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ANNUAL AND ORDINARY. 25th April, 1935.

5.—The Clerk reported the result of the Election of Councillors held on the 1st April, 1935, as follows

Elected. No. of Votes.

John Richard Booth 1,082

John William Edmondson 1,064

Thurston Bradshaw 901

Ignatius Baron 882

Not Elected, No. of Votes.

Richard Henry Whittaker 819

Joseph Radcliffe 497

Declarations of acceptance of Office were made by the newly- elected Councillors.

It was resolved that Councillor Edmondson be appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year, and the Chairman thanked the Council for his appointment.

15.—Resolved that the Chairmen of the respective Committees be as follows:-

Higher Education: Councillor Tattersall.

Finance: Councillor Ainsworth.

Building & Highways: Councillor Booth.

Sanitary: Councillor Smith.

The council resolved that the following be appointed as the Council’s representatives on the Schools Management Committees for the following Schools :—

Primitive Methodist: Councillor Bradshaw.

Rishton Wesleyans: - Councillor Wilson.

S. S. Peter and Paul’s: Councillor Trengove.

St. Charles’ R. C.: Councillor Gildert.

31.—The following were the Financial transactions of the Council during the past month:—

  £ s d
That the Collector had collected 388 1 5
Eachill Road Houses Rents 38 17 2
County Council (Main Roads) 77 6 9
Maternity and Child Welfare 142 11 0
Ministry of Health (Housing) 354 0 0
Ministry of Health (De-Rating) 432 0 0
Bank Interest 15 14

It was resolved that the Rishton District Nursing Association be. allowed the use of the Council Chamber for their Meetings during the ensuing year.

The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk were to attend the Urban District Councils Association Conference at Clacton-on-Sea on the 26th to the 29th June next.

The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk were to attend the Lancashire Urban District Councils Association Conference at Thornton in September next.

The Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and the Surveyor were to attend the Municipal and County Engineers Conference at Folkestone in June next.

The Chairman of the Sanitary Committee and the Sanitary Inspector were to attend the Sanitary Inspectors’ Association Annual Conference at Weymouth in September next.

A deputation on behalf of the owners of property re the Esplanade Improvement Scheme, consisting of Messrs W. Haworth and E. A. Sagar, was received when they asked the Council to reconsider the notices already served upon them with regard to the proposed paving and completing the Esplanade, etc. The matter was discussed and the deputation informed that the Council would let them know the results.

The Clerk submitted the Estimates for the General Rate for the year 1935-36. Resolved that the Estimate be approved and that a General Rate of 10/10 in the £ be laid and that the Clerk carry out the necessary formalities.

A report of the fire at Mr. B. Holden's Motor Garage, School Street, Rishton, on the 15th inst., was read.

A letter was read from the Lancashire Industrial Development Council enclosing an account of the Overseas Propaganda Scheme for the year ending 30th March, 1935 Resolved that this Council contribute one-twelfth of a penny in the £ of Rateable Value towards the cost of same.

A letter was read from Messrs. C. J. Lomax & Sons, with regard to the claims for damage to property. Resolved that they be written to requesting them to give a definite report on same.

The Clerk reported that the Insurance Office would be prepared to issue a policy to cover the Council’s liability to the children taking part in the parade and in organized and properly supervised sports on the 6th May, 1935, for the Silver jubilee Celebrations. Resolved that a policy be taken out.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 2nd May, 1935.

Resolved that Mr. G. A. Knowlson be appointed Head Teacher of the Higher Education Evening Class for the Session 1935-36, subject to the Classes being formed.

Resolved that the travelling expenses of Students attending Evening Classes outside Rishton be refunded provided that the Students have complied with the requirements.

The Librarian reported that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,754; juveniles, 231; and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 3,285.

The Surveyor Reported on the progress made on the improvements and alterations at the new Library. Resolved that same be accepted.

A letter was read from Mr. Meadon that he was asking the County Architect to proceed with the furniture and fittings for the new Library premises at Rishton with as little delay as possible.

Resolved that the Secretary’s salary be increased £5 per year, as from 1st April last.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING, 9th May, 1935.

Resolved that the Council approve of a General Rate to be made for the Urban District of Rishton at a rate of 10/10 in the £ in respect of the financial year ending the 31st. day of March, 1936, and that the Seal of the Council be affixed thereto.

RATING AND VALUATION, 9th May, 1935.

The Collector brought forward a proposal re the New Offices at York Mill. Resolved that same be accepted.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 9th May, 1935.

A list of Appeals and Voids were read on the General Rate levied on the 19th April, 1934, amounting to: Appeals, £82; Voids, £333 14s. 11d. Resolved that same be approved.

The Officer’s Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council during the month of April :—

  £ S P
That the Collector had collected 27 16 3
Eachill Road Houses Rents 30 16 10
That the Treasurer had received 107 15 1
That the Wages paid were 276 47 8
Invoices for Goods amounted to 66 17 4

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £763 11s. 3d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that the following Allotment transfers be approved:

Clarke’s Land: From Hudson to R. Williams; from W. Lord to V. Maden.

Goosey Butts: From W. Taylor to R. Rossall; from W. Taylor to J. Dean; from W. Taylor to J. Banks. From R. Williams to F. Eagles.

Holt: From J. W. Lord (deceased) to Joel Lord.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Thursday, 9th May, 1935

A Plan was submitted showing Proposed Additional Accommodation at the Rishton Depot for Messrs. Shell-Mex and B. P., Ltd. Resolved that same be approved.

The Surveyor reported that after consulting the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee he had instructed the Gas and Electricity Undertakings respectively to arrange to revert to Summer Lighting conditions after the 7th inst. Resolved that the action be confirmed and approved.

The Surveyor reported receipt of correspondence from the County Surveyor regarding Tenders for the supply of Cement and Ferrocrete for the Financial Year 1935-36.

It was reported that one of the tenants on Holt Street Allotments was desirous of altering the fence line to his plot. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Clerk and the Surveyor with power to act.

A discussion arose on matters relating to the War Memorial Site, and instructions were given in regard to the matter.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the word "SLOW" painted on the roadway in High Street on the North side near the approach to the Canal Bridge.

An application was received for the purchase of a quantity of old macadam. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorized to dispose of the material.

ORDINARY MEETING, 16th May, 1935.

Additional Accounts, amounting to £166 5s. 10d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

The following were the financial transactions of: the Council during the past month :—

  £ S D
That the Collector had collected 27 16 3
Eachill Road Houses rents 30 16 10
That the Treasurer had received 107 15 1
That the Wages paid were 276 14 8
Invoices for Goods amounted to 66 17 4

Mr. R. W. Renshaw‘s Report with regard to the inspection of the premises in Parker Street was read.

The replies received with regard to houses for sale were gone through.

The Clerk reported that Mr. F. Riley had had an accident whilst assisting with the unloading of flags from Messrs. Peacock Bros. (Mellor) Ltd., and that he had taken same up with the Insurance Co.

The Clerk reported that he had received a communication from the County Librarian suggesting a five years agreement in connection with the New Library. Resolved that same be approved of, subject to a satisfactory agreement being entered into.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 6th June, 1935.

The Officer’s Books produced show the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 £S D
that the Collector had collected   
Eachill Road Houses rents   
Ministry of Health De-Rating   
That the Treasurer had received   
That the Wages paid were   
Invoices for Goods amounting to   

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £3,513 7s. 2d. be passed for payment.

The Clerk reported that the Street Collections for the following Charities were going to be held in the District

Dr. Barnardo’s Home—24th August, 1935.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children—14th September, 1935.

The Clerk gave an Estimate for the supply of 100 copies of the 6—inch Scale Map of Rishton. Resolved that same be not accepted.

RATING AND VALUATION, 6th June, 1935.

The Rating Officer placed before the Committee two New Proposals for property in Harwood Road which had been made into shops. Resolved that same be approved of.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 6th. June, 1935.

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £10 0s. 2d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that the Syllabus for 1935/36, as submitted be approved, and that Messrs. J. & H. Smith’s quotation for printing same be accepted.

Resolved that the following persons be appointed teachers for this Session 1935/36, subject to the Classes being formed, and providing they are willing to accept such appointment :—Messrs. J. H. Henry, A. Noble, E. A Sagar and W. F. C. Schaefer, Mrs. Reardon-Parker, Mrs. Plummer, and Miss M. Noble.

Resolved that we advertise for Teachers for the New Classes.

Resolved that the Prize Distribution be held on Wednesday, the 4th day of September, 1935.

The Clerk reported that five out of the six students who sat for the Pitman’s Shorthand Speed Examination had been successful.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,754; Juveniles, 235; and that the total issue of books for the month of May was 3,231.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 13th Jun 1935.

A letter was read from the County Public Health Department with regard to the Sanitary Inspector obtaining samples of milk supplied to the Schools in our District, and to forward them to the appropriate Laboratory :

Resolved that the consent of this Council be given to the Sanitary Inspector to take samples of milk delivered to Schools in this Area.

Resolved that Mr. C. Woodcock take the Ambulance duty during the holiday week in July, and that the remuneration for same be left to the Finance Sub-Committee.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 13th June, 1935.

A plan was submitted for a Proposed Infants Class Room in Mary Street for the Trustees of Mary Street Methodist Chapel. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council’s Bye-Laws only as a temporary building for a. period of three years.

A proposal was submitted for a proposed Garage in Highfield Road for Mr. Tom Bradshaw. Resolved that the matter be deferred until the next meeting.

The Surveyor reported that he had communicated with the Gas; Water, Electricity and Telephone Undertakings regarding their respective services in the footpaths to be re-laid during the current financial year, and stated that satisfactory arrangements had been made.

Surveyor presented a letter received from the Divisional Road Engineer to the Ministry of Transport regarding interference with the sighting of Railway Signals by Road Traffic Light Signals.

The Surveyor presented a Report received by the Clerk of the inspection by Accrington Corporation Fire Brigade. Department of: fire hydrants in Rishton. Resolved that the Surveyor .be instructed to have the defects referred to in the report made good;

The Surveyor reported that a street lamp in Noble Street had been damaged, and informed the Committee of the steps he had taken in the matter.

The Surveyor reported receipt of correspondence from the County Surveyor in reference to Speed Limit and De restriction Signs, and explained the revised regulations received, regarding same.

The Surveyor reported that the Transport Sub-committee met on the 24th May to inspect the Leyland Wagon which required general repairs, and that after the inspection it was Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to interview Messrs. R. Rogerson & Sons and Messrs. G. Plant, both of Rishton, point out to them in detail the repairs necessary, and including providing and fixing two new rear mudguards and a new tool box, .and invite each firm to send in a Tender for the work, and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to have the engine decarbonised and place this work in the hands of Messrs. Ormerod Bros. of Great Harwood immediately.

The Surveyor further reported that the Transport Sub-Committee again met on the 27th May, when the sealed Tenders received from Messrs. Rogerson and Messrs. Plant were opened by the chairman, following which it was resolved that the Tender of Messrs. R. Rogerson & Sons be accepted, and the Surveyor be instructed to have the work put in hand at once.

Resolved that the whole of the recommendations and the action taken by the transport Sub-Committee at their meetings on the 24th and 27th. May be confirmed and approved.

Resolved that the action of the Chairman in instructing the Surveyor to arrange certain alterations in the Lighting time-table be confirmed and approved.

The Surveyor. read a letter froth the Manager to the Accrington District Gas and Water Board regarding the War Memorial Floodlighting and presented to the Committee the photograph of the War Memorial forwarded by Mr. Harrison. Resolved that thanks of this Committee be tendered to Mr. Harrison, and the Surveyor be authorised to have the photograph suitably framed.

The Surveyor reported that as the Sports Field used for the Jubilee Celebrations had been loaned conditional on the same being left clean and tidy and in the same condition as before use, he had to this end delivered a number of loads of sludge for use on the field. Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be confirmed and approved.

