Click here to return to the main site entry page
Click here to return to the previous page

Rushden Urban District Council

The Vice-Chairman’s Indisposition

A meeting of this council was held on Wednesday night, when there were present : Mr. F. Knight (chairman), the Ven. A. Kitchin, Messrs. G. H. Skinner, G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, J. S. Clipson, T. Swindall, C. Bates, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. W. G. F. Kingston).

Vice-Chairman Indisposed

The Chairman said he was very sorry to say that the vice-chairman (Mr. J. Claridge) was indisposed. He was sure it was the wish of everyone that Mr. Claridge might soon be restored to health and be with them as usual.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 31st August, 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, G. Miller, and J. S. Clipson.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. J. Harrison for three houses in Washbrook-road and passed subject to a separate drain being provided for each house, or an agreement being entered into, at his expense, for the future maintenance of the combined drain.

Mr. A. King for a bungalow on the Newton-road and passed.

Messrs. Jaques and Clark for additional w.c. accommodation to their factory in Station-road and passed.

The Athletic Club for additions to their club premises in Newton-road and passed subject to the walls being of the proper substance and the drainage being to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Mr. W. E. Caldwell for house in Harborough-road and passed subject to evidence as to party wall being produced.

Messrs. Ellis and Everard for new offices in Station approach and passed.

Mr. F. Corby for corrugated iron building to be used as a leather store in John-street and passed subject to compliance with Bye-law No. 3.

Mr. Samuel Saint for portable wooden building near his premises in Newton-road and no exception taken.

Mr. C. Chamberlain for bicycle shed to his premises, No. 18, Glassbrook-road, and no exception taken.

Rectory Road Improvement

It was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to at once proceed with the making up of the Rectory-road between Portland-road and Queen-street and for that purpose to employ direct labour.

It was also resolved to close the street to vehicular traffic during the progress of the works.

The surveyor was also instructed to write to the General Post Office informing them of the proposed improvement and requesting them to remove the telegraph posts at present situate in the street.

Road Board

The Surveyor reported that he had seen the County Surveyor with reference to the proposed conference of the Surveyors of the county, who had requested that a plan of the suggested Church Parade widening be submitted.

The Surveyor was instructed to prepare a plan and submit to the County Surveyor setting out the Council’s proposals.

Road Signals

The Clerk was instructed to write to the Automobile Club asking them to supply danger signals for erection about the town.

The report was adopted, the Ven. A. Kitchin dissenting from the recommendation with regard to the Road Board.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Tuesday, the 6th Sept., 1910, at 10 a.m., when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, and T. Swindall.

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 11th August
33
3
4
Week ending 18th August
33
10
8
Week ending 25th August
33
2
10
Week ending 1st September
32
4
10

Collector’s Accounts

The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-

 
£
s
d
General District Rate
637
13
10
Farm

12
6
Infectious diseases
4
2
0
Cemetery fees, &c
7
4
6
Green Tolls
11
6

Treasurer’s Accounts

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

 
£
s
d
Collector, District rate
637
13
10
Collector, Fittings
4
14
6
Collector, Cemetery fees
7
4
6
Collector, Green Tolls

11
6
Free Library, Fees, fines, etc.
2
4
1
Packwood, Rectory-road Imp.
12
10
0
County Council, Main roads
253
0
0
Enos Smith, Cromwell-rd. drain
2
8
5
Enos Smith, Fitzwilliam-st. drain
8
8
11
Enos Smith, ditto (costs)
8
8
0
T. Swindall, Cromwell-rd. drain

15
3
W. Nurrish, ditto
1
10
6
Total
939
9
6

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

 
£
s
d
General Account
1317
11
10
Loan Account No. 16 (Sewage)
408
16
6
Loan Account No. 19 (Stables)
387
17
6
Loan Account No. 22 (Rectory Road)
254
2
0
Total
2368
7
10

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts, amounting to £788/10/7, were examined and passed for payment.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 7th Sept. 1910, when there were present :- Messrs. F. Knight (in the chair), C. Bates, G. H. Skinner, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that there had been five cases of infectious disease notified since the last meeting, viz., one of scarlet fever and four of diphtheria .

The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 14 informal notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part were receiving attention.

The Inspector informed the Committee that the house, No. 1, Albion-place, occupied by Stephen Boddington, was in an over-crowded state, thereby causing a nuisance.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on Mr. Boddington requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.

The Inspector also reported that he had disinfected the whole of the elementary schools in the district during the August holidays.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received, from which it appeared that on the 29th, 30th, and 31st August he had visited 25 premises, belonging to 23 cowkeepers, and inspected 244 cows and heifers , making special examination of their udders and throats. The Committee considered the report satisfactory. The Inspector was instructed to see the owners of certain of the cows mentioned therein and inform them that the milk must not be used from the cows in question.

John-Street

A letter was received from Mr. Fredk. Corby stating that, owing to the inability of the sewer in John-street to take off the storm water in times of heavy rain, his premises were frequently flooded, causing him serious damage.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to lay a storm water overflow from John-street into the brook, at an estimated cost of £10.

Defective Drainage

The Clerk reported that as instructed he had instituted proceedings against Mr. Enos Smith for the recovery of his share of the expenses of re-laying the drain in Fitzwilliam-street. An order was obtained against Mr. Smith for the amount claimed, viz., £8/8/11 with £8/8/0 costs. Costs incurred in connection with the proceedings amounted to £9/8/4.

Mr. Baxter, the other owner, had previously made an arrangement for payment of his share of the expenses.

The Clerk also reported that the several owners in Cromwell-road, with the exception of Mr. Bayes, had paid the apportioned expenses in connection with the repairs to the drain there.

Mr. Bayes has paid his share since the meeting.

The report was adopted.

Pawnbroker’s Certificate

An application was received from .Mr. Beaverstock for the renewal of his pawnbroker’s certificate.

The application was granted.



Click here to return to the main index of features
Click here to return to the History index
Click here to e-mail us