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The Rushden Echo, 4th October 1901, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present; Messrs. J. Spencer, vice-chairman (in the chair), Fred Knight, J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, J. S. Clipson, W. H. Wilkins, and G. Miller, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. Madin).

Lighting Committee

A meeting of the Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday the 14th September. Present:- Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), W. H. Wilkins, G. Miller, W. Bazeley, and J. Claridge.

It was resolved to recommend to the Council that additional lamps be fixed as follows:-

Park-road – at the corner of Griffith-street.

Crabb-street – on the corner of No. 5, Crabb-street.

Harborough-road – at the top end.

York-road – in the centre.

Cromwell-road – at the corner of Robinson-road.

Upper Queen-street – near Mr. Wooding’s houses.

Newton-road – at the corner of Robinson-road.

Portland-road – one near the Co-operative Society’s factory and one at the top end of the lower portion.

It was also resolved to recommend the Council to move the lamp in Newton-road near the corner of Rectory-road, so as to improve the lighting in Rectory-road.

The report was adopted.

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, 18th September, 1901. Present – Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), C. Bates, Wm. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, Fred. Knight, and W. H. Wilkins.

Wymington. – A letter was received from Mr. Goosey’s agents, declining to make any modifications of the terms previously offered by them, for a continuance of the present arrangements for three years. The Clerk was instructed to see Messrs. Goosey’s solicitors.

The Surveyor reported the result of his further operations on Lady Wantage’s land, which were very satisfactory, an additional supply of about 45,000 gallons a day being at present available.

Sharnbrook. – The Surveyor also reported that he had seen Mr. Whitworth as to sinking another trial well near No.2 hole, and making a trial pumping there from, to which Mr. Whitworth had agreed, subject to the Council undertaking to make good the ground at the close of their operations and to pay him £5 compensation. The Clerk informed the Committee that after consulting with the Chairman he had on behalf of the Council given Mr. Whitworth the undertaking required. The Committee approved of this and expressed satisfaction with Mr. Whitworth’s terms.

The Surveyor reported that the work was proceeding and that he was using the pump from No.2 well at Wymington.

Wymington No.2 Pumping Station. – It was resolved to have the portable engine at this station repaired during the absence of the pump. Mr. Stafford, of Higham Ferrers, had inspected it and reported that a new fire box was required. It was agreed that Mr. Stafford should carry out the necessary work.

Supply to Cottages. – An application was received from Mr. R. Hooper for a number of his cottages in Westbourne Grove to be supplied by meter. The Committee were unable to agree to this.

The report was adopted.

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, September 18th, 1901. Present:- Messrs. Geo. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), W. H. Wilkins, Geo. Miller, J. S. Clipson, and F. Knight.

Plans

Plans were presented by:-

Mr. Edward Coleman for house and shop in High-street and passed.

Mr. Mayo for a joiner’s shop in Sartoris-road adjoining his dwelling-house and referred back.

Mr. Hester for shed on the Rushden Court Estate and passed.

High Street

The proposed new frontage line at the site of the late fire was considered. The Chairman reported that the Trustees of the Succoth Chapel, whilst not prepared to entertain a sale of part of their property, would favourably consider any scheme for improving the general line of buildings.

The Surveyor was instructed to prepare and submit further details particularly with regard to an improved gradient for the road and entrance to the chapel.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to order 20 new lamp columns from Mr. John Noble, of Wellingborough, at £1 10s 0d each.

The Surveyor was also instructed to obtain a quotation for a combined lamp post and hydrant (Jones patent) and if price considered satisfactory order specimen.

It was also resolved to place an order with the Gas Company for 20 new lamps (Sugg’s Patent Clapham Lantern) fitted complete with incandescent burners similar to the lamp fitted at the entrance to the Vestry Hall at £2 3s 0d each.

With regard to the question of all night lighting of the street lamps, it was not considered desirable to recommend this to the Council at present.

The Green

The Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate for asphalting the front portion of the Green.

The report was adopted.

Finance &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, September 24th, 1901. Present – Messrs. Geo. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and Chas. Bates.

Cash Accounts. – The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 6th September

43

8

11

Week ending 13th September

44

1

9

Week ending 20th September

42

11

1

Collector’s Accounts. – The collector’s accounts were submitted, the total receipts for the last three weeks being as follows:-


£

s

d

General District Rate Account

1369

13

2

Water Rate Account

123

10

0

Sundries Account

44

14

7

                Total

1537

17

9

Treasurer’s Receipts. – The Treasurer’s General Account was examined, from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

J. Sargent, District Rate

1369

13

2

J. Sargent, Fittings

44

14

7

J. Sargent, Water Rate

123

10

0

             Total

1537

17

9

Treasurer’s Balances. – The Treasurer’s Accounts were examined and the Committee found that the following balances were in his hands on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Current Account

1152

12

6

Loan Account No. 11

131

13

9

Loan Account No. 16

753

18

11

               Total

2038

5

2

And that the sum of £8 19s 2d was due to him on Loan Account No. 17.

