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RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At the ANNUAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 17th day of April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

The notice convening the meeting was read.

1. Councillor Sutcliffe occupied the Chair for the time being.

2. Election of Chairman. Moved by Councillor Bridge, seconded by Councillor Longland, and Resolved—That Councillor Sutcliffe be, and is hereby re-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. Moved by Councillor Longland, seconded by Councillor Sanderson, and Resolved— That Councillor Bridge be, and is hereby appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

4. Urban District Council Election, 31st March, 1947. The Clerk submitted the following votes recorded for each of the candidates and declared that Messrs. Ramsbottom, O'Rourke, Sutcliffe and Lightbown had been elected as Urban District Councillors with the votes shewn against their names, and further reported that each had made and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

North Ward—Ramsbottom, H., 508 ; Rossall, M., 363.

South Ward—McNeil, D. J., 304 ; O'Rourke, J., 427.

East Ward—Edmondson, F., 276 ; Sutcliffe, H. W., 436.

West Ward—Leeming, R., 247 ; Lightbown, R., 415 ; Marsh, E., 199.

5. Designation of Committees. Resolved—That the following be the standing Committees of the Council for the ensuing year :—Health, Buildings and Highways, General Purposes, Finance and Rating and Valuation 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.

 Buildings and Highways Committee. Moved by Councillor Ramsbottom, seconded by Councillor Lightbown, and Resolved—That Councillor Sturzaker be appointed Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee.

Health Committee. Moved by Councillor Sanderson, seconded by Councillor Bridge, and Resolved—That Councillor Longland be appointed Chairman of the Health Committee.

Finance Committee. Moved by Councillor Longland, seconded by Councillor Ramsbottom, and Resolved—That Councillor Bridge be appointed Chairman of the Finance committee.

General Purposes Committee. Moved by Councillor Bridge, seconded by Councillor Longland, and Resolved— That Councillor Sutcliffe be appointed Chairman of the General Purposes Committee.

9. 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.

10. Constitution of Sub-Committees. Moved by Councillor Bridge, seconded by Councillor Longland, and Resolved - That Sub-Committees consist of not more than five members including the Chairman of the Council (ex-officio member of all Sub-Committees except Library) and of the respective Committee.

11. Appointment of Sub-Committees. Resolved—That the following be appointed members of the under-mentioned Sub-Committees: —

LIBRARY—

Mover: Cr. Hoyle. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Members: Crs. Bridge, Sturzaker, Fish.

BUILDINGS and Highways—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Fish. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Crs. Sanderson, Stairs, O'Rourke.

HEALTH -

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr. Sanderson. Members: Chairman of Health, Crs. Ramsbottom, Lightbown.

FINANCE -

Mover: Cr. Sanderson. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Members: Chairman of Finance, Chairman of B. & H., Chairman of Health.

Transport—

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr. Sanderson. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Chairman of Health.

Sewage—

Mover: Cr. Lightbown. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Chairman of Health, Crs. Bridge, Banks.

Parks—

Mover: Cr. Ramsbottom. Seconder: Cr. Bridge. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Chairman of Health, Crs. Lightbown, Sanderson.

Allotments—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Bridge. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Crs. Ramsbottom, Lightbown.

Housing (Tenancies)—

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Members: Chairman of B. & H., Chairman of Health, Cr. Sanderson.

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

Accrington Girls' High School—

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr .Lightbown. Representative : Cr. Longland.

Assessment Committee—

Mover: Cr. Hoyle. Seconder: Cr. Fish. Representative: Cr. Stairs.

Council for the Preservation of Rural England—

Mover: Cr. Hoyle. Seconder: Cr. Banks. Representative: Cr. Ramsbottom.

Education Divisional Executive—

Mover: Cr. Sanderson. Seconder. Cr. Bridge. Representatives : Crs. Sturzaker and Longland.

Employment Committee—

Mover: Cr. Hoyle. Seconder: Cr. Fish. Representative: Cr. Stairs.

FOOD Control Committee—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Sanderson. Representative : Cr. Ramsbottom.

Gas and Water Board—

Mover: Cr Ramsbottom. Seconder: Cr. Bridge. Representatives: Crs. Lightbown and Sutcliffe.

Industrial Development Committee—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Lightbown. Representative: Cr. Sturzaker.

Public Assistance Committee—

Mover: Cr. Fish. Seconder: Cr. Stairs. Representative: Cr. Hoyle.

Superannuation Committee—

Mover: Cr. Ramsbottom. Seconder: Cr. Sanderson. Representative: Cr. Bridge.

Town Planning Committee—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Lightbown. Representative: Cr. Sturzaker.

Modern School Managers—

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr. Sanderson. Representative : Cr. Longland.

High Street School Managers—

Mover: Cr. Longland. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Representative: Cr. Lightbown.

C. of E. School Managers—

Mover: Cr. Sanderson. Seconder: Cr. Longland. Representative: Cr. Bridge.

St. Charles' School Managers—

Mover: Cr. Bridge. Seconder: Cr. Ramsbottom. Representative: Cr. Sanderson.

13. Use of Council Chamber by Outside Organizations. Resolved—That permission be granted for the use of the Council Chamber for Meetings of the following organizations during the ensuing year without a charge being made therefor, but subject to the organisations giving the Clerk at least one week's notice of any meeting: —

Rishton District Nursing Association.

Traders' Association.

Allotments Association.

Rishton Cricket and Tennis Club.

14. Common Seal. Resolved - "That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to a Mortgage (No .119) with the Public Works Loan Board in respect of Housing, and amounting to 45,249 for which application has been made for a first advance of 20,770."

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, the 24th day of April, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

15. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

16. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

17. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended March, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

18. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended March, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

19. Milk and Dairies Orders. Resolved—That the transfer of licence be granted from Mr. T. Topham to Mr. S. Nuttall.

20. Sale of Disinfectant. It was Resolved—That disinfectant be made available for sale to the public on Saturday mornings between the hours of 11-0 and 12-0 a.m., in addition to the other days which already obtain.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (in the Chair), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, and Stairs.

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 of work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following: —

A. Building Licences. 10 licences have been issued during the month, making a total to date of 337. Applications for licences in excess of 50 were also considered by the Committee and licences granted.

B. Plans. Resolved—That the undermentioned plans of buildings of short-lived materials be approved for the period ending 31st December, 1949: —

Plan No. 862—Garage for Mr. H. Ayres, 2, Howard Street, Rishton, at rear of St. Paul's Road, Rishton.

Plan No. 863—Garage for Mr. W. H. Brown, 10, St. Peter Street, Rishton, at rear of " Shell-Mex " Buildings, Station Road, Rishton.

Plan No. 864—Garage for Mr. R. Groggins, 2, Cutt Lane, Rishton.

Resolved—That the undermentioned plans of alterations to a permanent building be approved, subject to the recommendation of the Planning Officer.

Plan No. 865—Conversion of colliery office into two cottages, Messrs. Dunkenhalgh Estate.

C. Permanent Housing—Sands Site.—Progress has been made during the month in the site preparation and house erection. The Consultant's preliminary report was submitted respecting the suitability of the site, and a further report is now awaited.

D. Apprentice Gardener—No applications have been received for this position.

E. Flagger—An advertisement was issued inviting applications for this position, and the Surveyor reported that he had made an appointment for a probationary period from one of the applications received. Resolved—That the action of the Surveyor be approved.

F. Pupil—Two applications have been received and were submitted, one of which was local. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor be authorised to enter into a deed of apprenticeship, for a period of three years, with Mr. J. Greaves, 95, High Street, Rishton, and that under the terms thereof the Surveyor shall receive from the Council an annual sum of 33 0s. 0d., and the pupil shall receive a weekly payment of 7s. 6d. during the three years' apprenticeship. The Clerk was instructed to prepare the necessary document embodying these terms, and that the pupil be advised that it will be a condition of apprenticeship that he shall first pass and obtain a credit in mathematics without delay.

G. Sewage Disposal Works—A letter has been received from the Lancashire Rivers Board stating that the sample recently taken has been classified as satisfactory.

H. County Road Estimates—-The Lancashire County Council have notified their approval of the main road estimates for 1947/8.

I. School Site—A letter was submitted from the County Architect asking the Council to reserve in their planning scheme the site of the existing recreation ground, off Harwood Road, for the purpose of erecting a new School in lieu of the existing School in Harwood Road.

J. Blackburn Electricity Works Extension—A letter has been received from the Town Clerk of Blackburn, enclosing, notice, under the Town Planning Acts, of their intention to erect a further extension to the Electricity Generating Station at Whitebirk. Resolved—That the application be submitted to the Regional Planning Committee.

24. Land Adjacent to " The Turrets," The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Sturzaker, the Clerk and the Surveyor were deputed to meet the owner of "The Turrets" regarding the erection of a boundary wall or fence between the two plots of land and to consider the availability of the land for the general public.

25. Permanent Housing, Sands Estate. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Health regarding damage to the new property caused by recent frost. It was Resolved— That further consideration be given at the end of the Contract.

26. Bowling Green. The Clerk submitted a letter from a local Club Secretary regarding the terms for the acquisition of the wall surrounding the Bowling Green. After discussion, it was Resolved—That further consideration be given at a subsequent meeting.

27. Allotments—Compensation. The Clerk submitted an application received for compensation from one of the tenants of the Goosey Butts Allotments. Resolved—-That a copy of the claim be forwarded to the District Valuer.

28. Water Supply—Parsonage Road. The Clerk and the Surveyor reported on their interview with officials of the Blackburn Corporation regarding this supply and stated that a further reply was now awaited from the Blackburn Corporation. In the meantime the Clerk was instructed to communicate the present position to the Ministry of Health.

29. Eachill Road Houses. An application was submitted from the tenant of 17, Eachill Road, for permission to take in a lodger. Resolved—That permission be granted for a period not exceeding 12 months.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

30. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

31. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

32. Crematorium—Letter from Accrington Corporation. The Clerk submitted a letter asking the Council whether they would be prepared to appoint representatives to attend a Preliminary Conference to be convened by the Corporation for the purpose of discussing the necessity or otherwise of providing a Crematorium for areas surrounding the Borough of Accrington. Resolved— That a reply be forwarded stating that this Council are willing to attend a Conference, without committing this authority in any way.

33. Old Age Pensioners' Association. A letter was submitted from the Secretary asking the Council to consider the provision of bungalows and rest rooms for the old people. Resolved— That the letter be acknowledged and that a request be submitted to the County Council for the provision of a reading room at the Library.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

34. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

35. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

36. Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

37. Financial Report. Submitted and approved.

38. Association of Rating Officers—Conference. Resolved—That Councillor Bridge and the Rating Officer be appointed to attend this Conference to be held in London, on 27th/28th June next, and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

39. Whitley Council—Circular No. 84. The Clerk submitted the above Circular together with an amended schedule of wage rates which the Whitley Council recommend for implementation as from the pay day falling in the week commencing on the 7th April. Resolved—That the recommendations be approved and adopted and that a letter of protest be forwarded to the Whitley Council against the recommendation of wage increases being circulated to Local Authorities out of time for them to be considered when estimates of expenditure are being prepared. It was also Resolved—That the attention of the Lancashire U.D.C's. Association be drawn to the matter and an endeavour be made to obtain the co-operation of other authorities in the protest.

