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ANNUAL AND ORDINARY MEETING - 15th April 1943.

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

2. Resolved that Councillor Worsley 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. The Chairman thanked the Council for his appointment.

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

7. The Minutes of the Council Meeting held on the 18th March 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.

8. Resolved that the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th March 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

9. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 5th and 8th April 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

10. Resolved that all members of the Council serve on the Building and Highways, Civil Defence, Finance, General Purposes, Health and Higher Education Committees.

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

Building and Highways Councillor Leeming.
Civil DefenceCouncillor Worsley.
Finance Councillor Bridge.
General Purposes Councillor Worsley.
HealthCouncillor Sanderson.
Higher Education Councillor Worsley.

12. 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.

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

14. Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed representative of this Council on the Guardians Committee for Area No.5.

15. Resolved that Councillor Worsley be appointed representative of this Council on the Blackburn Area Assessment Committee.

16. Resolved that Councillors Sturzaker and Worsley be appointed representatives of this Council on the Accrington District Industrial Development Committee.

17. 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.

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

19. Resolved that Councillors Banks, Bridge and Worsley serve on the Library Sub-Committee.

20. Resolved that Councillor Clarke be appointed representative of this Council on the Accrington and District Information Committee.

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

School Street MethodistCouncillor Sutcliffe
High Street MethodistCouncillor Clarke
SS. Peter and Paul'sCouncillor Worsley
St. CharlesCouncillor Sanderson

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

23. 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.

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

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

26. Resolved that Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe serve on the Rating and Valuation Sub-Committee.

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

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

29. Resolved that the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Council and Councillors Banks, Booth and Clarke serve on the Allotments Sub-Committee.

In Committee.

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

37. The Clerk reported further upon the question of the Water Supply to Whitebirk Electricity Generating Station. Resolved that the account for £924 0s. 1d. be paid when the grant under Section 307 of the Public Health Act 1936, is confirmed. It was further resolved that negotiations be conducted with Blackburn Corporation for the remission of the portion of the account for £200 2s. 4d.

38. Resolved that the Voting Paper in connection with the Election of the Executive Council of the Urban District Councils Association be completed by the Chairman and the Clerk.

39. Correspondence was read from the Royal Air Force concerning the cultivation of balloon sites. Resolved that a reply be sent on the lines indicated.

40. Correspondence was read from Mr. R. W. Renshaw, tendering his resignation and containing an application for a superannuation allowance under Section 8 (1) (a) of the Local Government Superannuation Act 1937. Resolved that the resignation of Mr. R. W. Renshaw as Surveyor to the Council and as Local Fuel Overseer be accepted and that his duties terminate on the 30th April 1943. It was further resolved that the superannuation allowance be not increased under Section 8 (2) (b) (1) and it was further resolved that Mr. Renshaw be permitted to attend the office for the removal of his personal effects only.

41. Resolved that the appointment of Surveyor to the Council be advertised at a commencing salary of £350 per annum including bonus, that application be made to the Ministry of Transport for the sanction to the appointment and for a grant in respect of the proportion of the salary, namely, £180 per annum allocated to the duties as Road Surveyor.

42. Resolved that new chains be acquired for the children's swings on the Recreation Grounds and that application be made for a grant in aid of this expenditure.

43. Resolved that the tar-spraying and attention to the surface of the St. Charles' School Playground be undertaken as a Private Work when labour is available.

44. Correspondence was read from the Rishton Free Church and Federal Council concerning the Sunday opening of the Skating Rink at High Street. Resolved that a reply be addressed on the lines indicated.

45. Councillor Bradshaw reported damage on Holt Street Recreation Ground Allotment Site. Resolved that this matter be referred to the Allotments Sub-Committee, with power to act.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 13th May, 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bradshaw, Clarke, Kenyon, 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 collected697910
House Rents541010
Exchequer Grant44700
Air Raid Precautions Wages9000
National Fire Service3079
That the Treasurer had received1,373120
That the wages paid were541153
Invoices for goods amounted to11058

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

6. Resolved that Mortgage No.96 for £500 be repaid to M. C. Smith on the 21st May 1943, with the interest to date.

7. Resolved that the recommendations of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council for a further increase in the present war wage of 2/- from 15/6 per week for adult male members to 17/6 per week be adopted, such increase to operate from the 7th May 1943.

8. Resolved that £500 be invested in 3 per cent. Defence Bonds during this district's "Wings for Victory" Week.

9. Resolved that T. Malone 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. The Clerk reported upon further adjustments necessary on the clerical staff. Resolved that the two part-time clerical assistants, Mrs. McKean and Mrs. Barnes, be retained during the absence of Mrs. Whewell.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 13th May 1943.

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 April taken as read and approved.

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

4. Correspondence was reported from the Ministry of Health Resolved that the posters referred to be obtained and posted on suitable sites.

5. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon a demonstration at Blackpool in connection with the decontamination of food stuffs.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 13th May 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. Resolved that no sales be made of any building or highway material which can be purchased otherwise than from the local authority in this district.

4. Applications for the position of Surveyor were considered. Six applicants were selected for interview on Tuesday next, at a Special Meeting of the Council to be held at 6-15 p.m.

5. Resolved that C. Tait, 98, Hermitage Street, be appointed watchman at the Sewage Disposal Works for week end duty, at the rate of 10/8 per shift.

6. Correspondence was read from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., regarding the revision of stopping points for public service vehicles. Resolved that no objection be made to the proposed modifications.

7. Resolved that Councillors Leeming and Worsley, with the Clerk, attend the Conference convened by the Lancashire Rivers Board on the pollution of streams, to be held at Preston on the 27th May.

8. Correspondence was read from Mr. R. W. Renshaw concerning his pupil. Resolved that Mr. Renshaw be given permission to make arrangements with the new Surveyor to accept his pupil and that in the meantime the pupil be permitted to attend the office.

9. Resolved that the gates at Cutt Wood Park receive attention and repairs as necessary.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 13th May 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 report showing the balance on hand at the 30th April 1943, of £161 12s. 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 2,746, Juveniles 549 and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 4,156 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14.4%. Thirty two new books had been added to stock and 14 returned to headquarters.

4. Correspondence was read from the County Director of Education requesting an interview by one of his officers with this Committee concerning the St. Charles' Youth Club. Resolved that the interview be granted and that two alternative dates be submitted.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE -13th May 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 April.

3. The Clerk reported upon the Communications Exercise to be held in this area on Tuesday next.

4. A deputation consisting of the Chief Warden and three of his Fire Guard staff was received.

5. The resignation of Councillor J. Sanderson as Fire Guard Staff Officer was submitted to the meeting. Resolved that the resignation be accepted with regret and it was further resolved that appreciation of Councillor Sanderson's work in this connection be recorded. This appreciation was supported by the Chief Warden.

6. Resolved that Mr. N. Hellewell be appointed Fire Guard Officer for this district.

7. Resolved that sanction be sought to increase the remuneration of the Fire Guard clerk, Miss M. Noble, from £2/10/- to £2/17/6 per week.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 13th May 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 on the response to the second advertisement regarding the demand for a British Restaurant. Resolved that the project to establish a British Restaurant be dropped.

3. Resolved that Councillor H. Sutcliffe be elected this Authority's representative on the Accrington & District Joint Hospital Board for the three years commencing 1st May 1943. It was further resolved that Councillor W. Sturzaker be appointed the representative in the absence of the elected member.

4. Resolved that the voting paper for the filling of vacancies on the Central Lancashire Joint Superannuation Committee be completed by the Chairman and Clerk.

5. Resolved that no objection be made to the granting of a permit to organise a street collection on behalf of the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

6. Resolved that consideration of the appointment of a Local Fuel Overseer be left in abeyance and that the Clerk be empowered for the time being to sign any necessary documents as Acting Local Fuel Overseer.

SPECIAL MEETING - 18th May 1943.

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

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

3. Resolved that the successful applicant for the position of Surveyor be granted, after six months satisfactory service, the appropriate Whitley Council war bonus and that the commencing salary of £350 be then taken as the basic salary, subject to the approval of the Ministry of War Transport.

4. Resolved that Mr. A. E. Taylor be appointed Surveyor to the Urban District Council of Rishton at a salary of £350, inclusive of war bonus, subject to the approval of the Ministry of War Transport.

ORDINARY MEETING - 20th May 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 Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 15th April 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 15th April 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 13th May 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 during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected697910
House Rents541010
Exchequer Grant44700
Air Raid Precautions Wages9000
National Fire Service3079
That the Treasurer had received1,373120
That the Wages paid were541153
Invoices for Goods amounted to11058

7. The Accounts, amounting to £2,875 12s. 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 £2,875 12s. 0d. on Council Account and £13 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. Resolved that Councillor F. Worsley be appointed the representative of this Council on the Managing Body of the Rishton Senior Council School.

11. The Clerk reported that he had received instructions from the Office of the Regional Commissioner to requisition No.52, High Street on behalf of the National Fire Service. Resolved that action on these instructions be deferred and that a Sub-Committee be appointed to enquire into the possibility of using these premises as a Meals Centre. It was further resolved that the Sub-Committee consist of Councillors Kenyon and Leeming, the Clerk and the Surveyor.

12. Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the No.9 Elementary Education Committee concerning transport for the provision of meals to school children. Resolved that Mr. R. Worsley be informed that this Council has no vehicle or personnel available for this service.

l3. Attention was drawn to the state of the wall bounding allotments in Station Road. Resolved that this matter receive the necessary attention.

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.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943.

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

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

3. Mr. Hay, of the County Higher Education Department, attended the meeting in connection with the application of the St. Charles' Youth Club for a grant under the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations 1929. After consideration of the statement made by Mr. Hay it was resolved that this Committee do not feel justified in making any recommendation for grant in this case in view of the possibility that the Committee's Youth Movement will become divided into a number of denominational units.

4. The financial statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st March 1943, of £157 13s. 7d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the some be accepted.

5. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,757, juveniles, 549 and that the total issue of books for the month of May was 3,733 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14.3%. Seventeen new books have been added to stock and nine returned to Headquarters.

