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Rushden Echo, 13th October, 1922, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
New Postal Facilities Asked For
Proposed Improvements
Appointment of a School Manager

  Wednesday, present: Messrs. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), L. Perkins, B.Sc. (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, F. Knight, J.P., C. W. Horrell, C.A., F. Corby, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, and G. W. Coles, J.P., with the clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Sept. 27th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmot.

Plans

were presented for:-

  Warehouse in Gravely-street (amended plan) for Messrs. A. Austin and Co., and no exception taken.

  Hut in Hove-road for Mr. Horace Wright, and no exception taken.

  House and warehouse in Wentworth-road for Mr. A. H. Jones, and passed subject to the walls of the warehouse for the first storey being 14-inch work.

  Additions to house on the Wellingborough-road for Mr. C. W. Horrell, and passed.

  Latrines to the Institute near the Memorial Gardens for the Young Men’s Institute, and passed.

  Additions to Surgery at No. 2, Griffith-street, for Dr. Greenfield, and passed.

  Covered way at the rear of his house off the Irchester-road for Mr. S. Robinson, and no exception taken.

  Warehouse in Portland-road for Mr. Fred Hawkes, and passed subject to the stanchions being set back in a line with the front main wall of the adjoining house and Mr. Willmott’s written consent being obtained as to the boundary wall.

  Conversion of a stable off the Wymington-road into a bungalow for Mr. W. Dilley, and passed subject to concrete 6 inches thick being laid under the floor.

  Applications were received for permission to erect sheds at the rear of their premises as follow:

  J. Fletton, 42, Washbrook-road;

  A. Slough, 32, Essex-road;

and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception thereto.

  It was also resolved to take no exception to the erection of sheds by Miss Wooding in Victoria-road and Mr. S. Saint in his stonemason’s yard, Newton-road.

Infringement of Bye-Laws

  The Surveyor reported that Mr. Smith had not complied with the requirements of the Council in respect of the building erected by him at the rear of No. 133, Cromwell-road.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to give instructions to the Surveyor to take the necessary steps to forthwith remove the building if their suggestions be not carried out within 28 days.

Building Bye-Laws

  The circular of the Ministry of Health with respect to the adoption of new building bye-laws referred to this committee by the Council at their last meeting was considered.

  A sub-committee consisting of the Chairman and Mr. John Spencer was appointed to confer with the Surveyor on the model bye-laws supplied by the Ministry of Health and report to the next meeting.

Washbrook-Road and Higham-Road Corner

  The Surveyor reported that he had met the County Surveyor on the site of the proposed improvement at the junction of these roads on Friday last, and now submitted the scheme which had been approved by Mr. Morris as work for the unemployed.

  The Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of the improvement suggested, and submit same to the County Council with a view to their approving it and applying to the Ministry of Transport for a contribution towards the cost.

  With regard to the open space, the committee agreed that the further consideration of the fencing of the triangle be postponed until the corner improvement be completed.

Road Act, 1920

  The sub-committee appointed at the last meeting reported that they had considered the letter from the County Council, and recommended that the following roads be included in the application to the Ministry of Transport for an order prohibiting the use thereof by heavy mechanically propelled vehicles:

Duck-street – from Wellingborough-road to College-street and from Carnegie-street to High-street;

Little-street;

Manning’s-lane.

  The committee agreed, and resolved to recommend the Council accordingly, and, in forwarding the list to the County Council, the Clerk was instructed to suggest that the restriction should be of vehicles of a total weight when loaded of 8 tons.

Team Labour

  Tenders were received for team labour, scavenging, and the collection of tins, etc., and the Surveyor was instructed to accept the lowest for each particular work.

Fire Station

  The Fire Brigade Sub-Committee reported that, as instructed, they had obtained tenders for painting the fire station and caretaker’s cottage, and had accepted that of Mr. Caswell, the lowest.

  The committee approved.

