|The Rushden Echo, 14th March, 1924, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
Demand for Petty Sessional Court
Applications for Housing Subsidies
Failure of Housing Contractors
Harborough Road Residents’ Request
Wednesday, present Messrs. L. Perkins, B.Sc., J.P., (chairman), C. Bates (vice-chairman), T. Wilmott, T. Swindall, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, F. Knight, J.P., C. W.Horrell, C.A., F. Corby, John Spencer, J.P., J. Hornsby, and G. W. Coles, J.P., with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. F. S. F. Piper).
Plans, etc., Committee
A meeting of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, Feb., 27th, 1924, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Wilmott (chairman), L. Perkins, C. Bates, F. Corby, G. W. Coles, J. Hornsby, and C. W. Horrell.
were presented for:-
Two houses in Shirley-road, one each for Mr. S. Chettle and Mr. L. Chettle, and passed.
House on the Higham-road for Mr. W. J. A. Peck, and passed.
Bungalow on the Haydon Estate, Newton-road, for Mr. G. S. H. Holiday, and passed.
Applications for subsidies in respect of the whole of the foregoing houses were received, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to instruct the Surveyor to issue certificates in respect of same as coming within the Council’s scheme for the subsidy of £100 each.
Motor garage at the rear of the Electric Supply Company’s premises in Shirley-road for the Electric Supply Co., Ltd., and passed.
Two w.c.’s at the Athletic Club, Newton-road, and passed.
Additions to motor garage at the Wargate Motor Works on the Wellingborough-road, and no exception taken.
An application was received from Mr. G. Chettle to convert two barns in Fitzwilliam-street into lock-up shops, and it was resolved to recommend the Council to take no exception provided a new plan is submitted.
Applications were also received from Messrs. F. E. Chettle and W. F. Mason, of Robinsonroad, and Mr. J. C. Gregory, of High-street, for permission to erect small wooden buildings near their premises there, and no exception taken.
The Surveyor submitted (a) specification of the works intended to be carried out to this street under the Private Street Works Act, 1892, with plans and sections, (b) estimate of the probable expenses of the works, and (c) a provisional apportionment of the estimated expenses upon the premises liable to be charged therewith under the Act, whereupon it was resolved that the specification of the said works, and also the plans and sections, estimate, and provisional apportionment referring to such works, be recommended to the Council for approval.
The Chairman reported that the fire escape was in need of slight repairs and also required renovating; an estimate had been obtained amounting to £5 5s.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to accept the estimate and put the works in hand.
The report was adopted.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, March 5th, 1924, at 10 a.m., when there were present Messrs. L. Perkins (chairman), C. Bates, C. W. Horrell, J. Hornsby, F. Knight 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:-
The Collector’s accounts were also examined, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums since the last meeting:-
The committee also examined the Treasurer’s accounts, 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 £2,985 3s. 2d. were examined and passed for payment.
The Clerk reported the receipt of the Ministry of Health’s sanction to a loan of £870 for 20 years for this improvement. He had been in communication with the local Co-operative Society, who had agreed to make the advance at 4¾ per cent., subject to the usual six-months’ notice redemption clause.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to raise the loan on these terms.
Upon the application of Mr. G. S. Turner, it was resolved to recommend the Council that his salary be increased by £13 per year.
It was decided to hold a special meeting of the committee to clear up the accounts for the year on Monday, the 24 inst., at 7 p.m.
The report was adopted.
Health and Sanitary Committee
A meeting of the Health and Sanitary Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, March 5th, 1924, when there were present: Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), L. Perkins, C. E. Bayes, C. Claridge, F. Knight, T. Swindall, and J. Spencer.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The report of the Medical Officer for the month of February was received.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that since the last meeting 25 nuisances had been dealt with, of which six had been abated.
Following cases of infectious disease, three rooms had been disinfected. A quantity of bedding had been disinfected at the depot, and a quantity destroyed at the sewage farm, all after cases of infectious disease.
Forty-five visits had been made to premises where food was prepared or sold, and during these inspections a quantity of beef, pork, and mutton offal was found to be unfit for human consumption and destroyed in the usual way. The total weight was 2qr. 10lb.
The Inspector also reported a bad case of overcrowding at No. 42, Cromwell-road, thereby causing a nuisance. It was resolved to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupier requiring him to abate the nuisance forthwith.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work and inspections during the past month.
Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act, 1919
The Inspector also submitted a report of his work and inspections under this Act since the last meeting.
Factory and Workshop Acts
Forty-five factories and workshops had been supplied with forms for the return of outworkers, 27 of which had been returned notifying 147 outworkers, eleven of which were outside the district.
The report was adopted.
A meeting of the Housing Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Thursday, March 6th, 1924, when there were present : Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), C. E. Bayes, J. Hornsby, J. Spencer, T. Swindall, and T. Wilmott.
