|The Rushden Echo, 14th October, 1910, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Housing Accommodation in The Town
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present: Mr. F. Knight, J.P. (chairman), Mr. J. Claridge, J.P., (vice-chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, and Messrs. G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, C. Bates, J. Spencer, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).
Plans, Etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday 5th October, 1910, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and G. Miller.
were presented by:-
Mr. W. G. Wilmott for 14 houses in Washbrook-road and passed subject to each house being connected with the public sewer by a separate drain. Mr. Wilmott to be allowed to adopt a system of combined drainage as shown on the plan on his entering into an agreement with the Council for the future maintenance of the drains, the agreement to be prepared at Mr. Wilmott’s expense.
Mr. William Packwood for five houses in Trafford-road and passed subject to each house being connected with the public sewer by a separate drain. Mr. Packwood also to be allowed to adopt a system of combined drainage as shown on the plan on his entering into an agreement, at his expense, with the Council for the future maintenance of the drains.
The Industrial Co-operative Society for stables, &c., on the Newton-road and passed subject to the whole of the outside walls being 14 inches thick on the ground floor and the manure pit being six inches above ground level.
The Surveyor reported that the work of widening the High-street near the Post Office was now complete. The cost was as follow:-
The contribution of the County Council in respect of the first two items would amount to £185. The Surveyor was instructed to forward the account for the re-construction of the Culvert to the County Council for payment in full.
It was resolved that Mr. Clark be requested to make an early appointment to meet the Committee with his solicitors on the site.
In reply to the Ven. A. Kitchin, the Chairman said that the cost of the High-street improvement amounted to about £6 more than the estimate, but the difference was more than accounted for by the rise in the price of material.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 4th Oct., 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the balances on the under-mentioned accounts were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £754/3/9 were examined and passed for payment.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th Oct., 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, C. Bates, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that nine cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., five of scarlet fever, three of diphtheria and one of erysipelas.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 33 informal notices and one statutory notice had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
The Inspector also reported that the premises occupied by Messrs. A. Bailey and Co. in Washbrook-road were without a sufficient manure receptacle in contravention of Bye-law 15.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Messrs. Bailey and Co. requiring them to provide a suitable receptacle forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed list of his inspections, etc., during the past month.
Thirty-six outworkers’ lists had been received from employers within the district and one from the Borough of Southwark.
The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to the following houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse:-
It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashtub, ashpit, or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owner requiring him within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
The Surveyor reported that the sale of the crops at the sewage farm took place on Monday last and realised £130/3/6 an increase of about £30 on last year.
Housing, Town Planning Etc. Act
The Clerk submitted a circular from the Local Government Board dated 3rd September forwarding print of an Order made by the Board making regulations with respect to the manner in which the inspection of the district under Section 17 of the Act should be carried out and with respect to the records to be kept of such inspection. The Clerk was instructed to obtain sufficient copies of the circular and Order and supply them to the members of the Committee in order that the matter may be considered at their next meeting.
The Clerk also submitted a circular letter from the Local Government Board stating that they had had under consideration the question of facilitating the prompt use of Diphtheria Anti-toxin in the cases of persons who might be attacked by diphtheria and enclosing an Order made by the Board under Section 133 of the Public Health Act 1875 sanctioning the Councils of Urban Districts providing a temporary supply for the free use of persons residing in the district. The Inspector informed the Committee that he had conferred with the Medical Officer on the subject and he was of opinion that the Council might with advantage keep a small stock at the sanitary office for the use of poor persons. The Committee also understood from the Inspector that the local Medical Practitioners would be pleased to avail themselves of the opportunity thus afforded.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector to purchase and keep in stock Diphtheria Anti-toxin to the value of £1/1/0 and to instruct the Clerk to inform the Medical Practitioners of the town that the same could be obtained at the Sanitary Inspector’s office for the use of poor persons.
