|The Rushden Echo, 14th February 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Medical Officer and Cases of Consumption
Petty Sessional Court for Rushden
The Volunteer Fire Brigade
Mr. J. T. Colson’s Resignation
His 35 Years Services Recognised
Wednesday, present Councillors G. Miller, J.P., C.C., (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), J. Claridge, J.P., C.C., F. Knight, J.P., W. Bazeley, John Spencer, C. E. Bayes, T. Swindall, J. S. Clipson, G. H. Skinner, and the Ven. A. Kitchin, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. J. Allen).
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 29th Jan., 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, F. Knight, and J. Spencer.
were presented by:-
Messrs. Skeeles and Co. for additions to engine room to factory in Moor-road and passed.
Mr. J. Neville for workshop in Robinson-road and passed.
Mr. G. Spriggs for wooden bicycle shed at rear of No, 11, Windmill-road, and no objection taken.
Mr. G. Knowlton for workshop (corrugated iron and wood building) in Midland-road and no objection taken, subject to the side fronting on the street being in brick.
Mr. F. Corby for additions to his stables in John-street and passed subject to a covered manure pit being provided.
A letter was received from Mr. Thomas Wilmott with regard to the plan for 14 houses in Washbrook-road passed on the 30th September, 1910, asking for certain modifications, which the committee agreed to accept subject to a new plan being submitted.
Infringement of Buildings in Streets Act
The Surveyor reported that Mr. A. Betson, of No. 140, Wellingborough-road, had infringed the Buildings in Streets Act, 1888, by constructing a bay window to his house and bringing same beyond the front main wall of the house on the side thereof without having obtained the written consent of the Council.
The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Betson, pointing out the penalty he had incurred and requesting him to submit a plan of the alterations forthwith.
The consideration of the annual report of the Fire Brigade, referred to this Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was adjourned to the next meeting.
The letter from the Central Machinery Co. complaining of the bad state of this road, referred to the Committee by the Council at their last meeting, was considered, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to prepare the necessary plans and estimate with a view to putting into force the Private Street Works Act with regard to that part of the road as lies between the Salvation Army Barracks and Beaconsfield-terrace.
The Surveyor was also instructed to prepare an estimate for the repair of the road running into Rectory-road at the south of Messrs. Claridge’s factory.
The Water-Running, Wellingboro’-Road
The Surveyor was instructed to fill in and pipe the water-running on the Wellingboro’-road.
Bedford-Road Well and Engine House
The Surveyor reported that he had had this well covered and that all the machinery had been removed from the engine house. It was decided to allow the building to remain for the present.
The Surveyor reported that considerable damage had again been done to the Hospital, and the matter had been mentioned to the police.
Housing, Town Planning, &c., Act
The Clerk reported the receipt of a telegram from the Local Government Board enquiring if the Council Buildings would be at liberty to hold the proposed enquiry on Monday, the 10th February next, to which he had replied in the affirmative.
A memorial was received from the residents of Wellingborough-road with respect to the unsatisfactory condition of the footpath between Washbrook and Oakley-roads, and requesting the Council’s attention thereto.
The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Joseph Harrison requesting him to make good the path forthwith to the Surveyor’s satisfaction, and also to communicate with Mr. Rial to the effect that the matter was receiving the Council’s attention.
With regard to Mr. Wilmott’s plans, the Chairman said that Mr. Wilmott asked for a 4½ inch wall instead of 9 inch for the out-buildings.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 4th February, 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. G. Miller (chairman), C. Bates, J. Claridge, F. Knight, and T. Swindall.
Surveyor’s Cash Account
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
The Committee examined the Collector’s accounts, from which it appeared that the following sums had been collected since the last meeting:-
The Treasurer’s accounts were also examined from which it appeared that he had received the following sums since the last meeting:-
And that the balances on the under mentioned accounts were as follows:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £539 16s 5d were examined and passed for payment.
New Sewage Works Loans £928 and £773
The Clerk reported that arrangements had now been made with the Liverpool Victoria Legal Friendly Society for the raising of these loans at £3⅞ per cent. and the Mortgage deeds would be produced for sealing at the next meeting of the Council.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 5th February, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), G. Miller, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, G. H. Skinner, and T. Swindall.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer presented a special report on the cases of pulmonary tuberculosis notified during the year, stating that the majority of houses occupied by the cases had been inspected by the Sanitary Inspector and that he himself had inspected and enquired into the condition of some of the patients. Where unsanitary conditions were found to exist they had been remedied as far as possible. During the month of January the Chief Tuberculosis Officer appointed for the county visited Rushden and made inquiries with regard to some of the patients notified.
