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The Rushden Echo, 10th September, 1920, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council

Increase Of One Shilling In The Rate
The Municipal Housing Scheme
Workmen’s Wages

  Wednesday, present Messrs. John Claridge, J.P., C.C. (chairman), W. Bazeley, J.P. (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, J. Tomlin, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, J. Hornsby, and C. Bates, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. Piper).

  In reply to Mr. Tomlin, the Clerk stated that Messrs. Henson and Son had informed him that they hoped to start on the new houses at the end of August, but no start had yet been made.

Plans, Etc., Committee

  A meeting of the Plans and Highways Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, August 25th, 1920, when there were present: Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, C. E. Bayes, C. W. Horrell, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.

  Plans were presented for:-

  Amendments to plans already passed for alterations to Nos. 27 and 29 High-street for Messrs. Boots, Ltd., and agreed to subject to waste from sink being satisfactorily dealt with.

  Harness room and open shed at the rear of his premises in Fitzwilliam-street for Mr. W. G. Wilmott, and passed.

Steam Roller

  The Surveyor reported that the Steam Roller required repairs, and that he had given an order for the necessary new parts from Messrs. Aveling and Porter.  The driving wheel had also been forwarded to The Oxford Steam Ploughing Company to be replated, their quotation for the work being £40  2s.  6d.

Workmen’s Wages

  A letter was received from the Employers’ Secretary of the Provincial Council Local Authorities Non-Trading Services (Manual Labour) enclosing a copy of the rates of pay and recommendations adopted by the Provincial Council, and expressing a hope that this Council would put it into operation with regard to the manual workers employed in their non-trading services.  A Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Mr. Wilmott was appointed to consider the same in conjunction with the Surveyor and report to the Finance Committee.

Public Lighting

  It was resolved to commence the lighting of street lamps on September 18th, the same number of lamps to be lighted as at the close of last season.  The Lighting Sub-Committee were instructed to make an inspection of the town as soon as possible after September 18th, and report as to what further lamps they consider desirable should be lighted.  The Surveyor was instructed to have as many as possible of the lamps repaired, and also to arrange for the lamp columns to be painted.

Road Classification

  The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor stating that the Ministry of Transport required a census of traffic to be taken on the Wellingborough and Irchester Roads.  This census is required in connection with the application of the Council for these roads to be placed in classes 1 and 2 respectively.  The Surveyor was instructed to make the necessary arrangements.

Upper Queen-Street

  Attention was again called to the state of this street.  The Clerk was instructed to enquire of the owners if any arrangements were in contemplation for the necessary repairs to be carried out by them without the intervention of the Council.

  With regard to street lighting, Mr. Bates asked if they could not have the same number of lamps alight as before the war?

  The Chairman: I am afraid not.

  With regard to the classification of roads, Mr. Bates said he considered that the census should have been carried out by men who were at present out of work and had thus no income.

  The Chairman said that certain men had been appointed and no alteration could be made now.

  The report was adopted.

Finance & Estates Committee

  A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, September 1st, 1920, when there were present Messrs. J. Claridge (chairman), W. Bazeley, F. Knight, J. Hornsby, 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 12th August, 1920……

110

11

1

Week ending 19th August, 1920……

115

18

3

Week ending 26th August, 1920……

110

15

11

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……

711

6

9

Green tolls……

1

1

6

Cottage rents……

33

19

5

Burial fees, etc…….

11

16

0

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, rate……

711

6

9

Collector, green tolls……

1

1

6

Collector, cottage rents……

33

19

5

Collector, emergency coal……

4

11

1

Cemetery Registrar, burial fees……

11

16

0

Spencer Park……

1

0

0


763

14

9

And that the following balances were in hand:-


£

s

d

General account……

99

16

3

Loan account No. 16……

33

2

3

Loan account No. 29……

4

4

4

Loan account No. 30……

1987

11

11

On deposit……

7500

0

0

  The quarterly and monthly salaries were passed for payment, also an account for the Anglo-American Oil Co., for £10  2s.  8d., and Surveyor’s Cash £500.

General District Rate

  The Committee had under consideration the estimate of the expenditure for the half-year ending March 31st next, and in consequence of considerable increases to the expenditure contemplated in the original estimate for the year adopted on March 24th last,  it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Collector to prepare the rate at 4s.  8d. in the £.

War Loan

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to forthwith sell the 5 per cent. War Stock held by them so far as it was purchased out of current account.

Workmen’s Wages

  The Committee had before them the recommendation of the Provincial Council Local Authorities Non-trading Services (Manual Labour) with regard to the increases of the workmen’s wages and also the report of the Sub-Committee appointed by the Plans, &c., Committee thereon.  The Committee had graded the various workmen employed by the Council and suggested increases in conformity with the recommendations of the Provincial Council.  The suggestions of the Sub-Committee were considered in detail and finally adopted, subject to the approval of the Council.  The total increases would amount to about £730 per annum.

  It was also decided to recommend the Council to pay the wages as revised as from 1st August last.

  With reference to the War Loan the Chairman said it amounted to £1,500.

