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ANNUAL AND ORDINARY MEETING - 16th April 1942.

1. Present: Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. Resolved that Councillor Sturzaker be appointed Chairman pro tem.

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

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

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

6. The Chairman thanked the Council for his appointment.

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

8. The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 19th March 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.

9. Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th March 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

10. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the, 9th April 1942, 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 Building & Highways, Civil Defence, Finance, General Purposes, Health and Higher Education Committees.

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

Building & Highways

Councillor Leeming.

Civil Defence

Councillor Worsley.

Finance

Councillor Bridge.

General Purposes

Councillor Worsley.

Health

Councillor Sanderson.

Higher Education

Councillor Worsley.

13. Resolved that Councillors Booth, Clarke, 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 Worsley be appointed representative of this Council on the Guardians' Committee for Area No.5.

16. Resolved that Councillor Bridge 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 Sturzaker be appointed representatives of this Council on the Rishton and Great Harwood Joint Industrial Development Committee.

19. Resolved that Councillor Bridge be appointed representative of this Council on the Board of Managers of Accrington Girls High School.

20. Resolved that Councillors Bridge, Clarke, Sanderson and Worsley serve on the Library Sub-Committee.

21. Resolved that Councillor Smith be appointed representative of this Council on the National Service Committee.

22. Resolved that Councillor Kenyon be appointed representative of this Council on the Accrington & District Information 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 Sutcliffe

High Street Methodist

Councillor Clarke

S.S. Peter & Paul's

Councillor Worsley

St. Charles

Councillor Sanderson

24. Resolved that the Chairman of the Buildings & Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Sanderson and Sutcliffe serve on the Building & Highways Sub-Committee.

25. Resolved that the Chairman of the Health Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Kenyon, Leeming, Smith and Sutcliffe serve on the Health Sub-Committee.

26. Resolved that the Chairman of the Finance Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Sanderson, Leeming, Booth and Kenyon serve on the Finance Sub-Committee.

27. Resolved that the Chairman of the Building & Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Smith and Sutcliffe serve on the Transport Sub-Committee.

28. Resolved that Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley serve on the Rating & Valuation Sub-Committee.

29. Resolved that the Chairman of the Building & Highways Committee and the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Smith and Sutcliffe serve on the Sewage Sub-Committee.

30. Resolved that the Chairman of the Building & Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke and Sutcliffe serve on the Parks Sub-Committee.

31. Resolved that the Chairman of the Building & Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe serve on the Allotments Sub-Committee.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

397

19

8

House Rents

45

1

9

Lancashire County Council - Ordinary

368

2

11

Secondary Roads Grant

6

13

4

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Maternity & Child Welfare

121

11

0

National Fire Service

380

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

210

0

0

Air Raid Precautions. General

461

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

2,384

5

0

That the Wages paid were

739

9

7

Invoices for goods amounted to

499

15

2

33. Accounts amounting to £1,216 14s. 1d. 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 thereof, amounting to £1,216 14s. 1d. on Council Account and £19 5s. 5d. 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, the Youth Advisory Committee and the Rishton Allotments Association.

36. Resolved that Mr. John William Banks, 104, Hermitage Street, Rishton, be elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Councillor Wesley and it is hereby declared that Councillor J. W. Banks is a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

37. Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the General Rate as made for the Financial Year 1942-43.

38. 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.

39. Resolved that the frontagers on Cutt Lane, not being a highway repairable by the inhabitants at large, be approached with a view to promoting a unanimous request on their part for temporary repairs to be effected to the surface of the road.

40. Councillor Sturzaker reviewed the negotiations to date in connection with the conversion of King's Hall, Rishton, for use as a British Restaurant. Resolved that a Sub-Committee be appointed to consider the adaptability of the building and that the Sub-Committee consist of the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

41. The Clerk reported that Richard Spencer will attain the age of 65 years on the 18th July 1942. Resolved that in exercise of powers under Section 7 of the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1937, Richard Spencer's services be extended for a period of three months to 18th October 1942.

42. Resolved that the completion of the voting paper in connection with the election of the Executive Council of the Urban District Councils' Association be left to the Chairman and the Clerk.

43. Correspondence was read from Mr. J. Addison concerning the collection of waste food in this district. Resolved that the schemes suggested by Mr. Addison be considered by the Health Sub-Committee.

44. The Chairman requested the support of the members in the campaign to be organised for the benefit of the National Y. M. C. A. War Service Fund. Resolved that same be given.

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 - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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 take steps for the immediate recovery of the rent arrears at 13, Eachill Road, Rishton and failing recovery to serve notice of ejection on the tenant.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

1,005

19

1

House Rents

43

6

10

Lancashire County Council - Special

5

1

6

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

210

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,776

8

5

That the Wages paid were

793

19

1

Invoices for goods amounted to

267

6

8

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

7. Resolved that the Fire Insurance cover be increased from £15,614 to £21,382 as detailed below:-

15 houses  Eachill Road

6,667

6 houses Fielding Street

2,352

Council Offices and adjoining buildings

6,000

Contents thereof

1,667

Steam Roller Shed and adjoining building

500

Contents thereof

667

Cart Shed in Council Yard

200

Contents thereof

200

Motor Vehicles and Ambulance Garage

250

Contents thereof

500

Harwood Road Garage

200

Public Conveniences Harwood Road

200

Sewage Works

562

Contents thereof

917

Electricity Sub. Station

500

8. Resolved that the All Risks cover on the Chairman's Chain be increased from £92 8s. 0d. to £200.

9. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council concerning a further increase in the present war bonus from 11/- to 14/- per week for adult male employees. Resolved that effect be given to the recom­mendation of the Whitley Council.

10. Resolved that the completion of the voting paper for the election of six representatives on the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee be left to The Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Clerk.

11. Resolved that the application for the repayment of £300 principal of Mortgage No. 58 in the name of the Executors of J. Bracewell be granted and that repayment be made on the 22nd May 1942, with interest to date.

12. Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved:-

Harwood Road Recreation Ground: From B. A. Packham to J. Blackburn.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe 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 salvage collection during the month of April and the arrangements he has made for the disposal of tins.

4. Resolved that the recommendations of the Health Sub-Committee concerning the collection of waste food by Mr. J. Addison be adopted.

5. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, on the owners of 19, Henry Street,. 16 Parker Street and 1, Meadowhead, to carry out various repairs.

6. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the purchase and erection of a Storage Hut on the Refuse Tip.

7. Resolved that the arrangements in connection with the provision of a closet service to the Royal Air Force Balloon Barrage Sites be left to the Sanitary Inspector.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, 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 April.

4. The Surveyor reported that considerable trouble was being experienced at the entrances to Public Shelters, particularly on the Recreation Grounds and in Cutt Wood, owing to stones and other debris being thrown down the steps and ramps leading to the shelter entrances. Resolved (1) that the matter be reported to the police and their assistance requested in the matter and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to interview the Headmasters of all day schools with a view to talks to the scholars on the subject.

5. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to remove the logs from Cutt Wood to more suitable storage.

6. Surveyor reported that the new Cleansing Station was ready for use and that arrangements were in hand for staffing and furnishing.

7. The Chairman reported on the Veterinary Surgeon's examination of the horse since the last meeting. Resolved that the present treatment be continued for the time being.

8. The Surveyor reported that the plans and estimates for the proposed adaptation of 99, High Street, Rishton, for use by the National Fire Service had been forwarded to the Divisional Officer.

9. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding road blocks.

10. Councillor Booth reported on the progress made on the cultivation of land at the Sewage Works.

11. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with the owners of property abutting on Cutt Lane regarding the proposed temporary repairs to the road surface in Cutt Lane and informed the Committee of the result to date. Resolved that the Chairman and the Surveyor be appointed to seek an interview with the abutting owner who had not so far agreed to the Council's proposals.

12. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposed interview with the Manager of the Blackburn Corporation Gas Undertaking and the Chairman of the Accrington and Blackburn Panel Emergency Services Organisation regarding the reinstatement charges in conjunction with the laying of the new gas main. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Manager of the Undertaking expressing the Committee's disappointment that the interview had not yet been arranged and requesting that arrangements be made as early as possible.

13. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had invited tenders for the decorating of the living room at No.9. Eachill Road and that following an inspection of the parlour at No.31, Eachill Road, he had also invited tenders for this work. The Clerk presented the tenders received to the Committee for consideration. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor's action in inviting tenders for the decoration at No.31, Eachill Road, be approved and (2) that the tenders from Mr. R. Watson of £5 10s. and £4 10s. respectively for decorating the living room at No.9, Eachill Road and the parlour at No.31, Eachill Road, be accepted.

14. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be instructed to inspect No.13, Eachill Road, Rishton and request the tenant to have the premises thoroughly cleaned.

15. The Surveyor asked for the instructions of the Committee regarding the condition of the horse mowing machine. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to investigate the question of the ownership of the machine and report further to the Committee.

16. The Surveyor reported that the Contractor had completed the work of painting the outside of Fielding Street houses and informed the Committee that he was arranging to make a final inspection of the work with the Contractor.

17. The Surveyor reported that the Insurance Company had carried out a thorough examination of the Road Roller, including a hydraulic test and presented to the Committee the Insurance Company's report of the examination.

18. The Surveyor reported that he had received various applications from property owners for the carrying out of private works on their behalf, in particular repairing and relaying paths and carriage drives within the boundaries of the owners' properties. Resolved that as a wartime measure only the Surveyor be authorised to carry out such works at the request and on behalf of property owners at such times as labour conditions will permit.

19. The Surveyor asked for the Committee's instructions regarding certain matters in connection with the Council's gardens. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange with the Accrington District Gas and Water Board for a water supply from the Board's mains to the gardens.

20. The Surveyor referred to the unsatisfactory condition of the motor mower. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to further investigate the matter on the lines indicated.

21. The Surveyor reported that repairs were required to two of the Council's carts. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the work to be carried out.

22. The Surveyor reported that repairs were required to some of the harness. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the repairs to be carried out and (2) that a pair of new rope reins be obtained.

23. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to communicate with the owners regarding the unsatisfactory state both as regards condition and appearance of the blast wall in front of the Regal Cinema, High Street, Rishton.

24. Resolved that the recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee, held on the 13th April 1942, as detailed below he adopted:-

  1. The Surveyor reported on the engagement of J. Sanderson as Assistant to the Gardener at the Greenhouses.
  2. Resolved that the Greenhouses be painted by the Gardener and his Assistant when they have the time available.
  3. Resolved that the price of Onion Plants be fixed at 3/6 per hundred and that a 1/- deposit be charged on the boxes and it was further resolved that the price to be charged for Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts Plants be left to the Chairman of the Committee, the Surveyor and the Gardener.
  4. Resolved that the cold Greenhouses be not taken down for the time being.
  5. Resolved that the cold frames be moved from "Moorhouse" and placed in a position near the gate on the Greenhouses site.

25. Resolved that the recommendations of the Allotments Sub-Committee, held on the 11th May 1942, be adopted. That the allotment transfer on the Holt Street Recreation Ground site from Chris King to R. Walsh.

26. Correspondence was read from the Clerk to the Local Education Committee concerning the use of the land at Moorhouse. Resolved that the Council retain the use of the land.

27. Resolved that a rent of £10 per annum be paid to Mr. M. Clarke, of Norden, Rishton, for the use of stables and storage space from the 1st July, 1941.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at 30th April 1942, of £170 8s. 8d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be approved.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,528, Juveniles 499 and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 3,005 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14.6%. 24 new books had been added to stock and 37 were returned to headquarters.

