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SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING - 17th April 1944.

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

Rats and Mice Destruction.

Mr. J. H. Ferguson, Divisional Rodent Officer, explained the powers and duties of the Council under the Rats & Mice (Destruction) Act 1919 and the Infestation Order 1943.

1. Resolved - That a rodent operative, male or female, be appointed at the Whitley Council rate of wages and subject to the Whitley Council general working conditions and that the vacancy should be advertised in the "Northern Daily Telegraph" and the "Rishton Advertiser."

J. SANDERSON, Chairman.

ANNUAL AND ORDINARY MEETING - 20th April 1944.

Present - Councillor Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Chairman.

2. Resolved - That Councillor Booth be and hereby is appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

Vice-Chairman.

3. Resolved - That Councillor Worsley be and hereby is appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

4. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 16th March 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

5. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be approved and confirmed:-

Finance Committee13th April 1944.
Building & Highways Committee13th April 1944.
Health Committee13th April 1944.
Higher Education Committee13th April 1944.
Civil Defence Committee13th April 1944.
General Purposes Committee13th April 1944.

Committees.

6. Resolved - That all members of the Council serve on the Building & Highways, Civil Defence, Finance, General Purposes, Health and Higher Education Committees.

Chairmen of Committees.

7. Resolved - That the Chairmen of the respective Committees be as follows:-

Building & HighwaysCouncillor Leeming.
Civil DefenceCouncillor Sanderson.
FinanceCouncillor Worsley.
General PurposesCouncillor Booth.
HealthCouncillor Sanderson.
Higher Education.Councillor Worsley.

Representation on Joint Bodies and Committees.

8. Resolved - That the following members be appointed the Council's representatives on the Bodies and Committees named:-

Local Elementary Education Sub-Committee Area No. 9

Chairman of the Council

Councillor Clarke.

Councillor Sturzaker.

Councillor Worsley.

Employment Committee

Councillor Worsley.

Guardians Committee Area No. 5

Councillor Worsley.

Blackburn Area Assessment Committee

Councillor Worsley.

Board of Managers of Accrington Girls' High School

Councillor Clarke.

Library Sub-Committee

Councillor Banks.

Councillor Bridge.

Councillor Worsley.

Accrington & District Information Committee

Councillor Clarke.

Rats & Mice Destruction Workable Area Committee

Councillor Sanderson.

Schools Management Committees.

9. Resolved - That the following be appointed as the representatives of this Council on the Schools Management Committee for the following schools:-

Senior Council SchoolCouncillor Worsley.
High Street MethodistCouncillor Clarke.
S.S. Peter & Paul'sCouncillor Worsley.
St. Charles'Councillor Sanderson.

Sub-Committees.

10 Resolved - That the following Sub-Committees be appointed:-

Sub-Committee.

Members.

Building & Highways

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Councillors Banks,

Sanderson and Hoyle.

Health

Chairman of Health Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Councillors Banks, Clarke,

Leeming and Smith.

Finance

Chairman of Finance Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Chairman of Health Committee.

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Councillor Banks.

Rating & Valuation

All Members except

Councillor Worsley.

Sewage

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Chairman of Health Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Councillors Clarke and Hoyle.

Parks

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Councillors Banks, Clarke and Hoyle.

Allotments

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Chairman of the Council.

Councillors Banks, Clarke and Worsley.

Rent Restriction

Chairman of the Council.

Chairman of Finance Committee.

Councillors Banks, Clarke and Sanderson.

A. R. P. Committee

Chairman of the Council.

Chairman of Civil Defence Committee.

Councillor Clarke.

Transport

Chairman of the Council.

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

Chairman of Health Committee.

Councillor Hoyle.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 968 14s. 3d. were produced.

11. Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

12. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 968 14s. 3d. on Council Account and 26 7s,,8d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Use of Council Chamber.

13. Resolved - That permission be given for the use of the Council Chamber for meetings during the ensuing year to:-

Fixation of Seal.

14. Resolved - That the Seal of the Council be affixed to the General Rate as made for the Financial Year 1944-45.

Council in Committee.

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

Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

The Clerk read correspondence from the Joint Committee concerning the annual retirement of six members.

16. Resolved - That this Council nominate Councillor F. Worsley for election.

National Housing & Town Planning Conference.

17. Resolved - That Councillor J. W. Banks and the Surveyor represent this Authority at the above Conference to be held in London on June 29th and 30th, 1944.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

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

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

19. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.
That the Collected had collected

617

2

3

House Rents

43

12

8

Loans

4,000

0

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions Wages

50

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

5,275

18

1

That the Wages paid were

380

7

10

Invoices for goods amounted to

109

15

2

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Private Street Works Charges.

21. Resolved - That proceedings be instituted against Mr. Albert Noble for the recovery of the outstanding balance of Private Street Works Charges on the Esplanade, with interest to date.

Subsistence Allowances.

22. Resolved - That the subsistence allowances payable to Councillors and Chief Officials while outside the district on official business be as follows:-

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 30th April 1944 of 205 13s. 3d., was submitted by the Secretary.

23. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was Adults 1,160, Juveniles 170 and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 3,768. The percentage of non-fiction was 13%. 85 new books had been added to stock and 30 returned to headquarters.

Arts and Crafts Class.

The Chairman reported that an application had been made to the County Higher Education Committee for an additional Arts & Crafts Class during the summer months on Tuesday evenings, in view of the large response to the Wednesday evening class.

24. Resolved - That the action be approved.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mrs. Plant showing alterations and additions to workshop at Sandholes, Blackburn Road, Rishton.

25. Resolved - That the plans be approved under the Council's Bye-laws only provided that they are found to conform to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.

Acceptance of Tenders.

26. Resolved - That approval be given to the acceptance of the following tenders for the Financial Year 1944-45:-

Granite ChippingsPenmaenmawr & Welsh Granite Co. Ltd.
Spraying MaterialsBrookes Chemicals Ltd.

Bristowes Tarvia Ltd.

Sewerage and Sewage Disposal.

Reports were made on and correspondence read in connection with the Conference of Local Authorities held at Burnley on the 21st April 1944 regarding the formation of Joint Sewerage Board.

27. Resolved:-

28 Resolved - That it be recommended that the cost of the preparation of the Report be borne proportionately by each Local Authority on a population basis.

29 Resolved - That Councillor Leeming represent this Authority on the Sub-Committee to be formed in accordance with 3 (b) above.

Factory Made House.

Correspondence was reported from the Ministry of Health concerning an Exhibition in London of the factory made house and enclosing a ticket of admission.

30 Resolved - That in view of the fact that no member or official will be in London on the date concerned, that the ticket should be passed on to a member of the Great Harwood Urban District Council, with a request for a brief report after the visit.

Post-war Housing Programme.

Correspondence was read from the Ministry of Health concerning the acquisition of land for the erection of the twenty five houses proposed in the first post-war year.

31. Resolved - That the Surveyor submit site and lay-out plans to the next meeting of this Committee.

Town Planning Rail Communications. Post-war Proposals.

The Surveyor reported a request from the Town Planning Authority for information in connection with the above.

32. Resolved - That a reply be sent to the communication concerned stating that this Authority has no observations to make.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

33. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of April be taken as read and approved.

Public Health Act 1936 Section 45.

34. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 45 of the Public Health Act, 1936, on the owner of 22, Hermitage Street, Rishton, to carry out the necessary repairs to Waste Water Closet.

Salvage Report.

35. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of April be approved.

Appointment of Rodent Operative.

Applications were considered for the appointment of Rodent Operative.

36. Resolved - That a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Booth and Sanderson, with the Clerk and Sanitary Inspector, interview, with power to appoint, F. Edwards, F. Heap and H. Sharpies.

Sessional Meeting of the Royal Sanitary Institute.

37. Resolved - That the Chairman and Sanitary Inspector represent this Authority at the Sessional Meeting at Bolton on June 17th.

Grazing on Refuse Tip.

38. Resolved - That the application of T. Taylor for permission to graze a horse on the Refuse Tip be not granted.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

39. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 11th May 1944.

Present - Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Appointment of Chairman.

40. Resolved - That Councillor Booth be appointed Chairman of this Committee.

4 and 6 High Street.

41. Resolved - That proposals be served to amend the Valuation List from No. 4 - G. V. 22, R. V. 15 to G. V. 20, R. V. 13, No. 6 - G. V. 26, R. V. 19 to G. V. 20, R. V. 13.

52 High Street

42. Resolved - That a proposal be served to place this property in Part 2 of the Valuation List.

25 Noble Street and 1a Eachill Road.

43. Resolved - That a proposal be served to combine the above properties in one assessment G. V. 17, R. V. 10.

Unity Mill, Spring Street.

44. Resolved - That authority be given to serve proposals as recommended by the Rating Valuer in connection with the above.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 18th May 1944.

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

Minutes of Special Meeting.

45. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the 17th April 1944 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting.

46. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 20th April 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

47. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

11th May 1944.

Higher Education Committee

11th May 1944.

Building and Highways Committee

11th May 1944.

Health Committee

11th May 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

11th May 1944.

Rating and Valuation Committee

11th May 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting, to 884 4s. 6d. were produced.

48. Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

49. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 884 4s. 6d. on Council Account and 17 5s. 6d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Gas Examiner's Report.

The Gas Examiner's Report for the quarter ending 31st March 1944, was reported to be in order.

Council in Committee.

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

Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

The Clerk reported receipt of the Voting Paper in connection with the annual election of six members.

51 Resolved - That the Voting Paper be completed by the Chairman and Clerk.

Local Government Re-organisation.

A letter was reported from the Dorset, Hants, Isle of Wight and Wilts, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Non-County Boroughs Association, enclosing a plan for the Re-organisation of Local Government.

52 Resolved - That copies of the leaflet be circulated to members for further consideration.

Food and Drugs (Milk and Dairies) Bill.

Correspondence was read from the Urban District Councils' Association concerning the Second Reading of the above Bill and the Notice of Motion given by six members of Parliament for the rejection of this Bill.

53. Resolved - That Major Procter, M. P., be urged to support this motion.

Infectious Disease Cases. Provision of Hospital Accommodation.

Correspondence was read from the Accrington and District Joint Hospital Board stating that Darwen Corporation was prepared to enter into an agreement for the admission of infectious disease cases to the Bull Hill Hospital, Darwen, with, those Constituent Authorities of the Board who wished to participate in such arrangements on the following terms:-

Maintenance, medical attendance, etc., 4/4/- per patient per week, subject to a minimum payment of 80 per year, together with the cost of any serum used and any special fees for the services of Consultant and any operative treatment required. Ambulance charges of 35/- per patient for each journey.

Any balance of the minimum payment of 80 after each Authority taking part in the agreement have paid their own maintenance expenses will be borne by Authorities on a population basis.

54. Resolved - That the Accrington and District Joint Hospital Board be informed that this Council is prepared to enter into an agreement on the above terms.

National Fire Service. Additional Workshop - Spring Street.

The Clerk reported that instructions had been received to de-requisition the above premises on the receipt of information from the Area Technical Adviser of the National Fire Service.

Private Street Works Charges.

The Clerk reported that the whole of the outstanding charges with interest to date referred to in Minute No. 21 have been paid.

Plot of Land at Norden.

55. Resolved - That the plot of land on Norden No. 2 site be let to Mr. T. Taylor, at a rent of 1/10/- per annum, providing that he undertakes any fencing which is necessary.

Appointment of Rodent Operative.

Councillor J. W. Sanderson reported that the Sub-Committee set up in accordance with Minute No. 36 had appointed H. Sharpies as Rodent Operative, to commence duties on Monday, the 22nd May 1944.

Telephone Kiosk - High Street.

56. Resolved - That the attention of the Telephone Manager be drawn to the state of disrepair of the above kiosk.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

57. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

Present Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clark, Hoyle, Kenyon, Sanderson, Smith. Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Collector's Financial Statement.

58. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

1,189

10

8

Mouse Rents

43

2

0

Air Raid Precautions - General

100

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

50

0

0

L. F. O. Expenditure

269

13

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,553

6

4

That the Wages paid were

410

13

6

Invoices for goods amounted to

175

9

10

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Employers Liability Insurance.

Correspondence was read from the Atlas Insurance Co., Ltd., concerning the unfavourable claims experience and intimating that it is necessary to raise the premium from 13/- per cent to 17/6 per cent.

