|The Rushden Echo, 1st June 1962, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Bright Scheme for Rushden Prefabs - Colourful Bungalows
The drab grey prefabricated bungalows at Southfields, Park Road, Rushden, are being painted this week,pink, yellow and blue. There are more shocks in store for the residents, too; maroon and bright grey. A housewife smiled: “They’re making this into a holiday camp.”
The painting is the first to be done since the bungalows were built over ten years ago. The residents expected reasonably bright colours but when the council painters arrived some were quite surprised.
Said Mrs. Kate Cudbertson, who lives at 71 Park Road: “We shall probably call this the ‘Blue Room’ in future, the colours are a bit too bright but they are certainly better than the faded grey we are used to.”
Mrs. Cudbertson’s house (she has lived there for ten years) was one of the first to be painted. The houses next door are yellow and pink and she suggested it would have been better to have them all the same colour.
Another complaint: She found the colour scheme clashed with the recently installed drainpipes and spouts, which are green. “And our door will be a different colour as well,” she added.
Mrs. M. Mallard, of 3 Southfields, whose house will be painted shortly (the job is expected to be finished in eight weeks) commented: “I suppose we’ll get used to the colours, but they do seem rather bright.” She agreed that one colour for all the bungalows would have been an improvement.
Said another housewife: “I suppose we can’t complain, really this is the first time these houses have been painted. I think anything is better than the grey we had before.”
“Those colours certainly would not have been my choice,” remarked a man whose house is next on the list. “But I don’t suppose there is anything we can do about it now.”
He added: “Most of us here are elderly, the colours are a bit too gay. I wouldn’t mind if the council spend a bit more time decorating the insides.”
Most of those interviewed felt that the colours were a definite improvement on the existing grey but it would perhaps take them a little time to get used to living in a pink, blue, yellow or maroon house.
The bright pastel shades were the idea of Urban Council surveyor Mr. W. J. Anker, who told us: “The scheme was approved by the housing committee. The houses at the moment are dull asbestos, so I chose these colours to overcome the drabness. They will probably weather down a bit.”
The residents are feeling blue just now but it seems that fairly soon, when they become accustomed to the new colours, they may be in the pink.
Mrs. E. Irene Brereton, of 45 Southfields, has written to us with an appeal to other council house tenants: “Please help us. You, too, are in danger if the fever spreads. Do you want to live in a ‘Walt Disney fantasy’?”
She asks: “Could it be that the housing committee needs re-educating in the blending of colours? Whatever the reason for painting the houses like this, we hope they spare us the necessity of wearing sun glasses throughout the year.”
Mrs. Brereton thinks there might be an influx of visitors to Southfields looking for the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end!
She adds: “The soft green or yellow colours we can endure, for they will not outshine the beauty of the trees and flowering shrubs with which we are surrounded.”
A woman in the first house to be painted pink told a reporter: “I rather like it. Perhapswe are a little too conservative at times, and would have preferred them all the same colour but it is nice to have the estate brightened up a bit.”