|The Rushden Echo, 10th September, 1915, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Price of Coal This Winter
The Municipal Housing Scheme:
The Question Of Rent
Satisfactory Progress With The Building
The Public Health
Wednesday, present Councillors T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman), John Spencer (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., T. Wilmott, J. Hyde, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor’s assistant, and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 11th August, 1915, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, and T. Wilmott.
The Surveyor was instructed to invite Mr. G. Miller to tender for the grates, etc., required for the 13 cottages now being erected on the Rectory Estate and to accept same after consultation with the Chairman if considered satisfactory.
The Committee had under consideration the delay that was taking place in the erection of the last 13 cottages, and times were fixed for the completion of the houses in batches; in the event of the times being exceeded the Committee decided to recommend the Council to suspend any further payment to the contractor in respect of such cottages.
The report was adopted, the Chairman stating that Mr. Marriott, the contractor, was now pushing on satisfactorily with the buildings.
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 25th August, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), J. Spencer, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, J. Hyde, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Mr. C. Bennett for cycle store at the rear of his house No. 45, Moor-road, and no exception taken.
Messrs. Wm. Green and Sons for shed near their factory in Queen-street and no exception taken.
Messrs. Allebone and Sons, Ltd., for leather store near their factory in Oakley-road and passed.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to commence full street lighting on the 25th September, and that the lamps be turned out at 10 p.m.
It was also resolved that the tops of the lamps be painted a dark colour.
The surveyor reported that the claim against the Military Authorities in respect of a damaged lamp column had been paid.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday the 25th August, 1915, when there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, and T. Wilmott.
The Committee in the afternoon visited and inspected the thirteen houses (with parlours, Type “B”) in course of erection in Kings-road. They also inspected several of the houses (Types “A” and “C”) already occupied. The Committee were of opinion that some distinction should be made as to rent between the houses of types “B” and “A” and resolved to recommend the Council to fix a rent for Class “B” which would produce, the tenant paying rates, a net return of rent equivalent to that paid by tenants of the Class “A” type let at an inclusive rent of 5s. 9d. per week.
The Chairman said since the Housing Committee meeting the Finance Committee had met and considered that the whole question of rents should be considered by the whole Council in committee. He moved that this course be adopted, and it was carried.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 31st August, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), John Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Wilmott.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the balances were as follow:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts amounting to £1240/1/0 were examined and passed for payment.
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 1st September, 1915, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Swindall, C. Bates, W. Bazeley, and J. Claridge.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that seven cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz.: Two of scarlet fever, two of diphtheria, one of typhoid fever, and two of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of August, 23 preliminary notices had been issued, calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.
Three lots of infected bedding had been destroyed during the past month. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/5/0 in each case.
Thirty-six notices relating to outworkers had been sent to employers, and 26 lists relating to 148 outworkers employed inside the district, and eleven lists relating to 40 outworkers employed outside the district had been received.
The Inspector also reported that the lock-up shop No. 118a, High-street, was without sufficient and proper sanitary accommodation. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the owner requiring him to provide suitable accommodation forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to the following houses showing the nature of the accommodation for the deposit of refuse:-
No. 114, High-street, defective box.
No. 116, High-street, defective box.
Owner Mr. W. Wilkerson, Bedford.
No. 6, Woburn-place, broken bin.
No. 7, Woburn-place, bath.
No. 10 Woburn-place, bath.
Owner Mrs. Brawn, Victoria-road, Rushden.
It appeared to the Committee by this report that the 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 notices be served upon the owners requiring them within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.
The Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector submitted special reports on the condition of the property in Woburn-place and it was resolved to ask the owner to attend the next meeting of the Committee with regard thereto.
The Cemetery Sub-Committee reported that they had met at the Cemetery and agreed to recommend that the shrubs near the Park-road entrance be freely pruned and ground round dug up.
The Committee approved and agreed to recommend the Council accordingly.
The report was adopted.
The Local Government Board wrote notifying that the recent Act postponed for one year all local elections due to take place before July 1st, 1916.
The Clerk said that the Rushden Urban Council election and the election of Guardians would therefore take place in 1917.
In answer to Mr. Bazeley, the Clerk said that a member must be absent six months before his seat could be declared vacant.
The Price of Coal
On the reading of a letter from the Board of Trade regarding the price of coal during the coming winter, Mr. Bazeley moved that a committee be appointed to meet the coal merchants of the town to discuss the matter of prices. He said he did not think the workers should be unduly burdened at a time like this, when the cost of living had gone up 30 per cent. That in itself was quite serious enough, and he thought everyone should try and meet the circumstances of the case in as fair and reasonable a manner as possible. If such a course could be adopted in London it might be carried out in any area in the country.
Mr. Spencer, seconding, said he considered the object a wise one. If anything could be done to see that the price of coal should not be raised unduly it would be a very good thing indeed.
The resolution was carried, and Messrs. Bazeley, Spencer, Claridge, and Wilmott were appointed the committee.
The seal of the Council was affixed to the Thursday half-day closing order under the Shops Act.
The Chairman said he wished to publicly thank the ladies and gentlemen who had taken part in the work of national registration. They were mainly school teachers, and Mr. Mason was delighted with the efficiency with which the work was carried out. He moved a vote of thanks to them.
Mr. Claridge seconded, and said they were much indebted to the enumerators for the way they did their work.
Mr. Mason expressed his great appreciation of the work of Mr. W. W. Rial and Mr. E. Brightwell, who had given up the whole of their month’s holiday to the work.
The vote was carried unanimously.