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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 15th May, 1953, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

£50,000 Plan for Pavements
Council to borrow for major scheme?

Repair of Rushden’s dilapidated footpaths will be tackled in a big way if the Government endorses the Urban Council’s decision on Wednesday to finance by loan a scheme which may cost up to £50,000.

Dissatisfied with the rate of progress under current revenue limits, the Highways Committee advised the council to take out loans for a scheme which might cost from £30,000 to £50,000 according to whether asphalt or paving slabs are used. They favoured slabs, which though more costly initially, require less money for upkeep.

Accepting the scheme in principle the council agreed to apply for permission to borrow £10,000 as a first instalment. Details were not discussed.

In spite of an appeal by Mr. A. Green, who thought all estates should be treated alike, the council refused a tenant’s request for permission to install an aviary on the Southfield prefab estate.

Mrs. A. U. Muxlow said there was a danger of this estate deteriorating into a “Shanty Land,” and Mr. F. E. Brown said it was “a little peculiar” in its lay-out.

Bungalow Demand

Several members agreed with Mrs. W. M. Lean when she urged that homes should be built for single and ageing people and moved that ten bungalows should be built instead of ten houses in Balmoral Avenue. Mrs. Lean said the proportion of elderly people was increasing, but the council had only built 16 bungalows as against 1,600 houses.

Mr. A. H. Bailey and Mrs. A. U. Muxlow stressed that building was moving away from the centre of the town, where old people needed to live.

The amendment was defeated after Mr. F. E. Brown had suggested that flats and maisonettes, which were not very popular with family tenants, might become available for old people in ten years’ time.

High Street lamp-posts are to bear warning notices against spitting. Mr. F. E. Brown deprecated the plan, but Mr. H. Waring said the notices, which he claims were necessary, would be “really posh.” The final decision was made by a 10-7 vote.

Only one tender was received for the erection of ten garages in the Upper Queen Street estate and it was decided to re-advertise.

It was agreed to make a compulsory purchase order in respect of plots required for housing in Allen Road and Blinco Road.

The Surveyor (Mr. A. Millar) reported that the roofs of 671 council houses were not felted or torched, and he estimated it would cost an average of £9 per house to deal with the matter. It was decided to re-consider the question when the estimates for the next financial year are prepared.


A tenant of a house in Westfield Place is to be informed that the condition of the premises must be improved.

Application will be made for consent to the raising of a loan of £1,120 for the purchase of a mechanical shovel to be used in connection with refuse disposal.

The Public Health Committee reported that the Minister of Housing and Local Government had re-considered the provision of a sewer for properties on the Court Estate and was now prepared to consider the scheme.

Building plans were as follows : Site plan for house and garage, Wellingborough Road, Mr. W. Colton; extension to workshop, 15 Birchall Road, Mr. W. H. Cave; site for pig and poultry holding, Birch Road, Mr. S. Norman; garage, 56 Wellingborough Road, Mr. F. Pratt; site plan for two pairs of houses, Allen Road, Rushden U.D.C.; garage, Wilson Road, Mr. H. E. Chettle; house, Quorn Road, Mr. W. H. Skinner; house, Quorn Road, Mr. T. R. Walker; house, Hall Avenue, Mr. F. Wright; bungalow, Palm Road, Mr. K. Cowper; site plan for extensions, Lime Street, John White (Footwear) Ltd.; bungalow, Church Hall Road, Mr. D. H. Davis; extensions to factory, East Grove, Cox and Wright Ltd.; site plan for two shops, Upper Queen Street, Rushden U.D.C.; house and garage, St. Mary’s Avenue, Mr. C. G. Baxter; extension to garage, Essex Road, Mr. E. L. Woodley; dog kennel and run, 20 South Terrace, Mr. A. J. Tew; office, printing works, 2 Kings Road, Mr. D. R. Curtis; garage, 112 Hall Avenue, Mr. C. Leeson; garage, Grove Road, Mr. L. Darnell; garage, 53 Kings Road, Mr. H. E. Packwood; site plans for bungalow, Grafton Road, Mr. E. Hartwell; glass covered way, 14 St. Peter’s Avenue, Mr. E. A. Newell; new shop fronts, 72/74 High Street, Rushden Industrial Co-operative Society; garage, 49 Oakley Road, Mr. H. Smart; garage, 471 Newton Road, Mr. H. R. Mead; formation of bathroom, 28 Midland Road, Mr. Frank Page; garage and store, 91 Wellingborough Road, Mr. A. T. Rose; extension to factory, Hove Road, Sound Engineering Co.; garage, 15 Hall Avenue, Mr. T. Cox; pair of semi-detached houses, 37/39 Talbot Road, Messrs. R. Black and F. J. Tyman; site plan for ten houses, Upper Queen Street, Rushden U.D.C.; conversion of bedroom into bathroom, 72 Shirley Road, Mr. G. Wilby; house and garage, St. Mary’s Avenue, Mr. E. L. Stanton; garage, 14 Talbot Road, Mr. J. A. Surridge.

