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The Rushden Echo, 15th September, 1911, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Excellent Report on Main Roads
Health of the Town - Swimming Baths Wanted

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

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 16th August, 1911, when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and Fred Knight.

Tar Binding

The Surveyor reported that he had been in communication with the County Surveyor as to the use of tarvia for binding the metal about to be laid on the Bedford and Wellingborough Roads, and he had expressed a wish that it should be used.

The Committee agreed and instructed the Surveyor accordingly.

Road Foreman

The Chairman and Surveyor were requested to open the applications and make a selection of five candidates for the consideration of the Highways Committee at their next meeting.

The report was adopted.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th August, 1911, when there were present :- Messrs. John Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, and Fred Knight.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. W. Boyall for bicycle shed at the rear of his house, No. 100, Newton-road, and no exception taken.

Mr. W. Macdonald for open shed in Robinson-road and no exception taken.

The Windmill Club for bath and dressing room to their Club premises in Windmill-road and passed.

Road Foreman

The Chairman reported that as requested he and the Surveyor had been through the applications for the position of road foreman and had reduced the number to five. The Committee considered very carefully the five applications and resolved to invite Mr. A. H. Priest, of Wolverhampton, and Mr. W. M. Miller, of Middlesbrough, to interview the Council at a special meeting in Committee to be held on Wednesday next, the 6th September, at 2 p.m., the Council to pay their 3rd class travelling and hotel expenses.

Road Materials – Team Labour

The Surveyor reported the receipt of a letter from the Official Receiver in Bankruptcy stating that a Receiving Order had been made against Mr. Andrew Groome and requesting that his contract with the Council might be cancelled.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to cancel Mr. Groome’s contract and to offer the same upon the same terms and conditions to Mr. Horace Groome, who, it was understood, was prepared to carry it out.

Main Roads

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

The Roads in this district are maintained in a high state of efficiency.

Kettering and Higham Ferrers Road, 3m. 5½f.:-

Remarks – In very good shape and condition.

Wellingborough and Kimbolton Road:-

Remarks – An excellent road, one of the best in the county.

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

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, said the County Surveyor did not say much in his report about the main roads, but what he did say was to the point and very appreciative. He congratulated Mr. Madin on the excellence of the report, which he was sure the Council were glad to receive.

The report was adopted.

Council in Committee

A meeting of the whole Council in Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 6th September, 1911, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, F. Ballard, C. E. Bayes, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, Fred Knight, and Tom Swindall.

Road Foreman

Mr. Priest, of Wolverhampton, and Mr. Miller, of Middlesbrough, attended the meeting and were interviewed by the Committee.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to offer Mr. Priest the appointment of road foreman at a salary of 30/- per week.

Sewage Disposal

The Surveyor was requested to arrange for the Committee to visit Nuneaton and Leicester on Tuesday next. The proposed visit to Tamworth was abandoned.

The report was adopted.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings, on Wednesday, the 6th September, 1911, at 3 p.m., when there were present :- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, F. Knight, 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 3rd August, 1911

37

5

4

Week ending 10th August, 1911

35

5

3

Week ending 17th August, 1911

34

18

10

Week ending 24th August, 1911

30

18

2

Week ending 31st August, 1911

35

16

8

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

520

18

4

Fittings

2

8

9

Green Tolls


14

4

Burial Fees, etc.

7

1

3

Total

531

2

8

Treasurer’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

Collector, District rate

520

18

4

Collector, Fittings

2

8

9

Collector, Green tolls


14

4

Burial fees

7

1

3

Free Library, Fees, fines, etc.

1

19

10

Insurance Companies, Souldrop Fire

9

16

0

A. Franklin, Sewers

10

0

0

County Council, Main Roads

180

19

3

Total

713

17

9

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


£

s

d

General Account

763

5

1

Loan Account No. 16

406

18

4

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Total

1558

0

11

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts, amounting to £767/9/9 were examined and passed for payment.

Main Roads

The Clerk reported that, on completion of the contract with the County Council for the three years ended 31st March last, it was ascertained that the amount allowed in the agreement for the repair of the main roads, footpaths had not been expended and that a deduction of £92/0/9 had accordingly been made from the final instalment paid by the County Council.

The report was adopted.

Health and Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 6th September, 1911, when there were present :- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), J. Claridge, J. Spencer, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The Medical Officer reported that six cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., four of scarlet fever, one of erysipelas, and one of tuberculosis from a hospital in Kent.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 35 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which for the most part had received attention.

During the month of August all the public elementary schools in the town had been sprayed and disinfected.

An application had been received from Mr. T. Timpson to be registered as a milk seller and his name placed on the register.

The Inspector also reported that Messrs. Groome and Sons’ factory was not provided with sufficient and suitable sanitary accommodation, having regard to the number of people employed therein. The surveyor was instructed to prepare a special report thereon and submit to the Council at their meeting on Wednesday next.

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

Refuse Receptacles

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to a number of houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse.

It appeared to the Committee by this report that the several houses therein referred to were without a sufficient ashtub, ashpit or other receptacle for the deposit of refuse, and it was resolved to report to the Council accordingly, with a recommendation that a notice be served upon the owner requiring him within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Dairies, Cowsheds, and Milkshops Order

The quarterly report of Mr. Bainbridge was received from which it appeared that on August 29th, 30th, 31st, and Sept. 1st he had visited 28 premises belonging to 26 cowkeepers and inspected 259 cows and heifers making special examination of their udders and throats. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to see two of the owners with regard to certain of the cows mentioned in the report.

Sewage Farm Manager

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

It was resolved to recommend the Council to increase his salary from 30/0 to 32/0 per week.

Factory Acts

The Sanitary Inspector reported that 27 lists containing the names of 381 out-workers had been received and examined and 17 inspections made in connection therewith.

Diarrhea Amongst Children

A circular letter from the Local Government Board was received with suggestions as to special steps to be taken with a view to minimising the excess of mortality amongst children during the hot weather. The Medical Officer reported that in compliance with the circular he had sent to the Sanitary Inspector a number of leaflets giving advice as to the feeding and management of children. The Surveyor was also instructed to supply the scavengers with disinfectants for the refuse receptacles and also to disinfect the street gulleys by putting disinfectants in the water used for street watering.

The report was adopted.

Messrs. Groome’s Factory

The Surveyor presented a report on the sanitary accommodation at Messrs. Groome’s factory and the report was referred to the Sanitary Committee.

Swimming Baths

Mr. Bazeley gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would move that public swimming baths be provided for Rushden.



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