|The Rushden Echo and Argus, 15th July 1955, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Flood prevention plan is to cost £17,000
A £17,000 safeguard against flooding, the condition of Hall Avenue after the repair work, and the handling of footpath re-construction in various streets were chief topics for discussion at Rushden Urban Council’s meeting on Wednesday.
The scheme for a relief sewer to prevent the flooding which had occurred periodically at the junction of Wellingborough Road and Duck Street, was adopted for submission to the Ministry after Mr. Cyril Freeman had moved its deferment.
It provides for an automatic pumping station, actuating a pumping main in Fitzwilliam Street and along Wellingborough Road to a point near Station Road.
Mr. Freeman expressed alarm about the cost, which he suggested might be nearer £30,000, and about the effectiveness of the plan, adding that the “receiving end” (the sewerage works) was not adequate.
The surveyor (Mr. A. Millar) said it was better to have a little temporary overloading at the works than to have flooding in Duck Street, Station Road and Washbrook Road.