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ANNUAL AND ORDINARY MEETING. 19th April 1945.

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

Chairman.

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

Vice-Chairman.

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

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting.

481 Resolved - That the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the 15th March 1945, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Special Meeting.

482 Resolved - That the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the 3rd April 1945, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

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

Committees.

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

Chairmen of Committees.

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

Building & Highways.

 

Councillor Sturzaker.

Civil Defence.

 

Councillor Sanderson.

Finance.

 

Councillor Booth.

General Purposes.

 

Councillor Booth.

Health.

 

Councillor Sanderson.

Representation on Joint Bodies and Committees.

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

Employment Committee.

 

Councillor Worsley.

Guardians Committee (Area No. 5).

 

Councillor Worsley.

Blackburn Area Assessment Committee.

 

Councillor Clarke.

Board of Managers of Accrington Girls' High School.

 

Councillor Clarke.

Library Sub-Committee.

 

Councillor Bridge.

  

Councillor Clarke.

  

Councillor Worsley.

Accrington & District Information Committee.

 

Councillor Clarke.

Schools Management Committee.

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

Senior Council School.

Councillor Worsley.

High Street Methodist.

Councillor Clarke.

S.S. Peter & Paul's.

Councillor Bridge.

St. Charles'.

Councillor Sanderson.

Sub-Committees.

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

Sub-Committee.

Members.

Buildings & Highways

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

 

Chairman of the Council.

 

Councillors Banks, Hoyle, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

  

Health.

Chairman of Health Committee.

 

Chairman of Council.

 

Councillors Banks, Clarke, Leeming and Smith.

  

Finance.

Chairman of the Council.

 

Chairman of Health Committee.

 

Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.

 

Councillors Banks and Hoyle.

  
Transport Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Health Committee.
  Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.
  Councillors Hoyle and Sutcliffe.
  
Rating & Valuation All members except Councillor Clarke.
  
Sewage Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.
  Chairman of Health Committee.
  Councillors Clarke, Hoyle and Leeming.
  
Parks Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.
  Councillors Banks, Clarke and Hoyle.
  
Allotments Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Building & Highways
  Committee. Councillors Banks, Clarke and Leeming.
  
Rent Restriction Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Health Committee.
  Councillors Banks, Clarke and Worsley.
  
Housing Chairman of the Council.
  Chairman of Building & Highways Committee.
  Chairman of Health Committee.
  Councillors Banks, Hoyle, Leeming and Kenyon.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to £861 16s. 4d. were produced. 489 Resolved - That the same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

490 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 £861 16s. 4d., if signed by the Clerk.

Use of Council Chamber.

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

Fixation of Seal.

492 Resolved - That the Seal of the Council be affixed to the General Rate as made for the Financial Year 1945-46.

Conclusion of Public Part of Meeting.

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

Painting of Council Houses.

The Clerk reported that tenders had been received from Mr. R. Watson only for the external painting of the Fielding Street and Eachill Road houses.

494 Resolved - That in the first place application be made for a permit to carry out this work.

Building Plans.

The Surveyor submitted a plan for an additional erection at the rear of No. 59, Stourton Street, Rishton.

495 Resolved - That the plan be not approved on account of non-compliance with the local Building Bye-laws.

Appointment of Clerk & Chief Financial Officer.

A list of the applicants for the above position was submitted.

496 Resolved - That the following applicants be invited to attend for interview at a Special Meeting of the Council to be held on Monday, April 30th, commencing at 6 p.m.:-

Ambulance Account.

497 Resolved - That the account for £1 1s. 0d. rendered to Mrs, Mitchell, of 10, Knowles Street, Rishton, for use of ambulance, be written off.

Post-War Housing.

The Clerk reported correspondence from the Regional Office of the Ministry of Health concerning the use of the War Department Camp Site at Little Harwood for permanent or temporary housing.

498 Resolved - That, the Ministry be informed that the Council do not wish to use this site for housing.

Woodside Avenue Allotments.

Councillor Bridge reported upon the repairs to fencing necessary on the above site.

499 Resolved - That these repairs be carried out.

Urban District Councils' Association.

Election of Executive Council.

The Clerk reported receipt of Voting Paper for the above election.

500 Resolved - That the completion of the paper be left to the Chairman and Clerk.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

SPECIAL MEETING. 30th April 1945.

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

Appointment of Clerk and Chief Financial Officer.

The candidates listed in Minute No. 496 were interviewed with the exception of Mr. J. W. Forster, who was unable to attend.

501 Resolved - That further enquiries be made concerning Mr. G. L. Brown, Mr. A. L, Hughes and Mr. A. Stephenson by the personal visit of Councillors Booth, Kenyon and Sturzaker.

502 Resolved - That a further Special Meeting of the Council be convened for 8-45 p.m. on Friday evening next, the 4th May 1945, to receive the reports of the above-mentioned members.

503 Resolved - That Mr. H. Greenwood be appointed Acting Clerk of the Council and Acting Local Fuel Overseer during the period from the termination of the duties of Mr. G. V. Berry until the commencement of the duties of the newly-appointed Clerk.

The Clerk reported that Mr. J. B. McClurg, Clerk to Blackburn Rural District Council, had offered to give this Council any assistance and attend any meetings during the interim before the new Clerk commences his duties.

504 Resolved - That a letter of thanks be addressed to Mr. McClurg for his very kind offer.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

SPECIAL MEETING. 4th May 1945.

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

Appointment of Clerk and Chief Financial Officer.

Councillors Sturzaker, Kenyon and Booth gave their reports of their visits to Romiley, Rawmarsh and Golborne respectively.

505 Resolved - That the best thanks be given to Councillors Sturzaker, Kenyon and Booth for their reports.

506 Resolved - That Mr. Geoffrey L. Brown be appointed Clerk of the Council and Chief Financial Officer 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 he also be appointed Local Fuel Overseer at a salary of £50 per annum.

507 Resolved - That a letter be sent to Councillor Driver, of Bredbury and Romiley U. D. C. and the Clerk of the Golborne U. D. C., thanking them for their courtesy and kindness to Councillors Sturzaker and Booth at their interview.

508 Resolved - That, in the non-acceptance of Mr. G. L. Brown, Mr. A. Stephenson be asked to take up the appointment.

Victory Day.

509 Resolved - That, if possible, the Surveyor make arrangements to floodlight the Cenotaph on Victory Day and the day following.

510 Resolved - That the Surveyor purchase new flags and buntings as required.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 10th May 1945.

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

511 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.

 

775

 

1

 

7

House Rents.

 

43

 

12

 

8

Ministry of Health De-Rating.

 

447

 

0

 

0

That the Treasurer had received.

 

1,324

 

9

 

8

That the Wages paid were.

 

360

 

16

 

10

Invoices for goods amounted to

 

234

 

7

 

4

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

G. T. Campy.

A letter was read from the Atlas Assurance Co., Ltd., stating that the above-named would be fit for work in about three weeks' time. The Company's representative will call at the Council Offices on Monday, the 14th May 1945, to interview the Acting Clerk and the Surveyor.

Holiday Arrangements on Cessation of Hostilities with Germany.

513 Resolved - That we accept the recommendations of the Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council regarding the above.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 10th May 1945.

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

Surveyor's Report.

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

Tardurabit Destroyed by Bonfire.

The Surveyor reported that eight barrels of Tardurabit had been destroyed by bonfire on Wednesday, May 9th and that the matter had been reported to the Police.

514 Resolved - That should the guilty person be traced, proceedings be instituted.

Fencing - Harwood Road Allotments.

515 Resolved - That the Surveyor purchase the necessary wire netting for repairs to the above fencing.

516 Resolved - That the Police be asked to place Wilful Damage Notices on the Allotments.

Painting of Council Houses.

517 Resolved - That the tender of Mr. R. Watson for £52 for the external painting of Fielding Street Houses and £180 for the Eachill Road Houses be accepted.

I. Duckworth.

The Surveyor reported an application for an increase of wages from Mr. I. Duckworth.

518 Resolved - That until Mr. Duckworth has proved his worth, no increase be granted.

Blast Walls.

519 Resolved - That the Surveyor make application to have blast walls removed in front of the First Aid Post, Clinic, High Street and the Report Centre, Brook Street, also the Air Raid Shelters and Road Blocks.

Proposed Temporary Housing Site.

The Surveyor read a letter from the Town Planning Officer regarding the above.

520 Resolved - That further steps be taken to secure approval for the Tottleworth Site.

"The Turrets"'

A statement was read from Mr. W. Slater, Solicitor, stating that the Conservative Club were only prepared to wait until May 11th for a decision of the Council concerning the acquisition of the land adjoining "The Turrets."

521 Resolved - That Mr. Slater ask for an extension of the time limit and that Mr. G. F. Singleton be asked to value the land.

Temporary Housing Accommodation.

The Clerk read a letter from the Ministry of Health stating that twenty temporary houses had been allocated to this district.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

National Safety Congress and Exhibition.

The Chairman read a leaflet concerning the above.

522 Resolved - That we do not be represented at the above Conference.

Horse Cloths.

523 Resolved - That Councillor Leeming be instructed to view and purchase a set of horse cloths.

Rishton Paper mills, Ltd.

524 Resolved - That a letter be sent to the Rishton Paper mills, Ltd, regarding the covering of loads of straw.

W. STURZAKER, Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 10th May 1945.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

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

Salvage Report

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

R. Edge.

527 Resolved - That R. Edge be given a trial in the Refuse Department and, if unsuitable, the onus of his dismissal rest on the Council.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.10th May 1945.

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

Librarian's Report.

The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults 1,393, Juveniles 237 and that the total issue of books for the month of April was 3,867; the percentage of non-fiction was 11%. Thirty-six new books had been added to stock and eighteen returned to headquarters.

Central Lancashire (Local Authorities) Joint Superannuation Committee

Election of Joint Committee.

The Acting Clerk reported receipt of the Voting Paper.

528 Resolved - That this be completed by the Chairman and the Acting Clerk.

Order of the Day.

Civil Defence (General) Services.

A letter was read from Mr. Herbert Morrison thanking all personnel for their services during the war.

529 Resolved - That a copy of the letter be sent to the heads of each service.

Resignation of Councillor Smith.

A letter was read from Councillor Albert Smith tendering his resignation as a member of the Council.

530 Resolved - That his resignation be accepted with regret and that a letter of thanks and appreciation be sent to him.

Clerk of the Council.

A letter was read from Mr. G. L. Brown, the newly-appointed Clerk, stating that he hoped to commence duties on the 4th June 1945.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING. 17th May 1945.

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

Minutes of Annual and Ordinary Meeting.

531 Resolved - That the Minutes of the Annual and Ordinary Meeting of the 19th April 1945, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Special Meeting.

532 Resolved - That the Minutes of the Special Meetings of the 30th April and 4th May 1945, be approved and confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

Minutes of Committee Meetings.

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

Finance Committee.

 

10th May 1945.

Building & Highways Committee.

 

10th May 1945.

Health Committee.

 

10th May 1945.

General Purposes Committee.

 

10th May 1945.

Accounts.

Accounts amounting to £1,280 16s. 0d. were produced.

534 Resolved - That same be passed for payment.

Schedules of Accounts.

