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Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 17th April, 1941.

Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 8th May, 1941.

ANNUAL AND ORDINARY MEETING. 17th April, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley.

2. - Resolved that Councillor Smith be appointed Chairman pro tem.

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

4. - Resolved that Councillor Sturzaker be appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

5. - Councillor Smith vacated the chair, which was occupied by Councillor Sturzaker.

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

7. - Resolved that Councillor Smith be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council.

8. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 20th March 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

9. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th March, 1941 be approved and confirmed, and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

10. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 3rd April, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

11. - Resolved that all members of the Council serve on the Higher Education, Finance, Building & Highways, Health, and Civil Defence Committees.

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

Higher Education Councillor Worsley

Finance Councillor Leeming

Building & Highways ... Councillor Booth

Health Councillor Sutcliffe

Civil Defence Councillor Sturzaker.

13. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, G. Sanderson, Sturzaker and Worsley be appointed representatives of this Council on the Local Elementary Education Sub-Committee for Area No. 9.

14 - Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed representative of this Council on the Employment Committee.

15, - Resolved that Councillor Wesley be appointed representative of this Council on the Guardian' Committee for Area No. 5.

16. - Resolved that Councillor Sturzaker be appointed representative of this Council on the Blackburn Area Assessment Committee.

17 - Resolved that Councillors Sturzaker and Worsley be appointed representatives of this Council on the Accrington District industrial Development Committee.

18. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth and Worsley be appointed representatives of this Council on the Rishton and Great Harwood joint Industrial Development Committee.

19. - Resolved that Councillor G. Sanderson be appointed representative of this Council on the Board of Managers of Accrington Girls’ High School.

20. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and Councillors Bridge and Sanderson, J. W., serves on the library sub-committee.

2l. - Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed representative on this Council on the National Service Committee.

22. - Resolved that Councillor Sturzaker be appointed representative of this Council on the Central Lancashire Superannuation Committee.

23.- Resolved that the Following be appointed as the representatives of this Council on the Schools' Management Committees for the following schools:—

School Street Methodist ... Councillor Wesley.

High Street Methodist ...... Councillor Bridge.

S.S. Peter & Paul's …….. Councillor Worsley,

St. Charles' ………………. Councillor J. W. Sanderson.

24. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sturzaker, Smith, J. W. Sanderson, Wesley and Sutcliffe serve on the Building & Highways Sub-Committee.

25. - Resolved that Councillors Sutcliffe, Sturzaker, Leeming, J. W. Sanderson and Bridge serve on the Health Sub-committee.

26. - Resolved that Councillors Leeming, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Worsley, Booth, Bridge and Trengove serve on the Finance Sub-Committee.

27. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sutcliffe, Sturzaker, Leeming and Smith serve on the Transport Sub- Committee.

28. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Thomlinson, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley serve on the Rating & Valuation Sub-Committee.

29. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sturzaker, Leeming, Smith, Sutcliffe and Wesley serve on the Sewage Sub-Committee.

30. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sturzaker, Leeming, J. W. Sanderson and Sutcliffe serve on the Parks Sub-Committee.

31. - Resolved that Councillors Booth, Sturzaker, Leeming, Sutcliffe and Wesley serve on the Allotments Sub-Committee.

32. - The following were the financial transactions of the Council for the past month:—

 sd
That the Collector had collected72314 8
House Rents 421310
County Council—Superannuation20196
County Council—Ordinary13085
Secondary Roads Grant564
Fuel Overseer's Salary1349
Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages8000
Ministry of Home Security—Vehicles100 0
Ministry of Health De-Rating44800
Maternity & Child Welfare12128
Air Raid Precautions—Wages37251
Air Raid Precautions—Grant3400
Shelter Scheme420000
That the Treasurer had received62288 11
That the Wages paid were5841811
Invoices for goods amounted to49210 5

33. - The Accounts amounting to 1,559 9s. 6d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

34. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment then amounting to 1,559 9s. 6d. on Council Account and 27 0s. 7d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

35. - Resolved that permission be given For the use of the Council Chamber for their meetings during the ensuing year to Rishton District Nursing Association, the W. V. S. Comforts Fund, and the Youth Advisory Committee.

36. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to Contract for the Decoration of the Council Offices with John Trengove & Son.

37. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee and that the Council resolve itself into Committee,

In Committee.

Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council.

38. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the County v Council concerning the formation of Rest centre committees and requesting the nomination of a representative and deputy from this Council. Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed the representative And Councillor Bridge the deputy.

39. - Resolved that the voting for the Executive Council of the Urban District Councils Association be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

40. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the Local Elementary Education Committee Area Nos. 9 and 10 regarding the scheduling of this district for the Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order, 1941. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate the Council's disagreement with this proposal.

41. - Correspondence was read from Mr. G. C. Gilbert concerning the renovation of a cottage in Cutt Lane. Resolved that sanction be not given to this proposal in view of the fact that a demolition order applies to the property concerned.

42. - Resolved that in view of the difficulties in heating the Auxiliary Fire Brigade Action Station at Victoria Mill that the station be transferred to the garage in Fielding Street belonging to Mr. Cooper at a rental of 2/6 per week.

43. - Resolved that a direct telephone to Accrington Fire Station be installed at the Fire Station by connecting the line from the Harwood Road Call Box.

44. - Correspondence was read from part-time members of the Auxiliary Fire Service concerning the recent whole time appointments. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk In the interests of the smooth working of the Fire Service, meet the men so that the matter may be explained.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council in committee.

45. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley.

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

3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

 sd
That the collector had collected241148
House Rents411410
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Air Raid Precautions—Wages18000
Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages6000
That the Treasurer had received1155156
That the Wages paid were600710
Invoices for goods amounted to611158

5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-committee be accepted and approved.

6. - Resolved that the Finance Sub-Committee's recommendation that proceedings be instituted for the recovery of Private Street Works Charges from the Misses Bateson be approved.

7. – Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved: — Goosey Butts: From J. Denny to I Smith.

8. - The Clerk reported upon the Council's obligations under the War Damage Act, 1941. Resolved that the compilation of an inventory and the valuation be left with the Surveyor, and that he be empowered to call in what assistance he considers necessary to assist in the valuation,

9. - An application was read from Mr. R. Millburn for an Increase in his rate of pay. Resolved that R. Milburn be made the charge-hand of the Refuse Collection Service and that his pay be increased to 3 10s. per week, plus 2/6 for clerical work, to date from the 9th May, 1941.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson. J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley.

2. - The Sanitary inspector's Report for the month of April was taken as read and approved.

3. - The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme.

4. - It was reported that T. Plummer, Tip Attendant, would reach the age of 65 on the 24th June, 1941. Resolved that the vacancy be advertised in the " Rishton Advertiser' and by notice at the Council Offices.

5. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve a Statutory Notice under the Housing Act, 1936, upon the owners of 24, Fielding Street, 3, Harwood Road, and 33, Burton Street, to carry out certain repairs if the Preliminary Notice already served is not observed.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley.

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

3. - A draft plan was submitted by Mr. D. B. Young for a proposed wooden garage on land in Back Harwood Road. Resolved that the draft plan be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-laws only and permission given for the building to be erected subject to the applicant undertaking to submit plans in accordance with the bye-laws to the Surveyor.

4. - An application was submitted from Mr. J. H. Morgan for permission to park a caravan on land behind property in Blackburn Road, tenanted by Mr. T. Holgate. Resolved that the application be disapproved.

5. - The Surveyor reported that the wooden building adjoining "Woodlands," Blackburn Road, had been sold and was to be erected on another site in Back Harwood Road.

6. - The Surveyor presented the motor wagon records for the month of April.

7. - The Surveyor reported that the motor wagon was in need of extensive repairs, and explained the defects in detail. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to place the work in the hands of Leyland Motors Limited, including the fitting of a reconditioned engine.

8. - The Surveyor reported upon the position to date regarding Elementary School Surface Shelters.

9. - The Surveyor reported upon the position to date regarding the demolition and reconstruction of Domestic Surface Shelters and informed the Committee that he had obtained the services of an additional Contractor, Messrs. A. J. and J. W. Penny, Ltd., Blackburn.

10. - The Surveyor reported that Mr. T. R. Movie, temporary assistant, had terminated his duties on Saturday, May 3rd, the period for which he was engaged having expired.

11. - The Surveyor reported that he had been requested by the Committee of the Free Gardeners Club to prepare an estimate of the cost of re-building a portion of the Boundary wall of their premises and advise them regarding the work. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to carry out the Committee's request.

12. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Transport, North-western Division, regarding the supplies of Tar and Bitumen for highways during 1941, and informed the Committee that the letter was having his attention.

13. - The Surveyor reported that he had communicated with Engineer and Manager of the Blackburn Corporation Gas Undertaking regarding the unsatisfactory condition of the trench in Blackburn Road.

14. - The Surveyor reported that he had received an application from the Garrison Engineer, Preston, for permission to connect drainage from the New Camp in Whitebirk Drive to the Whitebirk Drive Sewer, and explained to the Committee details of his negotiations with Blackburn Corporation regarding the matter. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to make formal application to Blackburn Corporation for permission to connect the drainage to the Blackburn Corporation Sewage System.

15. - The Clerk reported upon further correspondence regarding the demolition of Rose Cottage, Cutt Lane.

16. - Resolved that consent be given to the Postmaster-General for the placing of one post and telegraphs in the back street at the rear of No. 1, Victoria Street.

17. - Correspondence from the Ministry of Agriculture was reported intimating that the age of reservation for gardeners engaged on Food Production has been raised to 30, and that other gardeners are not reserved at all.

18. - The Report from the Lancashire Rivers Board stated that the sample of the effluent taken from the Council's Sewage Works on the 1st April, 1941, had been classified as satisfactory. Resolved that the Council's congratulations and appreciation be expressed to the Manager of the Sewage Works upon the efficiency of that undertaking.

19. - An application was received for repairs to the Council house at 42, Fielding Street. Resolved that the Surveyor investigate and report upon the matter.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Wesley.

2. - The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 30th April, 1941, of 75 9s. 10d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted and approved.

3. - Resolved that the Accounts amounting to 36 8s. 5d. submitted be approved and paid.

4. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number o| registered readers was Adults 2,147, Juvenile 471, and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 3,392, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.7. Thirty-three new books had been added to stock and 64 withdrawn from circulation.

5. - The Clerk read correspondence from the Secretary to the Church and Oswaldtwistle Higher Education committee concerning an intensive course in Shorthand and Typewriting to be held at Oswaldtwistle. Resolved that the course be advertised locally .

6. - Resolved that the advertisement of vacancies in the Higher Education Teaching Staff be left to the Chairman and Secretary.

7. - Resolved that Councillor Booth's offer to conduct a party of the Youth Movement to the Sewage Disposal Works be accepted with thanks, and that the suggestion that a party should also visit Hutton Farm be also adopted and the necessary arrangements made.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors’ Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley and Worsley.

2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division on Civil Defence matters during the month of April.

3. - Detailed reports were made by the Sub-Committee appointed to deal with Community Feeding Centres upon the visit to centres in Manchester and Urmston, and the information obtained therefrom. Resolved that the preparation of a scheme be left with the Sub-Committee, and that a further report be made to the Civil Defence Committee as soon as possible.

4. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Information concerning the issue of a War-time Handbook. Resolved that a small number of copies be obtained without the Manchester supplement for reference purposes in the Council Offices and other public buildings.

5. - The Chairman reported upon the action taken concerning the Air Training Corps. Resolved that a meeting be called of young men between 16 and 18, and that Flight Lieutenant Fish be requested to address the meeting.

6. - Resolved that the Crossley 16 h. p. car owned by Mr. B. Ainsworth be purchased for 30 for the Auxiliary Fire Service as an additional vehicle for towing trailer pumps and transporting personnel.

7. - Correspondence was read from the Rishton Trades and Labour Council. Resolved that the request that a deputation be received be not granted.

8. - Resolved that provisional alternative Report Centre accommodation be established at the Surveyor's residence, and thanks be expressed to his consent in the matter.

9. - Correspondence was read from Mr. T. Robinson, Chairman of the Committee of the A. R. P. Surveyor's Services, in which it was requested that a covering should be obtained for the floor of the Personnel Hut. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Clerk, and that a price be obtained for the work.

10. - The Chairman reported upon the meeting held to wind up the local A. R. P. Committee. Resolved that periodic consultations be held between the Civil Defence Committee and the heads of the A. R. P. Services, and that this decision be communicated to them.

11. - Correspondence was reported from the Town Clerk of Blackburn, in which he intimated that application is being made by him for the application of the Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order, 1941, to the Whitebirk Generating Station.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 8th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

2. - It was reported that notice had been received from the Town Clerk of Accrington terminating the existing Fire Brigade agreement on the 31st March, 1942, and that the Corporation of Accrington is prepared to negotiate new terms for a further agreement.