60. Resolved - That the policy be renewed on this basis.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st May 1944, of 188 17s. 9d., was submitted by the Secretary.

61. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was Adults 1,178, Juveniles 172 and that the total issue of books for the month of May was 4,017 and the percentage of non-fiction was 11.3%. Fifty new books had been added to stock and 110 returned to headquarters.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Flagger and Pavior and Drainer.

62. Resolved - That vacancies for a Flagger and Pavior and a Drainer be advertised provided that it is impossible to obtain suitable men from the Local Employment Exchange.

School Central Kitchen.

Plans were submitted for a proposed School Central Kitchen and Boiler-house for the Lancashire County Council in Stourton Street, Rishton.

63. Resolved - That the recommendations of the Town Planning Officer be accepted and that the plan be disapproved for the following reasons:-

  1. That the proposed Central Kitchen and Boiler-house will be situate in an area which it is intended shall be zoned in the North-East Lancashire (Region No. 1) Joint Town and Country Planning Scheme for Residential purposes.

  2. That the proposed Central Kitchen and Boiler-house adjoining, by reason of their size, height, design and siting would be likely to seriously injure the amenities of the locality.

  3. That the proposal does not secure well-planned development.

Post-War Housing Programme.

Site and Lay-out Plans were submitted by the Surveyor showing suggested schemes.

64. Resolved - That the matter be given further consideration at the next meeting of this Committee.

65. Reserved: That the opinion of surrounding authorities be obtained on the question of a greater density of housing on unbuilt sites within the existing built-up area than the present maximum of twelve to the acre.

Water Supply - Hermitage Street Allotments.

The Clerk gave particulars of Mr. R. Heap's proposal to install a water supply at Hermitage Street Allotments and the cost as quoted to the Council for a general supply to the tenants.

66. Resolved - That the matter receive further consideration when the costs of consumption are obtained.

Land at Norden.

67 Resolved - That the rent for the grazing land at Norden for which Mr. T. Taylor has made application be not reduced

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

68 Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of May be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

69 Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of May be approved.

Rats and Mice Destruction.

The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the progress of the survey and the work being carried out by Mr. H. Sharpies.

70 Resolved - That Mr. C. Woodcock and Mr. H. Sharpies be authorised under the Rats & Mice Destruction Act 1919, to enter on land in the Urban District of Rishton for the purpose of ascertaining whether steps are being taken for the destruction and the prevention of infestation of rats and mice and executing and enforcing the Act in any other respect.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

71. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Ministry of Home Security Circular No. 73.

The Clerk read the above circular.

A. R .P. Sub-Committee - 25th May 1944.

72. Resolved - That the recommendation of the Sub-Committee be adopted that the following representatives and persons should be invited to attend meetings of the Sub-Committee. namely:-

Police A. R. P. Department, Home Guard, Women's Voluntary Services, the Chief Billeting Officer, Mr. H. Howson (N. A. R. P. A .C) and Mr. T. Hacking (Fireguard Service).

Manning of Report and Control Centres.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council requiring the immediate re-opening of Report Centres.

Domestic Surface Shelters and Police Protection.

The Clerk reported correspondence concerning the misuse of domestic surface shelters.

73. Resolved - That a letter be addressed to the Superintendent of Police asking for regular police supervision of the surface shelters and it was also

74. Resolved - That the opinion of the Council should be expressed that the Police Station should be continuously manned.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th June 1944.

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

Local Government Re-organisation Plan.

Consideration was given to the plan published by the Dorset, Hants., Isle of Wight and Wilts., Berks. Bucks and Oxon. Non-County Boroughs Association.

75. Resolved - That no action be taken in this matter.

Urban District Councils Association Conference.

Correspondence was reported stating that the above conference, which was to have been held on the 5th and 6th July, 1944, is postponed.

War Pensions.

Correspondence was read from the Urban District Council of Hindley concerning the above and urging support of a resolution passed by that Council.

76. Resolved - That this Council is strongly of the opinion that a flat rate pension should be awarded irrespective of a means test to all parents who have had the misfortune to lose either sons or daughters whilst serving in His Majesty's Forces and they strongly urge the Government to reconsider their decision accordingly, that a copy of this resolution should be forwarded to the Local Member of Parliament.

N. F. S. - Sick Pay Regulations.

Circumstances were reported in connection with the discharge of a man from the National Fire Service on the expiration of thirteen weeks' sickness.

77. Resolved - That this Council considers most severe the regulations which require the discharge of a man in any circumstances after thirteen weeks' sickness in any period of twelve months and that representations be made for the granting to Divisional Officers of discretion in this matter.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th June 1944.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

78. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 18th May 1944 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

79. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

8th June 1944.

Building & Highways Committee

8th June 1944.

Health Committee

8th June 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

8th June 1944.

General Purposes Committee

8th June 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 3,803 2s. 3d. were produced.

80. Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

81. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 3,803 2s. 3d. on Council Account and 9 Is. 7d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Water Supply - Hermitage Street Allotments.

The Clerk gave further particulars regarding the cost of consumption in the event of a water supply being installed on the above allotments.

83. Resolved - That Mr. R. Heap be permitted to have a supply installed for his own use, provided that he makes application in writing for the sanction of the Council.

A. R. P. Sub-Committee - 13th June 1944.

The Clerk reported the recommendations of the A. R. P. Sub-Committee held on the above date.

84. Resolved - That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee with certain amendments and deletions be adopted as follows:-

  1. That meetings of the Sub-Committee be held monthly on the Tuesday before the second Thursday, at 8-0 p.m.

  2. That a summary of the correspondence received from the Ministries on Civil Defence matters be circulated before the meeting to the members.

  3. That a representative of the National Fire Service be asked to attend meetings.

  4. That the Surface Domestic Shelters should be locked and after thorough cleansing that the keys should be deposited with responsible householders and that notices should be suitably exhibited indicating the whereabouts of the key.

  5. That the Gas Detection Board at Cutt Wood entrance be re-sited.

Staff.

The resignation of Mrs. Berry was submitted to terminate her duties on the 30th June 1944.

85. Resolved - That the same be accepted.

86. Resolved - That a vacancy be advertised locally for a Junior Female Clerk and Typist up to 17 years of age, the position to be subject to Whitley Council rates of pay and conditions.

Public Lighting.

87. Resolved - That the necessary repairs and reinstatements to street lighting lamps and standards be put in hand Immediately.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

88. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 13th July 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

89. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

3,572

16

9

House Rents

54

15

1

Lancashire County Council – Salaries

83

0

0

Bank Interest

12

18

6

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions Wages

50

0

0

A.F.S. Grant

164

4

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,267

6

9

That the Wages paid were

508

12

0

Invoices for goods amounted to

175

9

10

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Rate Arrears Book and Voids Book.

The above books were submitted to the meeting for signature by the Chairman.

Appointment of Junior Clerk and Typist.

91. Resolved - That Miss M. Kinder be appointed to the above position at 1 3s. 9d. per week in accordance with the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council Junior Salary Scale for Females.

Assessment of Cotton Mills.

The Clerk reported upon the provisional terms of settlement which have now been reached by the Sub-Committee representing the Lancashire Rating Authorities with the Sub-Committee representing the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Association.

92. Resolved - That Councillor F. Worsley and the Clerk represent this Authority at the Conference of Rating Authorities to be held in Manchester on Wednesday, the 19th July, for the purpose of considering the provisional terms.

Transfer of Allotment.

93. Resolved - That the following allotment transfer be approved:- Goosey Butts: From J. H. Sowerbutts to A. Sumner.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 13th July 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement showing the balance on hand at the 30th June 1944 of 182 9s. 8d., was submitted by the Secretary.

94. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was Adults 1,020, Juveniles 180 and that the total issue of books for the month of June was 4,308. The percentage of non-fiction was 10%. 45 new books had been added to stock and 49 returned to headquarters.

Part-Time Teachers - 1944-45 Session.

95. Resolved - That, where available, the same teachers be engaged as last session and that the Chairman and Secretary be given power to advertise and fill any vacancies arising.

Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes. Annual Meeting.

The Secretary reported that the Annual Meeting for 1944 will be held at Wallasey on Friday, the 6th October 1944.

96. Resolved - That the Chairman and Secretary represent this Committee.

St. Charles' Youth Organisation.

The Secretary reported receipt of copy correspondence from the Board of Education to the Rev. J. C. Elliott concerning a grant of not more than 15 towards the expenditure of the above organisation.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 13th July 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Public Hall.

97. Resolved - That application for sanction to acquire a certain building for use as a Public Hall be made to the Minister of Health.

Post-War Housing Programme.

Further sites and lay-out plans were submitted by the Surveyor showing suggested schemes.

98. Resolved - That enquiries be made concerning the acquisition of the vacant land between Cliff Street and Commercial Street.

Lancashire Rivers Board.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence stating that the sample of effluent taken from the Sewage Disposal Works on the 11th May 1944, had been classified at satisfactory.

Public Park.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the National Playing Fields Association concerning the open spaces available for recreation purposes in the district and asking for suggestions for additional facilities.

99. Resolved - That a Special Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Leeming and Sturzaker be appointed to consider and submit to the Council a scheme for a Public Park and that the scheme be forwarded provisionally to the National Playing Fields Association immediately the Sub-Committee has reached a decision.

Interim Protection of Trees and Woodlands.

The Surveyor reported that the Town Planning Committee have under consideration the making of orders for the interim preservation of trees and woodlands.

100. Resolved - That the survey in this district be left with the Surveyor.

Lee Lane Trees.

101. Resolved - That the damaged and spoiled trees on Lee Lane be removed.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 13th July 1944.

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

Medical Officer of Health's Report.

102. Resolved - That the Medical Officer of Health's Report for the quarter ended 30th June 1944 be taken as read and approved.

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

103. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of June be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

104. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of June be approved.

Rats and Mice Destruction.

The Sanitary Inspector reported the measures being taken in connection with the dis-infestation of sewers and that W.  Beardsworth had been engaged as a labourer for the Rodent Officer for a period of approximately three weeks for the work on the sewers.

Drainer.

105. Resolved - That W. Beardsworth be engaged as a drainer at the appropriate Whitley Council rate after the termination of his duties in connection with Rodent Control and that he be employed during the time when his services are not required draining on refuse collection.

106. Resolved - That W. Beardsworth be paid his daily travelling expenses from Accrington.

Ambulance.

A Report was made by the Sanitary Inspector upon the repairs necessary to the ambulance.

107. Resolved - That a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Booth, Kenyon, Leeming and Sturzaker inspect the ambulance and report back to this Committee.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. - 13th July 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

108. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

A. R. P. Sub-Committee - 11th July 1944.

The Clerk read the report of the meeting of the above Sub-Committee.

109. Resolved - That same be accepted.

Civil Defence Exercise - 9th August, 1944.

The Clerk reported on the arrangements for a Civil Defence Exercise in Sub-Control Area D. with special reference to incident control on August 9th 1944.

J.W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 13th July 1944.

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

Broadcasting of Resolutions.

Correspondence was read from the Urban District Councils' Association concerning the above.

110. Resolved - That this Council support the contentions of the Association and that any resolutions or matters upon which it is desired to make representations be referred to the Executive Committee of the Association.

Wilful Damage to Wooden Fencing in Hermitage Street.

The Clerk read a Police Report concerning damage by three boys to wooden fencing in Hermitage Street.

111. Resolved - That the Superintendent be asked to arrange for the boys to be severely cautioned by a Police Officer.

112 Resolved - That a letter of thanks be addressed to Mr. H. Francis for his prompt action in apprehending these boys.

Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

The Clerk reported that Councillor F. Worsley has been elected to fill one of the six vacancies on the above Committee, for a period of three years ending on the 1st July 1947.

Street Collections.

113. Resolved - That this Council make no objection to the proposed collection to benefit the Rishton District Nursing Association on the 1st and 2nd September 1944.

Girls' High School, Accrington.

114. Resolved - That this Council support the representations made by the Headmistress of the above school for a special conveyance for pupils from Rishton to the school.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 20th July 1944.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

115. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th June, 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

116. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee13th July 1944.
Higher Education Committee13th July 1944.
Building and Highways Committee13th July 1944.
Health Committee13th July 1944.
Civil Defence Committee13th July 1944.
General Purposes Committee13th July 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 5,616 19s. 5d, were produced.

117. Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

118. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 5,616 19s. 5d. on Council Account and 11 14s. 2d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Pawnbroker's Licence.