6. A letter was read from Mr. T. C. Noble containing his resignation as Head Teacher of the Evening Institute. Resolved that the resignation be accepted with regret and that appreciation of Mr. Noble's services during the past two sessions be recorded.

7. Resolved that the post of Head Teacher be advertised.

8. Resolved that the Chairman and Secretary of this Committee attend the Annual Meeting of the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes at Bolton on the 1st October.

9. Correspondence in connection with a memorandum on post war technical education prepared by the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes was reported.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943.

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

2. Resolved that the Collector's financial statement be taken as read and approved.

3. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Mr. C. T. Barnes, requiring the payment of the rent of the Harwood Road Garage upon the due monthly date.

4. Resolved that a letter be sent to the solicitor acting in the case of 14, Station Road, requiring a settlement of the rate arrears by the 30th June instant.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected618156
House Rents43128
Lancashire County Council Road Grants1,0200 0
Air Raid Precautions Wages9000
A. F. S. Wages1338
That the Treasurer had received1,74226
That the Wages paid were41044
Invoices for goods amounted to189146

6. Resolved that the Fire and Third Party Driver's Policy with the Atlas Assurance Co. Ltd., be renewed for a period of five years in consideration of special discount terms.

7. The Clerk reported receipt of Notice of Audit of the accounts of this Authority for the year ended the 31st March 1943, to commence on Monday, the 12th July 1943.

8. Resolved that ambulance charges due from B. Crabtree be written off.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943.

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

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

3. Resolved that the Clerk and Surveyor report further upon the two matters raised by Mr. Scurrah regarding (a) Acknowledgment for a drain crossing land at the rear of Blackburn Road. (b) Rent for the use of the extended refuse tip at Norden.

4. The Clerk reported upon proceedings at the meeting of the Regional Planning Technical (Surveyors) Sub-Committee held at the Town Hall, Blackburn, on Wednesday, the 5th May.

5. Correspondence was read from Mr. Hellewell concerning urgent repairs to the road in Church View. Resolved that no action be taken in this matter.

6. The Clerk read correspondence from the Lancashire Rivers Board concerning the conference on "Pollution of Streams." Resolved that this Authority support the motion passed at the conference as follows:-

It was further resolved that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to Councillors Clarke and Leeming for their attendance at this Conference.

7. The Clerk reported upon correspondence with the War Department and Blackburn Corporation regarding the acknowledgment for the treatment of sewage from the camp site at Whitebirk.

8. Correspondence was reported from the Ministry of War transport approving the appointment of Mr. A. E. Taylor as Surveyor to the Council under Section 17 (2) of the Ministry of War Transport Act 1919.

9. The Clerk reported upon the position with regard to repairs to the wall at Norden.

10. The Surveyor reported upon the premises at 52, High Street and stated that they were unsuitable for conversion for use as a feeding centre or British Restaurant.

11. Resolved that correspondence be addressed to the National Fire Service stating that it is the opinion of the Council that the requisition of further accommodation by the National Fire Service in Rishton is unnecessary in view of the premises already held by that service.

12. Resolved that correspondence be addressed to the Dunkenhalgh Estate and Mr. J. Fletcher concerning the failure to submit plans for alteration and extension to building's and requiring the same to be submitted in accordance with the provisions of the building bye-laws.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, 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 reported upon the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of May.

4. The. Sanitary Inspector reported on a visit to inspect the septic tank at Whitebirk Electricity Generating Station.

5. Resolved that the necessary repairs to and painting of the refuse collection cart be authorised.

6. Resolved that the Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector tidy the Council yard and dispose of any materials suitable for salvage.

7. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector report on the position regarding the destruction of rats.

8. Resolved that H. Nicholas be paid his out-of-pocket travelling expenses from Haslingden from the 14th May 1943, until he takes up residence within the Urban District.

9. Councillor Sturzaker reported upon his attendance at the meeting of the Accrington and District Joint Hospital Board. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be given to Councillor Sturzaker for his report.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943.

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

2. Correspondence was reported from Blackburn Corporation and Accrington Gas & Water Board concerning proposed increases in water charges.

3. Correspondence was read from the Urban District of Hindley, requesting support of the following resolution: "That representations be made to the appropriate Department of H. M. Government, that by reason of the increase in the cost of living and advances in wages being made to workers to meet this position, an increase in pensions paid to aged people is unquestionably warranted." Resolved that this resolution be supported.

4. Further correspondence was read from the Urban District of Hindley requesting support of the following resolution:- "That this Council views with much concern the different scales of payment made by the County and the Borough to the unemployable blind and request that the scale of the County be increased from 30/- per week to 35/- per week and so bring the County Rate to equal that paid by the Borough". Resolved that the Urban District Council of Hindley be informed that this Council is prepared to support this resolution, providing that the reference is to all County Boroughs in Lancashire also.

5. Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Information stating that a film show has been arranged at the Regal Cinema, Rishton, on Sunday, 27th June, at 7-45 p.m. and inviting the members of the Council.

6. Resolved that the ceremony of the exchange of plaques be arranged with the Admiralty to take place prior to the Council Meeting in July.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 10th June 1943.

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

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th June 1943.

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

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

3. The Minutes of the Special Meeting of the 18th May, the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th May 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 Special Meeting of the 18th May be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Council Meeting of the 20th May be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

6. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th June be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected618156
House Rents43128
Lancashire County Council Road Grants1,0200 0
Air Raid Precautions Wages9000
A. F. S. Wages1338
That the Treasurer had received1,74226
That the Wages Paid were41044
Invoices for Goods amounted to189146

8. The Accounts, amounting to £3,586 10s. 2d., 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 £3,586 10s. 2d. on Council Account and £3 19s. 11d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

10. Resolved that the 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.

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

12. Resolved that arrears of allotment rent of £1 11s. 3d. outstanding against E. Hudson be written off.

13. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Lancashire War Agricultural Committee concerning the ploughing up of a footpath crossing field No. PT 151, Ordnance Map No. LXIII.9. Resolved that no objection be made.

14. The Clerk reported further upon the repairs to the fence walls at Norden. The County Council have stated that the work of reinstating portions damaged by vehicles belonging to Nuttalls Breweries and Mr. H. Ormerod may be put in hand and the cost recovered from these persons, without prejudice. The Clerk reported that Mr. G. C. Scurrah had undertaken to bear the cost of the repair of the remaining section, also without prejudice as to the final liability for ordinary maintenance. The question of liability is to be the subject of further negotiations between the County Council and the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

15. Correspondence was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate concerning the failure to submit plans in connection with an extension to certain farm buildings. Resolved that the explanation submitted be accepted upon condition that the requirements of the Bye-Laws are strictly observed in future.

16. Resolved that the Committee and Council Meetings be held on the usual dates in July.

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 - 8th July 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, 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. The Accounts, amounting to £1,589 17s. 8d. 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 collected2,460142
House Rents43128
Lancashire County Council - Salaries1010 0
Bank Interest1293
Ministry of Health De-rating44700
Water and Sewerage Grant70000
A. R. P. Wages9000
Chemical Closets7476
Government Evacuation Scheme5000
That the Treasurer had received3,90616
That the Wages paid were453910
Invoices for Goods amounted to9992

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

7. Resolved that the account outstanding against Rev. M. O'Leary, amounting to £7 1s. 5d. be written off.

8. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council concerning an amendment to the sickness pay scheme by the addition of the following condition:- "No payment shall be made to an employee in respect of the first three consecutive days of each period of absence." Resolved that this amendment be adopted.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th July 1943.

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

2. The Surveyor reported upon the various instruments and materials he would require and upon the position with regard to plans and indices in the Surveyor's Department. Resolved that enquiries be made regarding a Plan File and that the Surveyor submit a detailed list of further equipment required.

3. A Plan was submitted by the Val-U Chemical Company for a proposed wooden frame cart shed on land at Norden. Resolved that the plan be approved as a temporary building for a period of three years under the Council's Bye-laws only.

4. A Plan was submitted for a workroom, two storerooms and a stable at Norden, which were erected in 1942, the property of the Val-U Chemical Company. Resolved that the plan be now approved as temporary buildings under the Council's Bye-laws only for a period of three years.

5. The Surveyor reported upon an inspection of the dwelling-house, 9, Commercial Street, Rishton, as requested by the General Secretary, of the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd.

6. The Surveyor reported upon an interview with Mr. G. C. Scurrah regarding the Refuse Tip at Norden.

7. Resolved that the Council's gardeners be under the authority of the foreman, Mr. G. Hargreaves.

8. The Surveyor and Chairman reported upon a visit of inspection to the Sewage Disposal Works. Resolved that the matters listed in Minute 3 of the Building and Highways Committee of the 4th March 1943, be put in hand with the exception of item (V), upon which the Surveyor will report further.

9. The Surveyor reported upon his recommendations with regard to the Pupil, Mr. B. Holden, stating that he was recommending to Mr. B. Holden, Senior, that his son attend the Burnley Technical College, the classes at which will commence in September. Resolved that if this course is adopted the pupil be permitted to attend the office until the commencement of the Technical School Session.

10. Councillor Booth, the Clerk and the Surveyor reported upon the meeting of the Regional Planning Committee held at Blackburn on 30th June 1943.

11. Resolved that the necessary repairs and re-pointing be put in hand at the Lodge at the Sewage Disposal Works.

12. Resolved that a letter of thanks be addressed to Mr. R. Taylor, M. lnst. M. & Cy. E., Borough Surveyor of Haslingden, thanking him for his consideration in permitting Mr. A. E. Taylor to attend at this office on regular occasions during the period before the commencement of his duties.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th July 1943.

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

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ending 30th June 1943, was 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 month of June and that arrangements he has made with Messrs. Tootal, of Blackburn, for the disposal of certain scrap.

5. The Sanitary Inspector reported the resignation of Mr. J. Wearden, Tip Attendant. Resolved that Mr. W. Greenwood be appointed to fill the vacancy so caused.

6. The Clerk reported upon a direction issued to this authority by the Ministry of Food under the Defence Regulations and concerning the Rat and Mouse Infestation Order 1943. Resolved that the requirements of this direction be carried out by the Sanitary Inspector.

