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Rushden Echo, 15th September, 1916 , transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The War Charities Act
Public Works After The War
Municipal Houses
Public Health

Wednesday, present Councillors J. Spencer, J.P. (chairman), T. Wilmott (vice-chairman), F. Knight, J.P., J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., J. S. Clipson, W. Bazeley, J.P., C. Bates, T. Swindall, J. Hyde, and G. H. Skinner, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).

War Savings

The Chairman reported that seven more War Savings Associations had been formed in Rushden since the last meeting of the Council.

Plans, Etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 30th August, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, W. Bazeley, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.

Plans

were presented by:-

Mr. F. Corby for a corrugated iron building to be used as a motor house in John-street and no exception taken.

Field Footpaths

A letter was received from the Rushden Allotment and Small Holdings Association calling attention to the damaged gate on the Chelveston footpath near the allotment field.

The Committee could not recommend the Council to accept any responsibility for the repair of a gate primarily used for the convenience of the occupiers of the land.

Council Houses, Class “A” Type

The Committee had under further consideration the question of providing barns for these houses, but having regard to the amount of the tender, were unable at present to make any recommendation to the Council with regard thereto.

Telephone Poles

The Surveyor informed the Committee that he had received application from the Post Office Authorities for the erection of telephone poles in the public streets and also one in the yard at the rear of the Council Buildings.

The Committee authorised the Surveyor to give the necessary consent.

The report having been received, on the proposition of the chairman, Mr. Bazeley said he wished to move an amendment with regard to the Council houses. He said that the matter had again been discussed by the Plans Committee, and the recommendation was passed only by a majority. He (Mr. Bazeley) was in a minority. He wished to move “That the work be proceeded with forthwith.” He did not see any reason for delaying the matter any further. They had not quite come within the limit of the Surveyor’s estimate, but, as this was a small contract, where the cost would be chiefly for bricks, which were still at the normal price, he thought the work ought to be done. These houses had not sufficient outdoor accommodation. The Council wished to see the houses kept tidy and respectable, and this the occupiers wanted to do.

Mr. Claridge: Is Mr. Bazeley in order in moving this amendment? As there is no resolution on the matter, he ought to have moved his amendment on the reception of the report.

The Chairman: If we strictly adhere to the rules the amendment should have been moved when I proposed that the report be received, but I think we should take Mr. Bazeley’s amendment at this stage.

Mr. Bazeley: At the last monthly meeting this matter was referred back. I was beaten in the meeting of the Plans Committee, and I informed the committee that I should raise the question at this meeting, and I expected, under the circumstances, that there would be no objection to my raising it now.

Mr. Claridge: It should have been raised on the reception of the report.

The Chairman: I do not see that we can rule Mr. Bazeley out of order, when he had given notice at the committee meeting to move in the matter.

Mr. Bazeley: To put the matter quite in order, I give notice that at the next meeting I shall move that the work be proceeded with forthwith.

Mr. Swindall: I move that the matter be referred back to the Committee and not have it brought up at the Council meeting, because the Surveyor has an alternate plan, which we might consider. I think it would be far better to refer it back to the committee, so that we shall not have to wait until the next Council meeting.

Mr. Claridge seconded, and it was carried by four votes to three, Messrs. Knight, Bazeley and Bates voting against.

Finance and Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 5th September, 1916, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Spencer (chairman), T. Wilmott, C. Bates, and Fred Knight.

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, 1916

36

17

9

Week ending 10th August, 1916

34

9

1

Week ending 17th August, 1916

35

8

1

Week ending 24th August, 1916

35

9

7

Week ending 31st August, 1916

33

0

10

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General District Rate

872

4

6

Fittings

12

9

0

Green Tolls

1

0

0

Cottage Rents

53

8

0

Burial fees, etc

9

11

11

Burial fees, etc…… 9 11 11

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

Collector, District Rate

872

4

6

Collector, Fittings

12

9

0

Collector, Green Tolls

1

0

0

Collector, Cottage rents

53

8

0

H. Lack, Burial fees, etc

9

11

11

Free Library, fees, fines, etc

1

8

4


950

1

9

And that the balances were as follows:-


£

s

d

General Account

2082

1

0

Loan Account No. 16

144

3

0

Loan Account No. 19

387

17

6

Loan Account No. 27

251

16

3

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £530/10/0 were examined and passed for payment.

Sewage Farm Manager

An application was received from Mr. Robinson for an increase of wages and acceded to, the Committee recommending an increase from 32/0 to 35/0 weekly.

Execution of Works After The War

A circular letter was received from the Local Government Board, stating that the Government have under consideration certain questions which are likely to arise in connection with the demand for capital and distribution of labour and employment at the close of the war, and requesting to be furnished with information both as regards works which might be undertaken by the Local Authority and also as regards other works which may be contemplated in the neighbourhood by bodies or persons other than the Local Authority.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to have a special meeting in committee at an early date to consider the question.

War Charities Act, 1916

The Clerk reported that he had received a communication from the Charity Commissioners with regard to the provisions of this Act as to the registration of all Charities raising or collecting money for any kinds of War Charity. The Act provides that it shall not be lawful to make a public appeal for money or articles of any kind for any War Charity or to attempt to raise money by bazaars, sales, entertainments, or exhibitions, or by any similar means for any such Charity unless the Charity is registered under the Act and is approved. The collections at services in places of worship are excepted. The Act comes into force on the 23rd September, 1916, and any contravention of the provisions is subject to a penalty not exceeding £100.

The Registration Authority for the Urban District of Rushden is the 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, 1916, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), J. Spencer, C. Bates, J. Claridge, and G. H. Skinner.

Health and Sanitary Reports

The report of the Medical Officer for the month of August was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of August 22 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, &c., all of which were receiving attention.

Acting on the advice of the medical practitioner in attendance, a quantity of bedding had been destroyed after a death from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £1/7/6.

Two books belonging to the Athletic Club library found in an infected house had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.

A carcase of a pig, voluntarily surrendered, had been examined and found unfit for human consumption and destroyed in the usual way.

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

Housing, Town Planning, Etc., Act

The Committee took into consideration the demolition of the houses Nos. 52 and 58, High-street South. A letter was received from the owner requesting to be allowed to let the matter stand over for the present on his undertaking to do certain works to obviate the nuisance complained of.

The Committee agreed, subject to the proposed work being carried out forthwith.

Team Labour and Scavenging

An application was received from Mr. W. W. Smith for an increase of 1s 0d per day all round in respect of his carting contracts owing to the general advance in prices.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede to the application, subject to the approval of the Finance Committee.

Sewage Farm – Sale of Crops

The Farm Sub-committee reported that they had met and decided to recommend that the sale of the crops at the Farm take place by public auction on Monday, the 2nd October, next.

The Committee approved.

The report was adopted, the Chairman, in reply to Mr. Bates, stating that this was the second advance made in Mr. Smith’s contract.

Church Parade

The Rushden Friendly Societies Council wrote inviting the members of the Council and the officials to attend their church parade at St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

The Chairman said he should be glad to see as many members as could possibly attend.



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