  They also reported that the boiler in connection with the heating apparatus had been examined by Mr. J. E. Smith, who had reported that certain repairs were necessary, which it was estimated would cost about £7.  The plates of the boiler, however, were very much worn, and, in his opinion, would not last much longer.  A new one would cost about £31  16s.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct Mr. Smith to obtain and fix a new boiler at this price.

  The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 1922, at 10 a.m., when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.

Memorandum of General District Rate

  The Rates Clerk submitted the following memorandum of general district rate made April 12th, 1922:-

 

£

s

d

 

£

s

d

Amount of rate

8,373

9

6

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears of former rate

14

7

0

 

 

 

Supplemental list

36

4

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,424

0

7

Amount collected

8,311

4

8

 

 

 

Recoverable arrears

30

1

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,341

6

0

Irrecoverable arrears

 

 

 

82

14

7

  The Rates Clerk also submitted a list of the irrecoverable amounts, and it was resolved to recommend the Council that they be written off as such.

General District Rate

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to levy a rate for the current half-year at 4s. in the £ on further account of the estimates submitted to and approved by the Council on March 22nd last, such rate to be payable on Oct. 25th, 1922.

  The report was adopted.

Health & Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Claridge, G. W. Coles, F. Corby, J. Hornsby, and Fred Knight.

Health and Sanitary Reports

  The report of the Medical Officer of Health for the month of September was received.

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting eleven preliminary notices had been served calling attention to nuisances, etc., and the number now outstanding was eight.

  Thirty-four visits had been made to premises where food was prepared or sold, and during these inspections a quantity of ox offal and pork offal, together with the head of an ox and half the head of a pig, had been found to be unfit for human consumption, and destroyed in the usual way; the total weight was 2qrs. 27lb.  A quantity of canned food had also been destroyed, having been found to be unfit for human consumption.

  Galvanised-iron sanitary ashbins had been provided in various parts of the town by the owners on service of notice.

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

Milk and Dairies Act, 1922

  An application was received from Mr. Baden Groome, of No. 24, Washbrook-road, to be registered as a retail purveyor of milk.  A sub-committee consisting of the Chairman and Mr. Hornsby was appointed to visit and inspect the premises wherein it was proposed to store the milk, and report to the next meeting.

Factory Acts

  The Sanitary Inspector reported the receipt of 45 lists, containing the names of 100 outworkers, eleven of which had to be transferred to other districts.

Sewage Farm

  The Surveyor reported that arrangements had been made for the sale of the crops at the sewage farm by auction on Monday next, at 2.30 p.m.

Sanitary Inspectors’ Conference

  Mr. Piper reported that, as instructed, he attended the conference of Sanitary Inspectors at Buxton during the week commencing Sept. 5th last, and submitted a report of the proceedings.

  The report was adopted.

Housing Committee

  A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Oct. 5th, 1922, when there were present;  Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.

Additional Houses

  Nine tenders were opened for the erection of the eight additional houses, Class “C” (N.A.).  The lowest tender was that of Messrs. W. Packwood and Son, £2,765, and it was resolved that the Clerk be instructed to forward the plans and specifications to the Ministry of Health, with a request that the Council be authorised to accept this tender.

  The report was adopted.

Free Library Committee

  A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, Oct. 6th, 1922, when there were present: Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), C. Claridge, C. J. Giles, W. W. Rial, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, Miss C. Clark, and the Rev. C. J. Keeler.

The Late Mr. J. T. Colson

  Before proceeding with the ordinary business of the committee, the chairman referred to the death since the last meeting of Mr. J. T. Colson, who had been a member of the committee since its inception and secretary during the past 13 years.  He moved that the sympathy of the committee be extended to Mr. Colson’s family in their bereavement, and that a record of his services be placed upon the minutes.

  The motion was carried sub-silentio.

Minutes

  The minutes of the previous meeting of the committee held on Dec. 2nd, 1921, were read and confirmed.

Appointment of Secretary

  It was unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to appoint Mr. W. L. Beetenson secretary to the committee, at a salary of £5 per annum, in the place of Mr. Colson.

