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ORDINARY MEETING - 16th April 1936.

1. - Present: Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that Councillor Leeming be elected to the Chair pro tem.

3. - Councillor Leeming in the Chair.

4. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

5. - The Clerk reported the result of the Election of Councillors held on the 6th day of April 1936, as follows:-

Elected No. of Votes.
Alfred Trengove 279
Thomas Porter 1,172
Ralph Leeming 1,141
James Moorhouse Tattersall 1,119
   
Not Elected No. of Votes.
Robert Gildert 971
Albert Noble 881
William Sturzaker 871

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

7. - Resolved that Councillor Trengove be appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

8. - Councillor Leeming vacated the Chair.

9. - Councillor Trengove in the Chair.

10. - The Chairman thanked the Council for his appointment.

11. - Resolved that the Minutes of. the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th March 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

12. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings. of the 16th and 23rd March 1936 and the 2nd and 9th April 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

13. - Resolved that Councillor Edmondson be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council.

14. - Resolved that all members of the Council serve on the Higher Education, Finance, Building and Highways and Sanitary Committees.

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

16. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Leeming, Sanderson and Tattersall be appointed representatives of this Council on the Local Elementary Education Sub-Committee, Area No.9.

17. - Resolved that Councillor Ainsworth be nominated representative of this Council on the Employment Committee.

18. - Resolved that Councillor Ainsworth be nominated representative of this Council on the Blackburn Assessment Committee.

19. - Resolved that Councillor Leeming be nominated representative of this Council on the Lancashire Public Assistance Committee for Area No.5.

20. - Resolved that the following be appointed as the Council's representatives on the Schools Management Committees for the following Schools:-

School Street Methodist Councillor Bradshaw.
High Street Methodist Councillor Wilson.
S.S. Peter's and Paul's Councillor Trengove.
St. Charles' R. C. Councillor Baron.

21. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and Councillors Ainsworth, Edmondson, Leeming, Smith and Trengove form the Surveyor's Sub-Committee.

22. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Sanitary Committee and Councillors Edmondson, Leeming, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson form the Sanitary Inspector's Sub-Committee.

23. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Higher Education, Building and Highways and Sanitary Committees and Councillors Leeming, Porter and Wilson form the Finance Sub-Committee.

24. - Resolved that Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Leeming, Sanderson and Smith form the Transport Sub-Committee.

25. - Resolved that Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson form the Rating and Valuation Sub-Committee.

26. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter and Wilson form the Library Sub-Committee.

27. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Leeming and Edmondson form the Sewage Sub-Committee.

28. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw and Leeming form the Allotments Sub-Committee.

29. - Additional Accounts amounting to 12 10s. 8d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

30. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 556 18s. 8d.

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

  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 2,008 8 2
That the Wages paid were 282 4 11
Invoices for goods amounted to 33 2 7

32. - Resolved that Nos. 29, 30 and 31 be entered in the Ledger.

33. - Resolved that the Rishton District Nursing Association be allowed the use of the Council Chamber for their Meetings during the ensuing year.

34. - Resolved that the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children be allowed the use of the Council Chamber for their Meetings during the ensuing year.

35. - The following Allotment Transfers were approved of:-

36. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

37. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk attend the Urban District Councils' Association Conference to be held at Weston-super-Mare from the 25th to the 27th June next.

38. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk attend the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association Conference at Grange-over-Sands in September next.

39. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and the Surveyor attend the Annual Conference of the Institute of Municipal and County Engineers to be held in June next.

40. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Sanitary Committee and the Sanitary Inspector attend the Sanitary Inspectors' Association Annual Conference at Harrogate in September next.

41. - The Clerk submitted the Estimates for the General Rate for year 1936-37. Resolved that the Estimate be approved of and that a General Rate of 10s. 10d. in the be laid and that the Clerk carry out the necessary formalities.

42. - Resolved that Dr. James Ferguson be re-appointed as Medical Officer of Health for the Urban District Council of Rishton, as from the 1st April 1936 to the 31st March 1937.

43. - Resolved that we pay the Workmen for the Statutory Holidays.

44. - A Plan for proposed alteration at the rear of No.6, Church View, Rishton, for Dr. Robson, was submitted. Resolved that same be approved.

LIBRARY SUB-COMMITTEE - 20th April 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter, Trengove and Wilson and Messrs. Knowlson, Worsley and Irwin.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The List of 30 applicants for the post of Assistant-in-Charge for the Rishton Branch of the Lancashire County Council Library were gone through. Resolved that Miss Aspden, Miss Raven, Mr. Rimmer and Miss Sharples be asked to attend a Meeting of the Library Committee on Friday next at 8 p.m.

4. - Resolved that this Committee recommend that a Caretaker for the New Library should be appointed at 52 per annum.

LIBRARY SUB-COMMITTEE 24th April 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter and Wilson and Messrs. Bracewell, Knowlson and Worsley and Miss Cockerlyne.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The following Candidates were interviewed:-Miss Aspden, Miss Raven, Mr. C. Rimmer, Miss Sharples. After a vote being taken, it was resolved that Mr. C. Rimmer be appointed Assistant-in-Charge of the Rishton Branch of the Lancashire County Council Library.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING - 27th April 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Council approve of a General Rate to be made for the Urban District of Rishton at a rate of 10s. 10d. in the in respect of the financial year ending the 31st day of March 1937 and that the Seal of the Council be affixed thereto.

4. - Resolved that a further sum be spent on Cutt Wood.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 7th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 277 0s. 6d.

4. - A letter was read from the Director of Education with regard to the Estimates of Income and Expenditure for the coming Session 1936-37. Resolved that the Estimates be left to the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and the Secretary.

5. - Resolved that the Travelling Expenses of Students attending Evening Schools outside Rishton be refunded, provided that Students have complied with the requirements.

6. - The Librarian's Report was read that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,803; Juveniles, 286; and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 470, owing to the Library having been closed.

7. - Resolved that the New Library be opened as follows:- 11 a.m. to 12-30 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 5-30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day of the week, except Saturday, when the Library should be open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 7th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that the members of the Council attend the Conference of members of the Accrington Borough Council and the Councils of the Urban District of Church, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton, to be held at Accrington on Tuesday next, the 12th inst.

3. - A letter was read from Major Proctor informing us that Rishton is included in the Schedule of Areas, to which preference is given, other things being equal, in the allocation of Government Contracts. Resolved that a letter of thanks be sent to Major Proctor.

4. - A letter was read from the Trades and Labour Council asking this Council to receive a deputation with regard to the people in Rishton who have to make application to the Unemployment Assistance Board. Resolved that we receive the deputation on Thursday evening, the 14th inst.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 7th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A Plan was submitted for Two Proposed Houses in Blackburn Road, Rishton, for Messrs. J. H. Moyle & Son. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

4. - A Plan was submitted for a Proposed Garage at the rear of "Edrena," Blackburn Road, for A. Broadley, Esq. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council's Bye-Laws only for a period of three years.

5. - A Plan was submitted for a Proposed Garage in Back Blackburn Road, Rishton, for G. Sanderson, Esq. Resolved that the same be approved under the Council's Bye-Laws only for a period of three years.

6. - The Surveyor reported fully on the progress made in Cutt Wood. The Surveyor also submitted to the Committee -

Resolved

7. - The Surveyor reported that work on the Lee Lane Widening Scheme had commenced on Monday, the 6th April and further reported fully on the progress made to date. The Surveyor also presented to the Committee -

Resolved -

8. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, Councillor Booth and himself had considered the question of obtaining a suitable cabin for use as a Store Room and read to the Committee a letter received from the Rishton Angling Association accepting a verbal offer of 10 for a cabin situate near Rishton Reservoir. Resolved that the report be accepted and the purchasing of the cabin referred to be approved and confirmed.

9. - The Surveyor reported that with a view to the proper co-ordination of works he had notified the Gas, Water, Electricity and Telephone Services respectively of the various works to be undertaken during the Current Financial Year.

10. - The Surveyor reported that the whole of the plans and other details in connection with the Esplanade Scheme had been forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

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

12. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange to revert to Summer Lighting Conditions after Sunday, the 10th inst.

13. - The Surveyor reported that he had forwarded a plan and full details of the railing requirements for Holt Street Recreation Ground to the firm whose tender had been accepted.

14. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date and read correspondence received regarding the proposed footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

15. - Councillor Booth reported on the visit of the Women's Guild to the Sewage Works on the 28th April.

16. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor regarding the De-Restriction of a portion of Blackburn Road, A678 and referred to the previous correspondence on the matter. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to reply to the letter on the lines indicated.

17. - The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor intimating that the Council's recommendations regarding Annual Tenders 1936-37, had been approved.

18. - The Surveyor stated that, as instructed, he had reported to the County Surveyor regarding the damage done to Holt Mill Bridge and read a reply received from the County Surveyor.

19. - The Surveyor presented to the Committee correspondence as follows, received from the County Surveyor and stated that same had had his attention:-

20. - The Surveyor reported that the Quarterly Requisition for payment on account of County Roads had been forwarded to the County Surveyor.

21. - The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions a letter had been addressed to the various organisations in Rishton inviting gifts of seats for Cutt Wood and the Clerk informed the Committee of the result to date.

22. - The Surveyor reported that he had attended four Sub-Committee Meetings in connection with Town Planning and that Councillor Booth and himself had attended a Meeting of the Joint Committee on the 6th inst. The Surveyor presented the Agendas of the Meetings to the Committee and reported on the business transacted, with special reference to a proposal by the Great Harwood Urban District Council to include a further new Road in the Schedule of Road Proposals for the Region. Resolved (1) that the Report be accepted and approved,. and (2) that the Clerk be authorised to inform the Clerk to the Joint Committee that this Council have no objections to Road No.62 referred to being included in the Schedule of Road Proposals for the Region, providing the Road referred to is subsequently accepted for Classification by the Lancashire County Council.

23. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the repairs to the ceiling in the Living Room at No.11, Eachill Road, carried out.

24. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have taken such photographs as are necessary for record purposes at Cutt Wood.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Dr. J. Ferguson attended, when the question of an Official taking an active part in the Election was thoroughly discussed.

4. - The deputation was received from the Trades and Labour Council when Mr. G. Tomlinson, C.C., gave a Report of the cases which showed that the unfortunate people in Rishton, who have to make application to the Unemployment Assistance Board, were not receiving the consideration to which they are entitled. Resolved that the Area Officer of the Unemployment. Assistance Board, Accrington, be asked to meet this Council.

5. - The Clerk produced the Tenancy Agreement in respect of Cutt Wood. Resolved that same be referred back for further consideration.

6. - Resolved that 20 Forms for Cutt Wood be ordered and that Councillors Booth, Edmondson and the Chairman of the Council decide where they shall be put.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 14th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam be taken as read.

3. - New Proposals for Garages were passed.

4. - A list of Appeals, Voids and Arrears were taken as read on the General Rate levied on the 9th May 1935, amounting to 73 2s. 6d. Appeals; 348 12s. 0d. Voids; and 36 8s. 2d. Arrears. Resolved that same be approved.

5. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council during the month of April:-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   46   6   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   30   11   4
That the Treasurer had received   352   6   7
That the Wages paid were   525   15   4
Invoices for Goods amounted to   75   1   0

Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 1,489 6s. 8d., be passed for payment.

7. - The Clerk reported that we had received sanction to borrow 1,764 and 576 for the erection of dwelling-houses for the working classes and works in connection therewith. Resolved that same be raised locally.

8. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

9. - Resolved that the Office Clerk's Salary be increased to 39s. 6d. and the Assistant Clerk's Salary be increased to 32s. 3d. per week and that further increases be made in accordance with the Co-operative Scale.

10. - Resolved that a fence be put round Goosey Butts Allotments, in Haworth's field to prevent the cattle reaching over.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 14th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of April was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his report and directions were given thereon.

4. - A letter was read from Mr. G. C. Scurrah, Dunkenhalgh Estate Agent, with regard to the leasing of a plot of land situate at Norden, Rishton, on certain conditions. Resolved that same be referred to the Sanitary Sub-Committee.

5. - The Enumerator's Final Report under the Housing Act, 1935, was taken as read.

6. - The Clerk reported that he had had an interview with the County Land Agent. Resolved that a Committee be formed to meet the County Council with regard to the Water Supply at Tottleworth.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 16th April 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the 27th April 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 20th and 24th April 1936 and the 7th and 14th May 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

6. - Additional Accounts amounting to 35 5s. 10d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

7. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 1,524 6s. 6d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   46   6   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   30   11   4
That the Treasurer had received   352   6   7
That the Wages paid were   525   15   4
Invoices for Goods amounted to   75   1   0

9. - Resolved that Nos. 6,7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

10. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

11. - The Chairman invited the Members of the Council to attend the Civic Service on Sunday next, the 24th inst.

12. - The representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

13. - Resolved that 3% be offered for the loan which was being obtained for the erection of dwelling-houses in Fielding Street.

14. - A letter was read from the British Automatic Co., Ltd., giving six months' notice to terminate the agreement for the Automatic Weighing Machine at Harwood Road Conveniences.

15. - Resolved that Mr. C. King's application to use the land adjoining his Allotment across Spaw Brook be granted.

16. - Resolved that the Electric Light at the corner of Commercial Street and High Street be converted into a Pilot Light.

17. - Resolved that a Special Meeting be called for Thursday, the 28th May 1936, to decide on the question of the Caretaker for the New Library.

18. - Councillor Edmondson reported on an interview that the Clerk and himself had had with Mr. E. Benjafield with regard to the Land Settlement Association, Ltd.

19. - A letter was read from the District Officer of the Unemployment Assistance Board asking for full particulars of the complaints referred to in our letter. Resolved that the Trades and Labour Council be asked to furnish these particulars.

20. - It was reported that T. W. Bracewell, Esq., J.P., C.C., had offered to supply the gates for the entrance of Cutt Wood Park. Resolved that the best thanks of the Council be sent to Mr. Bracewell.

21. - Resolved that we fix Notices in Cutt Wood with regard to Bicycles, etc.

22. - Resolved that we purchase a Lawn Mowing Machine.

23. - A Plan was submitted for the proposed alterations to premises at 100, High Street, Rishton, for R. Hamer. Resolved that same be approved, under the Council's Bye-laws only.

24. - A Plan was submitted by Mr. J. Wilson for a Tool Shed at the rear of "Rookhill," Blackburn Road, Rishton. Resolved that same be approved under the Council's Bye-laws only, as a temporary building for a period of three years.

25. - A Plan was submitted for the proposed new Stables at Whitebirk Generating Station for the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking. Resolved that same be approved under the Council's Bye-laws only.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING - 28th May 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the recommendation of appointing an Ambulance Driver and Caretaker, dated the 21st February 1935, be rescinded.

