|The Rushden Echo, 26th November 1965, transcribed by Jim Hollis
No Road for Mother and Her Baby
It takes Mrs. Denise Clark three-quarters of an hour to wheel her pram and five-week-old baby a few hundred yards from her new house, 8 Abbotts Way, on the Wymington Estate, to the top of St. Margarets Avenue, Rushden, she says. There’s no road or pavement, you see.
Every week, on Wednesday, Mrs. Clark should visit the Health Clinic in Rectory Road, but she said “I get so far with the pram, get stuck in the pot-holes and cannot get any further.”
Already the baby has received a bruise on the head through the battering it has taken in the pram when Mrs. Clark has manipulated it along the unmade roads.
“I feel as though I am on a desert island up here,” she told the “Echo”, as she gazed out of her window on to a sand and brick wilderness. Often she has only been prevented from packing up and going by the low cost of the house and the thought of the trouble it would be to get another.
Husband James has his troubles, too, as have all the other inhabitants of the road, who are just beginning to trickle in.
He has come home at night and had to abandon his car because of the impossible conditions. In the morning site workers have had to push his car out for him.
Mrs. Clark has become so exasperated that she has written to the Rushden Urban Council to find out who is responsible for making up the roads.
Mr. G. D. Evelyn, the council’s surveyor, said the responsibility lay entirely in the hands of the builders.
The developers did not have to do anything about making up the roads until the end of an agreement with the council came into sight.
Mr. Evelyn said he understood that work on St. Margaret’s Avenue and Whitefriars was in hand.
There was something to be said for leaving the making up of the roads until all the mains systems had been laid he observed.