535 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 £1,280 16s. 0d., if signed by the Clerk.

Resignation of Councillor Smith.

Expressions of appreciation of Councillor Smith's 17 years' service as a member of the Council were made by Councillors Booth, Bridge and Worsley.

536 Resolved - That the Council's thanks to Mr. A. Smith be placed on record for the excellent service he has rendered to the Council and Township during his 17 years of office.

Appointment of New Councillor.

The Acting Clerk read a letter from the Rishton Conservative and Unionist Association nominating Mr. John William Longland to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Albert Smith.

537 Resolved - That Mr. John William Longland be appointed and hereby is elected a member of the Rishton Urban District Council.

Conclusion of Public Part of Meeting.

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

"The Turrets."

The Acting Clerk read the valuation by Messrs. G. F, Singleton & Co., of the land, buildings and boundary walls at £400.

539 Resolved - That a deputation consisting of Councillors Banks, Kenyon, Leeming and Worsley meet representatives of the Rishton Conservative Club to try to come to some arrangement in respect of the purchase price and that a Special Meeting of the Council be called immediately afterwards.

Councillors Bridge, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe abstained from voting.

Resignation of Mrs. K. Mortimer.

A letter was read from Mrs. Mortimer tendering her resignation as from the 19th May 1945.

540 Resolved - That the resignation be accepted with regret and that a letter of thanks and appreciation be sent to her.

Civil Defence Services.

Disbandment of War Organisation.

A letter was read from the County Civil Defence Department regarding the above.

541 Resolved - That the heads of each service be notified to make their own arrangements for the disbandment of their own service.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

SPECIAL MEETING. 25th May 1945.

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

"The Turrets"

Reports were given by the representatives of the Council who met the Committee of the Rishton Conservative Club on Wednesday, the 23rd May 1945.

542 Resolved - That the land and buildings adjoining "The Turrets" be purchased from the Rishton Conservative Club for the sum of £300, plus legal expenses.

Extension of Service.

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

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 14th June 1945,

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

Collector's Financial Statement.

544 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.

 

395

 

1

 

3

House Rents.

 

46

 

6

 

7

Lancashire County Council - County Roads

 

15

 

17

 

1

Civil Defence - General.

 

304

 

6

 

4

Civil Defence - Wages.

 

100

 

0

 

0

Fireguard Allowance.

 

11

 

11

 

0

That the Treasurer had received.

 

758

 

14

 

9

That the Wages paid were.

 

477

 

19

 

0

Invoices for seeds amounted to.

 

513

 

14

 

3

Finance Sub-Committee's Report.

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

National Housing and Town Planning Council.

The Clerk reported that the subscription rate for reports and papers had been increased to £3 3s. 0d.

546 Resolved - That membership be continued and the subscription be paid.

Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council.

Non-trading Services.

547 Resolved - That the increase of ½d. per hour for Sewering labourers and 1d. per hour for sewermen and pipe layers be put into operation after confirmation by the Council.

Disbandment of Civil Defence Organisation.

Correspondence was submitted from the Lancashire County Council asking for a return of staff employed in connection with Civil Defence and who it was desired to retain after July 1st. Consideration was deferred pending information from the County Council.

Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council.

Administrative, etc., Services.

The Clerk submitted Circular No.38a dated 12th June 1945. No action was necessary in connection therewith.

Clerical Assistance.

548 Resolved - That Mr. H. Greenwood be granted £20 and Mrs. Whalley £5 in respect of services rendered during the absence of the Clerk and outside normal hours of duty and that a record be made of the appreciation by the Council of the services which had been rendered by these two officials.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 14th June 1945.

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

Association of Public Lighting Engineers' Conference.

Notice of this Conference to be held in Glasgow from the 11th to 13th September 1945, was submitted.

549 Resolved - That the Chairman of this Committee and the Surveyor be authorised to attend this Conference and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

Retirement of Employee - F. Riley.

550 Resolved - That the services of this employee be retained for a further period, the extent of which to be determined later.

Retirement of Employee - G. Hargreaves.

Notice was given that this employee attains the age of 65 years on the 4th September 1945. The question of extending his service beyond this date was deferred.

Temporary Housing.

A letter was submitted from the Regional Planning Officer of the Ministry of Town & Country Planning stating that as only 20 temporary houses have been allocated to this district, the length of sewer to serve the site would appear to be considerable and the Council were asked to re-consider the proposal and find an alternative site.

551 Resolved - That consideration be given to the Sands Site for both permanent and temporary houses.

Illness of Employee - H. Sharples.

552 Resolved - That the Medical Officer of Health be asked to examine this employee and report to the Council.

Unoccupied House.

The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the owners of 70, Knowles Street, Rishton, regarding its unoccupancy over a long period.

Surveyor's Report.

553 BLAST WALLS. - These have been removed from the various premises used for Civil Defence.

554 Fencing has been repaired on Oakenshaw footpaths and at Woodside Allotments.

The Clerk and the Surveyor were requested to investigate the responsibility of the former with the Estate Agent.

555 THE TURRETS. - Attention has been given to the garden and land. Resolved - That Mr. A. Dove be engaged whole-time on a temporary basis to attend to the garden and the house and to assist on open spaces generally.

556 ROAD BLOCKS. - The Surveyor was instructed to dispose of these in the best way possible.

557 SPRINKLER ARMS. Resolved - That the quotation of Messrs. Whitehead and Poole, Ltd., for £72 per set (subject to reduction if existing flanges can be used), less 5 per cent, for two sets, be accepted.

Institute of Municipal and County Engineers.

Notice was submitted regarding a conference and exhibition to be held in Manchester on August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

558 Resolved - That the Chairman and the Surveyor attend and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

W. STURZAKER. Chairman.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 14th June 1945.

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

Sanitary Inspector's Report.

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

Salvage Report.

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

Sanitary Inspectors' Association Conference.

561 Resolved - That the Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector attend the Conference: in London on the 16th to 18th October 1945 and that their reasonable expenses be paid in addition to the Conference fees.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE. 14th June 1945.

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

4, Church View, Rishton.

Correspondence from the Clerk of the County Council was submitted stating that these premises will be required for a few months and that it is not possible to give any indication as to the precise date of vacation.

562 Resolved - That the Clerk communicate with the County Council urging that, in view of the acute housing shortage, consideration should be given to an early release of the premises and stating that there is a definite applicant with a family for the house.

Civil Defence Ambulance.

563 It was reported that this ambulance had been collected by the County Council.

Ministry of Home Security.

Re-transfer of Functions.

564 The Clerk reported that by Order in Council dated 28th May 1945, the functions previously exercised by the Ministry of Home: Security were transferred to the Secretary of State for Home Affairs.

J. W. SANDERSON, Chairman.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 14th June 1945.

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

Librarian's Report.

565 The Librarian's Report showed that the number of registered readers was: Adults, 1,402; Juveniles, 239 and that the total issue of books for the month of May was 3,766; the percentage of non-fiction was 11.3 per cent. Fifty-seven new books had been added to stock and 81 returned to headquarters.

Industrial Development.

566 The Clerk submitted a letter from the Urban District Councils Association stating that after careful consideration they could not recommend that the provisions of the Local Authorities (Publicity) Act 1931, be extended so as to permit the advertising of industrial facilities in this country.

Bus Services.

A letter of complaint was submitted from a local resident regarding this.

567 Resolved - That the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., be written requesting an interview in order that complaints can be discussed.

Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1944.

Correspondence from the Lancashire Urban District Councils Association was submitted.

568 Resolved - That Councillor Hoyle be nominated as this Council's representative on the Regional Advisory Committee.

Use of Council Chamber.

569 A letter of thanks from the Rishton District Nursing Association was submitted regarding the use by them of this room.

J. R. BOOTH, Chairman.

ORDINARY MEETING. 21st June 1945.

Present - Councillors- Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

570 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

571 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meetings of the Council be and the same are hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

17th May.

Special Meeting

25th May.

572 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and the recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Finance Committee

 

14th June.

Building and Highways Committee

 

14th June.

Health Committee

 

14th June.

Civil Defence Committee

 

14th June.

General Purposes Committee

 

14th June.

573 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

  

£

 

s.

 

d.

General Account.

 

4144

 

17

 

7

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd., Rishton.

574 Sir Douglas Hacking - Honour Award. The Chairman of the Council reported that he had sent a telegram and a letter of congratulation to Sir Douglas Hacking upon his elevation to the peerage and that he had received a letter of thanks from Sir Douglas. The action of the Chairman was confirmed.

575 Civil Defence Services – Disbandment. The Chairman paid tribute to the work of the Civil Defence Services over the last five and a half years and it was Resolved - That the thanks of the Council be placed on record for the work performed by all the services,

576 Clerk of the Council. The Chairman extended a welcome to the new Clerk, Mr. G. L. Brown, who was attending his first Council Meeting since taking up the appointment.

577 Chairman of the Council - Fifty Years' Service. Several Councillors spoke in tribute of the Chairman who, on the 14th June 1945, completed fifty years service in various directions with the Council and expressed the hope that he would have many years of good health.

578 Adjournment. Resolved - -That the Council do now adjourn.

579 Upon resuming, it was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st day of June 1945, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

580 Use of Council Chamber. Resolved - That permission be granted to the N. S. P. C. C. to use the room on the 30th July 1945, for a meeting.

581 Cunliffe Quarry. Resolved - That the Estate Company be written to asking them to effectively fence this quarry to prevent accidents.

582 Sewage Works - Pumping Plant. Tenders were submitted for the supply of a Portable Petrol-Driven Pump. Resolved - That the matter be referred to the Sewage Sub-Committee and that a meeting be held on Thursday next, at 8 p.m. at the Sewage Works.

583 Electric Clock. An account for £6 12s. 0d. from the Rishton Co-operative Society, dated 1942, was submitted. Resolved - That the account be paid.

Confirmed, 21st June 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 19th day of July 1945.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 12th July 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sturzaker and Worsley.

584 The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

585 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

586 Collector's Statement submitted and approved.

587 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted and approved.

588 Local Authorities Loans Act 1945. The Clerk reported that the provisions of this Act come into operation on the 1st August 1945.

589 Circus - Sands Site. Resolved - That the action of the Clerk in making a charge of 30s. for the use of this site on the 27th June be approved.

590 Fidelity Guarantee Insurance. Resolved - That the following members of the staff be included on the policy for the amounts specified:-

  

£

 

s.

 

d.

Mrs. Whalley.

 

25

 

0

 

0

Miss Kinder.

 

25

 

0

 

0

Mr. B. Ainsworth.

 

25

 

0

 

0

Mr. G. Hargreaves.

 

100

 

0

 

0

Mr. A. Blakey.

 

50

 

0

 

0

591 Civil Defence - Disbandment. The Clerk reported that the County Council had agreed to extend the services of Mr. B. Ainsworth in a part-time capacity until the 31st August 1945.

592 "The Turrets." Resolved - That a policy of Insurance against Fire be taken out in the amount of £5,000.

593 Resignation of Surveyor. The Clerk submitted the resignation of Mr. A. E. Taylor, as Surveyor to the Council, to take effect on the 31st July 1945. Resolved - That the resignation be accepted subject to the various Ministries approving his new appointments with the Church Urban District Council.