7. Resolved that notice be served on Mr. G. Haworth, of 30, Lord Street, Rishton, to remove the buildings erected at Norden within one month, plans for which have not been submitted to this authority in accordance with the Bye-laws.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th July 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 30th June 1943, of £158 6s. 8d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,765; Juveniles 548 and that the total issue of books for the month of June was 3,596 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 13.8%. Sixteen new books had been added to stock and 24 returned to headquarters.

4. Resolved that Mr. E. T. Hooper be appointed Head Teacher of the Rishton Evening Institute for the Session commencing in September 1943.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 8th July 1943.

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

3. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Home Office stating that the matter concerning the use of buildings in Rishton by the National Fire Service was being specially investigated by the Regional Commissioner.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th July 1943.

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

2. The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the Control of Factory and Storage Premises Department of the Board of Trade regarding rehabilitation and reconstruction.

3. The Clerk reported upon the arrangements for the ceremony of the exchange of the plaques to take place at 6-30 p.m. on Thursday evening next, July 15th. Resolved that the Chairman and the Secretary of each of the Warship Week Committees be invited to this ceremony.

4. Resolved that the Council Meeting on Thursday, July 15th, be convened for 7-0 p.m.

5. Resolved that Mr. R. Talbot, of 6, Hope Street, Great Harwood, be engaged to scythe the grass verges in Lee Lane if this additional labour is required by the Surveyor.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th July 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, 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 June 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 17th June 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 8th July 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 during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected2,460142
House Rents43128
Lancashire County Council – Salaries1010 0
Bank Interest1293
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Water and Sewerage Grant70000
A. R. P. Wages9000
Chemical Closets7476
Government Evacuation Scheme5000
That the Treasurer had received3,90616
That the Wages Paid were453910
Invoices for Goods amounted to9992

7. The Accounts, amounting to £2,375 19s. 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 £2,375 19s. 3d. on Council Accounts and £12 17s. 11d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. Resolved that the appreciation of the Council be expressed to the Clerk for carrying out additional duties during the six months the Council have been without the services of a Surveyor.

10. Resolved that the 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.

11. Resolved that the application for Pawnbroker's Licence from Messrs. A. Gregory & Co. be granted and that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the Certificate.

12. Resolved that approval be given to the extension of the existing agreement for the Constitution of the North-East Lancashire Region No.1 Joint Town and Country Planning Committee until the Scheme is prepared and approved by the Ministry of Health.

13. Resolved that the North-East Lancashire Region No.1 Joint Town and Country Planning Committee be authorised to make application on behalf of this Authority to the Ministry of Health in connection with the Schedule of Relaxation of Bye-laws recommended by the Regional Committee on the 30th June 1943.

14. The Clerk reported receipt of notice under the Licensing Acts, 1910-1921, concerning the transfer of the licence of the Cemetery Hotel.

15. Correspondence was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate concerning the submission of plans. Resolved that the Clerk investigate whether any plans have been submitted in the time of the present Land Agent and to reply to the letter accordingly.

16. The Clerk reported further on the buildings owned by G. Haworth, which have been erected without submission of plans.

17. Resolved that the Admiralty Plaque presented to the Urban District be affixed in the Council Chamber beneath the clock.

18. Resolved that Mr. G. V. Berry be appointed Local Fuel Overseer for the Urban District of Rishton and that an honorarium of £50 per annum be paid for the duties in connection with this appointment from 16th July 1943, in accordance with Section 1 (b) of the Appendix accompanying the letter from the Ministry of Fuel and Power dated the 31st August 1942.

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 - 12th August 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, 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. The Accounts, amounting to £5,902 2s. 3d., 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 collected5,83290
House Rents541010
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Housing18800
A.R.P. Wages1500
That the Treasurer had received6,66775
That the Wages Paid were57389
Invoices for Goods amounted to24007

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

7. The Rate Arrears Book and the Voids Book were submitted to the Meeting for signature by the Chairman.

8. Resolved that notice be given to repay the 3¼% mortgages which have expired and that terms of renewal be offered of 2½% for seven years and 3% for ten years.

9. Resolved that the Council subscribe for the monthly publication, "Local Government Finance," at £2 2s. 0d. per annum.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 12th August.1943.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his report.

3. A Plan was submitted for a new roof at the Rishton Paper Mill Company's Works, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Resolved that the plan be approved under the Council's Bye-laws.

4. Resolved that no private works in connection with the repair of garden footpaths be undertaken during the war.

5. Resolved that no contribution be made towards the cost to be borne by Mr. J. Walsh in the removal of the blast walls at the Regal Cinema.

6. Resolved that sanction be given to the purchase of the following equipment for the Surveyor's Department:- Plan File, Case of Drawing Instruments, Scales, Drawing Board and Tee Square, at a total estimated cost of £37 7s. 6d.

7. Resolved that the Clerk and Surveyor investigate the position with regard to the footpath at Tottleworth.

8. Resolved that the services of R. G. Smith, who reaches the age of 65 on the 10th October 1943, be extended in accordance with Section 7 (1) of the Local Government Superannuation Act, 1937, for a period of twelve months.

9. Correspondence was reported from the National Housing and Town Planning Council concerning the Conference to be held in London on October 7th and 8th, 1943. Resolved that Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor represent this Authority.

10. Correspondence was reported from the Town and Country Planning Association concerning resolutions in connection with the Government Post-War Planning and Housing Policy. Resolved that this Authority support the expression of opinion contained in the resolution and amendments accompanying the Association's letter of the 28th July 1943

11. The Surveyor reported upon an interview with Mr. G. Haworth, of 30, Lord Street, Rishton, concerning the erection of buildings without the submission of plans or notice to the Council. A letter was read from Mr. Haworth. Resolved that the matter be further considered at the Council Meeting.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 12th August 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, 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 month of July and reported an offer from Messrs. Tootal, of Blackburn, for scrap lying at the Sewage Disposal Works. Resolved that this offer be accepted.

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the Conference of Lancashire Local Authorities, held at Manchester, in connection with the Lancashire Book Recovery and Salvage Drive to be held September 18th to October 2nd 1943.

5. Resolved that the co-operation of the Fireguard Organisation and the Youth Movement be sought in the Drive.

6. Resolved that a book scrutiny Committee be appointed as follows:- The members of the Library Sub-Committee, Mr. H. Smith and the Sanitary Inspector.

7. Resolved that the Council do not subscribe towards the cost of publicity of the Drive.

8. Resolved that proceedings be instituted against Miss N. Duckworth, 55, Avenue Parade, Accrington, for failure to comply with notice served under the Public Health Act, 1936 and that a solicitor be engaged for this purpose.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 12th August 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st July 1943, of £147 18s. 3d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Chairman reported upon the proposed Syllabus for the Evening School Session 1943-44. Resolved that a Carpentry Class and a Drama Class be added to the Syllabus.

4. The Chairman reported the position in connection with the appointment of part-time teachers for the Session 1943-44. Resolved that the vacancies for the following classes be advertised:- P.S.T.1., Cookery, Arts and Crafts, Carpentry, Physical Training for Boys and that the Chairman, the Secretary and the Head Teacher be given power to appoint.

5. Resolved that Mrs. M. Movie be appointed part-time teacher of the Drama Class.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 12th August 1943.

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

3. The Clerk read a letter from Sir George Etherton concerning the Umpire's Report on the recent communications exercise.

4. Correspondence was reported from H. M. Inspector of Factories concerning the Fire Prevention (Business Premises) Order 1942. Resolved that this matter be reconsidered when the new Fireguard Regulations 1943, come into operation.

5. The Clerk reported correspondence concerning a Special Service to be held at High Street Methodist Church on Sunday, August 29th, to which members of the Council and of the Civil Service Defence General Services are invited.

6. Correspondence was read from the National Fire Service concerning the Second Anniversary of this Service and an invitation to members of the Council to visit the Stations and Headquarters on this occasion.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 12th August 1943.

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

2. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk represent this Authority at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Lancashire Association of Urban District Councils at Fleetwood on September 17th and 18th 1943.

3. Correspondence was reported from the Urban District Councils' Association concerning the Government's proposals for the reform of Electoral Machinery. Resolved that this Council support the opinion that the local government franchise should be assimilated to the parliamentary franchise.

4. Correspondence was reported from the Regional Commissioner in connection with the Council's representations concerning No.52, High Street, Rishton and intimating that by re-arrangement the National Fire Service will not require these premises.

5. The Chairman reported upon the necessity for requisitioning dwelling-houses under the Ministry of Health Circular 2845. Resolved that application be made for sanction from the Regional Commissioner to requisition No.67, Spring Street and 29, High Street, Rishton.

6. Receipt of the Voting Paper for the Election of the Executive Committee of the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association was reported. Resolved that this matter be completed by the Chairman and Clerk.

ORDINARY MEETING - 19th August 1943.

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

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th July 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 15th July 1943 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 12th August, 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 during the past month :-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected5,832910
House Rents541010
Ministry of Health De-rating44700
Housing18800
A. R. P. Wages1500
That the Treasurer had received6,66775
That the Wages paid were57389
Invoices for Goods amounted to24007

7. The Accounts, amounting to £150 6s. 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 £6,052 9s. 0d. on Council Account and £11 2s. 1d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

10. A letter from Mr. T. Bradshaw, conveying his resignation as a member of this Council, was read. Resolved that the resignation be accepted with regret.

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 Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities, enclosing a revised scheme of salary adjustments recommended for operation from the 1st July 1943. Resolved that the new scale be adopted for all members of the staff concerned.

13. The Clerk and Surveyor reported in connection with the failure of G. Haworth to submit plans. Resolved that the matter be further considered when more information is available.

14. Correspondence was read from Mr. J. A. Duxbury, Sectional Commander of the Rishton Special Constabulary, concerning the intention to organise a Garrison Theatre on a Sunday evening. Resolved that a reply be addressed to Mr. Duxbury informing him that this is not a matter over which the Council has any jurisdiction.

15. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the further extension of release of A. Taylor from military service to the 31st December 1943.

16. Correspondence was read from Dr. G. Robson concerning the bad state of the road surface at Church View. Resolved that temporary repairs be effected as private work with the consent of the frontagers on the East side to bear the whole of the cost.

