|Rushden Echo, 16th November, 1906, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Proposed Standing Orders
Mr. T. Swindall presided on Wednesday evening and there were also present Messrs. F. Ballard, F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, G. H. Skinner, A. J. Dobbs, G. Denton, C.C., G. S. Mason (clerk), W. B. Madin (surveyor), and H. Nutter (sanitary inspector).
The County Show
The Chairman said that a town’s meeting had unanimously invited the Northants Agricultural Society to hold the annual show at Rushden next year.
A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 10th October, 1906, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, and G. H. Skinner.
Collection of Accounts
The Collector attended the meeting with regard to the large amount still outstanding in respect of the General District rate for the half year ending 29th September, and was instructed by the Committee to use all diligence in getting same in, the money being urgently required.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Special Committee appointed to draw up Standing Orders for the conduct of the business of the Council was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 24th October, 1906, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), Geo. Denton, and J. Claridge.
A series of Standing Orders were considered by the Committee and approved in draft. The Clerk was instructed to have the draft printed and circulated amongst the members of the Council with a view to the adoption of the Orders at the next meeting.
The Chairman said that no doubt the members had carefully considered the draft Standing Orders.
Mr. Bazeley said he supposed they had been copied somewhat from other Council’s Standing Orders.
The Chairman: Yes, we have had several copies from different authorities, and we selected these as being the most suitable.
Mr. Bazeley asked if Rule 5 no resolution to be rescinded without notice was in force in other public bodies.
The Chairman: Yes, the County Council and also at Higham Ferrers.
Mr. Bazeley referred to another rule under which the Council might resolve itself into committee on any particular subject, and asked if that was a usual one.
Mr. Claridge: Yes.
Mr. Bazeley: I think that is rather open to objection.
It was decided to consider the rules in committee at the close of the meeting, with a view to adopting them at the next Council meeting.
Plans, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 31st October, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, A. J. Dobbs, G. Denton, A. Mantle, and Fred Knight.
Were presented by:-
Mr. Percy Collins for verandah with glass roof round his factory in Denmark-road and passed.
Mr. C. E. Bayes for warehouse in Washbrook-road and passed.
Infringement of Bye-Laws
The Surveyor reported that Mr. M. V. Burrows had erected a wooden shed at the rear of his factory in Manton-road in contravention of the bye-laws.
It was resolved that Mr. Burrows be required to attend the next meeting of the Committee to show cause why the building should not be removed.
A memorial from the owners of houses on the south side of Grove-street was received asking the Council to construct a sewer along the backway at the rear of their houses.
The matter was referred to the Surveyor to obtain further information and to report to the next meeting of the Committee.
Tenders were received for the purchase of the engines, pumps, &c., not taken over by the Water Board, but none of them were considered satisfactory, and it was resolved to retain the whole of the plant for the present.
The Surveyor submitted an amended plan for stabling accommodation at the town depot which was approved.
College Street, Oakley Road, and Pytchley Road
The Clerk was instructed to post up the usual notices in these streets declaring them to be public highways repairable by the inhabitants at large.
With regard to the proposed stables, Mr. Denton thought the final decision might be deferred until the next meeting.
Several Councillors concurred.
Mr. Dobbs: I should think the Ratepayers’ Association has frightened some of you.
Mr. Claridge: It has not frightened me. I made up my mind a long time ago about that. But these stables would incur additional expense to the town.
Mr. Bazeley: And confer additional benefits.
Mr. Claridge: I do not think so.
This question was deferred, and the rest of the report was adopted.
Finance, &c., Committee
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 7th November, 1906, when there were present:_ Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, and G. H. Skinner.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sums:-
Collector’s Fittings Account
The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings account, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the month:-
From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the under-mentioned accounts:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer in his monthly report stated that three cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, two of scarlet fever and one of erysipelas.
The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report for the month from which it appeared that he had made 45 inspections of premises under the Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order and found it necessary to serve nine preliminary notices requiring certain works to be done, all of which had been either complied with or the work was in hand.
Forty-two workshops and factories had been inspected and 13 out-workers premises. Five preliminary notices for defective sanitary fittings and stoppages in drains and one for over-crowding had been served; these cases were still in hand.
The Officer also submitted full details of routine work done during the month.