4. - Resolved that the duties of Caretaker to the Library, Ambulance Driver and Cleaner of Harwood Road Conveniences be co-ordinated.

5. - Resolved that Mr. W. Barnes, Motor Garage Proprietor and the Accrington Town Council be asked if they would be willing to undertake to attend to our Ambulance calls in the evenings and on Saturday and Sunday and what would be their charge for same.

6. - Resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the "Rishton Advertiser" on Thursday next, the 4th June, for Caretaker of Library, Cleaner of Harwood Conveniences and Motor Driver of Ambulance.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 4th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Syllabus for 1936-37 as submitted by the Chairman be approved and that the same be printed.

4. - Resolved that Mr. G. A. Knowlson be appointed Head Teacher of the Higher Education Evening Classes for the Session 1936-37, providing he is willing to accept such appointment and subject to the Classes being formed.

5. - Resolved that the following be appointed teachers for the Session 1936-37, subject to the Classes being formed and providing they are willing to accept such appointment:-

Messrs. T. D. Boyd, J. G. Henry, G. Proctor, E. A. Sagar and W. F. C. Schaefer and Misses B. M. Holden, F. Moyle and M. Noble and Mrs. F. Plummer and Mrs. E. Worsley.

6. - Resolved that the Prize Distribution be held on Wednesday, the 10th day of September 1936.

7. - Resolved that Mr. A. Holden, M.A., be asked to distribute the Prizes.

8. - Resolved that the Classes open on Monday, the 21st day of September 1936.

9. - Resolved that all fees be paid on joining the Classes.

10. - Resolved that the 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 Chester.

11. - The Chairman reported that the number of books issued at the New Library were as follows:-Adults, 2,288; Juveniles, 1,128.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 4th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the Ministry of Health requesting additional details regarding The Esplanade Private Street Works and informed the Committee that the whole of the required details had been forwarded to the Ministry.

4. - The Surveyor read correspondence received from the Ministry of Health regarding the Esplanade Lay-Out Scheme and informed the Committee of the steps taken in the matter following a consultation with the Chairman of the Council.

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 deal with the matter.

5. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had arranged with the Gas and Electricity Services to revert to Summer Lighting Conditions after Sunday night, the 10th May.

6. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed at the Council Meeting on the 21st May, he had arranged for the lamp in High Street at the junction with Commercial Street to be converted into a Pilot Light and that the alteration was effected on the 23rd May.

7. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposed Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane and informed the Committee that further details required by the Railway Company had been duly forwarded.

8. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor intimating that it had been decided to retain the Speed Limit along Blackburn Road, A678, as at present defined.

9. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding drainage of the proposed New Senior School site and informed the Committee that a plan containing further details required by the County Architect had been prepared and forwarded.

10. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Main and Secondary Entrance Gates to Cutt Wood.

11. - The Surveyor reported on his interview with the Contractor for the erection of the proposed Houses in Fielding Street and received instructions regarding same.

12. - The Surveyor read a letter from Mrs. R. Whone regarding the condition of the footpath in Fielding Street.

13. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the provision of seats for Cutt Wood.

Resolved - (1) That the Clerk be instructed to tender the best thanks of the Council to the donors of seats for their co-operation and assistance in the matter and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase a further ten 8' 0" long seats from Messrs. Taylor & Wilson Ltd.

14. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to make application to the Postmaster-General for the provision of a Telephone Kiosk at Harwood Road Corner.

15. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to take the necessary steps to secure the establishment of a Crossing for Foot Passengers in Hermitage Street, near the junction with James Street.

16. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a Specification and invite Tenders from Painters and Decorators in Rishton for painting the ceiling and frieze in the Council Chamber.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the month of May:-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   803   4   2
Eachill Road Houses Rents   38   11   2
Ministry of Health De-rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   1,295   15   4
That the Wages paid were   54   14   10
Invoices for Goods amounted to   422   1   5

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 3,235 19s. 9d. be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

7. - Resolved that we purchase a Ream Model Rotary Gestetner Duplicator.

8. - A letter was read from Mr. C. W. Greaves with regard to the works carried out in connection with the Sewerage in Fielding Street. Resolved that Mr. Greaves be referred to the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 11th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Rating and Valuation Officer reported proposals for two houses in Blackburn Road, also one for Conservative Working Men's Club. Objection was taken to the valuation of the above Club and it was resolved that the Assessment be as follows:- Gross Value, 212; Rateable Value, 173.

3. - The Rating Officer reported the new Valuation re Public Houses.

4. - The Rating Officer reported an Assessment Meeting to be held on June 15th and read a list of cases.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 11th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Dr. J. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, attended and presented his Annual Report for the year 1935. Resolved that the Report be accepted and that he be thanked for same.

3. - Dr. J. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, presented his Report for the month of May 1936. Resolved that same be accepted.

4. - Resolved that the Annual Report of the Sanitary Inspector for the year 1935 be left over until the next meeting.

5. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

6. - Resolved that Notices be served under Section 17 of the Housing Act, 1930, requiring the owners of the following premises to carry out the required work to make same fit for habitation in all respects:-

6, Tottleworth, Rishton. 55, Burton Street, Rishton. 51, Fielding Street, Rishton.

7. - The Chairman and Sanitary Inspector gave a Report of the Sub-Committee with regard to the offer that had been received from Mr. Scurrah for additional land for tipping. Resolved that we take the land from the Estate at 3 5s. 0d. per acre in addition to the land already occupied at a lease of 21 years and that we ask for a right of entry into same from Harwood Road.

8. - The Sanitary Inspector made application for a Store-room. Resolved that same be left to a Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairmen of the various Committees.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from the Co-operative Women's Guild with regard to visiting the Accrington District Gas and Water Board Works. The Clerk reported that Councillor Booth had made the necessary arrangements for same.

3. - A letter was read from the Superintendent of Police that the Chief Constable would be prepared to support our application for the Pedestrian Crossings in Hermitage Street near the junction with James Street.

4. - A letter was read from the Post Office Telephones that they would give consideration to the provision of a Public Telephone Kiosk at the junction of Harwood Road Corner, High Street and Harwood Road.

5. - A letter was read from the British Engine Boiler & Electrical Installation Co. that they had inspected the No.1 Cast Iron Sectional Hot Water Heating Boiler at the Council Offices, which was in order for working at the stipulated pressure of 151bs. per square inch.

6. - A letter was read from the Urban District Council of Bentley with Arksey with regard to the following Resolution:-

Resolved that our delegates of the Conference support this Resolution.

7. - A letter was read from the Superintendent of Police informing us that a Street Collection on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was authorized to be held on the 12th of September 1936. Resolved that the Superintendent's attention be called to the fact that that date happens to be the Saturday of the Rishton September Holidays.

8. - The Clerk reported that Mr. J. Gardner, one of the Inspectors from the Ministry of Health, would visit Rishton for the purpose of inspecting the land on the Esplanade, Blackburn Road, Rishton.

9.- Leaflets referring to the Land Settlement for the Unemployed Part Time Group Holding Schemes was distributed to the members of the Council.

10. - The Chairman stated that he thought it desirable that the Rishton Post Office be converted to a full Post Office under the Crown, as fuller facilities would then be afforded to the public of Rishton and explained the various advantages they would derive from same.

Resolved that we make application to the Postmaster-General to have our local Post Office converted to a full Post Office under the Crown.

Resolved that a copy of the Resolution be forwarded to the Head Postmaster in Blackburn, the Postmaster-General and the Member of Parliament for the Division.

11. - Resolved that the question of the Caretaker of the Library be left over and that a Special Meeting be held on Tuesday next, the 16th inst., at 8 p.m.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillors Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st May 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the 28th May 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 4th and 11th June 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

6. - Additional Accounts amounting to 159 0s. 8d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

7. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 3,403 2s. 7d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   803   4   2
Eachill Road Houses Rents   38   11   2
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   1,295   15   4
That the Wages paid were   541   14   10
Invoices for Goods amounting to   422   1   5

9. - Resolved that Nos. 6, 7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

10. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

11. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

12. - A letter was read from the Unemployment Assistance Board. Resolved that a copy of same be sent to the Trades and Labour Council.

13. - A letter was read from Lord Derby on the subject of the National Memorial to His Late Majesty King George. Resolved that a Fund be opened.

14. - A letter was read from the Post Office Telephones that they could not see their way to provide a Public Telephone Kiosk at the junction of Harwood Road and High Street, as there was a Public Call Office in existence within 300 yards of the proposed site.

15. - The Tenders for the Painting of the Council Chamber were opened. Resolved that Mr. McIntosh's tender be accepted.

16. - The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Health's Representative had attended the Council Offices, on Wednesday and had met the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, the Surveyor and himself and the question of application for Loan re the Esplanade was fully discussed.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 16th June 1936.

1. - Present : Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Caretaker of the Library, Cleaner of Harwood Road Conveniences and Ambulance Driver be paid 3 per week, with an allowance of 2 nights off per week and 1 week-end per month.

4. - The list of applicants for the post of Caretaker of the Library, etc, were considered.

5. - Resolved that Mr. P. Bailey be appointed Caretaker of the Library, Cleaner of Harwood Road Conveniences and Ambulance Driver at a salary of 3 per week.

6. - Resolved that we advertise for a Motor-driver and that the applications for Motor-driver of Ambulance be considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 22nd June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - List of applications for Motor-driver were considered.

4. - Resolved that the following persons be interviewed:- Messrs. Barnes, Bentley, Cartledge, Greenwood, Reay, Sweet, and Whittaker.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 29th June 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The following persons were interviewed :-

Messrs. Barnes, Bentley, Cartledge, Greenwood, Sweet and Whittaker, a letter having been received from Mr. Reay withdrawing his application.

4. - Resolved that Mr. W. R. Cartledge be appointed Motor-driver at a salary of 3 1s. 0d. per week all in, he is to take over Ambulance duties 2 nights per week and 1 week-end per month, his duties to commence on Friday, the 3rd July 1936.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 2nd July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   2,318   16   4
Eachill Road House Rents   31   8   8
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
Bank Interest   2   2   6
That the Treasurer had received   3,306   7   6
That the Wages paid were   485   15   0
Invoices for Goods amounted to   542   12   5

5. - Resolved that the Accounts amounting to 2,642 3s. 1d., be passed for payment.

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

Hermitage Street: From J Dixon to F. Ashworth. Norden : From Geo. Hargreaves to Geo. Matthews ; from J. Mercer to J. Lyons.

7. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

8. - Resolved that a grant of 12 be made to Mr. C. Woodcock for services rendered in connection with the Ambulance.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 2nd July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed wooden garage in Devonshire Road for Mr. C. H. Roberts. Resolved that the plan be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-laws only.

4. - The Surveyor read a letter and a Memorandum received from the Ministry of Health informing the Council that the Minister had given consent to the borrowing by the Urban District Council of Rishton of the sum of 704 for Street Works in respect of the Esplanade Road.

5. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the District Estate Manager to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company, informing the Council of the conditions on which he was prepared to recommend to his Head Office that the Railway Company agree to the use of Tottleworth Lee Bridge by the public in connection with the Council's proposal to construct a public footpath across Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane. Resolved that the terms now presented to the Committee in the letter referred to from the Railway Company, dated 24th June 1936, be accepted and approved and the Clerk be authorised to inform the Railway Company accordingly and embody same in an agreement.

6. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding Cutt Wood and read a letter from the makers of the Main Entrance Gates regarding delivery and fixing. Resolved that Cutt Wood be officially opened on Saturday, August 29th 1936.

7. - The Surveyor reported that the Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Booth, Edmondson and Trengove, appointed to deal with matters relating to Cutt Wood had met and made the following recommendations :-

  1. That the Surveyor be instructed to take up the existing kerb on the West corner of Cutt Lane and relay same to the correct street line in accordance with the intended future width of Cutt Lane, namely 36 feet.
  2. That the Surveyor be instructed to arrange to have the lamp standard on the West corner of Cutt Lane removed to a new position on the East side of Cutt Lane.
  3. That the Surveyor be instructed to have the seats fixed in the Wood in the positions indicated and lay a row of old flags in front of each seat.

Resolved that the Sub-Committee's recommendations be accepted and approved and the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work.

8. - The Surveyor reported that the Sub-Committee appointed to purchase a lawn mower had met and informed the Committee of the position to date.

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

10. - The Surveyor reported that complaints had been received of animals grazing on Holt Street Recreation Ground and informed the Committee of the steps taken in the matter.

11. - The Surveyor reported that the Chairman had authorised him to carry out urgent repair work on the Road Roller. Resolved that the action of the Chairman be approved and confirmed.

12. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a Specification and invite Tenders for Painting the fencing on Holt Street Recreation Ground.

13. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the depressions on Holt Street Recreation Ground filled in and rolled.

14. - The Surveyor reported that he had completed the first requisition for payment on account of work done on Lee Lane Widening Scheme and forwarded same to the County Surveyor.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 2nd July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 258 1s. 9d.

3. - The Clerk reported the result of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institute Examinations as follows: -

Class   Sat   1st Class   2nd Class   Failed
Preparatory Senior Technical   11   -   4   7
Preliminary Commercial   8   2   3   3
Junior Commercial   14   1   6   7
Horticulture   2   -   -   2

4. - Resolved that the Head Teacher be asked for his observations on the result of the Examinations.

5. - An invitation was received from the Director of Education to attend the Annual Meeting of Representatives of Districts in the Blackburn Area. Resolved that the Chairman, Clerk and head Teacher attend.

6. - Mrs. H. M. Watt, the Supervisor for the Lancashire Keep Fit Movement (Northern Area) attended and explained the object of the Classes. Resolved that the best thanks of the meeting be given to Mrs. Watt for her attendance.

7. - The Chairman reported that the number of books issued at the New Library were as follows: - Adults, 4, 673; Juveniles, 1, 697; and that the total issue of books for the month was 6, 370.

8. - A report was read from Mr. G. A. Knowlson. Resolved that the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and the Clerk see Mr Knowlson.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 2nd July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of June 1936, was taken as read.

3. - Mr, C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - The Clerk reported that a Meeting was being arranged between this Council, the representatives from the Lancashire County Council, the Dunkenhalgh Estate and the Accrington District Gas and Water Board, to discuss the question of providing Town's water to Tottleworth and the County Allotments. Resolved that Councillors Trengove, Booth and Sanderson and the Officials attend this Meeting.

5. - Resolved that an Advertisement be inserted in the "Rishton Advertiser" with regard to the entry in Rent Books relating to Overcrowding, in accordance with the Housing Act 1935.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 2nd July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Agreement with the Dunkenhalgh Estate in respect of Cutt Wood.

3. - A letter was read from the Accrington Industrial Development Committee. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to co-operate with the Town Clerk of Accrington and tabulate all necessary information required.