17. Correspondence was reported from the Chairman of the Oswaldtwistle Urban District Council inviting Members and Officials of the Council to his Chairman's Sunday on 5th September 1943.

18. Resolved that the Plaque presented by the Air Ministry to commemorate "Wings for Victory" Week be not hung at present.

19. Complaints were expressed concerning the meals served at mid-day at the Accrington Girls' High School. Resolved that a letter be addressed to the Board of Managers requesting an investigation into these complaints.

20. Councillor J. Bridge stated that he wished to terminate his appointment as representative of this Council on the Board of Managers of the Accrington Girls' High School. Resolved that his resignation be accepted and that Councillor R. H. Kenyon be appointed as this Authority's representative on the Board of Managers.

21. Resolved that a letter be addressed to the Rishton Trades & Labour Council inviting a nomination in connection with the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Thurston Bradshaw.

22. Resolved that a letter be addressed to Major Procter expressing the Council's congratulations for his efforts in connection with the establishment of National Parks in the Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.

23. Resolved that a letter be addressed to the Parochial Church Council requesting the trimming of the trees around the Church tower which at present obscure the clock.

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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, 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. The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.
That the Collector had collected1,05337
House Rents43128
Ministry of Labour Grant174111
Air Raid Precautions Wages1500
Refund Fire Prevention Expenditure11200
That the Treasurer had received1,27603
That the Wages paid were468910
Invoices for Goods amounted to127109

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

6. The Auditor's Report was read 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 1943.

Points of details affecting the accounts were discussed with the Officers concerned, whose ready assistance is acknowledged and there is no matter to which special attention need be directed.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,

                Your obedient servant,

                            (Signed) E. J. MILLER WILLIAMS,

                                                District Auditor.

7. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the Officers concerned for the above satisfactory report.

8. Resolved that the following Allotment transfers be approved:- Goosey Butts: From A. Townson to A. Aldred and from J. W. Lancaster to A. Bromley.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his report.

3. The Surveyor reported upon the position with regard to urgent repairs to Church Street. Resolved that notices be served under Section 19 of the Public Health Acts (Amendment Act) 1907, upon the owners of the land and premises fronting, adjoining or abutting on Church Street, Rishton, to carry out urgent repairs.

4. Resolved that the grass verges at the War Memorial be re-seeded or re-turfed and that consideration of the replacement of the grass slopes be left for the duration of the war.

5. The following recommendations of the Parks Sub-Committee, held on the 26th August 1943, were adopted :-

  1. that the centre circular plot in Cutt Wood Park be levelled.
  2. that the fences on the north-western portion be repaired.
  3. that the hedge on the east side be trimmed and the ditch cleaned.
  4. that the grass be mown as labour permits.
  5. that the coping stones on the War Memorial be re-set.

6. Resolved that the recommendation of the Allotments Sub-Committee, held on the 26th August 1943, be adopted:- "That the County Education Committee be requested to permit the taking off of the corner of the New Council School fencing to permit entry of vehicles to Goosey Butts Allotments."

7. Resolved that the Allotments Sub-Committee investigate the question of water supply to the Allotments.

8. The Clerk reported an application for the use of Holt Street Recreation Ground Football Pitch by the Rishton Youth Football Club. Resolved that permission be granted for the 1943-44 Season at a charge of £1.

9. The Clerk reported that Thomas Walsh, employed at the Sewage Disposal Works, will attain the age of 65 years on the 11th November 1943. Resolved that his services be not extended under the Local Government Superannuation Act 1937.

10. The Clerk reported upon the position with regard to liability for repairs to the footpaths to Tottleworth. Resolved that the necessary repairs be carried out and the cost be borne by the Local Authority.

11. The Surveyor reported that he had made arrangements to assist in the instruction of pupils in Civics at the Senior Council School and asked for confirmation of this action. Resolved that the action be approved and the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the Surveyor for his initiative in this direction.

12. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the Chairman of the Allotments Association and all the officials concerned in the organisation of the recent successful Vegetable Show.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

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

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

3. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of August.

4. Correspondence was read from the Accrington & District Joint Hospital Board concerning the proposal that the Board should enter into agreement on behalf of Constituent Authorities for the admission to hospital of cases of Infectious Disease. Resolved that the Board be informed that this Council is agreeable to being included in such an agreement provided that all the Constituent Authorities of the Board are likewise agreeable.

5. Resolved that the arrangements for the showing of the film "Subject for Discussion" at the New School. Assembly Hall on Monday, October 4th, be confirmed and that the display be open to the public.

6. The Clerk reported upon the result of the proceedings against Miss N. Duckworth in connection with the abatement of nuisances under the provision of the Public. Health Act 1936, at 19, Henry Street and 60, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st August 1943, of £136 8s. 0d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,812; Juveniles 552 and that the total issue of books for the month of August was 4,079 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 12.8%. Twenty five new books had been added to stock and 40 returned to headquarters.

4. The Chairman reported upon the completion of the arrangements for the Evening Institute Session 1943-44 and for the distribution of the prospectus.

5. The Chairman reported upon the arrangements for the Distribution of Prizes to be held in the Assembly Hall of the Senior Council School on the 28th September 1943.

6. Councillor R. H. Kenyon reported upon his attendance at the meeting of the Board of Managers of the Accrington Girls' High School and upon the consideration of the complaint from this Council concerning the meals served at mid-day.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, 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 August.

3. The Clerk reported upon the completion of the Rishton Traders' Salvage Scheme and stated that the approval of the Regional Commissioner had been received.

4. The Clerk read correspondence from the N. F. S. stating that the whole-time personnel are to be withdrawn from the Rishton Fire Station.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 9th September 1943.

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

2. Resolved that enquiries be made into the provision of subdued street lighting in this district.

ORDINARY MEETING - 16th September 1943.

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

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th August, 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 19th August, 1943, be approved and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 9th September 1943, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council with the exception of Minute No.8 of the Finance Committee, which shall be referred back.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected1,05337
House Rents43128
Ministry of Labour Grant174111
Air Raid Precautions Wages1500
Refund Fire Prevention Expenditure11200
That the Treasurer had received1,27603
That the Wages paid were468910
Invoices for Goods amounted to127109

7. The Accounts, amounting to £4,855 13s. 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 £4,855 13s. 10d. on Council Account and £60 4s. 3d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. Resolved that Mr. George Hoyle, of 24, Knowles Street, Rishton, be elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. T. Bradshaw and it is hereby declared that Councillor G. Hoyle a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

10. 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.

11. Correspondence was read from the Accrington Corporation concerning Local Government Reform and a proposal to hold a Conference on this subject with the adjoining Local Authorities. Resolved that the question of attending this Conference be referred for advice to the Urban District Councils' Association and it was further resolved that if representation is recommended as advisable, that Councillors Clarke, Leeming and Worsley, with the Clerk to the Council, be appointed to represent this Authority.

12. The Clerk reported that the revised assessment of the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking has been fixed at Rateable Value £11,750 to date from the 4th January 1943.

13. Resolved that the question of the removal of the wood fences at Lee Lane and the replacement of thorn bushes be left to Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor with power to act.

14. Resolved that notice to terminate the tenancy of Council allotments shall only be accepted in writing.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 14th October 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 collected14,74914 1
House Rents42162
Lancashire County Council – Ordinary6160 11
War Loan Interest7100
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Government Evacuation Scheme30111
Air Raid Precautions – Fire29144
That the Treasurer had received15,63958
That the Wages paid were540102
Invoices for Goods amounted to176111

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

6. Resolved that the sum of £4,000 be borrowed from the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee on the 1st April 1944, at 3% per annum repayable over a period of ten years by equal half-yearly instalments.

7. Resolved that the proposed receipting system outlined by the Clerk be adopted.

8. Resolved that the following allotment transfers be approved:- Hermitage: From G. Hargreaves to Mr. Wolstencroft, 119, Hermitage Street. Holt: From A. Edge to Rd. Woodacre, 6, Hermitage Street.

9. Resolved that the Council's responsibility in connection with the Holt Street Recreation Ground allotments be confined to the collection of rents only and that all other matters of management and supervision remain with the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

10. Resolved that the part of Minute No.8 of the Finance Committee held on the 9th September 1943, referring to an allotment transfer, Mr. A. Townson to Mr. A. Aldred, be rescinded.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 14th October 1943.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his Report and directions were given thereon.

3. Resolved that the question of water supply to allotments be referred to the Allotments Sub-Committee.

4. Details in connection with the cost of star-lighting were submitted. Resolved that the matter be referred to the Building and Highways Sub-Committee.

5. Resolved that a meeting be arranged with Mr. Ridgeway, the Town Planning Officer, as soon as possible in connection with Post-War Housing and that the matter be considered by the Building and Highways Sub-Committee.

6. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and the Surveyor for their attendance at the National Housing and Town Planning Conference in London.

7. A plan was submitted by the Dunkenhalgh Estate for a barn at Whitebirk South Farm. Resolved that the plan be approved under the Council's Bye-law only subject to the matter being found in order by the Surveyor.

8. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to accept a private Articled Pupil conditional upon the Council having no obligation whatever regarding the matter, either during or upon the termination of the Articles.

9. Resolved that an advertisement be issued drawing attention to the requirements of the Council's Bye-laws in connection with the submission of plans for temporary buildings.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 14th October 1943.

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

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ending 30th September 1943 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 during the month of September, making special reference to the Lancashire Book Recovery and Salvage Drive.

5. Resolved that the thanks of the Council, be expressed to the staff and pupils of the Rishton Schools, the Civil Defence Wardens Service, Miss H. Rostock, the members of the Scrutiny Committee and the Salvage Officer, for their voluntary work in the Lancashire Book Recovery and Salvage Drive.

6. Resolved that a payment be made to Mr. Barrie Holden of £5 for services rendered in connection with the Lancashire Book Recovery and Salvage Drive.

7. The Sanitary Inspector outlined the proposals contained in the Government White Paper on Milk Supply. Resolved that the opinion be expressed that the Council do not consider these proposals necessary and that the principle of transferring powers from Local Authorities to the Central Government be resisted.