4. Resolved that the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved. The Chairman reported upon arrangements which have been Made for the Youth Movement Summer Programme.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Leeming, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Clarke, Kenyon and Sutcliffe.

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

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th May 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Booth, Bridge, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. Resolved that the Trustees of Mary Street School be approached with a view to making arrangements for the use of part of that building as a temporary British Restaurant.

3. The Clerk reported upon the Food Office arrangements for the issue of new ration books commencing on Monday, the 18th May 1942.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st May 1942.

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

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

3. The Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting held on 16th April 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 Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 16th April 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting, with the amendment that Councillor Sturzaker's name be deleted from the members of the Allotments Sub-Committee and that Councillor M. Clarke be added to that Committee.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 14th May 1942. be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council. Councillor Booth did not vote on the adoption of the Minutes of the Building and Highways Committee.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

1,005

19

1

House Rents

43

6

10

Lancashire County Council - Special

5

1

6

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions-Wages

210

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,776

8

5

That the Wages paid were

793

19

1

Invoices for Goods amounted to

267

6

8

7. The Accounts, amounting to £1,620 0s. 0d. 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 £1,620 0s. 0d. on Council Account and £37 14s. 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 read correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the encouragement of entertainments during the summer holidays. Resolved that this district's difficulties be pointed out to the Ministry and that no action be taken.

11. Correspondence was read from the Director of Education concerning the appointment of representatives on the local Library Committee. Resolved that in view of the fact that the Committee is to consist of three representatives only of this authority, Councillors Worsley, Bridge and Sanderson be nominated.

12. The Clerk reported that the licence to sell fresh vegetables and potatoes by retail has been received from the Food Control Committee.

13. An application was read from R. Milburn for an increase in wages. Resolved that he be granted the same increase as that laid down in Minute No.16 of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th March 1942. It was further resolved that the Clerk enquire into the bonus paid to Philip Bailey by the Lancashire County Council and that the difference between that bonus and the award now made to this Authority's employees be paid to Philip Bailey, taking into consideration any bonus at present paid.

14. A letter was read from the Tradesmen's Association concerning the Gymkhana in aid of the Y. M. C. A. on Saturday, June 13th.

15. A report was made on proposed premises for a British Restaurant. Resolved that a Sub-Committee, consisting of Councillors Kenyon, Leeming and Worsley, with the Clerk and Surveyor, be appointed with power to act to enter into negotiations with the Ministry of Food.

16. A letter was read from the Blackburn Corporation Gas Undertaking concerning the reinstatement of the Auxiliary Gas Supply Trench.

17. A report was made upon the rent arrears at 13, Eachill Road, Rishton. Resolved that the matter be further considered in the light of the Sanitary Inspector's report.

18. Resolved that Councillor Bradshaw's resignation from the Parks and Allotments Sub-Committees be accepted and that Councillor J. W. Banks be appointed to these Committees.

19. Councillor Leeming reported upon the condition of the horse.

20. Resolved that the Chairman interview the frontager at Cutt Lane, who at present is not willing to agree to temporary repairs.

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.

EXTRAORDINARY MEETING - 2nd June 1942.

1. Present, Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Chairman extended a welcome to Councillor Banks.

4. Resolved that negotiations proceed with a view to the use of the Skating Rink as a British Restaurant.

5. Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed in place of Councillor Sturzaker on the Sub-Committee to interview the Chairman of the Emergency Services Organisation.

6. Resolved that an electric clock be procured for the Council Chamber and that the matter be left with the Chairman and Clerk.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

290

3

8

House Rents

55

8

0

Lancashire County Council - Special

27

0

0

Surveyor's Salary

105

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

152

0

0

National Fire Service

40

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

647

11

5

That the Wages paid were

619

1

0

Invoices for Goods amounted to

251

7

9

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

6. Resolved that a list of sundry debtors be submitted to the Sub-Committee on June 18th and that a report be prepared thereon.

7. The members of the Sub-Committee appointed to meet the Chairman of the Accrington and Blackburn Panel, Emergency Services Organisation, reported upon the interview. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the members. It was further resolved that upon the visit of the independent Surveyor the Chairman of the Council shall be present.

8. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council concerning sickness payments. Resolved that the scheme accompanying the Council's letter of the 13th May be adopted and operative from the 1st July 1942.

9. Correspondence was read concerning the loss of Mortgage No.58 in the name of the Executors of Joseph Bracewell. Resolved that the Executors be communicated with directly concerning this matter.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 11th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

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

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon visits to 13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

5. A report was made on the progress of the scheme for the collection of kitchen waste.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 11th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, 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 wagon records for the month of May.

4. Councillor Leeming presented the Veterinary Surgeon's report on the condition of the horse. Resolved that the Veterinary Surgeon be requested to continue treatment of the horse for the time being.

5. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposed alterations at 99, High Street, Rishton.

6. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the proposed road blocks.

7. The position to date regarding the proposed temporary repairs in Cutt Lane was reported on. Resolved that application be made to the Ministry of Health for an Order declaring Section 19 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, to be in force in the Urban District of Rishton.

8. The Surveyor reported on the progress made on painting works on Fielding Street and Eachill Road houses.

9. The Surveyor reported on the arrangements he had made on the Committee's instructions regarding the use of a motor mower and asked for the further instructions of the Committee. Resolved (1) that further consideration of the matter be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee and (2) that the Committee's thanks be conveyed to the Parks Superintendent, Accrington, for his offer of assistance in connection with the Rotoscythe.

10. The Surveyor reported that as instructed he had investigated matters relating to the use of a mowing machine and informed the Committee that, acting on the Chairman's instructions, he had made enquiries as to the possibility of obtaining a second-hand machine. Resolved that the whole matter be left in the hands of Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor, with power to act.

11. The Surveyor reported on his negotiations with the Accrington District Gas and Water Board regarding a water supply to the Council's gardens and read to the Committee a letter dated June 9th from the Board. Resolved that the Board's estimate of £15 5s. 0d. for having a three-quarter inch water service to the gardens, complete with all accessories and labour, be accepted and the Surveyor be instructed to arrange with the Board for the work to be carried out.

12. The Surveyor reported regarding the repairs to the Council's carts and harness.

13. The Surveyor reported on his negotiations with the proprietor of the Regal Cinema regarding the sandbag blast wall in front of the cinema in High Street, Rishton. Resolved that the question be left in abeyance for the present.

14. Resolved that permission be given for the Council horse and driver, J. Farrer, to take part in the Gymkhana Parade on Saturday, June 13th.

15. Resolved that Councillor J. R. Booth be appointed this Authority's representative on the North-East Lancashire (Region No.1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 11th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Clerk reported upon correspondence concerning the preparation against invasion. Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed this Authority's representative at the preliminary meetings to consider this matter.

4. Resolved that the Chief Warden should be asked to employ his whole-time staff on the work of preparing sand mats for fire fighting purposes.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon the progress made in the establish­ment of a British Restaurant. Resolved that a deputation, consisting of the Chairman and Councillors Bridge and Kenyon, meet Mr. H. Cornthwaite with a view to discussing certain terms in connection with the Skating Rink.

3. Resolved that Councillor F. Worsley be nominated this Council's representative on the Managing Body of the Rishton New Council Senior School for the year commencing the 1st August 1942.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th June 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st May and the Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the 2nd June 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 21st May and the Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the 2nd June 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 11th June 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

290

3

8

House Rents

55

8

0

Lancashire County Council - Special

27

0

0

Surveyor's Salary

105

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

152

0

0

National Fire Service

40

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

647

11

5

That the Wages paid were

619

1

0

Invoices for goods amounted to

251

7

9

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,616 16s. 6d, 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 £3,616 16s. 6d. on Council Account and £3 12s. 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 matters in connection with the British Restaurant. Resolved that the Sub-Committee continue to negotiate in this matter and that their power to act be confirmed.

11. Correspondence was read from the Church Urban District Council. Resolved that no action be taken.

12. Correspondence was read in connection with the transfer of H. Greenwood from the Fireguard Service to Industry. Resolved that Mr. Wm. Duckworth be appointed to the position of Senior Fireguard.

13. Correspondence was read from the Executor of Joseph Bracewell concerning the destruction of Mortgage Deed No.58 for £700. Resolved that a duplicate document be prepared.

14. Resolved that the vacant plot at Norden Allotments be let to Mr. Thistlethwaite upon condition that the fencing is supplied and erected by him.

15. Correspondence was read from Allotment holders of Harwood Road Recreation Ground site. Resolved that the matter be referred to the Allotments Sub-Committee.

16. Correspondence was read from Mrs. Florence Haworth concerning the establishment of a camp for school children during the summer holidays. Resolved that the matter be referred to the Local Elementary Education Committee, Area No.9.

17. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to check and pass forward for payment the accounts in connection with shelter construction at an early date.

18. Resolved that the question of the cultivation of the land adjoining "Moorhouse'' be referred to the Allotments Sub-Committee.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

2,259

2

11

House Rents

44

2

8

Bank Interest

10

13

3

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

2,607

9

8

That the Wages paid were

619

2

7

Invoices for goods amounted to

119

14

7

5. Resolved that the tenant of No.13, Eachill Road, Rishton, be informed that the arrears must be reduced by 5/- per week or otherwise notice to quit will be served and proceedings to recover possession instituted at the expiration of one month.

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

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sturzaker and Worsley.

2. The Medical Officer's Report for the quarter ending 30th June 1942, 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 during the past month.

5. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon visits to 68, Burton Street and 13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

6. Resolved that the repairs necessary to the Refuse Collecting Cart be carried out.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Sturzaker 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 June.

4. Councillor Leeming reported on the results of the further examinations of the horse by the Veterinary Surgeon. Resolved that the Veterinary Surgeon be requested to forward his report on the horse, together with his Account, in time for the meeting of the Council on Thursday next.

5. The Surveyor reported that he had received amended instructions from Officers of the National Fire Service regarding the proposed alterations at 99, High Street, Rishton and informed the Committee that he was preparing an amended estimate to be forwarded to the Department concerned.

6. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding Road Blocks and his negotiations with the Divisional Road Engineer. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to place the work in the hands of Messrs. Drake Bros. (Haslingden) Ltd.

7. The Surveyor reported on the visit to Rishton on June 22nd of Mr. Welman, Mr. Fields and Mr. Artingstall regarding Gas Main reinstatements.

8. The Surveyor reported that no further progress had been made by the Contractors on the painting contracts.

9. The Surveyor reported regarding the Motor Mower. Resolved that consideration of the hire terms be deferred until the end of the season.

10. The Surveyor presented a detailed report of the various steps taken by the Chairman and himself regarding the Horse Mowing Machine and the mowing of the Recreation Grounds and informed the Committee that the Chairman had authorised him to arrange for Holt Street Recreation Ground and Harwood Road Recreation Ground to be mown and cleared by Mr. J. Mellett and Mr. J. Smith respectively this season. Resolved (1) that the Chairman's action be confirmed and approved and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to have the Council's machine thoroughly overhauled and repaired by the Council's workmen and obtain all necessary spare parts, including shafts, for the purpose.

11. The Surveyor reported that the Accrington District Gas & Water Board had commenced work on the laying of the water service to the Council's gardens.

12. The Surveyor reported on his conversation with Superintendent Platt regarding the Sandbag Blast Walls at the Regal Cinema.

13. The Surveyor read correspondence with Rishton Paper Mills Ltd. regarding the nuisance caused by droppings from loads of straw to and from the Paper Mill. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to communicate further with the firm and press for the sheeting of the loads.

14. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the preparation of the Plans for the proposed British Restaurant.