4. - Resolved that the Telephone extension with regard to the Ambulance be fixed at once.

ORDINARY MEETING - 9th July 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th June 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 16th, 22nd and 29th June and the 2nd July 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Additional Accounts amounting to 261 16s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

6. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 2, 892 8s. 8d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   2,318   16   4
Eachill Road Houses Rents   31   8   8
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
Bank Interest   2   2   6
That the Treasurer had received   3,306   7   6
That the Wages paid were   485   15   0
Invoices for goods amounting to   542   12   5

8. - Resolved that Nos. 6, 7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

9. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

10. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Pawnbroker's Licence for Mr. A. Gregory.

11. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Agreement for Cutt Wood.

12. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the meeting:.

13. - An Appeal was read from the Manchester Committee on Cancer asking this Council to contribute towards same. Resolved that the Council grant the sum of 5 towards the above appeal and that the sanction of the Ministry of Health be obtained.

14. - The Clerk reported that he had now received the sanction from the Ministry of Health to borrow money for the works of Sewerage in connection with the Esplanade. Resolved that we wait three months before advertising for loan.

15. - The Clerk read a letter that he had received from Mr. Thompson, the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Phineas Drake & Sons. Resolved that we arrange a meeting between Mr. Thompson, Mr. Slater and ourselves, to discuss this matter and that Councillors Trengove, Ainsworth, Edmondson and Tattersall form the Sub-Committee.

16. - The Chairman reported that complaints had been made that several passengers who had booked by the advertised Excursions from Rishton have found that they have had to change at Blackburn on their return journey and either wait a long time for the ordinary train which stops at Rishton or take a bus from Blackburn Station. Resolved that the L. M. & S. Railway Co. be written to and ask if arrangements cannot be made that where the Excursion is advertised from Rishton, such Excursion Train should be timed to stop at Rishton on the return journey.

17. - The Clerk was instructed to write to the Conservative Club and ask for the use of the Assembly Room on Tuesday evenings from 7-30 to 9-0 p.m. for the Keep Fit Class that is being formed.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 6th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 253 1s. 9d.

4. - Resolved that the Accounts amounting to 8 9s. 0d. be passed for payment.

5. - A letter from the Director of Education referring to Higher Education Accounts for 1935/36 was left to the Chairman, Secretary and Head Master to reply to.

6. - A letter referring to the Prospectus for the Session 1936/37 was referred to the Chairman, Secretary and Head Master.

7. - A reply was read from the Conservative Club stating their price for the loan of the Assembly Room for the Keep Fit Class was 10/- per night. Resolved that same be accepted and that the Clerk arrange as to whether the Class will be held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

8. - A letter was read from Mr. A. Holden that he accepts our invitation to Distribute the Prizes to the Students on the 16th September 1936.

9. - The Chairman reported that 6,387 books were issued during the month of July, namely: - 5,970 Fiction and 417 Non-Fiction books.

10. - Councillor Trengove spoke of the application that was being made for a loan on behalf of Mr. Thomas Stones, of Rishton, to enable him to complete his training as a candidate for the teaching profession.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 6th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed Store Shed at Norden Fireclay Works for Messrs. George Clarke & Sons (Rishton) Ltd. Resolved that the same be approved as a Temporary Building under the Council's Bye-laws only, for a period of three years.

4. - An application was submitted for permission to erect a Trade Sign outside No.6, George Street, for Mr. J. Brewin. Resolved that the application be approved.

5. - An application was submitted for permission to erect a Trade Sign outside No.66, Commercial Street, for Mr. J. E. Dean. Resolved that the application be approved.

6. - The Surveyor reported that the Cutt Wood Sub-Committee had met and recommended (1) that the whole area of footpath outside the Main Entrance Gates and between the kerb lines in Cutt Lane and Blackburn Road be flagged with new sawn flags and (2) that a similar area inside the gates be surfaced with Asphalt.

The Surveyor also reported that a Name Plate had been removed from one of the seats and the Clerk informed the Committee of the action taken in the matter.

The Surveyor further reported on the expenditure to date in carrying out the alterations in Cutt Wood.

Resolved (1) that the Sub-Committee's recommendations be accepted and approved and the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work; (2) that the Clerk's action in regard to the removal of the Name Plate be approved and confirmed; and (3) that the painting of the new Entrance Gates, Posts, etc., be left in the hands of the Surveyor.

7. - The Clerk read a letter received from the Ministry of Health enclosing the formal consent of the Minister to the borrowing by the Urban District Council of Rishton of the sum of 2,070 for the Works of Sewerage and the Surveyor outlined to the Committee further details relative thereto.

Resolved that the Clerk be instructed (1) to instruct the Consulting Engineers to proceed with the preparation of the Specification and Bills of Quantities and such other details as are necessary; and (2) to issue an advertisement inviting Tenders for the carrying out of the work in connection with the scheme.

8. - The Surveyor reported on matters regarding the Esplanade Gardens and Esplanade Street Works Schemes.

9. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposed footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane and the Clerk read a letter received from the Railway Company regarding same.

10. - The Surveyor reported that the appointed Sub-Committee had inspected and as a result purchased a 12 inch "Empire" Lawn Mower and that the machine had been delivered.

Resolved that the action of the Sub-Committee be approved and confirmed.

11. - The Surveyor reported regarding the new Fencing on Holt Street Recreation Ground and stated that, as instructed, he had prepared a Specification and invited Tenders for painting same.

The Clerk presented the Tenders which were opened by the Chairman.

Resolved that the Tender of Mr. Milton Mclntosh, amounting to 21 19s. 0d., be accepted.

12. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor regarding a suggestion by the Ministry of Transport that that a "Major Road Ahead" Sign should be erected at Close Brow.

Resolved that the suggestion be accepted and approved.

13. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the Accrington District Gas and Water Board informing the Council of the Board's amended rates for the maintenance of the public gas lamps for the season 1936-37, as from October 1st 1936.

Resolved (1) that the amended terms be accepted and approved and (2) that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Edmondson and Trengove be appointed to deal with the question of lighting hours and lighting conditions generally.

14. - Resolved that permission be granted to the Surveyor to receive an articled pupil and that an advertisement be issued in the Press inviting applications regarding same.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 6th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Clerk reported that with regard to the question of a full Post Office under the Crown, he had heard from the Postmaster-General, Major H. A. Proctor and the Head Postmaster of Blackburn that same was receiving the necessary attention.

3. - Resolved that we grant the use of the Enquiry Office on August 21st, from 12-30 to 1-30 p.m., to the Lancashire Agricultural Committee for the purpose of holding the half-yearly Rent Audit.

4. - The Clerk reported that he had received an account from the Watch Committee of the Blackburn Corporation for the use of the ambulance in conveying a body from Higher Cunliffe Delph to the Mortuary in Rishton and that he had forwarded same to the County Coroner, who had returned same. Resolved that a copy of the letter be forwarded to Blackburn.

5. - The Clerk reported that he had received a draft Agreement from the Borough of Accrington as to the Fire Brigade Services within the District of Rishton for a period of five years certain at an annual payment of 420 and thereafter subject to six months notice on either side to expire on the 31st March in any year.

6. - A letter was read from Dr. J. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, that he was commencing his holidays on the 1st August 1936 and was leaving Dr. Jas. Ross in charge of his work.

7. - Resolved that during the temporary absence from duty of Dr. J. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health for this District, that his partner, Dr. Jas. Ross, M. B., be appointed Deputy Medical Officer of Health for the District of Rishton, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health.

8. - The Clerk reported that the price of coke was to be increased. Resolved that we order same as required.

9. - A letter was read from Superintendent Pagett asking the Council to consider the question of the adoption of the provision of Section 86 of the Public Health Amendment Act 1907, referring to the Registration of Dealers in Old Metal and Marine Stores. Resolved that the Chairman, Surveyor and Clerk go into the question and report.

10. - Resolved that Mr. G. A. Knowlson be appointed to attend the National Savings Committee Regional Conference at Southport on the 9th and 10th October 1936.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 13th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   11,331   16   10
Eachill Road Houses Rents   37   6   0
County Council re Lee Lane   4,770   0   0
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   16,846   3   6
That the Wages paid were   568   4   3
Invoices for Goods amounted to   320   2   10

5. - Resolved that: the Accounts amounting to 4,011 13s. 4d. be passed for payment.

6. - Mr. W, H. Cottam and Councillor Trengove gave a Report of the Rating and Valuation Conference that they had attended in London. Resolved that they be thanked for

7. - Resolved that a writ be issued with regard to the outstanding account No.19.

8. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

9. - Resolved that the Office Clerk's Salary be increased to 44s. 6d. per week as from the 14th inst.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 13th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of July was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - The Chairman reported that we had received an Estimate from the Accrington District Gas & Water Board as to the cost of providing Town's Water to Tottleworth and that same had been forwarded to the County Council and also to Mr. Scurrah and that a meeting was being arranged between Mr. Scurrah, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Broughton, Mr. Eginton and the Chairman and Officials of the Sanitary Department.

5. - Resolved that a cupboard for the storage of Cleaning Utensils be fixed at Harwood Road Conveniences.

6. - The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to continue his inquiries for a more suitable site for the Bone Collector's premises and to report at the next meeting.

7. - The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had received complaints of soot from a bake house chimney in Hermitage Street. Resolved that he keep same under observation.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 13th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Annual Report of the Lancashire Industrial Development Council was produced.

3. - Councillor Trengove and the Clerk gave their Report of the Urban District Councils' Association Conference held at Weston-super-Mare. Resolved that they be thanked for same.

ORDINARY MEETING - 20th August 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 9th July 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 6th and 13th August 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 4,248 14s. 0d.

6. - The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   11,331   16   10
Eachill Road Houses Rents   37   6   0
County Council re Lee Lane   4,770   0   0
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   16,846   3   6
That the Wages paid were   568   4   3
Invoices for Goods amounting to   320   2   10

7. - Resolved that Nos. 5 and 6 be entered in the Ledger.

8. - The Clerk reported that the Main Road Audit by the County Council had been held.

9. - The representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

10. - The Clerk reported that he had received the Agreement from the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co., for the use of a footpath over and across Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane at an annual acknowledgment of 5 per annum and that the Agreement was in accordance with the arrangements already made. Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to same.

11. - The Clerk read a letter that had been received from the Home Office, Whitehall, referring to the Petroleum (Transfer of Licences) Act 1936 and that Section 1 of the Act enables Petroleum Spirit Licences to be transferred by endorsement of the Licence or otherwise by a Local Authority in the case of Licences granted by them and that a fee of 2/6 shall be payable in respect of all transfers.

12. - The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Health sanctions the payment by this Council of a contribution of 5 to the Fund of the Manchester Committee on Cancer, subject to the production of a proper voucher to the District Auditor.

13. - It was resolved that a Special Meeting of the various representatives of the Township of Rishton should be called after the September holidays to form a Committee to make the necessary arrangements for the Coronation on the 12th May 1937.

14. - The Clerk read a letter from Major Proctor with regard to the Crown Post Office at Rishton. Resolved that same be replied to.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 3rd September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson and Mr. W. H. Cottam acting as Clerk.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 304 17s. 3d.

4. - Resolved that the appointment of visitors be suspended for the time being.

5. - Resolved that the arrangements for the Prize Distribution be left to the Chairman, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Knowlson.

6. - The Chairman read the Library Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 3rd September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his report and directions were given thereon.

3. - The Surveyor referred to the question of maintenance work in Cutt Wood and asked for the instructions of the Committee regarding same. The questions of the provision of a shelter and conveniences in the Park were also raised and discussed. Resolved (1) that the whole of the above be referred to the Park Sub-Committee for consideration and (2) that Councillor T. Bradshaw be co-opted on the Park Sub-Committee.

4. - The Surveyor reported that in view of weather conditions it would probably be necessary to curtail the tar-spraying programme for the current Financial Year and presented to the Committee his recommendations regarding same. Resolved that the Surveyor's recommendations be accepted and approved.

5. - The Surveyor informed the Committee of the position to date regarding the scheme for the extension of the Main Sewer from Harwood Road to The Esplanade.

6. - The Surveyor reported that he had interviewed the Contractor for the Fielding Street Housing Scheme and informed the Committee of the position to date.

7. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had commenced work on painting the railing on Holt Street Recreation Ground.

8. - The Surveyor reported that at the request of the Architects he had prepared and forwarded to them a plan shewing the details of the main sewers in the vicinity of the Proposed New Church Site in Station Road.

9. - The Surveyor reported receipt of Circular No.468 Roads from the Minister of Transport and outlined to the Committee the provisions in same.

10. - The Surveyor reported that the tyres on the Council's Motor Wagon required renewing. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to obtain Tenders for supplying and fitting a new complete set of tyres.

11. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the Contractor for the alteration of the seating in the New Library. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the seating placed in the third ground floor room of the Library.

12. - The Surveyor presented to the Committee the applications received for the position of Articled Pupil. Resolved that the matter be left entirely in the hands of the Surveyor.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson and Mr. W. H. Cottam acting as Clerk.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officers' books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month:-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   652   6   11
Eachill Road Houses Rents   31   13   8
Ministry of Labour   174   11   1
That the Treasurer had received   846   1   5
That the Wages paid were   547   19   4
Invoices for Goods amounting to   487   7   9

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 3,603 1s. 10d., be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

7. - Resolved that Public Notice be given that all persons not having paid their Rates laid on the 27th day of April 1936, on or before the 6th day of November 1936 and that Mr. W. H. Cottam is hereby authorised and empowered to summons all such defaulters accordingly.

8. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfer be approved of: -

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson and Mr. W. H. Cottam acting as Clerk.

2. - A letter was read which had been sent to the Ministry of Labour and also to Major H. A. Proctor with regard to the Unemployment Exchange at Rishton by the Chairman of the Council. Resolved that the action of the Chairman in forwarding these letters be approved of.

3. - Resolved that an Account be opened at the Midland Bank for King George's Memorial Fund and that cheques be signed by the Chairman and Clerk.

4. - A letter was read from the County Council with regard to the Air Raid Precautions and informing us that a Conference would be arranged for this portion of the County.

5. - A letter was read from the Lancashire Industrial Development Council with regard to an enquiry that had been made on behalf of an Industry which desired to occupy a combined Spinning and Weaving Shed. Resolved that a letter be sent at once pointing out that there is a Mill in Rishton with five storeys and a Weaving Shed thereto.

6. - A letter was read from Messrs. Chas. J. Lomax & Sons with regard to the Esplanade Drainage. Resolved that the Tenders be advertised and that same be in by 12 noon on October 1st 1936.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 10th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson and Mr. W. H. Cottam acting as Clerk.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of August 1936, was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 10th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - Mr. W. H. Cottam, the Rating Officer, placed before the Committee proposals for New Property. Resolved that same be approved of.