The Surveyor reported on an interview he had had with the County Architect’s assistant regarding drainage of the proposed New Senior School Site, and gave a detailed explanation to the Committee of the position. The surveyor also read a letter subsequently received from the County Architect regarding same. Resolved that the Chairman, Clerk and the Surveyor be requested to further consider the question and report to a future meeting.

The Surveyor read a letter he had forwarded to the Secretary of the Free Gardeners Club, Parker Street, and a. reply received to same regarding the condition of the brick boundary wall in Parker Street. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to serve notice on the owners under Section 30 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, requiring them within the period stated in the notice to repair the said wall so as to prevent any danger there from.

The Surveyor referred to the question of Housing, and asked for the Committee’s instructions. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare detailed plans and specifications for six non-parlour, two bedroom type houses (in pairs) on land on the south side of Fielding Street, (2) that alternative prices be obtained for brick and stone, and (3) that the Clerk be instructed to invite Tenders for the work.

The condition of certain fencing in Back Talbot Street, Back Parker Street, and the Back Parker Street entrance to Holt Street Recreation Ground was referred to. Resolved that the question be left to the Allotments Sub Committee.

ORDINARY MEETING, 20th June, 1935.

That a vote of condolence be passed to Mrs Taylor and Family on their sad bereavement on the death of Ex-Councillor James Taylor and that the appreciation of the services he had rendered when a Member of this. council be recorded.

The Chairman expressed the regret of the Council on the loss that Mr. P. Gilmartin had sustained on the death of his son. Resolved that a letter of sympathy be sent to Mr. and Mrs. P. Gilmartin and Family.

Additional Accounts amounting to £142 14s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

The following were the Financial transactions of the Council during the past month:-

  £ S d

That the Collector had collected

473

11

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

38

3

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

821

10

11

That the Wages paid were

345

6

5

Invoices for Goods amounted to

344

11

8

The Clerk reported that the Silver jubilee Celebrations had cost the Council £227 13s. 8d. Resolved that this sum he charged to the General Rate Fund.

Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Agreement for operation of a Town and Country Planning Scheme.

Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the application of the Charity Commissioners for transfers of’ Stock re Ellen Darwen’s Charity.

Councillor Tattersall gave his report of the Playing Fields Association Annual Meeting. Resolved that we subscribe £1 1s. 0d. towards same.

It was resolved that Councillor Gildert attend the Urban District councils Association Conference at Clacton-On-Sea in place. of Councillor Edmondson.

A letter was read with regard to forming a wood carving class in connection with the Rishton evening schools. Resolved that same be not entertained.

A letter was read from the clerk to the local elementary education committee (no 9 area) with regard to immunisation against diphtheria asking for further information, so that they can consider same. Resolved that we ask the Medical Officer of Health to make a report giving reasons for the introduction of these facilities.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

The Officer’s Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 

£

S

d

That the Collector had collected

1641

13

2

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

6

4

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

Bank Interest

3

7

9

War Loan Interest

35

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

2356

5

0

That the Wages paid were

223

7

5

Invoices for Goods amounting to

213

14

11

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £3,337 16s. 11d.,. Be passed for payment.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

The Rating Officer placed before the Committee the proposals re Licensed Houses. Resolved that same be approved of subject to particulars being obtained as to how the same was arrived at.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

A report was received with regard to the Bone Yard in Ashworth Street. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector make inquiries and take whatever action is necessary.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

The Clerk read the result of the Examinations of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institute as follows:-

 

Sat

First Class

Second Class

Failed

Preparatory Senior Technical Class

16

 

2

14

Preliminary Commercial

11

2

3

6

Junior Commercial

7

3

4

 

Horticulture

5

1

 

4

Resolved that the Head Teacher be asked for his observations on the result of the examinations.

Resolved that Prizes be given to the successful students, and that certificates be awarded for their attendance.

Resolved that Captain Petre and the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society be written to asking them to contribute towards the prizes.

Resolved that Councillor Tattersall (Chairman of the Higher Education Committee) and the Clerk attend the Annual meeting of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes, to be held at Bolton.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,757; Juveniles, 237; and that the total issue of books for the month of June was 2,900.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

The Clerk reported that he had received from the County Council a copy of the Bye-laws for the suppression of noises caused by the immoderate use of wireless loudspeakers, gramophones, etc., which had received the approval of the Home Secretary.

The Clerk reported that he had received the Bye-laws made by the County Council in respect of Street Trading by Young Persons less than 18 years of age, which had been confirmed by the Secretary of State.

Resolved that Mr. J. G. Henry be appointed to attend the Annual Conference of the North-Western Region of the National Savings Committee at Lytham Saint Anne’s, on the 11th and 12th October, 1935.

A report was react by the Commons, Open Spaces and Foot paths Preservation Society, that under the provisions of the Petroleum (Production) Bill, 1934, the Board of Trade was seeking to acquire powers to issue Licenses for the Licensees to enter upon any land to erect buildings or construction works without regard to public interest. Resolved that the matter be watched with regard to our own district.

The Clerk reported that he had attended an Emergency Help Committee Meeting of the Order of St. John and the British Red Cross Society, and he explained what the object was in forming the Committee.

Councillor Gildert and the Clerk gave a brief report of the Urban. District Council’s Association Conference held in June at Clacton-on-Sea. Resolved that same be accepted.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 10th July, 1935.

A plan was submitted for proposed Extensions to Workshop, Spring Street, Rishton, for Mr. R. H. Kenyon. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council’s Bye-laws.

A plan was submitted for proposed additions to the Furnishing Shop for Rishton Industrial Co Society, Ltd. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council’s Bye-laws.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the negotiations with the Free Gardeners’ Club; Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to serve a further Notice on the owners informing them that as they have neglected to comply with the requirements of the previous Notice, the Council intend to cause such works as they think proper to be done to effect the necessary repairs to the brick wall.

The Surveyor reported that he had drawn the attention of the Owners to the condition of the roof of the Outbuildings adjacent to the Roebuck Hotel, and stated that a satisfactory reply had been received;

The Surveyor submitted an application from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking for permission to lay additional cables in Whitebirk Drive. Resolved that the same be approved.

The Surveyor referred to the question of additional Playground Equipment. Resolved that the matter be deferred until the next Meeting of the Committee.

The Surveyor reported on the steps he had taken regarding the installation of Lea Recording Apparatus at the Sewage Works, and explained in detail the proposed scheme. The Surveyor also presented to the Committee a quotation dated 2nd July, amounting to £182 10s. 0d., from Messrs. The Lea Recorder Co., Ltd., for the installation complete of two sets of Recording Apparatus. Resolved that the scheme outlined by the Surveyor and the quotation of Messrs. The Lea Recorder Co., Ltd., be accepted and approved, and the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand.

The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had prepared a Specification for the Outside Painting of the 15 Houses in Eachill. Road, and presented the Specification to the Committee. The Clerk presented to the Committee the Sealed Tenders received for the work, and. same were opened by the Chairman. Resolved that the Tender of Mr. M. McIntosh be accepted, and the Surveyor be instructed to arrange to have the work put in hands.

The Surveyor reported on certain matters in connection with the Sewage Works and asked for the instructions of the Committee. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to deal with the matter on the lines indicated, and (2) that the Clerk be and he is hereby authorised to take proceedings if necessary.

The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had prepared detailed Plans for the Six Non parlour, Two Bedroom Type Houses on Fielding Street Site, that the preparation of the Specification was well advanced, and that an advertisement had been inserted in the press inviting Tenders for the work.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the wooden Building in School Street, belonging to Messrs. P. Drake & Sons, removed into the Council Yard.

A letter was read from the British Engine, Boiler and Electrical Insurance Co., Ltd., that their Surveyor had made an ordinary examination of the Steam Piping at the Sewage Works, Rishton, and that they found same in order.

ORDINARY MEETING, 25th July, 1935.

Additional Accounts amounting to £22 11s. 10d. were produced. Resolved that same he passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,428 1s.10d.

The following were the Financial transactions of the Council during the past month:-

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

1641

13

2

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

6

4

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

Bank Interest

3

7

9

War Loan interest

35

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

2356

5

0

That the Wages paid were

223

7

5

Invoices for Goods amounting to

213

14

11

Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Pawnbroker’s Licence of Mr. A. Gregory.

A Copy of the Report of the Urban District Councils Association Conference held at Clacton-on-Sea was distributed to the Councillors.

A letter was read from Mr. A. Collins, who assessed the sum to be paid by the Blackburn Corporation to this Council in settlement of the financial adjustments arising out of the alteration of boundaries under the Lancashire (Central and West Areas) Review Order, 1934. Resolved that same be accepted.

The Chairman reported an interview that he and Councillor Booth, along with the Clerk and Surveyor, had had with. Mr. Scurrah, the Agent for the Dunkenhalgh Estate, with regard to Cutt Wood, Lee Lane, Memorial Land, Esplanade and Holt Street Recreation Ground Allotments, and informed the Council that Mr. Scurrah had promised to give these things immediate attention.

Resolved that application be made to the Estate to re-open the old footpath from Norden Wood Tip to Lee Lane across the field from the L. M. & S. Railway to the roadway opposite Tottleworth Lee Farm.

The Clerk reported that he had been informed that Mr. Haworth’s cows had got into the Goosey Butts Allotments on Sunday, the 14th of July; last, and had done damage to the fence and crops of some of the Allotment Holders. Resolved that we make good the gate at Goosey Butts Allotments. Resolved that Mr. Haworth be asked to meet the Allotments Sub-Committee.

A letter was read from Mr. T. W. Shepherd complaining of the damage done to his fences and stock adjoining the Holt Street Recreation Ground. Resolved that the matter be referred to the County Council, as he held his Allotments under them.

Resolved that the grass be cut on the Harwood Road Recreation Ground.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 1st August, 1935.

A plan was submitted for proposed Additional Lavatory Accommodation at Rishton Conservative Club. Resolved that the same be approved.

The Surveyor referred to the question of Additional Play ground Equipment. Resolved that the matter he deferred until the next Meeting of the Committee.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had ordered the Recording Apparatus for use at the Sewage Works, and that the whole installation had been completed and was now working.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had engaged the services of an additional night watchman at the Sewage Works, and stated that there was nothing further to report to date.

The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had commenced work on the outside painting of the Eachill Road houses, and that he had found it necessary to have repair work carried out to doors, windows, etc. Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be approved and any further repair work carried out as required.

Surveyor reported that the mowing of the grass on Holt Street and Harwood Road Recreation Grounds hat been completed, and that as instructed he had put the work of mowing the grass on the Esplanade in hand.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had examined the main and wicket gates to Goosey Butts Allotments, and found same, in his opinion, beyond repair. The Surveyor further reported that he had accordingly ordered new gates to be made and fixed by Mr. J. Clarke. Resolved that the action of the Surveyor be approved.

Councillor Booth referred to matters relating to Goosey Butts Allotments, and suggested that the height of certain fencing be increased. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Allotments Sub-Committee.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had prepared a plan of Lee Lane Widening Scheme showing the area of land required and forwarded same to the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

The Surveyor reported that the Assistant County Surveyor had interviewed him regarding Lee Lane Widening Scheme, and presented to the Committee a letter he had subsequently ,received from the County Surveyor. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare the additional plans and details required and forward same to the County Surveyor, and (2) that it be a recommendation of this Committee that the work be carried out by direct labour.

The Surveyor reported on Housing matters and the result to date of the advertisement inviting Tenders for the erection of the proposed Houses. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to insert a further advertisement in the Northern. Daily Telegraph on the 3rd 5th and 6th inst., again inviting Tenders for the work.

The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had prepared a plan showing the direction of a proposed footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane, and forwarded same with a covering letter outlining the Council’s suggestions to the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

Resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the Press inviting. Tenders for the repair work on the wall in Parker Street belonging to the Free Gardeners’ Club.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 8th August, 1935.