15. The Surveyor reported that a portion of the wall of the culvert at Holt Recreation Ground had collapsed. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the necessary repairs to be carried out by excavation from the surface as soon as the time is opportune and in the meantime arrange for the culvert covers to be underpinned as a precautionary measure.

16. Resolved that the purchase of the necessary quantity of half rotted sods for use at the Gardens be left in the hands of the Chairman and Surveyor and that surplus sods reported to be obtainable at Woodside Avenue and the new Senior School site be acquired if possible.

17. Resolved that the question of replacing the grass slopes on the War Memorial by some other method of construction be left until the termination of hostilities.

18. The Surveyor reported that he had had the scales at the Gardens examined by Messrs. W. & T. Avery, Ltd. who had reported that the scales were beyond repair. The Surveyor further reported that the Chairman had authorised him to order new scales, capacity 14 lbs. down and weights, from the firm referred to. Resolved that the Chairman's actions be confirmed and approved.

19. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase a new garden barrow for use at the Gardens.

20. The Surveyor asked for the Committee's instructions regarding the sale by retail of produce from the Gardens. Resolved (1) that the produce be disposed of by retail at the maximum retail price only and (2) that the Surveyor be authorised to purchase the necessary quantity of paper bags.

21. The Surveyor reported that Councillor Booth had placed 340 Savoy Cabbages at the Council's disposal and that these had been planted at Moorhouse Garden. Resolved that the best thanks of the Committee be tendered to Councillor Booth for his generosity.

22. Councillor Booth reported on the progress made on the cultivation of land at the Sewage Works.

23. The Surveyor reported on the position regarding the final accounts for shelter construction.

24. The Surveyor reported that he had ceased to licence his private car as from June 30th 1942.

25. The Surveyor reported that he had arranged for the whole of the outside staff of his Department to take holiday during Rishton holiday week and explained his reasons for so doing. The Surveyor further stated that he considered it inadvisable to permit exceptions from the arrangements made. Resolved that the Surveyor's action and suggestions be confirmed and approved.

26. The Surveyor read a confidential circular R. I. F. I. dated 30th June 1942, from the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Fuel Rationing Branch) regarding staff and accommodation. Resolved that the Surveyor as Local Fuel Overseer for the Urban District of Rishton be authorised to engage extra staff for the purpose referred to and in accordance with the conditions outlined in the circular and that remuneration be paid in accordance with the scale fixed by the Ministry concerned.

27. The resignation of Mr. Patrick Gilmartin, Manager of the Sewage Works, was reported to the Committee. Resolved that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Leeming, Sanderson and Worsley be appointed to interview Mr. Gilmartin.

28. The Clerk reported upon the application to the Ministry of Health for an Order declaring Section 19 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, to be in force in the Urban District of Rishton.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 30th June 1942, of £127 3s. 7d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,554, Juveniles 507 and that the total issue of books for the month of June was 2,998 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 13.6%. Twelve new books had been added to stock and 30 returned to headquarters.

4. The Chairman reported on the progress of the Youth Movement.

5. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk should represent the Committee at the Annual Meeting of the Union of Lancashire & Cheshire Institutes.

6. Resolved that the same teachers be appointed for the Session 1942-43 and that sanction be given to advertise any vacancies arising.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

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

3. A Report was given on the Conference held in connection with Preparations against Invasion. Resolved that future meetings should consist only of the Chairman, Clerk and Superintendent of Police, together with the representatives of the services then under review.

4. Correspondence was read from the Chief Warden concerning the Fireguard Organisation. Resolved that sanction be given to the extension of the employment of W. Counsell for a further month until the 31st August 1942.

5. The Clerk reported upon the requisitioning, on behalf of the National Fire Service, of part of the site of slaughter houses in School Street, the property of Mrs. Taylor, Layton, Blackpool.

6. The Clerk reported upon the arrangements made for the maintenance of a fleet of part-time cars for Civil Defence purposes on the abolition of the basic petrol ration.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 9th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

2. Resolved that the Ordinary Meeting of the Council for the month of July be held on Thursday, the 16th July 1942.

ORDINARY MEETING - 16th July 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Leeming, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th June 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 Council Meeting of the 18th June 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 9th July 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

2,259

2

11

House Rents

44

2

8

Bank Interest

10

13

3

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

2,607

9

8

That the Wages paid were

619

2

7

Invoices for goods amounted to

119

14

7

7. The Accounts, amounting to £4,132 16s. 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 £4,132 16s. 10d. on Council Account and £34 15s. 9d. 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 Mortgage No.117 for £400 in the name of the Executors of Joseph Bracewell.

11. 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.

12. A Report was made by the members of the Sub-Committee appointed to interview Mr. P. Gilmartin. Resolved:-

  1. That the resignation of Mr. P. Gilmartin be accepted with regret, his services to terminate on the 16th August 1942 and that a letter of thanks and appreciation of his services to the local authority during the past 40 years be addressed to Mr. Gilmartin.

  2. Resolved that the action of the Sub-Committee in applying to the military authorities for the release of Albert Taylor be confirmed.

  3. Resolved that a visit be paid to the Sewage Works by the members of the Council immediately preceding Mr. Gilmartin's departure.

13. Resolved that the application for a Pawnbroker's licence from Messrs. A. Gregory & Co. be granted and that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the certificate.

14. The Report of the Veterinary Surgeon on the condition of the Bay horse was read. Resolved that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Leeming and Sutcliffe be appointed with power to act to dispose of the horse and to purchase a horse for replacement.

15. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire Education Committee Area No.9 concerning the laying out and seeding with grass the plots in front of the new Council School. Resolved that no action be taken in this matter.

16. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to check and pass forward for payment immediately the final accounts for Domestic Shelter Construction and that he be called before a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Bridge, Sutcliffe and Worsley to explain the, reason for the delay in this matter. Resolved that these three members be given power to sign the Schedule of Accounts authorising the payment of the Contractors.

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 - 13th August 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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 Councillor Booth and the Rating Officer investigate certain buildings which are claimed to be not rated.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

4,271

6

1

House Rents

55

4

7

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Housing

188

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

200

0

0

Government Evacuation Scheme

70

0

0

Domestic Shelters

100

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

5,374

8

0

That the Wages paid were

695

4

9

Invoices for goods amounted to

527

1

5

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

7. Resolved that the following Unexpended Loan Monies be transferred as special contributions to the Sinking Fund:-

 

£

s.

d.

Main Drainage

351

0

9

Street Works — Fielding Street

84

5

10

Street Works — Esplanade

13

7

5

Street Works — Eachill Road

80

4

3

Street Works — St. Charles Road

59

15

8

 

£588

13

11

8. Resolved that the offer of the Premier Motor Policies Ltd. in connection with the repair of damaged fencing on Whitebirk Drive be not accepted.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 13th August 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

3. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month.

4. Resolved that the organisation of a Mile of Books Scheme be left to the Chairman of the Committee and the Sanitary Inspector.

5. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon a visit to No.13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 13th August 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

3. A plan was submitted for a proposed porch at the rear of " Woodside," Blackburn Road, Rishton, for Mr. R. H. Kenyon. Resolved that the plan be approved.

4. The Surveyor presented the motor wagon records for the month of July.

5. The Surveyor reported that there was evidence of subsidence in Fielding Street, Rishton and informed the Committee that the matter was receiving attention.

6. The Chairman and the Surveyor reported on the results of the further examinations of the horse by the Veterinary Surgeon.

7. The Surveyor reported that he had completed the plans and estimates of amended proposals at 99, High Street, Rishton and had forwarded same to the Department concerned.

8. The Surveyor read a letter from the Divisional Road Engineer, Ministry of War Transport, intimating that the military authorities had decided that no more work was to be done as regards road blocks for the time being.

9. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the Gas Main Reinstatement Account.

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

11. The Surveyor reported that he had found it necessary to have the Motor Lawn Mower repaired and that he had ordered a replacement for the fractured part. Resolved that authority be given to Councillor Leeming to purchase a motor mowing machine if a suitable one came into the market in the future.

12. The Chairman and the Surveyor reported on matters relating to the Horse Mowing Machine.

13. The Surveyor reported that the Accrington District Gas and Water Board had completed the Water Service to the Gardens.

14. The Surveyor read a letter received from the Rishton Paper Mills Ltd. regarding the sheeting of loads of straw. Resolved that the matter lie on the table.

15. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with the plot-holders on Woodside Avenue and also with the County Architect regarding surplus sods and read correspondence received in reply thereto. Resolved that in view of the replies the Surveyor proceed to obtain the necessary quantity of rotted sods.

16. The Surveyor reported that Messrs. W. & T. Avery, Ltd. had delivered the new scales and weights at the Council's Gardens.

17. The Surveyor reported on the action he had taken to obtain temporary clerical staff in the Fuel Office in accordance with instructions contained in Circular R. I. F. I. dated 30th June 1942, from the Ministry of Fuel and Power and read a letter received from the Ministry dated August 11th giving approval to the action taken.

18. The Surveyor presented to the Committee the completed Plans and Bills of Quantities for the adaptation of the Skating Rink, High Street, Rishton, as a British Restaurant. Resolved (1) that the layout submitted be approved and (2) that a grant of £2 2s. 0d. be paid to Mr. J. Lord for services rendered in connection with the preparation of the plan.

19. The Clerk reported upon the application of Section 19 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, to this district. Resolved that notice to carry out urgent repairs under this Section be served upon the owners of the land and premise fronting, adjoining or abutting on Cutt Lane, Rishton.

20. The Clerk reported upon the steps which have been taken to obtain the release of Albert Taylor from His Majesty's Forces.

21. Resolved that Mr. P. Gilmartin be paid one week's wage in lieu of holidays.

22. Resolved that an offer be made to Mr. P. Gilmartin to act in a supervisory capacity at the Sewage Works for a period of two months at a remuneration of £1 8s. 1d. per week, upon condition that he visits the works at least once a week.

23. The Clerk reported upon the arrangements being made with the Ministry of Agriculture for the organisation of a Dig for Victory Campaign on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 1942.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 13th August 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st July 1942, of £256 10s. 5d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,569, Juveniles 503 and that the total issue of books for the month of July was 2,807 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 16%. Fourteen new books had been added to stock and 10 returned to headquarters.

4. Resolved that the approval of the Committee be given to the new classes to be formed in Cookery and Wireless.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 13th August 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceeding's of the Council.

6. Resolved that appreciation of the services of Mr. P. Gilmartin as Sewage Works Manager for the past forty years be placed on record.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

4,271

6

1

House Rents

55

4

7

½

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

 

Housing

188

0

0

 

Air Raid Precautions Wages

200

0

0

 

Government Evacuation Scheme

70

0

0

 

Domestic Shelters

100

0

0

 

That the Treasurer had received

5,374

8

0

 

That the Wages Paid were

695

4

9

 

Invoices for Goods amounted to

527

1

5

8. The Accounts, amounting to £4,259 12s. 1d. 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 £4,259 12s. 1d. on Council Account and £42 15s. 5d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

10. The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

11. 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.

12. Correspondence was read from the Local Reconstruction Panel concerning the reinstatement of the Gas Main Trench. Resolved that a reply be directed to Mr. D. P. Wellman on the lines indicated.

13. Resolved that the voting paper for the Election of the Council of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes be completed by the Chairman and Clerk.

14. Correspondence was read from the Red Cross Society concerning the system of paying-in books and transfer of monies to Headquarters. Resolved that the system be adopted for this area and that the balance of £13 13s. 1d. standing to the credit of the present account be transferred and the account closed.

15. Correspondence was read from the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking in reply to representations made concerning minimum electricity charges.

