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Council Minutes 15th April 1946 - 27th March 1947.

ANNUAL MEETING, Monday, the 15th day of April 1946.

Present - Councillors Banks, Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

1 - The notice convening the meeting was read. Councillor Booth took the chair for the time being.

2 - Election of Chairman. Resolved - That Councillor Sutcliffe be and is hereby elected Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

Councillor Sutcliffe was then invested with the chain of office and made the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

3 - Appointment of Vice-chairman. Resolved - That Councillor Booth be and is hereby appointed Vice-chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

4 - Urban District Council Election, 1st April 1946. The Clerk reported that the following, had been elected as Urban District Councillors with the votes shown alongside thereof:-

G. Hoyle.

1,716

W. Stairs.

1,649

Mrs. A. Fish.

1,420

J. W. Banks.

1,329

J W Longland.

1,054

W. Sturzaker.

1,022

and further reported that each had made and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

5 - Designation of Committees. Resolved - That the following be the standing Committees of the Council for the ensuing year:-

Health, Building and Highways, General Purposes and Finance Committees.

6 - Constitution of Committees. Resolved - That all members of the Council serve on each Committee, with the exception of the Rating and Valuation Committee, on which the representative on the Assessment Committee shall not serve.

7 - Quorum of Council and Committee Meetings. Resolved - that the quorum shall be fixed for the ensuing year at seven members.

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

Health.

Councillor Banks.

Building and Highways.

Councillor Sturzaker.

General Purposes.

Councillor Sutcliffe.

Finance.

Councillor Sutcliffe.

9 - Appointment of Representatives on Outside Bodies. Resolved - That the following members be appointed as the Council's representatives :-

Employment Committee

Councillor Stairs.

Blackburn Assessment Committee

Councillor Stairs.

Public Assistance Committee

Councillor Hoyle.

Accrington Girls' High School

Councillor Worsley.

Education Divisional Executive

Councillor Sturzaker

 

Councillor Mrs. Fish.

North-East Lancashire (Region No. 1)

Joint Town and Country

Planning Committee

Councillor Sturzaker

Blackburn Industrial Development Committee

Councillor Sturzaker.

  

Schools' Management Committee:-

Modern School

Councillor Worsley

High Street Methodist School

Councillor Stairs

SS. Peter and Paul's School

Councillor Bridge

St. Charles's School

Councillor Sanderson.

10 - Representatives already appointed:-

Central Lancashire (Local Authorities)

Joint Superannuation Committee

Councillor Worsley

Accrington District Gas and Water Board

Councillor Booth

Councillor Leeming

Accrington Food Control Committee

Councillor Booth

11 - Designation and Constitution of Sub-Committees. Resolved - That the following Sub-Committees and members be appointed:-

Library

Councillor Bridge.

 Councillor Mrs. Fish.
 Councillor Worsley.

Building and Highways

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Councillor Booth
 Councillor Hoyle
 Councillor Sanderson
 Councillor Stairs

Health

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Health Committee
 Councillor Mrs. Fish
 Councillor Leeming
 Councillor Longland.

Finance

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Health Committee
 Chairman of the Building; and Highways Committee
 Councillor Bridge
 Councillor Hoyle
 Councillor Longland

Transport

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Health Committee
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Councillor Leeming

Rating and Valuation

All members except Councillor Stairs.

Sewage

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Chairman of the Health Committee
 Councillor Booth
 Councillor Hoyle
 Councillor Leeming
 Councillor Longland

Parks

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Councillor Banks
 Councillor Booth
 Councillor Mrs. Fish
 Councillor Stairs.

Allotments

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Councillor Banks
 Councillor Booth
 Councillor Leeming

Housing

Chairman of the Council
 Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee
 Chairman of the Health Committee
 Councillor Mrs. Fish
 Councillor Hoyle
 Councillor Leeming
 Councillor Sanderson

12 - Dates and Times of Council and Committee Meetings. Resolved - That Committee Meetings be held on the second Thursday and the Council Meetings on the third Thursday in each month, commencing at 7-30 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

13 - Dates of Meetings in April. Resolved - That the Committee Meetings be held immediately following this Annual Meeting and the monthly Council Meeting be held on Thursday, the 25th April 1946.

14 - Use of Council Chamber by Outside Organisations.

Resolved - That permission be given for the use of the Council Chamber for meetings of the following organisations during the ensuing year without payment:-

15 - Urban District Council Election - 1st April 1946. Resolved - That this Council's appreciation be recorded, on the minutes of the efficient way in which the election was organised and carried out by the Clerk.

Confirmed 25th April 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 25th April 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Monday, the 15th day of April 1946.

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

16 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

17 - The accounts were passed for payment.

18 - Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the three months ended 31st March 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

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

20 - Section 9 - Housing Act, 1936 - Statutory Notices. The

Sanitary Inspector reported that defects had been observed at the property hereinafter mentioned, viz.: -

Confirmed 25th April 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Monday, the 15th day of April 1946.

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

21 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

22 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

24 - Decorations - Council Houses. The Clerk submitted accounts from two tenants in respect of decorations carried out at their premises and stated that the work done was in respect of (approximately one-half of the rooms and further that the Surveyor recommended a payment of £5 in each case. Resolved - That the Surveyor's recommendations be adopted.

25 - Essential Work Order. The Clerk reported the receipt of a communication from the Ministry of Labour to the effect that the certificate issued in April, 1943, would be cancelled with effect as from the 15th May 1946. The certificate covered employees in the Highways Department.

26 - Public Lighting - Cessation. Resolved - That public lighting cease for the season at the end of April with the exception of lights at danger points, which be continued until midnight in each case.

Confirmed 25th April 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Monday, the 15th day of April 1946.

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

27 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

28 - Librarian's Report, Submitted and approved.

29 - Submission of Minutes of the Press. The Chairman reported on a meeting held recently at which the Editor of the "Northern Daily Telegraph" attended. After full discussion it was Resolved - That a copy of the minutes of the Committee Meetings be forwarded to the respective papers the day following the meeting and that the Editors be asked to exercise their discretion in consultation with the Clerk of the Council as to matters not to be published before confirmation by the Council.

30 - Division of District into Wards. It was Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Health Committee and Councillor Bridge be appointed as a Sub-Committee to investigate this matter and to report their findings to the first available meeting.

31 - Old Folks' Treat. Resolved - That a meeting of various organisations, be called to discuss details and that the scheme shall apply to persons of the age of 65 years and upwards and to include the husband or wife, as the case may be, irrespective of age.

32 - Scheme of Divisional Administration. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council enclosing copies of the scheme for information. Copies were circulated to members for their observations.

33 - Furnished Houses - Rent Control. The Clerk submitted circular No. 70/46 issued by the Ministry of Health.

34 - Lancashire Industrial Development Association. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council asking for the: decision of this Council as to membership of this Association. Resolved - That a reply be forwarded stating that this Council do not propose to become members of the Association.

Confirmed, 25th April 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Monday, the 15th day of April 1946.

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

35 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

36 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

37 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

38 - Clerk's, Report. Report herein submitted dealing with various receipts during the past financial year, which were considered very satisfactory.

39 - Council House Tenants. Resolved - That the Clerk communicate with the tenant regarding arrears of rent with an instruction that this must be reduced and that failing satisfactory payment the Clerk be authorised to take the necessary steps to obtain an evictment order against the tenant.

40 - Sale of Investments. It was Resolved - That the Clerk take the necessary steps to sell the investments in 2½% Consols in order to finance the public lighting scheme for which this investment had been earmarked a few months ago.

41 - Return of Deposits. It was Resolved - That the deposits of £2 2s. 0d. be returned to Messrs. J. B. Carr, Ltd. and B. G. Roberts, who were unable to tender for Road and Sewer Work on the Housing Site.

42 - Rating and Valuation Officers' Conference. It was Resolved - That Councillor Bridge and Mr. Greenwood (Collector) be appointed as this Council's representatives at a Conference to be held in London on the 28th and 29th June next and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

43 - Footpath Crossing - Account. The Clerk submitted a letter received from a resident complaining of the cost of making a crossing opposite his premises. Resolved - That a request be made for payment of the account as demanded.

44 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. It was Resolved - That this matter be considered at the next meeting of the Finance Committee.

45 - Auditor's Report. Accounts 1944-45. The Clerk submitted the Auditor's Report on the completion of the Audit of the Accounts, for the year ended 31st March 1945 and it was Resolved - That the Report be noted and that a copy be printed in the minutes: -

Gentlemen,

I have the honour to report the completion of the audit of your accounts and of those of your officers, for the year ended 31st March 1945.

Points of detail and of account were referred to the officers concerned and there is no matter to which the special attention of the Council need be directed on this occasion.

I have to acknowledge the courtesy and ready attention of the officers throughout the proceedings.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,

Your obedient servant,

 

W. ERSKINE PITCAIRN.

 

District Auditor.

Confirmed, 25th April 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING, Thursday, the 25th day of April 1946.

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

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

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

48 - 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.: -

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

General Account - £1,705 4s. 7d.

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.

50 - Common Seal. Resolved - That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to a General Rate of 15s. 6d. in the £ for the year ending 31st March 1947.

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

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

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 25th April 1946.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

53 - Permanent Housing - Sands Site - Roads and Sewers. The Chairman opened the seven tenders received for the Road and Sewer Construction on the Housing Site and after consideration thereof it was Resolved - That the tender of Messrs. Drake Bros. (Haslingden) Ltd., of Haslingden be accepted in the sum of £11,154 5s. 0d. subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health and to the completion of the necessary contract. It was further Resolved - That when future tenders are considered for work to be done on behalf of the Council, the names of firms tendering shall not be disclosed until after a tender has been accepted.

54 - Submission of Minutes to the Press. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Editor of the "Northern Daily Telegraph" thanking the Council for the courtesy extended to him on his recent visit.

55 - Amalgamation of Districts. The Clerk reported that he had received a visit from the Town Clerk of Accrington, who submitted certain proposals affecting Accrington and neighbouring authorities and stated that it was the wish of the Accrington Corporation that this Council should meet representatives to hear their proposals in connection therewith. Resolved - That all the Council meet the representatives of the Accrington Corporation and that the Clerk make the necessary arrangements.

56 - Dunkenhalgh Estates-Public Footpath. The Clerk was requested to take up the question of the re-opening of this footpath with the authorities concerned.

Confirmed, 25th April 1946.

SPECIAL MEETING, Tuesday, the 7th day of May 1946.