The Officer’s Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 

£

S

d

That the Collector had collected

12,472

0

0 ½

Eachill Road Houses Rents

29

18

4

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

Ministry of Health Housing

150

0

0

Ministry of Transport— Salary, Surveyor

95

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

13,184

8

8

That the Wages paid were

251

4

9

Invoices for Goods amounting to

303

5

8

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £2,786 8s. 3d. be passed for payment.

Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved:-

Goosey Butts: From Wm. Taylor to Whittaker Taylor

Norden (New Plot) : To Tames and Mabel Hollis.

Clarke's: From Wm. Lord to Jas. Haslam.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 8th August, 1935.

The Rating Officer read a letter received from Mr. Wilson, the Valuer, re Licensed Houses, and also gave particulars of Assessments during the last five years. It was resolved that the Assessment for 1935 be accepted.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE, 8th August, 1935.

A letter was read from the County Council enclosing copies of the Bye-law re shouting or otherwise making loud noises to the disturbance or annoyance of the residents, which will become applicable in this district on confirmation by the Home Secretary. Resolved that the receipt of same be acknowledged.

A letter was read from the Solicitor of Messrs. G. & T. Earle, Ltd., enclosing grant of Letters of Administration with the will annexed in respect of the Estate of Arthur Edward Drake, the surviving partner of the firm of Messrs. Phineas Drake & Sons, Haslingden. Resolved that same be acknowledged, and that a statement of account be prepared and submitted to the Council before same is forwarded.

Resolved that the Paviors wages be increased ½ d. per hour according to the Blackburn Building Trades Association List.

The Clerk reported that he had obtained the list of the Rate of wages payable to Street Sweepers, from the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitney Council. Resolved that same be left over to the next Meeting.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 8th August, 1935.

Resolved that during the temporary absence from duty of Dr. J. Ferguson, L. R. C. P. & S., Medical Officer of Health for this District, that his partner, Dr. Jas. Ross, M. B., be appointed Deputy Medical Officer of Health for the Urban District of Rishton, subject to the approval of the Minister of Health.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 8th August, 1935.

The Clerk reported that the Lancashire County Council Higher Education Committee had granted the sum of £785 12s. 6d. towards the estimate expenditure for the Session 1935-36.

Applications for the appointment of a Teacher to the French, Dressmaking and Poultry Classes were considered

Resolved that the following persons be appointed Teachers for the Session 1935-36, subject to the Classes being formed:-

French: Miss B. M. Holden.

Dressmaking: Mrs. F. Worsley.

Poultry-keeping: Mr. G. Proctor.

The Clerk reported that he had heard from Mr. Meadon that he regretted he was not free to come to distribute the Prizes on Wednesday, the 4th September, 1935, and that he had written to Miss Burrows, of Blackburn.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,762; Juveniles, 237; and that the total issue of books for the month of July was 2,456.

ORDINARY MEETING, 15th August, 1935.

Additional Accounts amounting to £42 12s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £2,904 5s. 2d.

The following were the Financial Transactions of the Council during the past month :—

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

12,472

0

0 ½

Eachill Road Houses Rents

29

18

4

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

Ministry of Health Housing

150

0

0

Ministry of Transport—Salary, Surveyor

95

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

13,184

8

8

That the Wages Paid were

251

4

9

Invoices for Goods amounting to

303

5

8

A scale of charges of the Whitley Council for non-trading services was considered. Resolved that the street sweepers wages be increased ½ d. per hour as from the 1st July, 1935.

Resolved that the pail closet and tip men’s wages be increased ¼ d. per hour as from the 1st July, 1935.

Resolved that the tender of Messrs. J. W. Clarke & Sons, Cock Bridge, Great Harwood, for taking down and re-building certain portions of the brick boundary wall adjoining the Free Gardeners’ Working Men’s Club, Parker Street, Rishton, be accepted.

Resolved that the gardener of the War Memorial come under the control of the Surveyor.

A letter was read from Messrs. James Hanson, Ltd., with regard to Wheatfield Mill.

The letter to the Ministry of Health re Rishton Mill and Wheatfield Mill was read. Resolved that same be approved of.

It was reported that the County were Obtaining estimates for the work of the New Library at the Liberal Club.

The Clerk reported that he had received a memorandum from the Home Office with regard to Air Raid Precautions.

The Clerk reported that he had received the summary and the information obtained with regard to the joint Infectious Diseases Hospital accommodation.

A letter was read from Mr. Tollett. Resolved that the Clerk call a meeting of the old Rishton Band.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 5th September, 1935.

A plan was submitted for a proposed wooden garage for Mr. Appleton, at the rear of his residence, Blackburn Road. Resolved that the plan be disapproved.

The question of Playground equipment was considered Resolved :—(1) That Councillors Tattersall and Sanderson be requested to inspect Recreation Grounds and report to the next meeting of this Committee; and (2) that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Ainsworth, Gildert, and Wilson be appointed to consider the matter and report to the next meeting of this Committee.

The Surveyor presented the Reports of the night watchman at the Sewage Works.

The Surveyor reported on the progress of the work of the outside painting of Eachill Road houses. Resolved that a sub-committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Tattersall, and Trengove be appointed to inspect the interiors of the houses in Eachill Road and report to the next meeting of this Committee.

The Surveyor reported that the new main gate and wicket gate to Goosey Butts Allotments had been fixed.

Surveyor reported that, as instructed, Councillors Booth; and Edmondson, together with the Clerk and himself, had had an interview with Mr. Edge. The Surveyor also read to the Committee a letter received from Mr. Edge regarding a site at Norden. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to inform Mr. Edge that this Council would be prepared to consider a proposal to erect a building on buildings on the Norden site referred to on certain conditions, which would he stated following the consideration of any plans showing the proposals submitted in accordance with the Council’s Bye-Laws to the Council by Mr. Edge.

The Clerk read a letter received from Mr Edge together with the whole of the correspondence with the Ministry of Health on the matter. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to inform Mr. Edge that this Council cannot sanction any proposal to erect a building or buildings over any sewer or sewers in the district.

The Surveyor reported that as instructed Councillor Edmondson, the Clerk and himself had the representative of the firm from which enquiries had been received regarding Wheatfield Mill, and the Clerk reported that he had now been informed that the firm in question had decided not to proceed further in the matter.

The Clerk presented to the Committee the Tenders received for the erection of the proposed Six Non-Parlour Type Houses in Fielding Street, and the tenders were opened by the Chairman in the presence of the Committee.

Resolved that the following recommendations of this Council be forwarded to the Minister of Health —(1) That the tender of Messrs Richard Cragg & Son, Great Harwood, be accepted and (2) that the houses be erected in brick.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date in regard to the following matters at present receiving the consideration of the Dunkenhalgh Estate :—

(1) Lee Lane Widening Scheme.

(2) Cutt Wood

(3 Land in the vicinity of the War Memorial

(4) The Esplanade.

(5) Fencing in Close Brow.

(6) Proposed Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane

The Clerk further reported that he had received from the Solicitors to the Dunkenhalgh Estate the Deed of Gift in connection with the Esplanade duly completed.

The Surveyor reported that, acting on the instructions of the Chairman, he had arranged for the Lighting of the Street Lamps in the district to commence on the 23rd August. Resolved:— (1) That the action of the Chairman and the Surveyor be confirmed and approved; and (2) that the Surveyor be authorised to inform the Accrington District Gas and Water Board that this Council are agreeable to the Board continuing the Lighting and Maintenance of the Public Gas Lamps in. Rishton for the Lighting Season 1935-36 under the same terms and conditions as during last year.

The Surveyor read to the Committee a letter from Mr. Nixon, 10, Harwood Road, Rishton, offering the sum of £5 for the old street watering tank at present stored at the Sewage Works, conditional on the Council delivering the tank in Mr. Nixon’s Yard, Back High Street. Resolved that the offer be accepted, and the Surveyor be instructed to have the tank delivered accordingly.

Surveyor report that Mr. G. Knowles was desirous of obtaining a few loads of manure from the Council Yard. Resolved that Mr. Knowles be informed that the Council have no manure for disposal.

The Surveyor reported that, on the instructions of the County Surveyor a Traffic Census had been taken on both Blackburn Road and Whitebirk Drive on August 12th to August 18th, both inclusive, and informed the Committee that all the details had been forwarded to the County Offices. After discussion it was resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to make a further application to the County Council for the installation of Automatic Traffic Control Signals at the junction at Harwood Road corner of Road .678 and A.6064.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to make the necessary arrangements with Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking for the installation of electric light in the Mortuary.

Resolved that Mr. Spencer be appointed to clean the Mortuary, and that he receive 1s. per week extra for doing same.

A question was raised regarding the use of the occupation road leading from Tottleworth Road to Holt Allotments. Resolved:— (1) That the matter be left to the Allotments Sub-Committee, with power to act; and (2) that Councillor Baron be appointed a member of the Sub-Committee in this instance in place of Councillor Booth.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 5th September, 1935

A letter was read from the Ministry of Health with regard to the storing of bones, etc., in Ashworth Street, Rishton. Resolved that same he referred to the Sanitary Committee.

A letter was read from the Trades and Labour Council with regard to the Air Raid Precautions. Resolved that same be referred to the next meeting.

The Clerk reported that he had received the Deed of Gift from the Dunkenhalgh Estate relating to the Esplanade.

The Clerk reported that he was going to attend the Lancashire Association Urban District Councils Conference.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 5th September, 1935.

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting £36 5s., be passed for payment.

A letter was read from Mrs. Reardon-Parker resigning her position as teacher of the Arts and Crafts Course. Resolved that her resignation be accepted and that she be thanked for her past services.

A letter was read from Mr. A. Noble in respect of an extra teacher for the Evening School, when the Clerk was instructed to inform him no alteration of the teachers appointed could he made at present.

A letter was read from Mr. Baxendale with regard to certain books still being outstanding. Resolved that a copy of same he forwarded to the County Librarian.

The Clerk reported the arrangements which had been made for the Prize Distribution.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was:— Adults, 2,764; Juveniles, 237 ;- and that the total issue of books for the month of August was 2,967.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 12th September, 1935.

The Officers’ Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month:-

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

434

7

0

Eachill Road Houses Rents

38

19

0

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

That the Treasurer had received

649

0

8

That the Wages Paid were

426

9

2

Invoices for Goods amounting to

239

5

0

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £3,412 10s. 1d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that the following allotment transfers be approved:—

Goosey Butts: From Mrs. Edge to Jas. Hy. Clegg.

Norden: From R. Williams to Wm. McLachlan.

Resolved that the Horticultural Class be allowed the use of a vacant plot on one of the allotments.

Resolved that repairs be made to fence arid gates on the Hermitage Street Allotments.

Resolved that the Allotments Subcommittee go into the question of supplying water to the Allotments, with power to act.

Resolved that Public Notice be given that all persons not having paid their rate laid on the 6th day of May, 1935, on or before the 8th day of November, 1935, and that Mr. W. H. Cottam is hereby authorised and empowered to summons all such defaulters accordingly.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 12th September, 1935.

Resolved that notice be given to the owner of No. 1, Ashworth Street, Rishton, to carry out certain work as stated in the Sanitary Inspector’s Report.

A letter was read from the Ministry of Health with regard to the storing of bones, etc., in Ashworth Street, Rishton. Resolved that the Medical Officer of Health report on same next week.

A letter was read from the County Medical Officer of Health with regard to the examinations of the samples of milk obtained from Higher Sidebeet Farm, Rishton.

Complaints having been received with regard to the Tip at Norden, it was resolved that notice be erected that nothing shall be tipped there unless the man in charge is present. It was also resolved that a notice be erected that trespassers will be prosecuted.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 12th September, 1935.

Mr. G. A. Knowlson attended, and explained that owing to the alterations in the Lancashire and Cheshire Syllabus certain alterations would be required. Resolved that our Technical Courses this session consist of :—

(a) Preliminary Continuative Course: Mathematics, English, Drawing, Science for School leavers.

(h) Preparatory Senior Technical First; Mathematics, English, Drawing, Science.