A letter was received from the Local Government Board with reference to the Medical Officer’s annual report for 1905 stating that they did not find in the report any information as to the sanitary supervision of Dairies, Cowsheds and Milkshops and requesting that the Medical Officer of Health might be instructed to prepare a report on the subject and that a copy thereof might be forwarded to them as early as practicable.
The letter also referred to the large increase in the number of scarlet fever cases notified in this Urban District and to the absence of Isolation Hospital accommodation, and enquired whether the District Council had given this matter their consideration and if so with what result.
The Clerk informed the Committee that he had supplied the Medical Officer with a copy of this letter and had requested him to attend this meeting and confer with the Committee thereon.
The Medical Officer stated that the omission in his annual report of any reference to dairies, etc., was owing to an error which he was unable to explain as he certainly dealt with it in his manuscript although it did not appear in the printed report.
At the close of 1905 there were 36 registered cowkeepers and purveyors of milk, the premises of which had all be inspected at intervals during the year and found to be kept in a satisfactory condition. The Medical Officer reminded the Committee although it had no reference to the year 1905 that a Veterinary Surgeon had now been appointed as Assistant Inspector for the purpose of inspecting dairy cattle. Quarterly inspections were made by this officer and his reports so far had been considered very satisfactory.
With reference to the number of scarlet fever cases notified the Medical Officer stated that there had been a considerable increase all over the country, and practically a corresponding increase in the towns of Northampton, Kettering, and Wellingborough, all of which had Isolation Hospitals. On the question of the provision of an Isolation Hospital the Medical Officer considered that the cost of providing one for the Urban District of Rushden alone would be out of all proportion to the benefits likely to be derived therefrom.
A scheme had been suggested for a joint Isolation Hospital for this and other surrounding districts, but so far the idea had been found impracticable and the Medical Officer of Health for the district was entirely opposed to it. Dr. Morris promised to submit a written report in accordance with these views, in which the Committee concurred, and the Clerk was instructed to forward a copy thereof when received to the Local Government Board.
Home Work Provisions of The Factory Act
A circular from the Home Office was received bringing before the Council the question of the enforcement by the Council and their Officers of the provisions in the Factory Act which dealt with the subject of home work and particularly requesting that every possible step should be taken to ensure that the lists of outworkers are properly kept by the Employers.
The Clerk was instructed to obtain copies of the circular and supply same to the Medical Officer and Inspector of Nuisances with instructions to comply with the regulations therein contained as fully and promptly as possible.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to give notice to discontinue night scavenging after the 31st March next and to require the owners of all properties not at present connected with the sewer to lay in proper drains and have them connected before that date.
The Surveyor reported that the wood block paving on the platform in the chapel required attention and was instructed to carry out any necessary works for putting it in repair.
With regard to the number of scarlet fever cases, the Chairman said that from June 1st to October 31st there had only been 12 notifications of scarlet fever cases, and that spoke volumes for the health of the town. Last year certainly was rather a bad time for scarlet fever, and perhaps the first two months of this year.
With reference to outworkers, the Chairman said that the late inspector did a great deal of work in this matter. The shoe manufacturers had hitherto supplied the inspector with complete lists of their outworkers.
Mr. Bazeley said the Act applied not only to shoe manufacturers but also to tailoresses, milliners, and other trades.
Dealing with the proposed discontinuance of the night scavenging, the Chairman said it was thought desirable, now they had a full supply of water, to give notice that the night scavenging would be discontinued. There were 800 houses to be connected with the sewers, and he was not sure whether they could get it done by the time named.
The report was then adopted.
Mr. Skinner said he wished to call the attention of the Highway Committee to the state of Wentworth-road. There was at present no footpath and no lights. If the owners were not prepared to complete the road in the usual way, they should at any rate provide an asphalte or other good path on one side of the street and make some provision for lighting. It was a very dark road.
The Chairman said the Lighting Committee went up that road two years ago and thought that as there were so few houses it was not worthwhile to put a lamp in the street. There was one at the Station-road end and one at the Moor-road end.
Mr. Claridge: There ought to be one at the bend in the road.
Mr. Denton: in other cases we have put the Private Streets Works Act into operation and only called upon the owners to partially make it. A road like that is a disgrace to us, and ought to be put into proper repair.
Mr. Bazeley said the road was built on one side as much as it ever would be, and if a footpath was not made on the east and south side it ought to be on the other side.
Mr. Skinner moved that the matter be referred to the Highways Committee.
Mr. Denton seconded, and the motion was carried.