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

57 - Amalgamation of Districts. The Mayor, Town Clerk and other representatives of the Borough of Accrington attended and submitted their proposals for an amalgamation of districts sufficient to warrant a case being put to the Boundary Commission applying, for County Borough status. Details of the suggested scheme were put forward by the Town Clerk and supported by other representatives. At the conclusion the representatives were: thanked for the lucid way in which they had explained the proposal and were informed that consideration would be given thereto in due course.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting, of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 16th May 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 9th day of May 1946.

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

58 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

59 - The accounts were passed for payment.

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

61 - Culverting of Tip. The tender of Messrs. Drake Bros. (Haslingden), Ltd., for the amount of £798 17s. 0d. was submitted and it was Resolved that this tender be accepted and the firm requested to carry out this work at the price stated.

62 - Motor Transport - House Refuse Collection. The Committee considered a joint report submitted by the officials in connection with the purchase of a motor lorry for the use of the Health and Highways Departments. Resolved - That the report and recommendations be accepted and that a Karrier Bantom lorry be purchased at a cost of £550 plus £60 for portable tank and £8 for a movable top and that in due course the horse and cart be disposed of.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

BUILDING & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 9th day of May 1946.

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

63 - The minutes, of the last meeting were submitted.

64 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

66 - Ministry of Health Circular No. 92/146. The Clerk submitted this circular dealing with the erection of houses for Local Authorities.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 9th day of May 1946.

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

67 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

68 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

69 - Joint Hospital Board. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Acting Clerk to the Board asking for a representative to be appointed from this Council for a period of three years from the 1st May next. Resolved - That Councillor Banks be appointed and that in his absence Councillor Sutcliffe deputise in his stead.

70 - Division of District into Wards. The Sub-Committee appointed to consider the principle of the division of the district into wards submitted their report and it was. Resolved - That further consideration be deferred pending information being obtained by the Clerk.

71 - Motor Coach, A letter was submitted from a local motor coach owner asking the Council to support his application for a licence to run this vehicle on excursions, etc. Resolved - That the application be supported.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 9th day of May 1946.

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

72 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

73 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

74 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

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

76 - Sale of Investments. The Clerk reported that in accordance with Minute No.40 he had disposed of the Council's holding £4,000 2½% Consols, at £97 6s. l0d. per cent and that the net proceeds showed a gain of £163 3s. 0d. Resolved - That the action of the Clerk be confirmed.

77 - Local Government Superannuation Act - Thomas Clarke. The Clerk reported that this employee: who attains the age of 65 years on the 7th July next, did not wish to continue working. Resolved - That the resignation be accepted and that a record be made of the faithful service which this employee has rendered to the Council over many years.

78 - Ministry of Transport - Surveyor's Salary. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Transport had approved the salary of the Surveyor as from the 1st April 1946, at £435 per annum and that the Road Fund contribution will be based on a salary of £250 per annum as Road Surveyor.

79 - British Cotton Growing Association. The Clerk reported that a further dividend had been received from this Association in respect of an investment made by the inhabitants of the town through subscriptions and asked for the decision of the Council as to its appropriation. Resolved - That these two dividends be credited to the fund for an Old Folks' Treat.

80 - Local Government Superannuation Act - J. Fairer. The services of this employee were extended until the 1st June next and a decision is required respecting a further extension or otherwise. Resolved - That this man's services be continued until the 1st September next.

81 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. The Committee considered in detail the scheme submitted for implementation by the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council on 8th February and thereafter it was Resolved - That the scheme be adopted as printed with the following amendments and deletions with effect as from 1st April 1946:-

General Division

 

Males

Females

AGE.

SALARY.

ANNUAL

INCREMENT.

SALARY.

ANNUAL

INCREMENT

  ££ ££
16 65 15 52 12
17 80 15 64 12
18 95 25 76 20
19 120 20 96 16
20 140 20 112 16
21 160 15 128 10
22 175 10 138 5
23 185 10 143 5
24 195 10 148 5
25 205 10 153 5
26 215 10 158 5
27 225 10 163 5
28 235 10 168 5
29 245 5 173 5
30 250 __ 178 __

(Note. - The foregoing scale figures are exclusive of war bonus from time to time determined by the National Council).

The Committee then proceeded to Grade the various officials and it was Resolved - That the gradings and salaries of the respective officials be as follows with effect as from 1st April 1946, in accordance with Minute No. 956 dated 7th March 1946:-

The salaries appertaining to (b), (d) and (i) to be paid subject to approval by the various Ministries concerned.

82 - Victory Celebrations. A letter was submitted from the Whitley Council recommending this Council to grant the work-men a day holiday with pay on Saturday, June 8th, on the occasion of the Victory Celebrations, whether held locally or otherwise. Resolved - That the recommendation be implemented.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 16th day of May 1946.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on 25th April 1946. Special Meeting, held on 7th May 1946.

85 - 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.:-

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

General Account - £1440 12s. 5d.

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.

87 - Common Seal. Resolved - That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the contract with Messrs. Drake Bros., Ltd., in respect of the contract for Housing, Roads and Sewers and site preparation.

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

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

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 16th May 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

90 - Scale of Expenses - Councillors and Clerk. It was Resolved - That the scale of allowances incorporated in the Scheme of Conditions of Service for officials (No. 19) be made applicable to Councillors and the Clerk, namely:-

91 - Allotments - Goosey Butts No. 2. It was Resolved - That the tenants be allowed to hold the allotments free of rent for the first year ending 31st March 1947, provided they have left their old plot prior to it being required for housing development. It was further Resolved - That the Surveyor investigate the position of a tenant having a large greenhouse on his existing plot.

92 - Allotments - Water Supply. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain estimates of the cost of supplying water to the Hermitage Street and Goosey Butts No. 2 allotments.

93 - Sanitary Inspectors' Conference. An invitation was submitted from the Sanitary Inspectors' Association inviting the Council to appoint representatives, to a Conference to be held in London on the 3rd, 4th and 5th September 1946. Resolved - That Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to attend and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

94 - Division of District into Wards. It was Resolved - That consideration of this matter be deferred until the next meeting of the General Purposes Committee.

95 - Permanent Housing. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ministry of Health approving the acceptance of the tender of Messrs. Drake Bros. Ltd., for the Site preparation. It was further Resolved - That application be made to the Ministry of Health for consent to the borrowing of £11,154, plus Clerk of Work's fees and stamp duty, etc. and that the money be borrowed from the Public Works Loan Commissioners at the varying rates of interest applicable to the loan periods.

96 - Highway Problems. A letter was submitted from the Lancashire County Council inviting representatives to attend a lecture to be given by the County Surveyor on matters of interest in connection with Road Safety Campaigns. Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Hoyle be appointed, together with the officials.

97 - Boundary Commission - Letter from Lancashire County Council. A letter was submitted inviting representatives to attend a meeting of authorities on the 24th May 1946. Resolved - That Councillors Sutcliffe, Sturzaker and Banks be appointed to attend with the officials.

98 - Food Parcels. It was Resolved - That the dried fruit received from the Dominion of South Africa be distributed to persons in receipt of the Mercer Charity and that the W. V. S. be asked to assist in the distribution.

99 - Lancashire Urban District Councils Association - Annual Conference. It was Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed to attend this conference to be held in Grange on the 19th, 20th and 21st September 1946 and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

100 - County Councillor Cocker. It was Resolved - That a letter of congratulation be forwarded to Councillor Cocker on the award of honorary M. A. granted by the University of Manchester.

Confirmed, 16th May 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting, of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 20th June 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 13th day of June 1946.

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

101 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

102 - The accounts were passed for payment.

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

104 - Isolation Hospital - Oswaldtwistle. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Oswaldtwistle Urban District Council terminating the agreement as from the 31st August 1946. Resolved - That the letter be noted and that no action be taken thereon.

105 - Rodent Control. It was Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector attend a meeting of the Area No.10, to be held in the Town Hall, Blackburn, on Thursday, the 27th June 1946.

106 - Salvage. An invitation was received from the Board of Trade for representatives to attend a meeting to be held in Manchester, on Wednesday, the 26th June 1946. Resolved - That the Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to attend.

107 - House Refuse Vehicle. It was Resolved - That the Motor Driver (W. R. Cartledge) be requested to give instructions to one of the employees in driving and that a report on the latter be submitted to the August Meeting, of this Committee.

108 - 93, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Attention was drawn to the condition in which the owner had left this property following upon a notice served by this Council to carry out certain repairs. It was Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker, Banks and Mrs. Fish, together with the Medical Officer of Health, be asked to inspect the property and to formulate a method of expediting the work. The Clerk was requested to contact the Ministry of Health regarding the serving of the notice.

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 13th day of June 1946.

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

109 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

110 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

112 - Private Street Works. The Clerk reported that notices had been served on the frontagers with respect to the making-up of private streets and passages abutting on the Sands Site and that he had received a communication from the Trustees of the Baptist Chapel asking the Council to bear the cost of making up that portion of Danvers Street which abuts on their property, as the building is used exclusively as a place of public worship. Resolved - That the charge of approximately £171 be borne by this Council.

113 - Council House - Application for Electricity. A letter was submitted from, a tenant asking for electricity to be installed in No. 27, Eachill Road. Resolved - That further investigation be made by the officials.

114 - Public Light Engineers' Conference. It was Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker and the Surveyor be appointed to attend a Conference in London from the 10th - 12th September 1946 and that their expenses be paid.

115 - Highway Problems. Councillors Sturzaker and Hoyle reported on their attendance at a meeting, held at Preston, on the 28th May and were thanked for their report.

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 13th day of June 1946.

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

116 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

117 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

118 - Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association. The Clerk submitted extracts from the minutes of the Executive Committee, no action being taken thereon.

119 - Division of District into Wards. Previous discussions having ensued as to the details of the subject and the boundaries of each ward having been agreed, it was Resolved - That application be made: to the Lancashire County Council under Section 37 of the Local Government Act, 1933, for their approval to the division of the district into four wards as defined on the map produced, with a view to the proposal, if approved, being made applicable for the next ordinary Urban District Council Election to be held in March/April 1947.

120 - Gift of Food from the Colonies. The Clerk reported that he had been notified that two cases of jam, two cases of tinned fruit and one case of tinned meat would be despatched to this district for distribution to the aged and needy. Resolved - That the food be distributed to persons over the age of 70 years who have not received an allowance of dried fruit in the previous allocation.

121 - Boundary Commission. Councillors Banks, Sutcliffe and Sturzaker reported on their attendance at a meeting held at Preston, on the 24th May 1946 and were duly thanked for their report.