3. - It was reported that a meeting had been held between the Urban District Councils of Church, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton and the Rural District Council of Burnley, which Councils are served for fire purposes by Accrington Corporation. The minutes of the meeting were read. It was resolved that further consideration of the matter be left until a reply was obtained from Accrington as to the new-terms upon which a further agreement would be entered into.

4. - Correspondence was reported from the Regional Transport Commissioner in reply to the Council's representations concerning the Rishton—Clayton-le-Moors Bus Service.

5. - Correspondence from the Borough Treasurer of Blackburn gave details of the finance of the Joint Committee, of which this Council is a member, known as the Blackburn & East Lancashire Blood Transfusion Scheme, and that at some future time it may be necessary to call upon this Council to contribute a small amount towards the expenses of the scheme.

6. - Correspondence from the County Medical Officer of Health gave details of the scheme for Home Helps and the conditions of service.

7. - A report was read of damage to the Public Air Raid Shelter in Holt Street Recreation Ground. Resolved that a letter be addressed to the parents of the children concerned.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL,

Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th May, 1941.

Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 12th June, 1941.

ORDINARY MEETING. 15th May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

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

3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 17th April, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 17th April 1941, be approved and confirmed, and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 8th May, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

 sd
That the Collector had collected241148
House Rents411410
Ministry of Health—De-Rating44700
Air Raid Precautions—Wages18000
Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages6000
That the Treasurer had received1155156
That the Wages paid were600710
Invoices for Goods amounted to611158

7. - The Accounts, amounting to 1,360 13s. 9d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 1,360 13s. 9d. on Council Account and 36 8s. 5d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. - The Gas Examiner's Report for the quarter ending the 31st March, 1941, was read.

10. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

In Committee.

Present: Same Members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

11. - Resolved that the voting for the representatives on the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

12. - The Clerk reported correspondence from the County Council concerning the cost of living bonus for Local Authorities A. R. P. Administrative staff, whereby the wages paid will be increased retrospectively from the 1st April, 1941, as follows :—

B. Ainsworth—from 3 3s. 7d. to 3 6s. 0d. per week.

V. Catlow—from 1 17s. 6d. to 1 18s. 6d. per week.

13. - The Clerk read correspondence from the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division concerning the re-organisation of the fire services during the present emergency whereby the whole of the regular and auxiliary Fire Brigade resources of England and Wales will come under the general control of the Secretary of State.

14. - The Clerk reported upon the completion of the valuation of the Council's goods insurable under the Business Scheme of the War Damage Act, 1941 (Part 2) and stated that the Inventory totalled 4,468 16s. 3d.

15. - Resolved that Councillor F. Worsley be appointed this Council's representative Manager on the Board of Management of the New Senior Council School.

16. - The Clerk reported that the Food Executive Officer had requested facilities for the writing up of the next issue of ration books in the offices of the various Local Authorities in the Joint Food Control Area, and that voluntary assistance should be obtained locally through the W. V. S. Resolved that approval should be given to this course.

17. - The Clerk reported upon the conversion of the Co-operative Society Slaughter-house into a Public Cleansing Station. Resolved that the County Council be urged to press forward with this scheme.

18. - Resolved that a plain brown linoleum covering be purchased for the Personnel Hut at a cost of 16 10s. 0d.

19. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the Local Elementary Education Committee concerning further the use of spare land for food production. Resolved that this matter be left with the Parks Sub-Committee with plenary power to act.

20. - Ministry of Health Circular No. 2238, headed National Service (Armed Forces) Act, 1939—Staff's of Local Authorities, was read. Resolved that action be taken under the last paragraph of that Circular at the proper time.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council in Committee.

21. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 22nd May, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

2. - Councillor Leeming made a Report on the loss of one of the Council's horses. Resolved that Councillors Booth, Leeming and Sutcliffe; be appointed as a Sub-Committee to purchase a horse, and that they be given power to complete the transaction.

3. - Resolved that an honorarum be granted to J. Farrar of 1 and W. Coolican of 8/6 in recognition of the additional duty served during the horse's illness.

4. - Councillor Booth gave a report upon the findings of the Parks Sub-Committee. Resolved that the following recommendations be approved:-

That swedes and kale be sown on the vacant land at "Moorhouse",

that land at the Sewage Works be ploughed and sown with oats and vetches;

that a tractor plough be hired from Accrington Corporation and the necessary seeds be purchased;

that the crops be used for feeding the horses.

5. - Resolved that part of Harwood Road Recreation Ground be fenced off for hay, providing that arrangements can be made by Councillor Leeming to borrow the necessary fencing.

6. - Resolved that Councillor Leeming be accorded a vote of thanks for the time and advice given by him during the horse's illness.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Leeming; in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

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

3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

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That the Collector had collected215138
House Rents56113
Lancashire County Council—Loans2700
Salaries—Surveyor10500
Air Raid Precautions—Wages18000
Auxiliary Fire Service - Wages6000
That the Treasurer had received964126
That the Wages paid were780117
Invoices for Goods amounted to76922

5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted, and approved.

6. - Resolved that the Solihull Urban District Council be informed that while the Council had every sympathy with their point of view, they were of the opinion that the Government's provisions were already adequate.

7. - Correspondence was reported from the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council recommending the granting of normal annual leave to officers. Resolved that the Chairman's action in approving this, course be agreed and that leave be resumed in accordance with carefully prepared rotas.

8. - Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved :— Goosey Butts: From F. H. Towler to Edwin Hargreaves.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Trengove, and Worsley.

2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of May was taken as read and approved.

3. - The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme.

4. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve a Statutory Notice upon the owner of 128, High Street, Rishton, to carry out certain repairs under Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, if the Preliminary Notice already served is not observed.

5. - Resolved that F. Landon, of 131, Spring Street, Rishton, be appointed as Refuse Tip Attendant, to commence duties on the 20th June; 1941, and that the terms of the appointment be in accordance with the regulations of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council.

6. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be instructed to carry out an inspection at No. 13, Eachill Road, Rishton, and report.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W,, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

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

3. - The Surveyor presented the motor wagon records for the month of May.

4. - The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions he had communicated with Leyland Motors Ltd., regarding supplying and fixing a reconditioned engine unit in the Council's wagon, and informed the Committee that the firm had booked the order but were unable to state a definite date for completion owing to present circumstances.

5. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the erection of Elementary School Surface Shelters.

6. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the erection of Domestic Surface Shelters.

7. - The Surveyor reported that the Regional Technical Adviser had informed him that owing to the urgent necessity to transfer labour to areas affected by enemy action, it had been found necessary to reduce the number of new shelters proposed to be erected in the less vulnerable areas for the time being and that he had received instructions that the new shelters to be built should be so arranged that taking into consideration the present available public shelter, protection to the extent of 20% only of the population should be provided at present. The Surveyor explained to the Committee the effect of this instruction on the present position of the shelter programme in Rishton.

8 - The Surveyor reported regarding a visit of a representative from the County Architect's Department regarding the shelter scheme generally, and read to the Committee a letter and accompanying report received by the Clerk from the Clerk of the County Council regarding the matter.

9. - The Surveyor reported that the work on the re-erection of the boundary wall at the Free Gardeners' Club had been completed, the Club Committee having made their own arrangements regarding the work.

10. - The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had inspected the Council's houses in Fielding Street, and presented to the Committee a report on same. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare specifications and invite tenders for

(1) Internal and external painting and decorating of Fielding Street houses, and

(2) the external painting of Eachill Road houses.

11. - The Surveyor reported that the Divisional Road Engineer to the Ministry of War Transport (North — Western Division) had discussed with him the question of permanent markings on main roads in relation to Aids to Movement of Traffic, and informed the Committee that he had been authorised to arrange for permanent markings for the entire length of Main Road A.678 (Paper Mill to Whitebirk), and on all bends on Main Road A.6064 (Harwood Road corner to Lidgett), the remaining lengths of Main Roads A.6064 and A.6119 (Whitebirk Drive) to be painted as previously. The Surveyor stated that it was intended to use the "cats-eye" road stud for the purpose.

12. - The Surveyor reported that the Clerk, Sanitary Inspector and himself had discussed with a representative from the County Architect's Department (1) the protection and (2) cleansing facilities at Rishton First — Aid Post, and explained in detail the County Council's proposals (which included the erection of a blast wall on the footpath in High Street opposite the front entrance to the First — Aid Post), regarding the matter. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be authorised to proceed with the work on receipt of instructions from the County Council, and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the corners of the blast wall referred to to be built in white enamel bull-nose bricks.

13. - The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions the land at the Sewage Works and Moorhouse had been ploughed and sown and the work completed.

14. - The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions a portion of Harwood Road Recreation ground had been fenced off with a view to obtaining a crop for the horses, and following suggestions made by the Committee he had purchased a quantity of second-hand fencing for the purpose. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor's action in purchasing second-hand fencing from Mr. George Leeming for the sum of 7, and (2) in ordering a quantity of sulphate of ammonia be approved and confirmed.

15. - The Surveyor reported that the Special Sub-Committee appointed for the purpose had purchased a new horse from Messrs, J. W., Hopwood (Rishton) Ltd., for the sum of 77 10s. 0d., and that the horse was giving satisfaction. Resolved that the Sub-Committee's action be approved and confirmed.

16. - Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to make the necessary arrangements with Councillor Leeming for turning out the Council's horses.

17. - The Surveyor reported that a Warden's Post was in course of erection on land adjoining the Esplanade, Blackburn Road, and the Clerk read Correspondence regarding same.

18. - Resolved that the Gardener, Mr. H. Dewhurst, be instructed to appear before the Council at their meeting on Thursday next, the 19th instant.

19.- The Surveyor recommended to the Committee a youth named Barrie Holden, son of Mr. Barrie Holden, "Lyndale," Reservoir Side, Rishton, as suitable for acceptance by him as an Articled Pupil. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to accept the youth named as his private Articled Pupil, conditional upon the Council having no obligation whatever regarding the matter either during or upon the termination of the Articles.

20. -Resolved that consent be given to the postmaster-general for the placing of:—

  • (1) One Post and Telegraphs on the South side of the back street at the rear of No. 30, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

  • (2) Four Poles in Cutt Wood, Blackburn Road, between Cutt Lane and Woodlands Cafe, subject to an annual payment of 1/- per pole.

  • 3) Underground Telegraphic Lines across the footpaths at points (1) on the West Side of Harwood Road, Rishton, approximately three yards North of the entrance to Norden Farm, and (2) on the North side of Lee Lane, Rishton, approximately two yards West of the entrance to Tottleworth Lee Farm.

    It was further resolved that the consents in (1) and (2) above be subject to the Postmaster-General agreeing to the removal of the Telegraph Poles at the expiration of the present emergency.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Trengove.

    2. - The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st May, 1941, of 49 8s. 2d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted and approved.

    3. - Resolved that the Accounts amounting to 10 17s. 3d. submitted be approved and paid.

    4. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,358; Juveniles, 481; and that the total issue of books for the month of May was 3,484, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 16.7. 75 new books had been added to stock and 26 withdrawn from circulation.

    5. - The Chairman informed the Committee that an advertisement would be issued for the appointments of Head Teacher, and Teachers of Second Year Commercial Class and Speech Training class, in accordance with Minute 6 of the Higher Education Committee held on the 8th May,. 1941.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division on Civil Defence matters during the month of May.

    3. - Resolved that a wash-basin and tap be fitted in the Fire Brigade Dormitory and Recreation Room.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 12th June, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Petroleum Department intimating that a cut of at least 10% in the average petrol consumption for the months of February, March and April is to be secured.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon the allocation of the reduced consumption. Resolved that the certificate issued to the Surveyor to the Council be for twelve gallons per month.

    4. - A Report was read from the Police Superintendent concerning a breach of the Fire Watchers Order by Mr. H. M. Graham, 71, Cliff Street, Rishton. Resolved that prosecution be not instituted in this case and that the Superintendent be requested to issue a cautionary notice.

    5. - Correspondence was reported from the Red Cross and St. John's Fund Intimating that the Fund is now registered under the War Charities Act, 1940, as the War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and that it is necessary to open a Bank Account so named. It is therefore resolved that a banking account for the Rishton Urban District Council British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem be opened with the Midland Bank Limited at their Rishton Branch, and that the Bank be and is hereby empowered to honour all cheques ordered for payment, bills of exchange and promissory notes, drawn, signed, accepted or made on behalf of the said Rishton Urban District Council British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem by the Chairman of the Council for the time being, and countersigned by the Clerk to the Council, and to act on any instructions given by the persons so authorised with regard to any accounts or transactions of the said Rishton Urban District Council British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th June, 1941

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th July, 1941

    ORDINARY MEETING. 19th June, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 15th May, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th May, 1941, be approved and confirmed, and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 22nd May, and 12th June, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected512138
    House Rents56113
    Lancashire County Council—Loans2700
    Salaries—Surveyor10500
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages18000
    Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages6000
    That the Treasurer had received964126
    That the Wages paid were780117
    Invoices for Goods amounted to76922

    7. - The Accounts, amounting to 4,648 1s. 10d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,648 1s 10d. on Council Account and 11 2s. 3d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

    9. - Gas Examiner's Reports for various dates were reported as being in order.

