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The Rushden Echo, 12th September, 1919, transcribed by Gill and Jim Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Plans for Important Staple Trade Developments
Health and Sanitary Report
The New Motor Lorry
No Action under the Profiteering Act

Wednesday, present Councillors F. Knight, J.P. (chairman), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C. (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P., J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, J.P., T. Swindall, C. W. Horrell, L. Perkins, B.Sc., C. E. Bayes, T. Wilmott, and J. Tomlin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor’s Assistant (Mr. J. W. Lloyd), and the acting Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. E. Lloyd).

Plans, etc., Committee

A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, August 27th, 1919, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.

Plans

were presented for:-

Motor-house in Portland-road for Messrs. A. Sargent and Sons, and no exception taken.

Extensions to their premises off the Kimbolton-road for the Rushden Chrome Tanning Company, Ltd., and passed.

Factory (amended plan) in Gravely-street, for Messrs. West Bros., and passed.

Motor-house in Queen-street for Mr. F. Green, and passed.

Additions to house in Grove-road, and motor garage, for Mr. Walter Robinson, and passed.

Engineers’ workshop in Queen-street for Messrs. Wm. Green and Son, and passed subject to the footings complying with the Bye-laws.

Motor garage in North-street for Mr. D. Nicholson, and passed subject to the 4½-in. brickwork being in cement.

Additions to house on the Court Estate, Bedford Road, for Mr. Wallis, and passed.

Drainage arrangements for Messrs. Radburne and Bennett’s property off the Irchester-road, and passed.

Corrugated iron coal shed for Mr. M. Bates at rear of No. 6, John-street, and no exception taken.

Extensions to factory in Moor-road for Messrs. C. W. Horrell, Ltd., and passed.

Motor Lorry, etc.

The Surveyor reported that the Committee met at the Newton-road depot on the 12th inst., and instructed him to arrange for housing the lorry in the shed adjoining the Stores, widened as required. Also to take down two sheds at the Hospital site on the Bedford-road, and use the material in erecting open sheds at the east side of the yard for storing purposes.

At the same meeting he had been instructed to accept the offer of Messrs. Siemens Bros. for a motor generator plant at the price of £133 5s. 0d., to be delivered in eight weeks. He had also been instructed to offer the old portable engine for sale.

Horses

Also to make inquiries from the Officer in charge of the Remount Department, Market Harborough, as to two horses.

Road Materials

The Surveyor reported that he had received intimations from the various contractors of increases in prices, averaging about two shillings per ton.

Day Work Carting

An application was received from Mr. W. W. Smith for a further increase in the charge for hire of horse and cart, namely, to £3 per week from August 1st.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to accede thereto.

Public Lighting

It was resolved to recommence the lighting of street lamps on Saturday, September 20th. About 50 per cent.of the lamps to be lighted, and the lamps to be put out at 10 p.m.

Broken Lamp Column

The surveyor reported that a lamp column on the Higham-road had been broken by one of Mr. D. Nicholson’s lorries and he was instructed to apply to Mr. Nicholson for the cost of repairs.

Motor Lorry

The Surveyor reported that the lorry had been received and duly registered. It was now at work.

It was decided to take out a comprehensive policy in the name of the Council, covering the Council against all risks in the sum of £1,000.

The report was adopted.

The Chairman, referring to the plans, said it looked as if the business people of Rushden were getting ready for a boom in trade. The reduction in the number of street lamps to be lighted, the Chairman said, was owing to the shortage of coal and gas which doubtless would be experienced in the coming winter.

Finance & Estates Committee

A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, September 3rd, 1919, at 10 a.m., when there were present: - Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, 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:-


£

s

d

Week ending July 31st, 1919

60

5

2

Week ending August 7th, 1919

57

0

0

Week ending August 14th, 1919

58

8

1

Week ending August 21st, 1919

59

15

3

Week ending August 28th, 1919

64

0

0

Collector’s Accounts

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


£

s

d

General District Rate

719

9

0

Fittings

13

17

3

Cottage rents

51

3

6

Burial fees, etc.

10

5

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

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees, etc.