122 - Postal Facilities. The Clerk was instructed to make a request to the Postmaster for a later despatch of letters in the evening.

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 13th day of June 1946.

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

123 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

124 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

125 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

126 - Finance Report. Report herein submitted and approved.

127 - Fuel Overseer's Clerk. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Fuel and Power had approved for reimbursement the increased salary payable to Mr. Ainsworth.

128 - Surveyor's Salary. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Transport had approved the salary of £264 per annum payable to the Surveyor as Highway Surveyor and that this salary would rank for 50% grant in addition to the cost of living bonus.

129 - Disposal of Civil Defence Equipment. The Clerk was instructed to advertise this equipment for sale and the method of disposal was also considered.

130 - Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council. The Clerk submitted Circulars No. 47a and 48a received from the Provincial Council, no action being taken thereon.

131 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the National Association of Local Government Officers dated 6th June 1946, drawing attention to the modifications which this Council have made to the National Charter recommended for implementation and asking the Council to reconsider their decision. Letters were also submitted from members of the staff in connection with their grading, etc. Resolved - That the N. A. L. G. O. be informed that the Council are not prepared to reverse their previous decision and that the officials be informed that the Council regret they cannot alter the grading in which they have respectively been placed.

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 20th day of June 1946.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting held on 16th May 1946.

134 - 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.: -

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

General Account - £6, 304 15s. 4d.

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.

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

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

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 20th June 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillor Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

138 - Minute No. 131 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the N. A. L. G. O. asking for reconsideration of the question of the Scheme of Conditions. It was Resolved - That a reply be sent to the N. A. L. G. O. stating that the Council see no reason to reverse their previous decision. It was further Resolved - That the Clerk communicate with the Provincial Council and ask if the Chairman and the Secretary will meet this Council at an early date to discuss the Scheme.

139 - Electricity Supply - Eachill Road. The Clerk reported on the policy of the Council in the past with regard to the installation of electricity in the Council Houses. It was Resolved - That the tenant be advised of the action to be taken and that the Council cannot undertake to bear the cost of installing electricity.

140 - Boundary Commission. Full consideration was given to the Accrington proposals for the formation of a County Borough and also to the question of an amalgamation of the 3 Urban Districts of Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton. It was Resolved -

141 - Allotments - Application for Compensation. The Clerk reported that he had received an application for compensation from one of the tenants who were affected by the housing development. Resolved - That the District Valuer be requested to deal with this matter.

142 - Tenders for Houses. Five tenders were submitted and opened by the Chairman. It was Resolved - That tender No.5 of Messrs. Drake Bros. (Haslingden), Ltd., in the sum of £36,331 5s. 2d., be accepted subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health and to the tender being adjusted to conform to the price per foot allowed by the Ministry of Health,

143 - Public Lighting. Consideration was given to a letter received from the Engineer and Manager of the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking incorporating the terms for the erection and servicing of the new standards, together with a price for the maintenance of the equipment and the installation of remote control apparatus. It was Resolved - That the terms be agreed subject to the cost of remote control being investigated and Councillor Sturzaker with the officials was authorised to interview the Manager and agree terms in connection1 therewith.

Confirmed, 20th June 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 18th July 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 11th day of July 1946.

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

144 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

145 - The accounts were passed for payment.

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

147 - Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended 30th June 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

148 - Rodent Control.. The Sanitary Inspector reported on his attendance at a meeting at Blackburn when the subjects under discussion were Ministry of Food Circulars Nos.11 and 12. The Sanitary Inspector also reported on his action in connection with disinfestation and it was Resolved - That the Report be accepted and the action of the Sanitary Inspector be confirmed.

149 - Salvage. Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector reported on the meeting held in Manchester, at which an appeal was made for an intensification of the saving of salvage. The representatives were thanked for their report.

150 - Health Department Employee. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the efficient way in which an employee was carrying out his work and it was Resolved - That he be granted the normal wage applicable to this work.

151 - 93, Hermitage Street. It was reported that the owner of this property had failed to comply with all the terms of the Statutory Notice served upon him in December, 1945. Resolved - That the work be carried out on the instructions of this Council and that the owner be charged with the cost thereof.

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 11th day of July 1946.

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

152 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

153 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

155 - Blackburn Road Nurseries - Water Supply. The Clerk submitted an application from a person cultivating a plot of land adjacent to the Nurseries for a supply of water from the Council's Service. Resolved - That the Clerk and the Surveyor investigate the position.

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 11th day of July 1946.

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

156 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

157 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

158 - Boundary Commission.

159 - Postal Facilities. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Head Postmaster, Blackburn, stating that an earlier collection of letters will be made in the evenings, namely: - 6 p.m. from the boxes and 6-15 p.m. from the Sub-Office. It was Resolved - That an interview be sought with the Head Postmaster in order to discuss postal facilities in this area.

160 - Employees Over 65 Years off Age. The Clerk asked the Council to decide on policy in connection with the continuing in employment, or otherwise, of persons attaining the age of 65 years. Consideration was deferred for one month.

161 - Y. M. C. A. Street Collection. It was Resolved - That approval be given to a collection being made in this district on the 15th August 1946.

162 - Pawnbroker's Certificate - Application. It was Resolved - - That a certificate be granted to Messrs. A. Gregory & Co., in connection with their application for a licence.

163 - Library Committee. The Clerk reported that Councillor Worsley had been appointed on the Library Committee as a representative of the Lancashire County Council and that consequently a vacancy occurred on the nomination of this Council. Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker be appointed as the representative of this Council in lieu of Councillor Worsley.

164 - U. D. C. Conference - Folkestone. A Report by the Chairman and the Clerk was circulated to all members. Resolved - That consideration be given at the next meeting of the Council.

165 - Ex-Councillor A. Smith. Reference was made to the departure of ex-Councillor A. Smith from this district in the near future and it was Resolved - That the good wishes of the Council be extended to Mr. Smith for his future welfare and that he be thanked for the services he has rendered during his residence in the district.

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 11th day of July 1946.

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

166 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

167 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

168 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

169 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved.

170 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk reported that an interview had been arranged with representatives of the Provincial Council for the 8th August 1946. A letter was also submitted from N. A. L. G. O. stating that no action would be taken by them pending the meeting referred to.

171 - Sanitary Inspector - Salary. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Health bad approved the payment of a salary of £300 per annum to the Sanitary Inspector.

172 - Allotments - Transfer. It was Resolved - That the transfer of an allotment on Hermitage Street from Mr. W. Kembery to Mr. R. Paton be approved.

173 - Old Folks' Celebrations. A statement of Receipts and Payments in connection with the above was submitted and approved.

174 - Rating and Valuation Officers' Conference – London. Councillor Bridge and the Rating Officer submitted a report on the proceedings of the above Conference. Resolved - That the Report be accepted and the representatives thanked for their attendance.

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 18th day of July 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Fish, Leeming, Longland, Stairs, Sturzaker and Worsley.

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

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

177 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£5, 252 18s. 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 of the Council and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

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

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

Confirmed, 15th August 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 18th July 1946, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Fish, Leeming, Longland, Stairs, Sturzaker and Worsley.

181 - Boundary Commission. The members who attended the meeting, held at the County Offices, Preston, on the 16th July 1946, reported on the discussions which took place thereat. After further consideration the Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Blackburn Corporation asking for a date to be fixed for the joint meeting of the two authorities.

182 - U. D. C. Annual Conference - Report. The Chairman, Councillor Sutcliffe and the Clerk submitted their report on the proceedings of the Conference held at Folkestone in June and elaborated upon the written report which was circulated. Resolved - That the report be accepted and that the representatives be thanked for their attendance and for the report.

183 - Lancashire U. D. C. Association - Executive Council. The Clerk submitted a nomination form in connection with the Election of the Executive Committee of the Association. It was Resolved - That this authority be nominated for election and that Councillor Worsley be appointed as the representative on the Committee if the Council is successful in the Election.

184 - Postal Facilities. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Head Postmaster of Blackburn and it was Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker, Sutcliffe and Worsley with the Clerk meet the Head Postmaster on the 8th August 1946.

185 - Food Distribution. The Clerk was requested to communicate with the W. V. S. and ask for their assistance in the distribution of the foodstuffs received from the Dominions.

186 - Mayor of Accrington - Illness. The Clerk was instructed to convey the regret of this Council on the illness of the Mayor of Accrington and to convey the wishes of the members for a speedy recovery.

Confirmed, 18th July 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 15th August 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 8th day of August 1946.

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

187 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

188 - The accounts were passed for payment.

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

190 - Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report. Report herein submitted in respect of the year 1945. It was Resolved - That the Report be received.

191 - Ambulance Account. A letter was submitted from a resident for whom the ambulance had been engaged on three occasions for which she had paid, requesting the free use of the ambulance owing to her financial circumstances. It was Resolved - That the applicant be granted free use of the ambulance and that accounts already charged be written off and where paid the money be refunded, amounting to 9s.

192 - Driving Tuition. The Sanitary Inspector reported that the driver was receiving tuition in readiness for the delivery of the Karrier Wagon and that he was making satisfactory progress. The Sanitary Inspector was authorised to continue the arrangements for a further month.

Confirmed, 15th August 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 8th day of August 1946.

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

193 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

194 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

196 - Housing Conference - Manchester. The Clerk submitted details of a proposed Conference to be held in Manchester on the 26th September. Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker and the Surveyor be authorised to attend and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

197 - Electricity Cable Charge. The Clerk reported on his correspondence with the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking regarding an account received for £14 in respect of a cable rent in Harwood Road and that the charge after this year's payment would cease.

198 - Housing Repairs Account. The Clerk drew the attention of the Committee to the clause under the Housing (Financial and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946, whereby the annual contribution to the Housing Repairs Account as from the 1st April 1946, is not to be less than £4 per house in lieu of 15 per cent, of the net rent. It was Resolved - That the necessary transfer in accordance with the Act be made, viz.: - £4 per house.

199 - Employees over 65 Years of Age. In accordance with Minute No. 160, further consideration was given to the continuing in employment of persons over the age of 65 years and it was Resolved :–

200 - Private Street Works Charge. The Clerk reported on correspondence with a frontager who owed arrears since 1941 amounting to £1 2s. 2d. Resolved - That in view of the circumstances as explained by the Clerk the amount be written off as irrecoverable.

201 - Street Lighting. The Surveyor was instructed to reinstate as many lamps as possible on the side streets in co-operation with the Gas and Water Board.

202 - Hermitage Street Allotments. The attention of the Surveyor was drawn to the re-building of a garage on these allotments with bricks obtained after the demolition of the air raid shelters. Resolved - That an account be rendered to the person responsible for the cost of the bricks obtained.

