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The Rushden Echo, 21 October, 1904, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night, there were present Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), G. H. Skinner, A. Mantle, C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, W. H. Wilkins, G. Denton, W. Bazeley, and F. Ballard, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, 21st September, 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. J.S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, F. Ballard, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, A. Mantle, W.H. Wilkins, J. Hornsby, G.H. Skinner, and F. Knight.

Vestry Hall

A communication was received from the Rector, offering on behalf of himself and the Churchwardens of Rushden the sum of £500 for the purchase of the Vestry Hall, should the Council decide on selling the property.

Resolved to recommend the Council to favourably consider the offer, provided satisfactory arrangements can be made for securing a suitable site for Council room and offices in the near vicinity on favourable terms.

Public Lighting

A recommendation was received from the Sub-Committee in favour of the erection of the following additional lamps :-

One lamp in Park-place at corner of the club wall.

Two lamps in Upper Portland-road.

One lamp in King’s-road near Mr. Wilmott’s new cottages when the mains are laid.

One lamp on the sewer ventilating shaft on the Higham-road near Mr. Tailby’s house, the one near Mr. Sanders’s house to be altered to suit the new conditions.

The Sub-Committee also reported that in accordance with their instructions the Surveyor had obtained from the Gas Company terms upon which they would be prepared to convert the whole of the town lighting from ordinary flat flame burners to incandescent burners; the terms were as follows:-

The Company to undertake to do all the necessary works, supply Bray’s Patent Incandescent burner with bye-pass, lever and chain, glass chimney, mantle, &c., complete at the rate of 4/- per lamp, with an additional extra annual charge of 3/- per lamp for renewal of mantles.

The Sub-Committee found from the figures supplied to them that the average consumption of gas per lamp with incandescent burners was 10,415 cubic feet per annum, whilst that with lamps with the ordinary burners was 14,000 cubic feet, which was equivalent to a saving of 10/- per annum in the cases where incandescent burners were used.

It was unanimously resolved to accept the Sub-Committee’s report and recommend the same to the Council for adoption.

Stone Throwing

The Police reported that they found a boy, Frank Stafford, aged 15, throwing stones at the chestnut tree on the Green on September 15th, damaging the tree, and to the danger of a number of people then on the Green.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to prosecute this boy with the boy Robinson reported at the last meeting.

Mr. Bazeley and Mr. Bates voted against this recommendation.

The above minutes were received and confirmed at a meeting of the Council held on the 21st September, 1904.

Mr. Whitaker

A communication was received from Mr. Whitaker with regard to his fee for the report made on the Sharnbrook scheme.

The Clerk was instructed to inform him that the Council were prepared to pay him £25 to include his out of pocket expenses if that was satisfactory to him.

Upper Queen-Street

Part of this street, from a point 143 feet east of Cromwell-road to its junction with Lawton-road, not being sewered, levelled, metalled, paved, flagged, channelled, and made good to the satisfaction of this Authority, it was resolved to recommend the Council, under the powers conferred upon them by the Private Street Works Act, 1892, to sewer, level, and metal such portion of the said street and the Surveyor was instructed to prepare

(a) Specification of the Private Street Works proposed to be done, with plans and sections.

(b) An estimate of the probable expenses of the works, and

(c) A provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses among the premises liable to be charged therewith under the said Act.

The report was adopted.

Finance &c. Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 5th October 1904, when there were present:- Messrs. J.S. Clipson (chairman), T Swindall, J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, W. Bazeley, F. Ballard, C. Bates, F. Knight, and W.H. Wilkins.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

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


£
s
d
Week ending 8th Sept 1904
29
9
1
Week ending 15th Sept 1904
38
16
1
Week ending 22nd Sept 1904
39
4
2
Week ending 29th Sept 1904
36
2
7

Clerk’s Cash Account

The Committee examined the Clerk’s petty cash account from which it appeared that he had disbursed the sum of £46/16/11 on the General Account and 4/5 on Loan Account No. 16 during the past six months.

Collector’s Accounts

The Collector’s accounts were examined, from which it appeared that during the past month he had collected the following sums on the under mentioned accounts :-


£
s
d
Water Rate
291
10
5
General District rate
1308
4
1
Water works

4
0
Other roads

16
9
Farm
5
10
0
Water
10 0
Total
1606
15
3

Cemetery Registrar’s Accounts

The Cemetery Registrar’s account was examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums on the under mentioned accounts :-

Burial fees
£8 11 6

Fittings And Miscellaneous Account

The Committee examined the ledger containing a statement of the accounts rendered in respect of work and sales during the past six months amounting to £115/4/4.