Tradesmen’s Accounts. – A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Sanitary Reports. – From the Medical Officer’s Diary produced it appeared that one case of scarlet fever in Pemberton-street had been notified since the last report.

The Medical Officer also reported that he had visited and inspected four factories, all of which he found in satisfactory order.

The Inspector reported that two other cases of scarlet fever had been notified since the doctor had sent in his diary, one in Brookfield-road and the other in North-street, which would be investigated and reported upon at the next meeting.

Circulars from the Local Government Board. Circular letters from the Local Government Board calling attention to the Isolation Hospitals Act 1901 and the statement of Professor Koch with regard to tuberculosis were received and copies ordered to be supplied to all members of the Council.

Small Pox Hospital. – It was resolved to recommend the Council to advertise for a Caretaker.

Footpath off College-st. into Alfred-st. and John-st. – It was resolved to recommend the Council to take steps under the Private Street Works Act for the putting of this footpath in a proper state of repair.

The report was adopted, with the exception of the last paragraph, which was referred to the Highways Committee.

The Fire Station

The Chairman reported that six tenders had been received for the erection of the new fire station, as follows:-


£

s

d

Mr. H. Sparrow

1805

0

0

Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin

1635

0

0

Messrs. Hacksley Bros

1590

0

0

Mr. T. Willmott

1588

10

0

Mr. R. Marriott

1585

0

0

Mr. C. E. Bayes

1575

0

0

The tender of Mr. Bayes was accepted. The Surveyor’s estimate was roughly about £1635.

Petroleum Licence

The Lightstrung Cycle Co. applied for a petroleum licence in connection with the sale of petroleum for motors.

The Council granted a provisional licence for three months.


25th October 1901

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present:- Messrs. G. Denton (in the chair), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), W. H. Wilkins, G. Miller, T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, G. S. Skinner, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. Madin).

Waterworks Committee

A meeting of the Waterworks Committee was held on Wednesday, 9th October, 1901. Present – Messrs. G. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), Wm. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, W. H. Wilkins, G. Miller, J. Claridge, T. Swindall, and Chas Bates.

Sywell Scheme

The Clerk reported that as instructed he had seen Mr. Goosey’s solicitors with Mr. Goosey, and found it was not possible to obtain any modification in the amount of rent demanded. Mr. Goosey would, however, be prepared to allow the Council to construct such further works as might be required without additional compensation either to the landlord or tenant, but the Council were to continue the present annual payment of £3 to the tenant. The Committee instructed the Clerk to prepare an agreement carrying out these terms. The draft agreement with Lady Wantage was read and approved.

E. Madin

The Clerk informed the committee that Mr. E. Madin had obtained an appointment as assistant surveyor to Staffordshire and would like to enter upon his duties there at once. He also asked for a testimonial from the Council. The committee agreed for Mr. Madin to resign his appointment here at the end of the week and instructed the Clerk to provide him with a testimonial on behalf of the Council.

The Chairman mentioned that the Clerk had received several letters from Mr. Middleton, the water engineer, with regard to Sywell. Those letters would be laid before the Council in Committee after the meeting.

The report was adopted.

Plans &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held on Wednesday, October 9th, 1901. Present:- Messrs. Geo. Denton (chairman), J. Spencer (vice-chairman), W. H. Wilkins, Geo. Miller, J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, and F. Knight.

Plans

Plans were presented by:-

Mr. Mayo for workshop in Sartoris-road and passed.

Mr. A. Sanders for two cottages on the Rushden Court Estate and passed subject to ventilation for the two small bedrooms and vent shaft to drains being provided and the cesspool placed at sufficient distance from the well and buildings.

Mr. Radburne for four houses and shops in Newton-road and passed.

Mr. W. H. Perkins for two houses on the Rushden Court Estate and passed.

Newton-Road Improvement

A letter was received from Mr. Radburne’s Agent with further reference to the proposed street improvement in Newton-road. Mr. Radburne now offered to take down the end of the slaughter house and rebuild to the line of Mr. Ward’s frontage at his own expense also to give up to the road a strip of land continuing the same line of frontage to Rectory-road, as indicated on the plan prepared by the surveyor, for the sum of £55, it being understood the Council would put in a crossing to the gateway and reinstate the footpath.

The committee agreed to recommend the Council to accept these terms and to instruct the Surveyor to proceed to remove the surplus soil at once.