16. The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Lancashire Industrial Development Council.

17. Correspondence was read from the Royal Sanitary Institute concerning a Sessional Meeting at Oldham on Saturday, the 26th September 1942. Resolved that Councillor J. W. Sanderson and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to represent this Authority.

18. Correspondence was read from the Premier Motor Policies, Ltd. Resolved that the Company be informed that unless payment of the account is made in full within one month further proceedings will be taken.

19. The Clerk reported that W. Counsell, Clerk to the Fireguard Organisation, will terminate his duties on the 31st August 1942. Resolved that the question of part-time clerical assistance be left for the present.

20. The Clerk reported on correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the release of Albert Taylor.

21. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to the members of the Sub-Committee appointed to deal with the question of the disposal and replacement of the Bay Horse.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

1,208

15

10

House Rents

44

5

11

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

Air Raid Precautions Wages

200

0

0

Air Raid Precautions General

200

0

0

Incendiary Bomb Control

38

10

1

Domestic Air Raid Shelters

400

0

0

That the Wages Paid were

567

3

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

210

4

6

That the Treasurer had received

2,347

7

10

5. The Clerk reported that Albert Taylor had been released from His Majesty's Forces and commenced his duties as Manager of the Sewage Works on Monday, September 7th. Resolved that he be considered to be at present on probation and that his remuneration be at the rate of £3. 16s. 9d. per week.

6. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Major Procter thanking him for his assistance in connection with the release of Albert Taylor.

7. Correspondence was reported from the Ministry of Home Security and the County Council concerning the remuneration of A. R. P. Clerical Staff. The Clerk reported that this applied to B. Ainsworth and would raise his remuneration to £3 13s. 0d. per week from the 1st June 1942.

8. The Clerk reported that Notice of Audit had been received that the audit of accounts for the year ended 31st March 1942, will commence on Monday, 26th October 1942.

9. The Clerk was given instructions concerning the recovery of an outstanding account.

10. Resolved that the Rating and Valuation Officer investigate and arrange for the valuation of stable property in Hermitage Street and investigate other cases referred to.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

3. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector shall inspect and visit certain premises in High Street, Rishton.

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month, making special reference to the Drive on Saturday, 5th September 1942. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to the Sanitary Inspector and the voluntary helpers in the Salvage Drive.

5. Resolved that permission be sought from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Co. to take the Road Roller over Spring Street Canal Bridge for use on the refuse Tip.

6. Resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the Rishton "Advertiser'' stating that any person removing the contents from the bins placed in the street for the collection of Waste Food will be prosecuted.

7. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice on the owners of 9, Walmsley Street and 37, Edward Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary repairs.

8. The Clerk reported that a direction had been addressed to the Council concerning the collection of waste rubber.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith and Sutcliffe.

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 August.

4. The Surveyor reported that the suppliers of the Reflecting Road Studs had informed him that they hope to deliver the studs during the early part of next week.

5. The Surveyor reported that the repairs to the Motor Lawn Mower had been carried out.

6. The Surveyor reported that the Clerk had, as instructed, served notices upon the owners of the Land and Premises fronting, adjoining or abutting on Cutt Lane to carry out urgent repairs under Section 19 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907 and that the notice period was expired. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work covered by the notice.

7. The Surveyor reported regarding the staff at the Sewage Works and informed the Committee that Albert Taylor had commenced duties on Monday, September 7th.

8. The Surveyor reported regarding damage to street lamps in Hermitage Street, Parker Street and Lee Lane and informed the Committee of the steps he had taken in the matter.

9. The Surveyor reported regarding damage to fencing in Whitebirk Drive and informed the Committee of the steps he had taken in the matter.

10. The Surveyor reported on his negotiations with the firm concerned regarding a blocked sewer in Walmsley Street and read correspondence relating thereto. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a detailed report on the matter, including details of the cost of the work undertaken as a result of the blockage for consideration at the Council Meeting.

11. The Surveyor reported on damage done at the Cleansing-Station. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to have broken glass and barbed wire fixed to the walls of the Cleansing Station where necessary.

12. Further correspondence was read from the Chairman of the Local Reconstruction Panel concerning the Auxiliary Gas Trench Reinstatement. Resolved that full payment of the accounts rendered be pressed for.

13. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the preparation of the final accounts for the Cleansing Station adaptation and that these be completed as soon as possible.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillor Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand it the 31st August 1942, of £253 6s. 7d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. Resolved that the accounts, amounting to £69 19s. 0d. be passed for payment.

4. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,583, Juveniles 505 and that the total issue of books for the month of August was 3,118 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 13.5%. 35 new books had been added to stock and 12 returned to headquarters.

5. The Chairman reported upon the issue of the Syllabus for 1942-43.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security during the month of August.

3. Representations concerning the Fireguard Organisation by a deputation consisting of the Chief Warden and Messrs. Fowler and Calvert were considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith and Sutcliffe.

2. The Chairman reported upon a visit to the North-Western Regional Office of the Ministry of Food concerning the British Restaurant.

3. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of the voting paper for the Executive Committee of the Lancashire Urban District Councils Association. Resolved that the completion of the paper be left with the Chairman and the Clerk.

4. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk represent this local Authority at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Lancashire Urban District Councils Association at Thornton-Cleveleys on the 9th and 10th October 1942.

5. Resolved that the offer of Mr. J. McDowall of £3 for the bicycle formerly used by the Sanitary Inspector be accepted.

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th September 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th August 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 Council Meeting of the 20th August 1942 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th September 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

1,208

15

10

House Rents

44

5

11

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

200

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – General

200

0

0

Incendiary Bomb Control

38

10

1

Domestic Air Raid Shelters

400

0

0

That the Wages paid were

367

3

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

210

4

6

That the Treasurer had received

2,347

7

10

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,984 12s. 5d. 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 £3,984 12s. 5d. on Council Account and £69 19s. 0d. 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 Report of the Surveyor on the sewer blockage in Walmsley Street was read. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Surveyor for discussions with the representatives of the firm concerned and that the Surveyor report further.

11. Correspondence was read from the Premier Motor Policies Ltd. Resolved that proceedings be taken for the recovery of the full amount of the claim. Councillors Kenyon and Worsley voted against this resolution.

12. Correspondence was read from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Company. Resolved that the road roller be taken over the Tottleworth Bridge for the purpose of crushing tins on the Refuse Tip. Councillor Sutcliffe voted against this resolution.

13. A further report was made upon the British Restaurant. Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Sub-Committee.

14. The Clerk reported that Mr. W. Coolican is applying for his release in accordance with the Essential Work (General Provisions) Order, 1941. Resolved that the Council make no objection to the granting of the release by the National Service Officer.

15. Resolved that proceedings be instituted for the recovery of Account No. 4146.

16. Resolved that the remuneration of James Sanderson be increased to that applicable to Grade 1 Trained Gardeners, as laid down by the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council.

17. It was further resolved that the appreciation of the Council be expressed to the Gardener for his efficient services during the past season.

18. Resolved that a meeting of the Sewage Sub-Committee be called for Tuesday, September 29th, at 2-30 p.m., at the Sewage Works.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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 proceedings be instituted to recover Accounts numbered 89 and 865 if a further call by the Collector is ineffective.

5. Resolved that further action to recover Accounts No.624 and 845 be left in abeyance for two months.

6. Resolved that deposits for work to be carried out be obtained from persons who in the past have not paid accounts promptly.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

11,265

11

1

House Rents

43

7

6

Lancashire County Council – Ordinary

616

0

11

Salaries

184

0

0

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Air Raid Precaution Wages

400

0

0

War Loan Interest

8

14

7

Domestic Shelters

400

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

12,355

16

10

That the Wages paid were

506

19

6

Invoices for Goods amounted to

294

6

11

8. Resolved that the Accounts, amounting to £1,695 0s. 10d. 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 £1,302 10s. 3d. if signed by the Clerk.

10. The Clerk reported that the resignation of Miss Catlow had been received and that her duties terminated on October 3rd. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Miss Catlow expressing the members' wish for her future happiness. Resolved that the vacancy be filled by the transfer of Mrs. Berry and Mrs. Mortimer from the part-time clerical positions in connection with the administration of the Fuel Consumption (Information) Order and that Mr. B. Ainsworth be transferred to half-time work on Fuel Administration.

11. Resolved that the services of R. Spencer be extended in accordance with Section 7 of the Local Government Act, 1937, for a further period of three months, to terminate on the 17th January 1943 and it was further resolved to discuss the method of filling the vacancy to be caused thereafter at the next meeting of the Finance Committee.

12. Resolved that the Clerk be authorised to purchase the publication "Ryde on Rating."

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe,

2. The Medical Officer's Report for the quarter ending 30th September 1942, 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 on the progress of the Salvage Scheme for the past month.

5. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, on the owners of 17, Hermitage Street and 28, Commercial Street, to carry out the necessary repairs.

6. Resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the "Northern Daily Telegraph" requesting applications for the vacancy of Carter and that the Health Sub-Committee be and are hereby given power to make the appointment.

7. Resolved that the application of John Smalley, of Holt Farm, to register under the Milk and Dairies Order, 1936, as a cow keeper and Retail Purveyor of Milk, be granted.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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 September.

4. The Surveyor reported that the hired motor lawnmower had been returned to the owner. Resolved that the Surveyor be Instructed to interview the owner on the lines indicated regarding the hire charge and report to the Council.

5. The Surveyor presented the following recommendations from a meeting of the Sewage Sub-Committee held at the Sewage Works on 29th September 1942:-

6. The Surveyor reported on his correspondence regarding damage to a lamp standard in Hermitage Street.

7. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the damaged fencing in Whitebirk Drive.

8. The Surveyor reported that as instructed at a meeting of the Council held on September 17th, he had interviewed the representatives of the Bristol Aeroplane Company regarding the account for work carried out in connection with the sewer blockage in Walmsley Street and informed the Committee of the result of the interview.

9. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had fixed barbed wire and glass on a portion of the boundary wall at the Cleansing Station.

10. The Surveyor reported that sections of a wall abutting on the main road at Norden had collapsed and been damaged by accidents and informed the Committee of the position to date regarding same. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to communicate with the County Surveyor and the Dunkenhalgh Estate in the matter.

11. Surveyor reported that on his Chairman's instructions he had arranged for the horses to be brought back into the stables for the winter on Friday, September 25th.

12. The Surveyor reported on matters relating to the painting contracts for work proposed to be carried out at Eachill Road and Fielding Street houses. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to purchase the materials necessary for the carrying out of the contract on Eachill Road houses and the cost of same be deducted from the contractor's final account, (2) that no payment be made to the Contractor until the satisfactory completion of the contract and (3) that the work proposed to be carried out on Fielding Street houses be left in abeyance for the time being.

13. The Surveyor reported that he had received instructions from the County Surveyor to repaint all gas detector boards in the Urban District and that the work had been carried out.

14. The Surveyor reported on difficulties which had arisen in connection with the working of the Canal Protection Squad and informed the Committee that he had appointed Messrs. A. Taylor and F. Landon to the squad to replace two members who had resigned. Resolved that the Surveyor's action be approved.

15. The Surveyor reported on his negotiations with the Ministry of War Transport regarding the acquisition of a snow plough and presented to the Committee an estimate of £58 6s. 0d. from Messrs. Wm. Bunce & Son, Ltd. for the supply and fitting to the Council's wagon of a snow plough, together with a letter from the Ministry of War Transport intimating that an authorisation had been made for a grant not to exceed £29 from Government funds. The Surveyor further reported that an order had been placed with Messrs. Wm. Bunce & Son, Ltd. for the plough and attachments. Resolved that the actions taken by the Surveyor be accepted and approved.