    10. - Resolved that this Meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council.

    11. - The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries concerning (a) damage to allotments by dogs and (b) damage to allotments by enemy action. Resolved that notices be posted in connection with (a) above as set out in the circular.

    12. - Correspondence was reported from the Lancashire War Agricultural Committee concerning the transfer of roadmen to agricultural work.

    13. - It was resolved to apply for registration under the War Charities Act, 1940, of a Fund to be entitled Rishton War Relief Fund, the objects of which will be to raise funds for the Lord Mayor's Air Raid Distress Fund and the Rishton Comforts Fund. It was further resolved that the following officers be appointed:—

    1.—Chairman: Councillor W. Sturzaker, J.P.

    2.—Secretary: Clerk to the Council.

    3.—Treasurer: The Manager, Midland Bank, Ltd., Blackburn.

    4. — Two other Members: Councillor F. Worsley and Councillor J. Bridge.

    5.—Auditor: H. Greenwood.

    The account of the Charity will be kept by the Midland Bank, Limited, Blackburn.

    14. - Resolved that H. Dewhurst, the Council Gardener, be given one month's notice to terminate his duties on the 17th July, 1941.

    15. - Resolved that F. Landon occupy the designated position of Refuse Tip Attendant for the purposes of the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1937.

    16. - Resolved that a Petroleum Licence be granted for a period of six months from the 1st July, 1941, to T. Robinson, "Eachill," Rishton.

    17. - Resolved that a subscription of 5/- be made to the Town and Country Planning Association.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council in Committee.

    18. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected157807
    House Rents43124
    Lancashire County Council—Special5100
    Auxiliary Fire Service Grant7000
    Bank Interest22126
    Ministry of Health—De-rating44700
    Air Raid Precautions—Grant21700
    Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages7000
    Auxiliary Fire Service—Wages8000
    That the Treasurer had received238794
    That the Wages paid were612117
    Invoices for Goods amounted to118649

    5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    6. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to write to the tenant of No. 13, Eachill Road, Rishton, stating that unless the arrears of rent are reduced substantially, appropriate action will be taken.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. -The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ended the 30th June, 1941, was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of June was taken as read and approved.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme and outlined proposals for an intensified campaign. Resolved that the proposals should be put into operation after the school holidays.

    5. - Resolved that the application under the Milk and Dairies Order, 1926, from Mr. J. Smith, to carry on the trade of Cowkeeper and Retail Purveyor of Milk at Eachill Holdings, be granted. The Sanitary Inspector reported that the premises comply with the requirements of the Order.

    6. - In accordance with Minute No. 6 of the Health Committee, 12th June, 1941, the Sanitary Inspector reported upon the inspection of No. 13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

    BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Surveyor reported that Mr. I. Smith, 13, Cliff Street, Rishton, had converted a hen cabin, situate on his plot at Goosey Butts Allotments, into a motor garage for his own use. Resolved that no objection be raised to the conversion.

    4. - The Surveyor reported that he had arranged with Mr. M. Clarke, Norden, for the housing of grass from the Recreation Grounds, etc., on a nominal rental. Resolved that the arrangements be approved and the thanks of the Committee conveyed to Mr. Clarke for his assistance in this and other matters connected with the Council's services.

    5. - The Surveyor reported that the motor wagon had been delivered at the Leyland Company's Works, Chorley, for the re-fitting of the new engine unit and the necessary general repairs.

    6. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the election of the Domestic Surface Shelters.

    7. - The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had prepared separate detailed specifications for the internal decoration and outside painting of Fielding Street Houses, and also the outside painting of Eachill Road Houses. The Clerk presented the Tenders received to the Committee, and the Tenders were opened by the Chairman. Resolved that the whole matter be deferred for consideration at the Council Meeting on the 17th instant.

    8 - The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Architect containing instructions to proceed with the necessary alterations at the First Aid Post and the Co-operative Society's Slaughter-house in Spring Street, in connection with the provision of a Cleansing Station, the work to be carried out on a cost plus percentage basis in accordance with the Ministry of Home Security's Form of Contract. Resolved that Messrs. F. & E. Eccles, Contractors, be invited to undertake the work.

    9 - The Surveyor reported that Mr. R. Heap, Hermitage Street, had offered a number of plants for the Council's use, and the Chairman informed the Committee of the arrangements he had made regarding same. Resolved that Mr. Heap's offer be accepted and the Chairman's arrangement to supply Mr. Heap with a quantity of sludge as payment for the plants be approved

    10. - The Surveyor presented the following recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee :—

    That the position as Gardener be offered to J. Sanderson, 110, Hermitage Street, Rishton, and

    that the Gardener's rate of pay be 1/5 1/4 per hour, overtime rates to be paid for time worked in excess of a normal work. Resolved that the recommendations be accepted and approved.

    11. - The Surveyor reported that the Motor Mower had been repaired and was again in commission.

    12. - The Surveyor presented to the Committee the Insurance Company's Report following their Surveyor's thorough examination of the Road Roller.

    13. - The Surveyor presented and explained to the Committee correspondence received from the Regional Licensing Officer of the Ministry of Works and Buildings regarding the control of civil buildings and constructional operations.

    14. - The Surveyor presented and explained in detail to the Committee correspondence received from the Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence regarding Mutual Aid in Building, Engineering, etc., Resources. The Surveyor also reported that the schedules referred to in the correspondence had been completed and forwarded to the officer concerned. Resolved that as requested in the Regional Commissioner's letter the Surveyor be given the necessary full power to act should occasion arise during the operation of the scheme.

    15. - Resolved that Councillor Booth and the Clerk represent this Council at the Regional Home Food Production Conference to be held at Burnley Town Hall on Monday, July 21st.

    16. - Resolved that consent be given to the Postmaster-General for the placing of an overhead telegraph line along the north-east side of Lee Lane, Rishton, from a point alongside Tottleworth Lee Farm in a north-easterly direction for a distance of approximately 230 yards.

    17. - Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk Interview Messrs. John Trengove & Son concerning the decoration of the Council Offices with particular reference to the clause in the contract dealing with increased wage.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. – Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 30th June, 1941, of 38 13s. 2d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted and approved.

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered leaders was: Adults 2,364, Juveniles 482; and that the total issue of books for the month of June was 2,801, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.2. 36 new books had been added to stock and 12 withdrawn from circulation.

    4.- Resolved that Councillor Worsley and the Clerk represent the Council at the Annual Meeting of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes to be held at Rochdale on Friday, the 3rd October, 1941.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division on Civil Defence matters during the month of June.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the School Medical and Child Welfare Department of the County Council concerning the establishment of War-time Nurseries.

    4. - Resolved that the rooms at 23, High Street, owned by John Booth, be rented at 10/- per week clear for the storage of Air Raid Precautions equipment.

    5. - Resolved that application be made to the County Council for sanction to expenditure for the decoration of a room at W. F. C. Schaefer's shop for the use of the Street Fire Watchers.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 10th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, J. W. Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk read correspondence from Mr. W. Holmes concerning an accident to his son on Harwood Road Recreation Ground, and reported that the matter is being dealt with by the Atlas Assurance Co., Ltd.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon an accident involving the Auxiliary Fire Service and a boy, Albert Taylor, of Great Harwood, full details of which have been passed to the Atlas Assurance Co., Ltd.

    4. - A Letter was read from the Rishton District Nursing Association thanking the Council for the granting of the use of the Council Chamber for their meetings.

    5. – Resolved that Councillor Sturzaker's application for a telephone be supported by the Council on the grounds of his duties as Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Civil Defence Committee.

    6. - The Chairman reported upon matters which led up to visits by a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, and suggested (1) that the Council should consider the ploughing up and the division into allotments of the vacant land in Woodside Avenue; (2) the consideration of the purchase of the greenhouses and potting sheds belonging to F. Bellas.

    7. - Resolved that these matters be considered by the Parks Sub-Committee, and that the Clerk interview Mr. Bellas concerning the second proposal.

    8. - Resolved that a letter of condolence be addressed to Mr. R. Spencer expressing the sympathy of the Council on his sad bereavement.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th July, 1941.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 14th August, 1941.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 17th July, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 19th June, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th June, 1941, be approved and confirmed, and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th July, 1941, be approved and confirmed, and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected1,57807
    House Rents43124
    Lancashire County Council—Special5100
    Auxiliary Fire Service Grant7000
    Bank Interest22126
    Ministry of Health De Rating44700
    Air Raid Precautions Grant21700
    Auxiliary Fire Service Wages7000
    Auxiliary Fire Service Wages8000
    That the Treasurer had received2,38794
    That the Wages paid were612117
    Invoices for goods amounted to1,18649

    7. - The Accounts, amounting to 5,105 19s. 10d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 5,105 19s. l0d. on Council Account and 23 2s. l1d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

    9. - Gas Examiner's Reports for various dates were reported as being in order.

    10. - Resolved that this Meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    11. - The Clerk reported receipt from Messrs. A. Gregory & Co. of an application for certificate for Pawnbrokers Licence. Resolved that the application be granted and the Seal of the Council be affixed to the certificate authorising the grant of licence.

    12. - The Clerk reported that the Certificate of Registration under the War Charities Act, 1940, of the Rishton War Relief Fund had been received from the Clerk of the County Council.

    13. - The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning manufacture of meat products containing horse flesh and observance of Section 38 of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938. Resolved that a Report be sent to the Ministry of Health after consultation with the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Sanitary Inspector.

    14. - Resolved that the recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee be approved that the gardener be interviewed concerning the proposal to purchase the greenhouses and potting sheds in Blackburn Road, and that he be called to the next meeting of the Parks Sub-Committee.

    15. - Resolved that the appointment of temporary assistance during the absence of Mrs. Whalley be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council in Committee.

    16. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected4,52038
    House Rents44710
    Lancashire County Council—Salaries174126
    Air Raid Precautions Grant3191210
    Air Raid Precautions Wages20000
    Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
    Housing 19450
    Evacuation Scheme7500
    Fire Grant71811
    Auxiliary Fire Service Wages021
    That the Treasurer had received6,197163
    That the Wages paid were827510
    Invoices for goods amounted to93551

    5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    6. - Correspondence was read from the National Union of General and Municipal Workers concerning a subsistence allowance of 1/6 per day to T. Machell. Resolved that the allowance be not granted in view of the fact that the Council are paying full Whitley Council rates and travelling expenses.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Sutcliffe in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

    2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of July was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector reported that the Co-operative Slaughterhouse at Great Harwood has been taken over by the Ministry of Food for the use of Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors for the decontamination of foodstuffs. 25 has been allowed for alterations.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme.

    5. - Councillor Booth and the Sanitary Inspector reported on the proceedings at a meeting convened by the Ministry of supply at Manchester on August 8th concerning a County Salvage Drive. Resolved that Councillor Sutcliffe and the Sanitary Inspector attend the further meetings in connection with the Salvage Drive, and that Councillor Booth act as deputy for this purpose to Councillor Sutcliffe.

    6. - Resolved that the Health Sub-Committee deal with organisation of the Salvage Drive.

    7. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Supply concerning the removal of railings for iron scrap. Resolved that the Ministry be informed that the Council have no railings that are not essential.

    BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Booth in the chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor wagon records for the month of July, and reported that the repairs to the wagon had been completed by Messrs. Leyland Motors Limited.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the erection of Domestic Surface Shelters.

    5. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the adaptation of the Co-operative Slaughterhouse into a Cleansing Station.

    6. - The Surveyor reported that on the 30th July a motor wagon had badly damaged the parapet wall at Holt Mill Bridge, and Informed the Committee that he had reported the matter to the County Surveyor.

    7. - Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to erect brick blast walls at the entrances to the Council Offices and the Report Centre in place of the existing sand-bags.

    8. - Resolved that the recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee be adopted:—

    That the greenhouses, potting sheds and gardening effects, the property of F. Bellas, be purchased subject to the confirmation of the powers of the Council by the Ministry of Health.

    That whole-time assistance be obtained when necessary for the working of the greenhouses and land adjoining.

    That the unoccupied land in Woodside Avenue be Required under the Cultivation of Lands (Allotments) Order, 1939, providing that the tests made prove it satisfactory for the purpose of food growing.

    4. That an Allotments and "Dig for Victory" Gardens Produce Show be organised locally.

    9. - Councillor Booth gave a Report on the North Lancashire Production Conference held in the Town Hall, Burnley, on Monday, July 21st. Resolved that a meeting be held locally for the purpose of organising a Vegetable Produce Show and forming an Allotments Society, and that public advertisement be given of this meeting, inviting interested allotment holders to attend.

    10. - The Clerk read correspondence from Messrs. J. Trengove & Son intimating that their estimate for the Decoration of the Fielding Street and Eachill Road houses is withdrawn.