The Committee felt that more detailed information should be at their disposal with regard to each particular case notified, as to the source of infection, what steps were being taken for preventing the spread of infection and for removing conditions favourable to infection, and the Clerk was instructed to draw the Medical Officer’s attention to Article X11 of the Public Health (Tuberculosis) Regulations, 1912, specially directing enquiries to be made with regard to these matters immediately upon receipt of notification.
The Medical Officer also reported that ten cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., four of scarlet fever, one of diphtheria, and five of pulmonary tuberculosis. The Officer further reported that he had visited and inspected some of the houses in Woburn-place and found them very much out of repair and the yards defective. The owner’s attention had been drawn thereto, with a view to the defects being remedied.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that during the month of January he had issued 35 preliminary notices calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
The public elementary schools of the town had all been sprayed throughout with izal since the last meeting, together with the private school at Prospect House.
A complaint had been received of the pollution of the water course in the land on the Newton-road caused by the overflow of the cesspool at Mr. George Chettle’s knackers’ yard. The Clerk was instructed to write to Mr. Chettle, calling his attention thereto, and requesting him to take steps to avoid a repetition of the pollution.
The Inspector also reported that the work of repairing the property situated in Dell-place was in hand.
The Inspector stated that up to the present he had been unable to get anything done with regard to the road-way leading from Park-road into Dell-place. The matter was allowed to stand over until the next meeting.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Housing, Town Planning, etc., Act, 1909
The Clerk reported the receipt from the Local Government Board of Notice of an enquiry to be held at the Council Buildings on Monday, the 10th February Instant, at 6 p.m. by Courtenay Clifton, Esq., M. Inst. C.E.
Medical Officer of Health, Joint Appointment
A letter was received from the Local Government Board in reply to the Clerk’s communication with information as to the nature of their requirements in the event of a Provisional Order being applied for. Having regard to the fact that the district would not be large enough to require a whole time Officer (which was the sole object of the Council’s representations to the Local Government Board), the Committee unanimously resolved to recommend the Council to take no further steps in the matter.
The Surveyor reported that the Police had arrested some youths in connection with the damage done to the Hospital on the 26th ult., reported to the Plans and Highways Committee, and he was requested to attend the Court at Wellingborough on Friday next to give evidence as to the amount of damage, etc.
With reference to Mr. Chettle’s knackers’ yard, it was stated that the nuisance, caused by excessive rains, had now abated.
The report was adopted.
Petty Sessions for Rushden
Mr. Spencer moved that a further application be sent to the Standing Joint committee for Northants, asking for a full Petty Sessional Court for Rushden, and, further, asking them to hear the Urban Council on the matter before deciding it. It is a great injustice Mr. Spencer said to a town like Rushden to be without a Petty Sessional Court, while many smaller places in the county have these facilities; it is a great injustice to the Press; and it is an injustice to the public to have to go to Wellingborough, many times for trifling cases. It is only right that we should be continually urging upon the County Authority the importance of Rushden. Rushden has been neglected in the past by the county in every way. One of the reasons why I deferred my resolution before was because the County Council were considering the question of increased representation for Rushden on the County Authority. I am sorry that once more Rushden has been kept in the background; the County Council has not given due and just consideration to the matter, because Rushden, according to the population, is entitled to more than three Councillors and to one Alderman, while at present we have two Councillors and no Alderman. Again, with regard to the technical institute, Rushden was not considered before the question was decided upon. That is an injustice to a town with 38 boot factories and kindred industries. It shows lack of consideration on the part of the County Authorities. I asked the Standing Joint Committee to meet us on the question of a Petty Sessional Court because we have no representation on that committee, and that, I think, is a disgrace. Whatever matter is brought forward. I think it is imperative they should meet us so we can state our case. I am fully convinced that many members of the Standing Joint committee are not familiar with Rushden and its importance. A copy of our official hand-book might be sent to them, so that they could learn something about the place.
Mr. Bates seconded.
Mr. Swindall: The Standing Joint Committee were written to some time ago.
Mr. Spencer: That is nearly 12 months ago.
Mr. Swindall: Seeing that the Standing Joint Committee were written to within the last 12 months I do not think it is worth while to send now. I move as an amendment that the matter be not proceeded with.