17. The Surveyor reported that the Sewage Sub-Committee had authorised the Clerk to purchase a quantity of bulbs and presented details of the purchase to the Committee. Resolved that the Sub-Committee's action be confirmed and approved.

18. Resolved that a payment of £3 3s. 0d. be made to Mr. T. R. Moyle for his services in connection with the settling up of the final accounts for the Domestic Surface Shelter Scheme.

19. The Local Fuel Overseer presented to the Committee correspondence and an appendix received from the Ministry of Fuel and Power regarding staff and accommodation. Resolved that an honorarium of £50 a year be paid to the Local Fuel Overseer from October 1st 1942, in accordance with Section 1 (b) of the appendix accompanying the letter from the Ministry of Fuel and Power dated 31st August 1942.

20. The Clerk reported that the period for which. Mr. P. Gilmartin had been engaged in an advisory capacity had expired. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to interview Mr. A. Taylor regarding the matter and report to the next meeting of the Council.

21. Councillor Booth reported that the potato crop at the Sewage Works was ready for lifting. Resolved that the Surveyor be instructed to deal with the matter and make the necessary arrangements for the disposal of the crop.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 30th September 1942, of £182 2s. 9d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

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

4. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,606, Juveniles 504 and that the total number of books issued for the month of September was 3,110 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.5%. Twenty-seven new books had been added to stock and 19 returned to headquarters.

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

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security during the month of September.

3. Correspondence was read from the Chief Constable of Lancashire concerning a meeting to be held at the Mercer Hall, in Great Harwood, on Monday next, the 12th October 1942.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith and Sturzaker.

2. The Chairman outlined the functions of the proposed Joint Hospital Advisory Committee and reported on the Scheme. Resolved that this Council's co-operation be confirmed.

3. Correspondence was read concerning the Shops Acts as amended by Defence Regulation 60AB. Resolved that the same recommendations be made to the County Medical Officer of Health as in operation last winter.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th October 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th September 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 Council Meeting of the 17th September 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 8th October 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council, with the exception of Minute No.12 of the Building and Highways Committee, which shall be referred back.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

11,265

11

1

House Rents

43

7

6

Lancashire County Council – Ordinary

616

0

11

Salaries

184

0

0

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions Wages

400

0

0

War Loan Interest

8

14

7

Domestic Shelters

400

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

12,355

16

10

That the Wages paid were

506

19

6

Invoices for Goods amounted to

294

6

11

7. The Accounts, amounting to £560 0s. 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 £560 0s. 1d. on Council Account and £15 9s. 2d. 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. Resolved that Mr. Gilmartin's services in an advisory capacity be retained until 31st December 1942, at the remuneration of £1 8s. 1d. per week.

11. Correspondence was reported concerning the assessment of cotton mills. Resolved that the present terms of reference which are being considered by the Sub-Committee of the Rating Authorities of Lancashire be extended to include not only the year 1940-41 but also the years 1941-42 and 1942-43 and that the Committee be authorised to proceed with negotiations in respect of these years.

12. A letter was read from Mr. R. Spencer regarding certain alleged arrears of wages. Resolved that no payment be made in this case and that his resignation to terminate his duties on the 24th October 1942, if tendered, be accepted. It was further resolved that the vacancy be advertised and that the Clerk be authorised to make temporary arrangements.

13. Resolved that the following recommendations from a meeting of the Sewage Sub-Committee, held on 15th October, be adopted: -

  • That a fresh water closet be provided and fixed in the corner of the boiler house as originally recommended by the Sewage Sub-Committee at their meeting of the 29th September 1942.

  • That the washbasin be fixed in the boiler house under the window.

  • That the Surveyor be instructed to order two complete sets of sprinkler arms immediately.

14. Resolved that tenders be obtained for the work to be carried out at the Sewage Works.

15. The Chairman reported upon the position with regard to the recovery of Account No, 549. Resolved that proceedings be instituted to recover this account. Councillor Sanderson did not vote.

16. Resolved that Minute No. 12 of the Building and Highways Committee be and is hereby rescinded.

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 - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read and approved.

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

4. Resolved that the Clerk interview Mr. Alfred Noble regarding the outstanding Street Works charges on the Esplanade.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

3,086

16

7

House Rents

55

1

7

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,656

2

6

That the Wages paid were

635

3

5

Invoices for Goods amounted to

489

19

3

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

7. The Auditor's Report for the year ended 31st March 1942. was submitted to the Council as follows:-

                                                       Government Audit Room,

                                                               County Offices, Preston.

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 1942.

 A sum of £105 overpaid to Accrington Corporation in respect of contribution due for Fire Services was recovered before the audit was closed.

 No other matters arose to which it is necessary to direct special attention. Various points were dealt with by the Clerk, whose ready assistance is acknowledged.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,

                Your obedient servant,

                            (Signed) E. J. MILLER WILLIAMS,

                                                District Auditor.

8. The Annual Financial Report for the year ended 3lst March 1942, which had been circulated, was taken as read and approved. Resolved that the appreciation of the Finance Committee be expressed for the manner in which the Financial Report has been prepared.

9. Applications for the appointment of Office Caretaker were considered. Resolved that Mr. A. J. Blakey, 118, Harwood Road, Rishton, be appointed to be remunerated in accordance with the scale laid down by the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council (Non-Trading) Services.

10. The Clerk reported that the National Fire Service had agreed to pay 75 per cent of the cost of the central heating apparatus. Resolved that this action be approved.

11. The Clerk reported the position with regard to recovery of certain outstanding debts.

12. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Lancashire County Valuation Committee concerning the re-valuation of the Central Electricity Board's Undertaking. Resolved that proformer proposals for increased assessments be lodged in respect of the Board's Undertakings in the district.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe 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 during the past month and reported that a quantity of tins have been crushed.

4. The Chairman reported that the Health Sub-Committee had appointed Mr. J. Knowles to the position of Carter in the Refuse Collection Department.

5. The Clerk submitted Form E.D.337 under the Essential Works (General Provisions) Order, 1941, in which R. Milburn is applying for his release to the National Service Officer. Resolved that no objection be made.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st October 1942, of £338 13s. 3d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults, 2,529, Juveniles,  509 and that the total issue of books for the month of October was 3,716 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 15.1%. 28 new books had been added to stock and 12 returned to headquarters.

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

5. The Chairman and other members of the Committee reported on the success of the Prize Distribution held on Tuesday. November 10th.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security during the month of October.

3. The Chairman reported upon the arrangements made to parade and attend Church Service on Civil Defence Day, Sunday, November 15th.

4. The Chairman reported upon the proposed Invasion Exercises.

5. Resolved that the subsistence allowances set out under Part 4 of Home Security Circular 256/1941 be paid to part-time Civil Defence Volunteers in this district.

6. A letter was read from Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council concerning Mutual Assistance as far as Post Road Administration is concerned. Resolved that the scheme which is to embrace the three Urban Districts of Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood and Rishton be agreed to.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. Matters concerning the British Restaurant were further reported upon. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Lord Woolton drawing attention to the difficulties which have been experienced in the establishment of a British Restaurant in this district.

3. A letter was read from the Headmaster of the Rishton Senior School requesting the use of the Holt Street Recreation Ground for Sports purposes. Resolved that the use of this ground for this purpose be conceded.

4. Resolved that sanction be given to the Rishton Traders' Association to use the Rishton Coat-of-Arms on the certificates of identity which are being printed in connection with the Mutual Assistance Salvage Scheme.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 12th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, 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 Wagon Records for the month of October.

4. The Surveyor reported that the potato crop at the Sewage Works had yielded 15½ cwts. and was being disposed of at the controlled price of 6/6 per cwt., plus 6d. per cwt. delivery charge. The Surveyor further reported that the repairs and improvements authorised following meetings of the Sewage Sub-Committee held on September 29th and October 15th had been put in hand and the necessary materials ordered. The Surveyor reported that in accordance with instructions he had invited tenders for the plumbing work from local plumbers and the Clerk presented the tenders received to the Committee. Resolved (1) that the tender from Mr. R. H. Kenyon of £29 for work in accordance with the Surveyor's specification be accepted; and (2) that the Surveyor's action in placing the brick-layers' and joiners' work in the hands of Messrs. Eccles and Mr. G. Harwood respectively be approved.

5. The Surveyor reported further on his negotiations with the insurance Company in connection with the Street Lamp damaged by accident in Hermitage Street. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to arrange the best possible settlement with the Insurance Company concerned.

6. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the timber ordered for fencing repairs in Whitebirk Drive.

7. The Surveyor reported that the Clerk had informed him that a cheque in full payment for work carried out in connection with the blocked sewer in Walmsley Street had been received from the firm concerned.

8. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with the County Surveyor and the Dunkenhalgh Estate respectively regarding the wall at Norden and informed the Committee of the position to date regarding the matter.

9. Resolved (1) that the Clerk be instructed to cancel the contracts made with Mr. R. Watson for (a) interior decorating at Fielding Street Houses and (b) outside painting Eachill Road houses and (2) that the Surveyor be instructed to make the necessary enquiries regarding a suitable paint for use in Fielding Street houses and afterwards prepare a specification and invite tenders from local painters and decorators for interior decorating (including woodwork) at Fielding Street houses.

10. The Surveyor reported that he had received delivery of the Snow Plough from the makers.

11. The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter dated 6th November from the Ministry of War Transport regarding Snow Clearing of Unclassified Roads forming principal approaches to war establishments. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to inform the Ministry that this authority is prepared to undertake during the winter of 1942-43 the priority clearance of Unclassified Roads forming the principal approaches to war establishments in accordance with the schedule accompanying the letter and upon the terms therein stated.

12. The Surveyor reported receipt of a letter dated 19th October from the National Fire Service intimating that his estimate dated 13th August for alterations at 99, High Street, had been approved for plumbing, joinery, electrical and masons work (the item for painting and decorating being deleted) and that he had been requested to arrange for the work to be carried out. The Surveyor further reported (1) that he had prepared Bills of Quantity and invited tenders for the plumbing and joinery work; (2) that he had arranged to place the masons work in the hands of Messrs. Eccles and the electrical work in the hands of the National Fire Service Personnel; (3) that the whole of the tenders received had been forwarded to the National Fire Service Headquarters; and as a result (4) that the tender of Mr. G. Harwood had been accepted for joiners' work and the tender of Mr. R. H. Kenyon for plumbers work and (5) that the work had been put in hand. Resolved that the whole of the Surveyor's actions in the matter be approved and confirmed.

13. The Surveyor read a letter received from the County Surveyor regarding the Classified County and Unclassified Secondary Roads Estimates for the Financial Year 1943-44 and outlined to the Committee his proposals for works to be included under the headings of Ordinary and Special Maintenance in the Estimates. Resolved that the Surveyor's recommendations be accepted and approved and that he be authorised to forward the completed estimates to the County Surveyor for consideration.

14. The Surveyor read a letter from the County Surveyor enclosing a circular letter from the Ministry of War Transport regarding the replacement of sign posts and informed the Committee of the result of his negotiations with the Superintendent of Police regarding the matter. Resolved (1) that the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for the re-erection of the sign posts on Lee Lane corner; (2) that the sign posts at New Inns be not replaced for the time being; (3) that an application be forwarded to the Department concerned for sanction to purchase new sign posts for Harwood Road corner; and (4) that, if approval is received, the siting of the Harwood Road sign posts be left in the hands of Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor.

15. The Surveyor presented to the Committee the report of the boiler inspector on his examination of the boiler at the Sewage Works. Resolved that the repairs to brickwork recommended in the Inspector's Report be carried out and the Surveyor be authorised to place the work in the hands of Messrs. Eccles.

