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The Rushden Echo, 15th October, 1915, Transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Limiting The Price of Coal
Coal Merchants and The Gas Co.
District Rate Kept Down to Half-A-Crown
Infectious Disease
Appeal in The Recent Meat Case
Damage by Boys

Wednesday, present, Councillors T. Swindall J.P. (chairman), John Spencer (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, The Ven. A. Kitchin, M.A., T. Wilmott, J. Hyde, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

Price of Coal (Limitation) Act, 1915

A meeting of the Special Committee appointed to consider the Circular from the Board of Trade with reference to the price of coal was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 15th September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.

The suggestion contained in the circular that the merchants carrying on business in the district should be approached by the Council with a view to them fixing “the limit of the sum they would charge over the cost of the coal delivered at the station or siding to cover expenses of distribution and profit” was approved, and the Committee considered such a course particularly desirable with regard to the coal sold in small quantities. The Clerk was accordingly instructed to invite the various merchants carrying on business in the district to a meeting to be held on Wednesday next.

A further meeting of the Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 22nd September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.

The following merchants also attended :- Messrs. W. J. Cure (Co-operative Society), T. Birch (Messrs. Ellis and Everard, Ltd.), T. Swindall, and J. Paragreen.

The Chairman explained the object of the meeting and the purposes wished to be attained thereby.

The merchants expressed their sympathy with the general idea but pointed out difficulties in the way of fixing up maximum prices for the coal sold by hawking. The merchants were meeting amongst themselves and also meeting other local authorities and were in communication with the Board of Trade on doubtful points under the Act, and asked that the matter might be adjourned for a short time for further particulars to be obtained.

This was agreed to and it was left to the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk to convene a further meeting.

A further meeting of the committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 6th October, 1915, when there were present:- Mr. J. Spencer (Chairman), J. Claridge and T. Wilmott.

The following merchants also attending, viz:- Messrs. W. J. Cure, T. Birch and T. Swindall.

The committee were informed that the question of fixing maximum prices on lines discussed at the previous meeting had received the careful consideration of the merchants carrying on business in this and neighbouring towns and they had agreed upon a maximum sum to cover all expenses of delivery and merchants’ profit – one shilling less than the figure agreed upon by the President of the Board of Trade with the London Merchants. The Merchants present said they were prepared to enter into an arrangement with the Council to adopt this sum as the maximum in the Rushden District. The Committee agreed to recommend the Council to approve of such an arrangement.

The Merchants drew the attention of the Committee to the difficulty they experienced in obtaining an adequate supply of coke from the local Gas Company, and the Clerk was instructed to convey to the Company a strong expression of opinion that all local demands should be met before the Company sell their coke to outside customers.

In presenting the report Mr. Spencer said that several of the coal merchants complained that time after time they had been unable to obtain coke at the Rushden works and had had to go to Irthlingborough and Kettering for coke.

The report was adopted.

Finance Committee

A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 22nd September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Estimates

The Clerk submitted a summary of the receipts and expenditure of the Council up to date, which was of a satisfactory nature, and the Committee resolved to instruct the Rates Clerk to prepare a rate at 2s. 6d. in the £ for the ensuing half year as determined by the Council when the yearly estimates were adopted.

The Committee considered various matters and made suggestions to the surveyor as to effecting further savings particularly with regard to street scavenging, public lighting, Spencer Park, and street watering.

Shirley-Road

The Clerk reported that three of the owners had failed to pay their apportioned charges in respect to the making up of this road, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to give formal notice requiring payment of the amount due, with a view to exercising the powers of mortgagees in the event of non-payment within three months.

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, expressed satisfaction that it had been found possible to keep down the rate to 2/6.

The report was adopted.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Spencer, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. W. Pendered for additions to workshop in Sartoris-road and no exception taken.

Mr. Arthur Willmott for additions to No. 124, High-street South, and passed subject to drainage arrangements being made to the satisfaction of the surveyor.

Mr. Edwin West for house on the Wellingborough-road and passed.

Fire Station

The Surveyor was instructed to have the windows cleaned by a local window cleaner.

The report was adopted.

Park Committee

A meeting of the Park Committee was held at the Council Buildings, Rushden, on Wednesday, the 29th day of September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Swindall, J. Spencer, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Willmott.

Closing, Etc.

The question of a temporary caretaker and the earlier closing of the Park during the war received the consideration of the Committee.

It was decided to recommend the Council to give instructions for the gates to be opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. until further order; the surveyor to make arrangements for the caretaker’s wife to open and close the gates at these hours and to provide a man from his general staff to attend to the conveniences and to be in attendance on the ground on Saturdays and Sundays at such times as he considered it desirable.

Trees

It was decided to replace a number of trees, etc. which had perished and to plant a few additional ones where required.

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 5th October, 1915, at 10 a.m. when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. Bates, John Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

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 2nd September, 1915

31

9

10

Week ending 9th September, 1915

34

16

0

Week ending 16th September, 1915

32

18

1

Week ending 23rd September, 1915

31

8

1

Week ending 30th September, 1915

29

2

5

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

802

15

8

Fittings

6

8

11

Green Tolls

2

4

6

Burial fees, etc.