40. Surveyor's Salary. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor be granted his first increment of 15 0s. 0d. as from 1st April, 1947, under article 23 D. of the National Scheme of Conditions.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 24th day of April, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

42. 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 the 27th March, 1947.

Annual Meeting, held on the 17th April, 1947.

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

Health Committee, held on the 17th April, 1947.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on 17th April, 1947.

General Purposes Committee, held on 17th April, 1947.

Finance Committee, held on 17th April, 1947.

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

General Account 1,330 3s. 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.

45. National Agricultural Disaster Fund. The Clerk submitted a circular letter received from the National Farmers' Union, asking for the assistance of the Council in support of local efforts or appeals in aid of the Fund. Resolved—That an appeal be made throughout the District for donations to be sent to the Chairman of the Council.

46. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 24th April, 1947.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

48. Whitley Council—Wage Increases. The Clerk submitted letters from the Lancashire Urban District Councils' Association and the Whitley Council in respect of the protest made by this Council. The Hon. Secretary to the Urban District Councils' Association stated that the matter would be raised at the Annual Meeting to be held at Bolton on the 9th May. Resolved—That Councillor Sturzaker be appointed an additional representative to the Conference.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, the 15th of May, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th May, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stains, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

49. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

50. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

51. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of April, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

52. Ambulance Account-—Preston Corporation. The Clerk submitted an account received in respect of cases taken to the Preston Isolation Hospital. Resolved—That a letter of protest, against the excessive charge, be sent to the Preston Corporation, and that the account be not paid pending a reply.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th May, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Fish Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

53. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

54. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

A. Building Licences: 31 licences have been issued during the month, making a total to date of 368. Two licence in excess of 50 0s. 0d.

B. Plans of Buildings of Short-Lived Materials: Resolved—That consideration of the under-mentioned plans be deferred pending the receipt of further information : —

Plan No. 866.—Wooden Garage, rear of St. Paul's Road, for Mr. W. Fox, 10, Howard Street.

C. Permanent Housing—Sands Estate: During the past month progress has been made in all directions. Quotations have been received from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Department tor alternative types of lighting for this Estate. Resolved—That the estimate of 251 0s. 0d. be accepted for the erection of electric lamps utilising the standards removed from Blackburn Road and for fluorescent lamps to be installed.

D. Public Lighting—Harwood Road: A quotation was submitted from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Department, amounting to 330 0s. 0d., for the complete erection of 19 Mercury Vapour lamps in Harwood Road. The standards, fittings, etc., to be supplied by this Council, together with a limited amount of unskilled labour. Resolved—That the quotation be accepted.

E. Road Foreman: Mr. G. Hargreaves is due to retire on the 4th June, and instructions were sought as to the appointment of a successor. Resolved—That an advertisement be issued in the " Northern Daily Telegraph " and the " Lancashire Daily Post " inviting applications for this position at the wage which the present foreman is receiving.

F. Permanent Housing—Consultant's Report: The second report submitted from the Consultant (Mr. Greenwood) wherein it was stated that the site, generally speaking, is suitable, but that in places it may be necessary to install concrete rafts and brick pillars where the nature of the soil is unsuitable for house erection. Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare estimates of the cost of the necessary foundations for submission to the Council in Committee, and that the Consultant's report be submitted to the Ministry of Health for their observations.

G. County Road Expenditure: A letter was submitted from the County Surveyor, stating that the Ministry of Transport had not approved the County Road Expenditure throughout the County and that severe reductions would have to be made. A further letter was awaited.

H. Land—Blackburn Road: The Surveyor was authorised to obtain new gates for the western entrance to this land, and to carry out certain works in connection with footpaths on the land in question.

I. Sewage Works—Concrete Posts: Five tenders for the supply of concrete posts were submitted, and it was Resolved—That the tender of The Lancashire Concrete Products, Ltd., for 61 5s. 4d., be accepted.

J. Cutt Wood: A plan submitted, showing suggestions for the circular bed in the Cutt Wood were approved, and the Surveyor was authorised to carry on with the work and also to have old trees removed from the wood.

56. Future Planning—Dukenhalgh Estate. A letter was submitted from the Estate Agent asking that the Estate might be allowed to join in the discussions affecting future planning for the area. Resolved—That a reply be sent stating that Mr. Scurrah will be invited to join in the discussions at a future date.

57. Public Lighting Engineer's Conference. Resolved—That the Chairman and the Surveyor be appointed as representatives to a Conference, to be held in Southport from 15th to 19th September next, and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

58. Bowling Green. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Free Gardeners' Club, regarding the price required for the wall. Resolved—That an offer of 125 0s. 0d. be made to the Club.

59. Housing Estate—Allotments Compensation. The Clerk submitted the District Valuer's report upon two claims for compensation. The District Valuer under the first report increased the amount of compensation, previously agreed, from 50 0s.0d. to 80 0s. 0d., and in the second case fixed the compensation at 9 10s. 0d, Resolved—That copies of the report be forwarded to the Ministry of Health for their approval.

60. Surveyor's Pupil. The Clerk reported that Mr. Greaves, who was appointed at a previous meeting, had withdrawn his application and that after consultation with the Chairman, the second applicant, Mr. J. M. Mercer, had been appointed and had accepted. Resolved—That a Deed of Apprenticeship be prepared between the parties concerned and that the payments to be made to the pupil shall be amended and shall be fixed at the rates of 7s. 6d. per week for the first year, 20s. per week for the second year and 30s. per week for the third year.

61. Hyndburn Valley Drainage. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk to the Lancashire Rivers Board convening a Conference for Friday, the 16th May, for the purpose of exploring the possibilities of one drainage scheme for the whole of the area. Resolved—That the letter be acknowledged and a reply forwarded declining the invitation to the Conference.

62. Land at " Moorhouse." The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Divisional Education Officer, enquiring whether the Council were desirous of using this land on the western side of the Education Office. Resolved—That a reply be forwarded stating that the Council cannot usefully rent this land

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th May, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson. Stairs and Sturzaker.

63. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

64. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

65. Local Government Boundary Commission. The Clerk read a letter, dated 28th April, received from the Commission, enclosing a statement signed by the Chairman of the Commission dealing with the effect which the various proposals would have upon the County of Lancashire and stating that in the case of the County Borough of Blackburn there is no urgent need for alterations, either of status or of boundaries, and that it was hoped that conclusions on broad principles would be reached in the course of not more than a year.

66. Public Library. The Clerk reported that he had communicated with the Clerk of the County Council regarding the provision of a reading room at the Library, and submitted a reply stating that the County Libraries Sub-Committee, at a meeting held in September last, decided to adhere to their previous decision not to make such provision. It was decided to draw the attention of the Library Sub-Committee to the selection of periodicals which may be obtained.

67. Food Control Committee. Correspondence was submitted with the Food Executive Officer regarding the appointment of ex-Councillor Booth as a consumer member on the Food Control Committee, and that Mr. Booth's appointment continues until the 31st December next.

68. Employment of Disabled Persons. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Manager of the Local Employment Exchange and from the Ministry of Health requesting Local Authorities to employ registered disabled persons wherever possible and within certain limits.

69. Postal Facilities. Attention was drawn to the alteration in the times of deliveries from afternoons to mornings, and it was Resolved—That a letter be forwarded to the Head Postmaster protesting against this alteration which, it is understood, will apply throughout the Blackburn area.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th May, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (in the Chair), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

70. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

71. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

72. Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

73. Financial Report. Submitted and approved. In connection with the resignation of Mrs. Whalley, it was Resolved—That the Finance Sub-Committee be requested to consider the appointment of a successor, and to report their recommendations to this Committee.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 15th day of May. 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish. Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

75. 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 the 24th April, 1947.

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

Health Committee, held on the 8th May, 1947.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 8th May, 1947.

General Purposes Committee, held on the 8th May, 1947.

Finance Committee, held on the 8th May, 1947.

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

General Account 1,076 10s. 2d.

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.

78. Common Seal. Resolved—That the common seal be affixed to a Deed of Apprenticeship for the Surveyor's pupil.

79. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, 15th May, 1947, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

81. Permanent Housing — Sands Estate — Estimates of Foundations. The Clerk submitted the Surveyor's estimate of the additional cost for providing brick pillars and concrete rafts for houses affected by the unsuitable sub-soil, and stated that the estimate was 350 0s. 0d. per pair of houses where the maximum foundation depth is required, less 78 0s. 0d. per pair provided in the specification for normal foundations, leaving a net amount of 272 0s. 0d. per pair. Resolved— That the approval of the Ministry be sought for this work to be carried out at the estimated cost.

82. Lancashire U.D.C.'s Association — Report of Annual Meeting. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of the meeting which they attended at Bolton, and stated that this Council's resolution regarding Whitley Council recommendations had been adopted by the Conference. The deputation were thanked for their report.

83. Postal Facilities. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Head Postmaster at Blackburn stating that the times of deliveries, as revised nationally, cannot be altered for any particular district.

84. Hyndburn Drainage—Conference at Preston. It was Resolved—That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk attend a meeting of Local Authorities called by the Lancashire Rivers Board to consider a scheme for the drainage of the Hyndburn area.

85. Bus Services. Complaints were made regarding facilities, particularly on Saturdays, and it was Resolved—That Councillors Hoyle, Lightbown and O'Rourke, with the Clerk, arrange an interview with the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd.

86. Plans of Buildings of Short-lived Materials. Resolved— That the under-mentioned plan be approved for a period ending on the 31st December, 1949 :-

Plan No. 866-—Garage, rear of St. Paul's Road, for Mr. W. Fox, 10, Howard Street, Rishton.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 19th of June, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th June, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

87. Death of Mr. B. Ainsworth. Before commencing the business of the meeting the Chairman of the Council (Councillor H. W. Sutcliffe) referred to the death, on the 12th June, of Mr. B. Ainsworth, an ex-Chairman of the Council and latterly a member of the staff, and expressed the sympathy of the Council with his widow and family. The Clerk was instructed to forward a letter of sympathy to Mr. Ainsworth's relatives. All present stood in silence as a mark of esteem.

88. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

89. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

90. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of May, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

91. Report of Conference of Sanitary Inspectors' Association. Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector submitted an interesting report on the proceedings of the Conference and were thanked for their attendance.

92. Housing Programme. Instructions were given for the Surveyor and the Sanitary Inspector to work in co-operation on matters affecting housing and for the Sanitary Inspector to be brought into consultation when housing schemes are being prepared.

93. Ambulance Driver—Duties. Attention was drawn to the new rate of pay which the Ambulance Driver is receiving, and, subject to arrangements being made with the appropriate Union and the Ambulance Driver, the Health Sub-Committee was authorised to meet Mr. Bailey with a view to finding additional light work for him.