594 Clerk's Salary and Car Allowance. Resolved - That consideration of these matters be deferred to the next meeting of this Committee.

595 Clerk's Report. The comprehensive report dated 10th July 1945. dealing with the under mentioned matters was considered:-

Accounts for Payment. Receipts and Postings, Filing, Insurance, Inventory, Wages System, Land Charges, Searches, etc.

Resolved - That the report be approved and adopted in its entirety.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 12th July 1945.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booths Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland and Worsley.

596 The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

597 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

598 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last Meeting, together with the following:-

(a) Labourer - H. Sharples Application has been submitted by this employee to the Ministry of Labour for his release on health grounds. Resolved - That the release be agreed to and that a substitute be appointed in due course.

(b) Sludge Pump. Quotations were considered for the supply of a pump Resolved - That the quotation of Messrs. Mono-pumps, Ltd., for £231 14s. 6d. be accepted and the pump purchased.

(c) Rainfall Recorder. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain quotations from various firms for the supply of a new recorder.

(d) Street Lighting. The Chairman and the Surveyor were deputed to interview the Electrical Engineer to the Blackburn Corporation regarding the resumption of street lighting and to report back to this Committee.

The Accrington District Gas and Water Board to be asked to proceed with the preparation of lamps for street lighting and that the date for resumption of lighting be considered at the next meeting of this Committee.

599 Retirement of Road Foreman. As this employee (Mr. G. Hargreaves) attains the age of 65 years on the 4th September 1945, it was Resolved - That his services be retained, subject to the approval of the Superannuation Committee, for a further period of twelve months from that date.

600 Permanent Housing.

(a) Various circulars in connection with the provision of permanent houses which had been received from the Ministry of Health were submitted and considered.

(b) Dunkenhalgh Estate - Sands Site. Correspondence from the Estate was submitted regarding terms for the acquisition of this site.

601 Temporary Housing. A letter was read from the Ministry of Town and Country Planning approving the erection of temporary houses on the Sands Site, subject to the approval of the Regional Planning Officer and to the site for permanent houses not being impaired thereby.

602 Taxi Business. An application was submitted from a local resident for the use of premises in Spring Street for the operation of a Taxi Business Resolved - That the particulars be submitted to the Regional Planning Officer for his observations.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 12th July 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (in the Chair), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sturzaker and Worsley.

603 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

604 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

605 Conversions. Applications were submitted in respect of 40, Harwood Road and 57, Harwood Road, for a grant under Section 47 of the Public Health Act, 1936, towards the cost of conversions. Resolved - That grants be made and limited to £6 per conversion.

606 Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending 30th June 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

607 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of June 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

608 Employee - R. Edge. The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had found the services of this employee more satisfactory than last reported.

609 Land Adjoining Tip. An application was submitted from Mr. E. J. Simmonds for permission to rent a piece of land adjoining his allotment and the Council's Tip. Resolved - That permission be granted and that an additional rent of 5s. per annum be charged therefore the permission being subject to the tenant undertaking to assist in the removal of old setts and for the supply and maintaining of all fencing adjoining the land.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 12th July 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sturzaker and Worsley.

610 The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

611 Ribble Bus Services. A comprehensive report on the interview with the Traffic Manager was submitted, the result of which was awaited.

612 V. E. Holidays. It was Resolved - That in view of the decision of the Textile Industry, the third day's holiday in this district shall be taken on Wednesday, the 12th September 1945.

613 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

614 Lancashire U. D. C. Association. It was reported that the Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at Blackpool on Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st September 1945. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed as this Council's representatives and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

615 "The Turrets." It was reported that the furniture stored in the house will shortly be removed. Resolved - That after removal of the furniture the grounds be open to the public until one hour before sunset and that this be advertised locally.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING 19th July 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

616 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

617 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz:-

Ordinary Meeting

21st June.

618 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and the recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:—

Finance Committee  12th July.
Building and Highways Committee  12th July.
Health Committee  12th July.
General Purposes Committee  12th July.

619 Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:—

£

s.

d.

General Account

4,066

19

 7

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council, and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council, and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank Ltd., Rishton.

620 Resignation of Surveyor. Councillor Sturzaker and the Chairman of the Council wished Mr. Taylor every success on his new appointment with the Church Urban District Council. Resolved - That the vacancy be advertised in the official periodicals at a commencing salary of £350, plus war bonus of £59 16s. 0d., the usual conditions applying to the position.

621 Gift of £25. A letter was submitted on behalf of a person who was evacuated to this district from Manchester in 1939 and who wished anonymously to donate £25 for the purchase of bulbs to be planted in Cutt Wood. Resolved - That the gift be accepted and that a letter of thanks be forwarded to the person concerned.

622 Resettlement Advice Office. An invitation was extended to the Chairman and other Councillors to visit the office recently opened at Great Harwood.

623 Pawnbroker's Licence. Application was submitted for Messrs. A. Gregory & Co. Resolved—That a licence be granted and that the Common Seal of the Council be affixed thereto.

624 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

625 Upon Resuming, it was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 16th August 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 19th day of July 1945, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

626 Plans - Temporary Buildings. Resolved - That the under mentioned plans be approved, subject to the approval of the Regional Planning Officer:-

Plan No. 819 - Wooden Garage, Goosey Butts Allotments, for Mr. J. Dean.

Plan No. 820 - Wooden Garage, Goosey Butts Allotments, for Mr. W. Barker.

627 Hydrant Rent - Blackburn Corporation. The Clerk was instructed to investigate the charges made in respect of these hydrants.

Confirmed, 19th July 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 16th day of August 1945.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 9th August 1945.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

628 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

629 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

630 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

(a) Rainfall Gauge. Resolved - That a gauge be purchased from the Air Ministry at a cost of approximately £3.

(b) Plans of Temporary Buildings. Resolved- - That the under mentioned plans be approved:-

No. 821 - Garage, Ingersley, Blackburn Road, for Mr. N. Hellewell.

No. 822 - Garage, Goosey Butts Allotments, for Mr. W. E. Carter.

No. 823 - Greenhouse, 37, Blackburn Road, for Mr. W. Schollick.

(No. 822 subject to approval by Town Planning Officer).

(c) Plans of Permanent Buildings. Resolved - That the under mentioned plans be approved:-

No. 824 - Building for Soda Recovery Plant for Rishton Paper Mills, Ltd.

No. 825 - Central Kitchen, Walmsley Street, for Lancashire County Council.

(No. 825 subject to approval by Town Planning Officer).

(d) Sewage Works. Resolved - That repairs be carried out to the floats indicated.

(e) Site Preparation - Sands Site. Letter submitted from Messrs. Ballasts, Ltd., re excavation of this site. It was decided to communicate with this firm when lay-out plan has been prepared.

631 Permanent Housing. The Clerk submitted circulars received from the Ministry of Health regarding the licensing of building operations for new houses and work in connection with the repair to existing houses. Resolved - That the Clerk be appointed the appropriate officer for the issuing of licences and that on the appointment of a new Surveyor he take over these duties.

632 Temporary Housing. Correspondence was submitted from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Works regarding the preparation of sites for these houses. It was Resolved - That the Clerk take the necessary steps to engage an Architect from the Ministry of Works panel to prepare the lay-out plan, etc., for the temporary houses.

633 Public Lighting. Councillor Sturzaker reported on an interview which he and the Clerk had with the Electrical Engineer of the Blackburn Corporation regarding a reduction in the charges for street lighting and stated that it had not been possible to obtain any reduction. The Engineer had suggested that this Council should consider the installation of modern lighting on the Class A Roads, but consideration of this was deferred. It was Resolved - That the Clerk request the Blackburn Corporation and the Accrington District Gas and Water Board to reinstate public lighting as early as possible. The Clerk was also instructed to forward a letter of thanks to Mr. Morton of the Bredbury and Romiley Urban District Council for his assistance.

634 Flooding of Houses - Spring Street. A letter was submitted from various residents complaining of the damage caused by the recent flooding. It was decided to draw the attention of the new Surveyor to the matter on his appointment and also to the question of sewers in Stourton Street.

635 Littering of Roads. The Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the Rishton Paper Mills, Ltd., to the littering of roads with straw.

Confirmed, 16th August 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 9th August 1945.

Present - Councillor Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

636 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

637 The Accounts were passed for payment.

638 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of July 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

639 Conversions. An application was submitted in respect of 29, Clifton Street, for a grant under Section 47 of the Public Health Act 1946, towards the cost of a conversion. Resolved - That a grant not exceeding £6 be made, subject to satisfactory evidence as to cost.

640 Ambulance Charges. A statement of costs over the past five years prepared by the Clerk was considered and it was Resolved - That Councillors Booth, Sturzaker and Sanderson investigate the matter with the officials and report back.

Confirmed, 16th August 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 9th August 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley,

641 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

642 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

643 King George's Fund for Sailors. It was Resolved - That an appeal be made locally by means of a Flag Day and that the Police be asked to suggest a suitable date.

644 Civil Defence - Rescue Trailer. A communication from the Lancashire County Council was submitted requesting this Council to endeavour to dispose of the Trailer on these premises at a minimum price of £12.

645 Resettlement Advice Service. The Chairman reported on his visit to the office at Great Harwood. It was Resolved - That the Manager of the Employment Exchange and his assistant be invited to attend at these offices on Thursday, the 16th instant, at 7-30 p.m., to explain matters in connection therewith.

646 National Savings Committee - Thanksgiving Week. Correspondence was submitted from the Assistant Commissioner asking this Council to inaugurate a Campaign in the district. Resolved - That a Public Meeting be called for the 28th August 1945, in the Council Chamber.

647 Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. A circular letter was submitted setting out the difficulties preventing any augmentation of the present services.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 9th August 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

648 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

649 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

650 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

651 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted setting out the Rate Collection for the month and a statement of Bank Balances at 31st July 1945 Resolved - That the report be approved.

652 "The Turrets." The Clerk reported that the premises had been covered against fire and lightning at a premium of 9d. per cent, less 15 per cent, commission. It was Resolved - That a meeting of the Building and Highways Sub-Committee be called for Monday, the 13th August, at 7-15 p.m., to consider work to be carried out on the building and grounds.

653 Civil Defence - Disbandment. The Clerk drew attention to the relinquishment of the services of Mr. Ainsworth on Civil Defence Work on 31st August. It was Resolved - That, subject to the salary of Mr. Ainsworth being re-imbursed by the Ministry of Fuel and Power, he be engaged on a whole-time basis in this respect.

654 N.E. Lancs., J. T. Planning Committee. The Clerk submitted the precept for the expenses of this Committee for the year 1945-46, amounting to £96 0s. 10d. Resolved - That payment be made.

655 Fire Protection. The officials were instructed to obtain the necessary fire fighting appliances for the Council Offices, subject to obtaining satisfactory quotations.

656 Surveyor's Salary. A letter was submitted from the Institute of Municipal and County Engineers drawing attention to a scale of salaries which they recommend. Resolved - That no action be taken.

657 Clerk's Salary and Car Allowance. The Finance Sub-Committee submitted their report, having considered these matters and it was Resolved - That the salary of the Clerk be increased from the 1st August 1945, to £450 per annum, plus cost of living bonus and rising by two annual increments of £15 and one of £20 and that he be granted a car allowance of £30 per annum from the date of his appointment.