  Mr. Claridge said that the Committee very reluctantly decided to recommend a rate 1s. higher than that of last half-year rather than incur an adverse balance.  They had had unforeseen increases in the cost of labour and materials.

  The Chairman moved the adoption of the recommendation regarding workmen’s wages.

  Mr. Bates seconded.

  Mr. Tomlin: Was it unanimously recommended?

  Mr. Claridge: There was no opposition, but all members did not vote for it.

  The report was adopted.

Health And Sanitary Committee

  A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, 1st September, 1920, when there were present:- Messrs. W. Bazeley (Chairman), J. Claridge, C. Bates, F. Knight, J. Hornsby, L. Perkins, and J. Tomlin.

Health And Sanitary Reports

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

  The Sanitary Inspector reported that twelve complaints had been received since the last meeting, he had visited the premises in each case, and the necessary steps were being taken to abate the nuisances.

  Twenty-one visits to premises where food is prepared or sold had been made and various quantities of food had been surrendered and destroyed in the usual way as being unfit for human consumption.

  Further outworkers’ lists had been received since the last meeting, six of which had been transferred to other districts.

Refuse Receptacles

  The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a report with regard to the various 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 ash tub, ash pit, 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 owner requiring him within 28 days to provide for each house a sufficient and proper receptacle.

Shirley Park

  The Surveyor reported that in order to provide an outfall sewer for the drain now in course of construction by Mr. George Chettle for his slaughterhouse on this estate it would be necessary to extend the Council sewer on the north side of the Gas Works, about 50 yards in an easterly direction over land owned and occupied by Mr. John Lilley.

  It was resolved to recommend the Council to give notice to Mr. Lilley of their intention to carry the sewer through the land so owned and occupied by him from the termination of the present sewer to a point about 50 yards to the east thereof.

Theatres And Music Halls

  The Inspector read a circular letter from the Ministry of Health with regard to the dressing rooms and sanitary conveniences at theatres and music halls suggesting that Local Authorities should instruct their officers to make periodical inspections of such premises and report thereon to the Local Authority and also to the Licensing Authority for the district.

  Instructions were given to the Inspector of Nuisances accordingly.

Co-Operative Row

  The Surveyor reported that this road for about 235 feet from High-street South was in a very bad condition and urgently required repairs.  He thought it useless, however, to carry out the repairs until some provision was made for the roof water from the buildings owned by Mr. Smith on the adjoining land on the North, which at present went direct on to the roadway doing considerable damage.  It was decided to recommend the Council to give notice to Mr. Smith to provide and affix to the buildings within 28 days, spoutings sufficient to carry water from the roof in such a manner that it would not fall upon persons passing along the street.

  The Surveyor estimated the cost of the necessary repairs from £25 to £30 and the Committee instructed him to communicate with the owners having the use of the road with a view to the same being apportioned between them and the works being carried out without the Council putting into force the Private Streets Works Act.

Rats

  A communication was received from the Rats Destruction Officer to the County Council stating that he was making arrangements for a rat catcher to visit the brook in Spencer Park on Saturday next the 4th instant.

  The report was adopted.

Housing

  Amongst cheques to be signed was one for £1,000 as an instalment to Mr. P. Marriott in respect of work on the new Council houses.

  The payments were authorised.

  The Housing Commissioner wrote with reference to the erection of the proposed (last) 24 houses, giving his approval of the plans, and stating that where the Ministry’s approval involved the relaxation of the Council’s bye-laws, such modification would apply only to the houses in question.  The Ministry of Health also approved and authorised the Council to accept the tender of the Rushden Master Builders’ Association for the erection of the 24 houses mentioned at the cost of £19,245  9s.  3d., subject to such modifications as might be required by the Commissioner, but which would not prevent immediate commencement with the work.

  This now left the contracts allocated as follows:- Mr. W. Packwood, 16 houses in four blocks, £13,962; Mr. W. G. Wilmott, eight houses in four blocks, £6,730; Mr. R. Marriott, 18 houses in three blocks, £14,395.  The seal of the Council was placed to these contracts.

  Mr. Wilmott: That is fairly satisfactory in allowing the work to proceed.

  Mr. Hornsby: I believe that makes 90 houses now approved?

  The Clerk: Yes.

  Mr. Bazeley: I hope they will all go with full steam ahead.

  Mr. Hornsby: Has anything been heard about rents?

  The Clerk: We have heard nothing whatever from the Housing Commissioner but I hear indirectly that someone has been into the town to make inquiries about other houses in Rushden, but he did not come to me.  I believe he interviewed the collectors.

  Mr. Tomlin: Are any of the new houses ready for occupation yet?

  The Surveyor: Two of the houses will probably be ready for tenants in about a week.

  The Clerk was instructed to try and obtain information from the Ministry of Health regarding the rents to be charged.

Transport

  The Ministry of Transport wrote notifying the Council of their appointment of Lieut.-Col. Fortescue Wells, D.S.O., as Area Commissioner for the Midlands under the Ministry.

  A letter was received from the Board of Trade stating that a large number of new articles, etc., came within the scope of anti-profiteering committees.

  It was resolved to take no action in the matter.



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