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting on the 20th August 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 3rd and 10th September 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 3, 604 15s. 1d.

6. - The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   652   6   11
Eachill Road Houses Rents   31   13   8
Ministry of Labour   174   11   1
That the Treasurer had received   846   1   5
That the Wages paid were   547   19   4
Invoices for Goods amounting to   487   7   9

7. - Resolved that Nos. 5 and 6 be entered in the Ledger.

8. - The Chairman reported the Correspondence that had been received with regard to the Employment Exchange at Rishton. Resolved that every effort be made to keep the above Exchange open, as if the Rishton people are compelled to go to Great Harwood it would be a great hardship to them.

9. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

10. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw and Sanderson form a Sub-Committee to meet a Sub-Committee from the British Legion to make the necessary arrangements for Remembrance Day.

11. - A letter was read from the Barnoldswick Urban District Council referring to the low wages being earned by people in the Cotton Industry. Resolved that same be acknowledged and that they are informed that the Council is in sympathy with the Resolution enclosed.

12. - Resolved that the wages of the employees be increased in accordance with the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council scale from the first full pay day following the 1st October 1936,

13. - Resolved that the tender of Messrs. J. & S. Leaver, Ltd., for six Firestone covers for the motor wagon, be accepted.

14. - The Surveyor reported that he had arranged for John Lord to become his Articled Pupil. Resolved that same be approved.

15. - A list of Private Works was read and instructions were given thereon.

16. - Resolved that we advertise for a teacher for the Typewriting Class.

17. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed Church of St. Charles in Station Road, Rishton, by the Rev. M. O'Leary. Resolved that the plan be approved subject to the drains being laid and constructed in a manner and in positions to be approved by the Council's officials.

18. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed wooden Garage in Back Blackburn Road, Rishton, for Mr. J. Pickup. Resolved that the same be approved as a temporary building under the Council's Bye-Laws only for a period of three years.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING 24th September 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Clerk reported the result of the Meeting with Mr. J. W. Thompson, Trustee of A. E. Drake's Bankruptcy and Mr. A. Wright, the Solicitor for A. E. Drake's estate and also reported that a writ had been issued and that the Sub-Committee had directed the Clerk to enter an appearance for same. Resolved that the action of the Sub-Committee be approved and that Mr. Wm. Slater be approached with regard to a settlement.

4. - Resolved that the terms of the Trustees of the Primitive Methodist School for the use of a room by the "Keep Fit Class" to be held on Tuesday evenings be accepted up to Christmas.

5. - Resolved that Mrs. Watts be written to asking if she could not see her way to alter the Class from Tuesday to Thursday evenings after Christmas.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 1st October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's balance was reported to be 253 0s. 0d.

4. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 14 17s. 0d., be passed for payment.

5. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Master, attended and reported that the number of Students on the Register were as follows: -

Class   On Register.
Senior Preparatory Technical   18
Preliminary Commercial   17
Junior Commercial   19
Domestic   14
Arts and Crafts   4
Dressmaking   27
Elocution   3
Typewriting   11
French   4
Horticulture   2
Poultry Keeping   2
Motor Engineering   33
"Keep Fit" Class   13
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Resolved that the Report be accepted.

6. - Resolved that the Motor Engineering Class be divided into A and B, to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

7. - Resolved that the Arts and Crafts Class be held one night per week only.

8. - Resolved that the Horticulture Class be discontinued.

9. - Resolved that the Elocution, French and Poultry Keeping Classes be discontinued, if they are not formed next week.

10. - Resolved that one visit to the Classes be made before Christmas and one after.

11. - The applications for a teacher for the Typewriting Class were considered. Resolved that Mr. W. F. C. Schaefer be appointed teacher of this Class.

12. - The Chairman reported the interview he had had with Mr. James, of the County Council, with reference to the Adult Culture Classes and a Drama Course, also a B. B. C. Discussion Group and that same was being formed. Resolved that the Report be accepted.

13. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of September as follows: - Adults, 1,598; Juveniles, 318; Non-fiction, 179; the total number of books issued was 5,425.

14. - A letter was read from Major H. A. Procter informing us what further efforts he was making with regard to obtaining aid for Mr. Thomas Stones to enable him to take a course of training at the Borough Road Training College, Isleworth.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 1st October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date with regard to the tar-spraying programme. Resolved that the Surveyor's recommendations regarding the completion of the tar-spraying programme for the current Financial Year be accepted and approved.

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

5. - The Surveyor reported that in accordance with the instructions of the Committee he had ordered new covers for the motor wagon and that the work had been completed.

6. - The Clerk presented to the Committee the tenders received for the work in connection with the laying of a new sewer from St. Paul's Road to The Esplanade and the tenders were opened by the Chairman in the presence of the Committee. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to forward the tenders to the Engineers for their observations thereon.

7. - The Surveyor reported receipt of the examination of the steam boiler at the Sewage Works from the Insurance Company.

8. - The Surveyor reported that Councillor Booth, the Clerk and himself had attended a Meeting of the Joint Town Planning Committee at the Town Hall, Blackburn, on the 16th September 1936 and presented to the Committee the Agenda of the business transacted at the Meeting. Resolved that the report of the Surveyor be accepted and approved.

9. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Council's proposal to establish an additional pedestrian crossing in Hermitage Street and stated that the necessary Statutory Notice had been advertised in the Press.

10. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the County Surveyor regarding the Annual Estimates of Expenditure, 1937-38 and outlined to the Committee his suggestions with regard to the same. Resolved that the Surveyor's recommendations be accepted and approved.

11. - The Clerk read a letter from Mr. F. Bellas informing the Committee of the terms on which he would be prepared to maintain the War Memorial Garden and the grass verges on the Arterial Road. Resolved that Mr. Bellas's offer be accepted and approved.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE 1st October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from the L. M. & S. Railway Co., with regard to the passenger service in the East Lancashire Area, stating that the points raised in regard to our facilities during the Town's Holidays had been noted and would receive consideration when next years programme is formulated. Resolved that same be acknowledged.

3. - The Clerk reported that he had received the Agreement, duly sealed, for the public to cross the Bridge known as Tottleworth Lee Bridge, over the Company's Great Harwood Loop Line of Railway at Rishton, as indicated upon the plan attached thereto. Resolved that same be acknowledged.

4. - Resolved that Miss M. Keane be appointed to attend the National Savings Committee Regional Conference to be held at Southport on the 9th and 10th October 1936, in place of Mr. G. A. Knowlson.

5. - Resolved that the Poppy Day Meeting be held on Tuesday, the 6th inst.

6. - Resolved that the Coronation Meeting be held on Tuesday, the 13th inst.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the month of September: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,752   5   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   29   18   6
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
County Council (Main Roads)   210   19   2
County Council (Secondary Roads)   44   7   7
County Council (Loans)   113   0   0
County Council (Relief Works)   497   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   3,152   9   6
That the Wages paid were   542   7   1
Invoices for Goods amounting to   500   13   10

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 1,063 13s. 5d., be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report, which showed that 15 6s. 1d. had been received for Private Works as per old list. Resolved that same be accepted.

7. - Resolved that a cheque be made out for Drake's Private Works Account and paid to the Collector.

8. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfer be approved of: - Goosey Butts: From S. Waites to J. Denny.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Clerk reported that, as instructed by the Building and Highways Committee at their Meeting on the 1st October, he had forwarded the tenders received for the laying of the new sewer from St. Paul's Road to The Esplanade to the Engineers for their observations thereon and read a letter from the Engineers regarding same. Resolved (1) That the tender of Messrs. Thomas Varley & Son, Ltd., Whalley, amounting to 1,585 12s. 1d., be accepted subject to a satisfactory reply being received to an enquiry to be made by the Clerk and (2) that the Engineers be instructed to arrange for the work to be commenced.

3. - The Clerk reported that one of the tenants of land in Fielding Street had interviewed him regarding alleged damage to fencing. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to refer the tenant to the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

4. - The Clerk read a letter from the Town Clerk of Accrington regarding a proposed site for an Infectious Diseases Hospital. Resolved that the Medical Officer of Health, the Sanitary Inspector, the Clerk and the Surveyor be instructed to go into the matter.

5. - A plan was submitted for a proposed Garage in St. Paul's Road for Mr. M. McIntosh. Resolved that the same be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

6. - A plan was submitted for two proposed Garages in James Street for Messrs. The Ajax Press. Resolved that the same be approved as temporary buildings for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

7. - A plan was submitted for a proposed Garage at the rear of his residence in Blackburn Road for Mr. A. Duxbury. Resolved that the same be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

8. - A plan was submitted for a proposed Garage at the rear of his residence in Blackburn Road for Mr. R. Mitton. Resolved that the same be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 8th October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of September was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that notice be served under Section 17 of the Housing Act, 1930, on the owners of 10 and 12, Haworth Street and 15 and 21, Henry Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary repairs.

5. - Resolved that a new Battery be purchased for the Ambulance and that the engine be decarbonised and the valves ground in and that this work be carried out by Messrs. Ormerod's of Great Harwood.

6. - The Sanitary Inspector reported the damage done to the Harwood Road Conveniences and instruction was given to obtain and display Police Notice.

7. - A deputation, consisting of Messrs. Mallett, Birtwistle and Riding, was received from the inhabitants at Tottleworth with regard to the Water Supply at Tottleworth. They were informed that same was receiving the attention of the Council.

8. - A letter was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate with regard to the Water Supply at Tottleworth. Resolved that a copy of same be sent to Mr. J. Broughton, County Land Agent, Dr. J. J. Butterworth, County Medical Officer of Health and Mr. A. J. Harrison, General Manager of the Accrington District Gas and Water Board and that a Meeting be arranged between all parties concerned as soon as possible.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from the County Council with regard to Air Raid Precautions, inviting the Council to send representatives to a Conference to be held in the County Offices, Preston, on Wednesday, the 28th inst., at 2-30 p.m. Resolved that the Chairman (Councillor Trengove) and Councillor Leeming, together with the Clerk and the Medical Officer of Health, attend this Conference representing this Council.

3. - The Clerk reported that he had received a telephone communication from the Manager of the Employment Exchange at Great Harwood asking the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk to attend a Meeting to be held on Wednesday next, the 14th inst., at 2-30 p.m., at the Exchange, with regard to the Rishton Employment Exchange Office. Resolved that Councillor Trengove and the Clerk attend.

4. - The Clerk reported the interview he had had with Major Procter with regard to providing a Crown Post Office at Rishton. Resolved that Major Procter be replied to.

5. - Resolved that Councillors Trengove, Ainsworth, Tattersall, Smith and the members of the Park Sub-Committee, meet to arrange details for the Coronation Meeting.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th October 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th September 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the 24th September 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 1st and 8th October 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

6. - Additional Accounts amounting to 293 4s. 4d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

7. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 1,360 15s. 8d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,752   5   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   29   18   6
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
County Council (Main Roads)   210   19   2
County Council (Secondary Roads)   44   7   7
County Council (Loans)   113   0   0
County Council (Relief Works)   497   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   3,152   9   6
That the Wages paid were   542   7   1
Invoices for Goods amounting to   500   13   10

9. - Resolved that Nos. 6, 7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

10. - The representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

11. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

12. - Councillor Trengove reported the result of the interview that had been held with Mr. Jones, of Manchester and Mr. Robson, of Great Harwood, at the Great Harwood Exchange, when an assurance was given to the deputation that before any steps were taken in the matter their representations would be sent to the official quarters. Resolved that the Sub-Committee be thanked for their efforts in this matter.

13. - Resolved that an application be made to hold a Flag Day in the second or third week of January 1937, in aid of the National Memorial to His Late Majesty King George.

14. - Miss Keane attended and gave a full report of the National Savings Conference which was held at Southport. Resolved that a vote of thanks be given to Miss Keane for her able report.

15. - Councillor Trengove and the Clerk gave a brief report of the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association Conference held at Grange-over-Sands and informed the Council that each member would be supplied with a copy of the full report.

16. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Contract with Messrs. R. Cragg & Son in connection with the houses being erected in Fielding Street.

17. - Resolved that an application be made to the Dunkenhalgh Estate to open an office or room in Rishton in which to receive the half-yearly ground rents.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 5th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 413 10s. 11d.

4. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 9 12s. 3d., be passed for payment.

5. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Teacher, attended and reported that the number of Students on the Register were as follows: -

Class   On

Register

  Average

Attendance.

Senior Preparatory Technical   21   19
Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st   20   15
Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd   23   18
Domestic   17   15
Arts and Crafts A   14   12
Typewriting   15   14
Dressmaking 1st   15   14
Dressmaking 2nd   16   15
Motor Engineering   49   43
French   12   9
Keep-Fit Class   30   27
Drama   9   9
Wireless Group   15   13

Resolved that the Report be accepted.

6. - He also reported that the Elocution, Poultry-keeping and Horticulture Classes had been discontinued.

7. - A letter was read from Mr. C. James, addressed to Mr. Knowlson, with regard to the Adult Education Class. Resolved that all communications in future be sent to the Clerk of the Higher Education Committee, so that same would be brought before this Committee.

8. - It was reported that Miss Mary Agnes Machell had obtained the Pitman's Shorthand Teacher's Diploma. Resolved that a letter of congratulation be sent to her from this Committee.

9. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of October as follows: - Adults: 1,690. juveniles: 321. And that the total number of books issued was 5,896. Resolved that the Librarian be thanked for his Report.

10. - The Clerk reported that he had sent in a Summary of the estimated Receipts and Payments for 1937-38 for the sum of 566. Resolved that same be approved of.

11. - The Clerk also reported that the Secondary School travelling expenses had been paid.

12. - The Chairman suggested that we should have an Educational Rally in February 1937.

13. - Resolved that Major Proctor be written to asking if he can come.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 5th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from the Traffic Commissioners giving us notice of an application received for the proposed revision of return ticket regulations on services operated by the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. Resolved that we write stating our views with regard to the return fares at week-end.

3. - The resignation of John Butler was read stating that he had been appointed to the position of Junior Engineering Assistant to the Corporation of Blackburn. Resolved that same be accepted.

4. - Resolved that the Council's appreciation of Mr. John Butler's services be placed on record and that we grant him a testimonial.

5. - The Clerk read a circular letter convening a Conference of Lancashire and Cheshire Local Authorities, to be held at Manchester Town Hall on the 4th December 1936, for the purpose of electing representatives on the Whitley Council and the Provincial Council. Resolved that the Chairman and Councillor Tattersall be our representatives.

6. - The Clerk reported that he had received the Statement of Claim from Mr. W. Slater in the following actions: -

  • Cockshot v. Rishton Urban District Council.