Confirmed, 16th August 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING 16th August 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson; Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

658 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

659 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

19th July.

660 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and the recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Building and Highways Committee

 

9th August.

Health Committee

 

9th August.

General Purposes Committee

 

9th August.

Finance Committee

 

9th August.

661 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - -That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

£

s.

d.

General Account

4,458

15

2

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank Ltd., Rishton.

662 Public Lighting. Councillor Sturzaker reported on the position regarding public lighting and it was further Resolved - That the Blackburn Corporation be requested to expedite the supply of lighting: along the Main Roads, etc.

663 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

664 Upon Resuming, it was Resolved - -That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th day of August 1945, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

665 "The Turrets." Report of Sub-Committee - The report herein was considered at length and it was Resolved - That the recommendations therein be approved and adopted.

666 Wardens Posts. A letter was submitted from the County Council asking whether this Council desired to take over any of the specially erected posts in this area. Resolved - That the County Council be informed that these posts are not required.

667 4, Church View. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the County Council regarding the de-requisitioning of these premises.

668 School Prize Fund. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Dunkenhalgh Estate and the Rishton Co-operative Society regarding the balance standing to the credit of this account.

669 Sewage Works Employee. Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk were authorised to interview this employee and the Sewage Works Manager.

670 Appointment of Surveyor. The applications herein were considered and six applicants selected for interview on Thursday, the 23rd August, at 6-45 p.m.

671 Victory Celebrations. Consideration was given to the form which this should take and it was Resolved - That a Public Meeting should be called to obtain the views of the public and that the following Sub-Committee should formulate suggestions for consideration at that meeting: Councillors Booth, Hoyle and Longland. It was further suggested that the 15th September be the appointed date for the celebrations. It was further Resolved - That, as the total cost could not be accurately ascertained, a sum of £200 should be allocated to cover the cost and that if this is exceeded a further reasonable sum be voted to cover the expenses.

672 Junior Typist. The Clerk reported that Miss Kinder attained the age of 18 years on the 18th August 1945 and asked for the decision of the Council regarding her definite appointment, having regard to the superannuation position. It was Resolved - That Miss Kinder be not appointed permanently for a probationary period of three months and that a report be submitted at the end of that period.

Confirmed, 16th August 1945.

SPECIAL MEETING. 23rd August 1945.

Present - Councillors. Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

673 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

674 Appointment of Surveyor. The Clerk reported that of the six applicants invited to attend only three had accepted and these were then interviewed. Resolved - That Mr. H. W. Gilman, of Leyland, be appointed to the position, subject to the approval of the Ministry of War Transport, at a commencing salary of £350 per annum, plus cost of living bonus (at present £59 16s. 0d. per annum) and that his duties shall commence on 1st October 1945.

675 Extension of Services - J. Farrer. Resolved - That the services of this man be extended for a further three months from 31st August 1945.

676 School Prize Fund. The Clerk reported upon the replies received regarding the disposal of the balance on this account. It was Resolved - That the balance be liquidated by purchasing prizes in respect of the past session.

677 "The Turrets" - Estimate for Repairs to Woodwork. It was Resolved - That the estimate of R. Butler and Sons, Ltd., amounting to £65, be accepted and that the firm be requested to carry out the work as quickly as possible.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 27th day of September 1945.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 20th September 1945.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson and Worsley.

678 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

679 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

680 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

(a) Plans of Temporary Buildings. The under mentioned plan was submitted and recommended for disapproval by the Town-Planning Officer:-

Plan of Wooden Garage situate off Cowhill Fold Road for Mr. J. A. Duxbury, "Ethyldene," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Resolved - That consideration thereof be deferred pending further enquiries.

681 Temporary Houses. The Clerk reported that a firm of Architects, Messrs. H. Grenfell Baines, of Preston, had been engaged from the Ministry's Panel of Architects for the preparation of a lay-out for these houses.

682 Public Lighting Engineers' Conference. Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk gave a summarised report of the proceedings of this conference, held in Glasgow and were thanked for the report.

683 Council House Tenancies. A list of applications was considered and it was Resolved - That Mr. R. English, of 24, George Street, Rishton, be allotted the tenancy of No. 3, Eachill Road, as from Saturday, the 29th September 1945.

684 Street Lighting. Correspondence was submitted from the Ministry of Fuel and Power regarding the reduction of lighting to conserve fuel. It was Resolved - That the Blackburn Corporation be asked to substitute 200 watt lamps for the present 500 watt lamps in this district and that permission be sought to retain all night lamps at dangerous corners.

685 Council for the Preservation of Rural England. Correspondence was submitted from the Secretary, together with the resolution passed by that Council, asking for support to the restriction of advertisements in rural areas. Resolved - That support be given to the resolution and that a communication be forwarded to the Member of Parliament for this division.

686 Purchase of Hay. It was Resolved - That Councillor Leeming be authorised to purchase two tons of hay for the coming winter.

687 Parks Sub-Committee. It was Resolved - That a meeting be called for Tuesday, the 25th September, at 7 p.m., to consider the purchase of bulbs, etc.

688 Street lighting Charges. The Clerk was authorised to communicate with adjoining districts regarding the holding of a joint conference to consider these charges.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 20th September 1945.

Present - Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker and Worsley.

689 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

690 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

691 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of August 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

692 Conversions. Applications for a grant under Section 47 of the Public Health Act, 1936, towards the cost of conversions: 13, Norfolk Street; 8, Spring Street; 54, Harwood Road; 11, Fielding Street and 8, Livesey Street. Resolved - That grants of £6 be made in each case, subject to satisfactory evidence as to cost being submitted.

693 Ambulance Charges. The Sub-Committee appointed to consider this matter reported on their findings and it was Resolved - That as from the 1st October 1945, the following charges be made for the use of the ambulance: For cases taken to Blackburn and Accrington, 3s. per case, but where more than one case is taken on a single journey the charge shall be 1s. 6d. per case; journeys to other places than above to be charged at the rate of 6d. per mile for residents and 1s. per mile for non-residents.

694 Domestic Home Help Scheme. The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Medical Officer of Health asking whether this Council desire to have the powers delegated to them to operate this scheme. It was Resolved - That the Health Sub-Committee consider this matter.

695 Repairs to Ambulance. It was Resolved - That a letter of thanks be sent to the Great Harwood Urban District Council for their assistance in obtaining the necessary parts for these repairs.

696 Section 9 - Housing Act, 1936 - Statutory Notices. The Sanitary Inspector reported that defects had been observed in the properties hereinafter mentioned, viz.:-

(a) 5, Spring Street, Rishton. Mr. A. Broadley, "Edrena," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Defective glass roof in living room.

Defective back wall in back bedroom and living room.

(b) 78, Burton Street, Rishton. Mrs. H. M. Wilson, 28, Billinge Avenue, Blackburn.

Defective rear wall, waste pipe, window frame, yard wall, walls and roof of waste water closet and coal-house.

Resolved -

(1) That this Council being satisfied that the above-mentioned houses which are occupied or are of a type suitable for occupation by persons of the working classes, are unfit for human habitation in certain respects;

(2) That the Council are not satisfied that they are incapable at reasonable expense of being rendered fit for human habitation;

(3) That in pursuance of Sub-Section (1) of Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, notice be served on the owners requiring them within a period of three months to execute the following works which will in the opinion of the; Council render the houses fit for human habitation, viz.:-

(a) Repair and make good defective glass in roof of living room extension and point and otherwise make good defective back wall which causes dampness in the back bedroom and in the living room.

(b) Repair and make good defective rear wall causing dampness in back bedroom and living room. Replace defective waste pipe from sink. Repair defective window frame in back bedroom. Repair defective yard wall and effect repairs to walls and roof of waste water closet and coal-house.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 20th September 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Worsley.

697 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

698 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

699 "The Turrets" - Public Petition. The Clerk submitted a petition received from a section of the public requesting the calling of a Public Meeting to consider the use to which "The Turrets" should be put and also submitted an extract of the Will of the late Mrs. Clayton, together with correspondence from the Solicitors setting out the amended clause dealing with the change of user. It was Resolved - That the request for a Public Meeting be not acceded to.

700 School Prize Fund. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Divisional Education Officer requesting the transfer of the balance of this fund to the Education Committee. It was Resolved - That a reply be sent stating that the Council desire to discharge the cost of the prizes gained in the Session prior to the coming into operation of the Education Act.

701 Victory Celebrations. A letter was submitted on behalf of the audience at a recent concert, expressing appreciation of the celebrations and the way in which they had been organised.

702 Disablement Advisory Committee. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Secretary of the Committee, protesting against the method of appointment of members of this Committee.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945,

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 20th September 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Worsley.

703 The Minutes of the last Meeting; were submitted.

704 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

705 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

706 Finance Sub-Committee’s Report. Report herein submitted and approved.

707 Appointment of Surveyor. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of War Transport had approved the appointment of Mr. H. W. Oilman as Engineer and Surveyor to this Council and that Mr. Gilman had formally accepted the appointment.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING. 27th September 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson. Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

708 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

709 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meetings of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

16th August 1945.

Special Meeting

 

23rd August 1945.

710 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Building and Highways Committee

 

20th September 1945.

Health Committee

 

20th September 1945.

General Purposes Committee

 

20th September 1945.

Finance Committee

 

20th September 1945.

711 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

  

£

 

s.

 

d.

General Account

 

5,452

 

0

 

4

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd., Rishton.

712 Victory Celebrations. The Chairman thanked all those who had in any way assisted in the successful celebrations held on the 15th September 1945, and the Clerk submitted a provisional amount of £228 as the cost up to date. Further accounts were expected to be received.

713 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

714 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 27th day of September 1945, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

715 Lancashire U. D. Councils Association - Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of the Conference held at Blackpool and were duly thanked therefore.

716 Lethal Chamber. The Clerk reported that the Chamber had been removed from the Police Station to the Council Yard, in accordance with a request from the Police authorities. It was decided to obtain the advice of the R. S. P. C. A. Inspector regarding the Chamber and that the days and times available be advertised.

717 Loan of Workman. An application was submitted from a Local Contractor asking for the loan of one of the Council's employees. Resolved - That permission be not granted for the man to be loaned.

718 Food Control Committee - Representative. Resolved - That Councillor J. R. Booth, J.P., be appointed as this Council's representative on this Committee.

719 Conversions. An application was submitted from Messrs. J. & H. Smith, Ltd., for a grant in aid of a conversion on their premises at 59/61, High Street. Resolved - That as these are business premises, no grant be made in aid of the conversion.

720 Parks Sub-Committee. The members submitted their report regarding the purchase of bulbs for the Esplanade, the War Memorial and Cutt Wood and that 8,000 bulbs were recommended to be purchased, in addition to the expending of the £25 given for Cutt Wood. Resolved - That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 27th September 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 18th day of October 1945.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 11th October 1945.

Present - Councillor Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

721 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

722 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

The Chairman extended a welcome to Mr. H. W. Gilman, Surveyor, who commenced duties on 1st October.

724 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

DEPOSITED PLANS.