120. 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.

Arthur Bibby (Haulage) Ltd.

The Clerk read correspondence from the Board of Trade regarding the proposal to change the name of the above Company to Rishton Transport Ltd.

121. Resolved - That no objection be made.

99, High Street, Rishton.

Correspondence was reported from the Divisional Officer of the National Fire Service concerning the de-requisitioning of the above premises.

122. Resolved - That the Divisional Officer be informed that this Council has no observation to make regarding this proposal.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

123 Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

SPECIAL MEETING - 27th July 1944.

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

Public Park.

124. Resolved - That the recommendation of the Special Sub-Committee, appointed under Minute No. 99, be adopted and that the land north of Blackburn Road between Cutt Lane and Harwood Road, approximately 40 acres in extent, be earmarked for a Public Park.

Ambulance.

125. Resolved - That the recommendation of the Special Sub-Committee, appointed under Minute No. 107, be adopted:- That steps be taken to eliminate the rattling of the doors and door handles and that all necessary running repairs be put in hand.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement

126. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

3,572

3

2

House Rents

43

12

8

Local Fuel Overseer Expenditure

77

0

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Housing

188

0

0

Government Evacuation Scheme

50

0

0

Defence Bond Interest

7

10

0

Air Raid Precautions – General

200

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

150

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

4,929

6

3

That the Wages paid were

408

14

3

Invoices for Goods amounted to

66

8

8

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Repayment of 3 per cent. Mortgages.

128. Resolved - That notice be given to repay the 3 per cent. mortgages which have expired or are about to expire and that terms of renewal be offered of 2 per cent. for seven years and 3 per cent, for ten years.

Salary Scales.

Correspondence was read from the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities revising the General Division scales.

129. Resolved - That the recommendations be adopted.

Sickness Payments.

Correspondence was read from the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities concerning a standard sickness payment scheme for permanent and temporary officers of three months full pay followed by half pay for a further period of three months in any period of one year.

130. Resolved - That it be ascertained whether the Urban District Councils of Clayton-le-Moors and Great Harwood are adopting this scheme.

Pensions Increase Act 1944.

Consideration was given to a memorandum on the above Act and its application to former employees of this Authority.

131. Resolved - That further consideration be given to this matter after the next meeting of the Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee.

Assessment of Cotton Mills.

Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Oldham concerning the expenses incurred by the Sub-Committee set up to consider the assessment of cotton mills.

132. Resolved - That this Authority's proportion based on the total rateable value of cotton mills be paid.

Allotment Transfer.

133. Resolved - That the following allotment transfer be approved:- Clarke's: From Mrs. Mitchell to George Fish.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st July 1944 of 283 17s. 1d., was submitted by the Secretary.

134. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,207, Juveniles 182 and that the total issue of books for the month of July was 3,503. The percentage of non-fiction was 10.5 per cent. 42 new books had been added to stock and 16 returned to headquarters.

Rishton Youth Movement.

135. Resolved - That, in view of the organisations which have been set up by the Churches, that no Youth Movement activities be organised by this Committee in the coming session.

Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes Examinations, 1944.

The Secretary reported the results of the above examinations.

Recruitment of Evening School Students.

The Secretary reported receipt of a memorandum from the Lancashire Education Committee on the above.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mr. E. L. Winter showing extension of greenhouse at "Harewood," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

136. Resolved - That the plan be approved under the Building Bye-Laws and under the Town Planning Act 1932 and 1943, subject to the following condition:- That the requirements of the Lancashire County Council as Highway Authority under the Restriction of Ribbon Development Act 1935, shall be complied with Mowing of Holt Street Recreation Ground.

137. Resolved - That thanks be expressed to Councillor Sutcliffe for moving the above Recreation Ground and that he be permitted to take the hay if he so desires.

Horse.

138. Resolved - That thanks be expressed to Mr. R. H. Clarke and his son for their assistance in rescuing the horse from the canal and that they be paid ten shillings for services rendered.

Proposed Bus Stops - Lee Lane.

139. Resolved - That the proposed bus stops on Lee Lane, detailed below, be approved:-

From Great Harwood.

 

To Great Harwood.

  

15 yds. West of Cemetery Hotel.

50 yds. East of Heap's Farm.

 

At Heap's Farm.

30 yds. East of junction with Wilpshire Road.

 

30 yds. West of junction with Wilpshire Road.

Public Lighting.

The Surveyor read correspondence from the Ministry of Home Security concerning increased standards of street lighting.

140. Resolved - That no action be taken on this circular.

Post-War Housing Programme.

The Surveyor read a Report of Trial Holes taken on the Sands Site in 1941.

The Clerk reported an interview with Mr. G. C. Scurrah concerning terms for the acquisition of the Sands Site.

141. Resolved - That Councillors Kenyon and Leeming with the Clerk, discuss this matter with Mr. Scurrah to seek more favourable terms.

Holt Street Recreation Ground Football Pitch.

142. Resolved - That the application from Rishton Youths’ Football Club for the use of the above pitch be granted at a rental of 1 for the season.

Building Bye-Laws.

143. Resolved - That the Surveyor take the necessary action to obtain compliance with the Building Bye-Laws by Mr. B. Holden, of "Colindale," Blackburn Road, Rishton, in connection with the garage erected at that address.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

144. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of July be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

145. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of July be approved.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that a direction had been received revoking the requirements to collect Waste Rubber.

Rats and Mice Destruction.

The Sanitary Inspector reported on the work of the Rodent Operative during the past month.

Ambulance and Ambulance Driver.

The Sanitary Inspector reported the absence from duty of the ambulance driver and the difficulties being experienced in maintaining the service.

146. Resolved - That arrangements be made, if possible, with Great Harwood Urban District Council for responsibility for the evening and night time ambulance service for both districts on alternative weeks, this Council taking the remaining responsibility for both districts.

147. Resolved - That the thanks of this Committee be expressed to Mr. Woodcock for his additional services during the period of absence of the ambulance driver.

148. Resolved - That arrangements be made to install a private telephone line from the residence of the ambulance driver to the County Branch Library.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

149. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Issue of Petrol into Cans.

The Clerk read correspondence from the Superintendent of Police concerning the above.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 10th August 1944.

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

Retirement of Sir George Etherton.

Correspondence was read from the Lancashire Urban District Councils Association concerning the Executive Committee's decision to make a presentation to Sir George Etherton on his retirement and to expend the sum of fifty guineas out of the Funds of the Association.

150. Resolved - That disapproval be expressed to this course.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 17th August 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillor Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Licensed House Assessments.

151. Resolved - That proposals be served to amend for the 1944-45 Rate the Licensed House Assessments as follows:-

 

Present.

Proposed.

 G. V.R. V.G. V.R. V.
 
Cemetery Hotel

48

38

57

46

Old Mother Red Cap

90

72

98

78

Rishton Arms

67

54

79

63

Walmsley Arms

182

148

197

161

Roebuck Hotel

218

178

211

172

Central Electricity Board.

152. Resolved - That a proposal be served to increase the assessment of the land, overhead lines, pylons, underground cables, structures, transformers, switches, meters, indicators and appurtenances, occupied by and the property of the Central Electricity Board from R. V. 2,244 to R. V. 2,729, from the 1st April 1943.

Third Railway Valuation Roll.

The Clerk reported receipt of the above.

153 Resolved - That proposals be served to give effect to the revised assessments as follows:-

 

Present.

Proposed
  R. V. R. V.
  

Land used only as railway

 

148

170

Land and structures not being

land used only as railway

 

9

11

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 17th August 1944.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

154. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 20th July 1944 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Special Meeting.

155. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the 27th July 1944 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

156. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

10th August 1944.

Higher Education Committee

10th August 1944.

Building & Highways Committee

10th August 1944.

Health Committee

10th August 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

10th August 1944.

General Purposes Committee

10th August 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 4,366 2s. 8d. were produced.

157. Resolved - That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

158. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,366 2s. 8d., if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Whitley Council - War Wages Increase.

Circular No. 56, dated the 15th August 1944 from the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council Local Authorities Non-Trading Services concerning an increase in the war wage of 4/6 per week, was read.

160. Resolved - That the recommendation be adopted.

Post War Housing Programme.

Correspondence was read from the Dunkenhalgh Estate concerning the acquisition of the Sands Site.

161. Resolved - That further consideration be given to this matter at the September meeting of the Building and Highways Committee.

Proposed Joint Sewage Scheme.

162. Resolved - That this Council press for the adoption of population as the basis on which the cost of the Consultant's Report in connection with the above shall be proportionately borne by each Authority.

Land at Norden.

163. Resolved - That the plot of land on Norden No. 2 Site be let to Mr. Edmundson, of 82, Spring, Street, Rishton, at a rent of 1 10s. per annum, providing that he undertakes any fencing which is necessary.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

164. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 14th September 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

165. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

757

6

10

House Rents

43

12

8

Ministry of Labour Grant

174

11

1

Air Raid Precautions Wages

50

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,026

17

0

That the Wages paid were

501

9

11

Invoices for goods amounted to

179

14

7

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Annual Report on the Accounts.

167 Resolved - That appreciation be expressed of the manner in which the Clerk has drawn up and presented the Annual Report on- the Accounts for the year ended 31st March 1944.

Sickness Payments.

168. Resolved - That further consideration be given to the recommendations of the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities when a reply has been received from Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council.

Allotment Transfers.

169. Resolved - That the following allotment transfers be approved:- Goosey Butts: From E. Hargreaves to A. Aldred, Norden: From W. Maclachlan to E, J. Simmonds.

Local Government Superannuation Act 1937.

The Clerk reported that John Farrar will attain the age of 65 years on the 30th November 1944 and that he did not wish his service to be extended in accordance with Section 7 (1).

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 14th September 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st August 1944 of 283 6s, 11d., was submitted by the Secretary.

170. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was Adults 1,222, Juveniles 185 and that the total issue of books for the month of August was 4,057. The percentage of non-fiction was 12.3 per cent. Forty-two new books had been added to stock and 88 returned to headquarters.

Physical Training Teacher.

The Chairman reported that Mr. E. Hope, of 17, St. Charles Road, Rishton, had been appointed to this position in accordance with Minute No. 95.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 14th September 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Public Lighting.

The Surveyor read correspondence from the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking and from Accrington District Gas and Water Board concerning the re-establishment of street lighting.

The Surveyor also reported on the steps being taken to commence modified lighting on the increased standards permitted by the Ministry of Home Security on Saturday or Sunday next.

171. Resolved - That the Surveyor's action in connection with the installation of modified lighting be approved.

172. Resolved - That the Surveyor question the charge for reconditioning the electric lamps in view of the 20 per annum maintenance charge which has been paid by the Council.

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mr. W. H. Robinson, of 57, Knowles Street, Rishton, for a garage in St. Paul's Road and from the Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd. for lavatory accommodation at Albert Mill.

173. Resolved - That the plan submitted by Mr. W. H. Robinson be approved under the Building Byelaws and under the Town Planning Acts 1932 and 1943 subject to the following conditions:-

  1. That the consent of the Council under the Town and Country Planning (General Interim) Development Order, 1943 and the Town and Country Planning Acts, 1932-1943, is granted for a period of three years.

  2. That the garage shall be painted to the satisfaction of the Council's Surveyor.

  3. That the requirements of the Lancashire County Council under the Restriction of Ribbon Development Act 1935 shall be complied with.

174. Resolved - That the plan submitted by the Bristol Aeroplane Co. Ltd. be approved under the Building Byelaws and under the Town Planning Acts 1932-43.

Post-War Building Programme.

175. Resolved - That negotiations be entered into with the Dunkenhalgh Estate for the acquisition of the whole of the Sands Site, approximating six acres and that the representatives appointed under Minute No. 141 proceed on the lines indicated at this meeting.

Public Park.

176. Resolved - That the Sub-Committee appointed under Minute No. 99 interview Mr. Scurrah in connection with the above matter.

Public Hall

The Clerk read correspondence from the Ministry of Health in reply to the representations made under Minute No. 97.

177. Resolved - That no further action be taken in this matter.

Stables.

The Chairman reported that in the horse-keeper's opinion the present hay-racks in the stables were inadequate.

178. Resolved - That new larger hay-racks be fitted.

Hand Truck.

179. Resolved - That a hand truck be acquired from the Rishton District Nursing Association at a price to be agreed with the Secretary by the Surveyor.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 14th September 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

180. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of August be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

181. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of August be approved.