Mr. Skinner seconded.
Mr. Bazeley: I am surprised at that. Without agitation we get no reforms. Everything worth winning must be obtained by agitation, and if this is going to be better for Rushden we must, if we have been denied once, try again. I am surprised that Mr. Swindall has moved this amendment.
Mr. Swindall: It is not that I am against it entirely but because I think there is no chance of getting it. If I was a member of the Standing Joint Committee I should act just as they have done. We are only four miles from Wellingborough, and they do not have so many cases there.
Mr. Knight: It is all very well for Mr. Spencer to be so persistent, but there is such a thing as policy as well as persistency. There is no doubt that sooner or later Rushden will be recognised as Mr. Spencer and the rest of us wish, but as the Standing Joint Committee have so recently had this matter before them and we have nothing further to place in front of them, we might injure our case by pressing it at the present juncture. I should think that at no distant date Rushden will be granted a Police Court, but I do not think we are likely to get it by being too persistent without showing some additional argument in favour of granting it. It is usual to defer an additional application of this sort rather longer than has been the case this time. It is not that we are opposed to it; it is merely a matter of policy.
Mr. Spencer: I am exceedingly surprised at the change of front on this matter. It is not a question of whether there is a chance of getting it or not but of whether it is right or good for the inhabitants of Rushden then it is my duty to do my very best to get it. With regard to persistency, a well-known member of Parliament advised us to persevere. I know there is nothing like perseverance for getting reforms. The great grievance is that they never met us, nor asked to meet us, nor sent a representative to meet us, and we have no one on the committee to state our case. Until we have someone on that committee to state our views they should have met us in some way.
The amendment was carried by five votes to three. Messrs. Miller, Knight, Swindall, Clipson, and Skinner, voted for the amendment, and Messrs. Bates, Bazeley, and Spencer against.
The Chairman said he did not think the application would be wise at the present time.
Mr. Spencer: My position is that they have never considered it yet.
Mr. Spencer: Mr. James Knight, of Moor-road, has asked me to bring before the Council the question of the Churchyard improvement. A motor car drove into him at a very dangerous point, and it was a miracle he was not killed. He thought we as a Council ought to be more urgent in getting that improvement done. There is a feeling in the town that the alterations to the churchyard wall will defer the widening improvement. I should like to ask the Chairman to state the position for the information of the public.
The Chairman: The scheme which the churchwardens have in hand does not interfere with the larger scheme that has been sent up to the County Council a second time for their approval. Mr. Talbot Brown has drawn up the plan with a view to falling in to line with any improvement the Road Board may make in future. So far as the County Council are concerned, they sent it up to the Road Board unanimously.
Mr. Swindall: I expect there will be an accident before anything is done.
Fire Brigade Resignation
Mr. J. T. Colson, after 35 years’ service with the Fire Brigade, wrote resigning his position as second officer.
The Chairman moved that Mr. Colson’s resignation be accepted and that the Council express their appreciation of his 35 years’ service. The least they could do was to express their gratitude to Mr. Colson for his long and valued service.
Mr. Skinner seconded, and said that Mr. Colson had been a very honourable member of the brigade.
Mr. Bazeley supported, and said he had every respect for what Mr. Colson had done as a volunteer fireman. He had been a very useful member of the brigade in the past. He always looked on Mr. Colson as a very smart fireman, if they could make Mr. Colson an honorary life member of the brigade he (Mr. Bazeley) would very much like it to be done.
Mr. Clipson also supported and referred to the great fire at Higham Ferrers 30 years ago. Mr. Colson was one of the Rushden firemen there, and there was no doubt in his mind that they saved the town of Higham Ferrers. Mr. Colson and other Rushden firemen went through two rows of burning houses and they managed to stop the progress of the fire at the grocer’s shop. How they got through that burning row of house he did not know.
Mr. Knight, who is the captain of the brigade, said that he and Mr. Colson joined the brigade at the same time. He thought they would do well to add to the vote of thanks that Mr. Colson be made an hon. life member. Mr. Colson had been a very useful member, had always thrown his heart and soul into the work, and had given his time most willingly. It looked well on his part giving up this work in order that he might serve the town more efficiently in other ways. They all hoped he would have good health and long life to serve the town in other directions
The vote of thanks was passed unanimously and Mr. Colson was made an hon. life member of the brigade.
The Clerk: It is now the duty of the brigade to nominate a person for the vacant position and to send the name to this Council for consideration.