10

5

10

Collector, district rate

682

14

8

Collector, fittings

11

3

9

Collector, rents

40

12

0

Magistrates’ Clerk, fines


13

9

County Council, Main Roads, 1919/20

455

0

0

J. T. Colson, Free Library

3

0

10

Total

1,203

10

10

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


£

s

d

General account

815

5

2

Loan account No. 16

33

2

3

Loan account No. 29

34

4

4

Loan account No. 30, o/d

3

9

4

Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts

A number of accounts amounting to £764 4s. 3d. were examined and passed for payment.

Electric Motor Van

The Clerk was authorised to negotiate the loan of £1,250 at 5½ per cent., the principal repayable by seven equal annual instalments. The negotiation fees and legal charges in connection with the mortgage to be agreed at £12 10s. 0d., plus £1 12s. 6d. stamp duty.

The report was adopted.

Mr. Tomlin asked if it would be possible to borrow the money for the motor van at 5 per cent.

The Clerk thought it would not be possible to get it at less than 5½ per cent.

The Chairman: The Government do not lend money for this purpose, so we cannot help ourselves.

Health & Sanitary Committee

A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, September 3rd, 1919, at 7 p.m., when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), F. Knight, C. E. Bayes, C. Bates, J. Hornsby, C. W. Horrell, and J. Tomlin.

Health & Sanitary Report

The monthly report of the Medical Officer of Health was received.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of August he had served 22 preliminary notices, calling attention to nuisances and other matters, all of which were receiving attention.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES – Six visits and inspections had been made. Four rooms and premises had been sprayed and fumigated, viz., one after a case of scarlet fever, one after a case of diphtheria, and two consumptive homes.

UNSOUND FOOD – During the month 20-lbs. of tripe and four dozen sheep’s kidneys had been surrendered and destroyed owing to the same being unfit for human consumption.

OUTWORKERS’ LISTS – Forty-eight notices had been sent to factories respecting the giving out of work. Thirty-two lists had been received relating to 98 out-workers receiving work inside the district, and 16 out-workers receiving work outside the district.

FACTORY AND WORKSHOP ACT, 1901 – With reference to the notice received from H.M. Inspector of Factories, the necessary sanitary accommodation had been provided at the factory of the British Sole Company, Ltd., near the Green.

PETROLEUM LICENCE – An application had been received from the Wargate Motor Engineering Co., High-street, for a licence to store petroleum. The Inspector recommended the same to be granted, and it was resolved to recommend the Council accordingly.

HOUSE DRAINAGE – The work in connection with the drainage of the house occupied by Mr. Riseley, on the Kimbolton-road had been completed, and the defective drainage at No. 98, High-street South had been made good.

YARD PAVING – The following defective yard paving had been repaired or renewed during the month:-

90-106, Newton-road.
28-46 Crabb-street.
24-30 Albion Place.
2-8a Albion Place.

LIBRARY BOOKS – A book belonging to the Public Library found in the house, where a case of infectious disease had been notified, had been destroyed. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the book.

MIDLAND RAILWAY – Complaints had been received as to the sanitary accommodation provided at the stables. The Inspector had mentioned the matter to the Station Master, who had informed him that the matter would be attended to as soon as possible.

HOUSING INSPECTION – The Inspector gave details of the various defects found on his inspection of houses in Park-road, Harborough-road, Little-street and Mannings-lane. He had seen the landlord’s agent thereon, who had agreed that the necessary repairs should be taken in hand forthwith.

The Inspector was instructed to keep the property under observation, and report to a future meeting.

FACTORY ACTS – The Inspector reported that the house No. 20, Harborough-road, had been converted into a factory, and both males and females employed.

It was resolved to recommend the Council to give notice to the occupier to provide forthwith separate sanitary conveniences for both sexes, or to cease using the house as a factory. In default of compliance, it was resolved to recommend immediate proceedings to be taken.

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

Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act 1919

A Circular from the Ministry of Health calling attention to the duties which this Act imposes on Local Authorities was received, and enclosing a form of survey to be undertaken forthwith.

The Form of Survey, referred to, required many particulars as to the town and district, which would involve much labour and research to supply, and the Committee resolved to request the Housing Committee to take the matter under their consideration, and in conjunction with the officials of the Council, to give the information required, as far as it was in their power.

