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The Rushden Echo, 15th September 1905, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Objection to Cottage Plans

A Case of Street Betting

Mr. Clipson presided on Wednesday night, and there were present Messrs. Swindall, Knight, Denton, Mantle, Bazeley, Claridge, Wilkins, Hornsby, Bates, Ballard, Mason (clerk), and Madin (surveyor).

Finance &c, Committee

A meeting of the finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 2nd Aug., 1905, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, F. Ballard, J. Claridge, and C. Bates.

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 6th July, 1905

45

2

9

Week ending 13th July, 1905

48

11

5

Week ending 20th July, 1905

48

18

5

Week ending 27th July, 1905

45

4

6

Collector’s Account

The Committee examined the Collector’s account from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General District Rate

88

19

5

Water Rate

88

19

8

      Total

177

19

1

Cemetery Registrar’s Account

By the Cemetery Registrar’s account now produced it appeared that he had collected the following sum on the under mentioned account:-


£

s

d

Burial fees

12

7

0

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s accounts from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

July 25, County Council, Main roads

258

0

0

July 27, Newton Chambers and Co., Refund

2

0

July 28, W. F. Bayes, Harboro’-road Sewer

2

0

0

July 29, Collector, Water rate

44

16

2

Aug. 2, Collector, Cemetery fees

12

7

0

           Collector, Water rate

44

3

6

           Collector, District rate

88

19

5

           W. G. Willmott, Wellingboro'-road Sewer

27

0

0

                       Total

477

8

1

And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

General Account

637

19

2

Loan Account No. 16

567

7

6

           Total

1,205

6

8

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Cemetery Field

An application was received from Messrs. Cox and Brown for permission to put a wire stay to the telephone pole in this field carrying the wire from Mr. Selwood’s private house to his business premises.

It was agreed that the application be acceded to subject to the work being carried out to the Surveyor’s satisfaction.

The report was adopted.

Plans &c, Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 30th Aug. 1905, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), T. Swindall, A. Mantle, G. Denton, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, and W. H. Wilkins.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. C. E. Bayes for four cottages on the Bedford-road and passed.

The County Education Committee (amended plan) for new School Buildings on the Hayway and passed.

Main Roads

The annual report of the County Surveyor was received. The following is an extract from the report so far as the Roads in the Urban District of Rushden are concerned:-

“The main roads in the district are exceptionally well maintained and their condition in all varieties of weather show they are capably managed. The cost is undoubtedly high, but a considerable length carries very heavy traffic and the Council are in my opinion getting excellent value for the expenditure.”

Kettering and Higham Ferrers Roads – 3m. 5¼f. – In excellent surface and condition. The footpath on Higham Hill requires improvement. The widening recently carried out at the South end of the town has effected a much-needed improvement.”

Wellingborough and Kimbolton Road – 1m. 4½f. – This is one of the best roads in the county.

The Committee congratulated the Surveyor on a very satisfactory nature of the report.

Fire Brigade

The draft rules prepared by the Fire Brigade Sub-committee in conjunction with the Fire Brigade were considered, and subject to various small modifications, were approved. It was resolved to recommend the Council to confirm the same at their next meeting.

The Committee also resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Fire Brigade to expend the sum of £10 in the provision of requisites.

Newton-Road

The Surveyor was instructed to make up the road in front of the Free Library and construct a footpath with a stone kerb and an indurated pavement.

Damage To Trees

The Clerk submitted a report from the Police with regard to serious damage to a tree on the Green by Alfred Richardson, of Higham Ferrers.

It was resolved that the Council be recommended to prosecute.

Water Works

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for the supply of steam coal for pumping stations Nos. 2 and 3 at Wymington and the Committee agreed to meet again immediately before the next Council meeting to receive the tenders.

Depot Buildings and Fire Station

The Surveyor was instructed to advertise for tenders for the outside painting of these buildings, which it was also decided to receive at a special meeting before the next Council meeting.

Mr. Bazeley objected to the plans being passed for Mr. Bayes’s four cottages in Bedford-road. He said he objected in committee, and he should object at the Council meeting. Since the committee meeting he had inspected the site, and his objection was even stronger than before. He thought the plans were a clear infringement of Bye-law 54, and he considered the committee should not have passed the plans. He understood these cottages were actually started upon before the plans came before the committee, the foundations being made. That ought not to be. Where there was any doubt whatever respecting the bye-laws, the builders ought to be clearly told that they should not start upon the buildings before the plans have been passed. The plans of Mr. Bayes’s house would not be in order unless the brook was bridged over and a piece of land at the rear was bought in order to give the necessary air space.