    11. - Resolved that the tender for the Outside Painting of Eachill Road houses from Mr. B. Watson be accepted, and it was further resolved that the tender for the Outside Painting of Fielding Street from Mr. B. Watson be accepted, and that he be not informed of this decision until he has tendered for the Inside Painting of Fielding Street houses.

    12. - Correspondence was read from residents in Blackburn Road concerning the alteration of the siting of a bus stop. Resolved that the contents be noted.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Worsley in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Wesley.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st July, 1941, of 233 6s. 6d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted and approved.

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was Adults 2,376, Juveniles 481, and that the total issue of books for the month of July was 2,790, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.8. 32 new books had been added to stock and 20 withdrawn from circulation.

    4.—Resolved that the recommendations for the appointment of Part-time Teachers for the Session 1941-42 be adopted as follows:—

    Head Teacher Mr. T. C. Noble.

    Second Year Commercial Class ... Mr. H. Hardisty.

    Drama Class Mrs. F. Moyle.

    5. - The Chairman reported that the resignation of Mr. Wyatt, the teacher of the First Year Technical Class, had been received. Resolved that the position be advertised.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division on Civil Defence matters during the of July.

    3. - A Report was made upon the establishment of an Auxiliary Fire Brigade Action Station at Whitebirk Electricity Undertaking. Resolved that telephone facilities should be installed in the building offered by the Electricity Undertaking.

    4. - The Clerk read correspondence concerning the work of the Auxiliary Fire Service at a fire on Sunday, the 10th August, 1941. Resolved that a copy of the letter be posted in the Fire Station.

    5. - The Clerk outlined correspondence from the Ministry of Home Security concerning the proposed development in the organisation of the Fire Prevention arrangements of Local Authorities whereby the Fire Guards Organisation is to part of their General Civil Defence Services, and the Chief Warden will be responsible for the proper organisation. Resolved that the matter be further considered when the County Council have delegated the necessary authority for The Wardens' Service to act as the agent of the District Council for these Fire Prevention Duties.

    6. - The Clerk reported upon further circulars concerning the reorganisation of the Fire Service and arrangements for the transfer from Local Authorities to the National Fire Service.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 14th August, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon the meeting to be held in the Rishton Conservative Assembly Room on Friday, the 15th August, 1941, concerning the War Savings Campaign Week.

    3.—The Clerk reported upon a House-to-house Collection to be organised on behalf of St. Dunstan's.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st August, 1941.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 11th September, 1941.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 21st August, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengrove, Wesley and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 17th July, I941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th July, 1941, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 14th August, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected4,52038
    House Rents44710
    Lancashire County Council Salaries 174126
    Air Raid Precautions Grant3191210
    Air Raid Precautions Wages20000
    Ministry of Health De-rating44700
    Housing19450
    Evacuation Scheme7500
    Fire Grant71811
    Auxiliary Fire Service Wages021
    That the Treasurer had received6,197163
    That the Wages paid were 827510
    Invoices for Goods amounted to93551

    7. - The Accounts, amounting to 4,176 16s. 3d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,176 16s. 3d. on Council Account and 3 0s. 5d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

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

    10. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to contracts with Messrs. F. & E. Eccles, Messrs R. Butler & Sons, and Messrs. F. T. Fairchild & Sons for works In connection with public Cleansing Station.

    11. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council.

    12. - The Clerk reported receipt of tender from Mr. B. Watson for the interior painting of Fielding Street houses. Resolved that the tender be accepted.

    13. - The Surveyor reported upon the progress of the repairs to Holt Mill Bridge.

    14. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Home Office Fire Service Department stating that the control of the Auxiliary Fire Service passed to the Secretary of State at midnight on Sunday, the 17th August, 1941.

    15. - The Chairman reported further upon the organisation of Fire Prevention arrangements and the Conference at Preston convened by the Urban District Councils Association. Resolved that the Civil Defence Committee discuss the matter at a meeting on Thursday, the 28th August, 1941, and that the Chief Warden be invited to attend.

    16. - The Clerk reported receipt of Notice of Audit to commence on Monday, the 13th October, 1941, at 10-30 a.m.

    17 - An application for increase in salary was received from the Manager of the Sewage Works. Resolved that P. Gilmartin be granted an increase of 1 per week to date from the 15th August, 1941, and It was further resolved that the expense of any periodicals or text-books acquired in connection with the Manager's work should be borne by the Council.

    18. - Correspondence was read from the 30th County of Lancaster (Accrington) Battalion Home Guard requesting the loan of band instruments. Resolved that the local Home Guard should be given the first opportunity of the loan of the instruments.

    19. - Resolved that the Election of the Council of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes should be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

    20. - Resolved that the reason for absence of Councillor G. Tomlinson be approved as required by Section 63 of the Local Government Act, 1933.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same Members as were present at the Meeting of the Council in Committee.

    21.—Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE. 21st August, 1941.

    1.—Present : Councillor Trengove in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, Wesley, and Worsley.

    2.—Resolved that the proposals submitted in respect of the following properties be revised as follows:-

     Present Revised
     GrossNet GrossNet
     ss
    1643—Jessie Roberts2101419012
    345—John Mitchell2312171509
    621—Harry Houghton2414816010
    305—H. M. Whittaker3142322015
    310—S. A. Noble3402516010
         HouseShop
    89—John Booth3102311012
    947—H. Barratt1901216010
    1288—M. E. Parker180111509
    643—J. Knowles20313171011
    347—J. T. Procter15091408
    553—N. H. Foster19012171011
    363—W. Kehoe1801116010
    516—J. Sharples181011171011
    1434— E. Duckworth14091308
    273—John Knowles

     No Change.

     CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 28th August, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Trengove, and Worsley; Mr. N. Hellewell and Sergeant Johnston.

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

    3. - The Chairman reviewed the provisions of Ministry of Home Security Circular No. 174/1941, and read correspondence from the County Council concerning the discussions at the Conference on August 21st.

    4. - The Chief Warden outlined his considered requirements for whole-time personnel. Resolved that the scheme be submitted to the County Council for one unpaid Fire Guard Staff Officer, one paid Head Fire Guard and two paid Senior Fire Guards, and that the paid appointments be advertised.

    5. - Resolved that the premises at 99, High Street, be adopted as the Depot and Headquarters of the Fire Guard, subject to the sanction of the County Council to the necessary expenditure.

    6. - Resolved that the Sub-Committee to deal with the details of the alteration of the premises be Councillor J. W. Sanderson, the Chief Warden, the Clerk, and the Surveyor.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected8031911
    House Rents5523
    Auxiliary Fire Service Grant22000
    Ministry of Labour 174111
    Diphtheria Immunisation21107
    Air Raid Precautions General21700
    Air Raid Precautions Wages20000
    That the Treasurer had received1,5391610
    That the Wages paid were648179
    Invoices for Goods amounted to6051810

    5. - Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to 4,945 16s, 8d., be approved and paid.

    6. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof amounting to 4,945 16s. 8d., if signed by the Clerk.

    7. - Resolved that the report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    8. - Resolved that notice be given to the following mortgagees that the principal sum will be repaid on the 31st March, 1942:—

    Mortgage

    No 66 - 3 % 400 ... Lily Seed.

    No 67 - 3 % 100 ... Doris Kenyon.

    No 68 - 3 % 100 ... James Arthur Schafer.

    9. - The Clerk reported that Albert Taylor had received his enlistment papers and will be qualified under the Council's resolution of 6th July, 1939, to have made up the difference between his pay and allowances and his standard wage.

    10. - Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved :— Clarke's Meadow: From H. Mayes to A. Horsman.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of August was taken as read and approved,

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the progress of the Salvage Campaign and the special arrangements being made for the County Salvage Drive.

    4. - Resolved that this Authority make a contribution in aid of the expenses of the Drive on the basis of 3/- per thousand of population.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor-waggon records for the month of August.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date on the erection of Domestic Surface Shelters, and informed the Committee of recent instructions received from the Regional Commissioner and the Ministry of Labour and National Service regarding the reallocation of labour on the construction of Air Raid Shelters.

    5. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding work on the new Cleansing Station in Spring Street, and stated that the County Architect had placed the plumbing work in the hands of Messrs. John Blake, Ltd., Accrington.

    6. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the repairs to Holt Mill Bridge.

    7. - The Surveyor reported that blast walls had been erected outside the entrances to the Council Offices and the Underground Report Centre.

    8. - The Surveyor read a letter From Blackburn Corporation stating the conditions upon which the Corporation had agreed to connect the drainage of the military camp in Whitebirk Drive to their sewer. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to communicate the terms to the military department concerned.

    9. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had informed him that work would be commenced on the painting of the Council Houses in Eachill Road and Fielding Street on Monday, September 29th, 1941.

    10. - The Surveyor reported that Mr. Hanson, of Great Harwood, had valued the crop at the Sewage Works as it stands at 6. Resolved that the valuation be accepted and approved and the crop be disposed of accordingly.

    11. - The Surveyor read a letter from the Ministry of War Transport regarding grants towards the initial cost of snow ploughs and the necessary adaptation of mechanically propelled vehicles for propelling them, Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to make application for a grant accordingly towards the purchase of the plant referred to.

    12. - The Surveyor reported that the horse sheets and harness were in need of repairs. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Chairman and Surveyor.

    13. - The Surveyor reported that the Clerk had received a written resignation from the stream roller driver, T. Machell. Resolved that the resignation be accepted and the arrangements for driving the roller left In the hands of the Surveyor.

    14. - The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence From the Ministry of Health conveying a satisfactory reply to the enquiry concerning the purchase of the greenhouses belonging to F. Bellas.

    15. - The Clerk reported upon the meeting called in connection with the formation of an Allotments Society and outlined proposals for an Allotments Campaign during the winter. Resolved that approval be given to the organisation of a series of lectures.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W. Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st August, 1941, of 229 16s. 11d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted and approved.

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,403; Juveniles, 482 and that the total issue of books for the month of August was 3,400, and that the percentage of non-fiction books was 16.4, 35 new books had been added to stock and 12 withdrawn from circulation.

    4. - The Chairman outlined the programme of the Youth Movement during the coming winter.

    5. - Resolved that approval be given to the formation of a course of six Adult Lectures on Popular Science, to be held at the County Branch Library commencing in early October.

    6. - The Chairman reported that Mrs. Scholick, of Blackburn Road, Rishton, had been appointed teacher of the First Year Technical Class.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - Resolved that no action be taken on the Police Occurrence Report concerning damage to an Air Raid Shelter by Andrew Holland.

    3. - The Chairman reported that Mrs. N. Abram had been appointed as temporary typist during the absence of Mrs. Whalley, at the same remuneration.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 11th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker In the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W. Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Brigades) Division on Civil Defence mailers during the month of August.

    3. - Correspondence was read from Mr, G. A. Cooper concerning the rent of the garage in Fielding Street used as an Action Station. Resolved that he be granted an increase of 6d. per week, to date from the I4th September, 1941.

    4. - The Clerk reported upon the arrangements being made by the County Council and the County Borough of Blackburn for emergency feeding.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Irlam Urban District Council and Padiham urban District Council concerning the Fire Prevention arrangements. Resolved that no action be taken.

    6. - Resolved that permission be given In the Chief Warden to purchase stationery in connection with the Fire Guard organisation to the value of 4 when sanction for the scheme as a whole has been received from the County Council.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY MEETING HELD ON THE 18th SEPTEMBER, 1941.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 18th September, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith and Sutcliffe.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 21st August, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st of August, 1941, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of 21st August, 28th August and 11th September, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

    6. - The Chairman read correspondence from the office of the Regional Commissioner concerning the Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment Order, 1941, and outlined the views of the Council in connection with this matter.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected8031911
    House Rents5523
    Auxiliary Fire Service Grant22000
    Ministry of Labour174111
    Diphtheria Immunisation21107
    Air Raid Precautions— General21700
    Air Raid Precautions— Wages20000
    That the Treasurer had received1,5391610
    That the Wages paid were648179
    Invoices for Goods amounted to6051810

    8. - The Accounts, amounting to 588 3s. 10d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    9. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 588 3s. 10d. on Council Account and 3 19s. 5d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

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

    11. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to Contracts with Robert Watson for:—

    External decoration of Eachill Road houses

    External decoration of Fielding Street houses

    Internal decoration of Fielding Street houses.

    12. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to Contract with Mr. Fred Bellas for the purchase of greenhouses and effects.

    13. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council In Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    14. - Resolved that Councillor F. Worsley be nominated this Council's representative on the Accrington Area Joint Food Control Committee for the ensuing twelve months.

    15. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Supply concerning a direction under Defence Regulation 54b to conduct a survey of Iron Railings. Resolved that the survey be conducted by the Surveyor to the Council and that the Clerk be designated the Officer from whom appropriate forms for compensation, etc., are to be obtained. It was further resolved that the Clerk should obtain the ruling of the Ministry as to whether garden gates should come within the category - "Railings which should be maintained for safety reasons."