Ambulance Service.

The Clerk reported that the Great Harwood Urban District Council suggest a meeting of representatives of the two Authorities with a view to discussing the suggestion made in Minute No. 146.

182. Resolved - That a Sub-Committee be appointed to meet representatives of the Great Harwood Urban District Council and that this Sub-Committee consist of Councillors Booth, Hoyle and Sanderson with the Sanitary Inspector.

W. W. C. Conversion.

The Sanitary Inspector reported an application for grant for a conversion at 19, Cliff Street, Rishton.

183. Resolved - That no grants be made in this connection until after the cessation of hostilities.

Rats and Mice Destruction.

The Sanitary Inspector reported on the work of the Rodent Operative during the past month.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 14th September 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

184. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Government Evacuation Scheme.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence allocating to this district one hundred evacuees.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Office of the Regional Commissioner stating that 99, High Street and 2a, Eachill Road, Rishton, were being transferred from the National Fire Service for use in connection with the Government Evacuation Scheme.

185. Resolved - That the Regional Commissioner be informed that in the changed circumstances it is now wished to release these premises.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st September 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith and Sturzaker.

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

186. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 17th August 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

187. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Rating & Valuation Committee

17th August 1944.

Finance Committee

14th September 1944.

Higher Education Committee

14th September 1944.

Building & Highways Committee

14th September 1944.

Health Committee

14th September 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

14th September 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 4,718 1s. 3d. were produced.

188. Resolved - That same be passed for payment, with the exception of account No. 5019 for 1 10s. 0d. to Wesley Clegg (Nelson) Ltd., this account being referred to the Ministry of Food for settlement.

Schedules of Accounts.

189. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,716 11s. 3d. on Council Account and 60 9s. 2d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Ambulance Service.

Reports were made on the Meeting held this afternoon with representatives of the Great Harwood Urban District Council concerning the arrangements for the manning of the ambulance service at night time, it being stated that arrangements have been made to bring the scheme in operation. An outline was given of the proposal for a joint committee, this matter is to be reported to the next meeting of the Health Committee.

Local Government Superannuation Act 1937.

The Clerk reported that R. G. Smith, whose services were extended for one year under Section 7 (1) wished to retire on the 10th October 1944, when this period expires.

191. Resolved - That R. G. Smith continue to be employed on the cleansing of the Public Conveniences, for which he be remunerated at the rate of 15/- per week.

Horse Sheets.

192. Resolved - That Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor be authorised to purchase two pairs of horse sheets.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

193. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 3rd October 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Eachill Road Houses.

Notice to terminate the tenancy of No. 27, Eachill Road, Rishton, was reported. The list of applicants for the vacancy so caused was considered.

194. Resolved - That the tenancy of this house be granted to Mrs. Clarke, of 65, Haworth Street, Rishton and that the next vacancy be granted to Mrs. A. Sanderson, of 56, Haworth Street, Rishton.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

Collector's Financial Statement

195. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

102

13

9

House Rents

54

10

10

Lancashire County Council – Ordinary

616

0

11

Defence Bond Interest

7

10

0

Ministry of Health De-rating

447

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – Wages

50

0

0

Air Raid Precautions – Expenditure

45

6

1

That the Treasurer had received

4,958

7

8

That the Wages paid were

417

0

4

Invoices for Goods amounted to

257

19

6

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Notice of Audit.

The Clerk reported receipt of Notice of Audit of the Accounts for the year ending the 31st day of March 1944 to commence on Monday, the 20th November 1944.

Sickness Payments.

197. Resolved - That the recommendations of the Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical and Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities concerning the above and referred to in Circular No. 32a, be adopted.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 30th September 1944, of 219 16s. 5d., was submitted by the Secretary.

198. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,253; Juveniles 192 and that the total issue of books for the month of September was 4,154. The percentage of non-fiction was 12.2 per cent. Thirty-six new books had been added to stock and 20 returned to headquarters.

Prize Distribution.

The Chairman outlined the arrangements for the Prize Distribution to be held in the Senior Council School on Tuesday, October 24th 1944.

Head Teacher's Report.

199. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Surveyor's Report.

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

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mr. J. Kinder, Wood-side Avenue, Rishton, for a wood tool shed.

200. Resolved - That the plan submitted by Mr. J. Kinder be approved under the Building Byelaws and that special consent be given under the Town Planning Acts 1932-43, permitting the increased ratio of site which may be covered with buildings, subject to the condition that the shed shall be sited and painted to the satisfaction of the Council's Surveyor.

North-East Lancashire (Region No. 1) Joint Town and Country Planning Committee.

201. Resolved - That a letter be addressed to the Clerk of the above Committee asking that consideration of plans by the Town Planning Officer be expedited.

Public Lighting.

The Surveyor read a letter dated the 3rd October 1944 from the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking concerning the charges for the modified street lighting.

Blast Walls.

202. Resolved - That the blast wall at the entrance to the Council Offices be removed and that application be made to the County Civil Defence Department for the removal of the blast wall at the entrance to the First-Aid Post in High Street.

Domestic Surface Shelters.

203. Resolved - That the doors of the Domestic Surface Shelters be closed and nailed.

Garden at "Moorhouse."

204. Resolved - That a letter be sent to the Clerk of the No. 9 Area Elementary Education Committee requesting that the grounds at "Moorhouse" be maintained in better condition.

Public Park.

The report of the Sub-Committee appointed under Minute No. 99 to interview Mr. Scurrah was read.

205. Resolved - That further consideration be given to this matter by the Sub-Committee.

Sands - Housing Site.

The recommendations of the Sub-Committee concerning the terms for the acquisition of the above site were read.

206. Resolved - That these terms be accepted as follows:- A Half-penny per square yard for a 999 years' lease plus the apportioned cost of the street works paid by the Estate when Cliff Street was made up, upon condition that the full ground rent on the whole site of approximately 6 acres shall not be due and payable until the whole site, is built up or until the 25th March 1949 whichever is the earlier and that before the 25th March 1949 the amount of ground rent shall be proportional to the extent that the land is built up.

207. Resolved - That the Surveyor prepare lay-out plans for the whole of the site.

Industrial Development.

208. Resolved - That the representative of the firm interested in a factory site in this area be invited to meet Councillors Booth, Leeming and Worsley on the site concerned and that Mr. Scurrah and Mr. Ridgeway be also invited to attend.

Housing Manual 1944.

The Clerk read Ministry of Health Circular 128/44 concerning the above and dealing with the submission of lay-out plans and house plans for approval by the Ministry.

209. Resolved - That copies of the manual be obtained for each member.

Demonstration Houses and Equipment Exhibition.

210. Resolved - That no representatives be appointed to attend these exhibitions.

Housing Sub-Committee.

211. Resolved - That a Housing Sub-Committee be appointed as follows:- Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, Chairman of the Council, Councillors Banks, Kenyon and Sturzaker.

R. G. Smith.

212. Resolved - That a letter of appreciation for services rendered be addressed to the above employee on his retirement.

Assistance in the Surveyor's Department.

213. Resolved - That the question of assistance in the Surveyor's Department be referred to the Housing Sub-Committee.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Medical Officer of Health's Report.

214. Resolved - That the Report of the Medical Officer of Health for the quarter ending 30th September 1944, be taken as read and approved. The Sanitary Inspector stated that there is a mild epidemic of scarlet fever and that difficulty has been experienced in obtaining hospital accommodation.

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

215. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of September be taken as read and approved.

Ambulance Service.

The report of the meeting with the representatives of the Great Harwood Urban District Council was circulated.

216. Resolved - That in any further discussions on the question of a joint ambulance service, the Council's representatives: shall insist upon the division of expenditure on a population basis.

217. Resolved - That Councillors Banks and Worsley be added to the Council's representatives for future discussions with Great Harwood Urban District Council and that the Medical Officer of Health be also invited to attend the meetings.

Salvage Report.

218. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of September be approved.

Rats and Mice Destruction.

The Sanitary Inspector reported on the work of the Rodent Operative during the past month.

Housing Act 1936 Section 9.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection of No. 109, High Street, Rishton.

219. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notice under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936 upon the owner, requiring the necessary repairs to be carried out to render the house fit for human habitation,

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Sanderson in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

220. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Reductions in Civil Defence Organisation.

The Clerk reported upon correspondence from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the above and outlined the effect on this Authority's services.

221. Resolved - That application be made for approval to retain the small percentage above the revised personnel establishment of the Report and Control and Rescue Services.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 12th October 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Accrington Area Joint Food Control Committee.

222. Resolved - That Councillor J. R. Booth be nominated as representative of this Council on the above Committee for the year commencing 1st January 1945.

Post-War Industrial Development.

Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Blackburn concerning a Conference to be held in connection with the above on the 25th October 1944.

223. Resolved - That Councillors Hoyle, Kenyon, Sturzaker and Worsley represent this Authority at the Conference.

Postal Delivery on Saturday Afternoons.

Correspondence was read from the Head Postmaster, Blackburn, concerning an earlier postal delivery on Saturday afternoons.

224. Resolved - That no objection be made to this proposal.

Rishton - Blackburn Bus Service.

225. Resolved - That representation be made to the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. for the improvement of the service between Rishton and Blackburn on Saturday afternoons on the lines suggested.

J R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 19th October 1944

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

226. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 21st September 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

227. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

General Purposes Committee

3rd October 1944.

Finance Committee

12th October 1944.

Higher Education Committee

12th October 1944.

Building & Highways Committee

12th October 1944.

Health Committee

12th October 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

12th October 1944.

General Purposes Committee

12th October 1944.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 1,671 4s. 4d. were produced.

228. Resolved - That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

229. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk, as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 1,671 4s. 4d. on Council Account and 40 6s. 6d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Bequest by the Late Mrs. Mary Ellen Clayton.

Correspondence was read from Messrs. Sandeman & Johnson concerning the bequest by the will of the late Mrs. Mary Ellen Clayton, of the dwelling-house known as "The Turrets," Blackburn Road, Rishton. An extract from the will dealing with the bequest was also read.

231. Resolved - That the bequest be accepted upon condition that the restrictions upon its use be rescinded to permit its conversion to Public Offices.

232. Resolved - That Mr. W. Slater, Solicitor, be appointed to act for the Council in this matter and undertake the negotiations connected therewith.

Annual Meeting and Conference of the Lancashire Association of Urban District Councils.

Correspondence was read stating that the above Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at Preston early in December.

233. Resolved - That the Chairman and Clerk be appointed to attend as representatives of the Council.

Local Government Elections.

234. Resolved - That representation be made to the Urban District Councils Association that this Council is of opinion that local government elections should be held as soon as the passing of the necessary legislation will allow.

Fireguard Organisation.

Correspondence was read from the Fireguard Officer notifying the resignation of Miss M. Noble and that following instructions from the Office of the Regional Commissioner the Fireguard Service will in future be on a care and maintenance basis only.

235. Resolved - That the resignation of Miss Noble be accepted.

Public Lighting.

Observations and suggestions were made for the improvement of street lighting and attention was drawn to the lack of lighting in certain streets.

236. Resolved - That the Surveyor be instructed to attend to these matters and that he also make arrangements for the illumination of the public clock in High Street.

Carter.

237. Resolved - That applications be invited by advertisement in the "Northern Daily Telegraph" for the position of Carter and that a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Banks, Booth, Clarke, Leeming, Sanderson and Smith be and are, hereby given power to make the appointment.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

238. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 9th November 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

239. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.
That the Collector had collected

13,266

9

2

House Rents

44

6

7

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

13,810

1

6

That the Wages paid were

419

12

9

Invoices for goods amounted to

134

7

10

Finance Sub-Committee's Report

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

Sinking Fund Contributions.

241. Resolved - That additional contributions to Sinking Fund be made as detailed below to cover the repayment of mortgages falling due on the 31st March 1945:-

 s.d
Esplanade Sewers

1,728

4

4

Esplanade Street Works

487

0

2

St. Charles Road P. S. W.

83

16

11

Allotment Transfer.

242. Resolved - That the following allotment transfer be approved:- Goosey Butts, from F. Hall to Jesse Almond.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 9th November 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st October 1944, of 366 6s. 5d. was submitted by the Secretary.

243. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,292, Juveniles 207 and that the total issue of books for the month of October was 4,872. The percentage of non-fictions was 10 per cent. 75 new books had been added to the stock and 20 returned to Headquarters.