The Chairman said that all the points raised by Mr. Bazeley now had been brought up at the committee meeting, and the committee came to the conclusion that the plans were in accordance with the bye-laws.

The Surveyor said it was true, as Mr. Bazeley had stated, that some of the builders began to build before the plans were passed, as the Council only met monthly. He always told them that if they started like that, they must take the risk.

Mr. Bazeley said that if the plans in such cases were satisfactory to the surveyor and were in accordance with the bye-laws, he did not say the builders should not go on with the work, but in a case of this sort, where the bye-laws were infringed, the building should not have been commenced until the plans had the sanction of the Plans Committee. If not, there might as well be no Plans Committee and the builders be allowed to have their own way.

Mr. Claridge said that if the buildings were in contravention of the bye-laws the committee would not be influenced by the fact that the erection had been commenced.

Mr. Bazeley: I think it would.

The Chairman said that in the case of Mr. Bayes’s cottages, laterally there was not sufficient air space but superficially there was more than the amount required.

Mr. Bates did not consider it the proper place to build cottages – on the top of that stinking brook.

Mr. Bazeley: There are four cottages now where there only used to be three.

Mr. Ballard: Is there any contravention of the bye-laws except the air-space?

The Surveyor: No.

Mr. Wilkins said that if the Council refused to pass the plans and Mr. Bayes proceeded with the building it would be impossible to obtain a conviction against him, the buildings being virtually in compliance with the bye-laws.

Mr. Bazeley thought the Council should insist on the air-space being sufficient or else they were encouraging the erection of slum property. The working men had to pay far more in rent proportionately than other classes. If Mr. Bayes had wanted to erect four cottages on this land he should have purchased a strip of land at the back in order to comply with the bye-laws.

Mr. Denton said the Local Government Board were not insisting upon the air-space being necessary laterally as long as there was sufficient superficially.

The Chairman: Where there has been sufficient air-space superficially, has the Council ever insisted upon there being sufficient laterally?

Several Councillors: No.

Mr. Denton said that Mr. Bayes had given more air-space than the bye-laws asked for, except that it was not quite in the lateral position demanded. If the Council refused to sanction the plans, he was sure they could not get a conviction. To reject the plans would be like running their heads against a stone wall.

The plans were passed, Mr. Bates and Mr. Bazeley voting against.

With regard to the County Surveyor’s report on the main roads, the Chairman said: Any one who uses the roads as much as I do know they are in excellent condition. There is no doubt we have the best roads in the county for general traffic.

Regarding the fire brigade requisites, the Chairman said they included respirators by which firemen could breathe in the smoke, and these would be very useful.

Respecting the damage done to a tree, the Surveyor said that £5 would not cover the damage as far as the beauty of the tree was concerned.

Mr. Bazeley said he hoped the case against Richardson would not be pressed when it came before the Bench.

The whole of the report was adopted.

The Clerk said there had been another meeting of the committee that night, at which Messrs. Ellis and Everard’s tender for coal for the waterworks was accepted, and Mr. C. Chamberlain’s tender was accepted for the painting at the depot and fire station.

The Council concurred.

Finance &c. Committee

A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, 6th September, 1905, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. S. Clipson, j. Claridge, C. Bates, and J. Hornsby.

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 3rd August, 1905

41

13

1

Week ending 10th August, 1905

35

15

0

Week ending 17th August, 1905

41

15

0

Week ending 24th August, 1905

41

8

10

Week ending 31st August, 1905

41

1

2

Collectors Accounts

By the Collector’s account now produced it appeared that he had collected the following sums on the under mentioned accounts during the past five weeks:-


£

s

d

General District rate

282

9

5

Water rate

49

1

0

Fittings

2

3

Cemetery

3

0

0

Other Roads

5

17

4

Scavenging

2

12

0

Hospital

2

4

0

Farm

17

17

0

       Total

263

3

0

Cemetery Registrar’s Account

The Committee examined the Cemetery Registrar’s account from which it appeared that he had received the following sums on the under mentioned accounts:-


£

s

d

Sale of grass

1

12

10

Burial fees

1

15

0

      Total

3

7

10

Treasurer’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Treasurer’s accounts from which it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him by the under mentioned persons on the following accounts:-


£

s

d

Aug. 12. Collector, Cemetery fees

3

7

10

         14. County Council, Main roads, 1904-5

237

5

0

         15. Collector, Water rate

25

3

10

         19. Collector, Water rate

18

3

11

         30. Collector, District rate

96

7

4

Sept. 1. Collector, District rate

58

16

8

         2. Collector, District rate

58

2

4

         6. Collector, Water rate

5

13

3

             Collector, District rate

74

3

1

             Collector, Fittings

31

12

7

      Total

603

15

10

And that the following balances were in hand on the under mentioned accounts:-

£

s

d

General Account

150

5

10

Loan Account No. 16

567

7

6

     Total

717

13

4

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

Cerebro-Spinal Fever

A circular letter from the Local Government Board with regard to this disease with an accompanying memorandum prepared by the Medical Officer to that Board dealing generally with the characteristic symptoms of the disease was read. With regard to the intimation that in the invent of this authority wishing to make compulsory the notification of this fever in their district, the Board would be prepared to consider such application, it was not thought desirable to recommend the Council to make such a application at present.