  • Bradshaw & Bailey v. Rishton Urban District Council.

  • Moore v. Rishton Urban District Council.

Resolved that Councillor Tattersall accompany the Clerk at the Conference with Counsel (Mr. Gandy), who was defending the case for us.

7. - A letter was read from the Urban District Councils' Association with regard to a Local Authority. bearing the reasonable travelling expenses properly incurred by representatives appointed by them or in their nomination on Assessment Committees or public or quasi-public bodies when attending Meetings of such Committees or bodies held outside the area of the Local Authority represented by them. Resolved that representation be made to the Local Member of Parliament on the matter.

8. - The Chairman reported that he, along with Councillor Leeming, Dr. Ferguson and the Clerk, had attended an Air Raid Precaution Conference held at the County Offices, Preston, on the 28th ultimo, when the following resolution was passed: -

9. - Resolved that the Sub-Committee appointed draft a Report as to what steps should be taken in our area.

10. - The Chairman invited the Members of the Council to accompany him to the Parish Church to commemorate Armistice Day on Sunday, the 8th November 1936.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 5th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A plan was submitted for a proposed wooden garage in Cliff Street for Mr. H. Griffiths. Resolved: That the plan be approved as a temporary building, under the Council's Bye-laws only, for a period of three years.

4. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had commenced work on Fielding Street Housing Site and reported on the progress made to date.

5. - The Surveyor read letters received from the Ministry of Transport, enclosing the Minister's formal approval to the Council's proposal to establish a crossing for foot passengers in Hermitage Street. The Surveyor also presented to the Committee the quotations received for the supply of beacons and studs. Resolved:-

  1. That the quotations received from Messrs. John Needham & Sons, Ltd., be accepted (for beacons).

  2. That the quotation received from Messrs. Samuel Osborn & Co., Ltd., for studs, be accepted and

  3. That the Surveyor be instructed to order the materials required and proceed with the work.

6. - The Surveyor reported Lamp No.36, in Hermitage Street, had been damaged by a motor vehicle and stated that the owner-driver of the vehicle and the Electricity Undertaking had been notified accordingly.

7. - The Surveyor reported on his interview with the owner of No. 11, Stourton Street, regarding the dangerous condition of the gable end wall and informed the Committee that the necessary repair work had been put in hand.

8. - The Clerk presented to the Committee the Tenders received for the supply and erection of approximately 300 linear yards of post and rail fencing, from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to a point in Lee Lane and the Tenders were opened by the Chairman in the presence of the Committee. Resolved that the Tender of Mr. George Harwood, of 2/1 per lineal yard, fixed complete, in accordance with the specification, be accepted and the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the work to be commenced.

9. - The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor regarding existing pedestrian guard rails and stated that the required details had been forwarded.

10. - The Surveyor reported regarding the contravention of the Bye-laws in respect of two wooden garages, erected in James Street and informed the Committee of the steps taken in the matter.

11. - The Surveyor read correspondence received from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., regarding the bus stop observed by their services at the Walmsley Arms. Resolved that the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., be requested to consider erecting one of their bus stop signs at the stop referred to.

12. - The Surveyor reported that the appointed Sub-Committee had, as instructed, considered the letter received regarding a site for a proposed Joint Infectious Diseases Hospital and read to the Committee the letter which, accompanied by a key map, had been forwarded in reply. Resolved that the Sub-Committee's action be approved and confirmed.

13. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had forwarded to the County Surveyor his completed Estimates for the delegated Classified and Unclassified County Roads in the District, for the Financial Year 1937-38 and gave details of the schemes, contained in the Estimates to the Committee. Resolved that the action of the Surveyor be approved and confirmed.

14. - The Surveyor read a letter received by the Clerk from the Clerk to No.9 Area Education Committee, regarding drainage at the Education Offices. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to reply to the letter on the lines now indicated.

15. - The Surveyor presented the following recommendations of the Surveyor's Sub-Committee: -

  1. That the Council be recommended to appoint a Clerk of Works for the Sewerage Scheme, at a salary of 5 per week, for the duration of the Scheme and

  2. That the Clerk be instructed to advertise the vacancy immediately in the "Manchester Guardian" and the "Northern Daily Telegraph."

Resolved that the two recommendations be accepted and approved.

16. - The Clerk presented to the Committee the applications received for the position of "Clerk of Works" for the Sewerage Scheme. Resolved:-

  1. That Councillors Booth and Trengove be appointed, along with the Clerk and the Surveyor, to interview the selected applicant.

  2. That Mr. P. Laycock, Burnley, be requested to appear for interview, by the above Sub-Committee, on Monday next, the 9th inst., at 7 p.m.

17. - The Clerk reported on his interview with the Contractor for the Sewerage Scheme regarding the appointment of a surety. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to insist on strict compliance with Clause 28 of the General Conditions of Contract in regard to the matter.

18. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed by the Surveyor's Sub-Committee, he had arranged for such lights as are necessary to be converted to pilot lights in Lee Lane during the progress of work on Lee Lane Widening Scheme. Resolved that the action of the Sub-Committee be approved and confirmed.

19. - The Surveyor presented the following recommendations of the Park Sub-Committee: -

Resolved:-

  1. That the recommendations (a), (b), (e), (f), (g) be accepted and approved and

  2. That the recommendations (c) and (d) be referred back to the Sub-Committee for further consideration on the lines indicated.

20. - The Surveyor presented the following recommendations of the Transport Sub-Committee: -

The Surveyor also presented to the Committee the quotations received for: -

  1. Reconditioning the two existing scavenging trucks.

  2. The supplying of new scavenging trucks and

  3. The supplying of one new set of horse sheets.

Resolved:-

  1. That the whole of the recommendations be accepted and approved.

  2. That the quotations received, relating scavenging trucks, be referred to the Transport Sub-Committee for consideration, with power to act and

  3. That the quotation of Mr. E. Marshall, Clayton-le-Moors, for supplying one new set of horse sheets, in stout white cloth, at 2 15s. 0d. per set, be accepted and the Surveyor be instructed to place the work in hand.

21. - The Surveyor presented the following recommendations of the Lighting Sub-Committee: -

Resolved that the whole of the recommendations be accepted and approved.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 12th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the month of October: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,001   15   10
Eachill Road Houses Rents   38   4   4
County Council's Main Roads Ordinary   140   0   0
County Council's Special Roads   1,110   0   0
County Council's Loans   7   0   0
County Council's Relief Works   36   0   0
Ministry of Health De-rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   2,788   5   11
That the Wages paid were   610   19   7
Invoices for Goods amounted to   549   7   7

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 3,293 17s. 9d., be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Trengove read the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

7. - Resolved that we advertise for Loans in accordance with the consent granted by the Ministry of Health.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 12th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Rating Officer presented a List of Appeals which had been received during the month.

3. - The Rating Officer placed before them Proposals for New Properties, which were agreed to with the exception of two new houses in Blackburn Road, which were reduced 5 each.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 12th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - Councillor Tattersall and the Clerk reported on the interview that they had had with Mr. Gandy (Counsel) as to the steps to be taken with regard to our defence of the actions pending against this Council. Resolved that same be approved of.

3. - The Clerk reported that he had heard that Messrs. T. Varley & Sons, Ltd., were obtaining a guarantee from the Trade Indemnity Company, Ltd.

4. - The Clerk reported that the Sub-Committee had had an interview with Mr. P. Laycock with regard to appointing him as Clerk of Works of the Esplanade Sewerage Scheme and that in accordance with their authority they had appointed Mr. P. Laycock at a salary of 5 per week, his duties to commence when the contractors are ready to commence work. Resolved that same be confirmed.

5. - The Transport Sub-Committee reported that they had considered the quotations received from local and other firms both for repairing the existing scavenging trucks and supplying new modern trucks. After careful consideration the Sub-Committee appointed the deputation to inspect certain parts of trucks. The deputation visited the Municipal Appliances Ltd., Bamber Bridge and also St. Annes Corporation and after inspecting the trucks they instructed the Surveyor to purchase two Street Orderly Trucks from Messrs. Bristowes Machinery, Ltd., of the type known as "The City of Orderly," at 8 15s. 0d. per truck, delivered Rishton. This price includes fitting each truck with a cast name-plate for purchaser's wording, but if the Council desire the name of the Council sign-written on each truck, the price will be 6/- per truck extra. Resolved that the action of the Sub-Committee be approved of.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 12th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of October was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that Miss Wilson be paid the sum of 2 for an infectious bedding destroyed by the order of the Medical Officer of Health.

5. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve Notices under Section 17 of the Housing Act, 1930, to carry out repairs on the owners of the following property: -

6. - Councillor Leeming and the Sanitary Inspector gave their Report of the Sanitary Conference held at Harrogate. Resolved that they be thanked for same.

7. - The Chairman read a letter from the Lancashire Agricultural Committee with reference to the water supply at Tottleworth and asking this Council if they were willing to bear their share of the annual cost of the proposed water main. Resolved that we were not prepared to go on with the present scheme but that the first scheme should be gone on with.

ORDINARY MEETING - 19th November 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that a Vote of Condolence be passed to the family on their bereavement, on the death of Mr. George Hayhurst, who had taken such a great interest in the Accrington and District Industrial Development Council.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th October 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

5. - Councillor Trengove explained what had since been done with regard to the Employment Exchange at Rishton and read the letters that had been sent. Resolved that the confirmation of the letter, sent by the Chairman on behalf of the Council, to Major H. A. Procter, be confirmed.

6. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 5th and 12th November 1936, be taken as read and confirmed, with the exception of Resolution No.7 of the Sanitary Committee Meeting, on the 12th November 1936, which Minute was referred back.

7. - Additional Accounts amounting to 34 13s. 1d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

8. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 1,360 15s. 8d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,001   15   10
Eachill Road Houses Rents   38   4   4
County Council (Main Roads Ordinary)   140   0   0
County Council (Special Roads)   1,110   0   0
County Council (Loans)   7   0   0
County Council (Relief Works)   36   0   0
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   2,788   5   11
That the Wages paid were   610   19   7
Invoices for Goods amounted to   549   7   7

10. - Resolved that Nos. 7, 8 and 9 be entered in the Ledger.

11. - The Gas Engineer's Report was read. Resolved that same be accepted.

12. - The Clerk reported that the result of the Poppy Day Collection was 32 10s. 0d.

13. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

14. - Resolved that Mercer's Charity Committee consist of the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth,. Bradshaw, Leeming and Sanderson.

15. - Resolved that the Flag of the Council be put up on Christmas Day.

16. - Resolved that Councillors Ainsworth and Booth be appointed as Representatives of this Council on the Accrington District Gas and Water Board, in accordance with Section 7 of the Board's Act of 1894, for the ensuing three years.

17. - The Clerk reported that he had interviewed Mr. Gandy, who informed him that the Defence in the Actions of Cockshot v. Rishton Urban District Council, Moore v. Rishton Urban District Council and Bailey v. Rishton Urban District Council, will be ready this week and that a Summons for an Order to make Mr. Thompson (the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Arthur Edward Drake, deceased) a party to these actions was being taken out.

18. - A letter was read from the Ministry of Transport agreeing to the Pedestrian Crossings in Hermitage Street.

19. - A letter was read from Mr. W. H. Warhurst relating to comments which had appeared in the October issue of the Report of the Joint Town and Country Planning Council for the Preservation of Rural England, objecting to the words: - Smooth, glaring, red or pink brick tiles or bricks, as being inimical to the interest of the Brick Industry in this vicinity. Resolved that such objection be supported.

20. - The Report of the Lancashire Industrial Development Council was submitted.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 3rd December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 413 10s. 11d.

4. - Resolved that the Accounts produced be passed for payment and that cheques be signed for same.

5. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson, Head Master, attended and reported that the number of Students on the roll was made up as follows: -

Class  

On

Register

 

Average

Attendance

Senior Preparatory Technical  

21

 

17

Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st year  

19

 

17

Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd year  

22

 

16

Domestic  

17

 

14

Typewriting  

15

 

14

Arts and Crafts  

14

 

12

Dressmaking 1st year  

15

 

14

Dressmaking 2nd year  

16

 

12

Motor Engineering  

49

 

44

French  

12

 

8

Keep-Fit Class  

30

 

25

Drama  

10

 

9

Wireless Group  

15

 

9

Resolved that the Report be accepted.

6. - The Head Master also reported: - (1) That all Fees had been paid. (2) That Mr. J. G. Henry finished duties by the doctor's orders, on the 20th November 1936. Resolved that Mr. J. Wyatt be appointed teacher of the Senior Preparatory Technical Class as from the 1st December 1936, until the end of the Session, during Mr. Henry's illness.

7. - Resolved that the Christmas Holidays of the Evening Classes be from the 23rd December 1936, to the 4th January 1937.

8. - Resolved that the Arts and Crafts, Domestic and Dressmaking Classes hold an Exhibition of their work on the 23rd March 1937, at the High Street Methodist School.

9. - Resolved that the Senior Preparatory Technical, Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st and 2nd years, take the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institute Examination in 1937.

10. - Resolved that all the Classes be closed on or before the 24th March 1937.

11. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of November as follows: - Adults: 1,746; Juveniles, 324; and that the total issue of books was 5,763.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 3rd December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A plan was submitted for a proposed wooden garage in James Street for Messrs. The Ajax Press. Resolved that the plan be approved as a Temporary Building under the Council's Bye-Laws only, for a period of three years.

4. - The Surveyor reported that he had obtained the necessary materials for the proposed Pedestrian Crossing in Hermitage Street and stated that the crossing would be constructed in the course of a few days.

5. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on Fielding Street Housing Site.

6. - The Surveyor reported that Mr. Laycock, the Clerk of Works for the Main Drainage Scheme, commenced duties on Monday, November 30th and that the Contractors had commenced operations on Tuesday, December 1st.

7. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the erection of the fencing on the new footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

8. - The Surveyor read a letter from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., offering to supply a Bus Stop pole and sign for the stopping place near the Walmsley Arms Hotel on condition that the Council would undertake to carry out the erection of the same. Resolved that the offer be accepted.

9. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the scheme for improving street lighting conditions.

10. - The Surveyor reported that two lengths of fencing had been damaged by a motor vehicle in Whitebirk Drive and informed the Committee of the steps taken in the matter by the Clerk.

11. - The Surveyor read a letter from the County Director of Education requesting him to carry out certain repairs in the heating chamber at the Library. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to carry out the work.

12. - The Surveyor reported that he had, as instructed, ordered two new Scavenging Trucks and that same would shortly be delivered.

13. - Resolved that the Clerk be authorised to grant Workman J. Mangan full holiday pay.

