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Rushden Urban District Council

12th November, 1915

Recruiting Appeals Tribunal Appointed
The Gas Company And The Coke Supply
Rushden And Britain’s Allies
Infectious Diseases
How The Free Library Is Used
The R.W.F.

Wednesday, present Councillors T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), John Spencer (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, T. Wilmott, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Recruiting Tribunal

The minutes of a special meeting of the Council, held on November 3rd, showed that a circular letter was received from the Local Government Board expressing the hope that all local authorities would do everything in their power to assist the work of the local recruiting committees, and requesting the Council to appoint a small committee to act as a Local Tribunal of Appeal on all doubtful questions that may be referred to them. The questions would generally relate to the barring of particular men or to the claims of particular employers that individual employees are indispensable.

It was resolved to appoint a committee of five – three from the Urban Council and two from the outside.

The following were appointed:- From the Urban Council, Mr. T. Swindall, J.P., Mr. C. Bates, and Mr. F. Knight, J.P.; from the outside, Ald. G. Miller, J.P., and Mr. C. Cross, C.C.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th Oct., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Messrs. Radbourne and Bennett, Ltd., for additional w.c. to their factory in Irchester-road and passed.

Mr. W. Packwood for scullery to farm house occupied by Mr. Abbott on the Wymington-road, and passed subject to the drainage arrangements being satisfactory to the Surveyor.

Messrs. Nurrish and Pallet for additions to the motor house adjoining their factory in Shirley-road and passed.

The Surveyor reported that in the last two cases the buildings had been erected before the plans were submitted. The Surveyor was instructed to caution the respective builders against a repetition of the offence.

No. 1 Steam Fire Engine

The Surveyor submitted a report from the National Boiler and General Insurance Co., from which it appeared that one of their Inspectors had thoroughly examined this engine and found everything in good order.

Trades and Labour Council

A letter was received from the Trades and Labour Council stating that the Council employees who had been helping Mr. W. W. Smith during harvest, had not received full wages for the time worked, and requesting the Council to give the matter attention.

The Committee could not see their way to take any action with regard thereto.

The report was adopted.

Housing Committee

A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th Oct., 1915, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Wilmott.

Keeping of Fowls

An application was received from one of the tenants for permission to keep fowls.

The Committee did not think it desirable to sanction modifications of the printed regulations except in very exceptional circumstances, and were unable to recommend the Council to grant the request.

Kitchen Grates

It was resolved to recommend the Council that blowers be provided for the kitchen grates of the class “A” and “C” houses.

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 2nd November, 1915, when there were present :- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, John Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

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 7th October, 1915

29

18

9

Week ending 14th October, 1915

30

14

6

Week ending 21st October, 1915

31

10

7

Week ending 28th October, 1915

29

2

6

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General district rate

208

17

3

Fittings

8

18

5

Green Tolls


8

0

Burial fees, etc

10

4

6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, General District Rate

208

17

3

Collector, Fittings

8

18

5

Collector, Green tolls


8

0

Collector, Cottages

33

8

3

County Council, Main roads

255

0

0

Water Board, re Loans

496

8

11

Game Licenses


3

0

W. Pendered, Shirley-road

7

4

1

Nurrish & Pallett, Shirley-road

43

19

8

Electric Light Co., Shirley-road

54

8

10

Cemetery Registrar, Burial fees

10

4

6

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc

2

14

0

Total

1121

14

11

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

502

12

2

Loan Account No. 16

144

15

10

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 26

12

17

0

Loan Account No. 27

1522

12

8

Loan Account No. 28

254

12

6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1225/8/5 were examined and passed for payment.

Memorandum of General District Rate

The Rates Clerk submitted the following Memorandum of General District Rate made on the 21st day of April, 1915:-

 

£

s

d

 

£

s

d

Amount of rate

4895

1

6

 

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears of former rate

11

12

1

 

 

 

 

Supplemental list

32

19

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4939

13

1

Amount collected

4876

10

6

 

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears

5

5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4881

15

6

Irrecoverable arrears

 

 

 

 

57

17

7

Irrecoverable arrears…… 57 17 7

The Rates Clerk also submitted a list of the irrecoverable amounts, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that the same be written off.

Fittings Account

The Collector submitted a number of small accounts which for various reasons were irrecoverable, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that same be written off.

Green Tolls

It was resolved to recommend the Council to make a charge of 10/0 per day for each pot stall pitched on the Green.

It was also resolved to recommend to the Council that a fee of 2/6 per day be charged for all other occasional stalls other than those of tradesmen carrying on business in the town.

Recruiting Committees

A letter was received from Mr. J. C. Wilson, the hon. Sec. of the Parliamentary Committee for this district, asking the Council to be good enough to place a room at his disposal in connection with this work.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to allow him the use of the Committee room.

The Chairman said that the rate collector had informed him that there had never before been such a large amount of the rate collected in the history of the Council.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 3rd November., 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (Chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that six cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting and one re-notification, viz.:- two of scarlet fever, two of diphtheria, and one of erysipelas, one of pulmonary tuberculosis on Form B, and one re-notification on Form C.