The report was adopted.

Profiteering

The Clerk read a circular letter from the Board of Trade with regard to profiteering and the action which the Council might take under the Act.

The opinion was expressed that if the Government did not support the proposed Tribunals better than they did the Food Control Committees the Act would not do much good.

Mr. Hornsby: The producer can make what profit he likes, but the retailer can be proceeded against?

The Clerk: Yes.

Mr. Bazeley: I think it would be better to refer this question back for a month, until we get the constitution and the rules of procedure. As far as I can see, the duties of the Local Tribunals would be very small, because the Board of Trade would be at the top of the local committees all the time. It looks as if this Act is simply a sop to quiet the unrest there is against profiteering. I have no faith in the Act at all myself, and I should like to hear more about it before we take action. I propose that the matter be deferred for one month.

Mr. Hornsby seconded.

The Chairman: Why not say two months?

Mr. Bazeley: Three if you like.

The proposition to defer the matter for a month was carried.

War Pensions

The local members of the Rushden and Higham War Pensions Sub-Committee were re-elected.

Sanitary Inspector

Mr. Bazeley had given notice to move the appointment of a whole-time Sanitary Inspector.

The Chairman: I do not think the proper course is to discuss this question for the first time in full Council. The proper way would be for the question to be considered first by the Sanitary Committee. The matter need not be delayed for any length of time, but I think that, both for the committee and Mr. Lloyd and everybody concerned, it would be best to refer the matter to the Sanitary Committee. I do not think any fresh appointment would be made this year. I move that, instead of discussing it now, the matter be referred to the Sanitary Committee to report at the next Council meeting.

Mr. Bazeley: Do you rule that this notice of motion is out of order? I have been waiting to see if there is a recommendation from the Sanitary Committee. I contend I am perfectly in order, and if I am in order I have a perfect right to move the proposition of which I gave notice.

Mr. Spencer: I support Mr. Bazeley in his contention. I do not say the Chairman’s suggestion is not a wise one, but I think Mr. Bazeley should have the opportunity of moving his proposition.

Mr. Swindall: I think the majority of members agree with the Chairman’s suggestion.

Mr. Perkins: I suggest, Mr. Chairman, you allow the motion to be put, and then probably someone would take the responsibility of moving an amendment.

The Chairman: If Mr. Bazeley presses his point I shall allow the proposition to be put to the meeting.

Mr. Claridge: I think the matter should be brought before the Sanitary Committee first. It would have been much better if Mr. Bazeley, though he is not a member of the Sanitary Committee, had mentioned the matter first to the committee. The question requires a great deal of consideration. I think it is very unwise to discuss the matter openly.

The Chairman: The Ministry of Health have been written to on this question and they say they will make no observation on it until six months after the signing of the Peace, and that will bring us to Christmas-time.

Mr. Bazeley: Under all the circumstances, though I do not agree with the Chairman, I will withdraw the notice of motion for the Sanitary Committee to consider the matter and report to the next Council meeting. If their recommendation is not satisfactory I shall take the opportunity of moving an amendment.

The Chairman then moved that the matter be referred to the Sanitary Committee, which was seconded by Mr. Claridge and carried.

War Memorial

Mr. Perkins: Is it not time we had a meeting to discuss what is to be done in the town with regard to a war memorial?

The Chairman: I understand there are two schemes. Do you think they are far enough advanced to be put before a public meeting?

Mr. Perkins: To whom should the sub-committees report? To this Council, I presume, and then the Council would decide how to take the vote of the town – whether it should be done by a town’s meeting or whether it should be settled by a postcard vote.

The Clerk suggested a representative meeting.

Mr. Perkins: Would you allow the meeting to decide?

The Clerk: Yes, if you specially invite anyone interested.

Mr. Wilmott: There seem to be only two schemes. I think the schemes, when they are ready, should be sent to the Chairman of the Council.

Mr. Horrell said this was one of the things on which the Council should give a lead. He proposed that the two sub-committees should be asked to report to the Clerk of the Council if their schemes were in such a state that they could be presented to a town’s meeting.

Mr. Spencer seconded, and said he thought the final decision should be by a town’s meeting.

This was carried.


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