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Rushden Echo, 13th September, 1907, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Satisfactory Health Report
Curious Voting For School Managers
Small Holdings

  A meeting of this Council was held at the Council Chambers on Wednesday night, when there were present Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), W. Bazeley (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, J. Paragreen, C. Bates, and A. J. Dobbs, with the Clerk, (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Assistant Surveyor (Mr. E. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).

Plans, &c Committee

  A meeting of the Plans, Highways and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 28th August, 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, C. E. Bayes, and G. Miller.

Plans

were presented by:-

  Mr. C. Mackness for house in Montague-street and passed.

  Messrs. Cave Bros. for framing shed (corrugated iron building) in the field on the Higham Road in the occupation of Mr. Robert Marriott and passed.

  Mr. S. G. Whitehouse for corrugated iron buildings (to be used as coal sheds) at the rear of his houses in Gordon-road and rejected as not complying with the Bye-laws relating to partially exempted buildings.

  Messrs. Selwood and Co. for box shed at the rear of their factory in Harborough-road and passed.

Brook Wall, Duck Street

  The Surveyor reported that the wall of the brook in Duck-street near Mr. Bird’s property was in a dangerous condition, and recommended the raising of same by about two feet.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to carry out the work at an estimated cost of £1.

Council Buildings

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to provide covers for the furniture in the Council Buildings at an estimated cost of £3/5/0.

Field Footpaths

  A communication was received from Mr. K. Flintham, of Higham Ferrers, with regard to the stile in the fence on the Higham Ferrers boundary on the footpath leading from Kimbolton-road, Rushden, to the Wharf-lane, Higham Ferrers.  The Surveyor pointed out that the site of the stile in question was within the borough boundary, and the Clerk further advised the Committee that in any event the Council were not liable.

  The Surveyor was instructed to reply to this effect.

  The report was adopted.

Estates, Cemetery and Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 4th September, 1907, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Ballard (in the chair), C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. Paragreen, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.

Health and Sanitary Reports

  The Medical Officer reported that no case of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, and stated that the sanitary condition of the town must be considered very satisfactory.

  The Sanitary Inspector presented his monthly report, from which it appeared that Mr. James Sargent had neglected to abate a nuisance on his premises in Duck-street caused by defective drainage.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector to serve Mr. Sargent with a formal notice requiring him to abate the nuisance in question within 14 days.

  The Inspector submitted a letter he had received from the Solicitors to the Mortgagee of the House Property Company asking that the question of the Robert-street drainage might stand over for another month.

  It was resolved to accede to the request.

  The Inspector also asked that a notice might be served on Mr. Thomas Bayes, the owner of Nos. 76 and 78, Higham Road, requiring him to abate a nuisance on those premises caused by defective drainage.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to authorise the Inspector to serve the necessary notice.

  The Inspector also informed the Committee that a barn at the rear of No. 24, Brookfield-road, part of a domestic building, was being used as a stable, and the Committee instructed him to inform the owner that the use of the building for this purpose must at once be discontinued or proceedings would be taken against him.

  A letter addressed to the Clerk from Mr. John Drage, of No. 6, Robinson Road, with reference to a nuisance alleged to be caused by a fowl-run near his property, was read.  The Inspector informed the Committee that he had visited the property but found no nuisance.  He had, however, mentioned the matter to the owner of the fowl-run, who promised to remove it a little distance from Mr. Drage’s property.

  The Officer submitted a detailed statement of work done, complaints investigated, and notices served during the month.

Farm Manager

  An application was received from Mr. Robinson, the farm manager, for an increase in his salary.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase his salary from 28s.  0d. to 30s.  0d. per week.

  The report was adopted.

Finance Committee

  A meeting of the Finance Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Thursday, the 5th September, 1907, when there were present:-  Messrs. F. Ballard (chairman), J. Claridge, and Geo. Miller.

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 15th August, 1907

29

17

7

Week ending 22nd August, 1907

31

1

6

Week ending 29th August, 1907

30

1

11

Collector’s Accounts

  By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that during the past three weeks he had collector the following sum:-


£

s

d

General district rate

312

15

11

Collector’s Fittings Account

  The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings account from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Sewers


6

6

Other Roads

7

10

3

Sewage farm

2

10

0


10

6

9

Cemetery Registrar’s Account

  The Committee also examined the Cemetery Registrar’s accounts from which it appeared that the following sum had been paid to him since the last meeting:-


£

s

d

Burial fees, etc.

17

0

10

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

County Council, Main Roads

266

0

0

Collector, District rate

312

15

11

Collector, Fittings

10

6

9

Collector, Cemetery Fees

17

0

10

Total

606

3

6

And that the balances on the under-mentioned accounts were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account  Credit

41

17

5

Loan Account No. 16  Credit

507

12

4

Loan Account No. 18  Credit

322

2

0

Loan Account No. 19  Credit

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 20  Debit

226

17

2

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

  A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.

  The report was adopted.

Nomination of a School Manager

  The nomination of a manager to be appointed by the County Council to take the place of Mr. J. Nobles as one of the Council School managers was then proceeded with.

  Mr. Bates said he had been asked to nominate Mr. Arthur Parker in the Labour interest, seeing that Mr. Noble was a Labour member, and he did so with pleasure.

  Mr. Dobbs seconded the nomination.

  The Chairman read a letter from the Ratepayers’ Association to the effect that the Association had unanimously resolved to ask the Council to nominate Mr. Arthur Wilmott.

  Mr. Bayes proposed and Mr. Miller seconded the nomination of Mr. Wilmott.

  Mr. Swindall proposed the name of Mr. Clipson.  He had nothing to say against either of the two gentlemen already proposed, except that Mr. Parker was probably unknown to many in the room.  Four years ago, however, the Council thought it advisable to have a majority of their representatives as managers of the provided schools, and they acted on that feeling.  At the present time there were only two members of the Council as managers.  He thought they ought to have appointed a Council member when Mr. Crouch took Mr. Hornsby’s place.

  Mr. Bates said that Mr. Parker was not a stranger, but was a native of the town.

  Mr. Bazeley said he would have thought that Mr. Parker was well known, seeing that he was for years a member of the Temperance Band.

  Mr. Clipson’s nomination not being seconded, the names of Messrs. Parker and Wilmott were put to the vote.  Mr. Parker’s name was rejected by 6 votes to 4, and Mr. Wilmott’s was rejected by 6 votes to 5.

  Mr. Swindall again proposed Mr. Clipson’s name and Mr. Paragreen seconded the nomination.

  Mr. Dobbs moved as an amendment that the question be deferred for a month, seeing that they were not bound to appoint anyone that night.

  Mr. Bazeley seconded the amendment, but it was lost.

  Mr. Clipson’s name was then put to the meeting and carried by 5 votes to 4.

Small Holdings

  A memorial, bearing a number of signatures, was read, the memorialists stating that they were desirous of working more land than was at present obtainable under the Allotments Association and asking the Council to adopt the recently passed Small Holdings Bill.

  On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Miller, the memorial was referred to the Finance and Estates Committee.



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