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The Rushden Echo, 13th October, 1911, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Council and The Road Board
Contemptuous Treatment of a Rushden Improvement
Fair Wages Clause
A meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller (vice-chairman), G. H. Skinner, F. Knight, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, 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. F. J. Allen).

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th September, 1911, when there were present: - Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and Fred Knight.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. W. Clark and Mr. J. Clark for two bicycle sheds at the rear of Nos. 51 and 53 Robinson-road and no exception taken subject to the consent of the adjoining owners being produced.

The Central Machinery Co. for additions to their factory in Rectory-road and passed.

Mr. W. C. Knight for motor house near his factory in Manton-road and passed.

The Co-operative Wholesale Society Limited for re-building shop and house at corner of Rectory-road and Queen-street and passed.

Spencer Road

It was resolved to recommend the Council to issue the usual notices declaring this street a public highway repairable by the inhabitants at large.

Public Lighting

The Lighting Sub-committee were requested to visit various parts of the town with a view to placing additional lamps where required.

Rectory Road Improvement

The Surveyor submitted a plan showing a scheme for the widening of this road its entire length from the Newton-road to the Station. The Committee did not contemplate undertaking the work in its entirety in the near future but considered that some attempt might be made to carry out that portion of the work between Queen-street and the Station if satisfactory arrangements could be made with the Salvation Army. It was accordingly resolved to recommend the Council to approach the Salvation Army Authorities with a view to ascertaining from them if they would be disposed to meet the Council in a reasonable way with regard to the sale of their Barracks.

Fair Wages Clause

A circular letter was received from the Local Government Board calling attention to the resolution passed by the House of Commons on the subject of Fair Wages Clauses in Government Contracts and recommending that the policy adopted in the case of Government Contracts should be followed in cases of Contracts entered into by Local Authorities.

Having regard to the resolution on the same subject passed at the last Council meeting it was understood that the matter would be taken into consideration previous to the Council entering into any further Contracts.

During the consideration of the report, Mr. Spencer referred to the question of widening the road round the churchyard, concerning which the Road Board had been approached, and asked if anything had been done.

The Chairman said he had done all he could in the matter, but the Road Board were contributing very little towards improvements other than surface improvements. The County Surveyor did not think there was any possible chance of getting anything for this improvement. The committee did not come to view the spot.

Mr. Bazeley thought that when the committee promised to come and view the spot they should do so. He understood that it was just such purposes that the Road Board’s money was for.

Mr. Spencer hoped the Highways Committee would again consider the matter.

Mr. Miller thought most of the members of the County Council were dissatisfied with the amount that was being spent on permanent improvements. There was very little being spent on the cutting off of corners and it was out of all proportion to the amount spent on the surface of roads.

Mr. Knight considered that when the committee were going round the county they might, if only out of respect for that Council, have visited the place and reported their opinion. That Council made their application in good faith, and not as a joke. (Hear, hear.) He did not think it quite fair to the Council to be treated with contempt.

Mr. Clipson endorsed what had been said by Mr. Knight, and the matter was left in the hands of the Chairman and Vice-chairman, the two representatives of the town on the County Council.

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 3rd October, 1911, at 11 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, 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:-


£

s

d

Week ending 7th September, 1911

35

16

1

Week ending 14th September, 1911

32

18

10

Week ending 21st September, 1911

31

1

1

Week ending 28th September, 1911

31

8

1

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

579

1

6

Fittings (other roads)

1

19

8

Green Tolls

1

17

2

Burial Fees, etc.

8

4

6

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Collector, District rate

579

1

6

Collector, Burial fees

8

4

6

Collector, Green tolls

1

17

2

Collector , Fittings

1

19

8

Local Gov. M.G. Sty., re J. Green


5

6

Total

591

8

4

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


£

s

d

General Account

645

6

0

Loan Account No. 16

405

18

4

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Total

1,440

1

10

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts, amounting to £1,148/15/7 were examined and passed for payment.

Road Foreman

It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay the cost of the removal of Mr. Priest’s furniture to Rushden amounting to £4.

General District Rate

The Collector attended the meeting and was instructed to prepare a General District Rate of 2s. 6d. in the £ for the half year ending 31st March next and to present same for sealing at a special meeting of the Council to be held on the 25th instant. The Committee also impressed upon the Collector the necessity of a prompt collection of the rate when made.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Reports

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 4th October, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that eight cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., four of scarlet fever, three of diphtheria and one of erysipelas.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 42 preliminary notices had been issued since the last meeting calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.

Acting on the advice of the Medical Practitioner in attendance the Inspector had destroyed a quantity of bedding after a death from cancer.

The Inspector also reported that the house, No. 4, Little-street, occupied by Mr. John Smith was very much overcrowded, thereby causing a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Mr. Smith requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.

The Inspector also reported that the drainage of Nos. 3, 4, 13, and 14, and the eaves gutter and yard paving of No. 8 Ealing-terrace, were defective and constituted a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner, Mr. W. Gillitt, of Wellingborough, requiring him to remedy the defects forthwith.

The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.

Petroleum Acts

An application was received from Messrs. J. and F. A. Austin, of Oakley-road, for a licence to deal in petrol.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application.

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of 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 owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Messrs. Groome’s Factory

The Surveyor’s report on the sanitary accommodation at Messrs. Groome’s factory referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered. The Chairman and Surveyor were requested to interview Messrs. Groome thereon and report to the Council on Wednesday next.

Sewage Farm

The Surveyor reported that the sale of the crops at the farm took place on the 28th September and realised £214/6/6 against £130 last year.

Sewage Disposal Works

The Committee’s report on their recent visit to Nuneaton and Leicester was read by the surveyor and ordered to be printed and circulated amongst the members of the Council.

The Surveyor explained to the Committee that before proceeding further with his scheme it would be necessary to ascertain by analysis the strength of the sewage, he also suggested that he should be authorised to engage a draughtsman to proceed with the plans and that when these were sufficiently advanced that he with the Clerk should be authorised to seek an appointment with the Chief Engineer of the Local Government Board and place the proposals before him before finally completing the specification and estimate and making application to the Local Government Board for sanction to a loan for the works.

The Committee approved and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

The report was adopted.

Free Library

A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 6th October, 1911, when there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (Chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Spencer, S. Saddler, J. T. Colson, the Ven. A. Kitchin, and the Rev. J. H. Lynn.

Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on the 9th December, 1910, having been printed and circulated amongst the members of the Committee, it was resolved that same be approved and confirmed under the hand of the Chairman.

Papers and Periodicals

It was resolved that Mr. Phillipson’s Contract for the supply of Papers and Periodicals be renewed for the year 1912 at the same price as for the current year.

New Books

It was resolved to request the Council to authorise this Committee to expend a further sum of £25 on the purchase of new books.

Management Committee

The Management Committee reported that during the past year 167 volumes had been added to the Library.

Books Issued

The Secretary reported that the number of books issued during the 10 months ending the 30th September was 18,235.

Sale of Periodicals, Etc.

It was resolved that the sale of Papers and Periodicals be held on Saturday the 16th December at 8 p.m. and that Mr. J. S. Mason be asked to kindly conduct the sale.

Bank Holidays

It was resolved that in future the Library be closed on Bank holidays at 11 a.m.

The report was adopted.



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