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Rushden Echo, 10th November, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

More Houses to be Asked For
Tenders Accepted

  Wednesday, present:- Messrs. T. Swindall, J.P., (chairman), L. Perkins, B.Sc. (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., T. Wilmott, C. Claridge, C. W. Horrell, C.A., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).

Mr. Bayes

  The Chairman said they all regretted the absence of Mr. Bayes through illness, and hoped he would have a speedy recovery.

  Mr. Knight: Mr. Bayes wished me to thank the members for their sympathy during his severe illness.

Allotments Committee

  A meeting of the Allotments Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. C. Bates, J. Hornsby, and T. Wilmott.

  It was resolved that the Council be recommended to appoint Messrs. L. Baxter and W. Gutteridge on the committee as representing the holders of allotments.

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, and T. Wilmott.


were presented for:-

  Warehouse and offices (amended plan) in Portland-road for Mr. Fred Hawkes, and passed subject to the same conditions as for the original plan.

  Booster house at the gasworks for the Rushden and Higham Ferrers District Gas Co., and passed.

  Shoe factory off the Bedford-road for the Tecnic Boot Co., Ltd., and passed.


  The Surveyor was instructed to construct a manhole over the culvert at the bottom of Church-street, in order to facilitate the cleansing of the brook.


  The surveyor submitted a letter from the Engineering Department of the Post Office stating that the trees were again growing into the wires on the Higham-road and required lopping and asking him to meet their Engineer on the site, which he had arranged to do tomorrow (Thursday).

  The committee agreed to take no exception to the lopping, provided it was carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.


  It was reported to the committee that a number of trees in Kings-road had perished.  The Surveyor was instructed to have them replaced.

Hoarding Near The Higham Ferrers Boundary

  A letter was received from the Town Clerk of Higham Ferrers asking this Council to co-operate with his Council with a view to something being done to remove or lessen the danger caused by the hoarding at the junction of the Higham and Kimbolton roads.

  The Clerk reported that upon receipt of this letter he had written to the Town Clerk stating that the matter had previously been discussed by the Council, who had been advised that nothing could be done in the matter.

  The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 1922, at 10a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, J. Hornsby, F. Knight and T. Wilmott.


  The Clerk reported that a sum of about £14,000 was required to pay the retention money, etc., in connection with the erection of the 90 houses on the Newton-road estate.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to make application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to a loan for this amount.

  The report was adopted.

  The application for the loan was duly made.

Health and Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (in the chair), C. Claridge, G. W. Coles, J. Hornsby, and Fred Knight.

Health and Sanitary Reports

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

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that 16 nuisances had been dealt with during the month, seven of which had been abated.

  One ox head, two ox livers, part of the carcase of a pig, a pig’s head, some pork offal and ox fat, to the total weight of 137lb., all of which had been voluntarily surrendered, had been examined and found to be unfit for human consumption.  It had all been destroyed in the usual way.

  One room had been disinfected after a case of tuberculosis; a quantity of bedding had been disinfected at the depot and a quantity of bedding destroyed – all after cases of infectious disease.

  The Inspector also reported a serious case of overcrowding at No. 57, Trafford-road, thereby causing a nuisance.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupiers requiring them to abate the nuisance forthwith.

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

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

  The Veterinary Inspector reported that on Sept. 14th, 19th, and 21st he visited 26 premises in this district and inspected 184 cows, making an individual examination of each udder.  The Sanitary Inspector was requested to keep one of the cows mentioned therein under observation.

Sewage Farm

  The Surveyor reported that the sale of the crops at the sewage farm was held on Oct. 8th last, and realised £66  5s.

Milk and Dairies Act, 1922

  The sub-committee appointed at the last meeting to visit and inspect the premises of Mr. Baden Groome, No. 24, Washbrook-road, reported that with a little structural alteration they considered the house would not be unsuitable for the retail sale of milk.

  The alterations suggested had been carried out, and they now recommended the committee to register Mr. Groome as a purveyor of milk.

  The committee agreed, and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.


  With regard to the arrangement in 1917 with Mr. George Selwood as to a slight variation of the boundary between his factory and the cemetery and the erection by him of an iron fence on the cemetery side of the present thorn hedge, it was resolved to recommend the Council to vary this arrangement and not to call upon Mr. Selwood to erect the iron fence, on condition that he surrenders to the Council the hedge in question.

Public Conveniences

  The sub-committee appointed to make inquiries as to possible sites available for the provision of public lavatories reported that they had carefully surveyed the town, but found it impossible to recommend a site suitable for this purpose merely, on account of the owners objecting to sell for such a purpose.  They had had, however, under consideration several sites which they considered would be satisfactory if some other useful purpose could be combined, such as providing an open space for a market, street improvements, etc., all of which would, however, involve considerable expense.

1.       Plot of land in College-street between the post office and Messrs. J. Cave & Sons, Ltd., factory;

2.       The site of the Clerk’s house in Newton-road; and

3.       The piece of land on the Wellingborough road opposite the Memorial.

  It was resolved that the whole matter be considered by the Council in Committee after their next meeting.

  The report was adopted.


  A memorial was received from 51 residents in Wellingborough-road, beyond the Oakley, asking for a proper footpath to be made.

  The question was referred to the Highways Committee.

War Memorial

  A letter was received from Mr. L. G. H. Taylor, of the British Legion, asking permission for a memorial service to be held at the War Memorial on Nov. 11th.

  Assurance having been given that the public would not be allowed on the grass or flower garden, permission was given for the service.  Mr. Knight said that the ex-Servicemen, Boy Scouts, etc., would prevent any damage being done unintentionally.  He suggested that the traffic be diverted during the time of the service.


  Permission was received from the Ministry of Health for the Council to accept the revised tenders of Messrs. Packwood & Sons for the erection of eight houses at £338  2s.  6d. each.

  The Seal of the Council was affixed to the tender.

More Houses?

  Mr. Knight said he had had a conversation with Mr. Fisher, the architect, who had waited upon the Ministry of Health.  He had reason to believe that the Ministry would do at Rushden the same as they had offered to do at Irthlingborough – namely, that if the Urban Council would build a certain number of houses, the Ministry would build the same number of houses with the same assistance as for the existing houses.  If the Rushden Council intended to apply for sanction to build they should apply at once, as the number of houses to be built under the assisted scheme was limited.

  Mr. Spencer complimented Mr. Knight and the architect on the steps they had taken.

  It was decided to meet in Committee to consider the question.

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