16. The Surveyor read a letter from the Clerk of the County Council regarding, alterations to the gas curtains at the Cleansing Station and informed the Committee that he was dealing with the matter in accordance with the instructions contained in the letter.

17. The Surveyor reported that the Divisional Officer, National Fire Service, had made application for permission to brick up the doorways leading from the stables to the Fire Station. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to inform the Officer that the Council has no objection to the proposal subject to the work being carried out by and at the expense of the National-Fire Service to the satisfaction of the Council's Surveyor.

ORDINARY MEETING - 19th November 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th October 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 Council Meeting of the 15th October 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 12th November 1942, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council, with the amendment of Alfred Noble to Albert Noble in Minute No 4 of the Finance Committee.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

3,086

16

7

House Rents

55

1

7

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,656

2

6

That the Wages Paid were

635

3

5

Invoices for Goods amounted to

489

19

3

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,460 16s. 6d. 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 £3,460 16s. 6d. on the Council Account and £33 14s. 1d. 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. Resolved that Councillors Booth and Leeming be appointed the representatives of this authority to the Accrington District Gas and Water Board for the three years commencing on the 2nd December 1942.

11. Resolved that Councillor J. R. Booth be elected this authority's representative to the Accrington Area Joint Food Control Committee as from the 1st January 1943.

12. The Clerk referred to correspondence intimating that the outstanding balance of the account for the Blackburn Road Reinstatement has now been certified and passed to the Ministry of Aircraft Production for payment.

13. Resolved that the vacancy in the Refuse Collection Department be advertised.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Notice convening the Meeting was taken as read and approved.

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

4. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to press for the reduction of the rent arrears at 13, Eachill Road, at the rate of 5/- a week.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

851

9

1

House Rents

43

19

6

That the Treasurer had received

869

13

1

That the Wages Paid were

505

8

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

273

9

2

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

7. Resolved that A. Blakey be classified as an Established Servant and that he become a contributory employee entitled to participate in the benefits of the Superannuation Fund maintained by the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

8. A letter was read from A. Kirby applying for an increase in wages. Resolved that the Clerk be instructed to reply to A. Kirby on the lines indicated.

9. The Clerk reported on correspondence concerning Cinema Assessments and the suggestion by the Valuer to the Rating Authority that the Rateable Value of the Regal Cinema should be amended to £213. Resolved that a proposal be made to this effect.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe 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 during the past month and reported upon the cost of crushing tins.

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Diphtheria Immunisation Scheme.

5. Applications for the vacancy in the Refuse Collection Department were considered. Resolved that L. Sanderson, 8, Albert Street, Rishton, be appointed at the rate of wages and in accordance with the terms and conditions recommended by the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council.

6. Resolved that the Health Sub-Committee consider and report upon the question of purchasing a modern motor Refuse Collection Vehicle.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 30th November 1942, of £314 3s. 2d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered leaders was:- Adults 2,552, Juveniles 524 and that the total issue of books for the month of November was 3,603 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 16.2%. 35 new books had been added to stock and 18 returned to head­quarters.

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

5. Resolved that approval be given and recommendation for grant be made in connection with the Workers' Educational Association Tutorial Class being held at the County Library during the current session.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair; and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security during the month of November.

3. The Chairman reported upon the Civil Defence and Military Exercise held on the 21st and 22nd November 1942.

4. Resolved that sanction be given to the purchase of additional equipment for the Fireguard Organisation at a cost and as detailed in the estimate submitted by Messrs. J. Bracewell & Sons, Clayton-le-Moors.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors . Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence in connection with the re-organisation of Local Government. Resolved that the Clerk should prepare a statement summarising the proposals being made by the various Local Government Associations.

3. Resolved that, the Chairman and Clerk be appointed to represent this authority at the Conference on the re-organisation of Local Government in London on 10th February 1943.

4. Correspondence was read from the Minister of Food concerning the British Restaurant.

5. Resolved that no objection be made to the holding of a Flag Day on 19th December 1942, by the St. John Ambulance Association in aid of the Duke of Gloucester's Prisoners of War Fund.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 10th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, 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 wagon records for the month of November.

4. The Surveyor reported that the temporary repair work in Cutt Lane had been completed and that he had prepared the final apportionment of the cost of the work.

5. The Surveyor reported on the progress made to date on the improvement works at the Sewage Disposal Works.

6. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had again interviewed the representative of the Insurance Company regarding the account for the damaged lamp in Hermitage Street and informed the Committee that a figure of £12 had been agreed as final settlement. Resolved that the Surveyor's action be confirmed and approved.

7. The Surveyor reported that the fencing damaged by accident in Whitebirk Drive had been repaired.

8. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had prepared a specification and invited alternative tenders from painters and decorators in Rishton for the inside painting and decorating of Fielding Street houses. The Clerk presented the tenders received to the Committee for consideration. Resolved that the tender of Mr. L. Hacking of £70 for painting the walls, ceilings and friezes in accordance with the specification and painting the whole of the woodwork one coat be accepted, subject to the tenderer undertaking to commence work on the contract in accordance with the clause in the specification and complete same within a period to be specified by the Surveyor.

9. The Surveyor reported that the makers of the Snow Plough had fitted the necessary attachments to the Council's wagon and that the plough was now ready for use.

10. The Surveyor reported on the position to date regarding the alterations at 99, High Street, for the National Fire Service.

11. The Surveyor reported that, as instructed, he had communicated with the County Surveyor regarding the proposal to obtain new road signs for Harwood Road corner.

12. Resolved (1) That the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for an electric lighting installation in the stables and other outbuildings; (2) that Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking be invited to carry out the work; and (3) that failing the Electricity Undertaking, the work be placed in the hands of Mr. H. Dean.

13. The Surveyor reported on the condition of the motor wagon tyres. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised (1) to have the damage tyre repaired; and (2) take the necessary steps regarding the whole of the tyres.

14. The Surveyor presented to the Committee the requisition for the purchase of seed, etc., for the Council's Garden and Greenhouses. Resolved (1) that the requisition be approved ; and (2) that the Surveyor be authorised to order the necessary seed, etc.

15. The Clerk reported that notice had been received from the Ministry of Works and Planning stating that it is proposed to commence the work of removal of iron railings in this district on or after 12th December 1942.

16. The Clerk reported that application for the extension of Albert Taylor's release had been submitted to the Ministry of Health, on November 25th.

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th December 1942.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th November 1942 and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meetings respectively held since that date, copies whereof having been duly printed and delivered to each member of the Council, were taken as read.

4. Resolved that the Minutes of the Council Meeting of the 19th November 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th December 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:-

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

851

9

1

House Rents

43

19

6

That the Treasurer had received

869

13

1

That the Wages paid were

505

8

7

Invoices for Goods amounted to

273

9

2

7. The Accounts, amounting to £4,165 3s. 3d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

8. Resolved that the Schedule off 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 £4,165 3s. 3d. on Council Account and £202 6s. 1d. 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. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council (Local Authorities) Non-Trading Services recommending a further increase in the present war wage bonus of 1/6 per week from 14/- per week for adult male employees to 15/6, per week and that such increase be paid on the pay day in the week commencing 2nd January 1943. Resolved that the recommendation be adopted.

11. Resolved that the application for release by A. Kirby under the Essential Works Order 1942, be resisted.

12. Correspondence was read from Mrs. E. Bracewell, of "Briar Bank" Blackburn Road, concerning the making up of Woodside Avenue. Resolved that a reply be sent to Mrs. Bracewell pointing out that in the present circumstances the time is most inopportune for the undertaking of Private Street Works.

13. Resolved that the following licences be granted for a period of twelve months from the 1st January 1943:-

PETROLEUM (Consolidation) ACT, 1928

14. Correspondence was read from the Rishton Traders Association concerning the transfer of a fruiterer's business from 32, Chapel Street to 18, High Street, Rishton. Resolved that a letter should be addressed to the Food Control Committee pointing out the full circumstances in connection with this case.

15. Resolved that the Health Sub-Committee consider and report on the labour position in the Refuse Collection Department.

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 January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

565

16

7

House Rents

54

7

8

Lancashire County Council - Special

3

9

7

Bank Interest

42

12

6

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Government Evacuation Scheme

99

16

6

Deterrents

9

15

10

That the Treasurer had received

1,033

6

4

That the Wages paid were

600

16

9

Invoices for Goods amounted to

155

3

5

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

6. Resolved that the appropriate notice be given that the following mortgages will be repaid on the 30th September 1943:-

7. Correspondence was read from the Blackburn office of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers concerning A. Kirby. Resolved that a letter be sent to the Branch Secretary pointing out that it was the Council's recommendation that this matter should be taken up by the Union with the Whitley Council directly and suggesting that such a course be now adopted.

8. Resolved that a subscription of £2 2s. 0d. be made to the Lancashire Playing Fields Association.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 14th January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley,

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for, the quarter ending 31st December 1942, 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, reported on the incidence of Infectious Diseases in the district during the past year.

5. The Sanitary Inspector gave a report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month.

6. Resolved that the recommendations of the Health Sub-Committee held on the 28th December 1942, be approved and adopted as follows:-

  1. That the question of the purchase of a Motor Refuse Collection Vehicle be left in abeyance, as the time is not now considered opportune for the change over from horse drawn to motor vehicles.

  2. That F. Landon be appointed Foreman of the Refuse Collection Department and be paid 5/- per week above the Whitley Council Scale.

Councillor Bridge voted against item 2 of this resolution.

7. Resolved that the application of W. Leigh to register as a Milk Purveyor at Norden Farm, Rishton, under the Milk and Dairies Order, 1926, be granted.

8. Resolved that the application for release by J. Knowles be not opposed.

9. Resolved that Councillor Sanderson and the Sanitary  Inspector be given power to act in appointing a Carter to replace J. Knowles.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 14th January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson,. Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Surveyor's Report was presented to the meeting.

3. The Motor Wagon Records for the month of December were read.

4. It was reported that a further lamp had been damaged at Tottleworth by a motor vehicle, the property of the Ministry of Home Security. The matter has been taken up with the Insurers.

5. Councillor Booth reported that the carrot crop at the Sewage Works had been lifted and bagged. Resolved that this crop be offered for sale at the controlled price.

6. The Surveyor reported on the progress of the Painting Contract at the Fielding Street Houses.

7. Resolved that authority be given to advertise for Tenders for the supply of Materials during the Financial Year 1943-44 in one trade journal and one local newspaper.

8. The Surveyor reported upon a matter raised concerning a septic tank at the Whitebirk Electricity Works. Resolved that the Clerk should write to the Town Clerk of Blackburn on the lines indicated, requesting information.

9. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Mr. Renshaw wishing him a speedy recovery.

10. Resolved that notices be served under Section 23 of the Public Health Act, 1925, on the occupiers of Higher Whitebirk Farm, Higher Whitebirk Moss Farm and of land adjoining the Esplanade, requiring the cutting of hedges overhanging the highway, so as to prevent obstruction.

11. The Chairman informed the Committee that the King's Hall has been taken over by the Lancashire County War Agricultural Committee for the housing of machinery and requested power to deal with any application by the Committee for a crossing to be put in, which application might arise before the next meeting. Resolved that this authority be granted.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. Resolved that the County Councillor for this Electoral Division be communicated with regarding the far-reaching proposals of the County Councils' Association concerning the reorganisation of local government and that this Authority's disagreement with the proposals be expressed.

3. Resolved that no objection be made to the organisation of a Street Collection in this district on the 17th April 1943, on behalf of the blind of Blackburn and District.

