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Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

The Rushden Echo, 2nd November 1962

Rushden Does Not Heed The Act On Litter

“The Litter Act has had very little impact in this area, and the standard of cleanliness in the streets leaves much to be desired,” said the Chief Public Health Inspector for Rushden, Mr. H. W. Ellis, in his report for 1961, which was presented to Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday.

Mr. Ellis’ report formed part of the annual report for the year of the medical officer of health, Dr. P. X. Bermingham and other matters raised included:-

Slum clearance: Said Mr. Ellis: “Steady progress has been made with the programme of clearing unfit houses and the housing problem shows no cause for concern. The waiting list for council houses only serves to emphasise the need for suitable accommodation for old people.


“The stage has now been reached where a higher standard of housing will have to be considered and an attempt made to see that every dwelling possesses a bathroom and an inside toilet as minimum amenities.”

Foreign workers: “Regulations for houses in multi-occupation came into force during the year. This legislation was most timely and will prove useful to prevent bad housing conditions where there is an influx of foreign and Commonwealth workers. Up to date, this area has not been faced with any great problem but a careful watch will need to be kept on the growing population of this category.”

Standard grants: Mr. Ellis: Mr. Ellis expressed the disappointment of the health department in the fact that few applications were being made for standard grants for land-lorded properties in the town.

“It is obvious that some alternative scheme involving compulsory power will be needed to deal with the class of property which is most in need.”


Food hygiene: “Most of the food premises in the area were inspected as a matter of routine and generally, the standard is good.” Mr. Ellis said that one tradesman was caught smoking while serving open food, reported to the committee, and issued with a warning.

Only two complaints concerning food were received one concerning an insect found in a loaf of bread and another case of decomposed bacon.

In both cases the tradesmen were interviewed and warnings issued. No legal proceedings were taken.

Two people proposing to make application to use unsuitable premises as cafes were interviewed and persuaded to withdraw their proposals.

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