Clinical Research Association
It was resolved to recommend the Council to become members of the Clinical Research Association Limited, the fee for life membership being £1/1/0. It was also resolved to recommend that in all diphtheria cases notified, the Doctor be requested to supply a swab of sputum from the patient in order that the same may be forwarded to the Association for examination and report.
Sewage Disposal Works
The Surveyor was requested to make arrangements for the committee to visit other works before their next meeting.
The Clerk submitted a letter he had received from Messrs. Baker and Co., Parliamentary Agents enquiring if this Council would be willing to join the Corporation of Northampton and other local Authorities in promoting a Bill amending Section 19 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1890 with a view to making owners of all property liable for the maintenance of the private drains connecting such properties with the public sewers. The Clerk stated that since the receipt of the letter he had been in communication with the Town Clerk of Northampton who informed him that his Sanitary Committee were about to recommend the Town Council to join in the promotion of a Bill. He also read communications received from the Urban District Council’s Association on the same subject upon which it appeared that although they were taking the matter up and pressing the Local Government Board to introduce a public Bill on the subject, there did not appear much probability of anything being done at present.
The Clerk was instructed to enquire from Messrs. Baker and Co. as to what other local Authorities had agreed to join in the promotion of the Bill proposed by them and if information on this point was considered satisfactory, the Committee resolved to recommend the Council to join in the promotion of such a Bill, the cost in any event not to exceed £50.
Mr. Claridge, in moving the adoption of the report, said that, in regard to the Housing and Town Planning Act, there were not many provisions but what the Council was carrying out. There were, however, certain points which needed attention and the committee thought it best to get copies of the Act so that each member might consider its provisions before their next meeting.
Mr. Bazeley congratulated the committee on making the recommendation with regard to the provision of diphtheria anti-toxin. The expense had borne hardly on poor people whose children had had diphtheria, and he was very glad to see the recommendation made.
Mr. Claridge, referring to the item in the report regarding combined drainage, said that question had taken up a great deal of time during the last year or two, and was really a very important matter. It was a question which had vexed many authorities, and it was more than time that Parliament took it up and made the thing perfectly clear for all authorities. Some time ago the Lord Chief Justice expressed the opinion that something ought to be done to put the question beyond discussion. He thought it would be well for the Council to go in for a scheme such as the one suggested.
The report was adopted.
Applications for game licences were received from Mr. G. Willmott and Mr. J. Bugby, and the applications were granted.
Suggested Band Stand
A letter signed by Messrs. B. Sanders and C. Cross, was read, stating that it was thought desirable by a number of residents in the town that a band-stand should be erected for the use of bands, choirs, &c. Rushden possessed excellent bands and choirs, who could not possibly do themselves justice with the present lack of accommodation. In the belief that the bands and choirs were deserving of support, it was suggested that a committee should be formed to collect the necessary money for the erection of a stand, which would be handed over to the Council. The site considered most suitable for the purpose was the Council Field and it was hoped that the Council would grant permission for the stand to be erected there.
The Chairman said the matter was discussed some time ago, and the Council were practically unanimous that the stand would be allowed if the funds could be provided voluntarily. He was assured that there was every likelihood of the scheme being carried out, and he thought it was desirable that the Health and Sanitary Committee should consider the matter.
The suggestion of the Chairman was agreed to unanimously.
Mr. Spencer said that some time ago a committee was appointed to enquire into the matter of housing accommodation, and the efforts of builders to meet the demands for houses. He had not yet, however, received a notice to attend a meeting.
The Chairman said no meeting had been called but if Mr. Spencer thought it desirable he would call one.
The Ven. A. Kitchin thought it would be well to make enquiries of builders as to what they were prepared to do to meet demand.
Mr. Bazeley : If that suggestion were adopted, we shouldn’t need more than one meeting. It would be the first and last.
Mr. Claridge : Would it be better in your opinion to have the meeting deferred for a bit?
Mr. Bazeley : No, I think it has been deferred too long now.
It was understood that the Chairman would call a meeting of the committee.