94. Fruit and Vegetable Sales—Application for Licence. An application was received from Mr. G. Foster, of 27, Edward Street, for a licence to hawk fruit and vegetables. Resolved —That the application be granted in respect of a building situated on the Holt Allotments.

95. Flooding. Attention was drawn to flooding at certain properties at High Street, Cliff Street and Spring Street on the occasion of a recent abnormal storm, and the officials were instructed to investigate the cause and give a full report to a subsequent meeting.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th June, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (in the chair), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

96. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

97. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—44 licences have been issued during the month, making a total to date of 412.

(b) Plans of New Buildings and Alterations. Resolved—That the under-mentioned plans be approved.

Plan No. 867.—Brick garages between Nos. 12 and 14, Woodside Avenue, for Messrs. F. Johnston and J. Catlow.

Plan No. 869.—Interior alterations and brick garage, " The Turrets," Blackburn Road, for Dr. J. Ross.

Plan No. 870.—Brick garage, Walmsley Street, for Lancashire County Council.

(c) Plans of Buildings of Short-lived Materials. Resolved—That the under-mentioned plan be approved for a period ending on the 31st December, 1949.

Plan No. 868.—Tool shed, 117, Harwood Road, for Mr. H. Sowerbutts.

(d) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate, Only moderate progress has been made due to local holidays and the shortage of cement.

(e) Street Lighting—Harwood Road. An order has been issued to the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking lor the fixing of 19 M.V. lamps.

(f) Workmen's Holidays. To comply with Whitley Council recommendations, which were adopted at a previous meeting, It was Resolved—That the following holidays with pay be adopted for this district:—New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Whit-Monday, Whit-Tuesday, July (seven days including the Saturday prior to the holiday week), August Bank Holiday, second Monday and Tuesday in September, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

99. Hyndburn Drainage. The Clerk reported on the proceedings of a meeting of authorities held at Preston regarding pollution which takes place in the Hyndburn caused by the effluents from trade premises. It was stated that the County Council had promised to engage consultants to report on the treatment of trade effluents and that the Clerk of the County Council was preparing a report on the provisions of the Drainage of Trade Premises Act, 1937, for circulation to Local Authorities attending the meeting.

100. Turrets Land—-Boundary Wall. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk reported on their interview with Dr. J. Ross and after a short discussion it was decided to defer consideration to a subsequent meeting.

101. Retirement of Road Foreman. The Clerk reported that Mr. G. Hargreaves had retired from the service of the Council on Thursday, the 5th June, after approximately 40 years' service. It was Resolved—-That a letter be forwarded to Mr. Hargreaves expressing appreciation of the valuable services he has rendered to the district while in the employ of the Council. Sixteen applications were submitted for the position of Road Foreman, and it was Resolved—That the applications be considered by the Council in Committee and that the Surveyor be requested to submit a report respecting the termination of Mr. Hargreaves' services.

102. Permanent Housing — Extra Foundations. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ministry of Health approving the estimate of 816 0s. 0d. in respect of three pairs or houses for which additional foundations may be required.

103. Littering of Highways. Attention was drawn to the condition of the main roads caused through straw being deposited thereon from lorries passing through the district to the Rishton Paper Mill. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the Haulage Contractors on the matter.

104. War Memorial—Chippings. Attention was drawn to the depositing of highway Chippings on a site near the War Memorial which had a very detrimental effect upon the environment, and instructions were given that this practice should cease.

105. Council Yard. Instructions were given for enquiries to be made for an alternative site for use as the Council Yard.

106. Proposed New Schemes. The Surveyor was instructed to submit the prepared plans of proposed schemes to the next meeting of the Committee.

107. Bowling Green—Free Gardeners' Club. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary stating that his Committee would accept the offer of 125 0s. 0d. for the purchase of the wall surrounding part of the land. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the District Valuer regarding the acquisition of this land.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMIITEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th June, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

108. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

109.  Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

110. National Day of Prayer. The Chairman reported that he had received an invitation from the Vicar for the Council to attend his Church on the 6th July at 10-30 a.m. The Chairman stated that he proposed to hold the Annual Civic Sunday also on that day and make it a combined service.

111. Bus Services. The deputation appointed to meet a representative of the Bus Company reported on their discussions and stated that it was hoped that better services would result from the interview. The Clerk also submitted a letter received from the Barrowford U.D.C. asking this Council to support them in a representation to the Ministry of Transport for the removal of restrictions imposed during the war in respect of bus stopping-places. Resolved—That the Barrowford U.D.C. be supported and that a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transport.

112. Street Collections. A letter was submitted from the Police Superintendent asking whether this Council have any objection to the Chief Constable issuing permission for the holding of a street collection on behalf of the Royal Armoured Corps War Memorial Benevolent Fund. Resolved—That this Council adhere to their previous list of Associations, etc., for which they suggest permission should be given.

113. Day Nursery. Attention was drawn to the necessity for the institution of a day nursery in Rishton to permit of mothers taking their part in industry, and it was Resolved—That application be made to the County Council for their favourable consideration to a nursery being instituted in Rishton.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th June, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

114. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

115. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

116. Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

117. Financial Report. Submitted and approved.

118. Notice of Audit The Clerk submitted notice of audit received and to commence on the 30th June.

119. Removal Expenses. An application was submitted from Mr. Mandale for reimbursement of the expenses incurred in removing to this district. Resolved—That for reasons stated no grant can be made.

120. Staffing—Report of Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee submitted their report wherein it was recommended that an advertisement be issued inviting applications for a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy caused by the calling up of Mr. L. Nightingale. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be adopted.

121. Requisitioned House — Rent Arrears. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the tenant requesting the reduction of the arrears.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 19th day of June, l947.

Present Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish. Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

122. The notice convening the meeting was read, and the whole minutes as printed were taken as read.

123. 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 the 15th May, 1947.

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

Health Committee, held on the 12th June, 1947.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 12th June, 1947.

General Purposes Committee, held on the 12th June, 1947.

Finance Committee, held on the 12th June, 1947 (save and except Minute No. 119 which be referred back for further consideration).

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

General Account 19,468 18s. 0d.

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.

126. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, 19th June, 1947, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom. Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

128. Minute No. 119—Removal Expenses. The Committee gave further consideration to this matter in conjunction with a letter received from Mr. Mandale and it was Resolved—That the removal expenses amounting to 21 0s. 0d. be paid in full.

129. Crematorium. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Town Clerk of Accrington intimating that a Conference of Local Authorities would be held on Tuesday, the 8th July, at Accrington. Resolved—That Councillors Sutcliffe and Fish with the Clerk be appointed to attend.

130. Road Foreman. The Committee considered 16 applications for position herein. Resolved—That four applicants be invited for interview on Monday, the 23rd June, at 7 p.m.

131. Ambulance Account No. 418. The Clerk submitted a letter asking for the account to be written off in view of the financial circumstances of the person concerned. Resolved— That the account be written off amounting to 3 3s. 0d.

132. Water Supply—Parsonage Road. Correspondence from the Town Clerk of Blackburn and the Ministry of Health regarding the provision of a water supply to a house in Parsonage Road was submitted and considered. The terms required by the Blackburn Corporation for supplying this property were: Estimated cost, 450 0s. 0d., of which this Council were asked to guarantee one-sixth for a period of 12 years, less, the annual water rent of 1 0s. 0d. recovered from the occupier. Resolved—That as it is considered to be an excessive and unreasonable amount, the applicant and the Ministry of Health be informed that this Council cannot agree to provide a supply of water to these premises.

133. Superannuation Committee—Representatives. The Clerk submitted a communication stating that Councillor Bridge had been elected to this Committee.

134. Free Gardeners' Club—Bowling Green. Consideration was given to a suggestion that instead of the land being leased from the Estate, a tenancy agreement should be requested from the Club Committee under which the Council should take the land for a period of ten years, paying therefor the annual ground rent with an option, at the expiration of the period, to renew on the same terms or to take a lease of the land from the Estate, Resolved—That the Club Committee be asked to consider this alternative proposal.

135. Temporary Clerk—Finance Office. Applications were considered and it was Resolved—That Mrs. Haslam of Great Harwood be appointed at a salary of 4 0s. 0d. per week inclusive.

136. Application for Building Licence. An application was considered from the Rishton Cricket Club for a licence of 97 0s. 0d. for repairs, etc., to the stand fronting the Pavilion. Resolved—That the application be granted.

137. Ministry of Health Circular No. 96/47. The Clerk submitted this Circular referring to reduction of Local Authorities staffs and stating that the Minister required to be informed not later than 31st July of the result of this Council's review. Resolved—That the Ministry be informed of this Council's views.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 24th of July, 1947.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Special Meeting held on Monday, the 23rd June, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

138. Road Foreman. The Committee interviewed four applicants for position herein and it was Resolved—That Mr. W. Rigby of Leyland be appointed at a wage of 6 15s. 0d. per week and that he be required to enter into a fidelity bond.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th July, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

139. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

140. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

141. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of June, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

142. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended June, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

143. Ambulance Account—County Borough of Preston. The Clerk reported upon the conclusion of this correspondence. Resolved—That the account as amended be paid.

144. National Health Service Act—L.C.C. Scheme. The Clerks reported upon the receipt of the proposals of the Lancashire County Council for the provision of an Ambulance Service and Immunisation and Vaccination Service in the area. In the discussion which followed, in order to improve the present immunisation service, it was Resolved—That a notice be inserted in the "Rishton Advertiser" for each subsequent session giving the date of such and advising parents that the service is free.

145. Day Nursery. A letter was read from the Lancashire County Council with reference to Minute No. 113 and it was Resolved—That a notice be inserted in the " Rishton Advertiser" requesting mothers, who are desirous of the service of a Day Nursery, to advise the Council who intend to make application to the County Council for the provision of same.

146. Milk and Dairies Order. Resolved—That the transfer licence be granted from Mr. J. Bradley to Mr. J. Horsfield, Moss Farm, Whitebirk.

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

(a) 108, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. defective rain-water fall pipes, sink waste pipe , yard surface, roof and interior walls and broken window frames.

(b) 110, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Defective w.c. wastepipe and door , yard surface , coal-house wall, interior wall, and broken window frames.

(c) 112, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Defective roof, eaves gutter, interior wall and lead covering over bay window.

(d) 114, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Defective roof, eaves gutter and broken window frames.

(e) 116, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Defective root", sink waste pipe, fire range , coal-house door, lead covering of bay, and broken window frames.

(f) 118, Hermitage Street, Rishton. Exors. of W. Heap, c/o J. Clayton, 83, Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors. Defective roof, interior wall and coal-house door, and broken window frame.

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

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

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

 

 

BUILDINGS AMD HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th July, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

148. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

149. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

150. Surveyor's Report. Various mattters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following: —

(a) building Licences.—38 licences have been issued during the month making a total of 450.

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

Plan No. 871—Amended plans for the proposed alterations to " The Turrets," Blackburn Road, and proposed brick garage for Dr. Ross.

