit for the food of man. This meat was also ordered to be destroyed by a Magistrate after being submitted to the Medical Officer of Health.
It was resolved in this case also to recommend the Council to institute proceedings against Mr. Smart under Section 117 of the Public Health Act, 1875.
Fence at Hospital
The Surveyor reported that the fence between the land at the Hospital and Mr. Smith’s field was in a bad state and allowed the sheep to pass through it with a consequence that they passed through the Hospital land on to other land belonging to Mr. C. E. Knight. Mr. Smith had offered to temporarily fence the Hospital land from Mr. Knight’s field if the Council would allow him to graze the former at a nominal charge of 5s. 0d. per annum and the Committee agreed to recommend the Council to adopt this course with a view to the fence being re-laid in the autumn.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Parks Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th May, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, J. Spencer, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. Knight be appointed chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
An application was received from the Captain of the Special Constables for permission to use Spencer Park on Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9 for drill, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.
The Chairman reported that an application had been received from Mr. Charles Thurston for permission to use a portion of the ground for his amusements during the Feast week on the same terms as last year and that such permission had been given.
The Committee approved.
Bandstand and Shelter
The Surveyor submitted estimates for painting and varnishing the bandstand and shelter amounting to £4/13/0 and it was resolved to recommend the Council that same be accepted.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Bazeley asked if the military had applied for the use of Spencer Park for a canteen.
The Chairman: No such application has been received.
The Acting Clerk reported that he had received the formal Closing Order for barbers and hairdressers.
Mr. Bazeley asked if the Clerk had got out a list of attendances of Councillors for the past year. He thought it was usual to have such a list at the end of each year.
The Acting Clerk said that since they had had triennial elections the list had only been prepared at the end of each third year.
It was resolved to have the list prepared for each year in the future.