Head Teacher's Report.

244. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

Education Act 1944.

The Committee considered the memorandum of the Director of Education on administrative functions under the Education Act 1944.

245. Resolved - That the memorandum be accepted and approved.

Workers' Educational Association.

Correspondence was reported from the above body making application for approval of and recommendation for grant for the class organised in Rishton.

246. Resolved - That approval and recommendation for grant be given.

F. WORSLEY. Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 9th November 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mr. E. Longworth, of "Brook Side," and Mr. C. Unworth, of "Rook Hill," Blackburn Road, Rishton, both for a garage.

247. Resolved - That the plans submitted be approved under the Building Bye-laws and under the Town Planning Acts, 1932-43, subject to the following conditions:- (1) That the external finish of the proposed Motor Garage shall be completed with materials to match the existing buildings. (2) That the requirements of the Lancashire County Council as Highway Authority under the Restriction of Ribbon Development Act 1935 shall be complied with.

Public Lighting.

248. Resolved - That arrangements be made for all night lighting on the main roads.

249. Resolved - That the attention of the Engineer and Manager of the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking be drawn to the Council's dissatisfaction with the intensity of the electric lighting.

Disposal of Civil Defence Vehicles, Materials and Fitments.

Correspondence was reported from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the acquisition by Local Authorities of Civil Defence vehicles, materials and fitments.

250. Resolved - That the cost be obtained of fitting tipping gear to the Ford rescue vehicle.

251. Resolved - That the Clerk and Surveyor draw up a list of materials and equipment which might usefully be acquired and that when prices have been obtained from the County Council the list with prices be circulated to members for further consideration.

Sands - Housing Site.

The Clerk reported on the steps being taken to complete the acquisition of the above site.

Garage - Heating Installation.

252. Resolved - That the tender of R. Hamer for the supply and fixing of an Ideal Gas Fired Heating Boiler with cut-out valve at the Council Yard Garage for the sum of 40 16s. 0d. be accepted.

Retirement of J. Farrer.

253. Resolved - That a letter of appreciation of the long service rendered to the Council be addressed to the above employee on his retirement.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 9th November 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

254. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of October be taken as read and approved.

Cleansing of Mortuary.

255. Resolved - That R. G. Smith be given the above weekly duty and remunerated at the rate of 2/6 per week.

Salvage Report.

256. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of October be approved.

Disposal of Horse-drawn Ambulance.

The Clerk reported that an offer had been made for the disused horse-drawn ambulance.

257. Resolved - That tenders be invited from the three local firms mentioned and that the matter be given further consideration at the Council Meeting.

Housing Act 1936 Section 9.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection of the following premises:- 2, Brook Street, 42, Hermitage Street, 103, Spring Street and 64, Burton Street, Rishton.

258. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notices under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936 upon the respective owners, requiring the necessary repairs to be carried out to render the houses fit for human habitation.

106, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

259. Resolved - That steps be taken to requisition the above dwelling-house for the accommodation of persons inadequately housed in accordance with the provisions of Ministry of Health Circular 2845.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 9th November 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

260. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Fireguard Organisation.

261. Resolved - That approval be given to the payment to Miss M. Noble of 2/6 per evening for clerical assistance to the Fireguard Organisation for the period, commencing on the 30th October 1944, during which the fireguard equipment is being collected.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 9th November 1944

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

"The Turrets."

The Clerk reported upon the steps being taken to obtain the relaxation of the conditions imposed by the will of the late Mrs. Mary Ellen Clayton on the use of "The Turrets."

Post-War Industrial Development.

Reports were made on the Conference of Local Authorities held in Blackburn on the 25th October in connection with the above.

262. Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker be appointed this Authority's representative on the Sub-Committee set up at the Conference and that Councillor Worsley be appointed deputy.

263. Resolved - That representatives of Messrs. J. H. Brogden & Co., Ltd., Blackburn, be invited to meet Councillors Booth, Leeming, Sturzaker and Worsley for discussion at Rishton concerning factory accommodation.

Legacy by the Will of the Late T. W. Bracewell.

The Clerk read correspondence intimating that the late Mr. T. W. Bracewell by his will gave to the Council the legacy of 1,000 free of death duties, such legacy to be known as the "T. W. Bracewell Trust," the income from the sum to be distributed at Christmas among poor residents of the district.

264. Resolved - That the bequest be accepted and administered in accordance with the wishes of the Testator.

Air League of the British Empire.

Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Accrington concerning a meeting to be held on Friday, the 17th instant, to further the objects of the above league and asking that representatives of this Council be appointed to attend.

265. Resolved - That Councillors Banks and Booth be appointed as representatives of this Authority.

Election of Executive Committee - Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association.

Receipt of the Voting Paper for the above election was reported.

266. Resolved - That the completion of the Voting Paper be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman

ORDINARY MEETING - 16th November 1944.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

267. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 19th October 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

268. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

9th November 1944

Higher Education Committee

9th November 1944

Building & Highways Committee

9th November 1944

Health Committee

9th November 1944

Civil Defence Committee

9th November 1944

General Purposes Committee

9th November 1944

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 3,655 5s. 9d. were produced.

269. Resolved - That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

270. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 3,655 5s. 9d. on Council Account and 6 0s. 6d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Council in Committee.

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

Gas Examiner's Report.

The Gas Examiner's Report for the quarter ending 30th September 1944 was submitted.

Disposal of Horse-drawn Ambulance.

The Clerk reported that no tenders had been received in writing in response to the invitation under Minute No. 257.

272. Resolved - That the use of, the vehicle by the Council be considered by Councillor Leeming and the Surveyor and a report made to the next Building & Highways Committee.

Carter.

The Sub-Committee appointed under Minute 237 reported that M. Schofield, of 11, James Street, Huncoat, had been appointed to the above position, providing that the necessary arrangements can be made with the Ministry of Labour and National Service for release and transfer from his present employment.

Blackburn & East Lancashire Joint Industrial Development Committee.

Councillor W. Sturzaker reported on the proceedings at the Sub-Committee held in connection with the above, which considered the constitution, rules and functions of the Joint Committee.

273. Resolved - That the constitution as outlined be accepted provided that sanction be obtained from the Minister of Health for any apportioned expenditure levied upon this Authority in accordance with the provisions for finance.

274. Resolved - That application be made to the Minister of Health for the sanction referred to above.

Better Blackburn Exhibition.

The Clerk read correspondence from the Town Clerk of Blackburn inviting two representatives from this Authority to attend the opening of the above exhibition

275. Resolved - That this Authority be represented by the Chairman and Clerk.

National Housing and Town Planning Conference.

276. Resolved - That Councillor R. Leeming and the Surveyor represent the Council at the above Conference to be held in London on the 1st and 2nd March 1945. Councillor J. W. Banks was appointed to act as deputy in the event of Councillor Leeming being unable to attend.

Exhibition of Emergency Factory-made House.

Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Manchester concerning the above.

277. Resolved - That no official party attend from this district.

Housing Sub-Committee.

278. Resolved - That Councillor J. W. Sanderson's name be added to the Housing Sub-Committee appointed under Minute No. 211.

Adjourned Meeting of the Council.

279. Resolved - That the foregoing Minutes of the Council in Committee be approved and confirmed.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

280. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.
That the Collector had collected

269

19

9

House Rents

43

12

8

Lancashire County Council - Special

650

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - General

250

0

0

Air Raid Precautions - Wages

115

0

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,052

14

10

That the wages paid were

510

0

1

Invoices for goods amounted to

121

12

6

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

District Auditor's Report.

The Clerk reported receipt of the District Auditor's Report for the year ended at the 31st March, 1944, as follows:-

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 1944.

No matters arose at the audit to which special reference is necessary.

Every assistance was afforded by the Officers throughout the proceedings.

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

E. J. Miller Williams,

District Auditor.

Allotment Transfer.

282. Resolved - That the following allotment transfer be approved:- Clarkes: From W. H. Brown to Jas. Duckworth.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 30th November 1944, of 380 12s. 4d., was submitted by the Secretary.

283. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,307, Juveniles 213 and that the total issue of books for the month of November was 4,683. The percentage of non-fiction was 10.6%. Twenty-four new books had been added to stock and 12 returned to headquarters.

Head Teacher's Report.

284. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

Chess Club.

The Chairman explained the position in connection with the recognition of the Chess Club as an evening class and its approval by the County Authority under the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937.

285. Resolved - That the Chess Club be added to the syllabus for the current Session as a class and that the members pay 2/6 fee.

Carpentry Classes.

It was reported that the County Education Committee had approved the acquisition of further tools for the above classes to the value of 30 3s. 5d. in accordance with the quotation from Messrs. R. Kelly & Sons Ltd.

286. Resolved - That the tools as listed in the quotation be purchased.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Ribble Paints & Varnishes Ltd. for extensions to works.

287. Resolved - That the plan submitted be approved under the Building Bye-Laws, subject to the construction of an additional door to the boiling room as recommended by the Surveyor and that special consent be given under the Town Planning Acts 1932-43, provided that the requirements of the Lancashire County Council, as Highway Authority under the Restriction of Ribbon Development 1935 shall be complied with.

The Surveyor submitted plans from Mr. J. Barnes, 1, Sussex Road, Rishton, for a timber garage.

288. Resolved - That the plan submitted be approved under the Building Bye-Laws and under the Town Planning Act, 1932-43, subject in the latter case to the approval of the Town Planning Officer.

Public Lighting.

The Surveyor read a letter dated 22nd November 1944, from the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking concerning the complaints made by this Council in Minute 249.

289. Resolved - That representatives of the Undertaking be asked to meet a Sub-Committee to inspect the lighting in operation and that the Sub-Committee consist of Councillors Bridge, Kenyon and Leeming with the Surveyor.

Public Clock.

The Surveyor reported on the position with regard to the illumination of the public clock in High Street.

290. Resolved - That arrangements be made for the clock's illumination.

Public Pads.

The Report of the Special Parks Sub-Committee appointed under Minute No. 99, held on the 15th November 1944 was read.

291. Resolved - That the Town Planning Officer be informed that the Council are anxious to have the alternative scheme which he promised at that meeting considered by the Sub-Committee, so that the Sub-Committee may be in a position to report to the January meeting of the Building & Highways Committee.

British Standards Institution.

Correspondence was read from the above body requesting the support of this Authority.

292. Resolved - That this Authority become a subscribing member.

Carter.

The Clerk reported that the person who had been appointed by the Sub-Committee to the above position had since withdrawn his application.

293. Resolved - That Mr. J. Farrar be granted an extension of his services for three months from the 1st December 1944, under Section 7 (1) of the Superannuation Act, 1937.

Timber Hut

294. Resolved - That the offer, by the Lancashire County Council, of the timber hut situated in the Council Yard, for 140, be not entertained at present.

Rescue Party Trailer.

295, Resolved - That the offer, by the Lancashire County Council, of the Rescue Party Trailer, for 11, be not accepted.

Disposal of Horse-drawn Ambulance.

The Chairman reported that, after consideration, under Minute No. 272, of other possible uses of the above vehicle, it was decided that there is no use to which the vehicle, or any part, might be put by the Council.

296. Resolved - That the vehicle be sold to Mr. T. Rogerson and that his offer of 35/- be accepted.

The Town & Country Planning (Development by Authorities) Regulations 1944.

The Clerk read Circular No. 9 from the Ministry of Town & Country Planning concerning the control by the Ministry of development carried out by Local Authorities.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

297. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of November be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

298. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of November be approved.

Subscriptions to Hospitals.

299. Resolved - That the following subscriptions be made to hospitals in exercise of powers under Section 181 (3) of the Public Health Act 1936:-

Manchester Royal Infirmary

5

Blackburn & East Lancashire Royal Infirmary

5

Accrington Victoria Hospital

5

Central Council for Health Education.

300. Resolved - That a contribution for the year 1944-45 of 1 10s. 0d. be made to the above body.

Housing Act 1936 - Section 9.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection of the following premises:- 22, Hermitage Street and 108, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

301. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to serve notices under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, upon the respective owners requiring the necessary repairs to be carried out to render the houses fit for human habitation.

Petroleum Licences.

302. Resolved - That petroleum licences be granted for a period of twelve months from the 1st January 1945 to the following:-

Rodent Operative.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that the above employee had terminated his duties on the 9th December 1944.