14. - Resolved that the Clerk be authorised to advertise for the Annual Tender for Materials for the Financial Year 1937-38.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 3rd December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that a letter be written to each of the Societies and Schools asking them to kindly make representation to the Ministry of Labour and the Member of Parliament, in support of the Employment Exchange at Rishton being kept open.

3. - The Clerk reported that he had obtained an order to serve a Notice on Mr. Thompson, the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Arthur Edward Drake deceased to make him a Third Party to the Actions and that same had been duly served on the 3rd December 1936.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month:-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,715   12   11
Eachill Road Houses Rents   30   15   2
Gates - Cutt Wood   53   15   0
That the Treasurer had received   1,744   15   7
That the Wages paid were   423   7   6
Invoices for Goods amounted to   455   12   6

5. - Resolved that the Accounts amounting to 3,290 1s. 7d. be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

7. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved of: - Goosey Butts: From Mrs. Edge to J. Heaton, 123, Spring Street, Rishton.

8. - Councillor Trengove reported the result of the Deputation's visit to the Auditor, with reference to Rate No.44.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 10th December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - Mr. Cottam, the Rating Officer, placed before the Committee two proposals - a Garage, Cliff Street and a Wooden Bungalow at Reservoir. Resolved that the Garage be passed, but the one for the Bungalow be left over, to ascertain if a plan had been brought in for same.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Clerk reported that the Statement of Defence had been duly filled in connection with the three actions against this Council.

3. - A letter was read from the British Cotton Growing Association, allotting this Council 20 Ordinary Shares of 1 each fully paid, in the Association.

4. - A letter was read from the Postmaster calling attention to the small Letter-box apertures and asking the Council's co-operation in this matter, by affixing to approved Plans for Houses a slip calling the attention of the Architect or Builder to same.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 10th December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of November was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that the following licences be granted for a period of twelve months as from the first day of January 1937: -

PETROLEUM.

  • Barnes, W., West End Garage, Rishton.

  • Boardman, H., 42, Livesey Street, Rishton.

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

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

  • Godley, E., Ltd., 14, Spring- Street, Rishton.

  • Grimshaw, J., Unity Saw Mills, 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., Station Road, Rishton.

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

CARBIDE OF CALCIUM.

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

MILK LICENCES.

  • Hall, J. & T., 86, High Street, Rishton.

  • Rishton Industrial Co-operative 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.

SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS ACT, 1933.

  • E. Marsden, 40, Railway View, Great Harwood.

  • J. H. Garratt, Woodside Avenue, Rishton.

  • C. Garratt, George Street, Rishton.

  • S. Milner, Woodside Avenue, Rishton.

  • H. Hargreaves, Knowles Street, Rishton.

  • J. Lord, 53, Henry Street, Rishton.

  • J. Taylor, 114, High Street, Rishton.

  • E. Bentley, 152, Willows Lane, Accrington.

5. - A letter was read from Mr. Harrison, General Manager of the Accrington District Gas and Water Board, that the cost of Water Supply to Tottleworth from Lee Lane was approximately 260, then there would also be a further fixed charge of 2 per house for the stop tap and service pipe, payable by the owner or tenant and that he estimated the revenue from the gross rental would be 14 per annum and the Board would require a rental of not less than 10% on the actual cost and asking if this Council would be responsible for the difference between the assessed revenue income and the 10% revenue required on the actual cost. Resolved that the Scheme be accepted subject to the Dunkenhalgh Estate and the County Council contributing towards the revenue required by the Board.

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th December 1936.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair, and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th November 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 3rd and 10th December 1936, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Additional Accounts amounting to 150 11s. 3d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

6. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 3,458 1s. 3d.

7. - The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month :-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   1,715   12   11
Eachill Road Houses Rents   30   15   2
Gates - Cutt Wood   53   15   0
That the Treasurer had received   1,744   15   7
That the Wages paid were   423   7   6
Invoices for Goods amounted to   455   12   6

8. - Resolved that Nos. 5, 6 and 7 be entered in the Ledger.

9. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

10. - The Chairman reported that the following Telegram had been sent to His Majesty King George the Sixth on his accession to the Throne :-

11. - A letter was read from Major H. A. Procter, enclosing the reply that he had received from the Ministry, that the Employment Exchange at Rishton would be open for two days in each week. Resolved that a further letter be sent to Major Procter.

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

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

14. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

15. - The Clerk reported the subsidence in Parker Street on the street pave crossing at the junction of Parker Street and Cecil Street.

16. - The Clerk reported that he had received the reply to the Defence in the actions of Cockshot v. Rishton Urban District Council, Moore v. Rishton Urban District Council and Bailey v. Rishton Urban District Council and that he had informed Mr. Gandy as to what evidence he would require in support of the Defence.

17. - A letter was read from the Master Cotton Spinners' Association, Ltd., enclosing a pamphlet on the "Measures for the Revival of the Lancashire Cotton Industry."

18. - The Clerk reported that he had received notice from Mrs. Johnson that she was vacating the house, No.21, Eachill Road, Rishton and that he had received several applications for same. Resolved that enquiries be made with regard to the applicants before deciding who the tenant shall be.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 7th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's Balance was reported to be 244 6s. 8d.

4. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson's Report was read:-

Class   Roll   Average

Attendance.

Senior Preparatory Technical 1st   21  

15

Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st   19  

15

Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd   21  

16

Domestic   17  

13

Arts and Crafts A   14  

11

Typewriting   15  

13

Dressmaking 1   15  

12

Dressmaking 2   16  

12

Wireless Group   15  

9

Drama   10  

7

Motor Engineering A   24  

17

Motor Engineering B   25  

15

French   11  

5

Keep-Fit Class   30  

19

Resolved that same be accepted.

5. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of December as follows:-Adults, 1,786; Juveniles, 324; and the total issue of Books was 5,340.

6. - Resolved that a Vote of Condolence be sent to Mrs. J. G. Henry on the death of her husband, Mr. J. G. Henry, who had been a Teacher for the Rishton Higher Education Evening Schools for many years.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 7th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his report and directions were given thereon.

3. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed Detached House in Blackburn Road, Rishton, for Messrs. J. H. Moyle & Son. Resolved that the plan be approved under the Council's Bye-Laws only.

4. - The Surveyor reported that the new Pedestrian Crossing in Hermitage Street had been completed.

5. - The Surveyor reported on the progress of the work on Fielding Street Housing Site and read a letter from Messrs. R. Cragg & Son, the Contractor, giving a list of Sub-Contractors in the various trades. Resolved that the list of Sub-Contractors submitted be approved.

6. - The Surveyor reported on the progress of the work on the New Main Sewer.

7. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had commenced work on the erection of the Fencing of the New Footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

8. - The Surveyor reported that the New Bus Stop Sign in High Street had been received and erected.

9. - The Surveyor reported that the whole of the work of the conversion of the 97 one-light units to two-light units had been completed.

10. - The Surveyor reported that the repair work at the Library, carried out at the request of the County Librarian, had been completed.

11. - The Surveyor reported on matters relating to the Annual Tenders for materials and read correspondence received from the Clerk of the County Council regarding same. Resolved :-

  1. That the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee be authorised to open the tenders received for the purpose of tabulating same for the consideration of the Council, and

  2. That the Surveyor be authorised to have the necessary addition forms printed.

12. - The Surveyor read a letter received from the Joint Town Planning Committee and presented a map to the Committee. Resolved that a Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Ainsworth, Booth and Trengove, be appointed to deal with the matters referred to in the letter.

13. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with the owner of the Bungalow near Rishton Reservoir and read correspondence regarding the matter. Resolved that consideration of the question be deferred until further particulars have been received.

14. - The Surveyor read a letter received by the Clerk from the Ribble Board of Conservators.

15. - The Surveyor presented to the Committee Circular Letter No.487 (Roads) received by the Clerk from the Ministry of Transport relating to the re-organisation of Divisional Areas.

16. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase a new form for use on the new footpath from Tottleworth Lee Bridge to Lee Lane.

17. - The Surveyor reported on the question of re-surfacing of Hicks Terrace. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have Hicks Terrace taken up and re-paved with second hand setts.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE 7th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Chairman reported that he had received a letter from the Lord Mayor of London asking us to make an effort on behalf of King George's National Memorial Fund, which would close on January 20th and reported that he was making a further appeal to the Townspeople of Rishton.

3. - The Clerk read a letter from Mr. Ingham, of Great Harwood, inviting us to appoint six Councillors to a Conference along with the Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council to deal with the question of Air-Raid Precautions. Resolved that Councillors Trengove, Ainsworth, Booth, Leeming, Tattersall and Wilson be appointed.

4. - Resolved that Councillors Ainsworth and Tattersall be appointed to attend the Lancashire Industrial Development Council's Meeting at Manchester on Monday, the 25th February 1937.

5. - Resolved that we support Messrs. W. Robinson & Sons, of Great Harwood, in their application under the Road Traffic Acts, 1934, to fix their taking-up points in Rishton at the corner of Harwood Road and High Street.

6. - Resolved that the Clerk order 100 Prevention of Influenza Posters.

7. - The Clerk reported that he understood that the actions against the Council re Arthur Edward Drake, deceased, would be heard on the 26th inst.

8. - Resolved that Mr. James Smith, of 21, Parker Street, Rishton, be appointed the tenant of No.21, Eachill Road, Rishton.

9. - The Clerk reported that the Premier Motor Policies, Ltd., had given this Council notice of the accident which occurred between their client's lorry and ours on the 10th December 1936 and that they would hold us responsible for any costs of repair. Resolved that the same be referred to the Atlas Assurance Co., Ltd., for their attention.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 14th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following: transactions of the Council for the past month :-

   

  s.   d.
That the Collector had collected  

829

  9   7
Eachill Road Houses Rents  

30

  2   8
Ministry of Health De-rating  

454

  0   0
Bank Interest  

54

  14   0
War Loan Interest  

35

  0   0
That the Treasurer had received  

1,388

  3   9
That the Wages paid were  

558

  5   7
Invoices for Goods amounted to  

227

  17   9

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 3,456 17s. 10d., be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report as follows :-

Resolved that the Report be accepted.

7. - Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved of:-

  • Norden :-From George Hargreaves to Mr. Lyons and Mr. McLachlan.

8. - 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 23rd and 24th April 1937.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 14th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Rating Officer reported the result of the appeals and informed us that same had been adjourned. Resolved that we write to the Assessment Committee, asking the reason why these cases were adjourned, without giving their reason for doing so.

3. - The Rating Officer presented the proposals with regard to the Central Electricity Boards. Resolved that same be agreed to.

4. - The Rating Officer reported the result of the Railway Assessments, which showed that there was a rebate of 229 4s. 8d. to the Railway Company and that this Council would get 197 17s. 1d. credited from the County Council on their next precept.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 14th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillor Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - Dr. J. Ferguson, Medical Officer of Health, attended and gave his Report for the month of December. Resolved that same be accepted and that he be thanked for his attendance.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve Notices under Section 17 of the Housing Act, 1930, to carry out repairs on the owners of the following property :-

62, High Street, Rishton, and 11, Walmsley Street, Rishton.

5. - A letter was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate confirming the Agreement to let on Lease for a term of 21 years from the 1st January 1937, the plot of land situate at Norden, in the Township of Rishton, in the County of Lancaster, on the easterly side of, but a short distance from the road leading from Rishton to Great Harwood, on the northerly side of the towing path of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, on the southerly side of the L. M. & S. Railway and on the westerly side of Moor Lane, at an annual rent equivalent to 3 5s. 0d. per acre, subject to the Urban District Council of Rishton being responsible for and completing the culvert from one end of the plot to the other. The usual Estate Lease in all other respects and the full cost of the Lease, which would be prepared by the Estate Solicitors, to be paid for by the Council. Resolved that same be accepted and that the completion of the culvert be referred to the Building and Highways Committee.

6. - A letter was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate that they were prepared to assist in the proposed scheme for a main water supply from the Harwood end of Lee Lane to the Tottleworth Cottages via Lidgett Bridge, by making ten annual payments of one-third of the annual rental, which would be equal to 10% of the ascertained actual cost of the proposed scheme, which must not exceed 27 and that the actual cost referred to includes the several stop taps to be fixed at suitable points. The Accrington District Gas & Water Board to be liable for any claims for surface damage or compensation.

7. - A letter was read from the County Council with regard to the Tottleworth Water Supply, that they only contributed towards Capital Expenditure in connection with the provision of Public Water Supplies in the Administrative County. Resolved that application be made.

8. - A letter was read with regard to the Administration of the Shops Act, 1934 and that as the Urban District Councils, as Local Sanitary Authorities, are required to carry out the inspection of all shops in their areas with regard to the maintenance of proper ventilation, reasonable temperature and the provision of suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences and as this duty would be carried out by the Sanitary Inspectors of Urban District Councils, it appears to the County Council Committee that the Inspectors whilst visiting the shops for this purpose could, without taking up much more time, also carry out the inspections required on behalf of the County Council and the County Committee, if the District Council agree with this view, are prepared to recommend the County Council to pay the District Council for the services of their Sanitary Inspectors in this matter a sum calculated on the basis of 1/- per shop per annum, with a minimum sum of 3 per annum for an Urban District Council with fewer than 60 shops, the average number of visits to each shop per year to be not less than two. Resolved that this Council allow their Sanitary Inspector to act as Shop Inspector on behalf of the County Council for the purpose of making the necessary visits of inspection to the shops in our area and that the question of remuneration be left over.

9. - It was reported that the Posters for Prevention of Influenza had been obtained and were being distributed.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Chairman reported that, after consultation with the Surveyor, he had had specifications made out for the painting and decoration of No.21, Eachill Road, Rishton. Four tenders were considered. Resolved that Mr. F. Cross's tender be accepted and that he be instructed to proceed with the work at once.

3. - The Clerk reported that he had heard from Mr. W. Slater that the cases of Cockshot and Others v. Rishton Urban District Council would not be heard until some time in February.

4. - The following letter was read from the Home Secretary: -

5. - A letter was read from the British Engine Boiler and Electrical Insurance Co., stating that one of the Company's Surveyors had made an examination of the hot water heating boiler in the Council Offices and, where seen, found it in order, together with the range of piping attached.

6. - An application for a permit to hold a Street Collection in Rishton on Saturday, the 5th June 1937, was made. Resolved that before permission is given this Council would like to have a list of the Street Collections that are likely to take place in Rishton during 1937.

7. - A letter was read from the Land Settlement Association with regard to Part Time Group Holdings, asking for an opportunity of discussing with this Council how far such a Scheme would meet the needs of the Unemployed in our Area. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk interview the Group Holdings Organiser.