Spencer-Road

The Surveyor submitted his estimate for completing this road and maintaining the same for a period of 5 years amounting to £350. The estimate was approved and the Clerk instructed to forward a copy thereof to Mr. Sykes.

The Green

An estimate was also submitted by the Surveyor for asphalting the front portion of the Green amounting to £64. The committee decided to recommend the Council to defer this work at present and repair as on previous occasions.

The report was adopted.

Finance &c., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held on Wednesday, October 16th, 1901. Present – Messrs. Geo. Denton (chairman), T. Swindall, G. H. Skinner, J. Claridge, and Chas. Bates.

Cash Accounts

The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash accounts with the wages books the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 27th September

39

11

8

Week ending 4th October

42

10

0

Week ending 11th October

42

12

1

Collector’s Accounts

The Collector’s Accounts were submitted, the total receipts for the last three weeks being as follows:-


£

s

d

General District Rate Account

573

0

1

Water Rate Account

135

0

0

                Total

708

0

1

Clerk’s Cash Acount

The Clerk’s cash account was examined the expenditure shown therein for the past six months being £52 10s 2d

Treasurer’s Receipts

The Treasurer’s account was also examined, from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts:-

 

£

s

d

Claxton, Bye laws

 

1

0

Willmott, Game licence

 

1

0

Chettle, Knackers yard licence

 

1

0

Beaverstock, Pawnbroker’s licence

 

1

0

J. Sargent, General district rate

422

0

1

J. Sargent, Water rate

135

0

0

J. Sargent, General district rate

150

0

0

                     Total

707

4

1

Treasurer’s Balances

The Treasurer’s accounts were examined, and the Committee found that the following balances were in his hands on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Current Account

609

11

9

Loan Account No. 11

131

13

9

Loan Account No. 16

745

6

8

              Total

1486

12

2

And that sum of £10 2s 6d was due to him on Loan Account No. 17.

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

It was agreed to recommend to the Council that Mr. Geo. Burgess be paid a sum of £5 for additional services rendered during the Sharnbrook trial operations.

Sanitary Reports

From the Medical Officer’s diary produced it appeared that he had received no notification of any infectious disease since the last meeting. He had examined one sample of water submitted by the inspector and found it totally unfit for domestic use.

The Inspector reported that since the Medical Officer sent in his diary a case of erysipelas had been reported at No. 4, Pemberton-street. He had visited and inspected the house and found all in order. The usual disinfectants had been supplied. The sample of water referred to by the Medical Officer was obtained from a well on the property of Mr. Chas. Barker on the Bedford-road. On receipt of the Medical Officer’s report on this water he had posted a notice on the pump notifying that the water was unfit for use and had informed the owner thereof requesting him to have the town water laid on. The Inspector further reported that the case of typhoid fever in the Hospital on the Bedford-road was now quite convalescent and that he had destroyed certain portions of the bedding and fumigated the rooms. The Inspector further stated that he fumigated the Alfred-street Board schools on the 27th ult., several cases of scarlet fever having recently occurred amongst the scholars there. No cases had been notified since.

The Inspector informed the committee that several properties on the Bedford-road still drained into the Brook and were not connected with the sewer, viz.:-

Two houses the property of Mr. Chas. Barker.

Four houses the property of Mr. Thomas Affleck, of Wellingborough.

Three houses the property of Mr. W. J. Gross, jun., of Burton Latimer.

It was resolved to recommend the Council that the owners be called upon to connect these properties with the common sewer.

The Sewage Farm committee report that the crops on the farm were sold by public auction on the 7th inst. and very satisfactory prices realized.

Mr. Miller hoped the brook would be a bit sweeter after the houses mentioned in the report had been connected with the sewer.

The New Fire Station

On the question of sealing the contract with Mr. E. Bayes for the erection of the new fire station, it was stated that the Builder’s Association wanted the Council to insert an arbitration clause. Mr. Bayes had not, it appeared, however, taken exception to the present contract, in which an arbitration clause did not appear.

The Clerk said the question of inserting such a clause in the Council’s contracts was before the Plans Committee in April, but the Committee expressed the opinion that every contract should be considered on its merits.

Mr. Bazeley thought that in future an arbitration clause should be inserted. It was only fair to the builders.

Mr. Swindall said it was not too late to put one in the present contract.

Mr. Wilkins did not think they were in order in discussing the subject.

The Chairman did not think the discussion was out of order, but thought that if there was any objection to the form of contract it should have been raised before the contract was signed by the contractor.

It was resolved that the contract be sealed as drawn up.

The Council then went into committee on the water question.

Note: much of this had been reported on 25th September 1901


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