8. The Clerk read correspondence from the Sanitary Inspectors' Association concerning the two days Conference in London on November 24th and 25th, 1943. Resolved that Councillor J. Sanderson and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to represent this Authority.

9. Resolved that permission be given to Mr. J. Townsend to use the Refuse Tip for grazing on condition that any necessary repairs to the fencing are carried out by him to the satisfaction of the Sanitary Inspector and that no responsibility shall attach to the Council in the matter.

10. A letter was read from the Ambulance Driver, Mr. P. Bailey. Resolved that Mr. P. Bailey be relieved of his work as Caretaker at the Harwood Road Public Conveniences and that he retain his present wage.

11. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector make arrangements for the regular cleansing of the Harwood Road Public Conveniences.

12. Resolved that the Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector make arrangements for the motor lorry to be used for Refuse Collection on Mondays for a trial period.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 14th October 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 30th September 1943, of £75 16s. 3d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,826, Juveniles 557 and that the total issue of books for the month of September was 3,383 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14.4%. Thirty eight new books had been added to stock and 46 returned to headquarters.

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

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 14th October 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, 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 September.

3. The Clerk informed the Committee that arrangements were being made to show the new training films issued by the Ministry of Home Security at the Regal Cinema on a Sunday evening in the near future. Resolved that the action be approved.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th October, 1943.

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

2. The Clerk reported that correspondence had been received from the Urban District Councils' Association concerning the proposed meeting at Accrington in connection with Local Government Reform and that the names of the representatives of this Council had accordingly been forwarded to Accrington.

3. Correspondence was read from the Director of Education, Accrington, in connection with meals served at the Accrington High School for Girls.

4. Correspondence was reported from the County Medical Officer of Health concerning the Shop Acts as amended by Defence Regulation 60AB. Resolved that application be made to the County Council for the same extension of hours as was applicable last winter.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st October 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 16th September 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 16th September 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 14th October 1943, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council with the exception of Minute No.9 of the Finance Committee, which shall be referred back.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected14,74914 1
House Rents42162
Lancashire County Council – Ordinary6160 11
War Loan Interest7100
Ministry of Health De-rating44700
Government Evacuation Scheme30111
Air Raid Precautions – Fire29144
That the Treasurer had received15,63958
That the Wages paid were540102
Invoices for Goods amounted to176111

7. The Accounts, amounting to £936 14s. 11d., 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 £936 14s. 11d. on Council Account and £34 1s. 11d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. The Gas Examiner's Report was read.

10. 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.

11. Resolved that Councillor J. R. Booth be appointed representative of this Authority on the Accrington Area Joint Food Control Committee for the year commencing 1st January 1944.

12. Correspondence was read from H. M. Inspector of Factories concerning the transfer of responsibility under the Fireguard (Business and Government Premises) Order 1943, for Rishton Paper Mills Ltd.

13. Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Food concerning a Conference on Rodent Control to be held in Manchester on November 3rd. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector represent this Authority.

14. Correspondence was read from the Divisional Rodent Inspector of the Ministry of Food concerning a meeting to be held at the Council Offices, Clayton-le-Moors, on the 27th October, concerning the Infestation Order 1943. Resolved that the Council be represented by the Clerk and Sanitary Inspector.

15. Resolved that the recommendation of the Building and Highways Sub-Committee held immediately prior to this meeting be adopted as follows :-

Recommended that in view of the time required to complete the installation of star-lighting that the matter shall be left for further consideration at the March meeting of the Building and Highways Committee.

16. The Clerk reported correspondence from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the apportionment of the rent of 4, Church View, Rishton, between the Wardens' Service and the Fireguard Service.

17. Correspondence was read from the Uxbridge Urban District Council concerning the desirability of holding a National Conference on Post-War Housing Policy. Resolved that the views expressed in the letter be supported and communicated to the Urban District Councils Association.

18. Correspondence was read from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the allocation to this district of an American Ford 3-ton Rescue Truck. Resolved that this vehicle be not accepted and that a communication be addressed to the County Emergency Committee expressing the opinion that a more rigid economy should be exercised in the Civil Defence Services.

19. Resolved that a payment of £7 be made to Mr. J. Parker, "Barnston", Blackburn Road, Rishton, in full compensation for damage at 12, Hermitage Street, Rishton, upon the release of these premises by the Local Authority in accordance with the provisions of Ministry of Health Circular No. 2851.

20. Resolved that Councillor G. Hoyle be appointed to serve on the Rating and Valuation Sub-Committee.

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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Hoyle, 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 collected1,479111
House Rents55310
Lancashire County Council - Special20500
Ministry of Health De-rating44700
Air Raid Precautions – General32000
Air Raid Precautions – Wages3000
That the Treasurer had received2,94927
That the Wages paid were43592
Invoices for Goods amounted to104100

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

6. A letter was read from the Borough of Accrington concerning the increase of the Gas Examiner's salary from £100 p.a. to £130 p.a. Resolved that this Council, as one of the authorities concerned with the joint appointment of the Gas Examiner, make no objection to the increase.

7. The Clerk reported upon the position with regard to the Holt Street Recreation Ground Allotments concerning the collection of rents and supervision. Resolved that no change in the past procedure with these allotments be made.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Hoyle, 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 reported upon the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of October.

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported that the release of L. Sanderson had been granted. Resolved that the vacancy so caused in the Refuse Collection Department be filled by G. T. Campy.

5. The Clerk and Sanitary Inspector reported upon meetings at Clayton-le-Moors and Manchester in connection with the Infestation Order 1943 Resolved that further action under this order be considered upon the receipt of further instructions from the Ministry of Food.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his Report.

3. A plan was submitted by Mr. J. Horrocks for additions to wash house at 53, Blackburn Road, Rishton. Resolved that the plan be approved under the Council's Bye-laws only.

4. Resolved that application be made for permission to remove the Belisha Beacons at Harwood Road corner so as to reduce the number of obstructions which prove a source of danger in the black-out.

5. Resolved that a meeting of the Building and Highways Sub-Committee be convened for 2-30 p.m. on 19th November 1943, to meet Mr. Ridgway, the Town Planning Officer, in connection with Post-War Housing.

6. The Clerk reported receipt of a report from the Lancashire Rivers Board stating that the sample of effluent taken from the Sewage Disposal Works on 21st September 1943, had been classified as satisfactory.

7. Resolved that the recommendations of the Surveyor regarding the reduction of staff at the Sewage Works be adopted for a trial period.

8. Resolved that the Surveyor be authorised to take what action is necessary to have the motor mower repaired.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 31st October 1943, of £67 19s. 0d., 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 2,852, Juveniles 559 and that the total issue of books for the month of October was 3,411 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 11.4%. Thirty six new books had been added to stock and 24 returned to headquarters.

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

5. Resolved that the application under the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations 1939, of the St. Charles' Youth Organisation be recommended to the County Education Committee for grant aid.

6. Resolved that approval and recommendation for grant be given to the Workers' Educational Association in respect of the Adult Class being held at the County Branch Library during the present Session.

7. The Chairman outlined the revised arrangements for the Youth Movement Dancing Class. Resolved that these arrangements be approved.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

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

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

3. The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the apportionment of the rent of 4, Church View, Rishton, between the Wardens' Service and the Fireguard Organisation. Resolved that the suggested charge of £10 per annum to the Fireguard Organisation be accepted and approved.

4. Resolved that application be made to the National Fire Service for the return of the use of the room over the stables.

5. The Clerk read correspondence from the County Council concerning the allocation to this district of a 3-ton American Ford Lorry and reported that this vehicle had already been delivered. Resolved that in the circumstances this vehicle be retained.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th November 1943.

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

2. The Chairman reported upon the Conference held at Accrington Town Hall concerning Local Government Reform at which it was resolved to make strong representations to the Government concerning the undemocratic method in which Local Authorities were having their powers in many spheres taken away from them. It was also decided at the Conference to call a further Conference of all Local Authorities in Lancashire and all Members of Parliament representing Lancashire Constituencies at which this matter would be discussed.

3. A letter was read from Mr. T. Whittaker, of 29, Stourton Street, Rishton. Resolved that the matter be taken up with the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd.

4 A letter was read from Mr. W, Schaefer, of 1, Henry Street, Rishton. Resolved that the matter be referred to the Rent Restriction Sub-Committee.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th November 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 October 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 21st October 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 11th November 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 during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected1,479111
House Rents55310
Lancashire County Council – Special20500
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Air Raid Precautions – General32000
Aid Raid Precautions – Wages3000
That the Treasurer had received2,94927
That the Wages paid were43592
Invoices for Goods amounted to104100

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,149 19s. 3d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

8. Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to £3,149 19s. 3d. on Council Account and £17 9s. 10d. 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 an application from Albert Kirby for his release under the provisions of the Essential Work (General Provisions) Order 1942 and stated that he had submitted medical certificate to support his application. Resolved that the Clerk explain to Albert Kirby his position under the Local Government Superannuation Act 1937 and that if he persists in his application no objection be raised.

11. Resolved that the report of the Rent Restriction Sub-Committee, held on 17th November 1943, be approved.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, 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. The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected243194
House Rents4253
Air Raid Precautions – Wages1500
Civil Defence Expenditure539
That the Treasurer had received28151
That the Wages paid were409103
Invoices for Goods amounted to8171

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

6. The Clerk submitted a report showing the periods of workmen's absence due to sickness from 1st April 1939, to date.

7. Resolved that a letter be addressed to A. Kirby expressing appreciation of his services to this Authority during the past 23 years.

8. A letter was read from the Ministry of War Transport approving for grant purposes an allocation of £200 to road duties of the Surveyor's salary as from the 1st January 1944.

9. Resolved that Mortgage No.97 for £1,000 be repaid to Mrs. Emma Dean on December 17th, with interest to date.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

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

2. Mr. A. B. Taylor, Surveyor, read his report.

3. Resolved that the recommendations of the Building and Highways Sub-Committee, held on the 19th November 1943, be adopted as follows:-

  1. That the erection of one hundred houses be recommended for construction in the first year after the war.

  2. That these houses be sited in small groups to fill up vacant sites in various parts of the town.

4. Resolved that further consideration be given to the question of the adoption of the Private Street Works Act 1892, at the Building and Highways Committee in January 1944.