4. The Clerk read correspondence from the Superintendent of Police concerning the issue of permits for Street Collections for 1943. Resolved that the Council recommend that permits be issued to the charities named below:-

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 21st January 1943.

1. Present: Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

3. Councillor F. Worsley was appointed Chairman.

4. The Rating and Valuation Officer reported that the following cases had been dealt with by the Assessment Committee:-

(i) W. F. Chambers & Son De-rating of Warehouse in Ashworth Street - net Annual Value £24, Rateable £6.

(ii) Public house assessments were amended as follows:-

(iii) A Proposal by Rishton Golf Club was rejected.

(iv) The Assessment for the new Gas Mains was fixed at £300 Rateable Value.

(v) The Assessment on 71, High Street was split - House £21 Gross, £14 Rateable Value - Shop £15 Gross, £9 Rateable Value.

(vi) A new assessment for Workshop at Spring Mill used by Rishton Welding Co. was fixed at £19 Net Annual Value and £5 Rateable Value.

(vii) A new assessment for Workshop at Spring Mill used by National Fire Service was fixed at £50 Rateable Value.

(viii) Public houses again revised as follows:-

5. The Rating and Valuation Officer reported upon the cases coming before the next meeting of the Assessment Committee as follows:-

(i) Lancashire County Council - New School - Gross £460, Net £380.

(ii) Regal Cinema from Gross £200, Rateable £163, to Gross £260, Rateable £213.

(iii) Rishton Arms (Bowling Green) from £18 to £1 Rateable Value.

(iv) Val-U Chemical Co., Net Annual Value £20.

6 Resolved that the proposal submitted in respect of 132, High Street, Rishton, be revised from present Gross £17, Rateable £10, to Gross £15 10s., Rateable £9.

7. Proposed that the Assessment of No.30, Parker Street, Rishton, be reduced from £21 Gross, £14 Rateable, to £19 Gross, £12 Rateable.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leem­ing, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th December 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 Council Meeting of the 17th December 1942, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 14th January 1943, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

565

16

7

House Rents

54

7

8

Lancashire County Council – Special

3

9

7

Bank Interest

42

12

6

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Government Evacuation Scheme

99

16

6

Deterrents

9

15

10

That the Treasurer had received

1,033

6

4

That the Wages Paid were

600

16

9

Invoices for Goods amounted to

155

3

5

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,916 14s. 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 £3,916 14s. 9d. on Council Account and £10 4s. 8d. 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 reply to correspondence addressed to the Town Clerk of Blackburn concerning drainage and cesspool at the Whitebirk Electricity Works. A plan was submitted by the Electricity Undertakings Resolved that the plan be disapproved and that a deputation consisting of Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Leeming and Worsley, together with the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector, visit the works as soon as arrangements can be made.

11. The Clerk reported that the Co-operative Insurance Society, Ltd. had paid the claim for damage in respect of the lamp post at Tottleworth in full.

12. The Clerk reported an interview with the Town Planning Officer of the North-East Lancashire (Region No.1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee. Resolved that the Officer be asked to revise the Zoning Plan submitted in March, 1939, to meet the changed conditions.

13. Correspondence was reported from the Central Council for Health Education. Resolved that this Authority contribute on the suggested basis of 5/- per thousand of population.

14. Resolved that the position of Carter be advertised.

15. It was unanimously resolved that a special War Bonus of £50 per annum be paid to Mr. G. V. Berry upon condition that his application for the appointment of Clerk and Accountant to the Earby Urban District Council is withdrawn.

16. Resolved that the Clerk obtain duplicate keys for all safes, filing cabinets and desks in the Office.

17. Resolved that the Clerk investigate and report further on the establishment of a British Restaurant, particularly from the financial point of view.

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 Committee be approved and confirmed.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING - 28th January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Chairman reported upon the findings of the deputation appointed to visit the Blackburn East Electricity Generating Station.

4. Resolved that the Clerk take up the matter of the water supply with the County Council and arrange an interview with a view to obtaining advice in the matter.

5. A revised plan was placed before the meeting in connection with the drainage of the cesspool system at the Electricity Works. The plan has been amended in accordance with the requirements of this Authority's Sanitary Inspector and a letter was read giving an undertaking to accept liability for the scheme. Resolved that the scheme be approved.

6. Resolved that a deputation of two interview the Surveyor regarding delays in attending to matters in connection with a water supply to the Electricity Works.

7. Resolved that the deputation consist of Councillors Kenyon and Smith.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, 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 notice, be given to Mr. J. Kehoe that it has been decided not to accept him as tenant of 13, Eachill Road, Rishton and that he is to vacate the premises within seven days.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

2,366

10

3

House Rents

44

14

5

Ministry of Health De-rating

447

0

0

Housing

200

5

0

Air Raid Precautions – General

1,100

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

150

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,489

2

9

That the Wages paid were

427

14

10

Invoices for goods amounted to

221

17

1

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

7. Resolved that the appropriate notice be given that the following mortgage be repaid on the 30th September 1943:-

8. Resolved that the following Rate Arrears be written off as irrecoverable:-

9. Resolved that L. Sanderson be classified as an established servant and that he become a contributory employee entitled to participate in the benefits of the Superannuation Fund maintained by the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

10. Resolved that the rate of wages of A. Taylor, Sewerage Works Manager, be increased to £4 10s. 0d. per week. Councillor Kenyon voted against.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

3. The Sanitary Inspector gave a Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the past month and made particular reference to the difficulty of disposing of crushed tins. Resolved that the attention of Major Procter and Mr. G. Tomlinson, M.P., J.P., C.C., be drawn to these difficulties.

4. Applications for the position of Carter in the Refuse Collection Department were considered. Resolved that H. Nicholas, of Haslingden, be appointed on the terms and conditions recommended by the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council.

5. Resolved that a claim for compensation amounting to 6/6 for damage to clothing by Mr. W. R. Cartledge caused while on duty as Ambulance Driver be paid.

6. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under the Housing & Public Health Acts, 1936, on the owners of 17, Henry Street and 33, Hermitage Street, Rishton, to carry out certain necessary repairs.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Surveyor's Report was presented to the Meeting.

3. A Report on the position with regard to the Water Supply at Whitebirk Generating Station was considered. Resolved that the Clerk interview the Officials of the Blackburn Corporation concerned and report further.

4. Resolved that the tenants of No.9 and 19, Eachill Road, Rishton, be permitted to replace the grates in the living room with modern fireplaces at their own expense.

5. Resolved that the repairs to the rear of No.9, Eachill Road, necessary to render the walls damp-proof and waterproof be carried out.

6. Correspondence was read concerning urgent repairs to Woodside Avenue. Resolved that the agreement of the owners concerned on the portion requiring attention be obtained and that the work of providing and rolling in ashes be then proceeded with.

7. Councillor Booth reported upon the meeting of the North-East Lancashire (Region No.1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee held on February 3rd 1943.

8. Resolved that, in default of notice served on Mr. A. Noble, under Section 23 of the Public Health Act, 1925, to cut overhanging hedge in Blackburn Road, that this work shall be carried out and the cost charged to Mr. A. Noble.

9. Resolved that the application addressed to the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. by Mr. F. Chadwick for the establishment of a bus stop at Stourton Street, be supported.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 31st January 1943, of £258 14s. 6d. was submitted by the Clerk.

3. The Librarian Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,692, Juveniles 531 and that the total issue of books for the month of January was 4,101 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14%. 38 new books had been added to stock and 20 returned to headquarters.

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

5. The arrangements in connection with the room for the Ballroom Dancing Class were reported.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair; and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Ministry of Health during the month of January.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe..

2. Correspondence was read from Mr. G. Tomlinson, M.P., in connection with the re-organisation of Local Government and in reply to the representations made to him by this Authority.

3. Resolved that sanction be sought from the Ministry of Food to requisition the Skating Rink for use as a British Restaurant.

4. Correspondence was read from the Accrington Joint Food Control Committee concerning the transfer of a Greengrocery business in Rishton.

5. Resolved that for the purpose of considering the estimates and making the rate of 1943-44 the Committee Meetings, with the exception of the Finance Committee to be held on the first Thursday in March and that the Finance Committee be held on the second Thursday in March.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th February 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st January 1943 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 Council Meetings of the 21st and 28th January 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meeting's of the 21st January and 11th February 1943, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

6. Resolved that when correspondence is being addressed to the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. in accordance with resolution No.9 of the Building and Highways Committee, that the attention of the Company shall be drawn to the non-observance by drivers and conductors of many of the already existing bus stops.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

2,366

10

3

House Rents

44

14

5

Ministry of Health - De-rating

447

0

0

Housing

200

5

0

Air Raid Precautions – General

1,100

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

150

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,489

2

9

That the Wages paid were

427

14

10

Invoices for Goods amounted to

221

17

1

8. The Accounts, amounting to £3,225 12s. 0d. 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 £3,225 12s. 0d. on Council Account and £11 8s. 5d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

10. The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

11. 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.

12. The Clerk reported the arrangements which have been made for an interview with the officials of the Blackburn Corporation concerning the Water Supply to the Whitebirk Electricity Undertaking.

13. Resolved that Mr. J. Kehoe be accepted as tenant of No.13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

14. The draft constitution of the Blackburn & District Joint Hospitals Advisory Committee was placed before the meeting. Resolved that Councillor F. Worsley represent this Authority at the meeting in Blackburn which is to be asked to approve the constitution and it was further resolved that efforts should be made to amend that paragraph of the constitution giving only one representative to the five Urban Districts of Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton, it being the opinion of this Council that each Urban District should have one representative and it was further resolved that the other Urban Districts should be communicated with to obtain their support to this amendment of the constitution.

15. The Chairman and Clerk reported upon the Conference on Local Government Reorganisation held in London by the Urban District Councils' Association.

16. Resolved that an application from G. Whelan for release under the Essential Works Order 1942, be not opposed and it was further resolved that if upon attaining the age of 65 Whelan does not apply for his release, that application be made to the National Service Officer to terminate his employment.

17. The Chairman reported upon the transference of Mr. W. Duckworth, the Senior Fireguard, to other employment by the National Service Officer. Resolved that Miss M. Noble be appointed as clerical assistant for the Fireguard Organisation at £2 10s. 0d. per week.

18. Resolved that a letter of protest be addressed to the Ministry of Works regarding the erection of a building at Meadow Head without notification to or consultation with the officials of this Authority.

19. The Clerk reported upon the steps taken regarding the British Restaurant.

20. A letter was read from Mr. B. Ainsworth requesting favourable consideration of his remuneration. Resolved that no action be taken in the matter.

21. Councillor Leeming reported upon certain repairs required at Blackburn Road Greenhouses. Resolved that the necessary work be put in hand.

22. The Clerk read correspondence from the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council concerning sickness regulations. Resolved that the scheme recommended by the Provincial Council as follows be adopted and applicable to the chief officials:-

23. Resolved that a meeting of the Sewage Sub-Committee be called for Tuesday, 23rd February 1943, at 2-30 p.m., at the Works.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

24. Resolved that the foregoing minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 4th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

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

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

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of February.

5. The Estimates of Expenditure for 1943-44 were submitted. Resolved that a total for the department of £1,350 be recommended to the Finance Committee.

6. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice on the owners of 19 and 37, Henry Street and 60, Hermitage Street, under the Housing and Public Health Acts, 1936, demanding that certain necessary repairs be carried out.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 4th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Surveyor's Report was presented to the Meeting.

3. Resolved that the recommendations of the Sewage Sub-Committee held on the 23rd February be adopted as follows:-

1. That the following work be provided for in the Estimates:-

2. That enquiries should be made from expert engineers concerning the purchase of a Petrol Pumping Engine to replace the Steam Boiler and Pump.