The Sanitary Inspector also reported certain other adjustments of labour.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of Health and Home Security.

303. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted .

J. W: SANDERSON, Chairman,

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 14th December 1944.

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

"The Turrets."

The Clerk read correspondence from Mr. W. Slater concerning the action being taken to secure the amplification of the terms under the will of the late Mrs. M. E. Clayton on the use of "The Turrets," and also containing a request that the Eskimo canoe bequeathed to the Council be given to Stonyhurst College in view of the fact that "The Turrets" is not to be used as a Museum.

304. Resolved - That this request be granted.

Eachill Road Houses.

305. Resolved - That the tenancy of No. 31, Eachill Road, upon which notice is about to be given, be granted to Mr. & Mrs. Liddle, "Marvera," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Rishton - Blackburn Bus Service.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., concerning the additional vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays from Rishton to Blackburn.

The Clerk also reported the receipt of a petition concerning the Rishton - Blackburn Service between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the mornings.

306. Resolved - That the petition be forwarded to the Company requesting the provision of suitable relief.

Annual Conference of Urban District Councils' Association.

307. Resolved - That the Chairman and Clerk represent this Authority at the Annual Conference of the above Association to be held in London on the 17th and 18th January 1945.

Post-War Industrial Development.

Councillor Sturzaker reported on the outcome of the meeting with Mr. J. Weed, of Messrs. J. H. Brogden & Co. Ltd., arranged under Minute No. 263.

The Clerk reported receipt of correspondence from the Ministry of Health stating that sanction could not be granted for expenditure apportioned on this Authority in accordance with the financial provisions of the draft constitution of the Blackburn and East Lancashire Joint Industrial Development Committee.

Air League of the British Empire.

Councillors Banks and Booth reported on the Conference of Local Authorities held at Accrington and to which they were appointed representatives under Minute No. 265.

308. Resolved - That no action be taken to form a branch of the above league in this district.

Coat of Arms.

Correspondence was read from the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd., concerning the use of the coat of arms by a certain organisation in Rishton.

309. Resolved - That the attention of this organisation be drawn to the fact that the coat of arms is being used for purposes which were not intended by the Council and that it is desired that the coat of arms should not be used in any advertising matter.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 21st December 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Unity Mill, Rishton.

The Clerk explained the circumstances under which it was recommended that a proposal be made by the Rating Authority to amend the Valuation List in respect of the above. The Valuer's revised figure on the grounds that the present assessment is inequitable and that the premises are not an industrial hereditament was given.

310. Resolved - That further information be obtained as to how this figure is reached by the Valuer and the matter be further considered at the next meeting of this Committee.

39 and 41, High Street, Rishton.

311. Resolved - That proposals be served to amend the Valuation List as follows:-

 Present Proposed
 G. V. R. V.G. V.  R. V.

39, High Street

31  2322 15

41, High Street

32  2421 14

These amendments are being made in view of the fact that the premises are now being used as dwelling-house accommodation only.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 21st December 1944.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

312. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 16th November 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

313. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

14th December 1944.

Higher Education Committee

14th December 1944.

Building & Highways Committee

14th December 1944.

Health Committee

14th December 1944.

Civil Defence Committee

14th December 1944.

General Purposes Committee

14th December 1944.

Council Houses.

320. Resolved - That the Surveyor carry out an inspection of all the Council Houses and report on the painting, decorations and repairs necessary.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th January 1945.

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

Lay-out of Sands Site.

Mr. Ridgeway, Town Planning Officer, outlined his scheme for the development of the Sands Site on two levels to avoid the cost of excavation.

321. Resolved - That plans be prepared by the Surveyor, in co-operation with Mr. Ridgeway, for the lay-out of the site on one level on the lines originally submitted by the Surveyor.

322. Resolved - That enquiry be made concerning the inclusion of the site in the Blackburn group scheme for the preparation of housing sites and that an estimate of the cost under this scheme be obtained.

323. Resolved - That a cost be obtained for the levelling of the site from one of the firms now advertising this class of work.

Public Park.

Mr. Ridgeway submitted his scheme for the siting of residential property on the south and east sides of the proposed Golden Acre Park, showing the linking up of the scheme with "The Turrets."

324. Resolved - That plans be prepared for submission to the Council showing development also on the north side of the park.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 11th January1945.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

325. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

495

16

11

House Rents

54

10

10

Lancashire County Council – Special

10

0

0

Bank Interest

55

7

0

Ministry of Health De-Rating

447

0

0

Civil Defence

57

13

7

Civil Defence Wages

20

0

0

Local Fuel Overseer's Expenses

17

13

2

That the Treasurer had received

1,412

2

9

That the Wages paid were

353

12

6

Invoices for Goods amounted to

200

5

4

General Rate.

326. Resolved - That authority be given to the Collector to institute proceedings for the recovery of all outstanding rates immediately after the 26th January 1945.

Finance Sub-Committee's Report,

327. Resolved - That the report of the Finance Sub-Committee be accepted and approved.

Pensions (Increase) Act 1944.

328. Resolved - That J. Rostron be awarded a percentage increase of 30%, amounting to 8 19s. 9d. per annum, under the provisions of the above Act.

New System for Payment of Wages.

The Clerk outlined proposals for the installation of a new system in connection with the payment of wages.

329. Resolved - That the scheme be put into operation as from 1st April 1945.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 11th January 1945.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 31st December 1944, of 175 3s. 1d., was submitted by the Secretary.

330. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,327; Juveniles, 219 and that the total issue of books for the month of December was 4,036. The percentage of non-fiction was 11.7%. Thirty-six new books had been added to stock and 18 returned to Headquarters.

Head Teacher's Report.

331. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

F WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS' COMMITTEE - 11th January 1945.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Erection of Garage in Cutt Wood.

332. Resolved - That permission be not granted for the erection of a garage in Cutt Wood to Mr. S. Nuttall, "Oak View," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Eachill Road Houses.

333. Resolved - That permission be given to the new tenant of 31, Eachill Road, to replace the kitchen grate by a modem fireplace as a permanent improvement to the property.

334. Resolved - That the Surveyor present to the Ordinary Meeting in January his report on the two houses, 13 and 31, Eachill Road, as required under Minute No. 320.

Public Lighting.

335. Resolved - That arrangements be made for all night lighting in Spring Street, Cliff Street and Station Road.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 11th January 1945

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

Medical Officer of Health's Report.

336. Resolved - That the Report of the Medical Officer of Health for the three months ended 31st December 1944, be approved and confirmed.

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

337. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of December be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

The Sanitary Inspector reported on the receipts for salvage during the month of December and gave the total collections for the year ended 31st December 1944.

338. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme be approved.

Food & Drugs Act 1938.

An application was reported from the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd. for a license to keep premises situate at Spring Street, Rishton, as a slaughter-house under Section 57 of the above Act.

339. Resolved - That the license be granted for a period of one year to the 31st December 1945.

Housing Act 1936 - Section 9.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection of the following premises:- 50, Station Road and 51, Fielding Street, Rishton.

340. Resolved - That authorisation be given to serve notices under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, upon the respective owners requiring the necessary repairs to be carried out to render the houses fit for human habitation.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 11th January 1945.

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

Correspondence from the Ministries of

Health and Home Security.

341. Resolved - That the summary of correspondence circulated be accepted.

Flying Bomb Incidents.

A letter was read from the Fire Force Commander dated the 30th December 1944, concerning the assistance to be given in flying bomb incidents by the National Fire Service.

342. Resolved - That the assistance offered be accepted and that the thanks of the Council be expressed to the National Fire Service for this very valuable co-operation.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 11th January 1945.

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

Street Collections for 1945.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Superintendent of Police concerning the issue of permits for street collections for 1945.

343. Resolved - That the Council recommend that permits be issued to the Charities named below:-

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Correspondence was reported from the above body requesting the support of this authority.

344. Resolved - That a subscription be made for the year to the 31st December 1945, of 2 2s. 0d.

106, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

The Clerk reported that sanction had been received from the Senior Regional Officer of the Ministry of Health to requisition the above property.

345. Resolved - That before Notice of Requisition is served the matter be considered by the Housing Sub-Committee.

Local Government in England and Wales

During the Period of Reconstruction.

346. Resolved - That a copy of the above White Paper be supplied to each member of the Council.

Lancashire Industrial Development Council.

Correspondence was read from the Director and General Manager of the above organisation stating that the Council is about to re-commence its activities and that a meeting of constituents and other interested persons is proposed in Preston on the 2nd February 1945.

347. Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker represent the Council at this meeting.

Industrial Development.

Correspondence was read concerning premises suitable for the wholesale manufacture of clothing in Rishton.

348. Resolved - That information be sent to the enquirer concerning the Rishton Mill and that arrangements be made for an inspection of the premises if he so wishes.

Disposal of Fireguard Equipment.

Correspondence was reported from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the above.

349. Resolved - That the following items be acquired by the Council in accordance with the provisions of H. S. C. 145/1944 2,000 watt electric fire, 5 bentwood chairs, 1 trestle table, quantity of timber and typewriter.

Ordinary Meeting of the Council in January.

350. Resolved - That the monthly Ordinary Meeting of the Council be held on Monday, January 22nd, at 8-0 p.m.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 22nd January 1945.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

351. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of 21st December 1944, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

352. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Rating & Valuation Committee21st December 1944.
Building & Highways Committee8th January 1945.
Finance Committee11th January 1945.
Higher Education Committee 11th January 1945.
Building & Highways Committee11th January 1945.
Health Committee11th January 1945.
Civil Defence Committee11th January 1945.
General Purposes Committee 11th January 1945.

Accounts.

Accounts, amounting to 3,695 11s. 8d., were produced.

353. Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

354. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 3,695 11s. 8d. on Council Account and 85 15s. 1d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Exclusion of Press and Public.

355. Resolved - That the press and public be excluded from this meeting of the Council.

Eachill Road Houses.

The Surveyor reported on the repairs and decorations necessary at No. 31, Eachill Road, Rishton.

356. Resolved - That the repairs, as detailed by the Surveyor, be put in hand.

The Surveyor reported upon the decorations which have been carried out by the tenant of No. 13, Eachill Road, Rishton.

357. Resolved - That the Council do not accede to the application for a grant of 2 towards the cost of the decorations and that all Council house tenants be notified that no repairs or decorations are to be carried out in future without the permission of the Council.

358. Resolved - That the notice from the tenant of No. 31, Eachill Road, Rishton, be accepted and that no remission of the rent be made.

359. Resolved - That the tenancy of No. 31, Eachill Road, Rishton, be granted to Mrs. Birtwistle, 46, Haworth Street, Rishton.

106, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

360. Resolved - That the recommendation of the Housing Sub-Committee, a meeting of which was held immediately prior to this meeting, be adopted:- That the above property be requisitioned and that the decorations and repairs be limited to those necessary to render the house reasonably fit for habitation.

Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944.

361. Resolved - That the following pensions be awarded increases under the provisions of the above Act as specified below:-

W. H. Cottam

- 30%

24

15s0d. per annum

P. Gilmartin

- 30%

11

11s11d. per annum

A. Taylor

- 30%

5

19s 2d. per annum

R. Spencer

- 30%

 4

10s 6d. per annum

T. H. Plummer

- 30%

4

3s11d. per annum

Post-War Housing.

The Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Town & Country Planning stating that there are no planning objections to the use of the "Sands Site," and giving other information regarding the site.

Correspondence was read from the Town Clerk of Rawtenstall concerning a Conference of Local Authorities in North-East Lancashire to discuss Post-War Housing.

362. Resolved - That this authority be represented at the Conference by Councillors Kenyon and Leeming.

Robert Clayton Mercer's Charity.

363. Resolved - That a letter be addressed to Mr. W. T. Sergeant thanking him for his generous donation to the above Charity by foregoing payment of his accounts for the past three years.

Government Coal Dump.

364. Resolved - That representation be made to the Ministry of Fuel and Power that the dump in this district be now made available for distribution.

Urban District Councils' Association

Annual Conference in London.

The Chairman and Clerk gave a report on the proceedings at the above Conference.

365. Resolved - That the thanks of the Council be expressed for the report.

Death of Mr. G. E. Petre.

366. Resolved - That a letter of condolence be addressed to the relatives of the late Mr. G. E. Petre.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945

Present - Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

Collector's Financial Statement.

367. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

2,277

15

4

House Rents

43

3

11

Defence Bond Interest

7

10

0

Ministry of Health - De-rating

447

0

0

Maternity and Child Welfare

131

7

8

Housing

174

5

0

That the Treasurer had received

2,875

14

8

That the Wages paid were

357

17

6

Invoices for Goods amounted to

196

14

9

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

War Bonus - Salary Adjustments.

Correspondence was read from the Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council for the Professional, Technical, Administrative and Clerical Services of Local Authorities concerning a revision of the war bonus payable to officers.

369. Resolved - That the recommendations contained in the statement accompanying Circular No. 36a, dated the 2nd February 1945, be adopted for all officials within the perview of the Provincial Council.

370. Resolved - That the same adjustment be made to the war bonus paid to the Clerk of the Council.

G. T. Campy.

Correspondence was read from the Atlas Assurance Co. Ltd., concerning the accident to the above-named man, who is now to have his finger amputated.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945.

Present - Councillor Worsley in the chair and Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

Financial Statement

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on Hand at the 31st January 1945, of 255 8s. 0d., was submitted by the Secretary.

371. Resolved - That the same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,353, Juveniles 223 and that the total issue of books for the month of January was 4,954. The percentage of non-fiction was 11.7 per cent. Thirty new books had been added to stock and ten returned to headquarters.

Head Teacher's Report.

372. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved.

Education Act 1944.

The Clerk reported that correspondence had been received from the Clerk of the County Council enclosing the scheme of divisional administration under the above Act and that advertisement had been made that a copy of the scheme was available at the Council Offices for inspection by any member of the public.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Snow Clearing.

373. Resolved - That the thanks of the Council be expressed to P. C. Wareing and Mr. J. Cartledge for their work in the snowstorm on the night of the 29th January 1945, which enabled the main roads to be kept open for traffic.

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted amended plan for Mr. B. Holden, "Colindale," Blackburn Road, Rishton, for a garage.

374. Resolved - That the plan submitted be approved under the Building Bye-Laws and subject to the recommendation of the Town Planning Officer, under the Town Planning Acts, 1932-44.

Council Houses.

The Surveyor submitted a report on the decorations required at the Eachill Road and Fielding Street Houses.

375. Resolved - That the work as detailed be carried out and the manner in which the work shall be undertaken be referred to the Housing Sub-Committee with power to act.

"The Turrets."

The Clerk reported that he had been informed by the Council's Solicitor that consent had now been received from all the beneficiaries under the will of the late Mrs. Clayton to the extended user of "The Turrets," and that negotiations are proceeding to effect the conveyance of the property.

376. Resolved - That Mr. W Slater be instructed to approach the Rishton Conservative Working Men's Club in connection with the acquisition of the land adjoining "The Turrets" on the west side and the buildings thereon.

Sands Housing Site.

The Clerk and Surveyor reported on developments in connection with the above.

Temporary Housing Accommodation.

Correspondence was reported from the Ministry of Health concerning the issue to this Authority of a number of temporary houses.

377. Resolved - That the matter be referred to the Housing Sub-Committee for consideration and that Councillor Sturzaker visit the Exhibition House in Manchester and report to the Ordinary Meeting of the Council.

Allotments.

The Clerk reported on the proposals to hold a Spring Campaign in Rishton.

378. Resolved - That the Council give their full support to any effort made.

379. Resolved - That supplies of rotted straw available at the Rishton Paper Mills be made available to allotment holders at a price to cover cost of loading and transport.

The Requisitioned Land and War Works Bill.

Correspondence was read from the Council for the Preservation of Rural England.

380. Resolved - That this Authority support the representations detailed in the letter through Major Procter and the Urban District Councils' Association.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

381. Resolved -That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of January be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

382. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of January be approved.

Housing Act 1936 - Section 9.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had carried out an inspection of the following premises:- 12, Edward Street and 124, Hermitage Street.

383. Resolved - That minority be given to serve notices under Section 9 of the Housing Act 1936, upon the respective owners requiring the necessary repairs to be carried out to render the houses fit for human habitation.

Waste Paper Receptacles.

384. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector make arrangements to fix a trial waste paper receptacle to the bus stop at at Cutt Lane.

J. W. SANDERSON. Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945.

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

Civil Defence Organisation.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the revision of the Civil Defence Organisation as a result of the recent resumption of enemy air activity.

The Clerk reported the action that had been taken and asked for guidance on the question of the opening of domestic shelters.

385. Resolved - That no variation be made in the present arrangements in regard to the shelters.

Government Evacuation Scheme.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the City of Manchester Education Committee expressing appreciation of the manner in which evacuated Manchester children had been cared for in this area.

386. Resolved - That a copy of the letter be sent to Miss Holden, who has given so much assistance in connection with the administration of the scheme.

"Adoption" of the Borough of Ilford.

The Clerk read correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council stating that Lancashire W. V. S. have "adopted" the Borough of Ilford and that a drive is to be made for household goods during the period 19th February to 19th March 1945.

387. Resolved - That facilities be afforded for the purpose of collecting any articles made available and that the furniture formerly held in store for evacuation purposes at 45 High Street be given to the scheme.

388. Resolved - That a letter of thanks be addressed to Mr. J. Walsh in appreciation of his making the premises, 45, High Street available without charge for the storage of evacuation furniture from the beginning of the War up to the present time.

Correspondence from the Ministries of

Health and Home Security.

389. Resolved - That the summaries of correspondence which have formerly been circulated be now discontinued.

Petrol Issues.

390. Resolved - That the question of the use of petrol for Civil Defence purposes be taken up with Superintendent Platt.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th February 1945.

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

Industrial Development.

Councillor Sturzaker reported on the proceedings at the Meeting of the Blackburn & East Lancashire Joint Industrial Development Committee on 31st January 1945 and at the Conference at Preston on the 2nd February 1945.

391. Resolved - That representations are made to Major Procter and to the Urban District Councils' Association for legislation to be made to enable Local Authorities to expand monies in connection with Industrial Development.

392. Resolved - That the thanks of the members be expressed to Councillor Sturzaker for his full and able report of the two meetings referred to above.

The Clerk reported that he had conducted two gentlemen over Rishton Mill in connection with an enquiry for factory premises. A letter was read asking whether the Council would give any financial assistance to the establishment of a new industry.

393. Resolved - That no such financial assistance be given.

394. Resolved - That the Clerk's representations to the Blackburn & East Lancashire Joint Industrial Development Committee in connection with the Board of Trade development areas be approved.

Public Mortuary.

Correspondence was read from the Accrington & District Centre of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

395. Resolved - That, in view of the report made by the Clerk. no further action be taken.

National Fire Brigades' Association.

Correspondence was reported from the above body urging Local Authorities to make representations for the return after the war of the Fire Services.

396. Resolved - That the contentions of the Association be not supported.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE - 15th February 1945.

Present - Councillor Booth in the chair and Councillors Banks, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Sanderson, Smith, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Unity Mill, Rishton.

In accordance with Minute No. 310 the Clerk gave further information in connection with the proposal to amend the Valuation List in respect of the above.

397. Resolved - That a proposal be served to amend the Valuation List from N. A. V. 150 - R. V. 67 to R. V. 325 on the grounds that the present assessment is inequitable and that the premises are not an industrial hereditament.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th February 1945.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

398. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 22nd January 1945, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

399. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Finance Committee

8th February 1945

Higher Education Committee

8th February 1945.

Building & Highways Committee

8th February 1945.

Health Committee

8th February 1945.

Civil Defence Committee

8th February 1945.

General Purposes Committee

8th February 1945.

Accounts.

Accounts, amounting to 4,033 9s. 11d., were produced.

400. Resolved - That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

401. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 4,033 9s. 11d. on Council Account and 18 16s. 1d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Exclusion of Press and Public.

402. Resolved - That the press and public be excluded from this meeting of the Council.

Post War Housing.

Councillors Leeming and Kenyon gave reports on the Proceedings and decisions taken at the Conference on the Post-War Housing called by the Borough of Rawtenstall and held at Accrington on Friday last.

403. Resolved - That the thanks of the members be expressed to Councillors Leeming and Kenyon for their reports on the Conference and that they represent this authority at any future meetings called by the Borough of Rawtenstall in connection with this matter.

The Clerk gave the District Valuer's Report in connection with the proposed lease of the Sands Site.

Civil Defence Vehicles.

Correspondence was reported from the Clerk of the County Council concerning the valuation of the Regional Office of the Civil Defence Ambulance CTU 953.

404. Resolved - That this vehicle be not purchased.

405. Resolved - That the County Council be asked to collect as soon as possible the Crown-owned Rescue Vehicle GXO 218 in view of the shortage of garage accommodation.

Alleged Misconduct of Workman.

406. Resolved - That the Surveyor be instructed to submit a report in writing concerning the above matter at the next meeting of the Building and Highways Committee.

Meetings in March.

407. Resolved - That to facilitate the consideration of the Estimates for 1945-46, that the meetings in March be held as follows:-

March 8th

All Committees except Finance.

March 12th

Finance Committee.

March 15th

Ordinary Meeting of the Council.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE - 8th March 1945.

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

Financial Statement.

The Financial Statement, showing the balance on hand at the 28th February 1945, of 250 5s. 5d., was submitted by the Secretary.

408. Resolved - That same be approved.

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was:- Adults 1,371, Juveniles 228 and that the total issue of books for the month of February was 4,500. The percentage of non-fiction was 10.8%. Forty-five new books had been added to stock and ten returned to Headquarters.

Head Teacher's Report.

409. Resolved - That the Head Teacher's Report be accepted and approved and that appreciation be expressed of the services rendered by Mr. E. T. Hooper to this Committee.

Education Act 1944.

The Secretary reported correspondence from the County Education Department dealing with the transfer of functions under the above Act and stating that it is necessary for the Local Committee to give notice of the termination of his engagement.

410. Resolved - That the Secretary be given notice that his duties terminate on the 31st May 1945 and that the thanks of the Committee be expressed for the services rendered.

The Secretary reported correspondence from the County Education Department expressing the warm appreciation of the great and valuable interest which the members of the Local Committee have taken in the development of education in this area.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 8th March 1945.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Sands Housing Site.

Correspondence was read by the Surveyor from a firm of contractors in connection with the levelling of the above site.

411. Resolved - That the firm be asked to give further particulars and that it be requested that the site be inspected by one of their representatives when in the district.

The Clerk reported that the approval had been received from the Ministry of Health to the acquisition of the Sands Site and that the lease is now being prepared by the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

Supply of Materials.

412. Resolved - That tenders be invited for the Financial Year 1945-46, only for the supply of Spraying Materials and Chippings.

Sewage Sub-Committee.

The recommendations of the Sewage Sub-Committee, held on the 21st February 1945, were reported.

413. Resolved - That the recommendations concerning the work to be included in the Estimates for the year 1945-46 be be approved.

414. Resolved - That the Sewage Sub-Committee meet at the works at least quarterly.

Estimates of Expenditure for 1945-46.

The Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 1945-46 were submitted.

415. Resolved - That a total for the department of 6,624, as detailed on the statement circulated, be recommended to the Finance Committee.

"The Turrets."

The Clerk reported upon the developments in the transfer of this property to the Council and upon the question of the acquisition of the adjoining land.

National Housing and Town Planning Conference.

A Report of the above Conference attended by Councillor R. Leeming and the Surveyor had been circulated.

416. Resolved - That the Report be adopted and that the thanks of the Committee be expressed to the delegates.

Extension of Service.

417. Resolved - That Mr. J. Farrer be granted a further extension of his services for three months from the 1st March 1945, under Section 7 (1) of the Superannuation Act 1937.

Town and Country Planning Conference at Haslingden.

The Clerk reported correspondence concerning a conference to be held at Haslingden on Saturday, March 24th.

418. Resolved - That this authority be represented by Councillor R. Leeming and the Surveyor.

Acquisition of Surplus Rescue Service Equipment

The Clerk reported the terms upon which the surplus Rescue Service equipment may be acquired.

419.. Resolved - That the items recommended for purchase by the Surveyor be purchased.

Felling of Trees at the Parish Church.

420. Resolved - That the proportion of the account rendered to the Parish Church Council, amounting to 7 7s. 0d., be written off, as this sum refers to the felling of the tree which had obscured the Church clock and concerning which representations had been made by this Council in September 1943.

421. Resolved - That Councillor Bridge inspect the timber which was removed in connection with the above work, in view of the apparently high cost.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 8th March 1945.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report

422. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of February be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

423. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of February be approved.