A letter was read from Mr. A. Noble resigning his position as teacher of the Evening Classes, Resolved that the same be accepted, and that he be thanked for his past services. No appointment to be made to fill his post at present.

Resolved that a letter be sent to the Blackburn Board of Education with regard to free scholarships.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 12th September, 1935.

A letter was read from Mr. T. W. Bracewell informing us that he could not undertake the supervision of Rishton Mill, as requested by Messrs. James Hanson, Ltd.

An appeal was read from the Hemsworth Urban District Council with regard to the South Kirkby Colliery Disaster Relief Fund. An application was to be made to the Ministry of Health to approve of the grant of £10 towards this Fund. Resolved that it be left to the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk to advertise that a Relief Fund was opened.

A letter was read from the Rhondda Urban District Council asking this Council to support the following resolution:-

Resolved: (1) That with the view of preventing rack- renting, the Government be urged to introduce amending legislation in order to bring all houses within the provisions of the Rent Restrictions Act, or, alternatively to fix a maximum rental which may be charged in respect of decontrolled houses. (2) That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, and the local Member of Parliament.

Resolved that Councillor T. Bradshaw attend the Lancashire Association Urban District Council Conference to be held at Thornton and Cleveleys.

Resolved that instructions be given by the Surveyor to the gardener to obtain plants for the War Memorial suitable to the season of the year.

Resolved that the memorandum re Air Raid Precautions be put before the next meeting.

Resolved that the members of the Council visit the tip at Bradford on Wednesday, the 25th September, 1935.

PUBLIC MEETING, 19th September, 1935.

Councillor Trengove introduced Mrs. Robert Clayton.

Mrs. Robert Clayton, of the " Turrets," Blackburn Road, Rishton, attended and presented a gold chain and pendant to the Chairman of the Council in memory of her late husband, Mr. Robert Clayton, J.P., to he worn by all succeeding Chairmen during their term of office. The Chairman accepted the chain, on behalf of the Council.

Resolved that the best thanks be given to Mrs. Robert Clayton for her handsome gift.,

LIBRARY SUB-COMMITTEE, 17th September, 1935.

Mr. Irwin, County Librarian, attended.

The Tenders received by the County Council were submitted for the building alterations and fittings of the New Library. Resolved-—

(1) That the tender of Mr. R. Mitton for the building alterations be accepted, and

(2 That the tender of Messrs. R. Butler & Sons for the fittings be accepted.

ORDINARY MEETING, 19th September, 1935.

Additional Accounts amounting to £35 9s. 2d. were produced. Resolved that same he passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,510 8s. 3d.

The following were the financial transactions during the past month :—

 

£

s

d

That the Collector had collected

434

7

0

Eachill Road Houses Rents

38

19

0

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

That the Treasurer had received

649

0

8

That the Wages paid were

426

9

2

Invoices for goods amounting to

239

5

0

The Chairman of the Council. introduced the memorandum that had been issued by the Home Office with regard to Air Raid Precautions, and a long discussion followed. Resolved that this matter be deferred until the County Council have considered same.

Resolved that the. Chairman of the council and Councillors Gildert, Sanderson, Smith and Trengove form a Sub-Committee to meet a Sub-Committee from the British Legion to make the necessary arrangements for, Remembrance Day.

SPECIAL HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 24th September, 1935.

A letter was read from the District Auditor with regard to the purchase of the Library. It was resolved that the points as drafted by the Chairman be submitted for the Auditor’s consideration.

SPECIAL MEETING, 26th September, 1935.

Mr. Real, the District Auditor, attended with regard to the purchase of the premises known as the Liberal Club, Rishton, for Library purposes. Resolved that this Council approach the Lancashire Education Committee with a view to their purchasing same.

Mr. Real informed the meeting that he adjourned the audit for two months.

Resolved that an appointment be made with the Director of Education for next week.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 3rd October, 1935.

The Treasurer’s Balance was reported to be £153.

Resolved that the Account amounting to £14 5s. 0d. be passed for payment.

G. A. Knowlson, headmaster, attended and reported that the number of students on the register was made up as follows:-

Class

On Register.

Technical

30

Commercial Preliminary

17

Commercial junior

22

Domestic

17

Arts and Crafts

15

Dressmaking

21

Elocution

13

French

11

Typewriting

17

Horticulture

10

Poultry Keeping

9

 

182

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,775; Juveniles, 252; and that the total issue of hooks for the month of September was 2,953.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE, 3rd October, 1935.

An application was made by Walter Barnes to take over Barrie Holden’s garage as from the 18th September, 1935. Resolved that Mr. Barnes be accepted as a tenant on the same terms and conditions that Mr. Holden held same.

The Statement of King George’s jubilee Trust Fund was submitted to the meeting and approved of.

The Clerk reported that he had received a letter on the 16th ultimo from Mr. Warhurst enclosing a Notice of Appeal against the decision of the Traffic Commissioners of the North-Western Area. "Resolved that in the opinion of this Council, the decision of the Traffic Commissioners on the application of the Accrington Corporation for a variation of their return fares as set out in No. 200 of ‘Notices and Proceedings‘ (and which decision is contained in No. 212 of such ‘Notices and Proceedings‘) should stand and not be amended or modified and that this Council join with the Clayton-le-Moors, Church, Great Harwood and Oswaldtwistle Urban District Councils in supporting the Traffic Commissioners decision, and resisting any appeal against such decision."

An Account for Rebates and Repayment of Contractor’s deposits was produced amounting to £30. Resolved that same he passed for payment.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 3rd October 1935.

A Plan was submitted for four dwelling-houses in Blackburn Road for Mr. R. Mitton. Resolved—

(1) That the plans, be approved under the Council’s Bye-Laws, and

(2) That the plans be .forwarded to the county Surveyor for his consideration.

A Plan was submitted for eleven dwelling-houses in St. Charles’ Road for Messrs. T. Robinson & Co. Resolved that the plans be approved under the. Council's Bye-Laws subject to the following conditions being complied with

(1) That. doorstep and street, levels are fixed in accordance with the instruction of the Surveyor, and

(2) That all drainages is carried out to The: Sanitary Inspector’s requirements.

The Surveyor reported that the plans, specification and other details in respect of the proposed houses on Fielding Street Site had been forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking regarding the lighting of the Mortuary by electricity, and presented to the Committee a quotation dated 23rd September from the Undertaking. Resolved, that the quotation be accepted, and the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the work to be put in hand.

The Surveyor reported that two Speed Limit Signs in Blackburn Road had been damaged, and stated that he had reported the matter to the County Surveyor. The Surveyor also read a letter received from the County Surveyor regarding same.

The Surveyor reported that he had notified the County Surveyor that the parapet wall of Holt Mill had been damaged, and read a letter received from the County Surveyor regarding same.

The Surveyor read a letter from the Agent to the Dunkenhalgh Estate stating the conditions on which the Trustees of the Estate were prepared to give the land required for the widening of Lee Lane. Resolved—

(1) That the conditions be accepted, and

(2) That the Surveyor be instructed to notify the Trustees of the Estate and the County Surveyor accordingly.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the following schemes at present receiving the consideration of the Dunkenhalgh Estate, and further instructions were given regarding same :—.

(1) Cutt Wood

(2) Land in the vicinity of the War Memorial.

(3) Fencing in Close Brow.

(4) Proposed footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to put in hand the work of draining Cutt Wood immediately notice is received from the Estate that Cutt Wood has been leased to the Council.

The Surveyor reported that he had attended a meeting of the Surveyors to the Constituent Authorities of the Regional Planning Committee on the 26th September, and informed the Committee of the business transacted.

Resolved that Councillor Booth and the Surveyor be appointed to represent this Council as delegates to the Eighth Public Works Roads and Transport Congress and Exhibition (1935) to he held in the Royal Agricultural Hall, London, from the 18th to the 23rd November, both inclusive.

Councillor Booth reported that the Allotments Sub Committee recommended that certain repair work to gates and fencing on Hermitage Street Allotments be carried out. Resolved that the recommendations be accepted and approved, and the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand.

Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to arrange for a Notice to be fixed in the Waiting Room at Harwood Road Corner requesting persons using the Waiting Room to use moderate language and refrain from spitting, etc.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 10th October, 1935.

The Officer’s Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month:

 

£

s

d

That the Collector had collected

1,807

14

4

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

13

10

County Council (Main Roads)

1,740

0

0

County Council (Loans)

643

0

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,638

5

4

That the Wages paid were

269

13

7

invoices for Goods amounting

515

5

1

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £955 7s. 7d, be passed for payment.

The Clerk reported that there was a sum of 19/10 in the Miners’ Distress Fund, 1929. Resolved that same he transferred to the South Kirby Colliery Disaster Relief Fund.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 10th October, 1935.

Proposals for New Property in Blackburn Road were placed before the Committee by the Rating Officer, which were agreed to on condition that the Gross Value be reduced by the odd 10/-.

The Rating Officer reported that he had received Notices of Appeal from J. Taylor representing the following Mills, viz. : —

R. & T. Clayton, Bridgefield Mill.

W. F. Chambers & Sons, Ltd., Daisy Hill Mill.

Rishton Victoria Mill Co., Ltd. (J. Hoyle & Sons, Ltd.), Victoria Mill.

Spring Mill Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Spring Mill.

York Mill Co., Ltd., York Mill.

GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE, 10th October 1935.

The Clerk reported that he had received Notice from the County Treasurer that they were coming to audit the Main Road Accounts for the year ended 31st March, 1935, on Monday next, the 14th inst.

A letter was read from the Lancashire Agricultural Committee with regard to Mr. T. W. Shepherd’s small holding at Rishton, informing us that the fencing on that side of his holding adjoining the piece of ground used by the District Council for Public Recreation purposes was constantly being broken down and asking us what steps would be taken to prevent further damage to Mr. Shepherd’s fences. Resolved that same be referred to the Building and Highway Committee.

A letter was read from Mrs. B. H. Marsden and family expressing their appreciation of the expressions of sympathy that they had received from this Council.

An application for Mr. W. Kembery, 41, Chapel Street, Rishton for the erection of a temporary Tool Shed at the rear of his house was produced. Resolved that same be approved under the Council’s Bye-laws only as a temporary building for a period of three years.

Resolved that the War Memorial be flood lighted during the ordinary lighting time.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 10th October, 1935.

The Report of Dr. J. Ferguson with regard to the Bone Yard was read. Resolved that the Clerk send a Report to the Ministry of Health in reply to their letter of the 26th August last, together with copy correspondence.

ORDINARY MEETING, 17th October, 1935.

Additional Accounts amounting to £121 14s. 7d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £1,120 7s. 3d.

The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month :—

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

1807

14

4

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

13

10

County Council (Main Roads)

1740

0

0

County Council (Loans)

643

0

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4638

5

4

That the Wages Paid were

269

13

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

515

5

1

It was reported that Mr. Gilmartin had met with an accident. Resolved that a letter he sent to him wishing him a speedy recovery.

A letter was read from the County Library Committee asking for the Estimates of the Local Library Expenses for the years 1936-7 to be in their hands not later than the 21st November, 1935. Resolved that the Local Library Estimates Sub-Committee be called.

Resolved that the War Memorial be floodlighted for 5 hours each evening from now until the end of the lighting season, in accordance with Mr. A. J. Harrison’s letter of the 14th Inst., at a cost of £17.

A plan was submitted by Mr. Heap for sanction to erect a green-house 40 feet by 17 feet at Hermitage Street Allotments. Resolved that same be approved, subject to the green-house being erected so as not to interfere with any existing paths or roads on the Allotments.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 7th November, 1935.

The Officers Books produced showed :the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

637

1

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

31

5

0

Ministry of Health De-rating

451

0

0

Ministry of Health (Housing)

170

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1335

2

3

That the Wages Paid were

339

17

6

Invoices for Goods. amounting to

508

7

8

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £822 4s. 3d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that the following Allotment transfers be approved :--

Hermitage Street: From Hugh Taylor to Turner and Yates.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 7th November, 1935.

