|The Rushden Echo, 12th September, 1913, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
The Housing of the Working Classes
The Health of the Town
Some Dangerous Corners
Is The Church Wall Improvement Still Possible?
Wednesday, present Councillors C. Bates, J.P. (chairman), J. S. Clipson (vice-chairman), W. Bazeley, J. Spencer, L. Perkins, B.Sc., T. Swindall, F. Knight, J.P., John Claridge, J.P., C.C., T. Wilmott, 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 27th August, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, J. Hyde, F. Knight, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
were presented by:-
Mrs. Bradfield (amended plan) for wash-house for house now in course of erection in Pightles-terrace and passed.
The Rushden and District electric Supply Co., Ltd., for two w.c.’s at their works in Shirley-road and passed, subject to light and ventilation being provided for one w.c. and to walls having proper footings.
Mr. James Jaques for house on the Wellingborough-road and passed, subject to the usual agreement being entered into with regard to the proposed combined drain.
Housing, etc., Acts
The Surveyor submitted plans of the houses proposed to be erected on the Rectory Estate. The plans showed three classes of house, the cost of which, inclusive of land, etc., he estimated as follows:-
The Committee approved the plans and instructed the Surveyor to proceed as soon as possible with the specification and bills of quantities and obtain tenders.
The Surveyor was authorised to obtain assistance in carrying out the work.
The Surveyor was also asked to show and explain the plans to any member of the Council on their calling at his office.
The Surveyor was instructed to make up the road where the wall had recently been set back and provide for an asphalt channel.
The Surveyor reported that Mr. Maughan, the assistant appointed by the County Council to prepare a scheme for dealing with the dangerous corners in the county, visited Rushden on Thursday last, and with him the Chairman and Mr. Claridge visited the following places :-
High-street South, Corner of Harborough-road, hoarding culvert fencing.
Open Brook near Oakpits Lands.
At Newton boundary, “Newton Gap” rounding off corner.
Junction at Higham Ferrers boundary.
Kimbolton-road at Hayway N.E. corner.
It was resolved to recommend that they be included in the list to be submitted to the Road Board.
The Fire Brigade Sub-Committee reported that it had been necessary to repair several of the tubes in the boiler of the No. 1 fire engine and that Messrs. Shand Mason and Co., strongly advised that a complete new set of tubes be provided. The Brigade and the Sub-committee considered the suggestion and strongly recommended that it be acted upon.
It was resolved to advise the Council accordingly. The total cost incurred would be about £13/10/0.
Accidental insurance :- The firemen having expressed a strong desire that they might be insured against accidents, it was resolved that a policy be taken out, covering them to the extent of £250 on death and £1/10/0 per week on total disablement, with other benefits for partial disablements, at a premium after the rate of 6s. 8d. per member per annum.
A memorial was received, signed by six of the owners of property abutting on this street, objecting to the proposals of the Council to make up the same, on the ground that the works proposed were excessive compared with the benefits to be derived therefrom. The Committee, while anxious not to impose any undue burden on the owners, considered it essential that provision should be made for the occupiers being able to reach their homes in comfort, and decided that if the owners would undertake to repair the footpaths on either side before the 24th September next they would recommend the Council not to proceed under the Private Street Works Act.
Mr. Bazeley : Is that the total number of the dangerous corners to be submitted to the Roads Board?
The Chairman : We went round with Mr. Maughan to see one or two other corners and we mentioned the Queen-street corner and Victoria-road but Mr. Maughan said that these corners would not be taken into consideration by the Roads Board.
Mr. Bazeley : Some years ago the Council had under consideration the corner at the bottom of Griffith-street. I do not doubt that the owners of the land would give the land for the improvement.
Mr. Claridge : There is no need to purchase property or land there and it would only require that fences be erected. I move that the corner be included.
Mr. Bazeley seconded and it was carried.
Mr. Perkins asked if “Ward’s corner” could be included.
Mr. Claridge said the Board would not purchase land or he should have suggested that and other corners.
Mr. Perkins : Does this mean that we shall have to postpone any scheme we might have?
The Chairman : It means that this Council will have to bear the expense.
Mr. Spencer : I take it there is no important scheme for which we should get no assistance from the Roads Board. If we press our claims we shall get the Church wall removed as a dangerous corner.
The Chairman : Mr. Maughan said he stood for half-an-hour near the Church and watched the traffic, and in his opinion if the Rushden Council took the matter to the County Council they would not gain the day.
Mr. Perkins : I should like to be quite clear on this matter. Does this mean that this proposed scheme will now have to be shelved indefinitely?
Mr. Claridge : It can be brought up at any time by this Council.
Mr. Spencer : We have had resolutions in abundance moved here and we know that the County Council approve of it. I am not inclined to accept the ruling of the chairman of the Roads Board. I believe the County Council would help us. It is a wonderful thing this Churchyard wall. There seems to be no power on earth to touch it.
The matter then dropped.
The report was adopted.
Recreation Ground Committee
A meeting of the Recreation Ground Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Wednesday, the 27th August, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. F. Knight (chairman), C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, L. Perkins, J. Spencer, and T. Wilmott.
Applications were received from the Rushden Argyle and North End Football Clubs for the use of football pitches for the coming season.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to grant the use of portions of the ground to these Clubs for the first four Saturdays in September at a fee of 4/- each, payable in advance.
Rules and Regulations
The Chairman with Messrs. Clipson and Perkins were appointed a sub-committee to draw up draft rules and regulations for the Recreation Ground and submit to a future meeting.
The report was adopted.
Mr. Knight mentioned a house overlooking the Recreation Ground and belonging to Mr. Wm. Wilmott. It was nearly ready and would be very suitable for a caretaker of the Recreation Ground. The committee suggested that the house be taken and that one of the Council employees should live there, the Council to pay the rent (5/9 a week) and during the summer months make the tenant some allowance for the extra work of taking care of the ground. This would come cheaper than the present system and would cost less than the present arrangement. He moved this.
