|Rushden Echo, 12th October, 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
CASES OF OVERCROWDING
Defective Property to be Improved
New Rate Levied
The Housing of the Working Classes
COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE
A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings, Rushden, on Wednesday, September 26th, 1917, when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and F. Knight.
HEALTH AND SANITARY REPORTS
The Report of the Medical Officer for the month of August was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 28 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., all of which were receiving attention.
Eaves Gutters and Spoutings. A further letter had been sent to Mr. W. W. Smith requiring the provision of eaves gutters and spoutings to his premises abutting on the footway between Griffith-street and Co-operative-row, to which no reply had been received. It was resolved to recommend the Council to require Mr. Smith to carry out the work forthwith.
It was also recommended to serve Mr. W. Wilkerson with a similar notice with regard to the eaves gutters and spoutings on No. 9, Church-street.
Factory Conveniences. The Inspector stated that he had received a postcard from Messrs. Eden & Co., stating that the owners of the property were going to carry out the necessary alterations. It was pointed out that the occupiers of the factory were the responsible persons, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to serve them with notice to carry out the necessary work unless it were taken in hand by the owners within the next 14 days.
Overcrowding. The Inspector reported several cases of overcrowding, and was given instructions thereon.
Defective Drainage. The Inspector reported that nothing had been done with regard to remedying the defective drainage of the houses in Queen-street belonging to Mrs. Skinner, but he had been informed that the order for the work had been given. The Clerk was instructed to inform the owner that if the work be not commenced within 14 days the Council will take proceedings.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work for the past month.
DAIRIES, COWSHEDS & MILKSHOPS ORDER
The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 13th, 14th, and 15th September he visited 32 premises and inspected 224 cows and heifers, making special examination of their udders and throats. With the exception of one cow at Wymington everything was satisfactory. The Inspector was requested to keep the cow in question under observation. The Clerk informed the Committee that Mr. Bainbridge had reported to him that he experienced considerable difficulty with regard to the examination of Mr. Abbott’s cows, and the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Abbott requesting him in future to give Mr. Bainbridge every assistance.
An application was received from Messrs. H. E. Wilmott & Co. for permission to close in an open shed joining their factory in Portland-road for storage purposes only. This was allowed.
With regard to the workshop in Moor-road now used as a factory, the Sub-Committee reported that subject to the occupiers agreeing to line the building with Uralite, they recommended that the matter be allowed to remain in abeyance until the close of the war. The Committee agreed.
Steam Roller and Steam Fire Engine. - The surveyor reported the receipt of the annual report of the Boiler Insurance Company’s Inspector with regard to these boilers, both of which were found in order.
In answer to Mr. Claridge, the Sanitary Inspector said that nothing had been done, in any of the cases complained of in the report, to remedy the defects. The report was adopted.
FINANCE & ESTATES COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, October 2nd, 1917, at 10 p.m., when there were present Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, J. Claridge, and F. Knight.
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s Cash Account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The Committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
TRADESMEN’S AND OTHER ACCOUNTS
A number of accounts amounting to £1,069 19s. 7d. were examined and passed for payment.
MEMORANDUM OF RATE
The Rates Clerk submitted the following memorandum of General District Rate made on the 11th day of April, 1917:-
The Rates Clerk also submitted a list of the Irrecoverable amounts, and it was resolved to recommend to the Council that the same be written off.
The report was adopted.
The seal of the Council was affixed to a rate of 2s. 6d. in the £.
HOUSING OF THE WORKING CLASSES
A circular letter was received from the Rawtenstall Town Council, expressing the opinion that in the provision of houses for the working classes the Local Government Board should lend the money free of interest, and that the repayment of the principal should be extended over a period of about 200 years.
The Chairman said that if the suggestion had been that the Government should find sites free it might have been a good help. Everybody in the town wished success to the housing scheme, but these proposals from Rawtenstall were too much to ask.
Mr. Bazeley said the proposal was not so tall is it seemed at first sight. It was stated that 1,500,000 new houses were needed, and in that case the Government would have to go a long way to meet the Local Authorities to induce them to go in for proper housing schemes. A resolution such as that suggested by the Rawtenstall Town Council might not move the Government to go all the length of the proposal, but probably, with the agitation from the Local Bodies going to the Local Government Board, they might be prepared to be more generous than they otherwise would be. Writing to the Southend Town Council, the Local Government Board said they were prepared to give substantial financial assistance to every Local Body which prepared housing schemes. The Rawtenstall Town Council recognised the seriousness of the housing question, and they wanted to move the Local Government Board. He (Mr. Bazeley) did not say it would be practicable to go all the way of the Rawtenstall resolution, but it would show the Local Government Board that the Local Authorities were alive to the seriousness of the deficiency in housing, and that they wanted the Board to be liberal towards these schemes.
Mr. Wilmott: Have they sent their photographs with the letter? I should like to see the members of that Council. (Laughter).
The Chairman: No doubt they are a good-looking body of men.
Mr. Claridge said the proposition was not worth studying. It was so unreasonable.
No resolution was moved on the question.
A letter was received asking the Council to appoint representatives to a conference at the Mansion House to discuss the possibilities of preventing infantile mortality.
Mr. Bazeley: The housing accommodation is at the bottom of a good deal of this infant mortality.
It was decided to ask the Chairman and the Medical Officer (Dr. Baker) to attend the conference, or, failing Dr. Baker, the vice-Chairman.