8. - A letter was read from the Lancashire Industrial Development Council enclosing a copy of a letter that had been addressed to the Prime Minister with regard to the Government's intention to introduce new legislation for the "Special Areas," and to remind the Prime Minister that certain parts of Lancashire had been beset with a prolonged period of acute unemployment and it is now certain that there is no possible hope of the restoration of their former industrial activities and that the Government should not ignore the severely depressed sections of Lancashire. Resolved that we approve of such action.

9. - The Chairman reported the result of the Meeting of Representatives of the Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood and Rishton Urban District Councils, held at Great Harwood on Tuesday last, with regard to the Anti-Air Raid Precautions and the Clerk presented a list of the Precautionary Services which, according to the Home Office Circular, a Local Authority is expected to make provision for; also a copy of the letter from the Chief Constable of the Lancashire Constabulary, together with a summary of his observations and suggestions. Resolved that this Council agree to full co-operation with the Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Councils with regard to Anti-Air Raid Precautions and that the Sub-Committee meet to go fully into same and to report to the Council.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st January 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Edmondson, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th December 1936, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 7th and 14th January 1937, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Resolved that to Resolution No.8 of the Sanitary Committee Meeting of the 14th January 1937, be added: -

6. - Additional Accounts amounting to 816 1s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

7. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 4,831 2s. 11d.

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

   

  s.   d.
That the Collector had collected  

829

  9   7
Eachill Road Houses Rents  

30

  2   8
Ministry of Health De-rating  

454

  0   0
Bank Interest  

54

  14   0
War Loan Interest  

35

  0   0
That the Treasurer had received  

1,388

  3   9
That the Wages paid were  

558

  5   7
Invoices for goods amounted to  

227

  17   9

9. - Resolved that Nos. 6, 7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

10. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

11. - Councillor Trengove referred to the conversation he had had with Major Procter that afternoon.

12. - A letter was read from the Blackburn Assessment Area that the two cases referred to had been adjourned for further consideration by the Committee at their meeting to be held on the 1st prox.

13. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the meeting.

14. - A notice from Mr. A. Real, the District Auditor, was read that he would commence the Audit of the Accounts of this Council for the year ended the 31st March 1936, at 10-30 a.m. on Friday, the 19th February next, at the Council Offices.

15. - A letter was read from the County Council Valuation Committee with regard to the Valuation of Railways and the re-payment of overpaid Rates, stating that if the Rating Authorities refund to the Railway Company during the year 1937-38 the Rates overpaid by them, the County precepts on all County Districts will, if found necessary, be abated or adjusted as circumstances then require.

16. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the following Mortgages: 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108 and 109.

17. - A letter was read from the Rt. Hon. Oliver Stanley that owing to so many engagements he regretfully declined the invitation to come to the Educational Rally to be held in Rishton.

18. - A letter was read from the Director of Education for the Borough of Accrington asking this Council to appoint a representative on the British Institute of Adult Education Picture Exhibition to be held during the month of April. Resolved that Councillor Tattersall be appointed as representative from Rishton.

19. - A letter was read from the joint Town and Country Planning Committee. Resolved that same be left over.

20. - A letter was read from the County Medical Officer of Health with regard to the application of the Shops Act to Lending Libraries under the Shops Act 1936 and the Retail Meat Dealers Shops (Sunday Closing) Act 1936.

21. - The Clerk reported that the County Council Election was taking place on the 4th March 1937.

22. - The Clerk reported that he had received a Circular from the Ordnance Survey Office with regulations governing the reproduction of Ordnance Survey Maps.

23. - The Clerk reported that he had received a Circular from the Ministry of Health with regard to Coronation Medals.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 4th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's balance was reported to be 244 6s. 8d.

4. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson's Report was read: -

Class   Roll   Average

Attendance.

Senior Preparatory Technical 1st   19  

14

Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st   16  

13

Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd   18  

15

Domestic   15  

12

Arts & Crafts A   14  

11

Typewriting   15  

12

Dressmaking 1   15  

14

Dressmaking 2   16  

10

Wireless Group   15  

7

Drama   10  

6

Motor Engineering A   21  

13

Motor Engineering B   24  

16

French   11  

6

Keep-Fit Class   30  

15

Resolved that same be accepted.

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 1st

  19

Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st

  12

Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd

  14

Dressmaking

  2

5. - The Head Teacher also reported that he had permitted some of the Students of the French Class to have the loan of books. Resolved that same be approved.

6. - Resolved that all the Classes be closed on the 11th March 1937.

7. - Resolved that the Dressmaking Examination be held in the Council Chamber.

8. - Resolved that the Secretary be appointed custodian of the Examination Papers.

9. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of January 1937, as follows:-Adults, 1,831; Juveniles, 325 ; and the total issue of books was 5,377.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 4th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. - 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 1937-38. Resolved that the following Tenders be accepted: -

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

5. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to obtain a small load of Clitheroe Lime when next lime is required for use at the Sewage Works and that a report on the results be presented to the Committee accordingly.

6. - The Surveyor reported that a meeting of the Joint Town Planning Committee had been held in the Town Hall, Blackburn, on Wednesday, January 13th and presented to the Committee the Agenda of the business transacted at the meeting.

Councillor Booth reported on the proceedings and informed the Committee on various matters discussed at the meeting.

Resolved that the Report be accepted and approved.

7. - The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, Councillor Trengove and himself had prepared the Specification for painting and decorating work in the 14 houses in Eachill Road and that Tenders had been invited for the work from the Rishton firms.

The Surveyor also explained to the Committee the conditions of tendering.

The Tenders were opened by the Chairman in the presence of the Committee.

Resolved that Tenders Nos.1 and 2, submitted by Mr. F. Cross, amounting to 91 15s. 0d. and 93 10s. 0d. respectively, making a total of 185 5s. 0d., for painting and decorating the 14 houses, be accepted and the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the work to be commenced.

8. - The Surveyor reported that the work on the repairs to the fencing in Whitebirk Drive had been completed.

9. - The Surveyor reported on matters relating to the proposed scheme for laying a new culvert on the Tip.

Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare an estimate of the probable cost of the work and present same to the next meeting of the Committee.

10. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the work on the laying of the New Main Sewer.

11. - The Surveyor reported that it was his intention to commence the preliminary setting out of the Esplanade Scheme in the near future.

Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to proceed on the lines indicated.

12. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on Fielding Street Housing Scheme and asked for instructions on matters relating to same. Resolved -

  1. That Councillor Booth and the Surveyor be authorised to deal with the selection of suitable fire ranges, with power to act.

  2. That the fixing of the rental for the houses be referred to the Housing Committee for consideration and report, and

  3. That the question of the tenancy of the houses be referred to the Housing Committee for consideration and report.

13. - The Surveyor informed the Committee that it was his intention to prepare his Local Estimates for 1937-38 for the consideration of the Committee and requested that he should be notified of any works it was considered advisable to include.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 4th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Report of the Special Air Raid Committee Meeting, held on the 25th January last, was submitted.

3. - Councillor Tattersall and Councillor Ainsworth gave a lengthy report on the Lancashire Industrial Development Committee Meeting held at Manchester. Resolved that they be thanked for their Report.

4. - Councillor Edmondson tendered his Resignation as a Member of the Rishton Urban District Council. Resolved that same be accepted and that the fee for such resignation be remitted.

5. - Resolved that a letter be sent to Mr. G. C. Scurrah, asking him if he could arrange to open an office in Rishton, to receive the ground rents each half-year.

SPECIAL MEETING - 4th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Council proceed to make a full-time appointment as Clerk and Accountant of this Council and that the position be advertised for, at a salary of 300 rising by two annual increments of 25 each to 350.

4. - Resolved that Mr. A. E. Roberts' resignation as Clerk to the Council and Secretary of the Higher Education Committee be accepted, as on the 30th April next.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month: -

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   382   4   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   35   1   2
Ministry of Health   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   911   16   0
That the Wages paid were   410   19   5
Invoices for goods amounted to   534   1   0

5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 3,305 19s. 8d., be passed for payment.

6. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 11th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Rating Officer read the result of the Appeals and reported that the two houses in Blackburn Road, which had been adjourned by the Assessment Committee, had now been passed. Resolved that same be accepted.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 11th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of January was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that the Annual Tenders for the supply of various materials during the Financial Year 1937-38 be accepted, as follows :-

5. - The Tender for supplying Man and Horse for Refuse Removal was left over for enquiries to be made.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Chairman read a letter that had been sent to Major H. A. Procter, putting forward the claims of the Urban District Council of Rishton, with regard to the choice of a site for the proposed new Aeroplane Works. Resolved that the Chairman's action be approved of.

3. - The Clerk reported that the date fixed for the Election of the Urban District Councils was Monday, the 5th April 1937.

4. - The Clerk reported that there was to be a Joint Meeting with Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors with regard to the Air Raid Precautions. Resolved that next Monday was inconvenient for the Sub-Committee and the Clerk was instructed to arrange another meeting.

5. - A Report was read from Mr. R. W. Renshaw with regard to the Sub-Committee's meeting with Mr. T. A. Ridgeway on the Town Planning- Preliminary Zoning Proposals. Resolved that the Report be accepted and that Mr. Ridgeway be asked to attend the Building and Highways Committee Meeting on the 4th March 1937.

6. - The Clerk reported that a preliminary notice had been received from the Lancashire Education Committee that the first Annual County Adult Education Conference would be held at Preston on Saturday, the 20th March 1937, at 3 p.m.

7. - The Clerk and Councillor Tattersall reported that the Actions against the Council re Arthur Edward Drake deceased would be heard at Liverpool on the 23rd inst. Resolved that the Chairman and Councillor Tattersall attend the hearing.

8. - The Clerk reported that he had received a letter from the County Council with regard to the Coronation Celebrations, that where celebrations are arranged, for the benefit of pupils in attendance at recognised Elementary Schools, an allowance of 1/- per pupil on the roll towards the cost of such celebrations would be made to the Urban District Council.

9. - Resolved that the Clerk obtain the prices for the Medals and also the Mugs and report at the next meeting.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th February. 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st January 1937, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 4th and 11th February 1937, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Additional Accounts amounting to 102 2s. l1d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

6. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 3,403 19s. 2d.

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

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   382   4   6
Eachill Road Houses Rents   35   1   2
Ministry of Health De-Rating   454   0   0
That the Treasurer had received   911   16   0
That the Wages paid were   410   19   5
Invoices for Goods amounted to   534   1   0

8. - Resolved that Nos. 5, 6 and 7 be entered in the Ledger.

9. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

10. - The Chairman read a letter that had been sent to Major Proctor, setting forth the claims of this Council with regard to the choice of a site for the proposed new Aeroplane Works and Major Proctor replied that the site at Speke, Liverpool, had been selected. Resolved that the action of the Chairman be approved of and that the best thanks of the Committee be sent to Major Proctor for his efforts in this matter.

11. - A reply was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate with regard to the question of opening an Office in Rishton to receive the Ground Rents each half-year and that they regret that they could not meet the wishes of the Council in this matter. Resolved that the Estate be further communicated with.

12. - The Clerk read a Statement of the Attendance of Councillors at the various meetings of the Council since the 16th of April 1936. Resolved that same be accepted.

13. - Resolved that Councillor Leeming be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council.

14. - A letter was read from the Oswaldtwistle Urban District Council with regard to Air Raid Precautions. Resolved that same be left over until after a further meeting was held at Great Harwood.

15. - Resolved that the fund subscribed for the National Memorial to his late Majesty King George be forwarded to Lord Derby's Fund.

16. - Resolved that Mr. H. L. Halstead be appointed temporary assistant secretary of the Coronation Celebrations at a salary of 50/- per week and that his duties commence on the 8th March 1937.

17. - Resolved that further samples of Mugs for the Coronation be sent for.

18. - Resolved that we write to the County Council making a claim for the grant of 1/- per child on the School Register on Friday, the 7th May 1937.

19. - Resolved that a Meeting of the Coronation Celebrations Committee be held on Tuesday, the 23rd inst.

20. - Resolved that we write and ask Councillor Leeming for the use of his Field for the Coronation Celebrations.

21. - An Application was made for the continuance of the Dressmaking Class during the summer months. Resolved that same be not granted.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 18th February 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from the Transport Workers' Union with regard to the wages paid for horse, cart and man.

3. - The Tenders for supplying a man and horse for refuse removal were further considered. Resolved that we do not entertain same.

4. - Resolved that we purchase a horse, and that the same be left to the Transport Sub-Committee, with power to act.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 4th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - Mr. T. A. Ridgeway, the Regional Planning Officer, attended and addressed the Committee on Town Planning matters generally and Zoning in particular, with special reference to the question of the maximum density to be adopted in suburban areas.

Resolved: That it be a recommendation from the Council to the Regional Planning Committee that a maximum density of 12 houses to the acre be adopted for the Urban District of Rishton in the suburban area, conditional upon this density being the maximum density subsequently adopted throughout the whole region.

Resolved: That the best thanks of the Committee be tendered to Mr. Ridgeway for his attendance.

3. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report, and directions were given thereon.

4. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed Greenhouse on Goosey-Butts Allotments for Mr. J. Denny. Resolved: That the same be approved as a Temporary Building, under the Council's Bye-laws only, for a period of three years.

5. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed extension at Britannia Mill for Messrs. The Britannia Mill Co., Ltd. The Surveyor reported that the Plan had been submitted to and approved by the Regional Planning Committee. Resolved: That the Plan be approved.

6. - A Letter was read from and a Plan submitted by, The Sphinx Terra Cotta Works, Rishton, for permission to erect a small brick kiln in Close Brow Quarries. Resolved: That the Plan be referred to the Regional Planning Committee for their consideration and report.

7. - An application for permission to develop a plot of land in Blackburn Road was read from the architects acting for Mr. R. Mitton. Resolved: That the same be referred to the County Council and the Regional Planning Committee respectively for their consideration and report.

8. - The Surveyor reported on the progress to date on the work of laying the New Main Sewer.

9. - The Surveyor reported on the progress to date on Fielding Street Housing Scheme and informed the Committee that the Chairman and himself had visited the showrooms of the Accrington District Gas and Water Board and selected a suitable type of gas boiler for use in the houses. Resolved: That the action of the Chairman and Surveyor be approved and confirmed.

10. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had commenced work on the decorating of Eachill Road houses and informed the Committee of the progress made to date.

11. - The Surveyor reported that the Dunkenhalgh Estate had erected a wooden fence near the top of Close Brow and recommended the erection of a danger sign near the top of Close Brow. Resolved: That the Surveyor be instructed to obtain and erect a suitable danger sign in the position referred to.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 4th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The Treasurer's balance was reported to be 209 14s. 8d.

4. - Resolved that the Accounts be passed for payment and that cheques be signed for same.

5. - Mr. G. A. Knowlson's Report was read: -

Class   Roll   Average

Attendance.