203 - Death of Ex-Employee. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the relatives of the late Mr. R. Spencer, an ex-employee of this Council, expressing the sympathy of the Council.

Confirmed, 15th August 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 8th day of August 1946.

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

204 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

205 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

206 - Boundary Commission. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the County Council and with the Blackburn Corporation from whom a further communication is awaited pending the joint meeting.

207 - Postal Facilities. Councillor Worsley and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Head Postmaster of Blackburn who had promised to take the matter up with Headquarters.

208 - Road Safety Campaign. It was decided to call a meeting of all organisations in September.

209 - Division of Districts into Wards. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk of the County Council stating that a Public Local Inquiry would be held in September in connection with the Council's application for the division of the district into wards.

210 - Harwood Road Recreation Ground. An application was submitted from the Parish Church authorities for permission to hold a Field Day for the children on the 31st August 1946. Resolved - That permission be granted.

Confirmed, 15th August 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 8th day of August 1946.

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

211 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

212 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

213 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

214 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved.

215 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions. The Assistant to the Clerk of the Lancashire & Cheshire Provincial Council attended at the request of this Council and in the absence of the Chairman of the Provincial Council explained the origin and purport of the National Scheme and gave in detail the event which led up to its formulation. After answering questions from the members Mr. Eaton was thanked for his attendance and explanations of the scheme. Consideration of the matter was deferred until the Council in Committee.

216 - Whitley Council - Circulars Nos.74 and 75. The Clerk submitted circulars relating to basic rates of wages for non-trading services and to working conditions for employees on night work and salting and snow shifting. Circular No.74 authorised the basic wage being increased by 4/1d. per week for adult general classes of employees and an increase of 1d. per hour for road workers and that such increase shall be payable on the pay day in the week commencing Monday, the 5th August 1946. Resolved - That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

217 - Appointment of Surveyor. The Chairman reported that Mr. H. W. Gilman had been successful in obtaining another post and asked for the instructions of the Council regarding an advertisement for a successor. Resolved - That the Ministry of Transport be asked to approve the insertion of an advertisement for the appointment of a Surveyor at a salary in accordance with Grade IV of the National Scheme plus bonus of £59 16s. and that the appointment be terminable by three months' notice on either side.

218 - Housing Contracts - Application for Loan Sanction. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Health had approved the acceptance of the tender of Messrs. Drake Bros. (Haslingden) Ltd., to the amended figure of £34,401 0s. 10d. for the 28 houses on the Sands Site. It was Resolved - That application be made to the Ministry of Health for consent to the borrowing of £46,870 made up as follows: -

 

£

Site

3,716

Roads

6,345

Sewers

515

Houses

34,576

Private Streets

1,566

Loan Costs

152

and that on receipt of such consent, arrangements be made for the borrowing of the requisite sum from the Public Works Loan Board for the period of sanction granted by the Minister.

Confirmed, 15th August 1946

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 15th day of August: 1946.

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

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

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

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

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

General Account

 

£5, 946 1s. 8d.

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.

223 - Common Seal. Resolved - That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the following documents: -

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

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

Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 15th August 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

226 - Suspension of Standing Orders. Resolved - That the Standing Orders of the Council be suspended to permit consideration of matters in connection with the National Scheme of Conditions of Service.

227 - National Joint Council - Scheme of Conditions of Service. Consideration was given to this matter as the result of the explanations given by 'Mr. Eaton, of the Provincial Council. No alteration was made to the previous decision of the Council.

228 - Standing Orders. Resolved - That the Standing Orders be reinstated.

229 - Compensation - Allotments. The Clerk reported that the District Valuer was prepared to recommend to the Ministry of Health the payment of the sum of £50 by way of compensation to allotment holders who had been displaced by housing development. Resolved - That Councillor Stairs and the Clerk endeavour to meet the District Valuer with a view to the amount being increased.

Confirmed, 15th August 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 26th September 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 5th day of September 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Worsley.

230 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

231 - The accounts were passed for payment.

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

233 - Lorry Driver. The Sanitary Inspector reported that the driver of the proposed new wagon was now competent to take over the driving.

234 - Illness of Horse. A report was submitted stating that the Veterinary Surgeon had attended the horse, which was now back at work.

235 - Rodent Control. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Food asking the Council to appoint a Rodent Operative in connection with the two disinfestations proposed to be carried out during this financial year. Resolved - That no appointment be made herein and that the work be carried out by existing staff.

236 - House Refuse Vehicle. A communication was submitted from Messrs. Cuerden Motors, Ltd., stating that the price of all vehicles delivered after the 5th August 1946, would be increased and that the cost of the lorry ordered by the Council would now be: -

and that the firm required confirmation that the new prices are accepted. Resolved - That a reply be forwarded accepting the new terms.

237 - 93, Hermitage Street and 23, High Street. The attention of the Sanitary Inspector was drawn to the uncompleted work at these two premises and he was requested to give the matter immediate attention.

Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 5th day of September 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Worsley.

238 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

239 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

241 - Eachill Road - Fireplace. A request was submitted from a tenant for permission to install a fireplace at his own expense and undertook if he left the premises to leave a gas cooker installed. Resolved - That permission be granted.

242 - "The Turrets." Discussion ensued on the advertisement which had appeared in the press offering the property for sale to the public, which constituted a change of policy on the part of the owners. It was Resolved - That Councillors Booth, Sturzaker and Stairs, together with the Clerk, seek an interview with Mrs. Horner in an endeavour to obtain some information as to the change of views.

243 - Resignation of Surveyor. The Chairman drew attention to the fact that Mr. Gilman would be leaving the service of this Council on the 30th September to take up an appointment with the Staveley Urban District Council and he and other Councillors expressed to Mr. Gilman their appreciation of the excellent service he has rendered to this Council during the past twelve months and wishing him every success in his new appointment.

Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 5th day of September 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Worsley.

244 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

245 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

246 - Boundary Commission. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Boundary Commission inviting the Council to appoint three representatives to attend a meeting at Manchester on the 27th September and also submitted financial statistics which have been forwarded to the County Council. Resolved - That Councillors Sturzaker and Banks, with the Clerk, be appointed as this Council's representatives at the proposed meeting.

247 - Postal Facilities. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Head Postmaster at Blackburn stating that the mail would be collected from the Cutt Lane Pillar Box at 7 p. m. instead of 6 p. m. in accordance with the request of this Council.

248 - Distribution of Food from the Dominions. The Clerk was instructed to forward a letter of thanks to the W. V. S. for the invaluable service they have rendered, both in connection with the distribution of this food and in many other directions.

249 - Council for the Preservation of Rural England. It was Resolved - That Councillor Leeming be appointed as this Council's representative on this body.

250 - Poultry Association. Application was submitted from this Association for permission to use a room in the Council Offices for the purpose of holding their meetings. Resolved – That permission be granted for the holding of not more than one meeting per month and to be subject to satisfactory arrangements with the caretaker.

251 - Employment Committee. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Labour confirming the appointment of Councillor Stairs on this Committee.

252 - Dunkenhalgh Estate - Footpath. The Clerk was instructed to again write to the Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council urging them to take steps to have this footpath re-opened.

Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 5th day of September 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Worsley.

253 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

254 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

255 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

256 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved. Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 26th day of September,. 1946.

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

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

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

259 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£7, 933 3s. 4d.

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.

261 – Adjournment. Resolved - That the Council do now adjourn.

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

Confirmed 17th October 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 26th September 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

263 - Surveyor to the Council. Councillor Sturzaker and other Councillors paid tribute to the services rendered by Mr. H. W. Oilman during his term of office with the Council and expressed their best wishes for his future success.

264 - Applications for Surveyor. Consideration was given to the five applications received for this appointment and it was Resolved - That three applicants be invited to attend for interview at a Special Meeting to be held on the 3rd October. The three applicants being Messrs. H. Cott, H. Schofield and G. P. James.

265 - National Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the District Officer of N. A. L. G. O. relative to arbitration proceedings being instituted. The Clerk was instructed to reply as indicated.

266 - "The Turrets." The Clerk reported the present position herein and it was Resolved - That negotiations be proceeded with to acquire the land from the Conservative Club which adjoins "The Turrets. "

267 - Allotments - Compensation. The Clerk reported that he had forwarded a further letter to the District Valuer relative to the amount of compensation which he recommended to the Ministry of Health.

268 - Division of District into Wards. A copy of a notice was submitted stating that the County Council proposed to hold an Inquiry into the Council's application to divide the district into Wards and which would be held on Monday, the 30th September, at 3-0 p. m. Councillor's Sutcliffe, Booth, Sturzaker and Stairs were deputed by the Council to support the application.

269 - Road Roller Accident. The Clerk submitted a report from the Surveyor relative to an accident which had occurred while the Steam Roller was let out on hire and was instructed to submit the necessary accounts to the hirers.

270 - Mr. Ainsworth - Sickness. It was reported that Mr. Ainsworth had been absent through sickness since the end of July and that payment of his salary was being made in accordance with the National Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk was instructed to forward a letter to Mr. Ainsworth expressing the hope that he would make a speedy recovery and be able to return to his duties.

271 - Dunkenhalgh Estate - Footpath. A letter was submitted from the Clerk of the Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C. stating that he had been informed that this footpath would be reopened to the public within the next week or so.

272 - Rodent Control Meeting. The Sanitary Inspector was appointed to attend a meeting herein at Blackburn on the 3rd October.

273 - Food Control Committee. It was Resolved - That Councillor J. R. Booth be re-appointed as this Council's representative on the Food Control Committee at Accrington.

274 - Mrs. Whalley. The Clerk reported that Mrs. Whalley was absent through contact with an infectious disease. It was Resolved - That payment of Mrs. Whalley's salary be continued up to the 10th October and that the case be reviewed at the next meeting.

Confirmed, 26th September 1946.

SPECIAL MEETING.

Thursday, the 3rd day of October 1946.

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

274 (a) The Notice convening the meeting was read.

274 (b) Appointment of Engineer and Surveyor. Applicants for position herein having been interviewed, it was Resolved - That Mr. H. Cott, of Woodley, be appointed, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Transport, at a Salary in accordance with Grade IV. of the National Scale of Salaries (Admin., Professional and Technical Division) and that his duties shall commence on 1st November 1946.

274 (c) Housing Site Contract. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Contractors asking for an extension of time in , which to complete the contract on account of inclement weather and the nature of the ground. It was Resolved - That the contract period be extended by three months.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 17th October 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 10th October 1946.