Book Selection Committee

  It was resolved that no Management Committee be appointed this year, but that a Book Selection Committee of six be appointed instead, as follows; The Chairman, Messrs. W. W. Rial and S. Saddler, Miss Clark, and the Revs. C. J. Keeler and T. Robson.

Books Issued

  The Secretary reported that the number of books issued for the twelve months ended Aug. 31st last was 33,257, made up as follows:-

Fiction

29,065

Non-fiction

325

Juveniles

3,867

New Books

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the committee to expend a sum of £20 in the purchase of new books.

Papers and Periodicals

  It was agreed to continue the present arrangements with Mr. Charles Robinson for the supply of papers and periodicals for the year 1923.

  It was also resolved that the annual sale of the papers, etc., be held in December as usual.

  The report was adopted.

Parks Committee

  A meeting of the Parks Committee was held in Spencer Park on Friday, Oct. 6th, when there were present: Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Claridge, G. W. Coles, and F. Corby.

  The committee viewed the bowling greens and tennis courts, which appeared to give every promise of being in good condition next year.

  It was agreed to slope and turf the banks round the greens and to open up ditches on the remaining sides and to have wooden slats fitted therein.

  The Surveyor was instructed to order a quantity of artificial manure and dress the greens and courts.

  The report was adopted.

Rate

  The Clerk reported that they had to raise £17,600 for the ensuing half-year for the general district purposes, and that a rate of 4s. would be necessary to cover that amount; this is the same as last half-year.

  It was agreed that a rate of 4s. be made.

Appointments

  Mr. C. Claridge was appointed a School Manager in the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. J. T. Colson, Mr. F. Knight proposing and Mr. Wilmott seconding.

  Mr. Bates moving and Mr. Coles seconding, it was agreed to ask Mr. B. Jones to act as a member of the Free Library Committee in a similar vacancy.

Postal

  Mr. Wilmott moved that the Clerk be instructed to write to the Postmaster-General asking that a sub-post office be reopened in Newton-road for the convenience of the people living in the new houses, half a mile from the General Post Office.

  Mr. Perkins seconded, and said that for parcels and pensions it would be a great convenience.

  At the suggestion of Mr. Howell, it was agreed also to request at the same time that the collections of letters from the pillar and wall boxes be a quarter of an hour to half an hour later.

Finance Committee
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 Sept. 7, 1922

128

10

3

Week ending Sept. 14, 1922

124

16

8

Week ending Sept. 21, 1922

118

3

1

Week ending Sept. 28, 1922

116

7

2

Collector’s Accounts

  The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums during the past month:-


£

s

d

General district rate

1,488

14

7

Fittings

9

17

6

Market tolls

10

15

6

King’s-road cottage rents

58

4

3

Assisted housing scheme rents

200

2

7

Bowling fees, etc

6

9

7

Burial fees, etc

13

17

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

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

 

£

s

d

Collector – rate

1,488

14

7

Collector – fittings

9

17

6

Collector – market tolls

10

15

6

Collector – cottage rents

258

6

10

Collector – bowling green fees

6

9

7

Cemetery Registrar – burial fees, etc

13

17

0

Chas. Thurston – Spencer Park

20

0

0

G.P.O. – re telegraph poles

 

2

0

County Council – classified roads

350

0

0

Chamberlain – petrol licence

 

2

0

Jaques and Son – fire certificate

 

2

0

Library – fees, etc…

4

14

4

Total

2,163

1

4

And that the following balances were in his hands:-


£

s

d

General account

2,563

6

0

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 33

4,293

4

2

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts amounting to £1,855 16s. 3d. were examined and passed for payment.

War Pensions Act, 1915-1919

  The Clerk submitted a letter from the War Pensions District Committee enclosing draft of a tenancy agreement for the use of a room at the Library on Wednesday in each week, at a rent of £20 per annum.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to approve the draft, the tenancy to commence as from Sept. 29th last.

  The report was adopted.



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