The Chairman reported that he had had several meetings with the Secretaries and members of the Rishton band, and that at a meeting held on the 28th October, at which Mr. Gilroy, J.P., and Mr. T. W: Bracewell J.P., C.C., were present, it had been resolved to ask this Council to appoint four members of the Council to act, along with four members of the Band, as the Finance Committee, and that such Committee shall hold monthly meetings.

A letter Was read from Mr. E. Dales, Solicitor to the Administrator of Messrs. Phineas Drake & Sons, informing us that he had advised his clients to apply for the estate to be wound up in bankruptcy. Resolved that the matter be referred to the Sub-Committee to report, at the next meeting.

The Chairman invited the members of the Council to accompany him to the Parish Church to commemorate Armistice Day on Sunday, the 10th November.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 7th November, 1935.

The Treasurer’s balance was reported to be £316 12s. 6d. a further cheque having been received from the Lancashire County Council for £196.

Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Master, attended, and reported that the number of students on the register was made up as follows :—

Class

On Register

Senior Preparatory Technical

30

Commercial Preliminary

17

Commercial junior

25

Domestic

19

Arts and Crafts

17

Dressmaking

31

Elocution

16

French

17

Typewriting

18

Horticulture

19

Poultry Keeping

15

 

224

The Librarians Report was read that the number of registered readers was :——Adults 2,776, Juveniles 259 ; and that the total issue of books for the month of October was 3,729.

Councillor Tattersall gave a report of the arrangements that had been made with regard to the Social and Dance to be held in connection with the Evening Schools on Thursday, the 19th December, 1935. Resolved that same be accepted.

The Chairman read a letter from the Director of Education stating that the Education Committee were prepared to help Priscilla Woods in her studies.

Resolved that we write to the Lancashire Agricultural Committee asking if they could kindly arrange for a lecturer to visit the Poultry Keeping Class and also the Horticulture Class.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 7th November, 1935.

Resolved that notices be served upon the owners of 33, 35 and 37, Hermitage Street, and 80, Burton Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary work to make the houses fit for habitation.

A letter was read from the Ministry of Health with regard to the Ashworth Street Works. Resolved that a reply be sent stating that we would take the necessary steps in order to remove the nuisance.

The Clerk reported that he had received the Housing Circulars issued in. accordance with the Housing Act, 1935, and that such circulars required the Local Authorities to make a house-to-house survey in their own areas with regard to overcrowding.

Resolved that Mr. H. Woodcock be appointed Temporary Assistant Clerk to his father, to assist him in carrying out the housing survey, at a salary of 35s. per week.

Resolved that the requisition required for the ambulance be obtained.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 7th November, 1935.

An amended plan was submitted in connection with the approved alterations at the Conservative Club. Resolved that the same be approved.

The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor intimating that details of the Lee Lane Widening Scheme had been submitted to the Ministry of Transport with an application for grant.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee the report of the Special Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Booth, Tattersall and Trengove, appointed to inspect the interiors of Eachill Road houses. Resolved (1) that the Clerk be instructed to prepare a statement of the Eachill Road Houses Account and present same to the next meeting of this Committee, and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to have the whole of the repairs and renewals referred to on Page 3 of the report carried out as early as practicable.

Surveyor reported that acting on the instructions of the Chairman he had obtained and fixed a new street name plate at Norden. Resolved that the action be confirmed and approved.

Surveyor reported that as instructed he had put in hand the repair work and new gates for Hermitage Street Allotments.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to post up in the Tool house a list of the rates of pay to workmen employed by the Council.

Resolved, that the. Surveyor be instructed to have the scavenging trucks painted, and whitewashing and other repairs carried out in the Stables, Tool House, Store Room, etc., in the Council Yard.

Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to take down the old flagpole from the roof of the Council Offices and have the roof made good; and (2): that the purchase and fixing of a new flagpole be left in the hands of Councillor Booth and the Surveyor.

Surveyor reported that Councillor Booth and himself had interviewed a representative of the County Architect’s Department regarding the Sewering of the proposed New Senior School Site in Stourton Street, and outlined to the Committee the points raised at the interview. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the negotiations on the lines indicated.

The Surveyor reported that the floodlighting of the War Memorial was now in operation in Accordance with instructions received at the Council Meeting on October 17th.

The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor intimating that the Council’s application for the erection of Automatic Traffic control Signals at Harwood Road Corner had been disapproved

The Surveyor reported that the complete scheme for the establishment of crossings for foot passengers on roads in the Urban District of Rishton had been approved by the Minister of Transport. The Surveyor also presented to the Committee a list of Tenders received for the supply of Beacons, and Studs, and read a further letter received from the Minister of Transport regarding same. Resolved (1) that the tender of Messrs. Samuel Osborn & Co., Ltd., for the supply of studs, be accepted, (2) that the tender of Messrs. John Needham & Sons, Ltd., for the supply of beacons, be accepted; (3) that the Surveyor be instructed to forward these recommendations to the Ministry of Transport, and (4) that the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand immediately the Council’s recommendations have been approved by the Minister of Transport.

The Surveyor reported that he had disposed of 130 sup., yards of old flags to Messrs. Thomas Eaton & Son, of Blackburn. Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be confirmed and approved.

The Surveyor reported that he had received the following further orders for old flags;

(1) Lancashire County Council—220 sup. yards.

(2) Masers. Thomas Eaton & Soil,. Blackburn—400 sup. yards.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to dispose of the flags.

The Surveyor read to the Committees a notice which had appeared in the Press of the Lancashire County Councils intention to make an order under Section 1 (4) of the Road Traffic Act, 1934, regarding an alteration in the restricted and unrestricted lengths of Blackburn Road A.678. The Surveyor also stated that acting on the instructions of the Chairman of the Council, the Cleric had forwarded an objection to the proposal, and suggested that the new position bf the restriction sign should be at or near the Railway Bridge, Cutt Wood. Resolved that the Chairman’s action be confirmed and approved.

The Surveyor reported that his attention had again been drawn to a case of flooding under the floor of the living room of No. 11, Highfield Road, and informed the Committee of the result of his inspection.

The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor requesting details of the mileage of road of all classes in Rishton, restricted, or unrestricted, as at 30th September, 1935, and informed the Committee that the required details had been forwarded.

The Surveyor read a letter from Messrs. A. M. Peebles & Son (1927) Ltd, drawing the Council’s attention to the speed of motor vehicles passing their works entrance, and requesting the Council to consider the erection of a warning, notice. Resolved that the matter, be referred to the police.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to purchase one new complete set of drain rods from Messrs. The Spring Rod Co., Ltd., Cherry Tree, near Blackburn.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to purchase six new barrow’s from Messrs. Bracewell, Clayton-Le-Moors.

The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter and Estimate Forms from the County Surveyor relating to the County Road Estimates, 1936-37, and asked for instructions as to works to be included in the Annual Main Roads Estimates.

ORDINARY MEETING, 28th November, 1935.

Additional Accounts amounting to £12 9s. 4d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,019 19s. 4d.

The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month :—

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

637

1

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

31

5

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

Ministry of Health (Housing)

170

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1335

2

3

That the Wages Paid were

339

17

6

Invoices for Goods amounting to

508

7

8

Resolved that the flag of the Council be put up on Christmas Day.

A letter was read from the Whitefield Urban District Council with regard to the lighting of the Beacons at the Pedestrian Crossings. Resolved that the Minister of Transport be urged to issue a regulation authorising the lighting of Beacons at Pedestrian Crossings and agreeing to contribute towards the cost in the same ratio as to the cost of the crossing.

A letter was read from the Superintendent of Police with regard to the speed of vehicles and the question to erection of a Road Sign near the works of Messrs. A. M. Peebles Ltd. Resolved that a copy of the letter be forwarded to Messrs. A. M. Peebles, Ltd.

The Chairman reported that the result of the Poppy Day Collection was £32 5s. 8d.

The Clerk read a letter from the Clerk to the County Council enclosing a copy of the Bye-Laws regarding shouting or otherwise making loud noises to the disturbance or annoyance of residents made by the County Council on the 1st August, which was confirmed by the Home Secretary on the 14th inst. This Bye—Law will come into operation on the 1st January, 1936.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 5th December, 1935.

The Treasurer’s balance was reported to be £346 12s. 6d. Cheques having been received from George Ernest Petre for £20 and the Rishton Co-operative Society for £10 towards the prizes for the year ending 31st March, 1935. Resolved that the donors be thanked for their gifts.

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £265 9s. 7d., be passed for payment.

Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Master, attended, and reported that the number of students on the roil was made up as follows

Class

On Roll

Senior Preparatory Technical

30

Commercial Preliminary

19

Commercial Junior

25

Domestic

19

Arts and Crafts

17

Dressmaking

31

Elocution

17

French

17

Typewriting

18

Horticulture

19

Poultry Keeping

15

 

227

Mr. Knowlson also reported that :—

(a) That Messrs. J. J. Green and Gilb. Robertson (Lancashire County Council Agriculture Advisors) had visited the Poultry Keeping Class on the 21st November 1935.

(b) That Mr. MacPherson (Lancashire County Council Horticultural Advisor) had visited the Horticulture Class on the 26th November, 1935.

(c) That the arrangements for the Students Social on the 19th inst. were well in hand.

(d) That a Special Visit had been made by three members of Clayton Higher Education Committee on The 27th November, 1935, at the invitation of Councillor Tattersall.

(e) That Miss P. Woods was attending Greater Manchester Technical College.

Resolved that the Arts and. Crafts, Domestic and Dress making Classes hold an exhibition of their work on the 17th March, 1936.

Resolved that the Technical commercial (Preliminary and Junior) Classes take the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Examinations in 1936.

Resolved that the Christmas Holidays of the Evening Classes be from the 19th December, 1935, to the 6th January, 1936.

Resolved that all Classes be closed on the 19th March, 1936.

Resolved that all fees next session be paid on the first night of the session.

A letter was read from the Director of Education, Mr. P. E. Meadon, calling attention (a) to fees and fee remissions in Evening Institutes relating to students enrolling in a Preliminary Course within twelve months after leaving the Elementary School, and that a fee must be paid by all such students, which shall be returned to them at the end of the session, subject to compliance with certain conditions; (b) to the Typewriting Class, that in view of the somewhat doubtful educational value of instruction in typewriting the County Committee were unable to approve of Classes in this subject, and asking if the Local Committee will make arrangements to close this Class at Christmas. The Chairman read a reply to this letter. Resolved that same be approved, and that we wait to hear from the Director of Education.

The Librarian’s Report was read, that the number of registered readers was:—Adults 2,787, juveniles 261; and that the total number of books issued for the month of November was 3,077.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 5th December, 1935.

The Surveyor read a letter dated 26th November, 1935, received from the Ministry of Health regarding the Six Houses proposed to be erected in Fielding Street. Resolved that the alternative modification suggested in the letter be adopted, and the Clerk be instructed to notify the Ministry of Health accordingly.

The Surveyor read a letter from the lowest tenderer for the proposed houses in Fielding Street, intimating that the firm were quite prepared to comply with the conditions laid down in the specification regarding the recruitment of labour.

The Clerk, as instructed, presented to the Committee the Statement of the Eachill Road Houses Account, and same was considered by the Committee.

The Surveyor reported on the position regarding the general repair work on Eachill Road Houses. Resolved (1) that the Report of the Special Sub-Committee, dated 6th November, 1935, be accepted and approved, (2) that the renovations referred to in the report he carried out during the Financial Year 1936-37, and (3) that the inside decorating throughout of the 15 houses in Eachill Road be subsequently carried out every five years.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the scheme of the establishment of Pedestrian Crossings in the Urban District of Rishton, and suggested certain modifications regarding the positions of the crossings on the West, East and North sides of the junction of Harwood Road and High Street.