Mr. Clipson seconded, and it was carried.
Mr. Spencer referred to the notice served on ratepayers, stating that proceedings would be taken against defaulters.
The Clerk stated that the rate was payable on demand or within 14 days. It was quite a mistake for people to think they need not pay for three months.
Finance and Estates Committee
A meeting of the Finance and Estates Committee was held at the Council Buildings on Tuesday, the 2nd Sept., 1913, at 10 a.m., when there were present:- Messrs. C. Bates (chairman), J. Claridge, F. Knight, T. Swindall, and Ven. A. Kitchin.
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 following balances were in hand:-
Tradesmen’s and Other Accounts
A number of accounts, amounting to £620/9/9, were examined and passed for payment.
The recommendations of the Plans, Highways, and Lighting Committee with regard to the expenditure on the renewing of the tubes of the No. 1 steam fire engine and insurance of the firemen was submitted and approved.
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 3rd September, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. J. S. Clipson (chairman), C. Bates, W. Bazeley, L. Perkins, G. H. Skinner, T. Swindall, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Health and Sanitary Reports
The Medical Officer reported that nine cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, viz., six of scarlet fever, two of erysipelas, and one of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The Medical Officer also reported that he had visited and inspected the premises No. 57, High-street South, occupied by Mr. Josiah Brown, and in respect of which an application had been received for registration as a common lodging house, and found same in good order and suitable for the purpose. It was resolved to recommend the Council to register the house as a common lodging house for one year from the 10th instant and also to register Mr. Josiah Brown as the keeper thereof on the production of a certificate of character signed by three inhabitant householders of the parish.
The Officer also reported a case of overcrowding in Woburn-place, and it was resolved that unless the nuisance be abated by Wednesday next to recommend the Council to serve a notice on the occupier requiring the abatement forthwith.
The Sanitary Inspector reported that, during the month of August, 30 preliminary notices had been issued calling attention to nuisances, etc., which were receiving attention.
Acting on the advice of the Medical Officer, two lots of bedding had been destroyed after deaths from consumption. It was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the bedding at a cost not exceeding £2.
Two books belonging to the Free Library found in an infected house had been destroyed and it was resolved to recommend the Council to replace the books.
The Inspector gave a detailed statement of his work during the past month.
Medical Officer’s Annual Report, 1912
A letter was received from the Local Government Board stating that they had had under consideration the annual Report of the Medical Officer of Health for 1912, and pointing out that the report did not contain the information and particulars required to be included therein by Article V. of the Housing (Inspection of District) Regulations, 1910, and requesting to be supplied with a statement on the lines indicated in the Article mentioned.
The Clerk was instructed to reply that the late Medical Officer was totally blind and physically unfit to supply any further information whatever, but that the Inspector of Nuisances would prepare and furnish the statement required.
An application was received from the Temperance Band for permission to give a concert in the Cemetery Field on Feast Sunday next and acceded to.
The report was adopted.
Free Library Committee
A meeting of the Free Library Committee was held at the Library on Friday, the 5th September, 1913, when there were present:- Messrs. J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson, J. T. Colson, S. T. Fox, W. M. Hensman, L. Perkins, W. Rial, S. Saddler, J. Spencer, the Rev. C. J. Keeler, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
Appointment of Chairman
Upon the proposition of the Ven. A. Kitchin, seconded by Mr. J. Spencer, it was unanimously resolved that Mr. J. Claridge be appointed Chairman of the Committee.
The following were appointed members of this Committee for the ensuing year :- The Chairman, Messrs. Fox, Saddler, Clarke, Perkins, Rial, and the Ven. A. Kitchin.
It was resolved to request the Council to authorise the Committee to expend a sum of £25 in the purchase of new books.
The Secretary reported that during the year 347 volumes had been added to the Library.
The Librarian reported that the number of books issued for the 11 months from October 1st 1912 to the 31st August, 1913, was 21,891, made up as follows:- Fiction 16,148, non-fiction 813, and juvenile 4,930.
Gift of Books, etc.
The Secretary reported various gifts of books etc., all of which had been suitably acknowledged.
Papers and Periodicals
It was resolved to continue the present arrangement with Mr. Robinson for the supply of papers and periodicals for a further year, viz., to the end of 1914.
It was also resolved that the sale of papers and periodicals take place in December as usual, and if any be not sold at the auction the same be advertised for private sale.
The Chairman reported that Miss Corbett had sent in her resignation as lady librarian, to take effect on the 13th instant, and that an advertisement had been inserted in the local paper inviting applications for the post on the same terms and at the same salary. Thirty-six applications had been received, which had been carefully considered by the Management Committee who had made a selection of five candidates to interview the committee this evening. As a result of a ballot Miss Mantle was appointed to the post.
In accepting Miss Corbett’s resignation the committee expressed their high appreciation of the manner in which she had performed her duties during the time she had held the office of lady librarian, and the Clerk was requested to record the same on the minutes of the committee.
Mr. Claridge said there was an average of 500 books taken out each week, which the committee considered satisfactory. Miss Corbett’s services had been much appreciated.
The report was adopted.
Petty Sessions Court
Mr. Spencer gave notice that at the next meeting he should raise the question of the need for a full Petty Sessional Court for Rushden and should move a resolution thereon.
Mr. Bazeley said he wished to congratulate the Plans Committee on having moved in the matter of the municipal cottages. A lot of dissatisfaction had been expressed because it was thought the Council had dropped the whole scheme. The people of the town would be glad to find this was not the case. He hoped the matter would be treated by the committee as one of urgency and that the scheme would be carried through as quickly as possible.