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Rushden Echo, 11th October, 1918, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Disabled Soldiers And Sailors
Women Workers And The War
Congratulations To The Surveyor
Infant Welfare

  Wednesday, present Councillors T. Wilmott, J.P. (in the chair), F. Knight, J.P. (vice-chairman), J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., W. Bazeley, J.P., J. Spencer, J.P., J. Tomlin, and F. Green, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the temporary Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. E. Lloyd).

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, September 25th, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, J. S. Clipson, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and J. Tomlin.


were presented for:-

  An engine house at the rear of No. 30, Church-street for Mr. F. J. Cooper, and rejected as not complying with the Bye-Laws.

  A dwelling house near the Rushden Chrome Tannery Works, off the Kimbolton-road, for the Rushden Chrome Tannery Co., Ltd., and passed.

  A leather store near the above works for the Rushden Chrome Tannery Co., Ltd. and passed.

Infringement Of Bye-Laws

  The Surveyor reported the erection of a wooden building by Mr. W. L. Duncan near his factory in Sartoris-road, immediately at the rear of a cottage situate in that road, without first submitting a plan, and not in compliance with the Bye-Laws.

  It was resolved that Mr. Duncan be required to remove the building forthwith.

Public Lighting

  The Surveyor was instructed to submit a list of the lamps lighted last year to the Police for approval for this year’s lighting, and subject thereto, to commence street lighting at once.

  It was resolved that the lamp columns be painted with a white band about 4 ft. 6 ins. to 5 ft. high.

  The report was adopted, the Surveyor, in answer to Mr. Claridge, stating that the building erected by Mr. Duncan was a large one and was entirely of wood.  It was pointed out that, even if a plan had first been submitted, the Council would not have approved of a wooden building this size.

Finance And Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, October 1st, 1918, at 10 a.m. when there were present: Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), F. Knight, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

  The Rates Clerk was instructed to prepare and submit to the Council at the next meeting for sealing a General District Rate at 2s. 6d. in the £ on further account of the Estimates for the year approved by the Council at their meeting on April 10th, 1918.

  The report was adopted.

Health And Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, October 2nd, 1918, when there were present: Messrs. Fred Knight (chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Claridge, and Fred Green.

Health And Sanitary Reports

  The Report of the Medical Officer of health for the month of September, 1918, was received.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the past month 19 preliminary notices had been served calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.

  Two lots of infected bedding had been destroyed on the advice of the Medical Practitioner in attendance and the rooms cleansed.  It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace part of the bedding destroyed at a cost not exceeding £1 7s. 6d. in each case.

  A quantity of bacon voluntarily surrendered had been examined and found to be unfit for human consumption and destroyed in the usual way.

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

Factory Acts

  The Inspector also reported that during the past month eleven additional lists had been received relating to 37 outworkers receiving work inside the district and nine outworkers receiving work outside the district.

Factory Sanitary Conveniences

  With reference to the notice served to Mr. Hodson requiring him to provide suitable sanitary conveniences to his factory in Harborough-road, a letter was received from Messrs. J. T. Parker and Son asking if the Council could see their way to call upon the Lessor of the premises to do the necessary work.

  The Clerk was instructed to reply that the Council were unable to depart from their usual procedure of requiring the occupier of the factory to provide suitable conveniences and to express a hope that Mr. Hodson would at once do what was necessary without forcing the Council to take proceedings.

  In the event of Mr. Hodson failing to comply with the notice it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Clerk to take proceedings before the Magistrates.

Maternity And Child Welfare

  A circular letter from the Local Government Board bringing to the notice of the Council the provisions of the Maternity and Child Welfare Act, 1918, was submitted.  From the terms of the circular it appeared that the Board were of opinion that it was desirable to formulate comprehensive schemes for Counties and County Boroughs, and smaller Urban areas would be included in the County Organisation.  It was understood that the Public Health Committee of the County Council were taking steps in the matter.

  The report was adopted.

Public Health

  With regard to the paragraph in the Health and Sanitary Committee’s report, dealing with maternity and child welfare, Mr. Bazeley asked the nature of the scheme.

  The Clerk said it was for the County Council to formulate a scheme and then bring it before the Urban Districts.

  Mr. Claridge said that a sub-committee of the County Public Health Committee had prepared a scheme, which had not yet come before the County Council.

  Mr. Spencer with regard to the urban areas, said he hoped Rushden would not be left out.  Generally Wellingborough and Kettering were looked after, and Rushden was ignored.

  Mr. Bazeley hoped the County Councillors would do all they could in the matter of infant welfare, because the subject was of vast importance.  As the Prime Minister said, they could not run an A1 Empire on a C3 population.

  Mr. Claridge said the County Public Health Committee were very anxious to do all they possibly could to promote the health of the county, and he thought great good had been done by the efforts of the nurses and the Medical Officers.  Northamptonshire stood wonderfully well compared with other counties in the matter of health.  As to the point raised by Mr. Spencer, Rushden was rather awkwardly situated geographically, not being the centre of a big district.

Disabled Soldiers

  The Chairman said he had received a letter from Mr. John Hodge regarding the scheme for raising three million pounds for disabled sailors and soldiers to supplement the war pensions.

  Mr. Spencer, while in full sympathy with the disabled men, thought that the State should provide and that it should not be left to voluntary effort.

  Mr. Claridge thought they should do all they could to help this fund.  With regard to the State helping in every particular case, it would be difficult to draw a line, and they should give a little elasticity to a local committee who knew the circumstances of the case.

  Mr. Green said the manufacturers were raising a fund among themselves, but were not appealing to outsiders.

  Mr. Knight said he was on the War Pensions Committee, as was Mr. Spencer, and he could not understand Mr. Spencer, opposing the fund.

  Mr. Spencer: I am not opposing it.

  Mr. Knight: The authorities make almost a hard and fast rule for certain disablements, but the benevolent public think there should be a fund to augment the State pension.  The Government are acting more generously than any Government had acted before following a war, and are trying to prevent the heroes from dying in the workhouse.  The  manufacturers of Rushden are moving in the matter, and perhaps the Trade Union would assist out of its big surplus.

  Mr. Bazeley: The operatives will take the view of Mr. Spencer, that it should be done by the State.  We know the hard and fast rules adopted by the Government, but want them to get out of the ruts and made them deal with each case on its merits.

  Mr. Spencer: Under a voluntary scheme certain individuals subscribe and others are left out; under a State scheme all would subscribe.

  Mr. Claridge moved that a subscription list be opened, and this was carried.

Women Workers

  With regard to the appeal of the Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps, Mr. Knight said that locally the women were doing work of national importance and were largely running the boot factories, and the authorities agreed that it would not be wise to ask for volunteers for the Q.M.A.A.C.


  The Chairman, on behalf of the Council, offered congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Madin, the surveyor, on completing 21 years’ service under the Council.  He (Mr. Wilmott) had been a member of the Council only one-fourth of that time, but he had known Mr. Madin during the whole of the 21 years, and the impartial way in which Mr. Madin had done his duty had won universal esteem.  They wished him good health and many years of further service.

  Mr. Knight, Mr. Claridge, Mr. Spencer and Mr. Swindall were members of the Council when Mr. Madin was appointed.  These gentlemen associated themselves with the congratulations, and Mr. Madin acknowledged the compliment paid to him, saying he had tried to do his duty in the past and should continue to do so.

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