The Highways Committee raised no objection to application for illuminated signs in Wellingborough Road (J. and C. Claridge Ltd.) and at Barclays Bank chambers in College Street.

The County Surveyor, after an inspection of county roads in the Rushden area was unable to report any major footpath defects. The Highways Committee asked for his attention to be drawn to the condition of Newton Road footpaths and reinstatements carried out in High Street.

After the Ministry of Transport had turned down their suggestion for “halt” signs at all junctions of minor roads with the A6 the Highways Committee did not recommend an alternative proposal or “slow – major road ahead” signs.

Further reports on the progress of restoration at Rushden Hall indicated that it was hoped to have the kitchen and refreshment room ready in time for the Coronation celebrations.

Hall Plaque

Professor Richardson is to be asked to design a commemoration plaque in stone.

No offers have yet been received for the tenancy of the kitchen and refreshment room in Spencer Park, and further advertisements are to be issued.

The Highways Committee instructed the Surveyor to do everything possible to provide an attractive display of flowers at the War Memorial and other places during the period of Coronation celebrations.

A suggestion that a flag pole for the Hall Grounds should be erected opposite the front door of the Hall and maintained as a permanent feature was approved.

Seven more licences were issued for taxi drivers to ply for hire within the urban district.

It was decided to thank the Rector (the Rev. E. A. Green) for “helpful suggestions” in regard to the church clock and to inform him that it was considered unnecessary for the proposed plaque to include any special reference to the contribution made by the council.

The Rushden Echo and Argus, 22nd May, 1953, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Petty Triumphs: The New Leader Speaks
There has been party faction on Rushden Council during the last twelve months, but it is subsiding – such is the opinion of Mr. A. A. (Gus) Allebone (Cons.), who at the annual meeting on Wednesday became chairman in succession to Mr. Joseph Allen.

Gus Allebone
Gus Allebone
Elected by a unanimous vote on the motion of Mr. Allen, seconded by Mr. A. Green, the new chairman spoke of faction as “something which has appeared in this chamber for the first time in many years.” It could be useful, he said, in preventing apathy, but if it went too far it could make petty personal or party triumphs seem more important than the work that members had been sent to perform.

Promising that he and his wife would give their best attention to social engagements at which the chairman was called upon to be “a mirror of the town,” Mr. Allebone said: “My father and I will soon have been members of the council for 30 years, and I am not likely to forget.” (He joined the council in 1946 when his father gave up membership).

Mr. Allen recalled that he also moved Mr. Arthur Allebone’s election to the chair in 1935.

Mr. Ernest A. Sugars as Labour member for 19 years and chairman in 1939, was appointed vice-chairman on the proposition of Mr. A. H. Bailey, seconded by Mrs. A. U. Muxlow.

Praised for his fairness as a committee chairman, he said his interest in the welfare of his native town was as bright as ever, and he hoped to go on and complete his council “majority.”

To the new chairman Mr. Sugars said: “We are not likely to forget what your father did for the town when he was chairman, but I should not be surprised if you surpass it.”

Council figures

Mr. A. A. (Gus) Allebone, who was elected to the chair at Wednesday’s Urban Council, is one of the youngest men to have held the position. He and his father hold the only father-and-son chairmanship “double” in the council’s history.

A shoe manufacturers, he is the elder son of County Ald. and Mrs. Arthur Allebone and became a director of the family business in Oakley Road before the war.

Born at Rushden, he was educated at Kimbolton School and is a former captain of Wellingborough Rugby F.C. After Territorial service with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry he did war service with the Royal West African Frontier Force on the Gold Coast and in India and Burma.

Mr. Allebone is a member of the Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board and joined the Council as Conservative member for the West Ward in 1946 when his father gave up membership. He is married and has two young daughters.

Mr. E. A. Sugars, the new vice-chairman has served for 19 years and was chairman in 1938-9.

His working career was spent at the C.W.S. boot works, and he was president of Rushden Co-operative Society for 16 years.

Mr. Sugars had also taken a leading part in local Labour Party activities and first established himself in public service in 1922 when he became a school manager - an interest he still maintains.

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