Disinfection of Infected Clothing

A circular letter from the County Council with regard to the provision for disinfection of infected clothing, together with a memorandum prepared by the Medical Officer to the County Council was received.

Sanitary Inspector

It was resolved to recommend the Council at their next meeting to re-appoint Mr. J. B. Martin Sanitary Inspector on the same terms as last year.

Harborough Road

It was resolved that the Clerk be paid the sum of £10 as remuneration for the additional work involved in connection with the putting into operation of the Private Street Works Act and the collection of the apportioned charges.

Water Rate

The Collector submitted a Water rate for the quarter ending 29th September next amounting to £521/13/1.

It was resolved that the Council be recommended to seal the rate at their next meeting. In answer to Mr. Bazeley, Mr. Swindall said the committee thought it would be cheaper to burn the clothing than to provide a costly disinfector for the few cases they had.

Mr. Swindall proposed the re-election of Mr. Martin as Sanitary Inspector. He said that Mr. Martin was very efficient, and they could not possibly have a better man.

Mr. Claridge seconded and said that Mr. Martin was very conscientious in his work.

The Chairman supported, and said that during the past year there had been a great deal to do, and Mr. Martin had done it well.

The motion was carried, and the whole of the report was adopted.

Betting

Mr. Ballard asked if it was a fact that one of the employees of the Council had been convicted by the Bench of betting in the street, and if so, whether the Plans Committee had remonstrated with the individual. Book-makers had been convicted and it took betting-men as well as book-makers to make a bet.

The Chairman said it was a fact that one of the employees had been convicted of making a bet in the street. He did not think the Committee had done anything in the matter, but personally he had remonstrated with the man, who had expressed his sorrow and stated it was the first bet he had made for six years.

In reply to Mr. Bazeley the Surveyor said the man in question was off duty that day – Bank-holiday.

Mr. Ballard: As long as he has been remonstrated with, I am satisfied.

The subject then dropped.

The Health of Rushden

Urban Council Officials’ Reports

At a meeting of the Rushden Urban Council on Wednesday night, the following report was received of a meeting of the Sanitary, &c. Committee on August 2nd :-

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that 19 cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, all of scarlet fever.

The Sanitary Inspector stated that all the scarlet fever cases were of a mild nature, the ages of the patients running from four to 16 years. Four of the cases had occurred in factories which the Inspector had visited and found quite satisfactory; all the cases had been supplied with the usual disinfectants. Seven rooms and the North End Schools had been fumigated during the month.

The Inspector had submitted a sample of water taken from No. 26, Montague-street, to the Medical Officer for his examination, which, he stated, although hard was fit for use.

A complaint was received from the residents on the Hayway with regard to the nuisance arising from the pigs kept at the back of Mr. Groome’s cottages. The Inspector stated that he had the matter in hand.

The Inspector was instructed to fumigate the schools as far as possible early in the coming holidays.

At a meeting of the same committee on Sept. 6th.

The Medical Officer reported that nine cases of scarlet fever had been notified since the last meeting. He also reported that a girl from Washbrook-road had been reported from Towcester as suffering from typhoid fever; on enquiry he found the girl went to Yarmouth and afterwards to Towcester where she was taken ill. The Medical Officer expressed a confident opinion that the disease was not contracted in Rushden and stated that no case had occurred since July, 1904. Both the patient’s home and factory where she was employed were in good condition. He had made enquires as to whether the girl had partaken of shellfish while at Yarmouth but had received no reply. The Medical Officer further reported that he had examined a sample of water taken by the Inspector and found it good.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted particulars of the cases of infectious disease referred to by the Medical Officer.

He had received complaint’s as to the state of the brook at the bottom of Wymington-road and had had the same thoroughly cleaned out. The nuisance reported at the last meeting caused by Mr. Groome’s piggery near the Hayway, had been abated.

The Officer stated that since the last meeting he had fumigated eight houses, also the National Schools, Alfred-street schools, Moor-road schools, and the Newton-road mixed schools.

The reports were adopted by the Council.



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