725 Dangerous Building - 20, Hermitage Street. Attention was drawn to the defective, roof, the coping stones and slates being liable to be dislodged by a high wind. Resolved - That notice be served on the owner under Section 30 of the Public Health Act Amendment Act, 1907, to repair, remove, protect or enclose the premises so as to prevent any danger therefrom.

726 It was further Resolved - That a general authority is hereby given to the Surveyor to serve a notice under Section 30 of the above Act in so far as any dangerous building comes to his knowledge.

727 Building licences. Sixteen building licences have been issued up to date.

728 Temporary and Permanent Housing. Consideration was given to a lay-out submitted by Messrs. Grenfell Baines for temporary houses on the Sands Site and the Surveyor submitted an alternative design in respect thereof. It was Resolved - That the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the preparation of a lay-out for the whole site for permanent houses and that this be proceeded with as quickly as possible.

729 Eachill Road Houses. The Surveyor reported that he had inspected the external condition of these houses, which had been found to be in a poor state of repair and required painting. It was Resolved - That application be made for a licence to carry out external decorations and pointing and that on receipt of the licence the Contractor be requested to commence immediately on the decorations for which his tender had been accepted.

730 Air Raid Shelters - Demolition. It was decided to leave the question of demolition in abeyance pending the construction of roads for the Housing Scheme.

731 "The Turrets." The Surveyor submitted his estimate for the work required to render the building habitable in accordance with the recommendations of the Sub-Committee and after receipt of contractor's estimates. It was Resolved - That application be made to the Ministry of Health for a licence covering the work enumerated in the Surveyor's estimate of £750 and that on receipt of the licence urgent work be put in hand forthwith.

732 Council House Tenancy. It was Resolved - That Mr. Clements be allocated the tenancy of 21, Eachill Road, Rishton, as from 19th October 1945.

733 The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to inspect and report upon the condition of a house in High Street.

734 Steam Roller. The Clerk reported that a fire had caused slight damage to the Roller and that the matter had been reported to the Insurance Company, whose representative had inspected the damage and authorised repairs to be carried out, subject to the Council bearing 25 per cent, of the cost of new curtains and painting. Resolved - That the report be approved.

735 Town Planning Officer. The Clerk reported that Mr. H. S. Bentley had been appointed for a probationary period.

736 Joint Sewerage Scheme. The report of the consultants is now available and it was Resolved - That four copies be ordered through the Town Clerk of Burnley.

737 Sale of Land. The Clerk submitted a circular from the Ministry of Town and Country Planning, wherein the public were warned against acquiring land before having made extensive enquiries, affecting the Town Planning aspect, from the Local Authority.

738 Steam Roller Driver. The Clerk reported that Mr. A. Blackburn had tendered his resignation on account of ill-health. Resolved - That a letter be sent to Mr. Blackburn expressing the Council's appreciation of his services over several years.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 11th October 1945.

Present: Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

739 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted

740 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

741 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of September 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

742 Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending 30th September 1945.

743 Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report. Report herein submitted in respect of the year 1944 and discussions ensued thereon. It was Resolved - That the Report be received and that copies be handed to the press.

744 Lethal Chamber. The Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector reported upon their inspection of the electric chamber installed by the Accrington Corporation. It was Resolved - That consideration be deferred until the Council in Committee.

745 G. T. Campy. The Clerk reported that the compensation claimed in respect of the accident sustained by this employee had been settled and that the man had made application for reinstatement with the Council. Resolved - That enquiries be made from the Ministry of Labour regarding the position.

746 Smoke Abatement Society. Resolved - That the Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed as this Council's representatives at a meeting to be held in Manchester on the 14th November 1945.

747 Conversions. An application was submitted from Mr. A. Sykes, of 43, Lord Street, Rishton. Resolved - That a grant not exceeding £6 be made subject to the owner complying with the Council's requirements.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 11th October 1945.

Present Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

748 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

749 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

750 Allotments Tenancy. Resolved - That Mr. Waddington, of 6, Station Road, Rishton, be granted the tenancy of Allotment on Clarke's land lately held by Mr. Chadwick.

751 Allotments - Sands Site. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding alternative plots for the allotment tenants at present on the Sands Site.

752 Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council - Sanitary Inspector's Salary. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Whitley Council asking this Council not to grant any increases to the Sanitary Inspector pending action being taken by the National Executive.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.11th day 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

753 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

754 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

755 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

756 Civil Defence Expenditure - 1941/42 and 1942/43. The Clerk reported that correspondence had been received from the County Council regarding expenditure incurred in constructing the Cleansing Station in Spring Street and that a formal claim had been submitted to the County Council for reimbursement of the expenditure on approval being received.

757 Surveyor's Car Allowance. It was Resolved - That the Surveyor be granted a car allowance of £30 per annum from the 1st October 1945. Councillor Kenyon voted against.

758 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted and the following matters were considered thereon:-

759 Junior Male Clerk. Resolved - That an advertisement be issued inviting applications for a Junior Clerk aged about 16 years with School Certificate and that he be paid the appropriate Whitley Council rate, The Clerk was authorised to make the appointment.

760 Rating and Valuation Officer. The Clerk drew attention to an anomaly in connection with Mr. Greenwood's salary and asked for a definition of a minute passed in July, 1939.

761 Council Property. It was decided to hold a Special Meeting in connection therewith.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE. 18th October 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

762 Valuation List. Proposals in connection with the alterations in the Valuation List were submitted as follows:-

   Present Figures.  Proposed Amendment.
   G.V.  N.A.V.  R.V.  G.V.  N.A.V.  R.V.

Ribble Paint & Varnishes Ltd.

 

-

 

230

 

57

 

-

 

300

 

75

E. Longworth. "Brookside".

 

24

   

17

 

27

   

20

C. Unsworth, "Rookhill"

 

24

   

17

 

27

   

20

B. Holden, "Colindale"

 

24

   

17

 

26

   

19

J, Barnes, 1, Sussex Road.

 

27

   

20

 

30

   

22

W. Barker, Garage. - - 2 1

 

-

   

-

 

2

   

1

J. Dean, Garage. - - 2 1

 

-

   

-

 

2

   

1

W. E. Carter, Garage.

 

-

   

-

 

2.12

   

2

R. Lightbown, Garage.

 

-

   

-

 

2.12

   

2

J. Kinder, Wood Building.

 

24

   

17

 

25.7

   

18

Rishton, In. Co-op. Soc. Ltd.

 

15

   

9

 

21

   

14

H. H. Bolton, 8, High Street.

 

29

   

22

 

20

   

13

W. Bobbins, 34. Haworth Street.

 

15

   

9

 

14

   

8

Resolved - That the above proposals be approved.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING 18th October 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

763 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

764 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meetings of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

27th September 1945.

765 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained, passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned, be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Building & Highways Committee

 

11th October 1945.

Health Committee

 

11th October 1945.

General Purposes Committee

 

11th October 1945.

Finance Committee

 

11th October 1945.

(save and except Minute No. 759, which be referred back to Committee for further consideration).

Rating & Valuation Committee

 

18th October 1945.

766 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

£

s.

d.

General Account.

1,495

4

3.

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

767 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

768 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 18th day of October 1945, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

769 Minute No. 759 - Junior Male Clerk. Further consideration was given to this proposed appointment. It was Resolved - That the minute stand as printed.

770 Release of Employee - G. T. Campy. The Clerk reported on the position herein and it was Resolved - That application under the Essential Work Order be made for this man's release.

771 Lethal Chamber. A quotation of £50 for the supply of one of these modern electric chambers was submitted. Resolved - That an electric chamber be purchased forthwith.

772 43, High Street, Rishton. The Clerk reported that this house was now vacant and asked for the instructions of the Council. Resolved - That the owner be informed that as this house was taken by agreement and not requisitioned, it now reverts to the owner.

773 "The Turrets." The Clerk submitted an invitation from the Petition Committee to the Councillors to attend a public meeting in connection therewith.

774 Holt Street Recreation Ground. An application was submitted for permission to use the ground for a football match. Resolved - That permission be granted.

775 Rating and Valuation Officer. With reference to Minute No. 760 of the 11th October 1945, the Clerk reported upon the further investigations made and the financial effect of the previous resolutions. Resolved - That Mr. Greenwood be reimbursed for the under-payments dating back to 1942.

776 Eachill Road Houses. The Chairman and the Surveyor were deputed to inspect No. 23 with regard to decorations.

Confirmed, 18th October 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 22nd November 1945.

SPECIAL BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 1st November 1945.

Present - Councillor Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley,

777 Council Property. The Chairman reported that in consequence of Minute No. 761 of the 11th October 1945, he had called the meeting to consider various matters in connection with property occupied by the Council. After prolonged discussion it was Resolved - That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare drawings outlining the Committee's proposals, together with a rough estimate of the cost and that this be submitted to a future meeting. The Clerk was instructed to make enquiries respecting certain land in the district to be taken for Council use.

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 8th November 1945.

Present - Councillor Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

778 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

779 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

780 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

781 County Road Estimates. The following estimates are submitted for approval before being forwarded to the County Council:-

  

Classified.

 

Unclassified.

Ordinary Maintenance.

  1028 

140

Special Maintenance.

  7380 

527

   ____

8408

____

 

____

667

____

Resolved - That the estimates be approved for submission to the County Council.

782 Deposited Plans. Resolved - That the under mentioned plans be approved for the period ending the 31st December, 1948:-

783 Dangerous Building - Rear of 20, Hermitage Street. The Notice served upon the owner on the 15th October 1945, expired on the 29th October 1945, but in view of a change of ownership it was decided to withhold taking action thereon. Resolved - That this be approved.

784 Building Licences. Nine ordinary licences and one maintenance licence have been issued since the last meeting.

785 Permanent Housing. Two alternative lay-out plans were submitted for consideration and it was Resolved - That Plan A be approved in principle and that the Surveyor be congratulated on the expedition with which the plan had been prepared.

A Ministry of Health Circular asking the Council to give consideration to the construction of permanent prefabricated houses was considered, but it was Resolved - That houses of the traditional type be erected.

786 Council House Property - Eachill Road - Internal Decorations. After prolonged discussion it was Resolved - That a letter be sent to the tenants to the effect that any tenant desiring to do internal decorations may do so at their own expense, subject to a grant by the Council not exceeding £10 per house.

787 Sewage Disposal Works. A detailed report was submitted and various suggestions made by the Surveyor for the improvement of the works. Resolved - That the Surveyors recommendations be carried out.

788 Temporary Houses - Letter from Ministry of Health. The Clerk submitted a letter enquiring as to the siting of the temporary houses. It was Resolved - That the Clerk and the Surveyor interview a representative of the Ministry of Health in Manchester regarding the lay-out for permanent houses and to discuss the site for temporary houses. Councillors Sturzaker and Sutcliffe were deputed to interview Mr. Scurrah regarding an alternative site for allotments.

789 Requisitioned Houses. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Health regarding two houses situate at 61, Harwood Road and "Stirling," Blackburn Road, transferred to the Ministry from the Ministry of Aircraft Production. A request was made for the Council to be responsible for the collection of rents from the tenants as from the 4th November 1945 and the payment of rent to the landlords as from the 30th September 1945.

790 Ministry of Health Circular No.192/45. The Clerk submitted this circular regarding restriction on conversion of housing accommodation.