    16. - Resolved that the fence-off portion of Harwood Road Recreation Ground be turned over for use as allotments for the duration of the war, and that the Clerk make arrangements for the disposal of the present crop thereon.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present; Same members as were present, at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

    17. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 9th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

    4. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to write to Mr. C. T. Barnes, the tenant of the Harwood Road Garage, regarding his rent arrears.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected11,374183
    House Rents5525
    National Fire Service15000
    County Council Loan Charges616011
    Exchequer Grant44700
    That the Treasurer had received12,451310
    That the Wages paid were648610
    Invoices for Goods amounted to573173

    6. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority in the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 31 12s. 11d. on Higher Education account, if signed by the Clerk.

    7. - Resolved that the report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    8. - Resolved that the telephone rental accounts of the Clerk and Surveyor be paid in future by the Council to bring the arrangements into line with the similar benefits extended to the Sanitary Inspector and the Collector.

    9. - Resolved that the appreciation of the Finance Committee be expressed to the Clerk of the Council for the manner in which the Financial Report for the year ended the 31st March, 1941, has been produced and circulated.

    10. - Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council concerning a further increase in the war wage rate. Resolved that the recommendation of the Whitley Council be adopted to operate from the first full pay week in October, 1941, that is that the male employees of the Council governed by the Whitley Council Scale shall receive 3/- per week, or d. per hour, as the case may be.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 9th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. - The Medical Officer's Report for the quarter ending the 30th September, 1941, was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of September was taken as read and approved.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the progress of the Salvage Campaign and upon meetings held with the Pig and Poultry Keepers concerning the question of use of kitchen waste. Resolved that the Pig and Poultry Keepers be circulated asking them to put out bins in which the householders can deposit food scraps, and that any further arrangements be left with the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Sanitary Inspector.

    5. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, on the owners of 29, Edward Street, and 124, Hermitage Street, to provide a wash boiler in each case.

    6. - Resolved that notice shall be served upon Mr. G. Haworth, of 30, Lord Street, Rishton, under Section 2 of the Milk and Dairies (Amendment) Act, 1922, to appear before the Council to show cause why his Licence as a Milk Retailer shall not be withdrawn.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 9th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sutcliffe, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

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

    3. - A Plan was submitted for a proposed temporary wooden garage in Woodside Avenue for Mr, R. Lightbown. Resolved that the proposal be approved as a temporary building under the Council's Bye-laws only for a period of three years.

    4. - The Surveyor presented the motor waggon records lot the month of August.

    5. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Domestic Surface Shelter Programme, and reported receipt of a letter from the Regional Commissioner regarding the strengthening of shelters.

    6. - The Surveyor reported that the County Surveyor was in touch with a firm of Contractors regarding the repairs to Holt Mill Bridge.

    7. - The Surveyor read letters received from the Garrison Engineer regarding the annual charges levied by Blackburn Corporation in connection with the drainage from the camp in Whitebirk Drive.

    8. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding painting contracts.

    9. - The Surveyor reported on matters relating to the driving of the Steam Road Roller. Resolved that A. Blackburn, 2, Station Road, Rishton, be engaged as Steam Roller driver as a wartime appointment.

    10. - The Surveyor reported that as authorised by the Committee, the Chairman and himself had arranged for the repairs to harness and horse sheets. Resolved that Councillors Leeming and Sutcliffe be appointed to deal with the question of additional horse sheets with power to purchase.

    11. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the Ministry of War Transport regarding the Control of Stone, Slag and Lime Order, 1941.

    12. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Home Security regarding Aids to Movement—Lights on Obstructions in Carriageways.

    13. - The Surveyor reported on his interview with a representative from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking regarding water supplies at Whitebirk Generating Station, and informed the Committee of the steps being taken by the Clerk and himself in the matter.

    14. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the conversion of the Co-operative Slaughterhouses into a Cleansing Station.

    15. - It was reported that an application for consideration regarding his rate of pay had been received from A. Kirby. Resolved that A. Kirby be paid the standard rate of wages for a flagger and pavior when engaged on flagging and paving work.

    16. - The Clerk reported that the Surveyor had completed the draft Schedule of Railings, etc., in the Urban District, and the draft schedule was presented to the Committee. Resolved (1) that all gates where construction permits be excluded from the schedule, and (2) that the draft schedule be further considered when finally completed.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 9th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - A Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 30th September, 1941, of 230 2s. 10d., was submitted to the Clerk. Resolved that same be approved,

    3. - Resolved that the accounts submitted, amounting to 31 12s. 11d., be approved and paid.

    4. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,418; Juveniles, 487; and that the total issue of books for the month of September was 3,246, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.5. Fifteen new books have been added to stock, and 25 were returned to Headquarters.

    5. - Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 9th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Chairman reported upon the death of ex-Councillor J. T. Hope, of Lytham. The Council expressed their sympathies and instructed the Clerk to communicate with Mrs. J. T. Hope.

    3. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to draw the attention of the Superintendent of Police to the excessive speed and dangerous driving in Blackburn Road during certain periods.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 9!h October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received during September from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office Fire Service Department.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the Fire Guard organisation. Resolved that when sanction is received by the Clerk to any expenditure in connection with the Fire Guard organisation that it should be passed directly to the Chief Warden.

    4. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the Civil Defence Duties (Compulsory Enrolment) Order, 1941. Resolved that Sir George Etherton be informed of the Council's opinions in this matter and of the negotiations which have recently taken place with the Regional Commissioner.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Chief Warden concerning difficulties in the Fire Guard organisation. Resolved that he be requested to place the matter before a meeting of the Civil Defence Committee.

    6. - Resolved that the Clerk write to Councillor Wesley expressing the Council's wish for his early recovery and return to the Council Chamber.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on the 16th October, 1941.

    Meetings of the Committee Meetings of the 30th October and 13th November, 1941.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 16th October, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 18th September, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th September, 1941, be Approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of 18th September and 9lh October, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected11,374183
    House Rents5525
    National Fire Service15000
    County Council Loan Charges616011
    Exchequer Grant44700
    That the Treasurer had received12,451310
    That the wages paid were648610
    Invoices for Goods amounted to573173

    7. - The Accounts, amounting to 1,963, were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two oilier members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 1,963 on Council Account, if signed by the Clerk.

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

    10. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    11. - The Surveyor reported upon the Schedule of railings compiled in accordance with the direction of the Minister of Supply. Resolved that the following railings be excluded from the Schedule on the grounds that they come within one or more of the three categories mentioned in the letter from the Ministry of Supply of the 11th September, 1941.

    Railings surrounding War Memorial.

    23 to 37, High Street.

    Rishton Mill, Railings in Hermitage Street.

    Wesleyan Church.

    Harwood Road Recreation Ground.

    Holt Street Recreation Ground.

    New School, Stourton Street.

    12. - Correspondence was read from Blackburn Corporation concerning the disposal of sewage from the Military Camp at Whitebirk. Resolved that this matter should be further taken up with the military authorities before an agreement is entered into with Blackburn Corporation.

    13. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the County Council concerning the Civil Defence (Compulsory Enrolment) Order, 1941.

    14. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the County Council and the Chief Air Raid Warden concerning the Fire Guard Organisation.

    15. - Resolved that Councillors Leeming and Sutcliffe value and arrange for the sale of the crop of kale and swedes on the land at "Moorhouse."

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting the Council in Committee.

    16. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 30th October, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillor Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The applications for the appointment of a Whole-time Paid Senior Fire Guard were opened. The Chief Warden reported that Mr. W. F. C. Shaefer is enrolled as a Whole-time Paid Warden, and that he wishes his application for the present position to be withdrawn.

    4. - Resolved that the Chief Warden be empowered to vote on the appointment of the Senior Fire Guard.

    5. - Resolved that H. Greenwood, of 67, Talbot Street, be appointed Senior Fire Guard at a weekly wage of 3 12s. 6d.

    6. - Resolved that W. Counsel!, of 52, High Street, be appointed temporary Clerical Assistant for one month, and that his weekly wage be 3 6s. 0d.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 13th November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

    4. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to write to the tenant of 13, Eachill Road, Rishton, stating that appropriate action will be taken unless the rent arrears are considerably reduced within fourteen days.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected3,36727
    House Rents53130
    Lancashire County Council—Special59000
    Lancashire County Council—Ordinary58000
    Ministry of Health De-rating44700
    Air Raid Precautions Wages20000
    National Fire Service Wages11000
    That the Treasurer had received5,60796
    That the Wages paid were85940
    Invoices for Goods amounted to430130

    6. - Accounts amounting to 3,544 19s. 3d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    7. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council, and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 3,544 19s. 3d., if signed by the Clerk.

    8. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance subcommittee be accepted and approved.

    9. - It was reported that the Ministry of Health had communicated the decision of the Ministry of Labour and National Service regarding the deferment of military service of the Clerk.

    10. - An application for an increase of salary was read from Mrs B. Whewell and Mrs. A. Whalley. Resolved that the Whitley Council General Division Salary Scale for Females be applied in these two cases, and that the increase date from the 14th November, 1941.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 13th November, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillor Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of October was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme, which included the special effort recently held.

    4. - Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, on the owners of 11 and 13, Noble Street, Rishton, to carry on certain repairs.

    5. - In accordance with a notice served upon Mr. G. Haworth under the provisions of Section 22 of the Foods and Drugs Act, 1938, Mr. G. Haworth attended before the Committee with Mr. W. Haworth. Resolved that Mr. G. Haworth's registration as a Retail Purveyor of Milk be cancelled in view of the fact that he was unable to show cause to the satisfaction of the Committee why this course should not be taken.

    6. - Resolved that the spittoons be removed from the Council Chamber.

    BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 13th November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Surveyor reported that he had arranged to relay two lengths of footpath in Harwood Road, namely:—(1) From the entrance to the school playground to Brook Street, and (2) from Brook Street to Clifton Street.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the repairs to Holt Mill Bridge.

    5. - The Surveyor reported that Mr. A. Blackburn had commenced his duties as Road Roller Driver.

    6. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the adaptation of the Co-operative Slaughter-houses into a Cleansing Station.

    7. - The Surveyor reported on repairs which he had carried out after consultation with his Chairman to a length of culvert in land near the Paper Mill.

    8. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter from the County Surveyor regarding the County Road Estimates 1942-43, and outlined to the Committee proposals for inclusion in the County Road Estimates. Resolved that the proposals be approved and the Surveyor he authorised to forward his Estimates to the County Surveyor when completed.

    9. - The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor containing instructions regarding the construction of two additional Road Blocks in the Rishton area. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to proceed with the work when the instructions from the Divisional Road Engineer of the Ministry of War Transport, referred to in the County Surveyor's letter, are received.

    10. - The Surveyor reported that the back axle of the motor Wagon had been damaged, and that in view of the urgency of the matter he had obtained replacements and repaired the damage.

    11. - The Surveyor reported that he had arranged for the flag pole on the roof of the Council Offices to be taken down, and informed the Committee of the steps he was taking to obtain a new flag pole for erection near the Council Offices. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to obtain a new flag pole and have same erected on a suitable site adjoining the Council Offices.

    12. - Resolved that further land be taken on Harwood Road Recreation Ground sufficient to provide for fourteen 10 rod plots, and that the fencing of this portion be left to the Surveyor.

    13. - Resolved that application be made to the County Surveyor for the classification of Blackburn Old Road as a Secondary Road.

    14. - An application was read from Councillor J. Bridge for permission to erect a hencote on the Woodside Avenue Allotments. Resolved that permission be given.

    15. - Resolved that the question of the purchase of a stock of hay be left in the hands of Councillors Leeming Sutcliffe and the Surveyor, with power to act.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 13th November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st October, 1941, of 332 1s. 7d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be approved.

    3. - Resolved that the Accounts submitted, amounting to 27 5s. 11d., be approved and paid.

    4. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults 2,335, Juveniles 487, and that the total issue of books for the month of October was 3,647, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 17.3. Twenty-five new books had been added to Stock and 54 returned to headquarters.

    5. - Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 13lh November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - Correspondence was read concerning the Shops Act as amended by Defence Regulation 60.A B. Resolved that application for amendment be made in this district for the same hours as last year, that is, 8 p.m. on Fridays and 7 p.m. on other days.

    3. - Resolved that no action be taken in connection with the correspondence from the Mines Department concerning the collection and storage of Wood Fuel.

    4. - Resolved that the resolutions circulated by the Borough of Edmonton concerning the Old Age Pensions Act 1936 and the War Disabled Persons Pensions be supported, and that the Council's decision be communicated to the Urban District Councils' Association.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 13th November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office ( Fire Service) Department during the month of October.

    3. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Food concerning the establishment of a British Restaurant. Resolved that the matter be further considered at the Council Meeting on November 20th.

