|The Rushden Echo, 6th/27th October 1899, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night, there were present Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), G. Denton (vice-chairman), T. Swindall, W. H. Wilkins, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, B. Mortimer, G. Miller, J. S. Clipson, G. Fountain, and J. Spencer, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Medical Officer (Dr. Owen), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. J. B. Martin).
The Town Water Supply
A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Wednesday, 13th September, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. G. Denton, P. Cave, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. Fountain, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and W. H. Wilkins.
Bedford-Road Well. The Chairman reported that the pumping operations had commenced and the present daily yield of water was found to be between 15 and 20 thousand gallons.
Mr. Eunson advised a test of a fortnights pumping night and day.
The Inspector was instructed to take samples of the water to the Medical Officer for testing as to quality.
A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday 20th Sept. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. P. Cave, W. H. Wilkins, J. Claridge, B. Mortimer, J. S. Clipson, and T. Swindall.
The report was adopted.
Plans were presented by,
Mr. B. Mortimer for three barns at rear of his cottages in Harborough Road and passed.
Mr. E. Claridge for engine house to his factory in Rectory Road and passed.
Mr. C. Horrell for additions to factory in Moor Road and passed subject to the Surveyor being satisfied that window openings comply with Bye Law 22.
Mr. C. Horrell for iron building to be used as a store shed at the rear of his factory and passed.
Mr. B. Ladds for additions to factory in Moor Road and passed subject to the bay windows being set back in a line with the adjoining bay windows, a new wall 18 inches thick at its base being provided independent of the wall of the adjoining cottage and the window openings complying with Bye Law 22. The Surveyor was instructed to apply for a correct block plan.
Footpath near the Oakley Inn. The committee visited this site and agreed to recommend that the footpath be continued at the same width as the existing path on the Wellingborough Road in a line to be set out by the Surveyor. The owner to remove the sign post and make good the surface of the ground between the present building and the footpath.
Public Lighting. The Committee also agreed to recommend the erection of two additional lamps, one in the Washbrook-road opposite Pychley-road, and the other at the junction of the Pychley and Oakley-roads.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, 27th September. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. G. Denton, J. Spencer, G. Miller, G. Fountain, and G. H. Skinner.
Accounts. A number of accounts were examined by the Committee and passed for payment.
Waterworks. Claims for compensation:-
Co-operative Society. A letter was received from the Co-operative Society agreeing to accept £2 10s as compensation in respect of their field at Wymington up to 29th September on the understanding that a similar sum be paid yearly so long as the Council use the field in question.
Mr. Goosey. A claim of £3 was also made by Mr. Goosey in respect of his field. The Clerk was instructed to draw Mr. Goosey’s attention to Mr. Bearn’s award when acting for him last year which cleared all claims to 29th September, 1899.
Public Clocks. Mr. Fisher attended the meeting with regard to his remuneration for winding the Church Clock and those at Vestry Hall. He is at present paid £4 7s 6d and the committee resolved to recommend that this be increased to £6.
Oakpits. The Clerk was instructed to again communicate with Mr. Thompson with regard to this rent.
Crops at Sewage Farm. The farm committee reported that they had received tenders for the crops and had sold them as follows:-
Duck Street. The Surveyor reported he had inspected the premises where the flooding recently occurred. When the sewer in Duck-street becomes surcharged by storm water the house drains in the yard are also choked and act as an outlet for the sewage and the storm water which floods both yard and house.
The gulley in the roadway close by is connected with the brook and when the water in the brook rises during a storm this outlet is also choked and tends to increase the flooding in the locality.
He suggested putting in a 9 inch relief pipe from the brickwork over the above gulley to as near the crown of the arch of the brook culvert as possible and to lay 6 inch pipes from the yard complained of into this relief pipe at an estimated cost of £3.
The Committee recommended that the surveyor’s suggestion be adopted.
The report was adopted.
The Water Supply
A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Monday, Oct. 2, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. G. Denton, J. Claridge, T. Swindall, B. Mortimer, and W. H. Wilkins.
Bedford-road Well. The Surveyor reported that as the result of 240 hours continuous pumping from this well the daily yield of water had gradually diminished to 9000 gallons per day, which he and Mr. Eunson considered might be taken as the normal yield. A tender from Messrs. Timmins and Co. for enlarging and relining the well 6ft in diameter and for driving headings was submitted by Mr. Eunson, but it was considered desirable before entertaining the idea of additional expense that Mr. Eunson should further consider the matter in conjunction with a thoroughly competent geologist and report both on this well and on the question of water supply generally. Mr. Eunson suggested Mr. Whitaker, late chief of the Ordnance Geological Department for this district as an expert likely to give reliable and valuable advice, and he was authorized to communicate with him as to his fee for such conference and report, and communicate the result to the Chairman, who was authorised to accept the terms on behalf of the Council if, in his opinion, they were reasonable.
Water mains, Shirley Park Estate. The Surveyor was instructed to continue the mains on this estate as far as the houses in course of erection by Mr. J. Jones.
The report was adopted, on the motion of the Chairman.
Outbreak of Fever
The Medical Officer reported that two cases of typhoid fever had occurred in Pightles-terrace. He could only account for this by sewer gas getting into the living-room. This might occur through the absence of a constant water supply, the gas getting into the supply pipe from the siphon in the W.C., the cistern of which was only 7 feet from the tap for the supply of drinking-water. The water-closet was badly ventilated and the pipes passed under the living-room. There had also been several cases of scarlet-fever in which the usual precautions had been taken.
