|The Rushden Echo, 27th October 1961
‘Absolute Madness and Folly’
A proposal to install a refuse disposal incinerator on land adjoining Rushden’s sewage works was attacked by Mr. A. Allebone at Wednesday’s meeting of Rushden Urban Council. He contended that to have an incinerator on the site “the most unsuitable in Rushden” would be “absolute madness and folly.”
Mr. Allebone suggested that the place for an incinerator was not in the lowest part of Rushden but on higher land in the town, well to the outskirts where Rushden would extend in the future. He said it was the duty of the council to plan for years ahead.
“I have had phone calls and visits from people about the incinerator being sited on land adjoining the sewage works,” he said. “I must protest most strongly about this proposed siting. I am quite amazed that anyone should consider putting an incinerator in the middle of a residential area.
“The noise and smell from the sewage works in view of the prevailing wind is a great cause to complain and this would be aggravated by having an incinerator.”
Mr. Allebone hoped that he would not be answered by being told there would be no smoke or no smell, for, he claimed, there would be smoke and smell.
He hoped the matter would go back to the committee, but if it went further than a proposal then he would like to see a public inquiry.
Said Mr. R. R. Griffiths: “I hope you are not influenced by a vested interest.”
Mr. Allebone: “Have I vested interests? I have no vested interests whatsoever. I am amazed at the question.”
Mr. Griffiths: “I only asked a question. Perhaps your garden comes up to the sewage works.”
Mr. Allebone: “I have answered the question.”
Mr. C. Ginns, chairman of the public health committee, assured Mr. Allebone that the matter would go back to the committee: “It is simply that we thought we had found a site,”he said.
27th October 1961
Enough Houses to Deal With Demand
Rushden Urban Council now has enough houses to deal with any demand which may arise, and it is now concentrating on slum clearance.
This is because of casual vacancies, the chairman of the Housing Committee, Mrs. A. U. Muxlow, told the council.
Mr. R. H. S. Greenwood said he wondered if, as there were so few people waiting for houses, the waiting period could be cut from six to three months. Mrs. Muxlow said: “I am afraid not. The houses have to be built before the people are rehoused but the period will be reduced as soon as possible.
Mr. Griffiths said he was concerned to hear that the council was considering demolishing existing prefabricated bungalows, as he understood they were to be gradually replaced. “Thousands of pounds are being spent on them for use over ten years. How can that affect the building programme for 1962?” he asked.
Mrs. Muxlow suggested that the amount being spent on them was not very extravagant. It was not a case of demolishing the houses, but replacing the people. She did not think the amount being spent was a waste of money.
Mr. F. E. Brown, former chairman of the housing committee, told Mr. Griffiths that the prefabs should last another ten years, and other development could be left until they were demolished. He did not want the public to think that any demolition would be carried out in the near future.
Speaking about a “humanitarian problem” of rehousing people, Mrs. Muxlow said there should be liaison between the housing and health committees. She explained that the housing committee had to deal with people, and the health committee only with houses. “Technically we only have to offer them accommodation, but when they move it is a very difficult problem,” she pointed out.
Mr. Greenwood congratulated the surveyor and staff on the council houses, a party from the council had inspected in Rose Avenue and Grafton Road. However, he suggested that as housewives of the future acquired more gadgets for their kitchens dishwashers and refrigerators they would like more space.
He thought the idea of having open-fronted houses should be more widely adopted, but Mrs. Gladys Marriott said she thought that where there were elderly people and children, walls and fences should be provided.
The Housing Committee report included a reference to gardens at Spinney Close. Not well maintained, the gardens may be converted to allotments or used for garages.
Arrears of council house rents at September 28 amounted to £544, the Housing Committee reported.
One tenant, who was warned that a bailiff would be instructed to recover the money outstanding, paid up. This was a special case, in which the arrears were £9 5s 6d.
The committee reported that it would be possible to provide twenty garages at Grafton Road on land originally set aside for 18, and that an estimate had been received for the supply of twenty “Banbury” type garages under the prime cost allowance of £1,500 approved by the council.
The council will thus have two extra garages at no greater expense than planned.
Any proposals for the development of the Spinney Field site for housing purposes is to be deferred until it is necessary to consider such development as part of the overall plan for a link road extension from Boundary Avenue to Wymington Road.
The Ministry of Housing and Local Government is to be informed that the council’s house-building proposals for 1962 will be limited to development of the Kilburn Place site.
Application is to be made to raise a loan of £9,520 for improvements to 65 houses in Westfield Avenue and Tennyson Road.