Sixteen births had been notified under the Notification of Births Act during the month of October, viz., eleven males and five females.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of October 33 written and verbal notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.

The defective drains at Nos. 72 to 80 Cromwell-road, reported at the last meeting, had been remedied. The yard paving had also been repaired and re-levelled where necessary.

One house had been disinfected after a death from consumption and the infected bedding destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/5/0.

A book belonging to the Public Library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.

The Inspector also reported that he had visited and inspected the houses Nos. 54 and 56, Cromwell-road, which he found in a very bad state of repair. He was instructed to see the owner with a view to getting the defects remedied.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Damage at Cemetery

The boys reported at the last meeting for damaging the fence at the Cemetery field attended the meeting and were admonished by the Chairman.

Cemetery

The surveyor was instructed to have pruned as far as possible the shrub overhanging grave spaces Nos. 71 and 72.

The report was adopted.

Free Library Committee

A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 5th November, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (Chairman), T. Swindall, J. Spencer, S. Saddler, W. W. Rial, W. Clarke, J. S. Clipson, the Rev. C. J. Keeler, and J. T. Colson (Secretary).

Management Committee

The following were appointed members of the Management Committee for the ensuing year with power to all:- The Chairman, Messrs. S. Saddler, W. W. Rial, W. Clarke, and the Rev. C. J. Keeler.

Mr. S. T. Fox

The Secretary reported that owing to his absence from Rushden on military duties Mr. Fox had resigned his membership of the Committee.

New Books

It was resolved to request the Council to authorise the Committee to expend a sum of £15 in the purchase of new books.

The Secretary reported that during the 12 months ending 31st August last, 168 volumes had been added to the Library.

Books Issued

The Librarian reported that the number of books issued for the 12 months ending 31st August last was 22,913, made up as follows:- Fiction 19298, non-fiction 515, and juveniles 3,131.

Gifts of Books

The Secretary also reported that seven volumes had been presented to the Library by Mr. F. Shaw, late of Rushden, which had been duly acknowledged with thanks.

Papers and Periodicals

It was resolved to continue the present arrangement with Mr. Charles Robinson for the supply of papers and periodicals for a further year, viz., to the end of 1916.

It was also resolved that the sale of the papers and periodicals take place in December as usual, the exact date to be left to the Management Committee to fix.

Caretaker

A letter was received from the caretaker with regard to the hours of closing and Bank Holiday arrangements, and it was resolved in future to close the Library on Saturday evenings at 9.30 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. and that the services of the caretaker be entirely dispensed with on Bank Holidays. The Management Committee to make other arrangements for the performance of his duties on those days, the Library to be open until 11 a.m. as usual.

The report was adopted.

The R.W.F.

A resolution was received from the Towyn Urban Council expressing the warmest appreciation of that authority at the hospitality extended to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers by the inhabitants of Rushden.

The Clerk said he had sent a fitting reply to the letter, and the Council expressed their gratification at the communication from Towyn.

The Coke Supply

Mr. Watson, manager of the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Gas Company, acknowledging a letter from the Council on Oct. 13th, regarding coke being sent away, wrote:-

“From the wording of the resolution I gather that the Council have been misinformed as to the actual facts of the matter. At the beginning of July we had a stock of 360 tons of coke, which occupied the whole of the yard, and very little demand for it. To make room for the daily output of coke, we were compelled to dispose of part of it, and, the opportunity offering, 150 tons were sold to ‘outside customers’ on July 21, delivery being spread over eight weeks, the last truck leaving on Sept. 16. The balance of 210 tons from stock at the beginning of July, plus all we have made since, has been sold to local customers, and I fail to see what cause of complaint local merchants have, seeing that they failed to purchase and stock when they could have done, and forced the company to sell 150 tons to ‘outside customers.’ Further, I may mention that the whole of our stock and make of coke could have been sold to London merchants at a higher price than has been charged to local customers, but, the instructions from the board of directors being that all local demands should be met before the company sell their coke to ‘outside customers,’ all their offers have been declined.”

Some discussion followed, and the explanation of the company was regarded as being satisfactory.

Our Allies

The Chairman referred to the part which Rushden had taken in raising relief funds. The Red Cross, Prince of Wales’s, and Belgian Funds had been responded to with great liberality, but he wondered if Rushden ought not to take up some of the other appeals. Nothing was done here on French Flag Day. There was to be a Russian Flag Day in this country shortly, and the Y.M.C.A. also, which had done remarkably good work, were appealing for funds.

Mr. Claridge thought something ought to be done for these funds.

Mr. Knight said that Rushden had not neglected appeals made to the town. He did not know any town in the county which had done so much for the Belgian Fund, and it was no good robbing one fund to benefit another.

Mr. Bazeley said that seeing the Belgian Committee was in such a good position, he thought something might be done for the Russians, Serbians, and French.

After further discussion the Chairman proposed that the Belgian Committee be asked to give up one week a month, so that collections could be taken for the other funds.

Mr. Bates seconded and it was carried.



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