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 8th November 1945.

Present - Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

791 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

792 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

793 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of October 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

794 Section 9 - Housing Act, 1936 - Statutory Notices. The Sanitary Inspector reported that defects had been observed in the properties hereinafter mentioned, viz.:-

795 Council Employee - G. T. Campy. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Labour had granted the release for this man from the service of the Council as from 31st October 1945.

796 Sanitary Inspectors' Conference - Report. The Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector gave a very full report on the proceedings of the Conference held in London and were thanked for the report and for their attendance at the Conference.

797 Conversions. An application was submitted from the Dunkenhalgh Estate for a grant in aid of conversion at 66, High Street, Rishton. Resolved - That a grant of £6 or one-half of the cost, whichever is the lower, be made, subject to the usual conditions.

798 Council Houses. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to inspect the houses of applicants for Council houses according to the list in existence.

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 8th November 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

799 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

800 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

801 "The Turrets." Correspondence was submitted from the petitioners requesting the Council to give further consideration to the use to which the building shall be put and urging the Council to change their decision. A request was also submitted for the Minutes of the Council to be placed on the table of the Public Library each month. Resolved - That a reply be sent to the petitioners stating that the Council are already giving the matter further consideration in the light of new developments and that arrangements are being made for a copy of the Minutes to be placed in the Public Library.

802 "The Turrets." - Letter from Local Resident. The Clerk submitted a letter suggesting that the Council should take certain steps, regarding Adult Education, Resolved - That a reply be sent stating, the Council's, position in the matter.

803 Public Library. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the County Council requesting a Reading Room being provided, at the Public Library.

804 Accrington District Gas and Water Board. Resolved - That Councillors Leeming and Booth be appointed as this Council's representatives on the Board for the ensuing period commencing in December 1945 and ending in December, 1948.

805 Whitley Council. Correspondence was submitted from the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association enquiring whether this Council desires to make a nomination for the Whitley Council. Resolved - That no nomination be made.

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 8th November 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

806 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

807 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

808 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

809 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted and approved.

810 Council House Tenant. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with a tenant in arrears, giving him one month in which to pay all arrears of rent.

811 Victory Celebrations. The Clerk submitted details of the cost of the celebrations, which amounted to £244 1s. 8d. With reference to Minute No. 671 of the 16th August 1945, it was Resolved - That the amount provisionally voted be increased from £200 to £244 1s. 8d. and that all the accounts totalling this amount be paid by the Council.

812 Citizens' Advice Bureau - Subscription. It was Resolved-That the subscription to this Association be discontinued.

813 Lancashire Playing Fields Association. It was Resolved-That the subscription to this Association be continued.

814 Notice of Audit. The Clerk submitted Notice of Audit to commence on the 3rd December 1945, in respect of the accounts for the year ended 31st March 1945.

815 Bank Interest. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Manager of the Midland Bank, Ltd., stating that as from the 1st December 1945, no bank interest will be allowed on any of the Council's accounts.

816 Junior Male Clerk. The Clerk was instructed to advertise this position! in the "Northern Daily Telegraph."

817 Thanksgiving Week. It was Resolved - That the sum of £1,000 be invested during Thanksgiving Week in the following manner - £500 in 3% Defence Bonds and £500 in 3% Savings Bonds.

818 Monthly Council Meeting. It was Resolved - That this meeting be held on the 22nd November, in lieu of the 15th.

Confirmed, 22nd November 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING. 22nd November 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

819 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

820 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

18th October 1945.

821 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained, passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned, be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Special Building and Highways Committee

 

1st November 1945.

Building and Highways Committee

 

8th November 1945.

(Councillors Banks and Hoyle voted against.)

Health Committee

 

8th November 1945.

General Purposes Committee

 

8th November 1945.

Finance Committee

 

8th November 1945.

822 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

£

s.

d.

General Account.

5,067

14

1

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

823 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

824 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed 20th December 1945.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 22nd November 1945, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

825 Conversions. The Clerk submitted five applications for a grant in aid of conversions of Waste Water Closets. Resolved - That the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to deal with all applications for grant, subject to the aggregate grants not exceeding the item included in the estimates for the current year.

826 Road Safety. The Clerk submitted a Circular received from the Ministry of War Transport asking Local Authorities to form Committees for the purpose of preparing local schemes for road safety purposes and stating that approved expenditure would rank for a 50% grant. Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon be appointed on any Joint Committee which is formed by neighbouring authorities.

827 Gas Supply. A letter was submitted from the Blackburn Corporation stating that they have applied for an order authorising an increase in the price of gas from 1/- to 1/6 per therm, and asking whether this Council will make representations, if any, to the appropriate authority. Resolved - That no representations be made in respect thereof.

828 Ambulance Charges. A letter was submitted from a local resident in respect of accounts outstanding for the use of the Ambulance. Resolved - That these accounts be written off as irrecoverable and that this person be allowed the free use of the Ambulance once per fortnight for journeys to Burnley.

829 Junior Male Clerk. The Clerk reported that he had engaged Mr. L. Nightingale as a Junior Clerk as from Monday, 26th November, at a commencing salary of £55 per annum, plus cost-of-living bonus.

830 Bus Services. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Ribble Bus Service regarding inadequate facilities on Wednesdays.

831 4, Church View. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the owner regarding the non-occupancy of this property.

Confirmed 22nd November 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 13th December 1945.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 13th December 1945.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson. Sutcliffe and Worsley.

832 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

833 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

834 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

835 Temporary Housing. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Health stating that, in view of the request of this Council, the allocation of 20 temporary houses has been cancelled.

836 43, High Street. The Clerk reported that the owner had submitted his claim under the Compensation (Defence) Act, which had been forwarded to the District Valuer. The property was released on the 24th November 1945.

837 Sands Site. Councillor Sutcliffe and the Clerk reported on their interview with Mr. Scurrah regarding an alternative site for the allotments which will be disturbed when housing developments proceed. A reply was now awaited from Mr. Scurrah.

Confirmed 20th December 1945.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 13th December 1945.

Present - Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

838 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

839 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

840 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of November 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

841 Petroleum Licences. Ten applications for renewal of licence to store petroleum for the year ending 31st December 1946, were submitted. Resolved - That licences be granted.

842 Royal Sanitary Institute Conference. It was Resolved-That no representatives be sent to this conference.

843 Culverting of Tip. It was Resolved - That this matter be considered at the next meeting of this Committee.

Confirmed 20th December 1945.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 13th December 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

844 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

845 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

846 Reading Room. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk of the Lancashire County Council stating that, in view of the cost involved, a Reading Room could not be provided for the present and that the matter as affecting the whole of the County was under consideration.

847 Food Gifts. The Clerk reported receipt of a communication from the Food Executive Officer stating that parcels of food would be received in the future from the Dominions and Colonies for distribution amongst appropriate cases and the letter contained a request for assistance in the distribution. Resolved - That steps be taken at the appropriate time to render all assistance possible in this connection.

848 Road Safety. The Clerk reported that the Education Committee had appointed Councillor Sturzaker as their representative on the Local Committee. Resolved - That Councillors Bridge and Clarke (together with Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon, appointed at a previous meeting) be appointed to the Committee and that a meeting be called in the near future.

849 U. D. C. Conference 1946. A letter from the U. D. C. Association was submitted, stating that the Conference would be held in Folkestone on the 26th, 27th and 28th June 1946. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed as this Council's representatives.

850 Bus Services. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ribble Bus Company stating that an additional service would be run from Rishton to Blackburn on Wednesdays similar to that on Saturdays and that later buses were now running on the Preston - Burnley service in accordance with a revised timetable, It was Resolved - That a request be made for the removal of the stop near Whitebirk Post Office to a point near Holehouse.

851 Elections 1946. It was reported that the next election of Urban District Councillors would be held on the 1st April 1946.

Confirmed 20th December 1945.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 13th December 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

852 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

853 The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

854 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

855 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted and approved.

856 Allotments Association. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary asking the Council to consider the purchase of a Rota Tiller for hiring out to allotment holders. Resolved - That the request be not acceded to in view of the cost involved,

857 Ambulance Case. A letter was submitted from a person who had hired the ambulance for conveyance from Manchester on the 30th November 1945. Resolved - That, taking into account the financial circumstances of the case, the account be written off.

858 Playing Fields Association. A communication asking for a subscription to the National Association was submitted. Resolved - That, as the Council contribute to the Lancashire Association, no additional subscription be made.

859 Council Minutes. A letter was submitted requesting that the minutes deposited in the Library should be placed on the table and that a copy of the Voters' List should also be deposited at the Library. Resolved - That a reply be sent stating that the first request will be complied with and that it is not possible to comply with the second.

Confirmed 20th December 1945.

ORDINARY MEETING 20th December 1945.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

860 Before opening the meeting the Chairman referred in terms of sympathy to the deaths of Councillors Sunderland and Procter, of Great Harwood and Alderman Johnson, of Accrington. All present stood in silence as a mark of their esteem.

861 The Chairman extended Christmas and New Year Greetings to the Members and Officials.

862 The Notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

863 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz,:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

22nd November 1945.

864 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained, passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned, be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Building & Highways Committee

 

13th December 1945.

Health Committee

 

13th December 1945.

General Purposes Committee

 

13th December 1945.

Finance Committee

 

13th December 1945.

865 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

General Account - £4,384 12s 3d

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

866 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

867 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 17th January 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 20th December 1945.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

868 Golden Acre Park. The members of the Sub-Committee reported on their meeting with Mr. Scurrah, of the Dunkenhalgh Estate, regarding the acquisition, of a piece of land to be converted into a Public Park. Mr. Scurrah promised to bring the matter to the notice of his Directors and to communicate their decision at an early date.

869 Christmas Holidays. Communications were submitted from the Whitley Council and Provincial Council recommending Monday, the 24th December, as a holiday for staffs and employees. Resolved - That the recommendations be adopted.

870 Pensions (Increase) Act, 1944. The Clerk reported that a communication had been received to the effect that the provisions of this Act which normally cease on the 31st December 1945, had been extended to the 31st March 1947.

871 Council Houses - Internal Decorations. Councillor Hoyle raised the question of the terms upon which the grant of £10 per house would be made and a letter was submitted sent by the Clerk to the Council tenants. Resolved - That the letter be approved and confirmed.

872 Erection of Buildings. Attention was drawn to buildings being erected in various parts of the district without prior submission of plans. It was Resolved - That the Surveyor draw attention to the owners for the necessity for plans being submitted and that the Sanitary Inspector instruct the house refuse men to report new buildings or alterations coming to their notice.

Confirmed, 20th December 1945.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 11th January 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 11th January 1946.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

873 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

874 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

875 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

876 Culverting of Norden Brook. The Surveyor submitted an estimate of £700 for the culverting of a portion of the brook which runs through the tip land. Resolved - That this work be carried out in the ensuing year.

877 Joint Sewage Scheme - Report of Consultants. The Chairman reported that he had received and perused a copy of the report and suggested that additional copies, be circulated amongst the members and that the matter receive consideration at a subsequent meeting.

878 Council Property. The Clerk submitted correspondence herein and a draft of his reply. Resolved - That the reply be approved and that in the event of a satisfactory reply not being received thereto, Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk be authorised to seek an interview with the Ministry of Health in London.