Resolved that the Council of the Urban District of Rishton hereby revokes the Scheme for the establishment of Crossings for foot-passengers which was approved by the Minister of Transport, on the 19th October, and substitutes the, following Scheme:-

(1) High Street. On West side of Junction of High Street (A.678) and Harwood Road (A.6064).

(2) High Street. On East side of Junction of High Street (A.678) and Harwood Road (A.6064).

(3) Harwood Road. On North side of Junction of High Street (A.678) and Harwood Road (A.6064).

(4) High Street. From near Commercial Street to Post Office, children to and from school and shopping centre.

(5) High Street, Near Methodist School, a reasonable distance from head of canal bridge.

The Surveyor reported on his interview with the Agent to the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding the proposed footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane, and presented to the Committee an estimate of the probable cost of constructing the footpath in accordance, with the conditions laid down by the Dunkenhalgh Estate. Resolved that, in view of the excessive cost of the scheme, no further, steps be taken in the matter.

The Surveyor reported that the Transport Sub-Committee had met on the 2nd inst. to consider the question of converting two of the stalls, in the stable into a loose box, and that the Sub-Committee recommended that the proposed alterations be carried out. Resolved (1) that the recommendations of the Transport Sub-Committee- be accepted and approved, and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand.

The Surveyor reported that a representative of the County Architect’s Office had that day visited the New Library, along with the Contractor for the Structural Alterations, and that arrangements had been made for the work to be commenced on the 6th inst.

Councillor Bradshaw referred to the condition of the fencing at the Back Parker Street entrance to Holt Street Recreation Ground, and the Surveyor stated that he would attend to same as soon as weather conditions permitted.

Councillor Booth referred to the condition of the footpath from the Canal Bridge near the end of Spring Street leading to Tottleworth. Resolved that a letter be forwarded to the County Land Agent drawing his attention to the state of the footpath, and requesting that the necessary repairs be carried out.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 12th December, 1935.

The Officers’ Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 

£

s

D

That the. Collector had collected

2027

11

8

Eachill Road Houses Rents

38

19

4

County Council Main Roads, Ordinary

170

0

0

County Council Main Roads, Special

194

5

1

County Council Main Roads, Secondary

0

5

2

That the Treasurer had received

2430

13

10

That the Wages Paid were

263

13

4

Invoices for Goods amounted to

287

3

1 ½

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £3,598 18s. 9d., be passed for payment, except the precept for the Public Libraries (Special Area) Rate.

The Clerk reported that the Auditor completed the audit of the Accounts for the year ending 31st March, 1935, on the 6th December, 1935, subject to the arrangements as to the County Council purchasing the New Library Building having been completed.

Resolved that a Sub-Committee meet Sir George Etherton with regard to the New Library Building before same is completed. Resolved that Councillors Edmondson, Ainsworth, Tattersall and the Clerk form the Sub-Committee to meet Sir George Etherton.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 12th December, 1935.

The Rating Officer placed before the Committee a proposal regarding a garage for B. R. Hargrove, Blackburn Road. Resolved that same be passed.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 12th December, 1935.

The Chairman reported that the envelope collection for the New Band realised £5 13s. 2d. last Friday and Saturday.

A letter was read from the Lancashire County Council that the County Parliamentary Committee had under consideration the request for a Bye-Law to be made for the purpose of preventing the fouling of footpaths by dogs, and the Committee were disposed to consider recommending the County Council to make the following Bye-Law :—

No person being in charge of a dog in any street or public place, and having the dog on a lead, shall allow or permit such dog to deposit its excrement upon the public footpath.

Any person offending against this Bye Law shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding 10s.

Resolved that this Council make application for the proposed Bye-Law to apply to this District Council’s area.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 12th December, 1935.

The Medical Officer’s Special Report on the Inspections carried out during the month of November, at the Ashworth Street Works which is used as a bone and fat collectors premises, was taken as read.

 It was reported that the necessary forms issued in accordance with the circulars and memoranda from the Ministry of Health, under the Housing Act, 1935, had been received. Resolved that James Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, and Charles Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, be authorised to enter any house premises or building within the Urban District of Rishton for the purpose of the measurement of the rooms of dwelling with a view to ascertainment of the permitted number of persons, and that Harold Woodcock be appointed as enumerator under the Act.

Resolved that the following licences be granted for a period of twelve months as from the First day of January, 1936 —

PETROLEUM.

Barnes, W., West End Garage, Rishton.

Boardman, F-I., 42, Livesey Street, Rishton.

Bracewell, J. R., Briar Bank, Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Chambers, W. F. & Sons, Daisy Hill Mill, Rishton.

Godley, E., Ltd., Spring Street, Rishton.

Grimshaw, J., 14, Spring Street, Rishton.

Hopwood, J. W., "Stanley House", Station Road, Rishton.

Kenyon, R. H., "Woodside", Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., Frenchwood Avenue, Preston.

Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., Rishton.

Rishton Urban District Council.

Robinson, T., "Homestead", Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Shell-Mex & B. P., Ltd., Quay Street, Manchester.

Watson, T., 74, High Street, Rishton.

CARBIDE OF CALCIUM.

Sutton, H., Bay Horse, New Inns, Rishton.

MILK LICENCES.

Milroy, Wm., 86, High Street, Rishton.

Rishton Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd at the following addresses —

1, Commercial Street, Rishton.

73, Cliff Street, Rishton.

53, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

146, High Street, Rishton.

2, St. Charles Road, Rishton.

Resolved that notice be served upon the owner of houses Nos. 23, 25, 27, 29, 35, 37, and 39, Spring Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary work to make the houses fit for human habitation under section 17 of the Housing Act, 1930.

ORDINARY MEETING, 19th December, 1935

Additional Accounts amounting to £79 9s. 6d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,611 13s. 11d.

The following were the Financial Transactions of the Council during the past month —

 

£

s

D

That the Collector had collected

2027

11

8

Eachill Road Houses Rents

38

19

4

County Council Main Roads, Ordinary

170

0

0

County Council Main Roads, Special

194

5

1

County Council Main Roads, Secondary

0

5

2

That the Treasurer had received

2430

13

10

That the Wages paid were

263

13

4

Invoices for goods amounted to

287

3

1

Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Petroleum Licences and the Carbide of Calcium Licences granted by the Sanitary Committee.

The Chairman of the Council wished the Members and Officials of the Council and also the Press the Compliments of the Season.

A letter was read from the Director of Education that the County Committee would be prepared to sanction the continuance of the Typewriting Class during the present Session on certain conditions.

Resolved that a Grant of £5 be made to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Councillor Leeming reported that certain alterations had been made with regard to the floor in the Stables. Resolved that such alterations be approved.

Councillors Booth, Sanderson and Tattersall gave a Report with regard to the Council School Site and, explained the present position of same.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 2nd January, 1936.

A letter was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Miners Federation (Altham Branch) applying for travelling expenses for the attendance of Safety in Mines for Boys. Resolved that 50 per cent of the expenses so incurred be refunded to Students complying with the Regulations.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was:—-Adults 2,792, juveniles 264, and that the total number of books issued for the month of December was 2,822.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 2nd January, 1936.

The Surveyor read a letter received from the Ministry of Health intimating that the Minister had no objection to the acceptance by the Council of the revised Tender of Messrs. R. Cragg & Son, builders, Edward Street, Great Harwood, for the erection of six houses in Fielding Street.

Resolved (1) that the Clerk be instructed to forward the Contractor’s full address to the Ministry of Health; (2) that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Minister of Health regarding the letting of the houses to persons actually displaced by action under the Housing Act 1930; and (3) that the Clerk be instructed to take such steps as are necessary to obtain possession of the land. The Clerk referred to the question of Borrowing Powers, and asked for instructions.

Resolved that the Clerk make application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to borrow the sum of £2,340/0/0 for the purposes of the Scheme.

The Surveyor read a letter from the Ministry of Transport intimating that the Minister had approved the Council’s Amended Scheme for the establishment of Crossings for Foot Passengers on Roads in the Urban District of Rishton.

The Surveyor read a letter received regarding the condition of the Level Crossing in Whitebirk Drive, and stated that the matter had had his attention.

The Surveyor reported that at the request of the Clerk to the No. 9 Area Committee, Councillor Booth and himself had interviewed a Sub-Committee regarding questions raised by the County Architect in reference to Stourton Street School Site.

The Surveyor also outlined the position regarding the drainage of the Buildings and Site.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to inform the Clerk to the No. 9 Area Committee that this Council agrees to the proposal to drain the Buildings and Site on the Separate System, providing an undertaking is given that the volume of sewage to be dealt with by the Foul Sewer shall not exceed such limits as may be prescribed by the Surveyor.

The Surveyor read a letter from the National "Safety First" Association and referred to the leaflet enclosed with the letter. Resolved that it be a recommendation to the Finance Committee that the sum of two guineas be subscribed to the funds of the Association.

The Committee again discussed the question of the installation of Traffic Control Signals at the junction at Harwood Road Corner of Road A.678 and Road A.6064, and special reference was made to the dangerous conditions existing at the junction. Resolved (1) that a further application be forwarded to the County Council for the installation of Traffic Control Signals at the junction, and (2) that County Councillor T. W. Bracewell be consulted and requested to press the question at the appropriate meeting.

A discussion took place on the question of membership of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council. Resolved that the Council be recommended to adopt membership of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council.

The question was raised of the erection of direction signs at Harwood Road Corner. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to consider the matter and report at the next meeting of this Committee.

A discussion took place regarding the position to date of negotiations with the Dunkenhalgh Estate in respect of certain proposed schemes. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with Captain Petre on the lines now indicated.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 9th January, 1936.

The Officers Book produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month

 

£

s

d

That the Collector had collected

475

13

4

Eachill Road Houses Rents

29

2

2

Ministry of Health De Rating

451

0

0

Bank Interest

46

2

11

War Loan Interest

35

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1010

7

5

That the Wages paid were

231

12

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

367

5

9

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £3,325, 11s. 9d, be passed for payment

Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved of:— Goosey Butts:

From D Edge to D Clarkson, 11, Brook Street

From J. Ayres to W. Sowerbutts

Hermitage St:

From W. Sharples to L. Yates.

Resolved that Councillor Ainsworth and Mr. W. H. Cottam, Rating and Valuation Officer, be appointed to attend the Conference of the Incorporated Association of Rating and Valuation Officers to be held in London on the 24th and 25th April, 1936.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 9th January, 1936.

A letter was read from the National "Safety First" Association with regarding to reducing road accidents in 1936.

A letter was received from the Dunkenhalgh Estate with regard to Cutt Wood, and it was resolved that same be left to the Building and Highways Committee.

A letter was read from the Director of Education with regard to the staffing of the New Rishton Branch Library. Resolved that the matter be left to the Library Sub Committee.

A letter was read from residents in St. Charles Road and Pickup Road requesting that the lamp in St. Charles Road at the corner of Mrs. Whittaker’s be kept alight on early mornings. Resolved that same be put as a pilot light.

A letter was read from the Surveyor re lamps in Cliff Street, asking that better lights be furnished. Resolved that the Surveyor’s suggestion be adopted.

The Chairman referred to the death of ex-Councillor Airey, and pointed out that the Clerk had already forwarded a letter of condolence to the widow. Resolved that the Clerk’s action be confirmed. Resolved that the Clerk Chairman of the Council and Councillor Ainsworth attend the Church failing Mr. Roberts, the Surveyor.

ORDINARY MEETING, 16th January, 1936.

Additional Accounts amounting to £62 12s. 2d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,388 3s. 11d.

The following were the Financial Transactions of the Council during the past month

 

£

s

D

That the Collector had collected

475

13

4

Eachill Road Houses Rents

29

2

2

Ministry of Health De-rating

451

0

0

Bank Interest

46

2

11

War Loan Interest

35

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1010

7

5

That the Wages paid were

231

12

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

367

5

9

A letter was read from Sir George Etherton that he would receive the Deputation from this Council with regard to the New Library Building on Tuesday, the 28th January.

