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The Rushden Echo, 11th September, 1903, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, C. Bates, W. H. Wilkins, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason) and the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin).

Plans, &c., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 26th day of August, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, Fred Knight, and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

The Co-operative Wholesale Society, Limited, for corrugated iron shed, for storage purposes only, at the rear of their factory in Portland-road and passed.

Messrs. T. Swindall and J. Clark (an amended plan) for a new street to be called Carnegie-street, leading from Wentworth-road to Duck-street and passed.

Public Lighting

The Lighting Sub-committee were requested to consider the provision of additional lamps where required and report to the next meeting.

Midland Railway

The Clerk was instructed to write to the Midland Railway Co. calling attention to the bridge over their line on the Washbrook-road and suggesting that the post and rail fences at the sides should be converted into unclimbable fences to prevent the children trespassing on the line and walking on the wall.

Footpath Obstructions

Attention was called to the obstructions on the footpaths by tradesmen setting out goods and leaving empty crates outside their business premises.

It was resolved to instruct the Inspector to give attention to the matter and report any cases of continuing obstructions to the Committee.

College Street

A letter was received from Mrs. Higgins agreeing to an apportionment of £50 on her property in respect of the making of the upper part of this street.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to now proceed with this part of the street under the Private Street Works Act.

The Surveyor was instructed to obtain tenders for the re-construction of the culvert in the lower portion of the street.

Water Works

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for steam coal for pumping stations 2 and 3.

The report was adopted.

Finance, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall, on Wednesday, the 2nd day of September, 1903, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), J. Claridge, Geo. Denton, A. Mantle, C. Bates, and Tom Swindall.

Surveyor’s Cash Account

The Surveyor’s cash account was examined with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-


£

s

d

Week ending 14th August, 1903

42

4

7

Week ending 21st August, 1903

44

6

2

Week ending 28th August, 1903

42

14

2

Treasurer’s Receipts


£

s

d

August 20th, Beaverstock, Pawnbroker’s Licence

0

1

0

August 20th, G. Wilmott, Gamedealer’s Licence

0

1

0

August 26th, J. Page, Robinson-road

10

15

7

September 2nd, Cobley, Hargrave fire

5

13

6

September 2nd. Woodcock, Robinson-road

21

11

1

Total

38

2

2

Treasurer’s Balances

The Committee examined the treasurer’s books and found that the following balances were in his hands on the under-mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

1,813

11

4

Loan Account No. 16…

570

15

4

Total

2,384

6

8


Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported as follows:-

“Only one case of infectious disease has been reported, viz., of scarlet fever, which was no doubt imported from Chesham.”

The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that the case of scarlet fever referred to was in Crabb-street. All precautions had been taken to prevent it spreading and the patient was now nearly well.

Robinson-Road

The Clerk reported that all the apportioned charges in respect of the making of this road had now been paid amounting to £889/10/7; the expenditure amounted to £837/8/2.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to fix the Clerk’s remuneration in connection with the work at £25.

Park-Place Drainage

The Surveyor informed the Committee that his attention had recently been drawn to the fact that the drainage from Park-place was connected with the storm water drain emptying into the brook.

It was resolved that he be at once instructed to build a manhole and connect the system with the town sewer.

Cemetery

The boys, Percy Thompson, Willie Thompson, and Thomas Woodcroft, reported at the last meeting for damaging shrubs and trees in the Cemetery, attended the meeting with their parents.

The Chairman reprimanded the boys and informed the parents that it was only on account of the youth of the boys that they had not been prosecuted and that if the damage be repeated some stronger action would have to be taken.

Mr. Clipson, in moving the adoption of the report, said he believed they now had a clean bill of health for the town.

The report was adopted.

The Education Act

The Chairman said it had been expected that a letter would have been received from the County Education Committee with reference to the appointment of managers for the schools, but no communication was yet to hand.



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