Present - Councillors Banks (Chairman), Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

275 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

276 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

278 - Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the September quarter 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

279 - Sanitary Inspectors' Association Conference. Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector submitted their report on the proceedings of the Conference held. in London and were thanked therefore. Arising, out of the report it was Resolved - That the Chairmen of the Health Committee and the Buildings and Highways Committee, with the Officials, investigate the possibility of providing washing and drying facilities for the outside staff of the Council and submit their report to the next meeting.

280 - Conversions. The Clerk reported that the amount provided in the estimates had now been expended and asked for the decision of the Council regarding future applications. Resolved - That the matter be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.

281 - House - Hermitage Street. The action of the Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector relative to a house was confirmed.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 10th October 1946.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

282 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

283 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

285 - Housing and Town Planning Conference. Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of the Conference held in Manchester on the 26th September and were thanked therefore.

286 - Land - "The Turrets." The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary of the Conservative Club asking that a deputation be appointed to meet his Committee relative to the purchase of this land. The following were appointed: - Councillors Banks, Worsley, Leeming, Sturzaker and the Clerk.

287 - Housing Contract. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the contractors relative to the progress of the contract and it was Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk meet the Contractors and report the result thereof at the Council meeting.

288 - Housing Contract - Fireplaces. Councillors Sturzaker and Mrs. Fish reported on their inspection of certain fireplaces and were authorised to make further inspections and to report their recommendations at a subsequent meeting.

289 - Public Lighting. Attention was drawn to several lamps in the district not being lighted and the Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the responsible authorities hereto.

290 - Plan of Building of Short-lived Materials. Resolved - That the under-mentioned plan be approved for the period ending 31st December, 1949.

291 - Public Lighting Engineers' Conference. The Chairman submitted a report which he had received from the Surveyor to the Church U. D. C. on the proceedings of this Conference, which the Chairman and the Surveyor had found it impossible to attend for various reasons for which the Chairman expressed regret. Resolved - That the Surveyor to the Church U. D. C. be thanked for sending a copy of his report.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 10th October 1946.

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

292 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

293 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

294 - Boundary Commissions - Conference. Councillors Sturzaker and Banks and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of a Conference held in Manchester on the 27th September and were thanked therefore.

295 - Lancashire U. D. C. 's Association Conference. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of the Annual Conference held at Grange and were thanked therefore.

296 - Wards Inquiry. The Clerk reported on the proceedings of the Public Inquiry held by the Parliamentary Committee of the Lancashire County Council at these offices on the 30th September and that the recommendation of this Committee would be submitted to the Lancashire County Council in due course.

297 - Shops Act. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the Lancashire County Council asking whether this Council have any observations regarding the times of closing for the winter months. Resolved - That similar time of closing be suggested for the coming winter as obtained last winter.

298 - Bus Service. Strong complaints were made regarding the local bus services and the Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., in the strongest terms.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 10th October 1946.

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

299 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

300 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

301 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

302 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved.

303 - Sanitary Inspector's Salary. The Clerk reported that the attention of the Council had inadvertently not been drawn to the extra remuneration which the Sanitary Inspector received as Inspector of Workshops and Factories and also of Petroleum and Carbide when the question of salaries was under consideration and it was Resolved - That the Sanitary Inspector's salary be augmented as from 1st April last by £10 0s. 0d. per annum in respect of these services.

304 - Bank Terms. The Clerk reported that he had discussed the rate of commission charged by the Bank with the Manager and that in consequence thereof it was proposed by the Bank to charge 1s. per cent, in respect of the Council's normal transactions and 7½d. per cent, in respect of housing transactions. Resolved - That the Clerk's action be confirmed and also the terms mentioned.

305 - Mrs. Whalley - Absence. It was Resolved - That Mrs. Whalley's salary be paid for one week in addition to the salary she has already been paid and that the matter be considered at the next meeting of the Council.

306 - National Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the District Officer of N. A. L. G. O. stating that he gave notice of the Association's intention to submit the matter to arbitration.

307 - Conversions. The Committee gave consideration to the matter referred to them by the Health Committee and it was Resolved - That no further grants be made towards the cost of conversions subsequent to application No. 58, unless the Council by resolution and after further consideration make further grants.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 17th day of October 1946.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting held on 26th September 1946

Special Meeting held on 3rd October 1946.

310 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£1, 298 6s. 10d.

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.

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

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

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 17th October 1946, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

314 - Housing - Site Contract. Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Contractors relative to matters raised by the Contractors, It was Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk seek an interview with the Regional Office of the Ministry of Health with a view to variations in the contract as indicated.

315 - Land - Blackburn Road. Councillors Sturzaker and Banks and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Committee of the Conservative Club regarding the purchase of land on Blackburn Road. A communication is now awaited from the Conservative Club.

316 - Mrs. Whalley. Resolved - That payment of salary be continued up to 17th October, after which this shall cease.

Confirmed, 17th October 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 21st November 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 7th November 1946.

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

317 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

318 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

Resolved:–

321 - Application for Licence to Retail T. T. Milk. An application was submitted from The Calder Dairy Farmers Ltd. for a licence to retail T. T. milk in Rishton. Resolved - That a licence be granted.

322 - Rats and Mice Destruction. The Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector reported on an interview with representatives of the Ministry of Food, who desired the Council to appoint a Rodent Operative and to take a survey of all premises in the district. Resolved - That a part-time operative be appointed and that the Sanitary Inspector make all necessary arrangements for the work to be carried out.

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

Thursday, 7th November 1946.

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

323 - Welcome to New Surveyor. The Chairman extended a welcome to Mr. Cott, who was attending his first meeting of the Committee and who commenced duties on the 1st November.

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

325 - Land - Blackburn Road. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Conservative Club stating that they had been advised by their Solicitor that they were legally entitled to dispose of the land to the Council forthwith and that they were having the necessary legal documents prepared to make the transfer for the sum mentioned.

326 - Ministry of Transport - Surveyor's Appointment. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Transport approving the appointment of Mr. Cott as Engineer and Surveyor to the Council at a salary of £240 per annum as Road Surveyor out of the total salary of £420 per annum and also approving the amount of £9 as the apportionment to road duties of each of the three annual increments of £15 up to a maximum salary as Road Surveyor of £267 per annum. The Minister further agreed to contribute to the travelling expenses and car allowance as may be approved and to make a contribution towards the war bonus paid by the Council in accordance with the terms of Circular No. 553/2 and to make a payment towards, the Council's equivalent contribution in respect to superannuation charges. Resolved - That the conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Transport be accepted as set out above.

327 - National Playing Fields Association. Resolved - That this Council become subscribers to the above Association and that the subscription of £1 be made thereto.

328 - Education Committee - Development Plan. The Clerk submitted a communication received from the Divisional Education Officer regarding the reservation and acquisition of sites for Schools and Playing Fields. Resolved - That the Surveyor and the Town Planning Officer be asked to confer on the matter and to submit their recommendations to this Council.

329 - Letters from British Legion - Housing Vacancies. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Chairman of the Legion asking the Council, when allocating Council houses, to fully assess Service and ex-Service men's claims. Resolved - That the letter be received.

330 - Housing Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had met to fill the vacancy in one of the houses in Eachill Road and that this step had been taken in order to avoid loss of rent and other factors. The Clerk drew attention to the need for filling the vacancies immediately notice is received in order to avoid loss of rent and the consequential loss on Housing Revenue Account.

Resolved –

331 - Housing Contract. The Clerk reported that he had received a telephone message from the Ministry of Health regarding the suggestions made by this Council relative to the alteration, in the contract price and that he was now awaiting a letter in confirmation.

332 - Council Employees - Extension of Service. It was Resolved That the services of Messrs. F. Riley and J. Farrar be extended for a further three months.

333- Housing Contract - Purchase of Fireplaces. Resolved - That the tenders of Messrs. Bridge Ltd., of Accrington, be accepted and that the Sub-Committee be authorised to purchase from this firm a variety of fireplaces at the prices quoted.

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

Thursday, 7th November 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Banks,. Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Stairs and Sturzaker.

334 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

335 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

336 - Armistice Sunday. The Chairman reported that he had received an invitation from the British Legion to attend the Armistice Day Service and that all Councillors were included in the invitation.

337 - Re-distribution of Seats Act 1946. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Town Clerk of Accrington enclosing copy of a notice to be placed on deposit at the office for the period mentioned in the notice. The Clerk reported that the Boundary Commission's proposals transferred from the Accrington constituency to the Blackburn constituency the area in Rishton situate in the north-west corner around Parsonage Road and brought the area into conformity with the area transferred to Blackburn under the review of County Districts. Resolved - That no action be taken in the matter.

338 - Aerial Photographs. An offer has been received to sell to the Council ten negatives for the sum of £3 3s. 0d., the views being taken some years ago by plane. Resolved - That the negatives be purchased.

339 - Bus Services. Correspondence with the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. was submitted, from which it appeared that during afternoons the bus services through Rishton would be augmented. A complaint was still made regarding buses leaving Clayton-le-Moors to Rishton in the evening and it was Resolved - That an interview be sought with the Traffic Manager and that Councillors Bridge and Sturzaker with the Clerk, attend such interview.

340 - Food Gifts. It was reported that a further distribution of food from the Dominions had been made by the Ministry of Food and it was Resolved - That no local allocation be made until nearer Christmas.

341 - Boundary Commission. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council enclosing a copy of the County Council's observations to the Boundary Commission when they met during October. Also enclosed were statements showing the effect of the various County Borough proposals on the Administrative County. The Clerk of the County Council further stated that he would communicate with each County District in the near future. Resolved - That, so far as the Blackburn proposals affecting this district are concerned, this Council adheres to its previous decision to take all steps possible to retain the identity of the district. Further resolved - That Councillors Banks, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe cooperate in the forming of the Council's case.

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Thursday, the 7th November 1946.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Stairs and Sturzaker.

342 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

343 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

344 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

345 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved.

346 - Ambulance Accounts Nos.296 and 398. Resolved - That these accounts be written off as irrecoverable.

347 - Notice of Audit. The Clerk reported that he had received notice of audit to commence on the 18th December 1946, in respect of the accounts for the year ended 31st March 1946.

348 - Repairs to Typewriter. It was Resolved - That quotations be obtained from various firms for the overhaul of one of the typewriters.

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING

Thursday, the 21st day of November 1946.

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

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

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

351 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£8, 645 14s. 10d.

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.

353 - Common Seal. Resolved - That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to an assignment of land on Blackburn Road from the Rishton Conservative Club to the Council (Councillors Banks, Fish, Hoyle and Stairs voted against).

