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Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

2nd October 1959

Rushden Council in Brief

Eight “standard” grants for improvements of houses were approved by Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday. There were also three discretionary grants.

Proposals for improvements to 63 council houses in the Irchester Road district have been approved by the Minister of Housing. The housing committee has been impressed by old people’s dwellings at Hardingstone and Finedon, and further inquiries are being made. The possibility that the council might use a Hayway site for house building has been abandoned following news that the land has been sold to a private purchaser.

The parks committee reported that proceedings had been authorised against two youths accused of breaking windows at Rushden Hall.

Lime Street is to be adopted as a public highway.

It was agreed to install electric lamps as follows: Hayway 5, Midland Road 6, Robinson Road 5, Pratt Road 4, and Grove Road 8.

The new car park at the north end of Duck Street is expected to be ready in five or six weeks.

Provision will be made in next year’s estimates for the reinstatement of a public seat in Wellingborough Road, near St. Mary’s Avenue.

Complaints about grit from a factory and chimney in Crabb Street are being investigated.

People living at Short Stocks have complained to the council about bonfires on the neighbouring allotments, where it is said, waste materials from factories have been burned.

A North Street firm has submitted plans for alterations following complaints about noise and cellulose fumes.

Burning grass which got out of control is blamed for smells from the sewage farm, but the health committee points out that it is about to spend £11,000 on improvements at the works.

Demolition orders were made in respect of Nos. 15 and 17 Bedford Road.

Brookes and Johnson, Ltd., Northampton secured a contract at £21,507 for the installation of relief sewers from Duck Street to the sewage works.

The council agreed to bear the cost of repairs to the clock of St. Mary’s Church, amounting to £74.

30th October 1959 - The report was concerning the One Way Traffic plan.
The Rushden Echo and Argus, 27th November 1959, transcribed by Gill Hollis

War memorial green: Assurance to Council

Rushden Council was assured on Wednesday that a proposed road improvement at the junction of Skinner’s Hill and Church Parade will not spoil the appearance of the Green at the War Memorial, though part of the land will be appropriated.

Mr. R. H. S. Greenwood, who gave the assurance, said that when viewed from the south the Green would look better than at present.

The council approved the scheme in principle.

When Mr. J. E. Wills asked: “Is there any danger of a radio-active fall-out in this area?” Mrs. W. M. Lean, chairman of the Public Health Committee, replied that the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. P. X. Bermingham) might be able to answer the question when he had been to a conference which is to discuss the subject.

The County Council is calling a conference for next Wednesday to discuss the town’s one-way traffic system. It was felt that all the councillors should be eligible to attend, but a proposal that Rushden Co-operative Society, additionally to the Chamber of Trade, should be represented went through less readily.

It was made by Mr. E. F. Mawson and led to a vote of 7-7 which included a vote by the chairman (Mr. Charles Ginns). Mr. Ginns then used a casting vote and declared the resolution carried. Leader of the opposition in this case was Mr. Alan Allebone.

A review of the parking arrangements in Moor Road was called for by Mrs. G. Marriott, who spoke of complaints that cars were left in the street all day while their owners were at work, making it impossible for residents to place cars anywhere near their own homes.

Representatives of the council will attend a county conference in December to discuss the “twinning” of towns in this area with those in the Rhineland-Palatinate of West Germany.

Comments from the Chamber of Trade on the experimental one-way traffic system have been passed on to the county authorities, with a request that limited waiting should be tried in High Street as part of the experiment.

Although not agreeing with the Chamber’s doubts regarding the one-way system in Skinners Hill and Church Street, the Highways Committee has arranged for additional temporary signs directing traffic to High Street. One suggestion is that the town bus service should be re-routed via High Street and Rectory Road: it will be considered if the one-way traffic system is made permanent. “Inconsiderate” parking in Wellingborough Road is a further point.

The proposal to close Irchester station for passengers and parcel traffic has been noted by the general purposes committee “with regret” but no objection will be entered by the council, which has been informed that the average number of passengers daily in each direction is only four or five.

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