879 Golden Acre Park. The Clerk submitted a letter received from Mr. Scurrah enclosing an offer of one farthing per yard, subject to conditions, for the 28 acres of land required for this park. Resolved - That Mr. Scurrah be asked to enumerate the conditions to which he refers.

880 Regional Planning Committee - Meeting. The Clerk drew attention to a meeting called for Wednesday, 16th January 1946 and to matters relating to Arterial Roads which affect this district. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council be given authority to support a suggestion of the Surveyor at the meeting

Confirmed, 17th January 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 10th January 1946.

Present - Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

881 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

882 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

883 Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the three months ended 31st December 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

884 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of December 1945. Resolved - That this be approved.

Confirmed, 17th January 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 10th January 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

885 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

886 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

887 Telephone Exchange. Attention was drawn to serious complaints against the services given by this Exchange and to the report that the Exchange is not manned from 11 p.m. until the following morning. The Clerk was instructed to forward a very strong letter of complaint to the appropriate authority.

888 Lancashire County Council Bill - Overspill. The Clerk drew attention to the provisions of this Bill and submitted a précis thereon. It was decided to await a communication from the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association on the matter.

889 Street Collections. A list of charities and dates provisionally allotted was submitted and considered. Resolved - That the following be approved in this district and that the Police be notified thereof:-

Confirmed, 17th January 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 10th January 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

890 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted,

891 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

892 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

893 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein submitted and approved, including the following:-

894 Ambulance Case. The Clerk submitted correspondence from a person whose financial position did not enable him to pay for the use of the ambulance to Manchester. Resolved –

895 Whitley Council - Non-Trading Services - War Wages. The Clerk submitted a communication, dated 3rd January, recommending an increase of 6/- per week, or 1½d. per hour, to adult male employees, such increase to be payable on the pay day in the week commencing; Monday, 31st December 1945. Resolved - That the recommendations be adopted.

Confirmed, 17th January 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING 17th January 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

896 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

897 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the fallowing meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

20th December 1945.

898 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under-mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Building and Highways Committee

10th January 1946.

Health Committee

10th January 1946.

General Purposes Committee

10th January 1946.

Finance Committee

10th January 1946.

899 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

£

s.

d.

General Account.

4,266

12

8

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members and the Clerk of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

900 Common Seal. Resolved - That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the lease for the acquisition of the Sands Site.

901 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

902 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th January 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

903 Golden Acre Park. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Dunkenhalgh Estate setting forth the conditions upon which the site can be acquired. Resolved - That the Sub-Committee seek a further interview with Mr. Scurrah in an endeavour to obtain better terms.

904 Investments. In view of the Bank not allowing interest on accounts it was Resolved - That an investment be made in £4,000 worth of 2½ per cent. Consolidated Stock at the best price obtainable.

905 Town Planning Committee - Plan of Garage. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Planning Committee regarding the Council's approval of a plan recommended for disapproval by the Town Planning Officer. The Chairman also reported on his attendance at a meeting of the Town Planning Committee and of the observations made by the members. A letter received from the Clerk to the Committee suggests further consideration being given by this Council. It was Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon be appointed a deputation to seek an interview with the Town Planning Sub-Committee in order to put forward this Council's views.

906 43, High Street. The Clerk reported that he had received notification from the Ministry of Health authorising the payment of £50 compensation to the owner of this property, which was taken over by agreement for evacuees.

907 King George's Fund for Sailors. A letter was submitted from the Superintendent of Police asking whether this appeal has the approval of the Council. Resolved - That the appeal be approved.

908 Education Office Grounds. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Divisional Executive Officer asking the Council to submit a tender for preparing a garden for the use of the schools. Resolved - That a reply be sent stating that the Council have not the available labour to undertake this work.

909 Tottleworth Road. The Surveyor was instructed to inspect the condition of this road and draw the attention of the Dunkenhalgh Estate thereto. The attention of the Police was also to be drawn to the broken lamps and that the attention of the Post Office authorities be drawn to the necessity for the provision of a Post box.

910 Coal Dump - Cliff Street. The Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the Ministry of Fuel to this dump, which has been in existence several years and to suggest that the time appears opportune for the dump to be opened.

Confirmed, 17th January 1946,

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 14th February 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 14th February 1946.

Present - Councillors Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

911 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

912 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

913 Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of January 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

914 Isolation Hospital - Darwen. The Clerk reported the receipt of a copy of the agreement entered into between the Accrington District Joint Hospital Board and the Darwen Corporation providing for accommodation at the Darwen Isolation Hospital and covering the fee of £4 4s. 0d. per week per person and 35/- conveyance charge in each direction. Resolved - That the Clerk communicate with the acting Clerk of the Board protesting against the excessive charge for the use of the ambulance, particularly on the return journey.

915 Lethal Chamber. The Clerk reported that the new electrical chamber had been received and put into commission on the 8th February 1946.

916 Damage on Tip. The Sanitary Inspector reported that, owing to damage having been done on the tip during weekends, he had made arrangements for one of the workmen to be in attendance during week-ends and that he was being allowed time off during the week. Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's action be confirmed and that the attention of the Police be drawn to the matter.

917 Refuse Collection Vehicle. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to obtain tenders for the supply of a motor vehicle for this work.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 14th February 1946.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

918 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

919 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

920 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

Lancashire Tar Distillers

 

Creosote Oil and Pitch.

Brookes Chemicals, Ltd.

 

Filled Bitumen and Spraying Compounds.

Rossendale Stone Association

 

Broken Stone and Pitching Stone.

Penmaenmawr and Welsh Granite Co.

 

Granite Chippings.

Peacock Bros, (Mellor), Ltd.

 

Flags, Kerbs, etc.

Shap Granite Co., Ltd

 

Pre-cast Concrete Flags, Kerbs, etc.

R. Briggs & Sons, Ltd.

 

Tarred Macadam.

Tarmac, Ltd.

 

Tarred Macadam.

Geo. Clarke & Sons (Rishton), Ltd.

 

Glazed Stoneware Pipes.

Trollope & Colls, Ltd.

 

Concrete Tubes.

John Grundy, Ltd.

 

Street Ironwork.

921 Permanent Housing. The Clerk submitted extracts from the Housing Financial Provisions Bill, which was now before Parliament, providing for an annual subsidy by the Exchequer of £16 10s. 0d. per house and by the Local Authority of £5 10s. 0d. per house for a period of 60 years. Attention was also drawn to the payment of £270 to the Dunkenhalgh Estate on the handing over of the lease and it was agreed that this should be suspended pending access being obtained to the site.

922 Golden Acre Site:-

923 Institute of Municipal and County Engineers - Conference. An invitation had been received for delegates to be appointed to attend the Conference to be held in London on the 4th and 5th July. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee and the Surveyor be appointed as this Council's representatives and that their expenses be paid.

924 Public Lighting Report. The report prepared by the Clerk and the Surveyor having been circulated, it was Resolved - That Scheme No. 2 of Appendix 4 be adopted and that modern lighting be provided along the whole length of road A678 from Whitebirk to the Paper Mill and that the Surveyor be instructed to obtain quotations for the necessary equipment and installation of electricity. It was further Resolved - That the cost of the scheme be met out of the Rate Fund balance and that a loan be not applied for. It was decided to place on record the thanks of the Council to the Clerk and the Surveyor for the report which was submitted.

Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon, with the officials, were authorized to visit certain districts and inspect the lighting.

925 Joint Sewage Scheme. Consideration deferred until after all members have had an opportunity of perusing the report of the Consultants.

926 Town Planning - Plan of Garage. Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon reported on their attendance at a meeting of the Town Planning Sub-Committee and submitted their opinions on the matter. It was Resolved - That Standing Orders be suspended enabling the matter to be dealt with.

(Councillor Worsley voted against).

It was Resolved - That Minute No. 834 (b) be rescinded as affecting Plan No. 834. (Councillor Worsley voted against).

It was further Resolved - That Plan No. 834 in respect of the provision of a garage be disapproved in accordance with the recommendations of the Town Planning Officer. (Councillor Worsley voted against).

927 Council Houses - Lodgers. Attention was drawn to a Council tenant having taken in lodgers without having first obtained the consent of the Council and a letter was submitted from the tenant apologising for having contravened the tenancy agreement. Resolved - That the tenant be now allowed to take in a relative as lodger in view of the undertaking given that the lodger will not be allowed to remain as tenant after the house is vacated by the present tenant.

928 Allotment Land - Sands Site. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding the obtaining of an alternative site for the purpose of allotments.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 14th February 1946.

Present - Councillor Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

929 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

930 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

931 Local Government Boundary Commission. The Clerk reported the receipt of Circular No. 1 issued by the Commission and with which was enclosed Practice Notes in connection with the review of areas by the Commission.

932 Lancashire Industrial Development Association. The Clerk reported the receipt of the new constitution of this Association, which took the place of the old Development Council. The question of legality of contributing towards the expenses of the Association was not yet settled and a further communication was awaited on this matter.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 14th February 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

933 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

934 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

935 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

936 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein approved.

937 Application for Salary Increase. An application was submitted from the Surveyor and it was Resolved - That consideration thereof be deferred until the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council recommendations of the new scheme are considered.

938 Ambulance Case - Manchester. A letter was submitted from a person conveyed by ambulance to Manchester and whose financial circumstances were not sufficient to bear this expense. Resolved - That a refund of £1 6s. 0d. be made to the person concerned.

939 Assessment Committee - Precept. The Clerk submitted Precept received for the ensuing financial year amounting to £30.

940 Investment. The Clerk reported that he had been notified by the Midland Bank, Ltd., that the investment had been made in 2½ percent Consolidated Stock.

941 Extension of Services - J. Farrar. The Clerk reported that the previous extension expires on the 1st March 1946. Resolved - That this man's services be extended for a further period of three months.

942 National Joint Council for Local Authorities - Scheme of Conditions. Extracts from the scheme having been circulated to all members, it was Resolved - that consideration be given thereto at an Adjourned Meeting of this Committee to be held on Thursday, the 21st February 1946, at 7-15 p.m.

943 Adjournment. Resolved - That this meeting be now adjourned until Thursday, the 21st February 1946.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE. 21st February 1946.

Present:-Councillors Booth (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

944 Valuation List. Proposals in connection with the alterations; in the Valuation List were submitted as follows:-

  

Present

Figures.

 

 Proposed

Amendment.

  

G.V.

 

R.V.

 

G.V.

 

R.V.

90, High Street.

 

18

 

11

 

24

 

17

30, Hermitage Street.

 

16

 

10

 

24.14

 

18

28, Harwood Road.

 

39

 

29

 

32.10

 

24

5, St. Alban's Road.

 

24

 

17

 

26.10

 

19

"Ingersley," Blackburn Road

 

26.10

 

20

 

30

 

22

J. Sanderson (Garage).

     

4

 

2

J. Taylor (Garage).

     

4

 

2

J. A. Duxbury (Garage).

     

5

 

3

Resolved - That the above proposals be approved.