    4. – Resolved that the Grocers and Bakers in the District be circulated pointing out the necessity of establishing a Mutual Assistance Scheme in the event of Air Raid Damage to individual premises. It was reported that the Co-operative Society and the Butcher s had already formulated a scheme.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th November, 1941

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 11th December, 1941.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 20th November, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 16th October, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 16th October, 1941, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 30th October and 13th November, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected3,36727
    House Rents53130
    Lancashire County Council—Special59000
    Lancashire County Council—Ordinary58000
    Ministry of Health -De Rating44700
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages20000
    National Fire Service Wages11000
    That the Treasurer had received5,60796
    That the Wages paid were85940
    Invoices for goods amounted to430130

    7. - Accounts amounting to 294 9s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 294 9s. 9d. on Council Account and 30 19s. 8d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

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

    10. - The resignation of Mr. G. Tomlinson was read. Resolved that the resignation be accepted with regret, and that the great appreciation of the Council for his work in and for this township be recorded.

    11. - Resolved that the consideration of the filling of the vacancy caused by Mr. Tomlinson's resignation be considered by the Council in Committee.

    12. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    13. - Correspondence was read from the Trades and Labour Council putting forward a nominee for the vacancy caused by Mr. G. Tomlinson's resignation. Resolved that the Trades and Labour Council be requested to put forward at least three names, so that the Council may be better able to interpret public opinion.

    14. - A further report was made on the correspondence with the Ministry of Food regarding the establishment of a British Restaurant. Resolved that a deputation consisting of the Chairman and the Clerk should visit the Ministry of Health to discuss the matter, particularly with a view to obtaining sanction to proceed with the King's Hall project.

    15. - The Clerk reported further upon negotiations with the Blackburn Corporation concerning the annual acknowledgment for the sewer connection at the Military Camp at Whitebirk. Resolved that the annual payment of 10 be agreed to upon condition that this charge should terminate after the Emergency when the camp ceases to be occupied.

    16. - Resolved that the application by the Chief Warden for the extension of the services of Mr. W. H. Counsell, the clerical assistant for the Fire Guard Organisation be granted for a further two months.

    17. - Councillor Worsley reported that he intends to resign from his position as this Council's representative on the Accrington and District Joint Food Control Committee. Resolved that Councillor J. R. Booth be appointed to succeed Councillor Worsley.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council in Committee

    18. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 11th December, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

    4. - Resolved that the Clerk should communicate with the Relieving Officer concerning the rent of 13, Eachill Road, Rishton

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected59028
    House Rents41910
    Rents 114162
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages20000
    National Fire Service—Wages21000
    That the Treasurer had received1,300157
    That the Wages paid were7731211
    Invoices for goods amounted to371311

    6. - Resolved that the Report of the Financial Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    7. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to obtain estimates for the carpeting of the Council Chamber and the Clerk's and the Surveyor's Offices.

    8. - It was reported that the County Council had sanctioned the increase of the basic wage paid to Miss Catlow from 1 15s per week to 2 5s per week.

    9. - Resolved that the Finance Sub-Committee review and report upon the salaries paid to all employees of the Council not affected by the recommendations of the Whitley Council as regards grading and rates.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 11th December, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Worsley.

    2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of November was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme.

    4. - Resolved that the following licences be granted for a period of twelve months from the 1st January, 1942.

    PETROLEUM (CONSOLIDATION) ACT, 1928.

    Barnes, C. T., West End Garage, Rishton.

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

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

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

    Grimshaw, J., Unity Saw-Mills, Spring Street, Rishton.

    Hopwood, J. W., Ltd., "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.

    Rishton (Paper Makers) Ltd., Rishton.

    CARBIDE OF CALCIUM.

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

    BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 11th December, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J, W. Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Worsley,

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor waggon records for the month of November.

    4. - The Surveyor reported regarding Road Studs for centre line marking.

    5. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had completed the repairs to Holt Mill Bridge.

    6. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Cleansing Station, and informed the Committee that the plumbers had commenced work on the job.

    7. - The Surveyor reported that he had now received detailed instructions from the Divisional Road Engineer to the Ministry of War Transport regarding Road Blocks, and informed the Committee what steps he was taking in the matter. The Committee were also informed of the positions of the Road Blocks.

    8. - It was reported that in accordance with instructions, an application had been forwarded to the County Surveyor for Blackburn Old Road to be included in the list of Unclassified Secondary Roads.

    9. - The proceedings of a meeting of the Joint Town & Country Planning Committee held in the Town Hall, Blackburn, on Wednesday, December 10th, were presented to the Committee, together with a report of the business transacted at the meeting. Resolved that the Report be accepted and approved.

    10. - The Surveyor reported that he had been informed by representatives of the Ministry of Works and Buildings and the Ministry of Home Security that it was their intention to erect temporary wooden buildings on sites in Lee Lane and Blackburn Road respectively for use as sleeping quarters for the military.

    11. - The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Labour and National Service has entered the Council's Highway Department in the schedule of undertakings maintained for the purpose of the Essential Work (General Provisions) Order, 1941, and outlined the effect of scheduling.

    12. - It was reported that the War Department Land Agent has intimated that the War Department is prepared to reimburse this Council the acknowledgment to be paid to Blackburn Corporation for the treatment of the Sewage at Whitebirk Drive Camp.

    13. - Resolved that the renting of the hut on the Harwood Road War-time Allotments be referred to the Allotments Association.

    14. - It was reported that the Greenhouses in Blackburn Road had been taken over and that the Gardener is now engaged there. Resolved that the Gardener be instructed to prepare a scheme for the utilisation of the Greenhouses and that the matter be considered by the Parks Sub-Committee.

    15. - Correspondence was read from Mrs. Machell, 12, Cliff Street. Rishton. Resolved that Mrs. Machell be informed that: this Council has no liability in the matter.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 11th December, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W,, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Trengove.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 30th November, 1941, of 310 0s. 2d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be approved,

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,453; Juveniles, 402; and that the total issue of books for the month of November was 3,427, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 17.3; 35 new books had been added to stock and 12 returned to head-quarters.

    4. - Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

    5. - Resolved that application be made to the County Education Department that in the special circumstances existing, the First Aid Class for men should continue.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 11th December, 1941.

    1. - Present : Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, Trengove and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Service) Department during the month of November.

    3. - The Clerk reported on the arrangements made for the issue of Morrison Indoor Shelters in this district.

    4. - A letter was read from the Chief Warden concerning the Fire Guard Organisation.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health concerning the establishment of a British Restaurant in this district. Resolved that the Clerk communicate further with the Minister on the lines indicated.

    6. - Resolved that application be made to the Ministry of Health under Section 228 (1) of the Local Government Act, 1933, for sanction to the expenditure of an amount not exceeding 1/6d. per head on the organisation of a Christmas party for evacuated children.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th December, 1941.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 6th January, 1942.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 18th December, 1941.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 20th November, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to-each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th November, 1941, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 11th December, 1941, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected59028
    House Rents41910
    Rents114162
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages20000
    National Fire Service—Wages21000
    That the Treasurer had received1,300157
    That the Wages paid were7731211
    Invoices for Goods amounted to371311

    7. - Accounts amounting to 4,474 6s. 1d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,474 6s. 1d. on Council Account, and 251 3s. 1d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

    9. - Resolved that Mr. T. Bradshaw, of 9, Chapel Street, Rishton, be elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. G. Tomlinson in accordance with the provisions of the Local Elections and Register of Electors (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939, and it is hereby declared that Councillor T. Bradshaw is a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

    10. - Resolved that this meeting of the Council be adjourned until immediately alter the meeting of the Council In Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    11. - Resolved that the appointment of three Trustees for Ellen Darwen's Charity be made in April, 1942.

    12. - Resolved that the appointment of one Trustee for Clayton Mercers Charity be also deferred until April, 1942.

    13. - The Auditors Report for the year ended 31st March, 1941, was submitted to the Council, as follows:—

    To the Chairman and Members of the Rishton Urban District Council.

    Gentlemen,

    I have the honour to report the completion of the audit of the accounts of the Council and the Officers thereof for the year ended at the 31st March, 1941.

    Points of detail affecting the accounts were discussed with the Officers concerned, and there is no-matter to which special attention need be directed.

    I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient Servant,

    (Signed) E. J. MILLER-WILLIAMS,

    District Auditor.

    14. - Resolved that the following Christmas holiday arrangements should be recommended to the Council employees: that New Year's Day shall be taken as a paid holiday and that normal work be resumed on Boxing Day.

    15. - A letter was read from the Surveyor concerning the necessity for re-decoration of the living room of 9, Eachill Road, Rishton. Resolved that the Clerk obtain tenders for this work and that the lowest tender be accepted.

    16. - Correspondence was read from the Urban District Council of Worsley concerning a resolution in the following terms:—

    'That the Urban District Council of Worsley views with concern the present day tendency to give Officers of Government Departments and of Local Authorities large executive powers concerning matters of Local Government Services and Post-War Planning without regard to the views of the elected representatives of the people.

    "We, therefore, call upon the Urban District Councils Association of England and Wales, and the Urban District Councils Association of Lancashire, to take appropriate steps to see that in the appointment of any Royal Commissions or Departmental Committees on post-war Planning affecting Local Government Services that the elected representatives of Local Authorities have a fair and adequate representation on such Commissions or Committees."

    Resolved that this resolution be supported.

    17. - Correspondence was read from the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness requesting the Council's support to a resolution in the following terms:—

    " That this Council submit that members of the Forces be paid the same standard of wages as that enjoyed by men left in civilian employment, thus bringing them nearer the standard of wages paid to members of the Dominion Forces and making unnecessary their having to appeal to the War Service Grants Advisory Committee or to Charitable Institutions in order to enable them to pay their way and maintain their families on accustomed standards; and that copies of this resolution be sent to all local Councils, the Prime Minister, the Minister for War, and the Member of Parliament for the Borough.'

    Resolved that the resolution be supported provided that the meaning is made more definite by the omission of the words "standard of wages as that enjoyed by men left in civilian employment thus bringing them nearer,'

    18. - The Clerk reported upon the position regarding the rent arrears of Mr. G. Entwistle, of 13, Eachill Road, Rishton, Resolved that the Relieving Officer be further approached concerning the rent allowance being paid in connection with this case.

    19. - Resolved that the Committee Meetings for the month of January be held on Tuesday, the 6th January, 1942.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

    20. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 18th December, 1941.

    1. - Present ; Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The recommendations of the Finance Sub-Committee held on the 18th December, 1941, for the purpose of considering the remuneration of employees outside the grading recommendations of the Whitley Council, were as follows:—

    That a travelling allowance of 20 per annum be paid to the Clerk of the Council.

    That the Surveyor, Sanitary Inspector and Collector be granted an increase of 10 per annum, subject to the sanction of the Ministry of Health in the case of the Sanitary Inspector.

    That the weekly wage of the Road Foreman be increased from 4 6s. 11d. by 8/1 to 4 15s. 0d.

    That the increases date from the 1st January, 1942

    3. - Resolved that the above recommendations be approved. Councillors Sturzaker and Sutcliffe voted against the resolution.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected682129
    House Rents42010
    Bank Interest5306
    Ministry of Health De-rating44700
    National Fire Service762
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages25800
    That the Treasurer had received1,74395
    That the Wages paid were77208
    Invoices for Goods amounted to26367

    5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    6. - Resolved that no carpet be obtained for the Council Chamber at the present time.

    7. - Resolved that carpet squares of Bengal Quality Wilton, 10ft. 6in. x 9ft., be obtained for the Clerk's Office and the Surveyor's Office at the prices submitted in the quotation by Rakestraw's, Ltd., of Blackburn.

    8. - Resolved that the Council Chamber curtains be dyed to match the colour scheme of the new decorations.

    9. - Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Oldham concerning a Conference of Rating Authorities to be held to consider the Assessment of Cotton Mills, Resolved that Councillor Leeming and the Clerk attend the Conference.

    10. - Resolved that the following Allotment Transfer approved :— Holt : From T. Robinson to J. Eccles.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. - The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ended the 31st of December, 1941, was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of December was taken as read and approved.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Royal Sanitary Institute concerning a Sessional Meeting at Salford on Saturday, the 14th February, 1942. Resolved that Councillor Sutcliffe and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to represent this Authority.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the chair, and Councillors Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley,

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor waggon records for the month of December.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made on work at the New Cleansing Station, and informed the Committee that the whole of the apparatus in connection with the Decontamination Showers was now ready for test. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the County Council regarding the question of putting the apparatus into service.

    5. - The Surveyor reported that in view of weather conditions he had suspended work on the outside painting of Fielding Street Houses. Resolved that the outside painting on Fielding Street Houses be suspended until the spring.

    6. - The Surveyor read correspondence from Mr. R. Watson concerning the increased price of wallpaper since the date of his contract, which was based upon a specification of 2/- per roll. Resolved that Mr. Watson be permitted to charge as an extra 8d. per roll on the paper used for the re-decorations, provided that the total additional charge does not exceed 10.