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

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

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 21st November 1946.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

356 - Division of District into Wards. The Clerk submitted a draft order received from the Lancashire County Council dividing the district into four wards, which order is to be on deposit at the Council Offices for a period of 6 weeks.

357 - Staffing Matters. The Clerk drew attention to the continued illness of Mr. Ainsworth and other matters requiring consideration by the Council. Resolved - That the Finance Sub-Committee be convened for Thursday, the 5th December to consider matters in connection with the staff.

358 - Housing Scheme - Loan Sanction. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Ministry of Health and the Public Works Loan Board enclosing consent to the borrowing of the following sums: -

Amount

£

Period

Years

Purpose

243

10

Trees, Shrubs, etc.

5,654

20

Roads.

200

25

Street Lighting.

517

30

Sowers.

38,315

60

Erection of dwellings

320

80

Purchase of land.

359 - Employees - Washing and Drying Compartment. Councillors Banks and Sturzaker reported on their inspection of the premises in the Council Office buildings and that a room could be suitably adapted for the purpose of giving the facilities required. The Surveyor is preparing an estimate of the cost of carrying out the work which will be submitted to a subsequent meeting. Resolved - That the report be accepted in principle.

360 - Classification of Roads. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire County Council asking whether this Council desired that the Class III Roads be delegated to this authority. Resolved - That application be made to the County Council for delegation.

361 - House Refuse Collecting Vehicle. It was reported that this vehicle was delivered on the 20th November and would be put into commission as soon as possible. Councillors Sutcliffe and Leeming were authorised to dispose of one horse and equipment on the best terms possible and that the matter be reviewed at the next meeting of the Council.

362 - Bus Services. Councillors Bridge and Sturzaker and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Traffic Manager of the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. and that there were possibilities of an improved service for Rishton residents. The deputation were thanked for their report.

363 - Trust Funds. The following members were appointed to decide upon the list of recipients during the forthcoming distribution of the Mercer and other funds: - Councillors Banks, Booth, Longland, Sutcliffe and Worsley.

Confirmed, 21st November 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 19th December 1946.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 12th December 1946.

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

364 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

365 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

367 - Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928. Resolved - That licences to store petroleum be granted to the under mentioned for the year commencing 1st January 1947: -

also that F Lord, Rishton Welding Co., Spring Street, be granted a licence for the storage of carbide of calcium.

368 - Disposal of Horse. Councillors Sutcliffe and Leeming reported that an advertisement had been issued inviting tenders for the disposal of one horse and that they had accepted the best offer, which was £20. Resolved - That the action of Councillors Sutcliffe and Leeming be approved and confirmed.

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 12th December 1946.

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

369 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

370 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

372 - Unclassified Secondary Roads. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council stating that after the 31st March 1947, the unclassified secondary roads would not attract the 33% per cent grant which has hitherto obtained in view of the classification as Class III Classification Roads of the remaining Unclassified Roads.

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Thursday, 12th December 1946.

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

373 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

374 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

375 - Bus Services. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., stating that they proposed to augment the service from Clayton-le-Moors at 5-45 p. m. on Mondays to Fridays.

376 - Territorial Army, etc., Association. The Clerk submitted a letter from the U. D. C. 's Association enclosing copy of a letter from the Association. Resolved - That the matter remain in abeyance pending consideration and recommendations by the Lancashire U. D. C. 's Association.

377 - District Council Elections 1947. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk of the County Council stating that the Elections would be held on the 31st March 1947 and that the hours of poll will be from 12-0 noon to 8-0 p.m., unless any authority desires an alteration. Resolved - That no application be made for alteration.

378 - Distribution of Food from the Dominions. It was Resolved - That the W. V. S. be asked to kindly distribute the food as on previous occasions to persons making application therefore of the age of 70 years and upwards and that an advertisement be issued in the local "Advertiser."

379 - Gift of Pictures. The Clerk reported that the Executrix of the late Mrs. M. E. Clayton had offered to make a gift of the pictures in "The Turrets" to the Council. Resolved - That the offer be accepted and that the Executrix be thanked therefore.

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 12th December 1946.

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

380 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

381 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment,

382 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

383 - Financial Report. Submitted and approved.

384 - Typewriter Repairs. The Clerk submitted three tenders received for complete overhaul of one of the typewriters. Resolved - That the tender of the Blackburn Typewriter Company for £9 17s. 6d. be accepted.

385 - Ambulance Accounts. Resolved - That Account No. 348 be written off and that a refund of the ambulance charges which have been paid by Mrs. E. H. Crabtree be refunded and that she be granted the free use of the ambulance.

386 - Lancashire and Cheshire Whitley Council. The Clerk submitted Circulars Nos.78, 79 and 80, which recommend plus rates for certain employees and also an increase in the basic rate of 2/- per week or ½d. per hour as from 4th November. Resolved - That the terms of the Circulars be implemented as from 4th November.

387 - National Scheme of Conditions - Circular No. 50 A. Copies of this Circular having been forwarded to members in advance, consideration was given thereto and it was Resolved - That the decisions contained therein be implemented with the exception of the paragraph relating to annual leave of 18 working days and that in this respect the previous resolution of the Council shall apply.

388 - Ambulance. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the local doctors regarding the use of the ambulance by patients who are able to travel by other means.

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

ORDINARY MEETING, Thursday, 19th of December 1946.

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

Councillor Sanderson's Loss. The Chairman made sympathetic reference to the loss which Councillor Sanderson had sustained in the sudden death of his wife. All present stood in silence as a mark of respect and it was Resolved - That a letter of condolence be forwarded to Councillor Sanderson.

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

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

391 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£6, 249 4s. 5d.

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.

393 - Season's Greetings. The Chairman extended to members of the Council, officials and the general public, his best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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

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

Confirmed, 16th January 1946.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 19th December 1946.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

396 - Disposal of Horse. Consideration was given to the question of disposing of the second horse and harness, carts and other equipment, which will consequently be surplus to the Council's requirements. It was Resolved - That Councillors Sutcliffe and Leeming, with the officials, be authorised to dispose of the items mentioned on the best terms obtainable.

397 - National Women's Citizen's Association. The Clerk submitted an invitation from this Association for a representative to be appointed to attend a Conference in London on the 26th February. Resolved - That Councillor Mrs. Fish be appointed to attend the Conference and that her reasonable expenses be paid, subject to prior approval being, obtained from the Ministry of Health.

398 - Workmen's Hours. Attention was drawn to a Circular from the Whitley Council regarding working hours, during the winter months, being reduced from 47 to 44 hours per week. It was Resolved - That the previous decision of the Council be adhered to and that a 47 hour week be worked throughout the year until a resolution is passed rescinding the previous decision. The Whitley Council conditions shall apply to all workmen employed by the Council and the Surveyor was instructed to carry out the terms of this resolution and convey the decision to all employees.

399 - Staffing - Report of Sub-Committee. The Finance Sub-Committee reported on their deliberations regarding the report submitted by the Clerk and it was Resolved –

Confirmed, 19th December 1946.

Report of Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 16th January 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Thursday, 9th January 1947.

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

400 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

401 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

403 - Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the December quarter 1946. Resolved - That this be approved.

404 - Infectious Diseases Hospital, Darwen. The Clerk submitted a letter forwarded by the Secretary of the Accrington and District Joint Hospital Board to the effect that the Darwen Corporation propose to close Bull Hill Hospital as an Infectious Diseases Hospital and to adapt it as Maternity Home. No action was taken on the letter.

405 - Rodent Control - Workable Area Committee. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ministry of Food asking for representatives to be appointed to attend Committee Meetings and the Annual Conference to be held on a Regional basis. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed as this Council's, representatives.

406 - Inspection of House. The Sanitary Inspector reported on the condition of a house which he had inspected. No action was taken thereon.

407 - Sale of Horse, Carts, Harness, etc. The Clerk reported that an auction had been held on Tuesday, the 7th instant and that all the equipment had been disposed of for the sum of £187 14s. 6d., against which would be set off the Auctioneer's fees for which an account has not yet been received. It was Resolved - That the best thanks of the Council be tendered, to Councillors Leeming and Sutcliffe and the officials for the attention which had been given to this matter.

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

Resolved –

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

BUILDINGS & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Thursday 9th January, 1947.

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

409 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

410 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

412 - Housing Tenancies - Letter from British Legion. The Clerk submitted a letter asking for consideration to be given in the letting of Council houses to the claims of ex-members of the Forces. It was Resolved - That a Special Meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee be held on the 23rd January for the consideration of various points schemes.

413 - Municipal Engineer's Conference. An invitation was received from the Institution of Municipal Engineers for representatives to be appointed to the Annual Conference, to be held at Bournemouth from the 10th - 14th June. Resolved - That the Chairman of this Committee and the Surveyor be appointed to attend and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

414 - Retirement of Employees. The Clerk reported that F. Riley retired on the 2nd January and J. Farrar on the 9th January. Resolved - That letters be forwarded to each of these employees in appreciation of their services over many years.

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Thursday 9th January, 1947.

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

415 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

416 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

417 - U. D. C's Association Conference. Notice has been received that the Annual Conference will be held at Scarborough from the 25th - 27th June. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed as representatives and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

418 - Taxation of Land Values. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Manchester inviting representatives to be appointed to attend a Conference at Manchester on the 6th February to consider joint action being taken to secure Parliamentary powers to enable Local Authorities to levy a taxation on land values. Resolved - That the Chairman and the Clerk be appointed to attend the Conference.

419 - Street Collections. A letter was submitted from the Superintendent of Police asking for the observations of this Council on the proposed collections during the year. Resolved - That the same list be approved as for 1946, viz.:-

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Thursday 9th January, 1947.

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

420 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

421 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

422 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

423 - Financial Report. Submitted and approved.

424 - Auditor's Report. The Clerk submitted the Auditor's report on the accounts for the year ended 31st March 1946. Resolved - That the report be accepted and recorded in the minutes as under: -

Government Audit Room,

County Offices,

Preston.

7th January 1947.

To the Chairman and Members of the

Rishton Urban District Council.

Gentlemen,

I have the honour to report the completion of the audit of your accounts and of those of your Officers, for the year ended at the 31st March 1946.

Points of detail and of account were referred to the Officers concerned and there is no matter to which the special attention of the Council need be directed on this occasion.

I have to acknowledge the courtesy and ready attention of the Officers throughout the proceedings.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen,

 

Your obedient servant,

 

W. ERSKINE PITCAIRN,

 

District Auditor.