3. That the iron parts of the old watering cart be removed for scrap and the wheels and chassis be disposed of separately. It is also recommended that the old road scraper be disposed of as scrap. This equipment is lying at the South end of the Works.

4. Resolved that arrangements be made for growing food crops at the Sewage Works during the coming summer.

5. Resolved that a letter of thanks be sent to Mr. J. P. Shorrock thanking him for the courtesy shown in conducting the deputation round the Oswaldtwistle Sewage Works on 2nd March 1943.

6. The Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 1943-44 were submitted. Resolved that a total for the department of £4,767 be recommended to the Finance Committee.

7. Resolved that the Clerk enquire into the position as regards the erection of a shelter for intending bus passengers at Station Road corner.

8. Resolved that the urgent repairs to Woodside Avenue be carried out on that section of the avenue for which the consent of the owners has been obtained.

9. Resolved that the Clerk arrange, after consultation with the Police, for the re-erection of the direction sign at New Inns.

10. Councillors Kenyon and Smith reported upon their interview with the Surveyor concerning the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking Water Supply and Sewage Disposal. Resolved that a copy of the summary of correspondence be issued to each member and that the matter be further dealt with at a later meeting. It was further resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to the members of the deputation.

11. The Clerk reported upon action taken with respect to certain damaged walls at Norden, in Parker Street and in Hermitage Street.

12. The Clerk reported on the tenders received for the supply of materials for the Financial Year 1943-44. Resolved that the following tenders be recommended for acceptance:-

13. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ministry of Works concerning a building at Meadowhead.

14. The Clerk reported that two part-time ladies, Mrs. McKean and Mrs. Barnes, had been engaged temporarily in the Fuel Office, owing to the sickness of Mr. B. Ainsworth. It was stated that the sanction of the Ministry of Fuel and Power had been given to this course.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 4th March 1943

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at 28th February 1943, of £246 14s. 7d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,712; Juveniles 540 and that the total issue of books for the month of February was 4,249 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 16.7%. Twelve new books had been added to stock and 26 withdrawn from circulation.

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

5. An application for grant under Article 1 (a) of the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations, 1939, was submitted from St. Charles' Youth Club. Resolved that consideration of the matter be deferred for further information.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 4th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Ministry of Health during the month of February.

3. The Clerk reported upon the request of the North-Western Regional Office for a building to be earmarked in connection with the storage of furniture from damaged houses. Resolved that the matter be left with the Clerk.

4. The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council convening a meeting of representatives of Local Authorities for the Administrative County concerning the new arrangements for the Fireguard Organisation. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk be appointed to attend.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 4th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ministry of Food concerning the establishment of a British Restaurant in Rishton. Resolved that Councillors Bradshaw and Worsley, with the Clerk interview the District Valuer on the question of the premises to be used and that the matter be further considered at a later meeting.

3. The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. concerning bus services in this district.

4. Resolved that the Clerk should interview the Local Fuel Overseer concerning the appointment of a Deputy in his absence and that a report be made on the 11th March 1943.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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 Accounts, amounting to £644 16s. 9d. were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

742

18

2

House Rents

45

19

0

Ministry of Health - De-rating

447

0

0

Maternity and Child Welfare Grant

120

0

6

Housing

200

5

0

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

90

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,196

9

6

That the Wages paid were

442

19

1

Invoices for Goods amounted to

155

16

7

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

7. The Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the Financial year 1943-44 were submitted and considered. Resolved that the Estimates be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the £ be recommended for 1943-44.

8. Resolved that H. Nicholas be classified as an established servant and that he become a contributory employee entitled to participate in the benefits of the Superannuation Fund maintained by the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

9. Resolved that proposals be served on the grounds that the assessments of cotton mills are incorrect, insufficient and unfair and should be increased.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 11th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair ,and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Clerk reported upon an interview with the Deputy Town Clerk of Blackburn and the Deputy Electrical Engineer concerning the Water Supply to Whitebirk Electricity Undertaking. Correspondence dated the 5th March 1943, was read from the Engineer and Manager of the Electricity Undertaking and a further report was made concerning the manner in which the Surveyor has dealt with this matter.

3. Resolved that this Council has no further confidence in Mr. R. W. Renshaw, the Surveyor to the Council.

4. Resolved that the Clerk be empowered to negotiate with the County Authorities with a view to obtaining a contribution to the cost of the water main under Section 307 of the Public Health Act, 1936.

5. The Clerk reported upon the question of food production at the Sewage Disposal Works. Resolved that arrangements be made for the land in question to be turned over and the cultivation of the food crop to be in the hands of the Council's Gardener.

6. A letter was read from the Fuel Overseer concerning the appointment of a Deputy in his absence. Resolved that no action be taken in the matter at present.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Hanks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon the findings of the deputation appointed to visit the District Valuer on Friday, the 5th March 1943, concerning the question of requisitioning premises for use as a British Restaurant. Correspondence and an interview with the Ministry of Food official concerned, were also reported. Resolved that an advertisement be inserted in the local "Advertiser" in order to obtain the evidence of local need for a British Restaurant as required by the Ministry.

3. Correspondence was read concerning the transfer of the financial responsibility for the Fireguard Organisation from the County Council to the County District Council in view of the reorganisation of that service. Resolved that no action be taken in this matter.

4. The question of the application for grant from St. Charles' Youth Club under Article 1 (a) of the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations, 1939, was further considered. Resolved that the application be forwarded to the County Education Department with no recommendation.

5. Resolved that Councillor J. R. Booth be appointed to attend with the Clerk a meeting to be convened by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, 30th March 1943, in connection with mutual aid between Local Authorities.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th March 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th February 1943 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 Council Meeting of the 18th February 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 4th and 11th March 1943, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

6. Resolved that the Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the year 1943-44 be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the £ be fixed.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

742

18

2

House Rents

45

19

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Maternity and Child Welfare Grant

120

0

6

Housing

200

5

0

Air Raid Precautions Wages

90

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,196

9

6

That the Wages paid were

442

19

1

Invoices for goods amounted to

155

16

7

8. The Accounts, amounting to £1,273 14s. 6d. 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 £1,273 14s. 6d. on Council Account and £222 14s. 3d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

10. The Chairman thanked the members of the Council and the public for their support during the past year.

11. 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.

12. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Urban District Councils Association upon the provision of shelters for omnibus passengers.

13. A Statement of the attendance of Councillors at Council and Committee Meetings was presented.

14. Resolved that the Annual Informal Meeting be convened for Monday, April 5th.

15. Correspondence was read from the Surveyor, Mr. R. W. Renshaw. Resolved that it be noted. It was further resolved that when Mr. R. W. Renshaw is sufficiently recovered he shall appear before a Special Meeting of the Council.

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.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 5th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson and Smith.

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

3. Resolved that the proposal served on Blackburn Corporation concerning the amendment of the Valuation List from £8,500 to £12,500 in respect of the Whitebirk Electricity Generating Station be approved and confirmed.

4. Resolved that the Assessment on 50-52, High Street, Rishton, be divided as follows:-

5. Resolved that the Assessment on the house and shop No.9, Haworth Street, Rishton, be divided as follows:-

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected

455

13

7

House Rents

43

12

8

Salaries

188

15

0

National Fire Service

90

0

0

Bank Interest

18

13

6

Exchequer Grant

447

0

0

Defence Bond Interest

7

10

0

Trade Effluent

6

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

90

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Grant

400

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,675

15

9

That the Wages paid were

446

14

3

Invoices for goods amounted to

315

1

0

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

6. Resolved that the application for the repayment before the due date of Mortgage No.79 for £500 be granted with interest to date of repayment.

7. Correspondence was read from the British Medical Association concerning the remuneration of Medical Officers of Health. Resolved that the Clerk communicate with the County Council and the Ministry of Health as to whether this Authority is in order in granting the recommended increase.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ending 31st March 1943, was read and approved.

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

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of March and correspondence was read concerning the disposal of crushed tins.

5. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice on the owners of 12, Chapel Street and 16, Knowles Street, under the Housing and Public Health Acts, 1936, demanding that certain necessary repairs be carried out.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. - 8th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Leeming in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

2. The Clerk reported upon the work undertaken by the Highways Department during the past month and the proposed work for the ensuing month.

3. The Clerk reported upon further negotiations with the County Authorities concerning the application for a grant under Section 307 of the Public Health Act, 1936, in connection with the water main laid to the Blackburn Electricity Generating Station. Resolved, provided that the County Council will contribute towards the cost of the six-inch main in the name proportion as the County Rate bears to the General District Rate, that the sum of £924 0s. 1d. be paid to Blackburn Corporation. Councillor Kenyon voted against this resolution.

4. The Clerk reported on the negotiations in connection with the damaged wall at Norden.

5. Resolved that the gaps in the thorn fence at Lee Lane be made good by new planting.

6. Resolved that the chassis and wheels of the old watering, cart at the Sewage Works be offered for purchase to Mr. R. Rogerson.

7. Resolved that the swings in the Recreation Grounds receive any necessary attention.

8. Resolved that a horse mowing machine be purchased.

9. Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health concerning the Post-War Housing programme. Resolved that this matter be considered at a later date.

10. The Clerk reported upon the position in connection with the extension of Albert Taylor's temporary release from His Majesty's Forces.

11. Resolved that the vacancy of watchman at the Sewage Disposal Works be advertised and that the remuneration be at the rate of 10/8 per shift.

12. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire Rivers Board concerning the Pollution of Streams. Resolved that this Authority be represented on the proposed Conference to be convened to consider this matter.

13. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. concerning the curtailed services.

14. Resolved that the recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee, held on the 5th April 1943, be adopted as follows:-

  1. That the spare land at "Moorhouse" be planted with potatoes.

  2. That the paths in Cutt Wood be covered with graded ash and that the path from the centre to the North-East gate be drained with three-inch tiles.

  3. That all produce from the greenhouses be sold at market prices to be determined by the gardener.

  4. That one cwt. of balanced tomato fertilizer be purchased.

15. A letter was read from Mr. R. W. Renshaw concerning the condition of his health.

16. Resolved that the Clerk make enquiries concerning the dangerous condition of the wall at the lower end of Hermitage Street.

17. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Mr. J. Topham, Higher Whitebirk Farm, Rishton, requiring his compliance with the notice served on him under Section 23 of the Public Health Act, 1925, concerning the cutting of his hedge.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at 31st March 1943, of £5 19s. 7d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,733, Juveniles 548 and that the total issue of books for the month of March was 4.687 and that the percentage, of non-fiction was 16.1%. Twenty-four new books had been added to stock and 15 returned to headquarters.

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

5. Correspondence was read from the County Director of Education concerning the application of the St. Charles' Youth Club for a grant under the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations, 1939. Resolved that the Committee's previous decision on this matter be reiterated.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 8th April 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence received from the Ministry of Home Security and the Ministry of Health during the month of March.

3. Resolved that sanction be not given for the posting of National Savings Committee posters on the Air Raid Shelters in Rishton.

4. Resolved that application be not made to the Regional Commissioner for sanction to provide the Fireguard Organisation with a printed folder giving the position of fire hydrants.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th April, 1943

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

2. The Clerk reported upon the response to the advertisement regarding the demand for a British Restaurant in Rishton. Resolved that a further advertisement be inserted, amended as suggested.

3. Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health concerning Rent Restriction. Resolved that posters be obtained as recommended and also that a Sub-Committee of five be appointed to deal with any enquiries or complaints arising on the subject of Rent Restriction.

4. Resolved that Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Sanderson and Worsley serve on the Rent Restriction Sub-Committee.