|The Rushden Echo, 15th November, 1912, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Sewage Disposal And Recreation Ground
Wednesday, present Councillors G. Miller, J.P., C.C. (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., Ven. A. Kitchin, T. Swindall, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, J. Spencer, and G. H. Skinner, with Mr. G. S. Mason (clerk), and Mr. W. B. Madin (surveyor), and Mr. F. J. Allen (sanitary inspector).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th October, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, J. Claridge, and F. Knight.
Were presented by:-
Messrs. Wm. Green and Son for additional sanitary block to their factory in Cromwell-road and passed.
Mr. W. Knight for additions to his factory in Manton-road and passed.
Mr. Wm. Packwood for two houses on the Wellingborough-road at the corner of Gordon-street and passed.
Messrs. Cave Brothers for alterations and additions to the Palace Theatre and passed.
Mr. Holton for corrugated iron and wood shed adjoining factory in Lawton-road and no exception taken.
The Central Machinery Company for additions to their factory in Rectory-road and no exception taken.
Mr. George Chettle for corrugated iron cycle shed at the rear of No. 63, Duck-street, and passed.
Mr. A. H. Sartoris for conversion of stables in the yard adjoining the Old Lodging House into a motor shed and passed.
Mr. Wm. Packwood for six cottages in Trafford-road and rejected as not complying with the Bye-laws.
A circular letter from the Local Government Board with reference to Building Bye-laws made by Local Authorities under Section 157 of the Public Health Act, 1875, and in special reference to the applicability to new forms of construction and new building materials, was considered, and the Clerk was instructed to apply to the Board for copies of their model Bye-laws as suggested in the Circular.
Housing, Town Planning, Etc., Act, 1909
A letter from the Local Government Board dated 21st October was received enclosing copy of a complaint which the Board had received under Section 10 of this Act and requesting that the Board might be furnished with the observations of the Council on the subject at an early date.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Chairman and Clerk to draw up and despatch a reply.
A letter was received from Messrs. A. Groome and Sons asking that an additional lamp might be erected in the street in front of their factory. The matter was referred to the Lighting Sub-committee.
The Surveyor was instructed to call the attention of the Gas Company to the unsatisfactory manner in which some of the street lamps are lighted and attended to.
A circular from the Wood Green Urban District Council was received, calling attention to the large increase in the cost of road maintenance in consequence of motor traffic, and asking if this Council would be prepared to nominate representatives to attend a meeting of local authorities in London in order to make representations to the Government on the matter, with a view to obtaining grants from the Imperial Exchequer.
The Surveyor was instructed to reply that the Council were in full sympathy with the objects mentioned in the circular but were not sufficiently interested to send representatives to the proposed Conference.
With regard to the Housing and Town Planning Act, a long discussion ensued, and is reported in this issue.
As to the public lighting, the Chairman said the Committee had felt for some time past that not sufficient attention had been paid either to the cleaning of the lamps or the renewal of the mantles, and there had been a slip-shod way with regard to the lighting. He hoped there would be some improvement as the result of the Surveyor’s letter.
The whole of 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 5th November, 1912, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), J. Claridge, Fred Knight, and T. Swindall.
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 on the under-mentioned accounts were as follow:;
Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £441/1/8 were examined and passed for payment.
The report was adopted.
The Chairman reported that they were still awaiting a reply from the Local Government Board with regard to a joint Medical Officer for the district.
Health And Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 6th November, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (Chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health And Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that twelve cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever, two of erysipelas, and four of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that, during the month of October, 38 informal notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
The Inspector informed the Committee that the notices served with regard to the properties No. 83, High-street South and Albion-place had been partly complied with. He was instructed to keep them under observation and report to the next meeting.
The Inspector also stated that the notice served on Mr. W. Chettle to repair the yard paving at his property in Cromwell-road had been complied with.
The Inspector also reported that on examination of the drains at Nos. 2 to 10, Pemberton-street he found them in a defective condition and the whole system required re-arrangement. It was resolved that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, with the Surveyor, see the owner of the property and confer with him as to the works to be carried out, with authority to order the work agreed upon to proceed.
The Inspector further reported that the yard paving at Nos. 94 to 110, Harborough-road, and also at No. 116, Harborough-road, was defective and he was instructed to serve notices on the respective owners, requiring them to make it good within 21 days.
The Inspector drew the attention of the Committee to the cover of a disused well at No. 48, Harborough-road, which was in a defective and dangerous condition. It was resolved that the owners be required to remedy the defects forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Rain Water Pipes
The Sanitary Inspector reported that the rain water pipe at the front of No. 21, Montague-street was connected direct to the drains contrary to Section 37 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907.
He was instructed to serve a notice under that section, requiring the pipe to be disconnected.
The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.
It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ash-tub, ash-pit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly with a recommendation that notices be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
Dairies, Cowsheds, And Milkshops Order
Mr. Bainbridge, the veterinary inspector, reported that as instructed he had again subjected to the tuberculin test the red cow referred to in his report at the September meeting and considered that the cow was still in a doubtful condition.