Plan No. 872—Proposed shippon, Parker Fold Farm, for the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

(c) 105a. High Street, Rishton.—A letter was read from the owner with reference to the conversion of the above property. Resolved - That the submission of plans conforming with the Council's by-laws, Town Planning and Restriction of Ribbon Development, and making provision for dwelling accommodation be requested.

(d) Permanent Sands Estate.—Better progress has been made this month, but there still remains a certain amount of anxiety with regard to the supply of cement. The Surveyor reported on the insufficient supply of timber and stated that he had instructed the Contractor to lay solid floors for the remaining seven pairs of houses.

(e) Asphalt Floors.—The Surveyor was instructed to approach Messrs. Asphaltic Roadways Ltd. with a view to the members inspecting houses with floors laid in their material.

(f) Flooding.—The Surveyor submitted a report on the recent flooding at High Street, Cliff Street and Spring Street.

(g) Albert Mill.—A letter from Messrs. Harris Bros. (Rushden) Ltd., asking permission to discharge the effluent into the Council's main drains, was received. Resolved—That the Council refuse to grant this permission.

(h) County Borough of Blackburn: Trunk Gas Main. Resolved—That the Council grant permission to the County Borough of Blackburn to lay a trunk gas main along Whitebirk Drive.

(i) Alternative House Type Plans : Sands Site.—The Surveyor submitted four alternative house type plans for future houses on the Sands Site.

(j) Interior Decoration: Sands Site.—The Surveyor reported that a number of houses on the Sands Site were almost ready for decoration and was instructed in the use of light pastel shades with light woodwork to tone.

151. Rishton Football Club—Holt Street Recreation Ground. A letter was read from the Rishton Football Club requesting the tenancy of the Holt Street Recreation Ground. Resolved —That the application be granted. It was further Resolved— That the rental for the above tenancy be 3 10s. 0d. per annum payable at the end of the football season when a re-application must be made for the continuation of the annual tenancy.

152. Turrets Lands-—Boundary Fence. It was reported that Dr. Ross had erected a fence and was not now desirous of acquiring the extra land.

153. Fielding Street Houses — Fences and Decorations. A letter was read from five of the tenants of the above estate and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to inspect the houses and report at a later meeting.

154. Bowling Green — Free Gardeners' Club. The Clerk reported on correspondence on the above matter and reported progress of the negotiations.

155. Ministry of Health Circular No. 116/47. The Clerk reported the receipt of Ministry of Health Circular No. 116/47 which intimates the continuation of the present exchequer and local authority contributions (viz., 16 10s. 0d. and 5 10s. 0d. per house respectively) for completed houses from 30th June, 1947, until 30th June, 1948.

156. Report of Institution of Municipal Engineers Conference. Councillor Sturzaker and the Surveyor submitted an interesting report on the proceedings of the Conference and were thanked for their attendance.

157. 31, Eachill Road—Letter from Tenant. A letter was read from Mrs. G. Birtwistle, 31, Eachill Road, requesting permission to take her mother into residence with her. Resolved—That the application be granted as a temporary measure.

158. Ribble Motor Services, Ltd.—Bus Stops. A letter from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. intimating their intention to move a bus stop 32 yards along High Street was received and noted.

159. Harwood Road Allotments. Attention was drawn to the unclean state of the Harwood Road Allotments and the Surveyor was instructed to take the matter in hand.

160. Housing Application Forms. The Clerk was instructed to make a check on application forms for the tenancy of the new Council houses before the choice of tenancies is made.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th July, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Stairs and Sturzaker.

161. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

162. Librarian's Report. Owing to the indisposition of the Librarian no report was submitted.

163. Bus Services. Reference Minute No. 111—Receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Transport stating that it was not desirable at present to make any general alterations in the present siting of stopping places or to increase the frequency.

164. Heating Boiler. The report of the British Engine Boiler and Electrical Insurance Co., Ltd., tabulating the repairs necessary to the heating boiler, was received, and the Surveyor was instructed to proceed with the work.

165. Date of Council Meeting. It was Resolved—That, owing to the Rishton Annual Holidays, the Council meeting be put back from 17th July to 24th July.

166. Crematorium—Conference at Accrington. Councillors Sutcliffe and Bridge reported upon a Conference held at Accrington on Tuesday, the 8th July, to consider the formation of a joint scheme for the erection of a Crematorium to serve the immediately surrounding area. It was Resolved—That the report be received and that no further part be taken in the proposal.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th July, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe,

167. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

168. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

169. Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

170. Financial Statement. Submitted and approved.

171. Chief Financial Officer's Annual Report. Submitted and approved.

172. Whitley Council—Circular No. 86. The Clerk submitted the above Circular regarding Sunday duty and it was Resolved —That the decision be approved and adopted.

173. National Savings Movement. The receipt of Circular 104/47 was reported and it was Resolved—That the contents be noted.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 24th day of July. 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (in the Chair), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

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

176. 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.:—

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

General Account 11,905 4s. 11d.

be drawn upon the Treasurer and signed by the Clerk of the Council, and that the detailed Schedule of Items, now sub-mitted, 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.

178 Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 24th July, 1947.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Bridge (in the Chair), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

180. U.D.Cs. Association—Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk submitted a full report on the proceedings of the Conference held at Scarborough. Resolved—That the report be received and the representatives thanked therefor and for their attendance at the Conference. 181 Salary—Surveyor. An application was submitted from Mr. Cott for consideration of his salary. Resolved—That the Finance Sub-Committee be asked to consider the application and to report to 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 21st August, 1947.

RATING AND VALUATION COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (in the Chair), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

At the opening of the Meeting, the Chairman referred to the tragic death of the wife of Dr. Ross, Medical Officer of Health, and the Clerk was instructed to send a letter of condolence to Dr. Ross.

182. Council Houses—Assessments. It was Resolved—That a proposal be made in respect of these houses in course of erection on the Sands Estate in the figures of 24 0s. 0d. gross value, 18 0s. 0d. rateable.

183. St. Charles Road—Houses. It was Resolved—That proposals be submitted to reduce Nos. 7, 9, 11, 13, 21, 25, 27, St. Charles Road, from 22 10s. 0d. gross, 16 0s. 0d. rateable, to 22 0s. 0d. gross, 15 0s. 0d. rateable.

184 Rating and Valuation Officers' Conference — London. Councillor Bridge and the Rating Officer submitted an interesting report on the proceedings of the Conference which they attended. Resolved—That the thanks of the Committee be extended to the delegates for their attendance and report.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

185. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

186. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

187. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of July, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

188. Day Nursery. The Clerk reported on the number of prospective applications for children who would be left at the Nursery in the event of one being provided. Resolved—That the County Council be informed of this matter and pressed for the provision of a Nursery.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson. Stairs and Sutcliffe.

189. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

190. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—14 licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 464.

(b) Plan.—Resolved—That the under-mentioned plans of permanent buildings be approved, Plan No. 875 being subject to the approval of the Town Planning Officer.

Plan No. 873—Proposed Boiler-house for Messrs. Under-felts, Ltd., Wheatfield Mill, Rishton.

Plan No. 875—Proposed bungalow, next to Woodlands, Blackburn Road, for Mr. R. F. Ashton, 2. Woodside Avenue.

It was further Resolved—That the under-mentioned plans of short-lived material buildings be approved, subject to the approval of the Town Planning Officer: —

Plan No. 874—Proposed garage, Blackburn Road, for Mr. G. L. Brown, " Dorvic," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

Plan No. 876—Poposed Pavilion for Rishton Football Club on ground adjacent to the Holt Recreation Ground.

(c) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate.—The Surveyor reported good progress had been made this month.

(d) Commencement of Street Lighting.—The receipt of Circular No. 613 from the Ministry of Transport was reported and it was Resolved—That the lighting of Class A. Roads be fully maintained and extinguished at 11 p.m., and that of the side streets be reduced by half. It was Resolved —That the Surveyor be instructed to commence street lighting on 1st September, 1947.

(e) Harwood Road—Street Lighting.—The Surveyor reported that the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Undertaking had commenced work on the above scheme and that the preparatory work would not be completed before 1st September.

(f) Fielding Street Council Houses.—The Surveyor reported upon the condition of the above houses as instructed in Minute No. 153, and it was Resolved—That the necessary work be commenced.

(g) Town's Yard.—It was reported that the proposed alternative site for the above yard was still requisitioned by a Government Department.

(h) Asphalt Floors.—in view of the distance to be travelled to inspect floors laid by Messrs. Asphaltic Roadways, Ltd., it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to obtain permits for members to inspect similar work at Accrington.

(i) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate—Facing.—The Surveyor reported on the four colours of Snowcem available, and it was Resolved—That the colours Silver Grey and Cream be used.

(j) Fielding Street and Eachill Road Houses—Gardens. —The Surveyor was instructed to write to the tenants of the above houses regarding the maintenance of a clean and tidy garden.

(k) Highways Lorry.—It was reported that the above machine should now be replaced, and the Clerk was instructed to obtain tenders for a new lorry .

(l) Bowling Green Lay-out.—The Surveyor submitted plans and the lay-out was approved.

(m) Plans—Sands Estate.—The Surveyor submitted alternative house type plans which were noted and deferred for further consideration.

192. "The Turrets." A letter from the present owner was submitted stating he had decided to offer the premises for sale. Resolved—That the property be not purchased, but should a tentative offer by another person materialise to the effect that he acquire the premises and make a gift of them to the Council for use as Council Offices, then the offer, when definitely made, be accepted. Councillors Banks, Hoyle, Fish, O'Rourke and Stairs voted against the latter portion of the resolution.

193. Garage—Council Yard. It was reported that the above building was for sale. Resolved—That an offer not exceeding 20 0s. 0d. be made to purchase.

194. Housing Applications. In the event of houses on the Sands Estate becoming ready for occupation, the Clerk reported that 12 applicants had 20 points or over, and it was Resolved— That a list of 12 applicants with the highest points be compiled and offered the houses as they become ready for occupation, subject to the present conditions conforming with those stated on the application.

195. Council Houses—Electricity-—Letter from Tenant. An application was read from Mr. J. Clements, tenant of 21, Eachill Road, requesting the installation of electricity in his house. Resolved—That electric light be installed in 21, Eachill Road and the cost of such installation be covered by an increase in rent, such permission also being granted to the tenant of 27, Eachill Road.

196. Allotments. The Clerk reported on the number of voids recorded in the Allotments Register. Resolved—That the Allotments Sub-Committee meet at the Council Offices, at 7-15 p.m., on 19th August, 1947.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

197. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

198 Librarian's Report. Owing to the indisposition of the Librarian, no report was submitted.

199. Pawnbroker's Licence-—Application. An application was received from Messrs. A. Gregory & Co., 2, Henry Street, Rishton, for a certificate to apply for a Pawnbroker's Licence. Resolved—That the above certificate be granted.