    7. - Resolved that the recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee be approved as follows:—

    That the two main greenhouses in Blackburn Road shall be repaired as necessary and that the arrangements be left to the Surveyor.

    That the cold greenhouse shall be temporarily repaired for this season.

    That the painting be left until the summer months.

    That the scheme for production of seedlings for sale to the public and plants for the Esplanade be left to the Gardener.

    That the Surveyor be empowered to make the best arrangements possible for the purchase of a quantity of seed boxes.

    That the two vines be taken out.

    That the purchase of the necessary seeds, fertilizers and tools be left to the Gardener.

    That the Gardener inform the Surveyor when additional labour is required, and that the Surveyor be empowered to employ such labour as is necessary,

    8. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of War Transport concerning the Prevention of Accidents Campaign.

    9. - Resolved that in the event of application being made, that the Coronation decorations in the possession of the Council be used for Warship Week.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 31st December, 1941, of 60 19s. 9d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be approved.

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,464; Juveniles, 498, and that the total issue of books for the month of December was 3,542, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 17.3.

    4. - Resolved that the Head Teachers Report be accepted and approved.

    5. - Resolved that approval and recommendation for grant be given in respect of the classes organised by the Workers' Educational Association, and held in the County Branch Library.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Service) Department during the month of December

    3. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Ministry of Home Security concerning the alterations of the standard of eligibility for free Air Raid Shelters and upon the progress made under the scheme to date.

    4. - It was reported that the Fire Prevention (Business Premises) (No. 2) Order, 1941, had been applied by the Regional Commissioner to the premises occupied by Rishton Paper Mills, Ltd.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Honorary Secretary of the Accrington Information Committee concerning his resignation from this position. Resolved that arrangements should be made locally for future Ministry of Information Meetings, Film Shows, etc.

    6. - Correspondence was read from the Chief Warden concerning the extension of the appointment of Mr. W. H. Counsell as temporary clerk in the Fireguard Organisation. Resolved that an extension be sanctioned for a further period of three months.

    7. - The position regarding the establishment of a British Restaurant was reported to date. Resolved that a Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Booth, Bridge and Worsley, be appointed to investigate other premises which might be used for this purpose.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 6th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - Correspondence was read from the Lancashire Association of Urban District Councils concerning the Annual Meeting and Conference to be held on the 30th January, 1942. Resolved that this Authority be not represented in view of the fact that the date falls within the Warship Week.

    3. - The Clerk read correspondence from the Superintendent of Police concerning the issue of permits for Street Collections for 1942. Resolved that the Council recommend that permits be issued to the Charities named below:—

    Salvation Army—Self-Denial Collection.

    Salvation Army—War Service Fund.

    Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

    Dr. Barnardo's Homes.

    National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

    Earl Haig's British Legion Appeal Fund.

    British Sailors' Society.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th January, 1942.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 12th February, 1942.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 15th January, 1942.

    1. - Present; Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 18th December, 1941, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th December, 1941, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting,

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 6th January, 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected682129
    House Rents42010
    Bank Interest5306
    Ministry of Health—De-Rating44700
    National Fire Service762
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages25800
    That the Treasurer had received1,74395
    That the Wages paid were77208
    Invoices for Goods amounted to26367

    7. - Accounts amounting to 4,175 18s. 1d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    8. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,175 18s. 1d. on. Council Account, and 11 15s. 11d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

    9. - Resolved that this meeting be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the Meeting of the Council.

    10. - The Clerk reported upon the Conference of Rating Authorities held at Manchester Town Hall on Friday, the 9th January, 1942, concerning the Assessment of Cotton Mills, Resolved that Councillor Leeming, the Clerk and the Rating and Valuation Officer attend any future meetings convened to connection with this matter.

    11. - Resolved that recommendation be given for a permit to be issued to the blind of Blackburn and district for the purpose of holding a Street Collection on the 18th April. 1942.

    12. - Correspondence was read from the Central Electricity Board concerning the laying of an underground cable through the Urban District. Resolved that the Clerk request the Electricity Board that the work shall be done at a time when as little damage as possible will be done to growing crops.

    13. - Resolved that Councillor J. W. Sanderson be appointed Fireguard Staff Officer for the Urban District of Rishton.

    14. - The Clerk reported the receipt of voting papers in connection with the Election of the Executive Council of the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association. Resolved that the completion of the voting paper be left to the Chairman and the Clerk.

    15. - The Clerk reported that he has been directed by the Regional Commissioner to requisition certain properties for the National Fire Service.

    16. - Correspondence was read from the Trades & Labour Council concerning the filling of the vacancy caused by Mr. George Tomlinson's resignation. Resolved that the letter lie on the table.

    17. - Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed this Authority's representative on the Area No. 5 (Blackburn) Guardians Committee for the period of Councillor Wesley's indisposition, and that the Clerk write to Councillor Wesley explaining the position to him.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

    18. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    EXTRA-ORDINARY MEETING. 29th January, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, and Sutcliffe.

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

    3. - Resolved that 500 be invested in 3% Defence Bonds.

    4. - Resolved that Mortgage No. 106 for 200 be repaid with interest to date.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    .3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected2,940108
    House Rents53103
    Lancashire County Council—Ordinary1281
    Evacuation Scheme12000
    Air Raid Fire Services8000
    Ministry of Health—De-Rating44700
    Housing 20450
    Air Raid Precautions—Grant48600
    Air Raid Precautions—Wages21000
    Return of Premium1800
    That the Treasurer had received3,46417
    That the Wages paid were92930
    Invoices for Goods amounted to55549

    5. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of January was taken as read.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month and outlined the Ministry of Supply's scheme for Salvage Stewards.

    4. - Resolved that the offer of the Ribble Paints and Varnishes Co., Ltd., of a quantity of tins and drums for disposal as salvage be not accepted on account of the labour necessary for cleansing before disposal.

    5. - The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that the cart had caused damage to a rain water pipe at 5, Mary Street, Rishton.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the chair, and Councillors Bridge, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley..

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor waggon records for the month of January.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the progress made on work at the new Cleansing Station in Spring Street.

    5. - The Surveyor reported on the painting contracts at Eachill houses.

    6. - The Surveyor reported that as a result of information received from the carter he had found it necessary to arrange for Mr. Holroyd, the Veterinary Surgeon to examine the horse, and informed the Committee of the result of the examination. The Surveyor further stated that it would be necessary for the Veterinary Surgeon to continue treatment. The Chairman and Councillor Leeming also reported on the matter.

    7. - The Surveyor asked for the instructions of the Committee regarding the Council's stock of hay at Norden. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for a quantity of the hay to be used as chop and report further to the Committee on the matter.

    8. - The Surveyor asked for the instructions of the Committee regarding the cultivating of land at the Sewage Works. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of Councillor Booth and the Surveyor with full power to act.

    9. - Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to advertise Tenders for Materials for the Financial Year 1942-43.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley In the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st January, 1942. of 199 11s. 4d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be approved.

    3. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 2,479; Juveniles, 498; and that the total issue of books for the month of January was 3,461, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 16.5. Thirteen new books had been added to stock and 22 returned to headquarters.

    4. - Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

    5. - The procedure to be adopted for interviewing youths registered under the new scheme was outlined. Resolved that the interviewing panel be appointed as follows:—Councillor F. Worsley, Miss H. Holden, Mr. T. C. Noble, and the Clerk.

    6. - Resolved that approval be given to the Adult Classes organised by the Workers' Educational Association, entitled "Social Life in the Animal and Insect World."

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE, 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J, W Smith, Sutcliffe, and. Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported on correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Service) Department during the month of January.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence in connection with the establishment of a British Restaurant. Resolved that the Chairman and the Clerk meet and discuss the matter with Mrs. Gates, the representative of the Ministry of Food.

    4. - The Clerk reported upon steps which had been taken to organise a Traders' Mutual Assistance Salvage Scheme for this district. Resolved that the action be approved. The Clerk also reported that the Ministry of War Transport were asking for combined action among the traders of Rishton for the centralisation of retail distribution.

    5. - It was reported that Mr. J. Nuttall, of 27, Blackburn Road, Accrington, has been appointed Honorary Secretary to the Accrington Information Committee.

    6. - Resolved that approval be given to the action of the Chairman, the Clerk and the Surveyor in permitting the use of the Civil Defence Hut in the Council Yard by the Special Constabulary.

    7. - Resolved that representations be made to the Urban District Councils' Association with regard to the excessive expenditure and the large increase in petrol consumption by the National Fire Services.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 12th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - A Petition was read concerning certain complaints regarding the bus service from Rishton to Clayton-le-Moors. Resolved that the Transport Commissioner be requested to attend this area so that the position may be adequately placed before him by those persons concerned.

    3. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the establishment of the County Record Office and the storage of old rate books and valuation lists in that office. Resolved that these documents for the years mentioned in the letter be transferred to the Record Office.

    4. - Notice was read from John W. Longland of his intern ion to apply for an Excise Licence to sell by retail wines for consumption off the premises situated at 55, High Street, Rishton.

    5. - Resolved that the Committee Meetings with the exception of Finance be held on the 5th March, 1942, and that the Finance Committee Meeting be held on the 12th March, 1942, so that the General Rate for the year 1942-43 may be recommended to the Council Meeting on the 19th March, 1942.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th February, 1942.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 5th and 12th March, 1942.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 19th February, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held oh the 15th January, 1942, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    4. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th January, 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the extraordinary Meeting of the 29th January, 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

    6. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 12th February, 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected2,940108
    House Rents53103
    Lancashire County Council—Ordinary1281
    Evacuation Scheme12000
    Air Raid Fire Services8000
    Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
    Housing 20450
    Air Raid Precautions Grant48600
    Air Raid Precautions Wages21000
    Return of Premium1800
    That the Treasurer had received3,46417
    That the Wages paid were92930
    Invoices for goods amounted to55549

    8. - Accounts amounting to 6,343 11s. 8d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    9. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 6,343 11s. 8d. on Council Account and 8 11s. 9d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

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

    11. - Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the agreement with the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Blackburn re sewer connection at Whitebirk Drive.

    12. - Resolved that this meeting be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee, and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    13. - The Chairman reported upon an interview with the Ministry of Food regarding the establishment of a British Restaurant in this district. Resolved that a further report be made at the Committee meeting on March 5th.

    14. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Agriculture enclosing a copy of a letter from Mr. G. Waterworth, 12, Shuttleworth Street, Rishton. Resolved that the tenant of the land referred to be approached and asked whether he is willing to sub-let a portion of the land for the duration of the war.

    15. - Resolved that the subscription of the National Fire Brigades' Association be not continued.

    16. - A Report was read from the Surveyor to the Council concerning the use of chopped hay and concerning the condition of the horse.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

    17. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE. 5th March, 1942.

    1.—Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

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

    3.—The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of March was taken as read and approved.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the collection of salvage during the month of February.

    5. - A Report was given regarding the number of school children treated under the Diphtheria Immunisation Scheme.

    6. - The Estimates of Expenditure for 1942-43 were submitted. Resolved that a total for the department of 1,560 be recommended to the Finance Committee.

    7. - The Clerk reported on the Salvage of Waste Materials (No. 2) Order, 1942.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 5th March, 1942.

    1.—Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley,

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor wagon records for the month of February.

    4. - The Surveyor reported that the Contractors for the heating and showers installation at the Cleansing Station had tested the installation, and informed the Committee that the Cleansing Station would shortly be ready to receive furnishings and equipment.

    5. - The Veterinary Surgeon's Report on the condition of the horse was presented to the Committee.

    6. - The Surveyor reported that Tenders for Materials were to be delivered not later than Monday, March 9th. Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee be authorised to open the Tenders and the Surveyor be instructed to tabulate the Tenders for the consideration of the Committee.

    7. - The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor intimating that the length of Harwood Road (from New Inns to the boundary with Great Harwood) would be included in the Unclassified Secondary Roads Schedule as and from the 1st April, 1942.

    8. - The Surveyor reported that the use of hay as chop was still proving satisfactory.

    9. - The Surveyor reported that he had prepared an estimate of the probable cost of adapting King's Hall for use as a British Restaurant, and that the estimate had been forwarded by the Clerk to the department concerned.

    10. - The Surveyor reported that at the request of the Divisional Officer of the National Fire Service he was preparing amended plans and estimates of proposals for adapting 99, High Street, to the use of the National Fire Service.

    11. - The Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 1942-43 were submitted. Resolved that the expenditure on Secondary Roads be reduced by 200 and the estimated expenditure on Public Lighting be increased by 200, and it was then further resolved that a total of 4,333 as detailed be recommended to the Finance Committee.

    12. - Correspondence was read from Mr. F. Ratcliffe concerning the tenancy of land at the top of Shuttleworth Street. Resolved that a copy of his letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Agriculture.