5. Resolved that the recommendations of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council concerning Christmas holidays, 1943, be adopted.

6. Resolved that the new Civil Defence Rescue Wagon be garaged in the Road Roller Shed.

7. Resolved that the Surveyor be not held responsible for any plans, records, correspondence, etc., missing and any he may subsequently ascertain to be missing, in connection with his office.

8. Resolved that I. Duckworth 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, provided that he makes application to be so classified.

9. Resolved that application be made to the County Surveyor for cat's-eye road studs to be fixed along the whole length of A6064 in the Urban District.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

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

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

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

4. Resolved that an allowance calculated at 10% of the receipts for salvage collected and sold be made to the employees in the Refuse Collection Department and the man employed on the Refuse Tip, the sum so calculated being divided equally between them and that this scheme operate forthwith for a trial period of six months.

5. The Chairman and Sanitary Inspector reported on proceedings at the Sanitary Inspectors' Conference in London on November 24th and 25th. Resolved that the Reports be accepted and the thanks of the Committee be recorded.

6. Correspondence was read from the Infestation Branch of the Ministry of Food. Resolved that application be made to the Lancashire County Council for delegation of its powers and duties under the Rats & Mice Destruction Act 1919, to this Authority.

7. Resolved that the following subscriptions be made to hospitals in accordance with powers under Section 181 (3) of the Public Health Act 1936:- Manchester Royal Infirmary £5 5s., Blackburn & East Lancashire Royal Infirmary £2 2s. and Accrington Victoria Hospital £2 2s.

8. A letter was read from the Superintendent of Police concerning the use of the Council's ambulance at a fatal accident on December 6th. Resolved that W. R. Cartledge be called for interview before a Sub-Committee and that the Sub-Committee consist of Councillors Bridge, Sanderson and Worsley, together with the Clerk and Sanitary Inspector.

9. Resolved that Petroleum Licences be granted for a period of twelve months from 1st January 1944 to the following:-

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

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

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at 30th November 1943, of £49 12s. 6d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,867, Juveniles 566 and that the total issue of books for the month of November was 3,433 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 14.2%. Twenty four new books had beer added to stock and 18 returned to headquarters.

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

5. A Report by the Lancashire Education Committee on Adult Education in the Urban Areas was submitted.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

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

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

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 9th December 1943.

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

2. The Chairman reported upon discussions at the Blackpool Conference of Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association in connection with Local Government Reform. Resolved that the matter of the County Council's representation at the Lancashire Conference of all Local Authorities be taken up with the County Council for this district.

3. Correspondence was read from the local Secretary of the Accrington Information Committee stating that a Public Film Show is to be held in Rishton on Sunday, December 12th 1943.

ORDINARY MEETING - 16th December 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors, Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 November 1943 and of the various Committees thereof, passed at meeting's 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 November 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 9th December 1943, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council, with the exception of sub-paragraph 1 of Minute No.3 of the Building and Highways Committee, which shall be referred back for further consideration.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected243194
House Rents4253
Air Raid Precautions - Wages150 0
Civil Defence Expenditure539
That the Treasurer had received28151
That the Wages paid were409103
Invoices for Goods amounted to8171

7. The Accounts, amounting to £5,076 14s. 4d., were produced. Resolved that same be passed for payment.

8. Resolved that the Schedule of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to £5,076 14s. 4d. on Council Account and £252 5s. 2d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

9. Resolved that the Chairman's action in congratulating Mr. George Tomlinson on his being chosen to introduce a Bill into the House of Commons be endorsed and approved.

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

In Committee.

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

11. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee appointed to interview W. Cartledge had received a satisfactory undertaking.

12. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council for Local Authorities Non-Trading Services concerning a further increase in the war wage of 2/- per week. Resolved that the recommendations contained in this circular No.51 of the 14th December 1943, be adopted.

13. Correspondence was read from the Divisional Officer of the National Fire Service concerning the removal of the Fire Telephone Kiosks near the canal bridge and at the corner of Harwood and Blackburn Road. Resolved that the Divisional Officer be informed that, in the opinion of the Council, these kiosks should be retained.

14. Resolved that the question of the sites for post-war housing be further considered at the meeting of the Building and Highways Committee in January.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 4th January 1944.

Present: Councillors Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

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

2. Councillor J. Bridge was appointed Chairman.

3. A letter was read from the Clerk of the Blackburn Assessment Area Committee concerning assessments in Blackburn Road, Rishton. A letter on the subject was read from Mr. S. Crawshaw and considerable discussion took place. Resolved that proposals be made in respect of 13 and 15, Blackburn Road, Rishton, to revise the present Gross Value £35, Rateable Value £26, to Gross Value £29, Rateable Value £22 in each case.

4. The Clerk outlined the position in connection with the valuation of the Rishton Colliery premises.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 13th January 1943.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, 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.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected393123
House Rents55110
Bank Interest49110
Ministry of Health De-rating44700
Air Raid Precautions Wages1500
Whitebirk Sewer500
That the Treasurer had received959181
That the Wages paid were475111
Invoices for Goods amounted to135115

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

6. Correspondence was read from the Blaydon Urban District Council concerning the finance of Post-War Housing. Resolved that copies of this letter be circulated and the matter discussed at the Council Meeting on the 20th January 1944.

7. Resolved that the following allotment transfers be approved:- Clarke's from J. Aspin to C. Holden and C. Holden to F. Wall.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 13th January 1944.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his Report.

3. Resolved that the Surveyor's action in giving an undertaking with reference to Snow Clearing on certain Unclassified Roads be approved.

4. Resolved that the standard charge for reinstatements be increased from 10/- to 15/-.

5. Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health concerning the Post-War Housing Programme. Resolved that this matter be left over for further consideration.

6. There was further discussion in connection with the adoption of the Private Street Works Act 1892. Resolved that this matter be left over.

7. Resolved that the recommendations of the Sewage Sub-Committee held on the 11th January 1944, be adopted as follows:-

  1. That an additional labourer be engaged at the Sewage Works.

  2. That the items detailed be provided for in the Estimates for 1944-45, i.e.

    • (a) Painting of sprinklers and iron work,

    • (b) New sprinkler arms and bearing's and

    • (c) Repair of walls.

8. Resolved that advertisement be made locally for a Sewage Works labourer.

9. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries concerning the Dig for Victory Campaign 1944.

10. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning acquisition of land for urgent Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Schemes.

11. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ministry of War Transport regarding shelter for bus passengers.

12. Resolved that representations be made to the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. concerning the non-observance of stopping places by drivers.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 13th January 1944.

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

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ending 31st December 1943, 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 Clerk reported that a direction had been served on this Authority by the Minister of Supply providing that previous directions as far as the collection of destructor scrap is concerned have ceased to apply.

5. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of December and gave details of the total collections during the year 1943.

6. Correspondence was read from the Amersham Rural District Council. Resolved that the resolution as follows be supported and that its terms be communicated to the Minister of Health, Major Procter, M. P. and the Urban District Councils' Association: "That this Council press for legislation to be made to settle a standard of bacteriological count for all rinsings of churns, bottles, etc."

7. Correspondence was read from the North-Western Divisional Office of the Ministry of Food concerning a conference on Rodent Control to be held in Blackburn on 27th January 1944. Resolved that Councillor J. W. Sanderson and the Sanitary Inspector represent this Authority.

8. The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the labour position in the Refuse Collection Department.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 13th January 1944.

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

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at 31st December 1943, of £11 16s. 3d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that the same be approved.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,877, Juveniles 571 and that the total issue of books for the month of December was 3,448 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 13.3%. Thirty eight new books had been added to stock and 18 returned to headquarters.

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

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 13th January 1944.

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

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

3. The Chairman reported upon the arrangements for an exhibition of Civil Defence films on Sunday, January 16th 1944.

4. Resolved that approval be given to the purchase of nine dozen whistles for the Fire Guard Organisation at a total cost of £3 18s. 1d.

5. The Clerk reported upon further conversation with the National Fire Service concerning the removal of the Fire Call Boxes in High Street and Hermitage Street.

6. Correspondence was read from the office of the Regional Commissioner stating that the Regional Commissioner has now been designated as appropriate authority for the Rishton Paper mills Ltd. under the Fire Guard (Business and Government) Premises Order 1943.

7. Resolved that the Fire Guard Officer be asked to make arrangements for voluntary clerical assistance during the temporary absence of Miss M. Noble.

8. Resolved that the Fire Guard Officer submit a list of Fire Guard personnel with ages.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 13th January 1944.

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

2. The Clerk reported 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:-

3. Correspondence was read from the Whitefield Urban District Council concerning Sunday entertainments. Resolved that letters be addressed to Major Procter, M. P. and the Urban District Councils' Association concerning the introduction of legislation to remove the existing anomaly whereby the Lord's Day Observance Society are in a position to prevent Sunday entertainments being given for the benefit of members of the Services, the public and the Charities for which they are organised. Councillors Clarke, Leeming and Worsley voted against this resolution.

4. The Clerk reported upon the transfer of the ownership of a business. Resolved that no representations be made.

5. The Clerk read correspondence in connection with the Parliament (Elections and Meetings) Act 1943 and reported that the work would commence on Monday next, the 17th January 1944.

ORDINARY MEETING - 20th January 1944.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Hoyle, 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 16th December 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 16th December 1943, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 13th January 1944, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

 £s.d.
That the Collector had collected393123
House Rents55110
Bank Interest49110
Ministry of Health Derating44700
Air Raid Precautions – Wages1500
Whitebirk Sewer500
That the Treasurer had received959181
That the Wages paid were475111
Invoices for Goods amounted to135115

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,382 8s. 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 £3,382 8s. 1d. on Council Account and £21 17s. 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 resolved itself into Committee.

In Committee.

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

10. Copies of a letter from the Blaydon Urban District Council concerning the Finance of Post-War Housing had been circulated. Resolved that the scheme set out therein be not supported.