200. Stamp Vending Machines—Letter from Postmaster. A letter from the Head Postmaster, Blackburn, stating he was unable to install postage stamp machines was read. The members were asked to advise the Clerk of any tradesman who would be prepared to sell postage stamps at his premises.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

201. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

202. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

203. Collector's Statement. Submitted and approved.

204. Financial Statement. Submitted and approved. Furthermore, the Clerk reported on the financial position of the Council and the necessity to obtain an overdraft. It was Resolved— That an overdraft be taken up, if necessary, with the Midland Bank Ltd., at a rate of 2 1/2%, for a period of a few weeks.

205. Auditor's Report. The Auditor's report on the Council's accounts for the financial year ending 31st March, 1947, was submitted and received.

206. Work Outside Normal Hours. Resolved—That Messrs. Greenwood and Mandale be paid the sums of 5 0s. 0d. and 3 10s.0d. respectively for work performed outside normal hours as authorised by the Financial Sub-Committee, subject to deductions for superannuation and income tax.

207. Superannuation—G. Hargreaves. The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter regarding the pension allowance to Mr. G. Hargreaves. It was Resolved—That the usual procedure adopted ,and that no increase be granted.

208. Whitley Council—Circular 55A. The Clerk submitted the above Circular regarding salaries, and it was Resolved— That the Circular be received and implemented.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 21st day of August, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

210. 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 the 24th July, 1947.

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

Health Committee, held on the 14th August, 1947.

Building & Highways Committee, held on the 14th August, 1947. (An amendment was moved and seconded " That the Minutes be passed, save and except Minute No. 192, which be referred back, with the intention of recommending ' The Turrets ' to the Lancashire County Council as a suitable building for use as a Day Nursery.

For the amendment 5, against 6. The amendment was declared lost, and the Minutes as printed were approved and adopted.")

General Purposes Committee, held on the 14th August, 1947.

Finance Committee, held on the 14th August, 1947.

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

General Account 8,571 2s. 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.

213. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the Pawnbroker's Certificate granted to Messrs. A. Gregory & Co., 2, Henry Street, Rishton.

214. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, 21st August, 1947, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

216. Bank Terms. A letter was read from the Midland Bank Ltd., stating their terms, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to send a letter of acknowledgment.

217. Boundary Commission. The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Clerk to the County Council enclosing a memorandum on Two-Tier Local Government for Lancashire.

218. Ministry of Health Circular 137/47—New House Licences. Circular 137/47, Ministry of Health, was submitted prohibiting any further issue of licences for the building of new houses by private enterprise after 16th August, 1947.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 18th September, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th September, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

219. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

220. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

221. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of August, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

222. Maternity Home—Letter from Great Harwood U.D.C. The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Great Harwood Urban District Council regarding the above matter, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Lancashire County Council in support of the letter enclosed.

223. Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report. As the report was just to hand, it was Resolved—That the matter be discussed at the next meeting.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th September, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

224. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

225. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences. 53 licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 517. The Surveyor reported on 4 licences in excess of 50, which were duly approved.

(b) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate. The Surveyor reported good progress had been made this month.

(c) Asphalt Floors. An inspection of the asphalt floors at Accrington was reported, and it was Resolved—To adopt the red asphalt.

(d) Steam Roller. The Surveyor reported on the necessary repairs to the steam roller.

(e) Highways Lorry. Tenders were received from :—

and it was Resolved—To purchase a 3-4 ton Commer. Lorry with three-way tipping gear at 725 5s. 0d.

(f) I. Duckworth. It was reported that the above employee was occasionally engaged on flagging and kerbing, and it was Resolved—That a payment of 2d. per hour be paid in addition to his present rate whenever engaged on this work.

227. Proposed Workshop- Blackburn Road —G. Plant. Attention was drawn to a letter received from Mr. Plant regarding the above workshop, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to write to the Lancashire County Council on the matter.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th September, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (in the Chair), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

229. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

228. Housing Applications—List of Applicants with Highest Points. The Clerk submitted a list of applicants for tenancies of houses on the Sands Estate with 18 points and over, and it was Resolved—That each application be thoroughly investigated and reported upon on Thursday, September 18th, 1947.

230. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

231. Whitehaven Colliery Disaster. It was Resolved—That a Whitehaven Colliery Disaster Fund be opened and an advert, inserted in the " Rishton Advertiser " calling for donations.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 1lth September, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

232. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

233. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

234. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

235. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

236. Finance Sub-Committee, held 9th September, 1947. The Chairman reported upon a meeting of the Finance Sub-Committee where an application dated 22nd July, 1947, for an increase in salary from the Surveyor was considered, and it was Resolved—That any increase at this juncture be not entertained.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

 At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 18th day of September, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

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

238. 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 the 21st August, 1947.

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

Health Committee, held on the 11th September, 1947.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 11th September, 1947.

General Purposes Committee, held on the 11th September, 1947.

Finance Committee, held on the 11th September, 1947.

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

General Account 1,857 4s. 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.

241. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, 18th September, 1947, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown. Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

242. Ministry of Fuel and Power—Local Committee. Correspondence was submitted asking the Council to inaugurate a local committee to organize a campaign for the saving of fuel during the winter months and asking for representatives to be appointed to attend a meeting in Manchester on the 13th October. Resolved—That consideration be deferred pending a report on the proposed meeting which the Chairman and the Clerk were deputed to attend as representatives of this Council.

243. Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report. Report herein was considered and approved.

244. Housing Applications—List of Applicants. The Council considered a list of applicants previously circulated showing those with 18 points and over, and it was Resolved—That numbers 10, 55, 64, 122, 150, 157, 163 and 178 be allotted the first available houses, together with one allotted to the Surveyor, and that further. enquiries be made with respect to application numbers 126 and 139. It was further Resolved—That a provisional gross rent of 1 0s. 0d. be fixed, made up as follows:—Net rent, 13s. 6d.; maintenance of forecourts. 10d.; rates (provided the rateable value is 18), 5s. 8d., and that such provisional rent be adjusted when the final cost of the scheme is ascertained. The Clerk was instructed to report to a subsequent meeting on the remainder of the applicants whose names were circulated.

245. Lancashire U.D.C.'s Association—Report of Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk submitted a brief report on the proceedings of the Conference held at Southport, and recommended the members to study the verbatim report when received. The representatives were thanked for their attendance at the Conference and for the report submitted.

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

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

246. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

247. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

248. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of September, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

249. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended September, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

250. Maternity Home Provision. The Clerk submitted a reply received from the Clerk of the County Council stating that this matter has been under consideration for some time, but that progress is held up due to lack of accommodation and staff. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the County Council requesting further information regarding proposed Maternity Homes at Whalley, Clitheroe and elsewhere.

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

(a) 60, High Street, Rishton. The Dunkenhalgh Estate, Clayton-le-Moors, near Accrington. Defective and decayed skirting boards in living room.

(b) 60, Haworth Street, Rishton. Exors. of T. W. Bracewell, Station Road, Rishton, Lancs. Defective roof.

(c) 16, Knowles Street, Rishton. Mr. G. E. Webster, 18, Cliff Street, Rishton, Lancs. Defective roof and eaves gutters at rear.

(d) 5, Edward Street, Rishton. Miss J. Richardson, 141, Preston New Road, Blackburn. Defective rain water pipes at front and rear, defective window frame in kitchen, broken cords to front bedroom window.

(e) 9, Haworth Street, Rishton. Mr. T. G. Beech, 58, Lord Street, Rishton. Defective roof.

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

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

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

(a) Make good defective and decayed skirting boards in living room.

(b) Make good defective roof.

(c) Make good defective roof and eaves gutters at rear.

(d) Make good defective rain water pipes at front and rear.

(e) Make good defective window frame in kitchen. Supply cords to front bedroom window.

(f) Make good defective roof.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Fiat Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

252. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

253. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—39 licences have been issued during the month, making; a total of 556.

(b) Plans.—Resolved—That the undermentioned plan of the building be approved, subject to the approval of the Lancashire County Council, as Restriction of Ribbon Development Authority.

Plan No. 877—Proposed Garage, Blackburn Road, for Mr. J. Davidson, " Wolverdene," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

(c) Plans—Sands Estate,—The Clerk was instructed to write to the Ministry of Health asking for permission to formulate a scheme for the erection of houses to accommodate miners and agricultural workers resident in the district.

(d) Cooking and Washing Appliances—Sands Site.—A tender was submitted from the Accrington District Gas and Water Board for the supply of Gas Cookers at 19 10s. 0d. each, and Boilers at 4 0s. 0d. each, and a further tender from the Blackburn Electricity Undertaking with comparable prices. It was Resolved—That both tenders be accepted. It was further Resolved—That the tenants of the Sands Site be allowed to choose between gas and electric cookers.

(e) The Esplanade and Cutt Wood.—It was Resolved— That the Surveyor be instructed to buy shrubs and bulbs to the value of 60 0s. 0d.

(f) Street Lighting (Tower Waggon).—The Surveyor was instructed to write to Messrs. John Gibson & Sons, Ltd., Jameson Place, Leith, Scotland, requesting the price of a battery propelled tower waggon.

(g) Sewage Disposal.—A tender was submitted from Messrs. Summerfield and Long, of 28, Exchange Street East, Liverpool, 2, for the supply of hard burnt clinker at 28/6 per cubic yard. It was Resolved—That the tender be accepted.

(h) Sands Estate—Street Works,—The Surveyor was authorised to cany out certain work herein on behalf of the Contractors on the basis of time cost plus 12 1/2%.

255. Public Lighting Engineers' Conference—Southport. Councillor Sturzaker and the Surveyor submitted an interesting report on the proceedings of the Conference which they attended. Resolved—That the thanks of the Committee be extended to the delegates for their attendance and report.

256. Church Clock—Lighting. It was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to write the Parochial Church Council intimating that a tender had been received from Mr. J. A. Dobson for the electrical installation at the Parish Church Clock, which had been accepted for the sum of 21 10s. 0d., and requesting permission to proceed with the installation.

257. Wooden Building—Council Yard. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of a letter from the County Architect stating that the Council's offer for the above building had not been accepted.

258. Petition -Blackburn Road Lighting. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of the above petition, and it was Resolved— That the same be received. Correspondence was also submitted with the Electricity Department regarding street lighting.

259. Petition—Bus Shelters. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of the above petition. It was Resolved—That no actioni be taken, beyond communicating with the Ribble Bus Co.

260. Proposed Bungalow—Blackburn Road. A letter from the Miniscry of Health regarding the issue of a building licence to Mr. R. F. Ashton, of 2, Woodside Avenue, Rishton, was submitted and noted.

261. Housing Applications—List of Applicants. The Council considered the list of applications previously circulated, and it was Resolved—That numbers 10, 35, 55, 58, 64, 73, 82, 88 90, 97, 107, 122, 125, 126, 139, 150, 151, 157, 163, 165, 167, 169, 178, 181, 187, 199 and 214 and the Surveyor be allotted the 28 houses on the Sands Site. It was further Resolved—That the list of applications be closed pending the erection of further houses.