6

13

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, General District Rate

802

15

8

Collector, Fittings

6

8

11

Collector, Green tolls

2

4

6

Collector, Cemetery fees

6

13

6

Collector, Cottage Rents

39

0

6

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc

1

11

6

Overseers, ½ cost Rate Receipts, &c

1

9

3

Licences


2

0

Thurston, Recreation Ground

20

0

0

Total

880

5

10

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

557

13

8

Loan Account No. 16

144

15

10

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 26

12

17

0

Loan Account No. 27

2947

12

8

Loan Account No. 28 o/d

254

12

6

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £1173/2/11 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 6th October, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (Chairman), T. Swindall, J. Claridge, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that five cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting and one renotified, viz:- Two of scarlet fever, one of diphtheria, two of pulmonary tuberculosis, and one renotification under Form “B.”

Nineteen notifications of births had been received during the month of September – 12 males and 7 females. These had been duly registered and duplicate copies sent to the County Medical Officer of Health each week. Stamped and directed postcards had been supplied to the local medical practitioners and mid-wives for the purpose of notification.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that, during the month of September, 6 statutory and 22 informal notices had been issued for the removal or abatement of nuisances, all of which were receiving attention.

Three lots of infected bedding had been destroyed during the month. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding in one case at a cost of £1/5/0.

The Inspector also reported that owing to a case of diphtheria having been notified from No. 72, Cromwell-road, the drains of this house, and also those of Nos. 74, 76, 78, and 80, were tested with the smoke machine, with the result that defects were found at Nos. 72, 74, 78, and 80, and also a defective ventilating shaft at No. 72 all causing nuisances injurious to health. Nos. 76 and 78 were without any kind of receptacle for the storage of house refuse. The owner had been communicated with on the subject, but up to present had taken no action to remedy the defects.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Inspector to serve formal notice on the owner requiring him to abate the several nuisances referred to in the report and to do all necessary works for this purpose, and, with regard to the two houses without receptacles for the storage of house refuse, it was further resolved to report to the Council that this was the case and recommend that notice be served upon the owner requiring him within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Complaints had been received from tenants living in Sartoris-road of a nuisance from leather dust blowing from a factory there. The Inspector had inspected the premises and found the plant apparently in good order, and the owner promised it should have regular attention.

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

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 9th, 10th, and 11th September, he visited 31 premises belonging to 31 cowkeepers and inspected 250 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. The Inspector stated that on the whole the cows were in good condition.

Woburn-Place

The owner attended the meeting on the invitation of the Committee and discussed with them what works he would be agreeable to undertake for putting the property in such a state of repair as the Committee considered satisfactory. The owner informed the Committee that the spoutings were being attended to, the yards had been asphalted, and that he was making arrangements with another owner for the path into the High-street to be repaired. He undertook further to see that the windows were all made watertight. In consequence of the very heavy expenditure incurred on this property during the past year or two he was unable to promise anything further at present, and the Committee agreed to recommend the Council to allow other matters to remain over for the present.

Sale of Crops

The Surveyor reported that the sale of the crops at the farm took place on the 4th inst., realising £142/12/6, a considerable increase on last year.

Cemetery

The Surveyor submitted a report from the Cemetery Caretaker as to damage done to the hedge by three boys breaking through it. The Committee understood they were all school boys aged from 12 to 14, and resolved to report the matter to the Council for the Council to take such steps as they might deem desirable.

Mr. Spencer, in presenting the report, said he was now informed that the ages of the boys damaging the cemetery were from 10 to 12.

Mr. Bates moved that the lads and their parents should be called before the Council.

The Ven. A. Kitchin: Do you suggest that the Chairman should have power to birch the lads?

Mr. Bates: No. I do not go so far as that.

Mr. Kitchin: That would be the best thing to do.

Eventually, on the motion of Mr. Knight, seconded by Mr. Spencer, it was resolved that the boys and their parents should be summoned to a meeting of the Cemetery Committee.

Mr. Bazeley said that if the parents were not to blame it would be very hard if they were summoned before Wellingborough Bench and fined.

Meat Case

The Clerk reported that he had received formal notice from the solicitors of Mr. John Williams, C.C., butcher, of Wellingborough, that they were going to appeal against the conviction of Mr. John Williams and John Tyler in the recent prosecution for diseased meat.

The Clerk was instructed to engage Mr. Bernard Campion, barrister, to represent the Council.

Rate

The seal of the Council was affixed to a district rate of 2/6 in the £.

Presentation

The Chairman, on behalf of the members, presented a handsome case of silver spoons to Mr. W. L. Beetenson (The Clerk’s assistant), on the occasion of his recent marriage. He said they wished to express their appreciation of the kindness and courtesy which every member of the Council had received from Mr. Beetenson during the time – six or seven years – that he had been with Mr. Mason. They could all testify to the excellent way in which Mr. Beetenson had carried out his duties, and they wished Mr. and Mrs. Beetenson long life and the best of health.

Mr. Beetenson suitably replied.



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