The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see the owner and communicate the report to him.
The Inspector drew the Committee’s attention to the defective state of the roadway leading from Park-road to Dell-place and was instructed to communicate with the adjoining owners, Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Skinner, with a view to their co-operating in repairing the road at that point.
Housing, Town Planning, Etc., Act, 1909
The Clerk read to the Committee the letter received from the Local Government Board referred to in the report of Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee, and this Committee unanimously agreed with that Committee’s recommendation.
A letter was received from the Clerk to the Northants Insurance Committee stating that the County Medical Officer of Health was of opinion that the form of shelter which would be found most acceptable for erection in the garden of a patient’s house is one made of wood with louvered or adjustable sides of sufficient capacity to accommodate a single bedstead with a small side table; the cost of a shelter of this description was about £10.
The Committee were not altogether satisfied that the placings of such shelters in the back yards of the cottages would prove satisfactory, and resolved to recommend the Council to offer to the County Committee, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board, the building on the Bedford-road, erected many years ago as an isolation hospital. The building is in a state of excellent repair, and would accommodate six cases.
The Chairman, with regard to the drains at Nos. 2 10, Pemberton-street, said the Vice-chairman, the Surveyor, and himself had given instructions for the work to be proceeded with.
With reference to the suspected cow, alluded to in Mr. Bainbridge’s report, Mr. Bates said he could reassure the Council on one point the milk was not being sold to the public.
In reply to Mr. Knight, the Clerk said that by offering the County Committee the isolation hospital, the Council would be incurring no expense.
Mr. Spencer supported the committee. He said that the backyards of the workmen’s houses were most unsuitable places for consumptive patients. The isolation hospital would be a most suitable place, the air there being pure.
Mr. Claridge endorsed this. The building, he said, had not been used for 15 years, and consumptives could be treated there admirably. The whole of the report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 11th October, 1912, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (Chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Spencer, S. Saddler, W. Clark, S. T. Fox, J. T. Colson, the Ven. A. Kitchin, and the Rev. J. H. Lynn.
The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on 6th October, 1911, having been printed and circulated amongst the members of the Committee, it was resolved that same be approved and confirmed under the hand of the Chairman.
Papers And Periodicals
The Secretary reported that in July last he received an application from Mr. Phillipson for permission to terminate his current contract for the supply of papers and periodicals, and, after consultation with the Chairman, he had acceded to the request and arranged with Mr. Charles Robinson to take over the contract.
The action of the Secretary was confirmed, and it was resolved to continue these arrangements with Mr. Robinson until the end of 1913.
It was resolved to pay Mr. Phillipson an additional £2 for the extra pages it was found necessary to include in the Catalogue.
The Secretary reported that the Catalogues had now been received completed and were on sale at 3d. each.
It was resolved to request the Council to authorise the Committee to expend the sum of £25 in the purchase of new books.
The Secretary reported that during the year 342 volumes had been added to the Library, viz., 253 fiction, 11 non-fiction, and 78 juveniles.
Books Selection Committee
The following were appointed members of this Committee for the ensuing year:- The Chairman, the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. S. T. Fox, S. Saddler, W. Clarke, L. Perkins, and the Secretary.
The Librarian reported that the number of books issued for the year ended 30th September last was 22,552 made up as follows:- Fiction 16,797, non-fiction 958, and juvenile 4,797.
Sale Of Periodicals Etc.
It was resolved that the sale by auction of (line missing)
As usual, and if any be not sold at the auction, that a list to be prepared of those not sold and that they be advertised for sale at prices placed upon them by the Management Committee.
Gifts Of Books, Etc.
The Secretary reported various gifts of books, etc., all of which had been suitably acknowledged. The report was adopted.
The Chairman called attention to the fact that the sewage disposal works had gone through as worked out by the Surveyor, practically without the alteration of a comma, and he thought that this reflected extremely great credit on the Surveyor. (Applause.) The Surveyor’s scheme had satisfied the Local Government Board with only the very slightest alterations. It was due to the Surveyor that this should be mentioned. (Hear, hear.)
The clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board in answer to the Council’s application for sanction to borrow £12,300 for the purpose of sewage disposal extensions. The L.G.B. sanctioned the borrowing of £12,285, having deducted the sum of £15 on an outstanding debt, which, they said, must be paid for out of current income.
The Local Government Board had also sanctioned the borrowing of £2,500 for the purchase and laying out of the Recreation Ground.
Mr. Claridge moved that the two matters be referred to the Finance Committee, with power to raise the loans.
Mr. Swindall seconded, and it was carried.
Mr. Spencer asked if any reply had been received from the County Council regarding the Shop Act.
The Chairman said the matter was hung up at present at the request of the Home Secretary.
Petty Sessional Court
Mr. Spencer gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the Council make a fresh application for a Petty Sessional Court at Rushden and that the Council invite the members of the Standing Joint Committee to meet them and discuss the matter with them. Unfortunately, Rushden had no representative on the Standing Joint Committee.