262. Allotments. The Chairman reported upon a meeting of the Allotments Sub-Committee, held earlier in the evening, and it was recommended that the land previously used for allotments on Woodside Avenue be returned to the Dunkenhalgh Estate and part of the land used as allotments at the rear of Harwood Road be added to the Recreation Ground. It was further recommended that a meeting of the Allotment holders throughout the area be called to discuss the installation of  water.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

263. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

264. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

265. Postal Arrangements. A letter was submitted from the Head Postmaster of Blackburn, asking whether this Council had any objection to the closing of the Rishton Sub-Office on Saturday afternoons at 5 p.m. instead of 6-30 p.m. Resolved— That the Head Postmaster be informed that this Council have no objection to the proposal.

266. County Council Byelaws—Wireless, Loudspeakers, etc. A letter was submitted from the Clerk of the County Council asking whether this Council desired to make application for an extended bye-law covering domestic premises to be put into operation in this district. Resolved—That such application be not made.

267. Shops Acts—Winter Closing. A letter was submitted from the Clerk of the County Council asking whether this Council desired that any alteration should be made in the times of closing during the winter months. Resolved—That the County Council be informed that it is desired to adhere to the times applicable during the previous winter, namely, 8 p.m. on the late day, and 7 p.m. on other days.

268. Food Control Committee—Representative. It was Resolved—That Mr. J. R. Booth be nominated from this Council as a Consumer's Representative on the Food Control Committee for the year commencing 1st January, 1948.

269. Use of Office. An application was submitted from the Secretary of the Rishton Football Club for permission to use an office weekly during the coming season for the holding of meetings. Resolved—That permission be not granted.

270. Local Government Reform. The Clerk submitted a memorandum from the Accrington and Rawtenstall Boroughs setting out resolutions which had been passed at a joint meeting of these two authorities. No action was taken thereon.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

271. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

272. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

273. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

274. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved. Appreciation was expressed of the manner in which the finances affecting the bank balance had been conducted.

275. T. W. Bracewell Trust. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Charity Commissioners, who suggested application being made to them, by the Council for a scheme covering three or four representative trustees and one or two co-optative trustees to administer the fund. Resolved— That further consideration be given thereto at the Council in Committee meeting, and in the meantime the Clerk obtain information regarding existing charities.

276. Requisitioned Houses. The Clerk was instructed to ascertain the views of the Ministry of Health regarding the de-requisitioning of the six houses in Rishton, and, on receipt of approval, steps be taken to serve de-requisitioning notices on the owners.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 16th day of October, 1947.

Present—Councillor Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

278. 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 the 18th September, 1947.

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

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

General Account 10,864 11s. 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.

281. Royal Wedding Fund. The Chairman reported that he had received a communication from the County Council, jointly with Associations of other authorities and Lord Derby, asking him to make known to the public that a Lancashire Fund has been opened for the purpose of making a gift to H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her wedding in November. The Chairman appealed for donations to be forwarded to him for which receipts would be issued.

282. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

Council in Committee.

Meeting held on Thursday, 16th October, 1947, minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

284. Local Fuel Economy Committee. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on their attendance at a Conference held in Manchester dealing with the work of Local Fuel Economy Committees. It was Resolved—That a Committee be not set up in this district, but that the Clerk be authorised to publish posters issued by the Ministry of Fuel and Power and to take other steps to draw the attention of the public to the necessity for economy.

285. Superannuation Scheme—Actuary's Report. The Clerk submitted the Actuary's Report on the Scheme at 31st March. 1944, which showed a deficiency to be liquidated over the next 27 years which would increase this Council's equal annual charge by 123 0s. 0d. Resolved—That the report be received.

286. Application for Building Licence. An application was submitted in respect of alterations to a house in St. Alban's Road estimated to cost 850. Resolved—That the licence be not granted.

287. Street Lighting—Tower Waggon. The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee submitted the quotation for an electrically driven waggon at a cost of 295. Resolved— That Councillors Sturzaker and Stairs with the Surveyor be authorised to inspect a waggon locally and that they be empowered to purchase either of the waggons.

288. National Housing and Town Planning Conference. An invitation was submitted from the National Council to appoint representatives to attend a Conference at Harrogate from 28th November to 1st December. Resolved—That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk be appointed to attend and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING. Special Meeting held on Thursday, the 23rd October, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

289. The notice convening the meeting was read.

290. National Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the District Officer of N.A.L.G.O. regarding the reference of the matter to the Ministry of Labour. After discussion it was Resolved—

(a) That Minute No. 81 dated 9th May, 1946, be rescinded in so far as it relates to Sections 9, 10, 11, 16, 19 and 21, and also paragraph (d) thereof.

(b) That the National Scheme of Conditions of Service be adopted as from 1st April, 1946, in the form recommended for implementation by the Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Council on 8th February, 1946.

(c) That the Sanitary Inspector be placed on Grade II of the A.P. and T. Division, subject to the salary thereunder being approved by the Minister of Health, such grading to be operative as from 1st April, 1946.

(d) That the salaries and gradings of the remaining officials remain as set out in Minute No. 81.

291. Application for Building Licence. Application was submitted in respect of alterations and repairs to 41, High Street estimated to cost 250. Resolved—-That a licence be granted.

292. Assessment Area Rating Valuer. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Blackburn drawing attention to the impending retirement of Mr. Wilson on 31st October, 1947, and stating that Blackburn Corporation, as one of the 10 authorities served by Mr. Wilson, were in favour of retaining his services for 12 months from 1st November, at his present salary. Resolved—That this Council agree to the retention of Mr. Wilson's services for a further 12 months, but at a salary of 1,150 inclusive of Bonus.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 20th November, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th November, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

293. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

294. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

295. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of October, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

296. Maternity Home Provision. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of a letter from the Clerk of the Lancashire County Council giving the accommodation at Bramley Mead, Whalley, and Coplow View Institution, and it was decided that no further action could be taken in the matter.

297. National Health Service Act. A letter enclosing prints of the Divisional Health Administration Scheme was received from the Clerk to the County Council, and it was Resolved— That Councillors Mrs. Fish and Longland, the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector, attend a Conference at Blackburn on the 26th November, to discuss the scheme.

298. Hospital Cases—Infantile Paralysis. The Clerk reported upon correspondence between the Clerk to the Accrington District Joint Hospital Board and the Medical Officer of Health, Manchester, regarding the admission of cases of infectious diseases at Monsall Hospital, and it was noted that patients from other local authorities could not be admitted.

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

(a) 64, Burton Street, Rishton. Messrs. H. Worsley & Son, 14, Acresfield, Bolton. Defective window frames in kitchen and back bedroom. Broken waste pipe from sink. Broken and perished walls of kitchen. Defective roof and eaves-gutters. Defective yard door and jambs. Defective yard walls. Defective yard surface.

(b) 66, Burton Street, Rishton. Messrs. H. Worsley & Son, 14, Acresfield, Bolton. Defective roof and eaves-gutters. Defective waste pipe from sink. Defective doors and frames of closet and coal-house.

(c) 68, Burton Street, Rishton. Messrs. H. Worsley & Son, 14, Acresfield, Bolton. Defective roof and eaves-gutters. Broken and perished walls of kitchen, living room and ceiling of back bedroom, also small bedroom at rear. Defective seat of W.C Defective and dangerous yard walls. Defective rain water fall pipe at rear.

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

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

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

(a) Make good defective window frames in kitchen and back bedroom. Make good broken waste pipe from sink. Replaster walls of kitchen where broken and perished. Effectively repair defective roof and eaves-gutters. Make good defective yard door and jambs. Make good defective yard walls. Make good defective yard surface.

(b) Effectively repair defective roof and eaves-gutters. Make good defective waste pipe from sink. Make good defective doors and frames of closet and coal-house.

(c) Effectively repair defective roof and eaves-gutters. Replaster, where broken and perished, walls of kitchen, living room, and ceiling of back bedroom, also small bedroom at rear. Make good defective seat of W.C. Make good defective and dangerous yard walls. Make good defective rain water fall pipe at rear.

300. Private Works—46, Livesey Street. It was reported that the above work was unsatisfactory and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to make further investigations.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th November, 1947.

Present—Councillor Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

301. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

302. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—19 licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 575.

(b) Plans.—Resolved that the under-mentioned plan of the building be approved subject to the approval of the Lancashire County Council as Ribbon Development Authority.

Plan No. 878—Proposed permanent wash-house, 15, Blackburn Road, for Mr. J. M. Bainbridge.

(c) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate.—Good progress had been made in most trades, but owing to labour difficulties the plaster work was not so advanced.

(d) Underground Telegraphic Line.—The Postmaster General was desirous of the consent of the Council to lay an underground telegraphic line along A.678 and A.6064 to the respective boundaries, and it was Resolved—That such consent be granted.

(e) Sites for New Schools.—Reported upon the receipt of a letter from the Divisional Education Officer stating that a site in Parker Street had been selected for the new Junior and Infants' School, and it was Resolved—That the matter be referred back for further investigation.

304. Future Housing. Councillor Sutcliffe and the Clerk reported upon an interview with the Ministry of Health regarding the erection of houses for miners and agricultural workers, and in view of the contents of Circular 160/47 it was decided to leave the matter in abeyance.

305. Lancashire Playing Fields Association—Conference. It was Resolved—That Councillor Sturzaker and the Clerk be requested to attend the above Conference at Preston on 3rd December, 1947.

306. Parsonage Road—Water Supply. The Clerk reported upon the receipt of further correspondence on the above; matter, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to communicate such correspondence to Mr. Ramsbottom, the tenant, and advise the Ministry of Health of the inability to proceed with the work, due to the excessive cost.

307. Whitley Council— Circular No. A.91—Winter Working Hours. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to arrange the working hours of his staff to accommodate the shorter days, and that the normal summer hours be retained.

308 Cutt Wood Park—Timber. The Surveyor requested instructions for the disposal of trees to be removed from Cutt Wood Park, and it was Resolved—That Mr. J. Grimshaw be asked to submit a tender for their removal.

309. Street Lighting—(a) Spring Street. In view of the large number of pedestrians using Spring Street, it was Resolved— That the Surveyor be instructed to install 100% lighting up to 11 p.m., with three lamps remaining illuminated all night.

(b) Blackburn Road and High Street. The Surveyor was further instructed to have three lamps illuminated all night at certain points on this thoroughfare to act as pilot lights.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th November, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

310 The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

311. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

312. War Memorial. The Clerk was instructed to enquire if the British Legion could furnish the names of the fallen in the 1939-45 War and to place an insertion in the "Rishton Advertiser." The matter to receive consideration thereafter.

313 Bracewell Charity. The Clerk reported upon correspondence with the Charity Commission and was instructed to make a further statement at the next meeting.

314. Lancashire Urban District Councils Association—Minutes of Executive Committee. The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on October 10th, 1947, were received. It was Resolved—That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be appointed to attend the Annual Conference at Thornton Cleveleys on Thursday, 16th September, 1948. It was further Resolved—That the following nominations be made as representatives on the respective Councils:-—

Provincial Council for the A.P. and T. Services-Councillor Sturzaker.

Whitley Council for Local Authorities Non-Trading Services—Councillor Hoyle.