Senior Preparatory Technical 1st   19  

14

Senior Preparatory Commercial 1st   16  

13

Senior Preparatory Commercial 2nd   18  

12

Domestic   15  

11

Arts and Crafts   14  

10

Typewriting   15  

12

Dressmaking 1   15  

14

Dressmaking 2   16  

13

Wireless Group   15  

8

Drama   10  

6

Motor Engineering A   21  

10

Motor Engineering B   24  

13

Keep-Fit Class   30  

13

6. - Various Councillors were appointed to attend the Examinations.

7. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of February 1937, as follows:-Adults, 1,863; Juveniles, 324. And that the total issue of books was 5,329.

8. - The Chairman reported that he had asked Mrs. Boardman, J.P., to open the Exhibition of Work on Tuesday, the 23rd inst.

SPECIAL MEETING - 8th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - The List of Applicants for the post of Clerk-Accountant were considered, when same was reduced to six.

4. - Resolved that these six be interviewed on Thursday evening next, at 7-30 p.m.

5. - Resolved that we purchase a new set of Harness and Sheets and that same be left to Councillors Sanderson, Booth, Leeming, and the Clerk.

SPECIAL MEETING - 11th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Six of the Applicants were interviewed.

4. - Resolved that Mr. Frank Winfield be appointed full-time Clerk-Accountant of this Council at a commencing salary of 300, rising by two annual increments of 25 each to 350 and that he be appointed Secretary of the Higher Education Committee at a salary of 25 per annum, as and from the 1st May 1937.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

3. - The Officer's Books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month: -

 

 

  s.   d.

That the Collector had collected

 

231

  9   1

Eachill Road Houses Rents

 

31

  6   2

County Council – Salaries

 

158

  6   4

Ministry of Labour – Unemployment Grant

 

174

  11   1

That the Treasurer had received

 

569

  14   2

That the Wages paid were

 

435

  5   3

Invoices for Goods amounted to

 

323

  5   10

4. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 1,542 15s. 5d., be passed for payment.

5. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved of: Goosey Butts: From E. Banks to F. Wall. From Ricd. Leyland to A. Moyle.

6. - The Collector reported to the Committee certain cases as below, who were in arrears 31st March 1936, summonses having been issued and distraint made, but Warrants returned "No effects" in the following cases: -

      s.   d.
Assessment No.278   12   12   6
Assessment No.1544   1   5   8
Assessment No.1534   2   0   8

The Collector also reported Assessment No.39, in which case a summons was taken out, but distraint with-held on account of poverty.

Resolved that above arrears be crossed off as irrecoverable.

7. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 11th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of February 1937, was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, to carry out repairs on the owners of No.6, Tottleworth and No.77, High Street.

5. - It was reported that a Horse had been purchased for 72 and that a cheque had been issued for same.

6. - The Tenders for supplying Harness were opened and left to the Sub-Committee to decide.

7. - The list of Applications for Carters were considered and after same had been reduced to three it was resolved that Mr. William Coolican be appointed as Carter on the Whitley Council Scale and that the two Carters should do week-end duty alternatively, for which they should receive 3/- per week-end.

8. - Resolved that Mr. William Coolican commence his duties on the 1st April 1937.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - A letter was read from Major H. A. Proctor making enquiries as to the number of skilled engineers in the district. The Chairman reported that same was being attended to.

3. - The Clerk reminded the Council of the Air Raid Meeting to be held at Great Harwood on Monday evening, when Commander Donald C. Morrison, R. N., would address same.

4. - The Clerk reported that he had received the Model Clause for use in the preparation of Planning Schemes, under the Town and Country Planning Act, from the Ministry of Health

5. - Resolved that we order 1,000 beakers No.546b, at 4/11 per dozen, from Messrs. Hargreaves & Sons, Ltd., Buxton.

6. - The Clerk reported that he had obtained a copy of the Judgement in the cases of Cockshot and Others v. Rishton Urban District Council.

7. - Resolved that a cheque be signed for 150 on account of the costs of same.

8. - The Clerk read a letter from the Dunkenhalgh Estate saying that they would further consider the question of opening an Office in Rishton to receive the Half-yearly Ground Rents.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th March 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th February 1937, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 4th and 11th March 1937, be taken as read and confirmed.

5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Special Meetings of the 8th and 11th March 1937, be taken as read and confirmed.

6. - Additional Accounts amounting to 614 4s. 5d. were produced. Resolved that the same be passed for payment.

7. - Cheques were signed for Accounts amounting to 2,156 19s. 10d.

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

 

 

  s.   d.

That the Collector had collected

 

231

  9   1

Eachill Road Houses Rents

 

31

  6   2

County Council – Salaries

 

158

  6   4

Ministry of Labour – Unemployment Grant

 

174

  11   1

That the Treasurer had received

 

569

  14   2

That the Wages paid were

 

435

  5   3

Invoices for Goods amounting to

 

323

  5   10

9. - Resolved that Nos. 6, 7 and 8 be entered in the Ledger.

10. - The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

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

12. - The Chairman referred to the Proposed New Senior School to be erected in Rishton and Councillors Tattersall, Booth, Sanderson, Leeming, Ainsworth and Wilson also spoke of the advantages of the new School.

13. - The Representatives of the Press then retired from the Meeting.

14. - A letter was read from the School Medical and Child Welfare Department of the County Council with reference to the Children's Act 1908 and the Children and Young Persons Act 1932, enclosing notices in connection with same. Resolved that same be put on the Agenda for the next Meeting.

15. - A Notice was read that the Annual Conference of Local Authorities in Lancashire and Cheshire of the National Housing and Town Planning Council would be held at the Town Hall, Manchester, on Wednesday, the 28th April 1937. Resolved that Councillors Booth and Tattersall and the Surveyor attend same.

16. - Resolved that the Old Folks Treat in connection with the Coronation Celebrations be held on Wednesday, the 5th May 1937. Resolved that we advertise for the catering for.

17. - Resolved that we attend the Coronation Service to be held on Sunday, the 9th May 1937.

18. - Resolved that we make an appeal for subscriptions towards the Coronation Celebrations, both through the "Rishton Advertiser" and also a special appeal by letter.

19. - Resolved that Councillor Leeming be appointed to attend the Adult Conference on March 20th in connection with the Lancashire Education Committee, along with Councillor Tattersall.

20. - Resolved that the Estimates be left to Councillor Ainsworth and that he present same at the next Finance Committee.

21. - Resolved that Councillor Smith be added to the Sewage Sub-Committee.

22. - Resolved that the question of obtaining Tenders for Printing be left over.

HIGHER EDUCATION - 1st April 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Tattersall in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past quarter as presented by the Clerk be taken as read.

4. - The Clerk reported that the number of students who attended the Examination were as follows:-

 

 

Entered

  Sat.

Senior Preparatory Technical Course

 

19

  16

Senior Preparatory Commercial Course 1st year

 

12

  10

Senior Preparatory Commercial Course 2nd year

 

14

  10

5. - The Clerk reported that the Exhibition of Work in connection with the Arts and Crafts, Domestic and Dressmaking Classes was opened by Mrs. F. Boardman, J.P., on the 23rd ultimo.

6. - The Chairman read the Library Report for the month of March 1937, as follows:-Adults, 1,905; juveniles, 325; and that the total issue of books was 5,567 and that 140 new books had been added to the Library during the last month.

7. - Councillors Tattersall and Leeming gave a report on the Adult Conference that had been held at Preston. Resolved that they be thanked for same.

8. - Councillor Tattersall gave a report on the Exhibition of Arts and Pictures that had been held at Accrington. Resolved that he be thanked for same.

9. - Councillor Tattersall expressed his thanks for the support given to him by the Members of the Committee during his term of office as Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - April 1st 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - Mr. R. W. Renshaw, Surveyor, read his Report, and directions were given thereon.

3. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed temporary garage at the rear of "Norwood" Blackburn Road, for Mr. A. Horseman. Resolved the plan be approved as a temporary building under the Council's Bye-laws only, for a period of three years.

4. - The Surveyor reported that, owing to a breakdown, it had been necessary for him to have immediate repairs carried out to the back axle of the motor-wagon. Resolved that the Surveyor's action be confirmed and approved.

5. - The Surveyor reported that he had had the engine of the motor-wagon examined and was advised that a complete overhaul, including new sleeves, pistons and ring gear, together with the consequent taking down and reassembling, was necessary. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have the necessary repairs carried out by Messrs. Ormerod Bros., Great Harwood.

6. - The Surveyor reported on the progress of the work to date on the decorating of Eachill Road houses. Resolved that the additional repairs at No.17, Eachill Road, be left in the hands of Councillor Trengove and the Surveyor with power to act.

7. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on Fielding Street Housing Scheme.

8. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the work of laying the New Main Sewer.

9. - The Surveyor reported receipt of correspondence from the County Surveyor regarding cement requirements and new footpaths respectively and informed the Committee that the same had had attention.

10. - The Surveyor read a letter from the Accrington District Gas and Water Board regarding the annual painting of the gas street lamps and pillars. Resolved that the Board's proposal to paint the lamps and pillars in green and silver be approved.

11. - The Surveyor reported that the owner of No.83, Burton Street, had interviewed him regarding the gable end wall. Resolved that the matter lie on the table.

12. - The Surveyor reported that the tenant of No.21, Eachill Road, had interviewed him regarding repair work in the yard at the rear of the property, Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to supply the materials conditional upon the tenant providing the labour.

13. - The Surveyor reported that the Surveyor's and Sewage Sub-Committees had met on Monday, March 22nd, for the purpose of considering the estimates for works proposed to be included in the Local Estimates and had made their recommendations regarding same.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 1st April 1937

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall and Wilson.

2. - An appeal was read from the Local Committee of the North Lancashire Joint Committee for Spanish Medical Aid to help forward the work of the British Medical Union by furnishing a fully-equipped Motor Ambulance. Resolved that we write them and ask if we shall grant the Committee a Flag Day towards this object.

3. - A letter was read from the Home Office on the subject of Emergency Fire Brigade Organisation in connection with the Air Raid Precautions. Resolved that same be referred to the Joint Committee of Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, and Rishton.

4. - Resolved that Councillors Trengove and Bradshaw have an interview with Mr. Scurrah with regarding to the opening of an office in Rishton to receive the half-yearly ground rents.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th April 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Ainsworth in the Chair and Councillors Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read.

3. - Resolved that the Financial Statement for the past month, as presented by Mr. W. H. Cottam, be taken as read.

4. - The Officer's books produced showed the following transactions of the Council for the past month :-

      s.   d.
That the Collector had collected   169   4   4
Eachill Road Houses Rents   30   18   4
Ministry of Health De-rating   458   0   0
Lancashire County Council – Exchequer Grant   130   3   1
Lancashire County Council – Roads   31   5   4
Bank Interest   11   9   5
That the Treasurer had received   831   0   6
That the Wages paid were   455   7   1
Invoices for Goods amounted to   143   4   4

5. - Resolved that Accounts amounting to 961 19s. 4d. be passed for payment.

6. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfers be approved of:-Norden, from S. Dunham to G. S. Johnson.

7. - Resolved that the Clerk write to Mr. Scholes with reference to Rate No.44 and that proceedings be taken for same if not paid.

8. - The Collector asked for the transfer of one portion of land lately tenanted by S. Dunham, asking for the same to be measured, as he was not satisfied about the rent. It was decided that the Sub-Committee meet on the land and decide the rent.

9. - Councillor Ainsworth gave the Finance Sub-Committee Report. Resolved that same be accepted.

10. - A Report of the District Auditor on the recent Audit of the Accounts of this Council for the year ended 31st March 1936, was read. Resolved that same be accepted.

11. - The Estimates for the General Rate for 1937/38 were gone through item by item and were approved. Resolved that same be submitted to the first meeting of the Council in April with a recommendation for the General Rate of 10/10 in the be laid.

12. - Resolved that Account No.2915 be cancelled.

13. - Resolved that we purchase the tables and desks from the Clerk.

14. - Resolved that we make application to the Ministry of Health for sanction to borrow 800, namely:- 450 for the culvert at Norden and 350 for the shelter at Cutt Wood.

15. - Councillor Ainsworth thanked the Members and Officials of the Council for their support during his term of office as Chairman.

16. - Resolved that the best thanks of the Council be tendered to Councillor Ainsworth for his services on the Council.

SANITARY COMMITTEE - 8th April 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Smith, Tattersall, Trengove, and Wilson.

2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the month of March 1937, was taken as read.

3. - Mr. C. Woodcock, Sanitary Inspector, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

4. - It was reported that the Sub-Committee had decided to purchase harness and sheets from Mr. W. Wilson.

5. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve Notices, under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, to carry out repairs, on the owners of 44, 46 and 48, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

6. - The Sanitary Inspector reported that we should be hearing from the County Council with regard to the Tottleworth Water Supply.

7. - Resolved that a Petroleum Licence be granted to Mr. J. R. Bracewell, "Briar Bank," Blackburn Road, Rishton, to keep petroleum at Eachill Road Works for a period of nine months as from the 1st April 1937.

8. - The Chairman thanked the Members of the Council for their support during his term of office as Chairman.

9. - It was proposed that the best thanks of the Council be tendered to Councillor Sanderson.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th April 1937.

1. - Present: Councillor Trengove in the Chair and Councillors Ainsworth, Baron, Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Porter, Sanderson, Smith, Tattersall, and Wilson.

2. - A letter from Charles J. Lomax & Sons was read, informing us that the existing Sewer in St. Paul's Road was seriously defected and that in their opinion the whole length between Harwood Road and the back road behind the houses on the North side should be exposed and the defects made good and that the total length was about 42 yards.

3. - The Chairman reported that the Surveyor had consulted him and the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and they had authorised the defects to be made good. Resolved that their action be approved of.

4. - On an application being made from the Honorary Organising Secretary of the Coronation Emblem Day, it was resolved that a Street Collection or Sale be made, on behalf of King George's Jubilee Trust and the Prince of Wales British Legion Pension Fund be held on Saturday, the 8th day of May 1937 and that the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Leeming, Booth, Bradshaw and Sanderson form a Sub-Committee to meet a Sub-Committee from the British Legion to make the necessary arrangements.

5. - The Executive Committee of the Lancashire Playing Fields Association had invited the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and Councillor Tattersall to attend the ninth Annual General Meeting of the Association, to be held in the Town Hall, Manchester, on the 16th day of April 1937. Resolved that Councillors Trengove, Booth, Sanderson and Tattersall, along with the Clerk and the Surveyor, attend the Meeting.

6. - Resolved that the best thanks of the Council be given to Councillors Ainsworth, Sanderson and Wilson for their services to this Council.

7. - Resolved that Mr. A. E. Roberts, the Clerk to the Council, be appointed for May and June in an advisory capacity to the new Clerk at the same salary as he is at present receiving.