945 Electricity Generating Station - Whitebirk. The Clerk reported that a proposal in accordance with the recommendations of the Rating Valuer would be made and mentioned the amounts at which the assessment stood at present and the proposed amendment. It was Resolved - That a proposal be made to the Assessment Committee to increase the assessment to the amount mentioned by the Clerk.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

ADJOURNED FINANCE COMMITTEE. 21st February 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

946 National Joint Council for Local Authorities - Scheme of Conditions. After considerable discussion it was Resolved - That a Special Meeting of the Finance Committee be called for Thursday, the 7th March 1946, to consider the implications of this scheme together with an application, for increase of salary from the Surveyor.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING 21st February 1946.

Present - Councillors. Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

947 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

948 The Late Mr. W. Slater. The Chairman referred in sympathetic terms to the recent sudden death of Mr. Slater, Solicitor to the Council and expressed, on behalf of the Council, commiseration with Mrs. Slater. All present stood in silence as a mark of respect.

948 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

17th January 1946.

949 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under-mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Health Committee

 

14th February 1946.

Building and Highways Committee

 

14th February 1946.

(Councillor Hoyle voted against).

General Purposes Committee

 

14th February1946.

Finance Committee

 

14th February 1946.

Rating and Valuation Committee

 

21st February 1946.

Adjourned Finance Committee

 

21st February 1946.

950 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

£

s.

d.

General Account

 

266

 

12

 

8

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of Items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate: amounts, be signed by the Chairman and two members of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

951 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

952 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of to-day's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st February 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

953 Housing Conference - Preston. The Clerk submitted an invitation from the Town, Clerk of Preston to a conference to be held on the 16th March 1946, which would be addressed by the Minister of Health, Mr. Aneurin Bevan and asked for the appointment of four representatives to attend. Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Kenyon, together with the Clerk and the Surveyor, be appointed as representatives of this Council.

954 Food Office - Transfer off Premises. The Clerk reported that in consequence of a suggestion made by him the Food Office had been transferred to the Electricity Office, in Brook Street, as from the 19th February 1946. Resolved - That the action of the Clerk be confirmed.

955 Victory Celebrations. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Home Office recommending that June 8th be regarded as a Public Holiday and that Victory Celebrations should be arranged for the residents where deemed necessary by the Local Authority. Resolved - That as the celebrations were held in this district on the occasion of the VJ-Day no celebrations be held on the 8th June, but that arrangements be made as previously decided for an Old People's Treat to be held at a convenient time.

Confirmed, 21st February 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 28th March 1946.

SPECIAL FINANCE COMMITTEE. 7th March 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

956 National Joint Council for Local-Authorities - Scheme of Conditions. Resolved - That consideration of this Scheme be deferred until the new Council meets in April and that the salaries of all officials be taken into consideration, any increase granted being made retrospective to 1st April 1946.

957 Application from Surveyor. Consideration was given to an application from Mr. Gilman for salary increase and it was Resolved - That, subject to the approval of the Ministry of War Transport, the Surveyor's Salary be increased to £435 per annum, with two annual increments of £15 each, such increase to become payable as from 1st April 1946 and further that the Surveyor's Salary shall receive consideration in conjunction with the other Officials when the Scheme of Conditions of Service recommended by the National Joint Council is discussed.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. 14th March 1946.

Present - Councillors. Sanderson (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

959 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

960 The accounts were passed for payment.

961 Sanitary Inspectors Report. submitted for the month of February 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

962 Isolation Hospital Agreement - Darwen. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Acting Clerk of the Joint Hospital Board, relative to the charge included in the agreement for the use of the ambulance to and from the Darwen Hospital. Resolved - That no further action be taken.

963 House Refuse Collection - Motor Vehicle. The Sanitary Inspector submitted a Report on the relevant costs of collection by horse transport and motor transport. It was Resolved - That before coming to any decision thereon, the officials submit a joint report as to the possible use to which a motor vehicle Could be put.

964 Section 9 - Housing Act, 1936 - Statutory Notices. The Sanitary Inspector reported that defects had been observed at the properties hereinafter mentioned, viz.:-

Resolved –

965 Estimates of Expenditure 1946/47. After having examined these estimates it was Resolved - That they be recommended to the Finance Committees.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. 14th March 1946.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

966 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

967 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

968 Surveyor's Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:-

969 Ministry of Health Circular No. 50/46. The Clerk submitted the above circular which referred to the maximum cost of new dwellings for sale or renting.

970 Joint Sewage Scheme. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Burnley asking for the observations of this Council on the report prepared by the Consulting Engineers. Resolved - That the Town Clerk be informed that after having considered the report in all its aspects, this Council is of the opinion that it would not be in the interests of this district to participate further in the scheme and that, consequently, it is desired to withdraw from further active part therein.

971 Sewage Sub-Committee. A Report was submitted in consequence of a meeting on the 6th March 1946, at the Sewage Works and the following recommendations were considered:-

Resolved - That the above recommendations be approved.

972 School Sites. A letter was submitted from the Division Education Officer asking the Council to keep in mind in an future developments the necessity for making: provision for school sites for the accommodation of the Church of England Schools which are at present not considered suitable.

973 Public Conveniences. Attention was drawn to the need for conveniences to be erected, when convenient, at a point near Cutt Wood and also in Hermitage Street. Resolved - That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare plans and estimates of cost for consideration at a subsequent meeting.

974 Estimates of Expenditure 1946/47. The Estimates having been considered, it was Resolved - That these be recommended to the Finance Committee.

Confirmed, 28th, March 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. 14th March 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

975 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

976 Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

977 Food Parcels - Letter from Ministry of Food. The Clerk submitted a letter stating that four cases of food parcels will be despatched to this district in due course.

978 "The Turrets" - Letter from Residents. The Clerk submitted a letter dated 28th February, enclosing copy of a resolution passed at a meeting of a section of the public on the 18th February. Resolved - That the letter be noted.

979 Coal Dump - Cliff Street. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Fuel and Power stating that after examination it has been found that the coal is suitable for domestic use, but it is not considered an opportune time to open the dump. Resolved - That a protest be lodged against the decision of the Ministry not to open the dump and urging reconsideration of the matter.

980 Date of Annual Meeting. It was Resolved - That the Annual Meeting be held on Monday, the 15th April 1946, at 7 p.m. and that no meetings be held after the 28th March until the Annual Meeting.

Elections. The Clerk was authorised to grant members of the staff leave of absence in order to officiate at the U. D. C. Elections.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 21st March 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

981 The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

982 The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

983 Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

984 Finance Sub-Committee's Report. Report herein approved.

985 Telephone - Clerk's Residence. Resolved - That all charges be paid by the Council, with the exception of trunk calls.

986 Joint Hospital Board. Councillor Sutcliffe reported that, in view of the new National Health Bill which would come before Parliament shortly, it had been decided not to levy a precept for the coming financial year and the Clerk submitted a letter from the Acting Clerk to the Board to the same effect.

987 Lancashire County Council - Precept. The Clerk submitted a precept for a rate of 142.63d. for this district for the year 1946-47.

988 Allotments Association - Account No. 169. Application has been received from the Association asking the Council to write off an account in respect of carting lime, etc. Resolved - That the account be not written off and that the Association be requested to pay in due course.

989 Sewage Works - Sludge. It was Resolved - That the charge for sludge delivered shall be 7/6 per load in lieu of 6/-.

990 Private Works Accounts - Establishment Charges. It was Resolved - That 20 per cent, be added to accounts to cover establishment expenses in lieu of 12½ per cent, on wages and 5 per cent, on the total, such increase to apply from the 1st April 1946 and that Private Works be kept to a minimum.

991 Ministry of Health’s-Exchequer Grant. The Clerk submitted a letter dated the 7th March 1946, received from the Ministry of Health regarding Interim Supplementary Exchequer Grants and that in respect of the year 1945-46 the sum of £604 had been received and that in respect of 1946-47 the Exchequer Grant would be increased by £679.

992 Plans of Temporary Buildings. Resolved - That the under-mentioned plan be approved as a building of short lived materials for the period ending 31st December, 1948:-

Plan No. 841 - Garage, Walmsley Street, for Mr. H. Hickey.

993 Estimates of Expenditure - 1946/47. The estimates submitted from the Building and Highways Committee and the Health Committee were considered in detail, together with the estimates of the Finance Committee and after discussion it was Resolved - That the Council be recommended to levy a rate of 15/6 in the £ for the ensuing financial year.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING. 28th March 1946.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

994 The notice convening the meeting was read and the whole of the minutes as printed were taken as read.

995 Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be and the same are, hereby confirmed, viz.:-

Ordinary Meeting

 

21st February 1946.

996 Committee Meetings Confirmed. Resolved - That the minutes of the following Committees and recommendations therein contained passed at the meetings held on the respective dates under mentioned be severally approved and adopted, viz.:-

Special Finance Committee

 

 7th March 1946.

Health Committee

 

14th March 1946.

Building and Highways Committee

 

14th March 1946.

General Purposes Committee

 

14th March 1946.

Finance Committee

 

21st March 1946.

997 Accounts for Payment. Resolved - That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.:-

 

 

£

 

s.

 

d.

General Account.

 

2,034

 

1

 

9

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council and that the detailed Schedule of items now submitted corresponding to such aggregate amounts be signed by the Chairman and two members of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

998 General Rate 1946-47. Resolved - That the Estimates of Expenditure for the year 1946-47, as recommended by the Finance Committee, be approved and that a General Rate of 15/6 in the £ be levied for the year ending 31st March 1947. Further resolved - That the rate be prepared and the rate book be prepared for sealing by the Council at a meeting to be held on 25th April 1946.

999 Chairman's Report on the Year. Councillor Booth gave a resume of the work of the Council during the past twelve months and enumerated the various schemes which had been carried out and prepared for future years.

1000 Vote of Thanks to the Chairman of the Council and the Chairmen of Committees. A vote of thanks was extended to Councillor Booth, Councillor Sturzaker and Councillor Sanderson for their services as respective Chairmen during the past twelve months. It was also Resolved - That a record of appreciation be made on the minutes of the services of Councillor Kenyon over a number of years in view of his retiring as a Councillor.

1001 Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

1002 Upon Resuming. It was Resolved - That the minutes of the Council in Committee of today's date be approved and adopted.

Confirmed, 25th April 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, the 28th March 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Booth, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Clarke, Hoyle, Kenyon, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

1003 Joint Sewerage Scheme. The Clerk submitted an invitation from the Town Clerk of Burnley to attend a Conference of Local Authorities in connection! with this scheme. Resolved - That in view of the previous decision no representatives be appointed.

1004 Date of Informal Meeting. It was decided to hold this on the 11th April 1946, at 7-30 p.m.

1005 Public Lighting. Councillor Sturzaker reported that, with Councillor Kenyon, he proposed to visit Leyland at the close of this meeting for the purpose of inspecting the lighting. Resolved - That Councillor Leeming be added to the deputation.

1006 Council Minutes - Submission to Press. It was decided to invite the Editor of the "Northern Daily Telegraph" to a Special Meeting to be held on the 4th April 1946, at 7-30 p.m.

1007 Plan of New Building. Resolved - That the under mentioned plan be approved:-

1008 Bracewell Trust. The Clerk reported receipt of notice of an action in the High Court affecting this trust. It was Resolved - That no action be taken in the matter by this Council.

Confirmed, 28th March 1946.