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The Rushden Echo, 13th November, 1903, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday, there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, W. H. Wilkins, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, and T. Swindall, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Council in Committee

A special meeting of the Urban District Council of Rushden in Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 28th day of October, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, Geo. Denton, W. Bazeley, A. Mantle, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, Fred Knight, W. H. Wilkins, and Tom Swindall.

Unemployed

The question of providing relief works for the unemployed, which had been referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered at great length, but the Committee were unable to suggest any recommendations calculated to meet the needs of the case. The Surveyor, however, was requested in the various works carried out by him to employ in addition to his ordinary staff any suitable men that might be desirous of employment by the Council.

The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 28th day of October, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Fred Knight and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. P. Phipps and Co., Limited, for reconstruction of the Compass Inn in High-street South, and passed subject to the basement being made to comply with Bye-law 61.

Mr. William Packwood for 9 houses in Portland-road, and passed subject to the wall between the pantry and scullery of the bottom house being made 9 inches thick and the drain laid to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Mr. Tom Swindall for two houses on the Newton-road and passed.

Mr. T. Wilmott, junr., for two houses in Portland-road, and passed subject to compliance with Bye-law 68.

Mr. Fountain for two houses in Higham-road and passed.

Mr. William Nurrish for a house in Higham-road and passed.

Mr. William Packwood for a shed off Cromwell-road and passed.

Mr. T. Patenall for two houses, coach house and stable in Elm-street and passed subject to the doors of the coach house and stable being made to open inwards.

Midland Railway

Washbrook Bridge – A letter was received from the Railway Company stating that this matter had been looked into and the Company were advised that when the Railway was made the parapets were all constructed to the statutory size but that since the maintenance of the roadway had been in the hands of this Council a new footpath had been constructed over the bridge which had reduced the minimum heights of the parapets to 3 feet 9 inches. To make the matter satisfactory, including iron spikes on the girder in addition to raising the wing wall, the cost would be about £35. On hearing that this Council would bear the cost of the work the Company would give instructions for it to be carried out at once.

The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Company were under some misapprehension with regard to the construction of a footpath, as at present no footpath is in existence on the girder side of the bridge (the side complained of), and consequently the height has not been reduced by the construction of one as alleged.

Rushden Court Estate

Letters were received from Mr. Kenneth McAlpin, on behalf of an owner on this estate, calling attention to the fact that an adjoining owner had ploughed up a right of way running through his land of the width of 40 feet, part of which consisted of a public field footpath. The Clerk was instructed to inform Mr. McAlpin that no road on this estate had been dedicated, and the Committee did not see their way to take any action in the matter at present.

Public Lighting

The sub-committee reported that they had visited Newton-road and were unable to recommend the erection of an additional lamp beyond Robert-street.

The Surveyor was instructed to enquire from the Gas Company upon what terms they would keep certain of the street lamps alight all night.

Foreman Ganger

The Surveyor reported that he had engaged a ganger for the works in College-street at a salary of 35s. per week. The Committee approved.

Mr. George Burgess

The Chairman expressed, on behalf of the Committee, regret at the death of the Council’s late foreman (Mr. George Burgess), and their sympathy with his widow and children in their bereavement.

It was resolved to appoint Mrs. Burgess caretaker of the Fire station at a salary of 5s. 6d. per week, pending the appointment of another foreman.

The Chairman, referring to the death of Mr. G. Burgess, said Mr. Burgess was the first servant employed by the Local Board. He had been in the service of the Board and the Council ever since, and he had carried out his duties in a very satisfactory manner. He was a very careful and conscientious workman, and all the members of the Council regretted his death and felt great sympathy with the widow and family.

The report was adopted.

Finance, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 4th day of November, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, J. Claridge, and Tom Swindall.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 16th October, 1903

43

16

2

Week ending 23rd October, 1903

35

15

6

Week ending 30th October, 1903

36

12

2


Collector’s Account

The Collector’s accounts were examined from which it appeared that during the past three weeks he had collected the following sums on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

District rate

524

0

2

Water rate

73

0

0

Total

597

0

2


Treasurer’s Receipts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s account from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the past three weeks by the under-mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

Oct. 17th, J. Sargent, district rate

99

3

6

Oct. 26th, County Council, Main roads

166

2

8

Oct. 26th, Telephone Co., Rent of poles

9

3

0

Oct., 23rd, R. Marriott, Gordon-street

130

10

0

Oct. 24th, J. Sargent, district rate

120

4

0

Oct. 29th, J. Sargent, district rate

78

1

4

Oct. 30th, J. Sargent, district rate

131

19

6

Oct. 31st, J. Sargent, water rate

39

12

10

Nov. 4th, J. Sargent, district rate

94

11

10

Nov. 4th, J. Sargent, water rate

33

7

2

Total

902

15

10


Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the treasurer’s books and found that the following balances were in his hands on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

3,379

8

10

Loan Account No. 16

570

15

4

Total

3,950

4

2


Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board

A precept from the Higham Ferrers and Rushden Water Board for £2,000 was received in respect of the expenses of the Board up to the 31st March next, payable on or before that date.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay the amount of this precept forthwith.

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:- “There have been no cases of infectious disease reported since the last meeting, and everything is in a most satisfactory state.”

The Sanitary Inspector also had no case to bring before the Committee.

Water Charges

The Committee had submitted to them a water rate prepared by the collector for the quarter ending 25th December next amounting to £470 19s. 11d. The Committee examined the rate and resolved to recommend the Council to seal the same at their next meeting.

The Collector also submitted the return asked for by the Committee at their last meeting with regard to the various properties assessed to this rate in respect of w.c.’s only and the amount which would be payable by such properties if assessed for the usual domestic purposes.

The return showed 91 assessments comprising 216 houses assessed only at 1s. 0d. each and making a total assessment of £10 16s., whereas, if the ordinary charges for domestic purposes had been made the total would have amounted to £41 14s. 6d.

It was pointed out that the regulations at present in force did not contemplate cases of this nature and that strictly speaking the whole of the properties should be charged in full. The Committee, however, recognised that this might be considered an excessive charge when the water was used for a limited purpose only but at the same time were satisfied that the charges hitherto made of 1s. 0d. per quarter was totally inadequate to meet the cases. After a very full consideration, it was resolved to recommend to the Council that in future the charge for each property having a supply of water for w.c. purposes only be fixed at half the usual charge where supplied for ordinary domestic purposes, the same to come into force on the 1st January next and that the Collector be instructed to deliver with the demand notes for the present rate, notice of the alteration.

Offices

Attention was called by the Collector and Surveyor to the unsatisfactory heating arrangements for their respective offices.

The matter was referred to the Vice-Chairman and Mr. Swindall to consider and report upon at a future meeting.

The Chairman said he was unfortunately not able to attend the last meeting of the Water Board, but he was surprised to see that such a large precept had been issued. He had not expected they would have to pay an amount like that till they had the water works. He was afraid the rates would be increased though he did not wish to take a pessimistic view of the case.

Mr. Denton said the precept might have been made smaller if they had deferred the payment of part of the cost of obtaining the Act of Parliament, but they had to meet the expenses of the year, and as the Council had sufficient balance in hand it was thought desirable to pay off the whole cost at once. They would thus save interest on the rest of the money for five years, and would be able to do without obtaining a small loan.

The Clerk, in reply to a question, said the amount of the precept would not be so large another year. The ultimate result of paying off the whole of the cost of the Act, about £1,700, at once would be a saving to the rates.

The report was adopted.



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