Estimates of Expenditure for 1945-46.

The Estimates of Expenditure for the Financial Year 1945-46 were submitted.

424. Resolved - That a total for the department of 2,410, as detailed on the statement circulated, be recommended to the Finance Committee.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 8th March 1945.

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

Accident Prevention.

Correspondence was read from the acting Chief Constable of Accrington concerning the establishment of an Accrington District Accident Prevention Council and requesting the appointment of representatives on this body.

425. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council be appointed as this Authority's representative

106, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

The Clerk reported that the above property is ready for occupation.

426. Resolved - That the rent be fixed at 12/6 per week inclusive of rates but exclusive of water charges.

427. Resolved - That an announcement be made in the "Rishton Advertiser" inviting applications for the tenancy of this property and that a notice be exhibited in the window of the house.

428. Resolved - That the applications be considered by the Housing Sub-Committee, with power to let the property.

Second-hand Coloured Blankets.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the County Civil Defence Department concerning the above and stated that a small allocation had been made to this district on a population basis, in view of the heavy demand.

429. Resolved - That an announcement be entered in the "Rishton Advertiser" informing the public of the availability of these blankets and that application should be made at the Council Offices on a fixed date.

Petrol Issues.

The Clerk reported correspondence in connection with the above as the result of action under Minute No. 390.

Loss of Remunerative Time.

Correspondence was reported from the Lancashire Urban Districts Councils' Association, including a questionnaire dealing with the above subject.

430. Resolved - That the questionnaire be completed stating that this Council is in favour of the principle of payments to members of Councils for the loss of remunerative time, that the payments should not be restricted to meetings and appointments outside the district and that such payments should be limited to a maximum payment of ten shillings per day.

Street Collections.

Correspondence was reported from the British Red Cross and St. John's Society concerning the holding of a Flag Day in this district.

431. Resolved - That no objection be made.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 12th March 1945.

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

Collector's Financial Statement

432. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.

That the Collector had collected

512

16

1

House Rents

43

10

3

Lancashire County Council - Ordinary

341

0

0

Ministry of Labour

174

11

1

That the Treasurer had received

1,265

5

4

That the Wages paid were

348

9

6

Invoices for goods amounted to

139

19

6

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Irrecoverable Rate.

434. Resolved - That the outstanding sum of 14/5 due from Mrs. Thistlethwaite be written off as irrecoverable.

General Rate 1945-46.

The Estimates of Expenditure and Income for the Financial Year 1945-46 were submitted and considered.

435. Resolved - That the Estimates, with certain modifications, be approved and that .a General Rate of 14/6 in the be recommended for the year ending 31st March 1946.

Amendments to Schedule of Wages and Working Conditions.</3>

The Clerk read correspondence from the Lancashire & Cheshire Whitley Council concerning the above.

436. Resolved - That the recommendation concerning Ashbin-men Carters be adopted and that a rate of 86/7 per week be paid to the employee holding this position.

437. Resolved - That the ostling allowance for week ends payable alternately to the two carters be increased from 3/- per week-end to 6/- per week-end.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING - 15th March 1945.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

438. Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th February 1945 be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

439. Resolved - That the Minutes of the following Committee Meetings be adopted and confirmed:-

Rating & Valuation Committee

15th February 1945.

Higher Education Committee

8th March 1945.

Building & Highways Committee

8th March 1945.

Health Committee

8th March 1945.

General Purposes Committee

8th March 1945.

Finance Committee

12th March 1945.

General Rate, 1945-46.

440. Resolved - That the Estimates of Expenditure for the year 1945-46 be approved and that a General Rate of 14/6 in the be fixed for the year ending 31st March 1946.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to 3,237 11s. 4d. were produced. Resolved—That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

442. Resolved - That the Schedules of Accounts submitted be signed by the Chairman and two other members of the Council and countersigned by the Clerk as the authority to the Treasurer to honour all cheques in payment thereof, amounting to 3,237 11s. 4d. on Council Account and 213 12s. 3d. on Higher Education Account, if signed by the Clerk.

Conclusion of Pubic Part of Meeting.

443. Resolved - That the public part of this meeting of the Council be now concluded.

Attendance of Councillors.

The statement or the attendance of Councillors at Council and Committee Meetings was presented.

444. Resolved - That the statement be adopted as a correct record.

Appointment of Representatives on the Divisional Executive.

Correspondence was read from the Chief Education Officer concerning representation on the Divisional Executive being set up under the Education Act 1944.

445. Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Worsley be appointed the representatives of this authority.

Closure of N. F. S. Station.

Correspondence was read from the Divisional Officer concerning the closure of the Fire Station in Brook Street, Rishton.

446. Resolved - That no representations be made in this connection except that the premises should be left in good condition.

"The Turrets."

Correspondence was reported from Mr. W. Slater concerning the price asked by the Rishton Conservative Working Men's Club for the land adjoining "The Turrets" and the building thereon.

447. Resolved - That representatives be appointed to meet the Committee of the Club or members thereof with Mr. Slater and that the representatives of this Council be Councillors Booth, Leeming and Kenyon.

Sale of Typewriter.

448. Resolved - That offers be invited by advertisement in the "Northern Daily Telegraph" for the Underwood Typewriter available by reason of the cessation of the Fireguard Organisation.

Felling of Trees at the Parish Church.

Councillor Bridge reported on his investigations in accordance with Minute No. 421.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

SPECIAL MEETING - 3rd April 1945.

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

Resignation of Clerk and Accountant.

The Chairman reported receipt of the resignation of Mr. G. V. Berry as Clerk and Accountant and as Local Fuel Overseer.

449. Resolved - That the resignation be received with regret.

450. Resolved - That the position of Clerk and Chief Financial Officer be advertised as a permanent appointment at a commencing salary of 350, rising by annual increments of 15 - 15 - 20 to 400 per annum, that the appointment be terminable by three months notice on either side and that the successful applicant be also appointed Local Fuel Overseer at 50 per annum.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 5th April 1945.

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

Housing Sub-Committee's Report.

The Report of the Housing Sub-Committee, held on the 20th March 1945, was read.

451. Resolved - That the recommendations of the Committee be adopted as follows:-

  1. That this Committee consider the former balloon site at Tottleworth for temporary housing and

  2. That no assistance be obtained in the Surveyor's Department.

Fire Station Premises.

The Surveyor reported upon the blocking up of the doorways leading from the stables into the Fire Station.

452. Resolved - That this work be carried out in common brick and painted.

Essential Works (General Provisions) Orders.

The Surveyor reported an application for release by I. Duckworth.

453. Resolved - That the application be resisted.

Glass House at Rear of 59, Stourton Street.

The Surveyor reported that Mr. W. Duckworth, of 59, Stourton Street, Rishton, has erected a glass house at the rear of his premises without the submission of plans.

454. Resolved - That he be required to submit plans of the building for the consideration of this Committee.

Temporary Housing.

The Surveyor submitted plans showing a proposed lay-out of temporary housing at Tottleworth and at Butler Street.

455. Resolved - That application be made for fifty temporary houses.

456. Resolved - That the Surveyor submit an alternative lay-out for temporary housing on Holt Recreation Ground.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - 12th April 1945.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

457. Resolved - That the Collector's Financial Statement be taken as read and approved.

Financial Transactions.

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

 s.d.
That the Collector had collected

456

12

4

House Rents

43

12

8

Bank Interest

23

13

6

Ministry of Health De-rating

447

0

0

Government Evacuation Scheme

61

11

11

Defence Bond Interest

7

10

0

That the Treasurer had received

1,018

18

9

That the Wages paid were

446

19

7

Invoices for goods amounted to

168

16

5

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

Revision of Housing Rents.

A statement was submitted shewing the present housing rents and the effect of the increased demand for rates.

459. Resolved - That the rents of the Eachill Road and Fielding Street Houses be increased on the basis of one shilling in the increase in rates.

460. Resolved - That the rent of all houses occupied under the Government Evacuation Scheme for housing of war-workers and for persons inadequately housed be increased to cover the full increased rate demand.

461. Resolved - That the position with regard to the differential rent of No. 42, Fielding Street, originally made by reason of the financial circumstances of the tenant, be reviewed.

Pensions Increase Act 1944.

462. Resolved - That M. Flatley be awarded a percentage increase of 30%. amounting to 6 13s. 8d. per annum, under the provisions of the above Act.

Sub-Letting of 60, High Street

463. Resolved That the application for permission to sub-let the shop premises at 60, High Street, be referred to the owner and that his decision be communicated to the applicant.

Allotment Transfers.

464. Resolved - That the following allotment transfers be approved:- Holt Street: From A. Tattersall to R. Baldwin. Hermitage Street: From H. Francis to A. Heap.

F. WORSLEY, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE - 12th April 1945.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Acceptance of Tenders.

465. Resolved - That the following tenders be accepted for the Financial Year 1945-46:-

Painting of Council Offices.

466. Resolved - That the Surveyor make arrangements for the painting of the front of the Council Offices as instructed.

Pumping Plant for Sewage Disposal Works.

467. Resolved - That prices be obtained for the supply of pumping plant for the Sewage Disposal Works as recommended by the Sewage Sub-Committee.

Canal Bridge.

468. Resolved - That the announcements and advertisements from time to time posted on the Canal Bridge be removed and that no further posting be permitted.

"The Turrets."

The members of the deputation appointed to meet representatives of the Conservative Club on the question of the acquisition of the land adjoining "The Turrets" reported on the meeting.

469. Resolved - That the land and the building thereon, be valued and that Mr. G. F. Singleton be engaged to act for this purpose.

Post-War Housing Programme.

The Clerk reported Circular No. 66/45 from the Ministry of Health concerning the programme for permanent housing.

The Surveyor submitted proposed lay-out for temporary housing on Holt Street Recreation Ground and this, with the previously suggested sites at Butler Street and Tottleworth were discussed.

470. Resolved - That the Tottleworth site be selected for temporary housing.

R. LEEMING, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE - 12th April 1945.

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

Medical Officer of Health's Report.

471. Resolved - That the Report of the Medical Officer of Health for the three months ended 31st March 1945, be taken as read and approved.

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

472. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report for the month of March be taken as read and approved.

Salvage Report.

473. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's Report on the progress of the Salvage Scheme during the month of March be approved. The Sanitary Inspector also gave the statistics for the total collections for the Financial Year ended 31st March 1945.

Accommodation for Smallpox Cases.

Correspondence was read from the Accrington District Joint Hospital Board concerning an arrangement by the Board for the constituent authorities to ensure accommodation for smallpox cases.

474. Resolved - That in view of the adequacy of the present arrangements with the Oswaldtwistle Urban District Council, it be stated that this Council do not wish to be included in the Board's proposal.

Housing Act 1936.

The Clerk reported that in view of the failure of certain owners to carry out repairs in accordance with notices served under Section 9 of the above Act, the Council in pursuance of Section 10 had carried out the work required.

475. Resolved - That the expenses incurred be now demanded as detailed in the Schedule below, with interest at the rate of 5% per annum, from the date of demand until the whole amount is paid.

SCHEDULE.

Mr. H. Hammerton,

c/o Messrs. Ajax Press,

Lonsdale Street,

Accrington.

For Repairs to No.

3, Ashworth Street,

Rishton.

25 4 3

Miss N. Duckworth &

Mr. J. Duckworth,

55, Avenue Parade,

Accrington.

For repairs to Nos.

3 & 7, Harwood Road,

Rishton.

18 2 7

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE - 12th April 1945.

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

Sale of Typewriter.

The Clerk reported upon the response to the advertisement in accordance with Minute No. 448.

476. Resolved - That the action of the Chairman and Clerk in disposing of the typewriter to Messrs. H. S. Maden & Co., Accrington, for 30, be approved.

Petrol Issues.

The Clerk reported that the petrol allowance to the Chief Warden had been reduced from nine gallons per month to five gallons per month.

Industrial Development.

The Clerk reported on correspondence concerning the reconstitution of the Lancashire Industrial Development Council.

Government Evacuation Scheme.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Ministry of Health concerning the return of evacuees to London.

477. Resolved - That Councillor F. Worsley be designated as the officer-in-charge of the plans in this reception area, as required under paragraph 10 (a).

Victory Day.

478. Resolved - That any meeting called for Victory Day or the day following be presumed cancelled without the issue of formal notice.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.