315. Urban District Councils Association—Annual Conference and Election of Executive. It was Resolved—That the Council be represented by the Chairman, of the Council and the Clerk at the Annual Conference to be held on 23rd, 24th, 25th June, 1948, at Eastbourne. The Clerk presented a questionnaire to be completed regarding the Election of the Executive Council. Resolved—That the replies be as indicated.

316. Crematorium—Accrington Corporation. A letter was submitted regarding the provision of a Crematorium. Resolved —That no further action be taken.

317. Adoption of H.M.S. " Man o' War." The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty stating that the association between the people of Rishton and the above ship was now brought to a conclusion, and that the ship was now out of commission.

318. District Council Elections, 1948. It was Resolved—That the next Election be held on 5th April, 1948, and that the hours of polling be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., subject to an order being made in respect thereof by the County Council.

319. Local Fuel Economy Campaign. The Clerk reported on the steps to be taken to foster the economy of fuel, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be appointed to represent the Council on the Joint Fuel Advisory Committee of the Blackburn Town Council.

320. Secondary Schools—Articles of Government. The Divisional Education Officer has forwarded details of a Scheme of Government of the Accrington Secondary Schools with names suggested by the No. 10 Division Executive, Resolved—That this be approved.

321. Women's Voluntary Services—Conference. Councillor Mrs. Fish reported on the above Conference held at Preston on November 5th, 1947. Resolved—That the thanks of the Committee be extended to Mrs. Fish for her attendance and report.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th November, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

322. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

323. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

324. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

325. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

326. Offices—Wiring for Power. An estimate was submitted from Mr. J. A. Dobson for wiring the offices and providing six 2k.w. Radiators for the sum of 65 0s. 0d. Resolved—That the quotation be accepted and the work put in hand forthwith.

327. National Scheme of Conditions. The Clerk reported that the N.A.L.G.O., the Provincial Council, and the Ministry of Labour had acknowledged the acceptance by the Council of the National Scheme.

328. Sanitary Inspector's Salary. Letter submitted from the Ministry of Health indicating approval to the revised salary of the Sanitary Inspector in accordance with the National Scheme of Conditions as from 1st April, 1946.

329. Whitley Council—Review of Zoning. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Whitley Council requesting the views of this authority on the zoning of the workmen. Resolved— That consideration be deferred to Council in Committee.

330. Transport of Bricks. An account herein was submitted for 1 5s. 9d., dated June, 1945. Resolved—That the account be paid.

331. Local Government Bill, 1947. The Clerk drew attention to the effect of the provisions of this Bill which would seriously affect the financial stability of the Council. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to take any action considered necessary in an endeavour to secure suitable amendments to the Bill.

332. Letter from Mr. Mandale. The Clerk submitted a letter asking for reconsideration of salary. Resolved—That consideration be deferred to the meeting at which estimates are considered.

333. Ambulance Accounts. Resolved—That Mrs. Welsh and Mrs. Clarke be refunded 1 6s. 0d. each in respect of charges paid by them for use of the Ambulance

334. National Scheme of Conditions. A letter was submitted from Mrs, Whewell and Mrs. Whalley asking for the difference in salary to which they were entitled under the Scheme. Resolved—That payment be made.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 20th day of November, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

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

336. Wedding of the Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Chairman extended to the Royal couple loyal greetings and best wishes on the occasion of their marriage which had taken place on this day.

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

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

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

General Account 10,494 11s. 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.

340. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

 the Meeting held on Thursday, 20th November, 1947, minutes being confirmed by the Council on the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown. Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

342. Whitley Council—Review of Zoning. Consideration was given to a letter received from the Whitley Council and deferred from the Finance Committee. Resolved—That a reply be sent indicating this Council's view that the present zoning does not require to be amended so far as the employees of this Council are concerned.

343. Local Government Bill, 1947. The Clerk submitted correspondence which had taken place in connection with the attempts to obtain amendments to the provisions of the Bill. The local Member of Parliament was prepared to arrange an interview for a deputation from this Council with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health and in order to pursue the matter it was Resolved—That Councillors Sutcliffe and Bridge with the Clerk, be authorised to visit London for the above purpose and that their expenses be paid.

344. Ribble Motor Services—Terminal Point. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., drawing attention to a proposal of the Blackburn Corporation to alter the terminal points for services which operate through Rishton. It was Resolved—That objection be made to the proposed alteration and that the necessary steps be taken to make representations to the Traffic Commissioners against the proposal. .Chairman. .Clerk.

345. L. & C. Provincial Council—Circular No. 57a. The Clerk submitted this circular which dealt with motor car allowances, appeals against grading, part-time staff, and officers performing additional duties. It was Resolved—That the question of motor-car allowances be referred to the Finance Sub-Committee for a report thereon. 99

346. Whitley Council—Circular No. 92. Circular herein submitted which prescribed the payment of holiday and sickness pay to part-time permanent employees.

347. Sanitary Inspector—Students. A letter was submitted from two youths who desired to attend in the Sanitary Inspector's Office for 1 day per week for the requisite number of days to enable them to sit for the Sanitary Inspector's Examination. Resolved—That permission be granted.

348 Trust Funds. The following members were appointed to formulate a list of recipients for the Mercer and Bracewell Trusts—Councillors Sutcliffe, Hoyle, Banks, Longland and Ramsbottom.

349. Fielding Street Houses—-Rents. A statement was circulated by the Clerk showing the rent income from June, 1937, to March, 1947, and drawing attention to the fact that no increase in respect of additional rates was passed on to the tenants over a number of years. Resolved—That the attention of the Ministry of Health be drawn thereto immediately and that the rents of the houses be increased by the appropriate amount as soon as the Minister's ruling has been received.

350. Public Lighting. Several matters were raised regarding additional lamps and early morning lighting by respective Councillors and instructions were given thereon. Confirmed, 20th November, 1947.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 18th December, 1947.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December, 1947.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

351. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

352. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

353. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of November, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

354. Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928. Resolved—That licences be granted for the year commencing 1st January, 1948, to the undermentioned applicants: —

 355. Food & Drugs Act, 1938, Section 57. Resolved—That a licence be granted to the Rishton Co-operative Society, for a period of twelve months from the 1st January, 1948, in respect of the slaughterhouse, Spring Street, Rishton.

356. Foods and Drugs Act, 1938, Section 14 (2). Resolved— That provisional licences be granted to Messrs. T. Taylor & Sons, 8, Spring Street, Rishton, and Mr. J. Moffatt, 105, High Street, Rishton, for a period of twelve months in respect of the manufacture, sale and storage of ice-cream.

357. Diphtheria Immunisation—'Doctors' Fees. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Lancashire County Council amending the fees payable to Doctors who attend the Clinic for the purpose of Diphtheria Immunisation. Resolved —That the fees be noted and paid where applicable.

358. National Health Service Act. The Chairman and Councillor Mrs. Fish reported on the proceedings of a Conference held at Blackburn, when the County scheme under this Act was explained in detail. Resolved—That no representations be made on the scheme but that the County Council be urged to give further delegation to the District Committees.

359. Statutory Notices. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to follow up Notices and to insist on action being taken by owners, and in default thereof to ensure that the work is carried out.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 11th December, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sutcliffe.

360. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

361. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—43 Licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 618.

(b) Plans.—Resolved—That the undermentioned plan of the building be approved subject to the approval of the Lancashire County Council as Ribbon Development Authority.

Plan No. 879.—Proposed brick garage, Hill Crest, Blackburn Road, for Mr. Wearden.

(c) The Turrets.—It was Resolved—That approval be granted to the change of user of the above property, to be used as a Day Nursery by the Lancashire County Council.

(d) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate.—Owing to shortage of tiles it was Resolved—That Granolithic Concrete be used as a substitute for flooring kitchens and larders.

(e) County Main Road Estimates.—The Surveyor submitted the County Main Road Estimates for the year 1948/49, totalling 5.023, which were approved.

(f) The Surveyor's action in appointing Mr. F. Landon, Junior, as a nagger for a probationary period was approved. 102

(g) Cutt Wood—Removal of Trees.—A tender submitted by Messrs. J. Grimshaw was not accepted and the Surveyor was instructed to remove the trees by direct labour.

363. National Housing & Town Planning Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk having circulated a report on the proceedings of the Conference were thanked therefor and for their attendance. The Clerk also issued to each member a copy of Circular No. 37 of the Ministry of Town and Country Planning, dealing with delegation from the County Council to the District Councils of certain functions under the 1947 Act.

364. Fielding Street Houses—Rents. A memorandum prepared by the Clerk was considered and it was Resolved—That the rents of these 6 houses be increased by 9d. per week as from 1st April, 1947, such increase to be recovered if possible from the tenant before 31st March, 1948.

365. Proposed Bowling Green—Parker Street. The terms of a Draft Lease to be entered into between the Free Gardeners' Club and the Council were considered and the Clerk reported that a copy had been forwarded to the Secretary of the Club for their observations. Resolved—That the terms of the Draft Lease be approved subject to any observations received from the Club.

366. Allotments Association—Cultivator. A request was submitted from the Association asking the Council to receive a deputation with regard to the purchase of a Cultivator. It was decided to meet the deputation at 7-30 p.m. on Thursday, 18th December.

367. Public Lighting. Several matters were raised regarding defective and inefficient lighting in certain parts of the area and instructions were given thereon to the Surveyor.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs and Sturzaker.

368. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

369. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

370. Fire Services Act, 1947. The scheme of the Lancashire County Council required under the Act was submitted and considered. Resolved—That the County Council be informed that there are no representations to be made thereon, provided they are satisfied that the manning of the Great Harwood Station by only retained or part-time personnel is adequate to give the requisite cover for the area and that an assurance be obtained from the County Council on this point.

371. Bracewell Trust. Correspondence was submitted from the Charity Commissioners outlining a suggested scheme of Trustees for this and two other Trusts. Resolved—That the Chairman of the Council, the Vice-Chairman, and the Chairman of the Finance Committee be appointed Trustees of the Bracewell Trust, and that the Clerk of the Council be appointed Secretary, and that subject to the Charity Commissioners approving these appointments, the Trustees shall also be the Trustees of the Mercer and Darwen Trusts, thereby bringing all three Trusts under one governing body.

372. War Memorial-1939-45 War. The Clerk reported that he had received the names of 10 persons who had lost their lives while serving in the Forces and it was decided to call a public meeting in the near future to decide upon the method by which their names shall be perpetuated.

 373. Guide Book. Authority was given to a firm of publishers to compile and issue a local Guide Book for this District.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 11th December, 1947.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Stairs, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

374. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

375. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

376. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

 377. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved. Attention was drawn to the present balance on Revenue Account at the Bank and to the overdraft on Capital Account. Resolved—That the remaining balance of the sanction on the Housing Scheme be taken up during February, and that the Midland Bank Ltd., be asked to allow an overdraft for a short period on the terms obtaining during the previous months should this course be necessary.

378. Hospital Appeals. Resolved that donations of 5 0s. 0d. each be made to the Blackburn and Manchester Royal Infirmaries and to the Accrington Victoria Hospital as has obtained in previous years.