425 - Local Fuel Overseer - Salary. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Fuel and Power dated the 18th December 1946, stating that the Ministry will be prepared to recognize for the purpose of re-fund an honorarium at the rate of £75 0s. 0d. per annum with effect from the 1st April 1946. Resolved - That, subject to the approval of the Regional Coal Officer, this recommendation be given effect to as from the 1st April 1946.

426 - Retirement of Office Clerk. The Clerk submitted a letter of resignation from Mrs. Whewell to take effect on the 27th March next. Resolved - That the resignation be accepted with regret and that a letter of appreciation of Mrs. Whewell's services be forwarded in due course. It was further Resolved - That the Finance Sub-Committee be authorised to appoint a successor to act as Clerk in the Finance Department.

427 - Clerk of Works. Application was submitted from Mr. Packham for consideration of his salary and it was Resolved - That an increase of £25 0s. 0d. per annum be granted, with effect from the confirmation of these minutes.

428 - Fuel Overseer's Clerk. Seven applications were considered for this position and it was Resolved - That three be invited to attend for interview on Thursday, the 16th January, at 7-30 p. m.

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Special Meeting held on Thursday 16th January, 1947.

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

429 - Fuel Overseer's Clerk. The Committee interviewed three applicants for position herein and it was Resolved - That Mr. G. Cheetham be appointed at a salary of £4 5s, 0d. per week inclusive and that the Clerk make arrangements as to his commencing duties.

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

ORDINARY MEETING, Thursday 16th January, 1947.

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

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

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

432 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£9, 229 5s. 6d.

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.

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

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

Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday 16th January, 1947.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

436 - Use of Ambulance. The Clerk submitted a letter from Dr. Ross regarding the engagement of the Ambulance by a local resident for a journey to Manchester. Resolved - That the letter be accepted.

437 - Private Street Works - Sands Estate - Sanction to Loan. The Clerk submitted the sanction from the Ministry of Health to the borrowing of £1,571 0s. 0d. in respect of the Private Street Works for a period of 10 years.

Confirmed, 16th January 1947.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committee to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 20th February 1947.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Special Meeting held on Thursday, the 23rd January 1947.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

438 - Council House Tenancies - Points Systems. Copies of various systems adopted by authorities in Lancashire and Cheshire were considered and after discussion it was Resolved - That the following system be adopted in this district and that should it be found necessary when applying the system to allow of flexibility that this shall be considered as occasion arises:-

 

1914/18

1939/45

(a) Each year of war service of applicant.

½

1

(b) Each year of war service of applicant's wife – add

¼

½

(c) Each year of war service of applicant's wife only

½

1

(d) Each child under 10 years of age.

2

(e) If in lodgings for at least 6 months.

5

(f) Each extra bedroom required in overcrowding cases

4

(g) Each year of residence in Rishton

.25 (Max 5)

(h) If rendered homeless due to enemy action

3

(i) If no bath in applicant's house.

2

(j) Applicant being widow with family of Serviceman killed in 1939/45 War.

5

(k) Employed but not resident in district - each year

.5( Max5)

(l) On special report by Sanitary Inspector of bad case of overcrowding

 or special Infectious or Contagious Disease

3

Confirmed 20th February 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th February 1947.

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

439 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

440 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

441 - Sanitary Inspector's Report. No report was submitted for the month of January, in view of the absence, through sickness, of the Sanitary Inspector.

442 - Collection of Trade Refuse. A report having been circulated showing the amount received for the collection of trade refuse. It was Resolved - That the present system whereby workmen issue receipts on collecting the bin be dispensed with as from 1st April next and that an annual charge be made of 16s. per bin, accounts to be rendered quarterly in advance to the trades people.

443 - Repairs - 93, Hermitage Street. The Clerk reported that he rendered an account to the owner for work done by local traders, on the instructions of the Council, in view of the owner's non-compliance with the statutory notice and subsequent letters drawing his attention thereto. Resolved - That the action of the Clerk be confirmed and that the owner be informed that action will be taken, if necessary, to recover the amount of the account, plus interest at the rate of 5 per cent, until time of payment.

444 - Sanitary Inspector's Association Conference. It was Resolved - That the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Sanitary Inspector attend the Annual Conference, at Bournemouth, from the 19th to 23rd May and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

445 - National Health Service Act 1946 - Ambulance Service. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk of the County Council regarding grants in aid of approved capital or abnormal expenditure incurred by County Districts in maintaining the Ambulance in an efficient condition.

446 - Ambulance Driver. It was Resolved - That Councillors Sutcliffe and Banks, with the Clerk, investigate the position with respect to duty periods of the Ambulance Driver and in respect also of his wage and to report thereon to the next meeting of the Committee.

447 - Ambulance Account. Letter submitted from M. Crabtree respecting the free use of the Ambulance. Resolved - That no charge be made to this person for the use of the Ambulance.

448 - Sanitary Inspector's Illness. Attention was drawn to the serious illness and operations which the Sanitary Inspector, Mr. Woodcock, had undergone recently and it was Resolved - That a suitable letter be forwarded to him.

Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th February 1947.

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

449 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

450 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

Brookes Chemicals, Ltd., Halifax Sett Grouting Materials, Spraying Compounds.

Lanes. Tar Distillers, Manchester

Sett Grouting Materials.

Rossendale Stone Assn.

Broken Stone and Pitching Stone.

Penmaenmawr and Welsh Granite Co.

Granite Clippings.

Peacock Bros. (Mellor) Ltd.

Natural Stone.

Shap Granite Co., Ltd.

Granite Setts.

R. Briggs & Sons, Ltd.

Tarred Macadam.

G. Clarke & Sons (Rishton) Ltd.

Glazed Stoneware Pipes.

Trollope & Colls, Ltd.

Concrete Tubes.

John Grundy, Ltd.

Street Ironwork.

452 - Snow Clearing. Attention was drawn to the efficient way in which the Surveyor and the members of his staff had dealt with the roads during the severe weather and it was Resolved - That the thanks of the Committee be extended to them for this work.

453 - Building Licences. It was Resolved - That the Surveyor be authorised to issue building licences for work to the value of £50 0s. 0d. and that all applications in excess of this figure be dealt with by this Committee.

454 - Housing Tenancies - Points Scheme. Copies of the scheme adopted at the meeting held on 23rd January, were circulated to the members.

455 - Housing Revenue Account. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Ministry of Health relative to the charging to Housing Revenue Account of a sum to cover supervision and management and that the Ministry approve the proposal to charge £5 0s. 0d. per annum from the year 1937/8 onwards. Resolved - That the sum of £5 0s. 0d. per annum be charged for the years 1937/8 to 1946/7 and that an appropriate amount be charged in subsequent years in respect of this overhead charge.

456 - Control of Building Circular No.8/47. The Clerk submitted this Circular which extended the powers of local authorities to issue building licences on domestic dwellings in excess of the previous maximum of £100 0s. 0d. and also placed upon local authorities the onus of proceedings against individuals for infringement of the regulations in connection with building licences.

457 - Ministry of Works Conference. The Chairman, the Clerk and the Surveyor reported that they had attended a Conference at Blackburn, convened by the Ministry of Works for the purpose of considering the labour position in relation to the number of houses approved and to be approved in Zone No.5 which includes Rishton.

458 - Town Planning Committee - Report of Meeting. The Chairman, the Clerk and the Surveyor reported on the proceedings of a meeting of this Committee at Blackburn, on the 13th instant and stated that amongst other matters considered were the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Bill. Under this Bill, Planning Authorities would be County Boroughs and County Councils or combinations of those authorities. It was felt by the Committee that if the Bill as approved became an Act, County Districts would have no power so far as planning was concerned and it was decided by the meeting that representations be made to the Minister for amendments to be made to the Bill authorising the nomination of representatives from County Districts by County Councils on the Joint Planning Board, if such Board for this area was formed. Resolved - That the report be accepted and the action of the Joint Committee be endorsed and that a letter be forwarded to the local Member of Parliament asking for his support to the necessary amendments.

459 - Garage - Henry Street. The Clerk reported on correspondence from a tenant affected by this garage and it was Resolved - That the views of the Town Planning Officer be obtained thereon.

460 - Water Supply - Parsonage Road. The Clerk reported that a resident in Parsonage Road area had made application for a supply of water, which the Blackburn Corporation were prepared to supply on terms and that the Accrington District Gas and Water Board were prepared to approve the proposal as the property is within their area of supply. Resolved - That consideration be deferred pending further information being obtained.

461 - Allotments - Sands Site - Compensation. Councillor Stairs and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Superintendent Valuer regarding; the amount of compensation which had been made to one of the tenants. It was stated that a communication was now awaited from the Valuer. Correspondence was also submitted from the National Allotments Association regarding two other claims for compensation and the Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Association and with the claimants thereon.

462 - Outline Zoning Map. The Clerk reported that he had received from the Town Planning Officer an Outline Zoning Map which had been prepared by him together with a report thereon and it was suggested that the Town Planning Officer be invited to attend a meeting of this Committee, in order to explain the provisions of the map. Resolved - That a Special Meeting of this Committee be called for Thursday, the 27th February, at 7 p. m. and that the Town Planning Officer be invited to attend.

463 - Land Adjoining "The Turrets." The Clerk submitted a letter from the owner of "The Turrets" inquiring whether the Council would be prepared to sell the land which they had acquired from the Conservative Club. Resolved - That a reply be forwarded stating that the Council cannot agree to the sale of this land.

Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th February 1947.

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

464 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

465 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved. Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th February 1947.

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

466 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

467 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

468 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

469 - Financial Report. Submitted and approved.

470 - Taxation of Land Values. The Clerk reported that, with the Rating Officer, he had attended a Conference in Manchester, on the 6th February and had circulated a report of the proceeding thereat. Resolved - That the report be accepted.

471 - Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on meetings held in connection with the appointment of staff and that an advertisement had been issued inviting applications for a permanent appointment and that the Clerk had been authorised to engage a temporary clerk at £4 5s. 0d. per week, to overcome present difficulties. Resolved - That the report of the Sub-Committee be approved and confirmed. Councillor Worsley voted against.

472 - Resignation of Office Clerk. The resignation of Mrs. Whalley was submitted and it was Resolved - That this be not accepted and that Mrs. Whalley be allowed the opportunity of withdrawing the resignation and be asked for her reasons for this action.

473 - Employees' Superannuation. The Clerk reported that the Joint Superannuation Committee desired to know whether it was the Council's intention to increase the superannuation allowances in respect of two highways employees who had recently retired. Resolved - That the Superannuation Committee be informed that it is not the desire of the Council to increase the allowances of these ex-employees.

Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Special Meeting held on Thursday, 20th February 1947.

Present - Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Booth, Bridge, Hoyle, Leeming, Longland, Sanderson, Stairs, Sutcliffe and Worsley;

474 - Appointment of Gardener. The Committee interviewed four applicants for position herein, after which it was Resolved - That Mr. Williams be appointed at an inclusive wage of £5 1s. 0d. per week.

Confirmed, 20th February 1947.

ORDINARY MEETING, Thursday, the 20th day of February 1947.

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

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

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

477 - 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.: -

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

General Account

 

£6, 107 10s. 11d.

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.

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

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

Confirmed 27th March 1947.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday, 20th February 1947.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

481 - Lancashire U. D. C. 's Association - Executive Committee. The Clerk submitted a nomination form for appointment to the Executive Committee and it was Resolved - That this Council be nominated for Election to the Executive Committee and that in the event of being successful, Councillor Sturzaker be this Council's representative.

482 - Lancashire U. D. C. 's Association - Annual Meeting and Conference. It was Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed as this Council's representatives at the Annual Meeting to be held in Bolton in May and at the Annual Conference to be held at Southport in September and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

483 - Division into Wards. The Clerk submitted the final order of the County Council dividing the Urban District into four Wards in accordance with the application made to the County Council.

484 - Whitley Council - Circulars Nos.82 and 83. The Clerk submitted these circulars and it was Resolved - That the provisions thereof be implemented.

485 - Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council - Circular No.52a. This circular, which gave interpretations of various clauses of the National Charter was submitted and accepted.

486 - Meetings in March and April. It was Resolved - That the following meetings be arranged: -

13th March

Three Committees.

20th March

Finance Committee.

27th March

Council.

10th April

Informal Meeting.

17th April

Annual Meeting and Committees.

24th April

Council.

487 - Accrington Girls' High School. It was reported that Councillor Worsley had been appointed a Governor as a representative of the Lancashire County Council and that therefore a vacancy arose on the representation from this Council. Resolved - That Councillor Longland be appointed Governor in lieu of Councillor Worsley.

488 - Office Staff. The Clerk reported that Mrs. Whalley had withdrawn her resignation and would re-commence duties on the 24th February 1947.

489 - War Memorial. The matter of inscribing on the existing War Memorial the names of those men who lost their lives in the 1939-45 War was considered and it was decided that this question should be raised at a subsequent meeting.

Report of the proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday. the 27th March. 1947.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Special Meeting, held on Thursday, the 27th February, 1947.

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

490 - Outline Zoning Map. The Planning Officer, Mr. H. S. Bentley, attended and explained his proposals for the zoning of the Urban District taking into consideration the trend of population. After short discussion, it was Resolved - That the thanks of the Committee be extended to Mr. Bentley for his trouble and that consideration be given to the proposals. at a subsequent meeting.

Confirmed 27th March 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Thursday the 13th March 1947.

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

491 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

492 - The accounts were passed for payment.

493 - Ambulance Driver. Councillors Sutcliffe and Banks reported upon their investigation into the rate of pay and hours of duty of the Ambulance Driver and submitted their findings as follows: -

494 - Ambulance Account. A letter was submitted from Mr. J. Robinson, 22, George Street, asking for the free use of the Ambulance. Resolved - That the request be granted in view of the financial position of the applicant.

495 - Estimates of Expenditure 1947-48. After careful examination of all the estimates submitted, it was Resolved - That the total of £1,906 be recommended to the Finance Committee for approval.

Confirmed, 27th March 1947.

BUILDINGS & HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th March 1947.

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

496 - The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

497 - The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

499 - Erection of Houses. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Health authorising the submission of schemes for the provision of up to 30 houses during the coming year.

500 - Bowling Green. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Secretary of a Club, stating that his Committee were prepared to meet representatives of the Council regarding the acquisition of a Bowling Green. Resolved - That Councillors Sutcliffe, Sturzaker, Hoyle and Stairs be authorised to meet the representatives of the Club and to report back on their discussion.

501 - National Health Service Act 1946. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council asking the Council to bear in mind the requirements of the County Council for an area of land to be reserved for the provision of a Health Centre.

502 - Estimates of Expenditure 1947-48. After careful examination of all the estimates submitted, it was Resolved - That the total of £7,516 be recommended to the Finance Committee for approval.

Confirmed, 27th March 1947.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 13th March 1947.

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

503 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

504 - Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

505 - T. W. Bracewell Trust. The Clerk reported that he had received a cheque for £1,032 5s. 0d. from the Trustees and that it would be necessary to invest the sum of £1,000 0s. 0d. in Trustee Securities and for the income to be distributed annually at Christmas in accordance with the terms of the Will. Resolved - That the sum of £1,000 0s. 0d. be invested in the name of the Council on behalf of the Trust, in 2½% Consolidated Stock and that a Banking Account be opened with the Midland Bank, Ltd., to be called the "T. W. Bracewell Trust." and that the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be authorised to sign cheques drawn thereon.

506 - Women's Citizens' Association. - Conference. Councillor Mrs. Fish gave an exhaustive report on the proceedings of the Conference held in London, which she attended. Resolved - That the report be accepted and that Councillor Mrs. Fish be thanked therefore.

507 - Charity Collections. Resolved - That approval be given to street collections being held in the District on behalf of the N. S. P. C. C. and the United Aid to China Fund.

508 - Assistant Clerk and Accountant. The Finance Sub-Committee reported that they had selected two applicants for interview and that one was unable to attend and that the other applicant met with their approval and recommended his appointment to the position. Resolved - That Mr. J. Mandate, of Market Bosworth, be appointed to the position as from a date to be arranged, at a salary of £300 0s. 0d. per annum plus cost of living bonus at present amounting to £59 16s. 0d. per annum.

Confirmed, 27th March 1947.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Thursday, the 20th March 1947.

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

509 - The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

510 - The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

511 - Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

512 - Finance Report. Submitted and approved.

513 - Irrecoverable Rates, etc. The Finance Sub-Committee submitted their report showing the amounts which they recommend should be written off as irrecoverable. Resolved - That the report be accepted and approved and that the following amounts be written off as irrecoverable: -

514 - Precepts. The Clerk submitted the precept of the Lancashire County Council and the Assessment Committee for the year 1947/48.

515 - Treasurer. The Clerk submitted the resignation, through retirement, of Mr. W. W. Gregson, who has held the appointment for approximately 20 years and it was stated that Mr. Gregson's successor as Manager of the Midland Bank, Ltd., would be Mr. S. Chipperfield. Resolved - That the resignation of Mr. Gregson be accepted and that (Mr. Stanley Chipperfield be appointed Treasurer in his stead. It was further Resolved - That Mr. Gregson be thanked for his services over the past years and that he be wished good health, etc., in his. retirement.

516 - Ambulance Driver. The Clerk reported that he had interviewed the Ambulance Driver who desired the full Whitley Council rate of pay and conditions to be attached to his appointment. Resolved - That from confirmation of these minutes, the Ambulance Driver (P. Bailey) be paid according to Whitley Council rates and that he be requested to relinquish his part-time appointment under the Lancashire County Council.

517 - Plans of New Buildings, etc. The Clerk reported that the Planning Officer recommended the approval of plans Nos.860 and 861 which had already been approved under the Bye-laws of this authority.

518 - Garage - Henry Street. The Clerk reported that the subject referred to in Minute No.459 of the 13th February, had been submitted to the Planning Officer for his recommendations, which had now been received to the effect that the Planning Officer recommends the approval of the change of user of these premises. After discussion it was Resolved - "That the change of user from a store-room to a garage be not approved, on grounds of public health."

519 - Pensions Increase Act 1947. The Clerk submitted Circular No.41/47 received from the Ministry of Health, giving the effect of this Act. Resolved - That the Circular be received.

520 - Variation of Rates of Interest. The Clerk submitted Circular No.50/47 received from the Ministry of Health, reducing to 2½% the rate of interest which may be charged under various orders and affecting housing, sinking fund, private improvement expenses and public health expenses.

521 - Town Planning Conference. It was Resolved - That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk be appointed to attend a Conference in Manchester, on the 22nd April and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

522 - Estimates of Expenditure 1947-48. The Committee considered the estimates recommended by the Health and Buildings and Highways Committees, together with the estimates of the Finance Committee showing a total expenditure of £13,750 0s. 0d. and income from various sources amounting to £4,597 0s, 0d., leaving a net expenditure in respect of which it was necessary to levy a rate amounting to £9,153 0s. 0d., which represents a rate of 41.23 pence in the £. The precept of the Lancashire County. Council amounts to £34,759 0s. 0d., representing a rate of 156.57 pence in the £ and the Assessment Committee precept amounts to £44 0s. 0d. and represents a rate of. 20 pence in the £. Resolved - That the Council be recommended to levy a rate of 16s. 6d. in the £ for the financial year 1947 /48.

Confirmed, 27th March 1947.

ORDINARY MEETING, Thursday, the 27th day of March 1947.

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

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

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

525 - 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.: -

526 - General Rate 1947-48. Resolved - That the recommendations of the Finance Committee in respect of the expenses to be incurred during the year 1947-8 be approved and that a General Rate of 16/6 in the £ be levied throughout the District and that the Clerk be instructed to prepare the Rate for sealing at the next meeting of the Council to be held on 24th April. It was further Resolved - That the discount dates be the 11th July and the 3rd October 1947 and the 23rd January 1948 and that the Clerk be authorised to advertise the making of the Rate.

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

General Account - £2,479 10s. 7d.

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.

528 - Retirement of Councillors. The Chairman referred to the retirement of Councillors Booth and Worsley after many years of useful service to the Council and to the community at large and was supported by several members in thanking them for their past services.

529 - Votes of Thanks. The Chairman of the Council, the Chairmen of Committees, the Staff and the Press were thanked for their assistance and impartiality during the past year.

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

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

Confirmed, 24th April 1947.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Thursday, 27th March 1947.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

532 - Garage - Henry Street - Minute No.518. This minute, which was referred back in Council, was further considered and it was Resolved - That the minute be deleted and the recommendation of the Planning Officer be adopted and the change of user be approved.

533 - Bowling Green. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Secretary of the Free Gardeners' Club stating that his Committee were prepared to meet representative of the Council. Resolved - That a meeting be arranged for Wednesday, 2nd April, at 8-30 p.m. and that in the meantime the Surveyor inspect the land with the gardener and submit his report thereon.

Confirmed, 27th March 1947.