Mr. Wilkins said the doctor’s report seemed to suggest that w.c’s inside houses ought to be abolished.
Dr. Owen said there was no doubt it was the safest to have the w.c. at such a distance from the house that a current of air passed between the two.
The Surveyor contended that it was a mistake to think that sewer gas could enter a house in the way suggested by the Medical Officer.
The report was referred to the Sanitary Committee.
Several Scarlet Fever Cases
were reported on by the Sanitary Inspector who said he was afraid that occasionally a case occurred which was not known to anyone outside friends of the family, a doctor not being called in.
The Council as a Building Society
The Clerk said a letter, too long to read or understand at once, had been received from the Local Government Board on the subject of the Small Dwelling Acquisition Bill, 1899, by which power was given to local authorities to advance money to people to build their own houses.
On the motion of Mr. Denton, it was resolved to obtain a copy of the circular for each member of the Council.
The Medical Officership
The Chairman reported that the Local Government Board had sanctioned the re-appointment of Dr. Owen for the six months ending in December.
|27th October 1899|
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night, there were present:- Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), G. Denton (vice-chairman), T. Swindall, W. H. Wilkins, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, B. Mortimer, G. Miller, J. S. Clipson, G. Fountain, P. Cave, and J. Spencer, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. J. B. Martin).
were presented as follows:-
A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, 11th October, 1899. Present:- Mr. F. Knight (chairman), Messrs. W. H. Wilkins, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, and J. S. Clipson.
Plans were presented by.
Mr. T. Swindall for 4 cottages in Midland-road, and passed subject to drainage being satisfactory to Surveyor.
Mr. E. Wrighton for house in Grove-street and passed.
Mr. F. Caswell for three houses and shop on the Wellingborough-road and passed subject to wall between house and Painters shop being 9 inches throughout.
The Rushden and District Trades Union for Club and Institute on the Higham-road and passed.
Mr. Amos Wright for bay windows to house on the Wellingborough-road and passed.
Messrs. Nurrish, Nurrish and Pallett for iron building to be used as a leather store room and passed.
Mr. E. Claridge (amended plan) for Engine house to his factory in Rectory-road and passed.
Milestones. The Surveyor was instructed to procure two mile stones or irons and erect same on Bedford-road in place of the ones formerly standing on that road.
A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, 18th October, 1899. Present:- Mr. Fred Knight (chairman), Messrs. G. Denton (vice-chairman), J. Spencer, G. Miller, G. Fountain, G. H. Skinner, and John Claridge.
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
Typhoid Fever in Pightles Terrace. The Committee had under consideration the Medical Officer’s Report, and were quite satisfied that it was impossible for the fever to have been contracted in the manner indicated. The theory of the possible entry of sewer gas into the water supply pipes was demonstrated to the Committee to be absurd. The house in question was recently erected in accordance with plans as to drainage strictly in accordance with the Model Bye Laws of the Local Government Board and the Committee saw no reason to apprehend danger from this source.
Public Conveniences. The matter of providing a public urinal was before the Committee and was adjourned for further information as to cost and complete plans to be prepared and submitted.
The Council and The Medical Officer
With regard to the Medical Officer’s report as to the cause of Typhoid fever in Pightles-terrace, the Chairman said that the Sanitary Committee had carefully considered the matter and could make no other recommendations than those mentioned in the minutes of the meeting.
Mr. Denton said he quite agreed that the committee could come to no other decision. After full consideration of the matter they were quite satisfied that the theory which the doctor put forward could not be the cause. The source of the fever must be other than that indicated by the doctor.
Mr. Swindall: How are the cases of fever getting on?
The Sanitary Inspector: Very well indeed.
Mr. Swindall: Has the doctor made any further inquiries into the cause of the fever?
The Chairman said he supposed not, as the doctor was satisfied with the decision he had previously arrived at.
Mr. Swindall: But he could see that the Council were not satisfied.
The committees’ reports were then adopted.
It was decided that professional assistance should be provided for the rate collector in case he felt it necessary to take proceedings against the Steam Laundry Co. for non-payment of general district rate and water rate.
The Council considered this matter at length in committee.
Dr. Owen, medical officer, who attended the meeting at this point, reported that there were 15 cases of scarlet fever in the town.
The Chairman: Is the fever on the increase now?
Dr. Owen said it was not. He recommended that the Newton-road schools be closed for 14 days and that the premises are thoroughly disinfected and ventilated. Most of the cases were at the Newton-road school.
Mr. Martin said this was so. There were one or two cases from the National schools.
The Chairman said it was a question whether the fever was not more likely to spread when the schools were closed.
Mr. Denton thought that would be the result.
Mr. Martin said that as soon as they heard of cases they gave strict orders for all the children in the house to be kept at home at all cost, so that it must not be understood that every absentee from school was suffering from the fever.
Dr. Owen said that when children were congregated in a school there was more fear of the spread of infection than if they were in the open air.
The Chairman said there were nearly 2,000 scholars and only 14 cases of scarlet fever.
Mr. Wilkins said it would be a very drastic remedy to close the schools.
The other Councillors concurred.
Dr. Owen said he should certainly advise that the Newton-road schools be thoroughly disinfected.
Mr. Denton thought this was a good recommendation.
The Chairman thought there was more need to close the Sunday schools, where there were fewer restrictions.
The Inspector was instructed to take steps to disinfect the whole of the schools.