11. A letter was read from the Office of the Regional Commissioner concerning the National Fire Service.

12. Correspondence was read from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., concerning the local services.

13. Correspondence was read from the Chief Warden and Fire Guard Officer regarding the temporary part-time duty of Miss M. Noble.

14. Resolved that a letter be addressed to the Regional Transport Commissioner concerning the proposal to suspend the Manchester bus service.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th February 1944.

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

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

3. It was reported that Councillors Kenyon and Sturzaker and Mr. Greenwood were ill. Resolved that letters of sympathy and good wishes be sent to them.

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

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected1,377193
House Rents4434
Lancashire County Council – Special65200
Lancashire County Council - Ordinary4528
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Housing20850
Defence Bond Interest904
Air Raid Precautions Wages2000
That the Treasurer had received2,36096
That the Wages paid were40105
Invoices for Goods amounted to72141

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

7. Resolved that the basic wages of the following employees be:- G. Hargreaves £3 19s. 0d., A. Taylor £3 16s. 9d., P. Bailey £1 15s. 0d. It was further resolved that the present Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council for Local Authorities Non-Trading Services total war bonus award of 19/6 per week be added to these wages to take effect as from the 11th February 1944 and it was further resolved that any future recommendation of the Whitley Council be applied to the above-named employees.

8. A letter was read from Mr. C. Woodcock applying for an increase in salary. Resolved that the Clerk obtain information of the remuneration paid to Sanitary Inspectors by surrounding Authorities.

9. Resolved that the following allotment transfer be approved:- Goosey Butts, from A. Moyle (deceased) to W. Barker.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 10th February 1944.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his Report.

3. Resolved that no advertisement be made for Tenders for the supply of materials for the Financial Year 1944-45.

4. Resolved that permission be given to the tenant of No.9, Eachill Road, Rishton, to insert, at her own cost, a leaded light in the front ground floor room.

5. Resolved that notice be given to the Clerk of the County Council, in accordance with the agreement, to terminate the tenancy of the land at "Moorhouse" on the 1st November 1944 and it was further resolved, if arrangements can be made with the County Council, that the tenancy of the land should be relinquished at once.

6. The Clerk read correspondence from the Town Planning Committee concerning a meeting on Thursday next, at the Town Hall, Blackburn.

7. Applications for the appointment of a labourer at the Sewage Disposal Works were considered. Resolved that J. Conway, of 26, Albert Street, Rishton, be appointed at the appropriate Whitley Council rate of wages.

8. Resolved that consent be given to the Postmaster General to the placing of one post and telegraphs at the rear of 50, Cliff Street, Rishton.

9. Resolved that, in view of the letter from the Ministry of Health dated the 31st December 1943, this Authority's Housing Scheme for the first post-war year be 25 houses and that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare a report on proposed sites.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 10th February 1944.

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

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

3. Resolved that the cost of construction of a brick ventilator at the Refuse Tip be included in the Health Committee Estimates for 1944-45.

4. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme for the month of January.

5. The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council intimating that the County Council have agreed to delegate their powers and duties under the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act 1919, to this Authority as from the 3rd February 1944.

6. The Clerk read Minutes of the Meeting at the Town Hall, Blackburn, on January 27th 1944, in connection with the Infestation Order 1943.

7. The Clerk read the direction dated the 4th February 1944, made under the Infestation Order 1943 and reported upon the correspondence therewith. Resolved that the Clerk and Sanitary Inspector report upon the Council's duties under the 1919 Act and the requirements of the direction now given at the next meeting of the Health Committee.

8. The Clerk reported receipt of notices from H. M. Inspector of Factories under Section 9 of the Factories Act 1937.

9. The Sanitary Inspector reported that J. Bleasdale is temporarily engaged in his Department.

10. Resolved that the application of J. Lucas for a licence under the Milk and Dairies Order 1926, to carry on the trade of cow keeper and retail purveyor of milk at Manor House Farm, Rishton, be granted.

11. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 93 of the Public Health Act 1936, on the owner of 3 and 7, Harwood Road, Rishton, to carry out necessary repairs.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 10th February 1944.

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

2. It was reported that Mr. E. T. Hooper, the Head Teacher, was ill. Resolved that a letter of sympathy and good wishes be sent to him.

3. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 31st January 1944, of £202 10s, 2d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

4. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,901, Juveniles 572 and that the total issue of books for the month of January was 3,473 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 12.5%. 25 new books had been added to stock and 46 returned to headquarters.

5. The Chairman reported that Lady Openshaw had visited the Library on the 9th February 1944.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 10th February 1944.

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

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

3. The Clerk read correspondence from the Fireguard Officer concerning the request made in Minute No.8 of the Civil Defence Committee of the 13th January 1944. Resolved that Mr. Hellewell be asked to attend the next meeting of the Civil Defence Committee.

4. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council revising the arrangements for fixing the Canal Stop Dams.

5. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the War-time Organisation of Road Transport. Resolved that the Clerk be appointed Transport Co-ordinating Officer for this district.

6. Resolved that the Clerk report to this Committee cases of persistent failure by Civil Defence personnel to attend lectures.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th February 1944.

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

2. The Clerk read correspondence concerning the Conference of Lancashire Local Authorities to be held at the County Hall on 18th February 1944. Resolved that the Chairman and Clerk represent this Authority.

3. The Clerk reported that the Regional Transport Commissioner had held a Conference in Manchester on the 1st February 1944, concerning the suspension of the Great Harwood - Manchester Road Service and stated that the Regional Transport Commissioner's decision had not yet been communicated.

4. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., concerning their regulations affecting stopping places.

5. Resolved that no objection be made to the organisation of a Flag Day on behalf of the Red Cross and St. John's Society in June 1944.

6. Resolved that the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk represent this Authority at the proposed Conference of Urban District Councils to be held in the Central Hall, Westminster, on July 5th and 6th, 1944.

7. Resolved that the March Meetings, with the exception of the Finance Committee, be held on the 2nd March 1944 and that the Finance Committee be held on the 9th March 1944.

ORDINARY MEETING. - 17th February 1944.

1. Present: Councillor Worsley in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 January 1944 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 January 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 10th February, 1944, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected1,377193
House Rents4434
Lancashire County Council – Special65200
Lancashire County Council – Ordinary4528
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Housing20850
Defence Bond Interest904
Air Raid Precautions Wages2000
That the Treasurer had received2,36096
That the Wages paid were40105
Invoices for goods amounted to72141

7. The Accounts, amounting to £3,895 5s. 4d., 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 £3,895 5s. 4d., if signed by the Clerk.

9. Resolved that this meeting be adjourned until immediately after the meeting of this 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 the Sanitary Inspector's application for increase in salary be not granted.

11. The Clerk read correspondence from the Divisional Officer of the National Fire Service stating that the Fire Station, Brook Street, Rishton, would, in the near future, become a part-time station only.

12. Correspondence was read from the Borough of Leigh concerning the payments made to blind persons. Resolved that representations be made to the County Council to increase the County scale to the Wigan scale and that the opinion be also expressed that a suitable allowance should also be made to a sighted man with a blind wife.

13. Resolved that authority be given to the Collector to institute proceedings for the recovery of all outstanding rates.

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.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 17th February 1944.

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

2. Correspondence was read from the Blackburn Area Assessment Committee concerning hereditaments in Blackburn Road. Resolved that a proposal be served upon the owner of No.17, Blackburn Road, to increase the assessment to bring it on the same basis as Nos. 13 and 15, Blackburn Road, plus an addition of £1, as it is a detached property.

3. Resolved that a proposal be served on the Lancashire War Agricultural Executive Committee to increase the assessment of the Warehouse in George Street from G. V. £16, R. V. £10 to G. V. £65, R. V. £52.

4. Resolved that a proposal be served on the Dunkenhalgh Estate Co. to take Assessment No.2103 from Part 2 of the Valuation List.

5. Resolved that a proposal be served upon the owner of "Rosslyn" Blackburn Road, Rishton, to increase the assessment from G. V. £29, R. V. £22 to G. V. £32, R. V. £24 in consequence of additions.

6. The Clerk reported upon the action taken by the owners of Unity Mill, Spring Street, Rishton, to divide the Assessment between the portion requisitioned by the Ministry of Supply and that remaining in the control of the owners. The Clerk also proposed that this hereditament should now be taken from Part 2 of the Valuation List. Resolved that the Clerk discuss the matter with Mr. J. Wilson, the Rating-Valuer and that proposals be served in accordance with the decisions reached.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 2nd March 1944.

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

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

3. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his Report.

4. Resolved that the consideration of the installation of star-lighting be postponed for discussion at the July Meeting of the Building and Highways Committee.

5. The Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 1944-45 were submitted. Resolved that a total for the department of £5,637 be recommended to the Finance Committee.

6. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the advance preparation of housing sites. Resolved that the Surveyor make enquiries concerning the use of the spare land at the end of Cliff Street for a housing site and the possibility of its inclusion in the scheme now outlined by the Ministry of Health.

7. The Clerk reported further upon the claim of the Dunkenhalgh Estate for compensation in connection with the sewer laid in the fields North of the Esplanade. Resolved that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Hoyle, Kenyon and Leeming interview Mr. G. C. Scurrah on this matter.

8. Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Burnley concerning the convening of a Conference of representatives of Local Authorities to consider a joint scheme of Sewage Disposal. Resolved that this Authority be represented at the Conference by Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor.

9. Resolved that Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor be empowered to fill the vacancy at the Sewage Disposal Works caused by the resignation of J. Conway.

10. Resolved that the Surveyor, in consultation with the Town Planning Officer, consider and report on a suitable site for the establishment of a park, bowling greens and tennis courts.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 2nd March 1944.

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

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

3. Resolved that leather gloves be provided for employees in the Refuse Collection Department.

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

5. The Report on Rat & Mouse Destruction as circulated was considered. Resolved that arrangements be made if possible with Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council or Great Harwood Urban District Council for the Rodent Officers employed by these Authorities to serve a proportion of their time in this district and that this Council remunerate the Rodent Officers while so employed. It was further resolved that advertisement be made locally drawing attention to the duties of occupiers under the Rat and Mouse Destruction Act 1919 and to the methods of destruction advised by the Ministry of Food.

6. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notices under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, on Mr. J. Duckworth, the owner of 3 and 7, Harwood Road, Rishton and on the Ajax Press, Ltd., owners of 3, Ashworth Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary repairs to make these properties reasonably fit for human habitation.

7. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 1 of the Factories Act 1937, on the Val-U Chemical Co. and on the Accrington District Gas & Water Board, to lime wash walls and ceilings of the premises occupied by these undertakings off Spring Street, Rishton.

8. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 7 of the Factories Act 1937, on the Rishton Paper mills Ltd., to cleanse urinals and W. C. 's and also on the Val-U Chemical Co. to provide separate closet accommodation for both sexes.

9. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 13 of the Food and Drugs Act 1928, on Mrs. E. Bradshaw, 57, High Street, Rishton, to lime wash walls and ceilings of bakehouse at that address.

10. Resolved that Councillor J. W. Sanderson and the Sanitary Inspector represent this Authority at the Sessional Meeting of the Royal Sanitary Institute to be held at Darlington on 29th April 1944.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 2nd March 1944.

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

2. The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 29th February 1944, of £202 10s. 2d. was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 2,914, Juveniles 575 and that the total issue of books for the month of February was 3,489 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 12.5%. Forty eight new books had been added to stock and 36 returned to headquarters.

4. Resolved that the application under the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations, 1939, of the Rishton Methodist Youth Club be recommended to the County Education Committee for grant aid.

5. The Chairman reported on the arrangements for the Annual Exhibition of Evening School Work which is to take place on Tuesday, March 21st 1944, at the Senior Council School.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 2nd March 1944.

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

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

3. The Committee interviewed Mr. N. Hellewell in connection with matters concerning the Fireguard Organisation.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 2nd March 1944.

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

2. Correspondence was read from Mr. G. B. Brinnand concerning the conduct of the young people who visit Rishton on Sunday evenings. Resolved that a copy of this letter be addressed to the Superintendent of Police stating that the Council are equally concerned about this matter and support the contentions contained in the letter.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 9th March 1944.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the Chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, 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 the Clerk investigate and report on the outstanding Private 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 collected1,370011
House Rents43128
Maternity & Child Welfare Grant12155
Ministry of Labour174111
Air Raid Precautions – General5000
Air Raid Precautions – Wages2000
Removal of Iron Railings4180
That the Treasurer had received2,26054
That the Wages paid were389196
Invoices for goods amounted to127197

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

7. Resolved that the following outstanding rates be written off as irrecoverable:- J. Wilkinson £2 6s. 4d.,  F. Carrington £3 13s. 0d.

8. The Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the Financial Year 1944-45 were submitted and considered. Resolved that the Estimates be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the £ be recommended for 1944-45.

9. Resolved that Mrs. B. Whewell be authorised to act as one of the signatories for orders drawn on the Wages and Petty Cash Accounts.

10. Resolved that thanks be expressed to the members of the Sub-Committee appointed to interview Mr. G. C. Scurrah in connection with compensation under Section 278 of the Public Health Act 1936, for the laying of sewers in land owned by the Dunkenhalgh Estate. The agreement to compensate the Estate at a standard rate of 1/- per yard is considered very satisfactory.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 9th March 1944.

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

2. The Rating & Valuation Officer reported on an application from the occupier of No.52, High Street, Rishton, for a reduction in the assessment of this hereditament. Resolved that a proposal be served to amend the Valuation List from G.V. £38, R.V. £28 to G.V. £31, R.V. £23.

ORDINARY MEETING - 16th March 1944.

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

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

3. The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th February 1944 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 February 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman of this Meeting.

5. Resolved that the Minutes of the Committee Meetings of the 17th February, 2nd and 9th March 1944, be approved and confirmed and adopted as part of the proceedings of the Council.

6. Resolved that the Estimates of Expenditure for the year 1944-45 be approved and that a General Rate of 13/- in the £ be fixed for the year ending 31st March 1945.

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

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected1,370011
House Rents43128
Maternity and Child Welfare Grant12155
Ministry of Labour174111
Air Raid Precautions - General5000
Air Raid Precautions - Wages2000
That the Treasurer had received2,260154
That the Wages paid were389196
Invoices for Goods amounted to127197

8. The Accounts, amounting to £4,619 7s. 10d., were produced. Resolved that the 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 £4,619 7s. 10d. on Council Account and £235 10s. 11d. on Higher Education Account if signed by the Clerk.

10. Resolved that the Seal of the Council be affixed to the mortgage of Revenues to the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee for £4,000.

11. The Chairman expressed his appreciation of the co-operation he had received during the past two years from the public, the members of the Council and the staff.

12. Resolved that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the Chairman for his efficient conduct of the office during the past two years.

13. 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.

14. A Statement of the Attendance of Councillors at Council and Committee Meetings was presented.

15. The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the Regional Transport Commissioner intimating that it had been decided not to withdraw the Manchester East Lancashire Road Services at the present juncture.

16. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Regional Commissioner's Office stating that the Regional Commissioner had delegated his functions as appropriate authority for The Rishton Paper mills Ltd., in relation to all matters except the power to take legal proceedings. Resolved that this delegation be accepted.

17. Resolved that a second-hand typewriter to cost not more than £27 10s. 0d., be purchased for the Fireguard Organisation, the completion of purchase being left to the Clerk and it was further resolved that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the Fireguard Officer for the use of his own typewriter up to the present.

18. The Clerk outlined proposals for improving the method of recording minutes. Resolved that the suggestions be adopted.

19. Resolved that the Annual Informal Meeting of the Council be held at 8-0 p.m. on Monday, April 17th.

20. The Clerk reported correspondence from the Superintendent of Police concerning the conduct of young persons in Rishton on Sunday evenings.

21. The Clerk read correspondence from Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council concerning Rats and Mice Destruction, being in reply to the suggestion contained in Minute No.5 of the Health Committee of the 2nd March 1944. Resolved that the Divisional Rodent Officer of the Ministry of Food be invited to attend a meeting of the Council on April 17th at 7-15 p.m.

22. Resolved that proposals be served on the grounds that the rating assessments of Cotton Mills are incorrect, insufficient and unfair and should be increased.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

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

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

1. Present: Councillor Bridge in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, 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. The following were the financial transactions of the Council during the past month:-

 

£

s.

d.

That the Collector had collected301160
House Rents541010
Lancashire County Council—Salaries190176
Bank Interest2099
Ministry of Health De-Rating44700
Defence Bond Interest7100
Trade Effluent600
Air Raid Precautions—Wages2000
That the Treasurer had received95063
That the Wages paid were52307
Invoices for Goods amounted to52190

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

6. Resolved that Mr. Albert Noble be interviewed by the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Clerk concerning the outstanding street charges against vacant land on the Esplanade.

7. Resolved that the recommendations of the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council concerning re-zoning and the increase of basic rates as detailed in Circular No.54, dated 17th March 1944, be adopted for all employees of the Council to which these recommendations are applicable.

8. Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council concerning a revision of the war bonus payable to officers. Resolved that the recommendations contained in the statement accompanying Circular No.28, dated 17th March 1944, be adopted for all officials within the purview of the Provincial Council and it was further resolved that the recommendation also be made applicable to the Clerk of the Council.

9. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the Chairman for his efficient conduct of this office during the past year.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

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

2. Mr. A. E. Taylor, Surveyor, read his report.

3. A plan was submitted by Mr. B. Holden for the erection of a timber garage at the rear of "Colindale" Blackburn Road, Rishton. Resolved that the Surveyor interview Mr. Holden explaining the position under the Council's Bye-laws to him and report to this Committee.

4. The Surveyor reported receipt of plans from the Rishton Paper mills Ltd. for the reconstruction of the burnt-out building on the south side of the main road.

5. The Clerk read correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the acquisition of land for Post-war Housing.

6. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the Chairman for his efficient conduct of this office during the past year

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

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

2. The Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ending 31st March 1944 was read and approved.

3. Resolved that the following ambulance accounts be written off:- Mrs. Beckton 10/6 and Mr. O'Connor 11/6.

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

5. The Clerk reported receipt of a Direction under the Infestation Order 1943, requiring the Council to remedy infestation by rats in sewers, drains or culverts administered by the Council. Resolved that this matter should be given further consideration at the Special Meeting of the Council on 17th April 1944, when the Divisional Rodent Officer will be present.

6. The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the Divisional Rodent Officer concerning a further meeting of the Workable Area No.10 Committee. Resolved that the Chairman of the Health Committee be appointed as this Authority's representative.

7. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of March.

8. The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection at No. 43, High Street, Rishton and it was resolved that he be authorised to serve notice, under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, upon Mr. T. Oxburgh, of West View, Clitheroe, requiring him to carry out the necessary repairs to render the house fit for human habitation.

9. Resolved that the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 7 of the Factories Act, 1937, to remedy certain defects in connection with the sanitary conveniences at Daisy Hill Mill.

10. Resolved that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the Chairman for his efficient conduct of this office during the past year.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

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

2. The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at 31st March 1944, of £4 16s. 10d., was submitted by the Clerk. Resolved that same be accepted.

3. The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,150, Juveniles 170 and that the total issue of books for the month of March was 1,320 and that the percentage of non-fiction was 11.2%. 49 new books had been added to stock and 27 returned to headquarters.

4. The Clerk read correspondence from the Director of Education concerning the claim for grant by the Rishton Methodist Youth Club under the Social and Physical Training Grant Regulations.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

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

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

3. The Clerk reported on correspondence from the Office of the Regional Commissioner concerning the re-organisation of the National Fire Service.

4. The Clerk reported that a typewriter had been acquired at a cost of £30 for the Fireguard Organisation. Resolved that the excess expenditure over that sanctioned in Minute No.17 of the Ordinary Meeting held on the 16th March 1944 be confirmed.

5. Resolved that an Air Raid Precautions Sub-Committee be formed to be convened with the heads of the Civil Defence Services.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 13th April 1944.

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

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

3. Resolved that arrangements be made for the display of Railway Time-tables concerning local services in the Harwood Road Waiting-room and on a site below the Canal Bridge.