|Rushden Echo, 12th May, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Improvements in Spencer Park
A “Seaside” Sand Dump for The Children
A Postal Change
|Wednesday, present, Messrs. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), L. Perkins, B.Sc. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, C.A., F. Corby, J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, C. Bates, and G. W. Coles, J.P., with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).
The Clerk read a letter from Mr. C. Claridge stating that he was still unable to attend, owing to indisposition.
In reply to Mr. Spencer, Mr. Mason said he believed that Mr. Claridge was progressing, though slowly.
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, April 26th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall, L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. T. Swindall be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-Committees were appointed:-
Lighting and Fire Brigade. Messrs. Bates, Bayes, and Wilmott.
Depot Mr. Wilmott.
were presented for:-
Wood and corrugated iron shed off the Wellingborough-road, for Mr. Arthur Allebone, and no exception taken.
Coal barn at the rear of Mr. S. Robinson’s new bungalow on the Irchester-road, and passed.
Conversion of shed into a motor garage off the Newton-road, for Mr. T. Wilmott, and no exception taken.
An application was received from Mr. H. Martin for permission to erect a cycle shed at the rear of his premises, No. 90, Portland-road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, May 3rd, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall, L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
It was resolved that Mr. 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 Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, 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 £1,537 10s. 3d. were examined and passed for payment.
Memorandum of General District Rate
The Rates Clerk submitted the following Memorandum of General District Rate:-
Rate made the 12th day of October, 1921.
A list of the irrecoverable amounts was also submitted, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that they be written off as such.
The Surveyor submitted an estimate of the County Surveyor of the amount to be expended for the maintenance of the main roads in this district for the current year amounting to £2,368.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to approve the estimate and to enter into the usual agreement with the County Council for that amount.
The Chairman reported that in accordance with the arrangement made, Miss Madin’s resignation would take effect on May 31st, and it would be necessary to make some other arrangements.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to advertise for a Clerk with experience at a salary of £125 per annum.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Swindall said that the County Council estimate for the maintenance of main roads was very little lower than the Surveyor’s.
In reply to Mr. Horrell, the Chairman said it was necessary to have a clerk in Miss Madin’s place.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, May 3rd, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall, L. Perkins, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, J. Hornsby, and Fred Knight.
It was resolved that Mr. Perkins be appointed Chairman of this Committee for the ensuing year.
The following Sub-Committees were appointed:-
Farm Messrs. Swindall, Claridge, and Hornsby.
Cemetery Messrs. Coles, Corby, and Knight.
Depot Mr. Hornsby.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The report of the Medical Officer for the month of April was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that eight preliminary notices had been served during the past month calling attention to nuisances, etc., and the number of nuisances now outstanding was 79.
A quantity of meat weighing 1cwt. 2qrs. 14lbs., which had been voluntarily surrendered, had upon examination been found to be unfit for the food of man and destroyed in the usual way.
A quantity of bedding had been disinfected at the Depot, and a further quantity destroyed at the Sewage Farm, all after cases of infectious disease.
The Inspector also reported that the paving to the yards at the rear of Nos. 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 102, and 104 Harborough-road was defective, thereby causing a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him within 28 days to abate the nuisance.
The Inspector further reported that the first floor back room of No. 35, Pemberton-street was in a dirty condition, the walls of which required stripping and cleansing, and that the workshop at the rear of No. 39, Pemberton-street was defective. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him within 28 days to carry out the necessary work.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work and inspection during the month.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported that 27 refuse receptacles had been provided by the owners in various parts of the town.
Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order
An application had been received from Mr. H. S. Gray, of the Lodge Farm, Wymington, to be registered as a Purveyor of milk, and his name placed on the Register.
The quarterly report of the Veterinary Inspector was received, from which it appeared that on the 14th, 16th, and 17th March he made an inspection of the dairy cows in this district, visiting 26 premises and examining 185 cows and heifers, making an individual examination of each udder.
The Committee considered the report highly satisfactory.
Sanitary Inspectors’ Association
A circular from the Hon. Sec. of this Association was received stating that the 35th annual conference would be held at Buxton during the 5th to the 8th September next.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to request the Sanitary Inspector to attend the Conference.
The report was adopted.
The Parks Committee reported that only the bottom green (of the new tennis and bowling greens) would be fit for playing on this year. The committee recommended that Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin be instructed to erect a pavilion. It was estimated that the cost would be about £80. A local gentleman had kindly offered to defray the cost of constructing a suitable sand dump for the children. The Surveyor had inspected the one in Wicksteed Park at Kettering, and he was instructed to provide a similar dump on a smaller scale on the site of the dump constructed last year. The caretaker had been instructed to arrange that bigger boys and all games played with a hard ball be transferred to the East side of the brook.
Mr. Knight, who presented the report, said that the Council greatly appreciated the generosity of the resident gentleman in offering to provide the place of amusement for the children. With regard to using the lower part of the Park for cricket, it had been fully decided when the caretaker had been hit on the face with a cricket ball that such arrangement was necessary. Mr. Knight added that the committee were of the opinion that every encouragement should be made to induce local tradespeople to provide tea in the Park. A good many people took their tea down there, showing that there was a demand.
Mr. Hornsby suggested that the Council might erect a building where tea could be made, and let it.
Mr. Knight and Mr. Perkins said that the matter should be gone into fully.
Mr. Swindall moved that the best thanks of the Council be given to the anonymous donor. Mr. Knight seconded, and said he did not think that would be the last offer. Probably someone interested in music would provide a cover to the band stand.
The resolution was carried unanimously.
The Clerk read a letter from the Electricity Commissioners in reply to an inquiry he had sent from the Council last July asking that when electric cables, etc., in roadways needed to be removed for public improvements the electric or other private company be called upon to bear the cost of the removal. The Commissioners said that the request could not be granted as it would be contrary to the Act of 1892. If, however, the removal was from a piece of waste ground such a provision made by a local authority would be reasonable.
The Clerk said that they were thus powerless to prevent a repetition of expenditure such as that caused by removing the cable when the Church-street High-street improvement was made, the Council having to pay £30 then. Rushden Gas Co. had powers to call on the Council to pay similarly, but the Company had always paid themselves. (Hear, hear.)
A letter was read from the Postmaster-General informing the Council that the Rushden Post Office staff wished to change their half-holiday from Thursday to Saturday. That would mean that the 3 p.m. delivery would be restored on Thursdays and withdrawn on Saturdays. With the concurrence of the Council the application would be granted.
The Chairman said he wished to point out that the Sunday delivery was not likely to be restored for some time, and it was rather a long time to wait from Saturday morning to Monday morning for letters. That objection, however, was the only one he knew.
Mr. Spencer said he did not think it was a serious objection and he moved that the Council agree to the change. It would be a great advantage to the Post Office staff who were affected.
Mr. Bates seconded.
Mr. Perkins said that as long as people could still have their letters by calling for them there could be no objection, even though a small fee was chargeable.
The Clerk said he believed that the public could get their letters on payment of 3d.
The proposition was carried.