Resolved that Sir George Etherton be asked to receive the Deputation on Wednesday, the 29th January. If he was unable to do so, then the Deputation would meet him on the Tuesday.

Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sanderson, Smith and Tattersall, along with the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. C. Woodcock), attend the Sessional Meeting of the. Royal Sanitary Institute, to be held in the Technical School, Rochdale, on Friday, the 24th January, 1936.

A letter was read from the Central Committee on Camping Legislation with regard to Moveable Dwellings and Camping Grounds. Resolved that a reply be sent that we had no difficulties in our district in connection with camping at present, but we agreed that some form of national control was necessary.

A letter was read from Mr. W. H. Warhurst with regard to the Conference of Joint Infectious Diseases Hospital Accommodation, enclosing—

(1) Minutes of the Sub-Committee of the 5th December, 1935.

(2) Report of the County Medical Officer of Health.

(3) Schedule of Authorities, with population.

(4) Sketch plan of the area proposed to be served.

Resolved that same be referred to the Sanitary Committee.

Resolved that this Council become members of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council as from the 1st April, 1936.

Resolved that we advertise for the Annual Tenders.

Resolved that the Paviors’ wages be increased ½ d. per hour as from the 1st January, 1936.

Resolved that application be made to the Ribble Motor Bus Company for a bus stop to be fixed at, or near, the Walmsley Arms, High Street, Rishton.

Resolved that: objection be made to the Ribble Motor services Ltd., No. 231 Notices and Proceedings of the 4th January, 1936, in respect of their service through the Rishton Urban District, whether singly or jointly, with the Accrington Corporation.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 16th January, 1936.

The Rating Officer read out Proposals for Water Mains in Rishton and Pumping Station at colliery owned by the Accrington Gas and Water Board. Resolved that same be approved.

HIGHER EDUCATION, 6th February, 1936.

Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Master, attended and reported that the number of students were as follows : —

Class

On Register

Average attendance

Senior Preparatory Technical

19

14

Commercial Preliminary

14

11

Commercial Junior

24

14

Domestic

18

15

Arts and Crafts

17

12

Dressmaking

27

18

Elocution

14

11

French

18

10

Typewriting

15

12

Horticulture

15

9

Poultry Keeping

15

8

 

196

134

He also reported that the number of Students entered for the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institute’s Examination were as follows : —

Senior Preparatory Technical 12

Commercial Preliminary 10

Commercial junior 15

Horticulture 4

Resolved that the Junior Commercial Class be continued until the 26th March, 1936.

Resolved that the Secretary be appointed Custodian of the Examination Papers.

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of Registered Readers was: —Adults 2,792, juveniles 268, and that the total issue of books for the month of January was 3,479.

A letter was read from the Director of Education asking for a meeting of the Local Committee to be called at an early date in order to consider the question of the appointment of an Assistant-in-Charge of the Rishton Branch Library. Resolved that such meeting be held on Tuesday, the 18th inst.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 6th February, 1936.

The Chairman referred to the loss that we had sustained on the death of His Most Gracious Majesty King George the Fifth, and the following telegram which he had sent was confirmed.

Members of Rishton Urban District Council send their heartfelt sorrow on the death of His Most Gracious Majesty King George the Fifth, and offer their loyal and sincere devotion to His Majesty King Edward the Eighth."

Resolved that a letter be sent to Councillor Bradshaw wishing him a speedy recovery from his illness.

An application from the Lancashire Agricultural Committee for the use of a room in the Council Offices, Rishton, on Friday, the 14th, inst., between the hours of 12-30 and 1 p.m. for the purpose of holding the half-yearly Rent Audit in connection with the Small Holdings was made. Resolved that same be granted.

A letter was read from the Rishton Trades and Labour Council with regard to the Unemployment Benefit. Resolved— "That this Meeting of the Rishton Urban District Council urges upon the Government the necessity for the abolition of the waiting days in qualifying for Unemployment Benefit on the grounds of undue hardship."

The Chairman reported that with regard to the Air Raid Precautions steps were being taken by the County Council.

Resolved that the Clerk be granted leave of absence on account of ill-health.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 6th February, 1936.

A Plan was submitted for a proposed Petrol Service Station and Garage in Blackburn Road, Rishton, for Mr. C Lloyd. Resolved that the Plan be disapproved, and recommendations be forwarded to the County Surveyor and the Joint Town Planning Committee accordingly.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to substitute concrete flags for asphalt to the garden paths of Eachill Road houses.

The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions received at a meeting on the 9th January, the street lamps in Cliff Street had been converted from single mantle burner type to three mantle reflector type.

The Surveyor reported that he had arranged for the street lamp in Brook Street opposite the Council Offices to be converted at the same time as the Cliff Street scheme, Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be confirmed a approved.

The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Land Agent regarding the boundary fence to the Small Holding tenanted by Mr. T. W. Shepherd.

The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor stating that the Councils application for the installation of Traffic Control Signals at the junction of High Street and Harwood Road could not be acceded to. The Surveyor also reported that County Councillor T. W. Bracewell had interviewed the County Surveyor regarding the matter and informed the Committee of the result of the interview

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding Fielding Street Housing Site, and read to the Committee paragraph 6 of Circular 1,138 referring to the provisions of the Housing Act 1930 in relation to re-housing.

The Surveyor read an application from Mr. John Brady for the renewal, for a further period of three years, of Approval Certificate No. 464 relating to the temporary building near Cutt Wood known as the Woodland Café. Resolved that consideration of the application be deferred until the report of the Joint Town Planning Committee is received.

The Surveyor reported on his interview with the Agent to the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding the proposed Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work immediately arrangements with the Estate are satisfactorily completed.

The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor, informing the Council that the Lee Lane Widening Scheme had been approved by the Ministry of Transport and the County Highways and Bridges Committee, and stating the conditions relative thereto. Resolved—(1) that the Surveyor be instructed to notify the County Surveyor that this Council agrees to carry out the Scheme on the conditions referred to in the letter; (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to recruit the unskilled labour required for the work on a six weeks rota basis; (3) that the Surveyor be authorised to negotiate with the Trustee for the purchase of the second hand wooden store belonging to the Estate of Messrs. Phineas Drake & Sons, and at present stored in the Council Yard; and (4) that Councillor Booth and the Surveyor be authorised to purchase a suitable wooden office for use on the Works.

The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated the Council’s decision regarding the drainage of the proposed New Senior School Site to the Clerk to the No. 9 Area Committee.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase and erect a direction post with one arm indicating Great Harwood at Harwood Road Corner.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee three reports, each dated 20th January, 1936, from the Insurance Co. on the following Boilers:—

(1) Heating Boiler at Council Offices.

(2) Road Roller Boiler.

(3) Cornish Boiler at Sewage Works.

The Surveyor read a letter from the Dunkenhalgh Estate in forming the Council of the conditions on which the Estate is prepared to let Cutt Wood to the Council. Resolved— (1) that the conditions contained in the letter be accepted; (2) that the Clerk be instructed to inform the Estate accordingly; and (3) that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 13th February, 1936.

Resolved that the following Allotment Transfer be approved of :—

Clarke's Land: From Arthur Edge to Geo. Read.

The Officer’s Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month :—

 

£

s

D

That the Collector had collected

329

13

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

39

6

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

County Council Main Road

8

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

837

19

3

That the Wages paid were

305

17

1

Invoices for Goods amounting to

118

3

1

Resolved that the Accounts amounting to £3,564 19s. 6d. be passed for payment.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE, 13th February, 1936.

Proposals for New Property in Blackburn Road were placed before the Committee by the Rating Officer, which were agreed to.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 13th February, 1936.

A letter was read from the St. John Ambulance Brigade No. 4 (Lancashire) . District re Air Raid precautions sent to Dr. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, the Commissioners for that District placing at the disposal of the Medical Officer of Health any Officers training in Air Raid Precautions.

ORDINARY MEETING, 20th February, 1936.

Additional Accounts amounting to £41 8s. 11d. were produced. Resolved that same he passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £3,614, 14s. 7d.

The following were the Financial Transactions of the Council during the past month-

 

£

s

D

That the Collector had collected

329

13

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

39

6

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

451

0

0

County Council Main Roads

8

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

837

19

3

That the Wages Paid were

305

17

1

Invoices for Goods amounted to

118

3

1

Mr. W. H. Cottam reported that the date fixed for the Election of the Urban District Councils was. Monday, the 6th April, 1936.

Resolved that we retain our membership of the Industrial Development Council.

Resolved that this Council support the Scheme re the Infectious Diseases Hospital Accommodation.

The Surveyor reported that the Chairman of the Council had opened the whole of the Tenders received for the supply, of various materials for the Financial Year 1936-37. Resolved that the following Tenders be accepted :—

Brushes: Blackburn & District Workshops for the Blind.

Granite Chippings: Messrs. Penmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co., Ltd.

Dry Limestone Macadam: Messrs Bold Venture Lime Co., Ltd.

Iron Castings: Messrs. John Needham & Sons, Ltd.

Spraying Materials (Tardurabit) Messrs Brookes Chemicals, Ltd

Pitch: Messrs. William Metcalf, Ltd.

Creosote Oil: Messrs. William Metcalf, Ltd.

Flags, Kerbs, Setts, etc: Messrs. Peacock Bros. (Mellor), Ltd.

Resolved that small quantities of drain pipes, etc., as required be obtained from Messrs. Geo. Clarke & Sons (Rishton), Ltd.

The Surveyor reported that he had received a report of a motor vehicle crossing the Esplanade footpath in Blackburn Road, and read correspondence regarding same.

The Surveyor referred to matters in connection with the New Library. Resolved:—(1) That the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for a W. C. apparatus to be fixed in the yard; and (2) that the question of floor coverings for the first and third rooms on the ground floor be left over for the time being.

The Surveyor referred to matters relating to the Proposed Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to communicate with the Railway Company.

The Surveyor read a letter from the North East Lancashire (Region No. 1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee, requesting the Council to draw the attention Of developers to the necessity for submitting an application for the Committee’s consent in respect of all development (which includes any building operations and every use of land, or any building thereon for a purpose which is different from the purpose for which the land or building was last being used) proposed to be carried out within the Urban District of Rishton. The Surveyor explained the position, and the Press were requested to make special reference to the matter.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING, 5th March, 1936.

Letters and Notices were read from Mr. Wm. Slater on behalf of Messrs. T. & L. Cockshot and the Rishton Free Gardeners Working Men’s Club, appointing Mr. Alfred Henry Dunkin as Arbitrator. Resolved that Arthur Percy Harrison, of Highfield Lane, Keighley, be appointed Arbitrator on the Council’s behalf to determine the question of damage and the amount of compensation to be paid by us (if any) for same.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 5th March, 1936.

The Treasurer’s Balance was reported to be £300.

Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Teacher, attended, and reported that the number of students were as follows

Class

On Register

Senior Preparatory Technical

17

Commercial Preliminary

14

Commercial Junior

21

Domestic

17

Arts and Crafts

14

Dressmaking

23

Elocution

12

Typewriting

15

French

15

Horticulture

14

Poultry Keeping

12

 

174

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was:—Adults, 2,799; Juveniles, 284; and that the total issue of books for the month of February was 3,083.

The Surveyor’s Report on the progress made and the improvements and improvements and alterations at the new Library was read.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 5th March, 1936.

The Surveyor read a letter from the North-East Lancashire (Region No. 1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee stating the grounds on which they recommended that the plan submitted by Mr. Lloyd for a proposed Petrol Station and Garage in Blackburn Road should be disapproved. Resolved that the plan be disapproved.

A Plan was submitted showing proposed Alterations to the Out-kitchen of No. 32, Lord Street, for Mr. L. Rostron. Resolved that the same be approved under the Councils Bye-Laws only.

A Plan was submitted for a proposed Wooden Garage in Cliff Street for Mr. T. C. Noble. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council’s Bye-Laws only as a Temporary Building for a period of three years.

