|The Rushden Echo, 3rd May 1963, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Ratepayers’ Aim is 2,000 Members
Membership of Rushden Ratepayers’ and Tenants’ Association has increased to 320 since the organisation’s inception in March. Now, the committee is contemplating an organised system of canvassing which, it is hoped, will realise a total membership of about 2,000.
Mr. H. S. Wright, secretary, told the “Echo” this week: “The committee feel we are doing very well. We do, however, think that we could do much better.”
Membership during the past few weeks has grown in ones and twos through people approaching the association and asking to join.
So far there has been no intensive canvassing campaign, but when there is, says Mr. Wright, as many as 500 may join in a week.
Representatives have been seen in the public seats at the two latest meetings of the urban council. Their first objective, printed on the membership forms, is: “To safeguard the interests of the ratepayers and tenants of Rushden.”
Another of their objects is eventually to nominate members to stand for election on the council.
There is talk of combining with ratepayers’ associations at Wellingborough, Finedon and Kettering, to “safeguard people’s interests” in the county council.
Chairman of the association is Mr. R. Sutton, of 36 Oakley Road, a foreman engineer, who said, when trying to form the association: “The local council has got an absolutely free hand. There have been times when it has acted unwisely – and no one has done anything about it.”
The association intends to “Work in harmony with the council and appreciates the difficulties of councillors and officers.