Treasurer’s Account

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




£
s
d
Sept. 10 John Sargent Water rate
83
2
6
Sept. 13 John Sargent District rate
154
10
11
Sept. 14 John Sargent  
173
17
5
Sept. 17 John Sargent  
139
14
4
Sept. 21 John Sargent  
86
0
10
Sept. 22 John Sargent  
169
13
1
Sept. 24 John Sargent Water rate
79
5
7
Sept. 24 John Sargent District rate
250
0
0
Sept. 28 John Sargent  
66
3
8
Sept. 29 John Sargent Water rate
52
12
1
Oct. 1 John Sargent District rate
146
12
6
Oct. 4 John Sargent
121
11
4
Oct. 4 John Sargent Water rate
76
10
3
Oct. 4 John Sargent Fittings account
7
0
9
Oct. 4 John Sargent Cemetery fees
8
11
6
Oct. 5 H. W. Moon Gamedealer’s licence

1
0
Oct. 5 Geo. Wilmott Gamedealer’s licence

1
0


Total
£1,615
8
9

And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts :-


£
s
d
General Account
2005
19
0
Loan Account No. 16
569
15
7
Total
2,575
14
7

Tradesmen’s And Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health And Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that 8 cases of infections disease had been notified since the last meeting viz:- Three of erysipelas four of scarlet fever, and one of diphtheria; he visited the latter case on September 28th and found the drains unsatisfactory; these had been rectified by the Inspector, and the case was doing well.

The Inspector reported that the cases of scarlet fever occurred in Harborough-road, East Grove, and Newton-road; the cases of erysipelas in Albion-place and Dell-place; and the case of diphtheria in Manton-road.

The Inspector also reported that during the month he had received returns of out-door operatives from various manufacturers and had forwarded returns of those living in the outside districts to the Sanitary Inspectors of those districts.

Cemetery

The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had considered the question of providing a plant-house for the Caretaker, and agreed not to recommend any expenditure for this purpose during the present financial year.

The Committee approved.

Duck Street Sewer

The Sub-Committee appointed to consider what steps could be taken to prevent the overflow of this sewer at times of heavy rains, reported that they had conferred with the Surveyor on the site and now recommended that two overflows should be made into the Brook, one on the Wellingborough-road opposite the Green, and the second at a point below Duck-street near Midland-road.

The Committee approved and instructed the Surveyor to carry out the necessary works forthwith.

Farm

The Farm Sub-Committee reported that they had instructed Messrs. Bletsoe to sell the crops by auction on Monday, October 10th.

Public Offices And Council Chamber

In view of the offer received from the Rector and Churchwardens for the purchase of the Vestry Hall, the Committee had under consideration the question of acquiring a suitable site for the erection of new Offices.

The Chairman reported that he had interviewed Mr. C. Robinson with regard to his land on the Newton-road and had received from him an offer to sell a site for the Offices at the corner of Park-road for £500, or should the Library Committee decide to re-consider the site for that building so as to have it near the new Council Offices, to sell the whole site for £900.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to acquire the corner site from Mr. Robinson for £500 subject to his giving an option to the Library Committee to purchase the remaining land for £400 if they so desired, and should the Council accept the foregoing recommendation to further recommend them to accept the off of the Rector and Churchwardens for the purchase of the Vestry Hall for £500.

Audit

The Clerk reported that the audit of the accounts of the Council for the year ending 31st March last had been duly completed by the District Auditor and certified by him as correct.

The Chairman said the sale at the sewage farm was duly held and was the most successful they had had, the amount realised being £137 10s.

Mr. Hornsby said that the farm was being well kept and the crops were excellent.

The Chairman, referring to the question of the provision of new offices, remarked that the opposition to the old scheme and the pulling down of the Vestry-hall was largely sentimental, but the course now proposed would get over the difficulty, and they would be able to build Council chambers at less money than they would have to spend if they re-built on the site of the Vestry-hall.

Mr. Wilkins seconded, and said that had it been known that the Church authorities were prepared to make such an offer for the Vestry-hall, they would never have entertained the idea of pulling it down. Personally, he did not think they could get a better site than the one now recommended.

Mr. Skinner thought they ought to reconsider their position seeing that the town was so highly burdened at present. He would like to move that the matter be deferred till after the election.

Mr. Denton : General election? (Laughter).

Mr. Skinner : No; Urban election.

Mr. Claridge said that it was necessary to provide better accommodation for their officers, however much they regretted having to spend money at such a time. If they did not build, they would have to rent premises.

Mr. Skinner said his idea was that the rates were high enough at the present time.

Mr. Bazeley said the cost of the new scheme would not be greater than the cost of pulling down the Vestry-hall and re-building offices on the site.

Mr. Ballard said they were all anxious to save the rates but he thought the course proposed was the best, all round.

Mr. Denton asked whether Mr. Claridge could tell them anything with regard to the building of the Free Library on the adjoining plot.

Mr. Claridge said he and Mr. Mason had written to Messrs. Lilley and Skinner with a view to getting the Library Committee released from their undertaking to purchase the land on the Green, but had not received a reply beyond a formal acknowledgment.

The report was then adopted, with the addition of a clause extending the option of purchasing the second plot of land in Newton-road to the Council in the event of the Library Committee not purchasing it.

Water Supply

The Clerk was authorised to sign the agreements which had been renewed between the Council and Mr. Goosey and Lady Wantage with regard to the Wymington water supply.

Railway Facilities

Mr. Wilkins, in accordance with notice, moved that the M.R. Company be asked to restore the 12.55 train from Northampton to Wellingborough, and to make the local Thursday and Saturday afternoon trains a daily service. He mentioned that there was no train at present from Rushden to Wellingborough between 12.53 p.m. and 3.41 p.m. nor from Wellingborough to Rushden between 12.20 p.m. and 3.20 p.m.

The motion was unanimously agreed to.


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