    13. - Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Works and Buildings concerning the Salvage of Iron Railings, in which it was stated that in the case of private houses gates should not be retained.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE. 5th March, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults 2,503, Juveniles 493, and that the total issue of books for the month of February was 3,460, and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.3. 27 new books had been added to stock and 12 returned to headquarters.

    3. - The Head Teacher’s Report was submitted. Resolved that the same be accepted and approved.

    4. - Resolved that a letter be addressed to Mrs. F. Moyle, teacher of the Drama Class, expressing appreciation of her excellent work in producing the play "Nothing but the Truth."

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 5th March, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillor Booth, Bridge, Bradshaw, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Service) Department during the month of February.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon the Emergency Feeding Scheme set up in co-operation with the County Borough of Blackburn.

    4. - Correspondence was read from the Urban District Councils' Association concerning National Fire Service expenditure.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the use of the Civil Defence Ambulance in connection with the provision of school meals. Resolved that permission to use the ambulance as a purely temporary measure be accepted.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 5th March, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon the cost of a vacuum cleaner. Resolved that the offer of Councillor Sutcliffe to loan a Ewbank Cleaner be accepted until such time as a vacuum cleaner is purchased.

    3. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Supply and the Clerk of the County Council concerning the salvage of Rate Books and Valuation Lists. Resolved that preservation should be confined to every tenth year up to the year 1935-36, that the Rate Book for the year 1914-15 should be retained, and that the remainder of the Rate Books and Valuation Lists be disposed of as salvage.

    4. - Correspondence was read from the Home Office concerning the filling during the war of vacancies under the Local Elections and Register of Electors (Temporary provisions) Act, 1939.

    5. - Correspondence was read from the Local Secretary of the Polish Relief Fund. Resolved that the Youth Movement should be asked to organise an effort in aid of this fund.

    6. - Resolved that 1 be paid to R. Spencer for additional work in connection with the cleaning of the offices after decoration.

    7. - The Chairman reported further regarding the establishment of a British Restaurant in this district.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE, 12th March, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Sanderson, G., Sanderson, J. W., Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, Trengove, and Worsley.

    2. - The Notice convening the meeting was taken as rend.

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved, and that the Clerk be instructed to write to:—

    • The Ministry of Aircraft Production regarding the large outstanding amounts for the reinstatement of Blackburn Road.

    • Mr. G. Entwistle, of 13, Eachill Road, Rishton, requiring a reduction of at least 5/- per week in the arrears of rent.

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

     sd
    That the Collector had collected620136
    House Rents42154
    Air Raid Precautions Wages21000
    Ministry of Labour174111
    National Fire Service48000
    That the Treasurer had received2,406186
    That the Wages paid were71498
    Invoices for goods amounted to93578

    5. - Accounts amounting to 1,666 2s. 3d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    6. - Resolved that the Finance Sub-Committees Report be accepted and approved.

    7. - Resolved that six months' notice be given to the following mortagees that the principal sums will be repaid on the 30th September, 1942:—

    No. 77. 3% Maud Ethel Whiteley 100

    No. 85. 3% Exors. of S. A. Savage ... 170

    No. 87. 3% Exors. of J. A. Minty 50

    No. 89. 3% Selina Wilcox 100

    8. - The Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the Financial Year 1942-43 were submitted and considered. Resolved that the Estimates be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the be recommended for 1942-43.

    9. - Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council concerning Cost of Living salary adjustments. Resolved that the matter be considered at the Council Meeting on March 19th, 1942.

    10. - Correspondence was read from the Whitley Council (Non-trading Services) dated the 17th March, 1942, concerning amendments to the Schedule. Resolved that the amendments be adopted.

    11. - Resolved that the following Rate Arrears be written off as irrecoverable:—

     sd sd
    A. L. Hickey1010    
     050    
        Costs106 0
    H. B. Conway 517    
    Mrs Dickinson299    
    A. E. Roberts2128    
     1196    
     050    
        Costs145 2
    J. Sellers    0 168
    H. Barrett (1938-39)    Costs0140
    G. Beesley (1939-40)    Costs030
    E. Cowpe (1940-41)   Costs 030

    12. - The Auditor's Report of the Accrington & District Air Precautions Joint Committee for the year ended March, 1941, was read.

    13. - The Surveyor reported that Tenders received for the supply of materials for the Financial Year 1942-43 had been opened by the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Building & Highways Committee and tabulated The Committee considered the Tenders. Resolved that the following Tenders be recommended for acceptance for the Financial Year 1942-43:—

    Granite Chippings .... The Penmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co. Ltd.

    Pavior's Limestone Chippings Jas. Carter & Sons, Ltd.

    Dry Limestone Macadam Bold Venture Lime Co. Ltd.

    Tarred Limestone ... Rd. Briggs & Sons, Ltd.

    Pitch Lancashire Tar Distillers Ltd.

    Creosote Oil Lancashire Tar Distillers Ltd,

    Spraying Material (Tardurabit) ... Brookes Chemicals Limited.

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

    Iron Castings John Grundy Limited.

    Earthenware Pipes .. Geo. Clarke & Sons, Ltd.

    RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

    Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th March, 1942.

    Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 9th April, 1942.

    ORDINARY MEETING. 19th March, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Chairman reviewed the work of the Council during his term of office and appreciation of his work was expressed by the members.

    4. - The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 19th February, 1942, and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been previously printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

    5. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th February, 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

    6. - Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 5th and 12th March, 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceeding's of the Council.

    7. - Resolved that the Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the year 1942-43 be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the be laid.

    8. - The following were the financial transactions of the Council for the past month :—

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    That the Collector had collected620136
    House Rents42154
    Air Raid Precautions Wages21000
    Ministry of Labour174111
    National Fire Service48000
    That the Treasurer had received2,408186
    That the Wages paid were71498
    Invoices for goods amounted to93578

    9. - Accounts amounting to 2,477 11s. 4d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    10. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 2,477 11s. 4d. on Council Account and 40 9s. 3d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

    11. - It was unanimously resolved that Mr. Mark Clarke, Norden, Rishton, be elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. G. Sanderson, and it is hereby declared that Councillor M. Clarke is a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

    12. - It was unanimously resolved that Mr. Richard Herbert Kenyon, of Blackburn Road, Rishton, be elected to the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. A, Trengove, and it is hereby declared that Councillor Kenyon is a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

    13. - A letter was read from Secretary of the Admiralty concerning the exchange of commemorative plaques between the people of this district and the Ship's Company of H. M. S. Man O War.

    14. - Resolved that this meeting be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of the Council in Committee and that the Council resolve itself into Committee.

    In Committee.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council.

    15. - Correspondence was read from the North Western Regional Transport Commissioner concerning the Road Transport Services from Rishton to Clayton-le-Moors Resolved that the Clerk discuss the matter further with the Traffic Manager of the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd.

    16. - Correspondence was read from the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities enclosing a revised scheme of salary adjustments recommended for operation from the 1st April, 1942. Resolved that the new scale be adopted for all members of the staff concerned.

    17. - Resolved that the Annual Informal Meeting be held on Monday, the 30th March, 1942, at 7-30 p.m.

    18. - The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health and the National Council of Social Service concerning a training course on the Public Social Services. Resolved that Mrs. A. E. Chambers, W. V. S. Centre Organiser, and the Clerk attend the course at Accrington Town Hall.

    19. – The Clerk reported upon investigations made by the Sanitary and the Collector at New Barn Farm, Rishton, that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 93 of the Public Health Act, 1936, on of New Barn Farm, to abate the nuisance caused structural condition of the premises and the absence of a water supply.

    Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

    Present: Same members as were present at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

    20. - Resolved that the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

    FINANCE COMMITTEE. 9th April, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

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

    3. - Resolved that the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

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

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    That the Collector had collected397198
    House Rents4519
    Lancashire County Council—Ordinary368211
    Secondary Roads Grant6134
    Exchequer Grant44700
    Maternity and Child Welfare121110
    National Fire Service38000
    Air Raid Precautions – Wages21000
    Air Raid Precautions – General461152
    That The Treasurer had received2,38450
    That the Wages paid were73997
    Invoices for goods amounted to499152

    5. - Accounts amounting to 96 4s. 4d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

    6. - Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 96 4s. 4d. on Council Account and 169 14s. 3d. on Higher Education Account if signed by the Clerk.

    7. - Resolved that the Report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved and that the Clerk prepare a report on the cover provided by the Council's Fire Insurance Policies and that quotations be obtained.

    8. - Resolved that proposals be served for the revision of the assessments of Licensed Premises in the district.

    9. - Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved :— Clarkes; from H. Hughes to F. Wall.

    10. - Resolved that the Allotments Sub-Committee consider the question of the transfer of the allotment from C. King and also the question of boundary fencing on allotment sites.

    BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 9th April, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Booth in the Chair, and Councillors Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe, and Worsley.

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

    3. - The Surveyor presented the motor waggon records for the month of March.

    4. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Cleansing Station.

    5. - The Surveyor presented the Veterinary Surgeon's Report on the condition of the horse.

    6. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a communication from the County Surveyor intimating that the Council's recommendations regarding the Annual Tenders for Materials for the Financial Year 1942-43 had been accepted and approved.

    7. - The Surveyor reported on the position regarding the cultivation of land at the Sewage Works. Resolved that all arrangements for the cultivation of the land at the Sewage Works be left in the hands of Councillor Booth.

    8. - The Surveyor reported that the use of hay as chop was still proving satisfactory.

    9. - The Surveyor reported that he had prepared additional plans of the proposed British Restaurant for the use of the District Valuer and the Ministry of Food respectively.

    10. - The Surveyor reported on the position regarding the preparation of amended plans for the adaptation of 99, High Street, Rishton, for the use of the National Fire Service.

    11. - The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding delivery of Reflecting Road Studs.

    12. - The Surveyor reported regarding road blocks. Resolved that in view of shortage of labour, the Surveyor be authorised to make all necessary arrangements for the road blocks to be constructed by contract in accordance with the Ministry's standard form of contract.

    13. - The Surveyor reported receipt of a complaint from Mr. A. Edge regarding damage done to fencing and crops on allotment at Holt Allotments. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with Mr. Threlfall informing him that cattle must not be kept on his allotment.

    14. - Resolved that the prices for the sale of Tomato Plants be as follows:— 20/- per hundred in pots, 14/- per hundred in boxes. Pots to be charged for at the rate of 6d. each If taken away and the amount refunded when the pots are returned.

    15. - Resolved that a meeting of the Parks subcommittee be held in the Council Offices on Monday evening next, at 7 p.m., and that Councillors Worsley, Bradshaw and Clarke be invited to attend.

    16. - Correspondence was read from the Accrington District Association of Building Trades Employers inviting this Council to become a subscribing member. Resolved that no action be taken in the matter.

    17. - Resolved that a Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Leeming and Sturzaker with the Surveyor, be appointed to interview the Engineer and Manager of the Blackburn Gas Undertaking and the Chairman of the Accrington and Blackburn Panel Emergency Services Organisation, on the matter of the Gas Main Trench reinstatement.

    HEALTH COMMITTEE, 9TH April 1942

    1. – Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, and Worsley.

    2. – The Medical Officer of Health’s Report for the quarter ending 31st March 1942, was taken as read and approved.

    3. - The Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of March was taken as read and approved.

    4. - The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme. Resolved that the disposal of the accumulated stock of tins on the tip be left to the Sanitary Inspector.

    5. - Resolved that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe with the Sanitary Inspector be appointed with power to act to purchase a hut for the storage of salvage on the tip.

    6. - Councillor Booth and the Sanitary Inspector reported upon the Royal Sanitary Institute Meeting at Salford on February 14th, 1942. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be given to the Sanitary Inspector for the report.

    HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE, 9th April 1942.

    1. -Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, and Sutcliffe.

    2. - The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st March, 1942, of 195 1s. 4d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

    3. - Accounts amounting to 169 14s. 3d were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment

    4. - The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was :— Adults, 2,519; Juveniles, 500; and that the total issue of books for the month of March was 3,621; and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.2. 25 new books have been added to stock and 7 returned to head quarters.

    5. - Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

    6. - The Chairman reported upon the progress of the Interviewing Committee in connection with the registration of boys and girls.

    CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE, 9TH April 1942.

    1. – Present: Councillor Sutcliffe in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Worsley.

    2. - The Clerk reported upon correspondence received, from the Ministry of Home Security and the Home Office (Fire Service) Department during the month of March.

    3. - Correspondence was read from the Chief Warden regarding the Fireguard Service and requesting that sanction be given for a further extension of the period of employment of the temporary clerk. Resolved that the appointment be sanctioned for a further period of three months and that the Council's appreciation of the work of the Wardens Service in recruiting the Fireguards be expressed.

    GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 9th April, 1942.

    1. - Present: Councillor Sturzaker in the Chair, and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

    2. - Correspondence was read from the Petroleum Department concerning the restriction of the use of motor fuel for certain purposes.

    3. - Correspondence was read from the North Western Regional Transport Office and the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., concerning passenger transport through Rishton.