The Surveyor reported further regarding the application of Mr J. Brady for the renewal, for a further period of three years, of the Approval Notice for the Temporary Building known as "Woodland Café". Resolved that the application be granted for a further period of three years from the 23rd January, 1936.

The Surveyor read an application from Sergeant Thomas Knowles for the renewal, for a further period of three years of the Approval Notice for the Temporary Building situate in the yard at the rear of the County Police Office, Rishton. Resolved that the application be granted for a further period of three years from the 17th February, 1936.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Fielding Street Housing Scheme.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee a Plan and Section showing the proposed diversion of the existing soil sewer from Back Fielding Street to Fielding Street, and explained the details of the scheme. Resolved that the Plan and Section be accepted and approved, and the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand after April 1st.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposal to construct a footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding Lee Lane Widening Scheme, and stated that the details required by the Divisional Road Engineer had been prepared and forwarded.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee the following details and received from the North-East Lancashire (Region No. 1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee :—

(1) The Draft Schedule of Road Proposals recommended for inclusion in the joint Town Planning Scheme by the joint Committee.

(2) A Map of the Region with the above Road Proposals indicated thereon; and

(3) A Sectionalised Schedule giving suggested widths, restrictions, etc., on the Roads, both classified and unclassified, included in the Draft Schedule of Road Proposals.

The Surveyor also outlined the proposals to the Committee. Resolved:—

(1) That the Draft Schedule of Road Proposals in the Urban District of Rishton now submitted be accepted and approved; and (2) that this Council recommend that the width (50 feet) proposed in the Sectionalised Schedule be increased to a "standard" width of 60 feet in respect of the roads numbered as follows on the Map of the Region now submitted :—Roads numbers 32, 49 and 52.

The Surveyor read a letter from the County Land Agent intimating that the materials required for repairs to the fence forming the boundary of the holding occupied by Mr. T. W. Shepherd had been ordered.

The question was raised regarding the recruitment of labour for Lee Lane Widening Scheme. Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, along with the Clerk and the Surveyor be appointed to consider the matter.

Resolved that a Meeting of the Sewage Works Sub Committee be held at the Sewage Works on Thursday, the 12th inst., at 2-30 p.m., to consider Works suggested for inclusion in the Local estimates for the Financial Year 1936-37.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 12th March, 1936.

Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved of:—

Goosey Butts—

From Albert Taylor to W. Sowerbutts.

From T. Leach to J. Rhodes.

From S. Macintosh to John Denny.

From J. Dean to D. Clarkson.

The Officers Books produced show the following transactions of the Council for the past month

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

355

15

9

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

9

8

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

That the Treasurer had received

646

19

2

That the Wages Paid were

239

13

5

Invoices for Goods amounting to

880

19

9

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £756 12s. 1d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that an allowance be made to the Surveyor for using his motor car in connection with his work.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 12th March, 1936.

The Chairman expressed the regret of the Council on the loss that Councillor Trengove had sustained on the death of his father.

A letter was read from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., informing us that instructions were be issued to their staff to observe in a special manner request stops on journeys towards Blackburn at Holt Street, Derby Street, and Walmsley arms, and on journeys to and from Great Harwood at the corner of Clifton Street

A letter was read from the Clerk of the County Council that the Bye-Laws re Fouling of Footpaths by Dogs has been approved.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 12th March, 1936.

The tenders for supplying of man and horse for refuse removal for the next 12 months were considered. Resolved that Mr. Wm. Coolican’s tender be accepted.

Resolved that the Annual Tender for the Supply of various Materials during the Financial Year 1936-37 be accepted

Ash Bins: Messrs. Parkinson & Sweaney, Ltd.

Disinfectant Powder: Messrs. Killgerm Co.

White Fluid: Messrs "Jeyes" Sanitary Compound Co.

Chloros: Messrs Riley's Chemical and Colours, Ltd.

ORDINARY MEETING, 19th March, 1936

Additional Accounts amounting to £45 10s. 10d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to £802 2s. 11d.

The following were the Financial Transactions of the Council during the previous month —

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

355

15

9

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

9

8

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

That the Treasurer had received

646

19

2

That the Wages paid were

239

13

5

Invoices for Goods amounting to

880

19

9

The Chairman thanked the Members and Officials of the Council for the support he had received during his term of office and referred to the services of the retiring Councillors.

The following letter was read from Sir John Simon —

Home Office,

Whitehall;

17th March, 1936

Sir,

I have had the honour to lay before the King the loyal and dutiful Address of the Council of the Urban District of Rishton on the occasion of the lamented death of His late Majesty King George the Fifth, and have received the King’s commands to convey to you His Majesty’s grateful thanks for the assurances of sympathy and devotion to which it gives expression.

I am, Sir,

Your obedient Servant,

JOHN SIMON.

The Chairman of the

Rishton U. D. C.

An application was made from the Church Army to hold a Violet Day on Saturday, 26th September, 1936. Resolved that such application be granted.

An enquiry was received from the Lancashire Industrial Development Council enquiring for a large empty modern weaving shed, situated in our area. Resolved that particulars be sent.

Resolved that the Seal of the Council he affixed to the Assignment of the Rishton Branch Library premises.

A letter was read from the Mayor of Blackburn with regard to the North-East Lancashire Industrial Exhibition to be held in Blackburn from June 10th to June 20th next. Resolved that this Council be willing to do what they can in supporting this effort to assist our County’s return to prosperity.

Resolved that prices be obtained for Iron Fences for Holt Street Recreation Ground.

Resolved that a sum of £250 be included in the Estimates for Holt Street Recreation Ground.

Resolved that the Tenders for Printing for the year 1936/37 be obtained.

The prices for Timber for Fencing in Cutt Wood were gone through. Resolved that the Tender of Messrs. R. Butler & Sons, Ltd., be accepted.

ESTIMATES COMMITTEE, 16th March, 1936.

Resolved that Mr. Fred Bellas’s Estimate for looking after the War Memorial and the Grass Verge on the Arterial Road be accepted.

LIBRARY SUB-COMMITTEE, 23rd March, 1936.

Resolved that a Librarian be advertised for at a salary of £120 per annum.

Resolved that Mr. Baxendale be appointed Assistant Librarian at a salary of £39 per annum.

Resolved that a recommendation from the Rishton Local Library Committee for a grant to be made to Mr Roberts in recognition of his services as Honorary Secretary to the Committee for several years, be forwarded to the County Library Committee.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 2nd April, 1936.

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £210 18s. 10d., be passed for payment, and that cheques be signed for same.

The Clerk reported the number of Students who had attended the Examinations as follows :—

 Entered Sat
Commercial Preliminary10 8
Commercial Junior15 13
Senior Preparatory Technical Course 128
Horticulture4 2

The Librarian’s Report was read that the number of registered readers was :—Adults, 2,833; Juveniles, 284, and that the total issue of books for the month of March was 3,181.

The Clerk reported that in accordance with a letter received from the County Library Committee, it was decided to close the present Library from the 31st March, 1936, and that Mr. Baxendale should attend to the collection of the old books at the present Library Centre himself, and that he had written to Mr. J. J. Parkinson and Miss D. Parkinson informing them that their services would cease as and from the 31st March, 1936 and thanking them for their past services.

Resolved that the appointment of Mr. T. D. Boyd, of Accrington, as Teacher of the Horticulture Class during the absence of Mr Hugh Boyd be approved of.

The Clerk reported that he had received a cheque from Mr. G. E. Petre of £10 towards the prizes to the Students of the Evening Classes for the Session 1935/36. Resolved that the best thanks of this Committee be forwarded to him.

Resolved that a letter be sent to Councillor Ainsworth wishing him a speedy recovery to health.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, 2nd April, 1936.

A Plan was submitted for a Proposed Tool Shed at the rear of No. 52, Pickup Road, for Mr. W. Benson. Resolved that the same be approved as a Temporary Building for a period of three years.

A Plan was submitted for a Proposed Wooden Garage at the rear of "Billinge", Blackburn Road, for Miss H. Holden. Resolved that the same be approved as a Temporary Building for a period of three years.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Fielding Street Housing Site.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding Lee Lane Widening Scheme, and stated that he proposed to commence work on the Scheme on Monday, the 6th inst.

The Surveyor also reported that in accordance with instructions the position of Ganger for the Scheme had been advertised. Resolved that the applications be considered on the 9th inst.

The Surveyor reported that he had invited Tenders for the supply, delivery and fixing of Unclimbable Iron Railing on Holt Street Recreation Ground. Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be approved.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee the Tenders received for the above. Resolved that the Tender of 10/1 per. lineal yard fixed complete, from Messrs. Thomas Blackburn & Sons, Ltd., Preston be accepted and approved, and the Surveyor be instructed to put the work in hand.

Resolved that a Sub Committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Edmondson and Leeming be appointed to fix the new lines of the Fencing on Holt Street Recreation Ground and such other matters relative thereto as may arise.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Esplanade, and presented to the Committee plans, estimates, and other details he had prepared.

The Surveyor presented to the Committee a Plan showing a Proposed Lay-out of Cutt Wood. Resolved (1) that the Lay be approved and the Surveyor be authorised to proceed with the work in accordance therewith, and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to obtain designs and prices of suitable garden seats and submit same to a future Meeting.

The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Proposed Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane, and read a letter received from the Railway Company

The Surveyor reported that on instructions received from the County Surveyor he had erected a new "Halt at Major Road Ahead " sign in Harwood Road, to replace the existing "Slow—Major Road Ahead" sign. Resolved that the Surveyor’s action be approved.

The Surveyor reported that the erection of the wooden fence between the Small Holdings and Holt Street Recreation Ground had been completed.

The Surveyor submitted an application from the Harmonic Institute for permission to erect an illuminated sign over the entrance to the institute. Resolved, that approval be given to the application.

The Surveyor read a letter received from the Architects concerned regarding the fixing of Building Lines to the plot of land adjoining and belonging to St. Charles’ R. C. Church, and informed the Committee that the matter had received his attention.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, 9th April, 1936.

The Officer’s books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the month of March :—

 

£

S

D

That the Collector had collected

693

16

10

Eachill Road Houses Rents

30

19

10

Lancashire County Council (salaries)

153

6

3

Ministry of Health De-Rating

458

0

0

Bank Interest

9

11

0

Maternity and Child Welfare

135

8

4

That the Treasurer had received

2008

8

2

That the Wages paid were

282

4

11

Invoices for Goods amounting to

33

2

7

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £524 19s 10d., be passed for payment.

Resolved that the following Allotment. Transfers be approved of:-

Clarke's Land:

From John Pickup to Jos. Allan.

Hermitage Street

From W. Sowerbutts to R. Heap.

Mr. Wilkins to F. Ashworth

Goosey Butts

From W. Lords to A. Blakey.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, 9th April, 1936.

A letter was read from E. Thompson asking permission for the members of the Co-operative Women’s Guild to visit the Sewage Works. Resolved that same be granted.

The applications for a Ganger for the work on Lee Lane were opened and a vote was taken on same, when four were selected to attend in front of the Council on Tuesday next, the 14th inst., and that 3rd class railway fare should be allowed them.

Resolved that a further £100 be spent on Cutt Wood this year.

SANITARY COMMITTEE, 9th April,1936.

Resolved that Notices be served on the Owners of:-

10 & 12 Shuttleworth Street, Rishton.

73 & 63, Haworth Street, Rishton.

88, Spring Street, Rishton.

68, Burton Street, Rishton,

Resolved that Mrs. Diggle resume the work of cleaning the Conveniences on Friday, the 10th April, 1936.

Resolved that Mr. H. Woodcock be retained until the 30th April, in order to complete this work.

The Clark reported that the Sanitary Sub Committee had met Mr. Scurrah on the Tip to consider acquiring an extension of land for tipping, and that Mr Scurrah had, on the telephone, offered the same at £3 5s 3d per acre, subject to the Council constructing the Culvert.