The Surveyor produced a bill of £1 2s. 7d. for materials supplied to the tenant of No. 32, King’s-road, for the renovation of that house; the work was done by the tenant.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to pay the account.
Housing, etc., Act, 1923
Mr. Fisher attended the meeting and explained that no workmen had been engaged on the works since the 16th ult.; on the 20th ult. He gave notice under Clause 24 of the contract that unless immediate progress was made the Council would proceed to determine the contract; up to the present time no action had been taken by the contractor.
It was resolved to at once take possession of the buildings, plant, and material on the site on behalf of the Council, and the Clerk was instructed to have notices exhibited on the property that the Council were in possession and that anyone damaging the buildings or removing any of the plant, etc., would be prosecuted.
The Architects were requested to obtain from Mr. Arthur Sanders an estimate for completing the houses, and if considered satisfactory the Chairman and Clerk were authorised to instruct them to accept it.
The Surveyor submitted a plan as to future developments in case of further building operations taking place, which was approved.
The report was adopted.
The Clerk read a memorial signed by 88 residents of the Harborough-road and district requesting that the Council make a footpath through from the top of Harborough-road to the Cemetery, as at present the aged and infirm were unable to visit the graves of loved ones.
Mr. Wilmott: We have had this before.
Mr. Spencer: Not so full as this.
Mr. Swindall said that all the members felt the desirability of an outlet. He considered that the time had come when the Council should go thoroughly into the matter, and see if it could be accomplished. Previously there had been many difficulties in the way. He moved that the Sanitary Committee deal with the application.
Mr. Wilmott said he would like to support it, but there was a small field between the Cemetery and Harborough-road. He thought it would be best if the applicants got the permission of the owner of the field. Then the Council could easily sanction the application.
Mr. Spencer seconded Mr. Swindall’s motion.
Mr. Hornsby said it would be a great benefit also to workpeople.
The Chairman, replying to a question as to whether the idea was to gain access to the Cemetery or to Newton-road, said he assumed that it was to reach Newton-road. The Council, not wishing to have the middle of the Cemetery used as a public footpath, would probably suggest a path near the Cemetery Lodge.
The motion was carried.
Petty Sessional Court
Mr. Spencer, in accordance with a notice at the previous meeting, moved that the Council make application to the County Authority to make Rushden a full petty sessional division for all cases. He said he had moved the same resolution before and it had been carried unanimously. Last time it had been referred to the Wellingborough Petty Sessional division and had been lost by a small majority. The war intervened and he did not want to worry the county authority, but the time was now long overdue when such provision should be made. The “occasional” court, with the trial of perhaps one case a year, was no use. Also he contended that Rushden compared favourably with other towns in the county for transport. Too often there was much loss of time for defendants and witnesses going to Wellingborough, an extra penalty, for small cases.
Mr. Coles seconded, but he said he would point to the fact that there were few bad cases from Rushden, which was one of the best towns in the county for behaviour. Yet they were put in the undignified position of an overgrown village. It was time they stood on their dignity and had not only a full petty sessional court, but a secondary school as well.
The motion was carried.
The Ministry of Transport wrote under the date March 5, 1924 (replying to a letter from the Clerk written on Oct. 12, 1923) stating that Ministry could not give any financial assistance towards the expenditure on the acquisition of land and property for the Newton-road improvement. They noted that the estimated cost of the actual road works amounted to £718, and they offered 25 per cent.
The Clerk said it was now for the Council to say if they were satisfied with the offer and, if so, to apply for sanction for the full scheme. Then everything would be in order except getting possession of the property.
The offer was accepted.
Messrs. B. Ladds, L. Baxter, F. Green, and F. J. Sharwood were re-appointed overseers.
The Council gave permission to the Post Office authorities to place a letter box on the guide post at the junction of Newton-road and the Court Avenue.
Another letter was received, dated March 4, 1924, replying to one sent by the Clerk on March 3, 1922, regarding the appointment of a gas examiner. The letter stated that a meeting of gas referees would shortly be held when special instructions on testing gas would be given, after which local authorities would be able to make appointments.
Mr. Spencer said there had been serious complaints about the gas.
The Clerk read a letter from the Northants County Health Week Committee asking that Rushden again hold a Health Week, and stating that although only four authorities observed Health Week last year their efforts had been amply rewarded, Rushden’s scheme having been the most comprehensive of all.
Mr. Coles moved that they accede to the request, the date to be from Oct. 26, a fortnight later than the National Health Week, so as to get films and speakers more easily.
Mr. Swindall seconded and it was carried.
In regard to a further letter which the Chairman had received from Mr. F. O. Roberts, M.P., it was resolved that a public meeting be held in Rushden on April 4, Mr. Roberts having promised to attend and speak on the Centenary of the royal Lifeboat National Institution.
The Clerk, in reply to Mr. Spencer, said he had recently received a reply from the L.M.S. Railway to the effect that they were dealing with the matters of the Rushden station improvements and the opening to Rectory-road.