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Rushden Echo, 10th November, 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
More Lamps Asked For
Infectious Diseases
Disinfecting Chamber to be Provided
The Free Library

Wednesday, present Councillors J. Spencer J.P., (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, T. Swindall, J. Hyde, 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).

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th October, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.


were presented by:-

Messrs. H. E. Wilmott and Co. for open shed at the rear of their factory in Portland-road and passed.

Messrs. West Bros. and Co. for a portable motor shed off the Wellingborough-road and no exception taken.

Mr. John Dunbar for additions to his house on the Bedford-road and passed.

The Coxton Boot Co. for an additional w.c. to their factory in Rectory-road and passed.

Messrs. J. Eden and Co. for a box shed adjoining their factory in Moor-road and no exception taken, provided the consent of the adjoining owner be obtained and filed with the plan.

Mr. A. Lilley for drum shed near his factory in Beech-road and rejected as not complying with the bye-laws.

Messrs. Radburne and Bennett, Ltd., for coal and coke sheds near their factory on the Irchester-road and no exception taken.

The Premier Boot Co. for box shed near their factory in Fitzwilliam-street and no exception taken.

The Trades Union Club for additional sanitary convenience to the club buildings on the Higham-road and passed.

Public Lighting

The Lighting sub-committee reported that the Surveyor, after a conference with the police, had arranged for a limited number of street lamps to be lighted until 10.30 p.m. About 16 lamps in the High-street were now so lighted.

The Committee approved and suggested an additional light at the corner of Newton and Rectory-roads.

Mr. Claridge congratulated the Lighting Committee on the lighting of a few lamps. They were a great convenience, and the public were very grateful for it.

The Chairman read a letter from the Athletic Club, pointing out the great danger at the Robinson-road and Pratt-road corners, and they asked for a light in the vicinity, especially now there were troops in the town. If the Council would allow a lamp the club would gladly pay the expense.

The letter was referred to the Lighting Committee, to deal with it that night.

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 31st October, 1916, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, J. Claridge, and F. Knight.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

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




Week ending 5th Oct., 1916




Week ending 12th Oct., 1916




Week ending 19th Oct., 1916




Week ending 26th Oct., 1916




The Green

An application was received from the out-of-town stallholders on the Green asking the Council to reduce the fee charged for stalls there. The Committee could not see their way to recommend the Council to make any alteration.

Surveyor’s Assistant

It was resolved to recommend the Council to make a grant at the rate of £25 per annum to Mr. J. W. Lloyd while engaged on military duties.

Mr. Swindall spoke against the allowance to Mr. Lloyd while with the colours, and said they ought not to spend public money in this way.

Mr. Bazeley said it was only showing appreciation to a good servant for eight years.

Mr. Claridge agreed with the sum being given to Mr. Lloyd.

Mr. Bates said he would have supported the proposal if the other men were being treated as liberally.

The Chairman said the case of Mr. Lloyd was different. Mr. Lloyd had had no war bonus and no holiday this year. The other employees were getting increased pay and there was an allowance for the wife.

The proposal was carried, as was the rest of the report.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 1st November, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), J. Spencer, C. Bates, and J. Claridge.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer of Health for the month of October was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 36 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.

Acting on the advice of the Medical Practitioner in attendance he had destroyed a quantity of bedding after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed.

A quantity of outwork discovered in a house from which a case of scarlet fever had been notified had been disinfected.

The Inspector also reported that since the last meeting he had destroyed, as unfit for human consumption, a large quantity of tins of fish, fruit, etc., which had been voluntarily surrendered.

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

Disinfecting Chamber

The Medical Officer called attention to the necessity of further and better accommodation for the disinfection of infected articles and suggested the erection of a small building in the yard at the Newton-road depot.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions for the construction of a chamber for disinfecting purposes at the depot, Newton-road, at an estimated cost of £15.

Early Closing of Shops During The Winter Months

A circular was received from the Home Office, together with an order for the closing of shops, with a few exceptions, at 8 o’clock on all nights other than Saturday, and 9 o’clock on Saturdays, during the winter months to 30th April next.

Free Library Committee

A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday the 3rd November, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (Chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, J. T. Colson, W. W. Rial and the Rev. C. J. Keeler.


The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on the 31st December, 1915, were read and confirmed.

Management Committee

The following were appointed members of the Management Committee for the ensuing year:- The Chairman, Messrs. W. Clarke, S. Saddler, W. W. Rial, and the Revs. P. Robson and C. J. Keeler.

War Pensions Committee

An application was received from the local War Pensions Committee to be allowed the use of one of the rooms at the Library for an office in connection with the work of War Pensions. The Committee agreed and resolved to place at their disposal the room found most suitable for the work.


An application was received from Miss Mantle for an increase of salary and it was resolved that her salary be increased by 2/0 per week.

New Books

It was resolved to request the Council to authorise the Committee to expend a sum of £20 in the purchase of new books.

The Secretary reported that 71 books had been added to the Library during the past 12 months, as follows: Fiction 63, Non-fiction 8.

Books Issued

The Librarian reported that the number of books issued for the 12 months ended 31st August, 1916, was 25,585, made up as follows:







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 1917.

It was also resolved that the sale of papers and periodicals take place as usual on the 30th December next.

Mr. Claridge said the report showed that the library was much appreciated by the public. A new boiler had cost about £25, and to comply with the lighting restrictions cost £20, so they had not been able to purchase as many new books as usual.

The report was adopted.

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