379. Local Government Bill. The Clerk reported that the deputation from the Council would be meeting the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the local Member of Parliament on Wednesday and Thursday, 17th and 18th December, 1947, in London.

 RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 18th day of December, 1947.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (in the Chair), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

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

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

382. 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 or. the 20th November, 1947.

 383. 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.:-

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

General Account 7,363 5s. 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.

385. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE.

Meeting held on Thursday, 18th December, 1947, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (in the chair), Banks,, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Stairs.

387. Allotments Association. A deputation was received from the Association regarding the suggested purchase of a Cultivator. Resolved—That the matter be deferred.

Reports of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 15th January, 1948.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 8th January, 1948.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge. Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

Before the meeting opened, the Chairman of the Council expressed his sympathy, and that of the Council, with the Clerk in his recent bereavement.

388. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

389. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

390. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of December, 1947. Resolved—That this be approved. .

391. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the Quarter ended December. 1947. Resolved—That this be approved.

392. National Women's Citizens' Association—Conference. Resolved—That Councillor Mrs. Fish be appointed to attend the Conference in London on 27th February, next, and that her expenses be paid according to scale, subject to the sanction of the Ministry of Health.

393. Bull Hill Hospital, Darwen. Correspondence was submitted intimating that the Hospital will continue for the time being to accommodate cases of Infectious Diseases.

394. National Health Service Act. Divisional Committee. A request having been received from the Clerk of the Lancashire County Council for a nomination for the above Committee, Resolved—That the Chairman of the Health Committee be appointed as the Council's representative.

395. Statutory Notices. A statement was submitted showing the properties in respect of which Notices had been served during 1947, and the action taken thereon.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 8th January, 1948.

Present—Councillors' Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

396. The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

397. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—19 Licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 594.

(b) Plans of Permanent Buildings.—Resolved—That the under-mentioned plan be approved: —

Plan No. 880.—New Lavatories and W.C's. for Messrs. Victoria Cotton Mill Co., Ltd.

(c) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate.—Good progress has been made and two houses have been let this week to the tenants, making four up to date. Instructions were given for internal decorations to be discontinued to allow the walls to thoroughly dry out, and that these be done at a later date. The Clerk was instructed to notify intending tenants of this.

(d) Supplies of Materials, 1948/9.—The Surveyor was instructed to invite firms to tender for the supply of materials in accordance with the practice obtaining in previous years.

(e) Sands Estate—Electric Cookers.—A quotation was submitted from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Department, for 20 each, for the supply and installation of these cookers. Resolved—That the quotation be accepted.

399. Town and Country Planning Act, 1947—Scheme of Divisional Administration. Councillors Sturzaker and Sutcliffe and the officers reported on the proceedings of a Conference at which the County Council outlined the Scheme for No. 5 Division, prints of a Draft Scheme A having been circulated. Draft Scheme B was also discussed at the Conference, and details were reported to this Committee by the representatives. Resolved—That the County Council be notified that this Council recommend the adoption by the County Council of Scheme B, whereby the fullest delegation possible will be made to County District Councils.

400. Proposed Bowling Green. The Clerk reported that the Committee of the Free Gardeners Club had approved the Draft Lease ,and that he had communicated with the Ministry of Health for approval to the scheme under the Defence Regulations.

401. Public Lighting. Correspondence was submitted from the Blackburn Corporation regarding the cleaning of the lanterns. It was also reported that the Tower Waggon had been received. Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to proceed immediately with the cleaning of the lanterns on the lines then indicated.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 8th January, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

402. The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

403. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

404. Cotton Operatives—Accommodation. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Labour seeking the assistance of the Council in obtaining lodgings for European Workers who are or could be employed in the Cotton Industry. The Clerk was instructed to inform the Manager of the Exchange that the Council are willing to render assistance.

405. Bracewell Trust. The Clerk reported on an interview with the Charity Commissioners regarding the appointment of Trustees, and that a letter was now awaited from the Commission.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 8th January, 1948.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

406. The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

407. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

408. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

409. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

410. Local Government Bill. Councillors Bridge and Sutcliffe and the Clerk reported on their interview with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health and the local Member of Parliament, when the provisions of the Bill as they affect this Urban District were put before the Minister. The Clerk also reported on the action taken at a joint meeting of Clerks of Authorities similarly affected. Resolved—That the report be accepted, and that the deputation be thanked for their attention to the matter.

411. Allotments. Reference was made to the interview granted to members of the Allotment Association on 18th December, when the amount of the balance on the Allotment Account was mentioned. The Clerk submitted details showing the balance for each of the past eleven years. Resolved—That a letter be sent to the Chairman and the Secretary of the Association on the matter. .Clerk. .Chairman.

412. Ambulance Accounts. Applications were submitted from residents who had used the Ambulance, but whose financial resources were insufficient to meet the cost. Resolved—That refunds of 18/- and 7/6 be made to Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Clegg respectively.

413. National Joint Council—Negotiations. A letter was submitted from the Provincial Council stating that reference had been made to the National Arbitration Tribunal for a settlement of the Employers' and the Staffs' proposals for consolidation of Salary and Bonus.

414. Staffing Matters. The Clerk reported that Mrs. Haslam had intimated her intention to terminate her service for domestic reasons, but was prepared to continue on a part-time basis until a successor was appointed. Resolved—That the resignation and offer be accepted, and that the position be advertised.

415. Outstanding Accounts. A letter was submitted from the Solicitors regarding their efforts to obtain payment of certain accounts. Resolved—That accounts Nos. 739 (4s. 3d.), 801 (4s. Id.), 951 (1 13s. 4d.), 351 (1 6s. 0d.) be written off as irrecoverable, and that the Solicitors be authorised to take the necessary action to recover the account in respect of work done by the Council at No. 93, Hermitage Street. Confirmed, 15th January, 1948.  

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 15th day of January, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

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

417. 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 the 18th December, 1947.

418. 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.:—

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

General Account 5,961 5s. 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.

420. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 15th January, 1948.

the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

422. Illness of Councillor Stairs. The Chairman referred in sympathetic terms to the indisposition of Councillor Stairs and his wife, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to forward a letter expressing the regrets of the Council and the hope that they will both soon be restored to health.

423. Rishton Secondary School—Governors. The Clerk re-submitted a letter received from the Divisional Education Officer asking for recommendations to the Board of Governors. Resolved-—That the following names be recommended for the appointment—Councillors Mrs. Fish, Sturzaker and Longland, and the Rev. R. Kirkham

424. Fife Services. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire County Council stating that the Chief Fire Officer was of the opinion that a call for fire could be answered from the Great Harwood Station within the time limit specified.

425. Street Collections. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire Constabulary giving a list of applications for permission to hold street collections during the year 1948. Resolved That the organizations selected be approved, in accordance with the amended list.

426. Council Tenancy. The Clerk reported upon an interview with an applicant for one of the Council houses, and it was Resolved -That the Chairman write to the applicant requesting an apology for his behaviour, and that failing this, his name be removed from the list of successful applicants.

427. Local Government Bill. The Council considered a statement circulated by the Clerk with regard to the effect of the provisions of this Bill upon the finance of this Council. It was decided to defer consideration to a subsequent meeting. Reports of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 19th February, 1948.

428. Temporary Clerk. The Clerk reported that the closing date for applications herein would be 20th January, and asks for the decision of the Council thereon. Resolved—That a Sub-Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Council, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Councillor Hoyle be authorised to select suitable applicants for interview and to make the appointment, and that they be further authorised to decide as to a suitable salary in accordance with the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

429. Cutt Wood Shelters. Attention was drawn to the danger arising from these unlocked shelters, and the Surveyor was instructed to investigate the matter.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th February, 1948.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

430. Death of Lord Derby and Mr. P. T. Clarke ("Blackburn Times" Reporter). The Chairman of the Council referred in sympathetic terms to the death of Lord Derby, Lord Lieutenant of the County, who had during his life done so much for the County Palatine, and the death of Mr. P. T. Clarke, who had represented his paper for over 40 years, and had attended, in his official capacity, the meetings of the Council for many years. It was Resolved—That a letter of condolence be forwarded to the widows, and all present stood in silence as a mark of esteem.

431. The minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

432. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

433. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of January, 1948. Resolved—That this be approved.

434. Sanitary Inspectors' Association Conference. The Clerk submitted an invitation from the Association to appoint representatives to attend the above Conference. Resolved—That the Chairman of the Health Committee and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed to attend, and that their reasonable expenses be paid.

435. Bull Hill Hospital. The Clerk submitted a copy of a letter received by the Acting Clerk to the Accrington District Joint Hospital Board from the Borough of Darwen, stating that staff difficulties have arisen which prevents the re-opening of this Hospital as an Infectious Diseases Hospital.

436. Conversions. Correspondence was submitted between the Council and an owner who had carried out conversions in 1945, and who now made application for a grant in aid. Resolved— That the action of the Clerk be confirmed, and that grant be not made in this case.

437. Ambulance Accounts. Correspondence was submitted from two residents who had used the Ambulance. Resolved— That Account No. 697 be written off as irrecoverable, and Account No. 1742, rendered by the Great Harwood Council, be paid by this Council. Both accounts amounting to 1 6s. 0d., and that in the case of the other applicant, Mrs. Bartley, no charge be made for the Ambulance on two occasions amounting to 3/- and 1/6.

438. Milk and Dairies Order. Resolved—That an application to transfer the licence from Mr. J. Smalley to Mr. R. Smalley, Holt Farm, Rishton, be granted.

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

(a) 5, Spring Street, Rishton. Mr. A. Broadley, " Edrena," Blackburn Road. Rishton. Defective glass and frame covering of extension to living room. Defective portion of rear wall causing dampness in rear bedroom. Broken walls of back bedroom.

Resolved—(1) That this Council, being satisfied that the above-mentioned house, which is occupied or is of a type suitable for occupation by persons of the working classes, is unfit for human habitation in certain respects, (2) That the Council are not satisfied that it is incapable at reasonable expense of being rendered fit for human habitation. (3) That, in pursuance of Sub-Section (1) of Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, notice be served on the owner requiring him, within a period of three months, to execute the following works, which will, in the opinion of the Council, render the house fit for human habitation, viz.:—

(a) Repair and make good glass and frame covering of extension to living room. Point or otherwise make good defective portion of rear wall causing dampness in rear bedroom. Re-plaster, where broken, walls of back bedroom.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 12th February, 1948.

 Present--Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks. Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

440. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

441. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences.—23 licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 641.

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

(c) Plans of Buildings of Short-lived Materials.— Resolved—That the under-mentioned plans be approved for a period of three years ending on 31st December, 1950.

 (d) Plans Deferred.—Resolved—That consideration of this plan be deferred.

Plan No. 888—Garage and Workroom, Station Road, for Mr. D. B. Young, 1, Station Road, Rishton.

(e) Permanent Housing—Sands Estate.—Good progress has been made this month. A quotation was submitted from the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Department for supplying and erecting 13 lamps (mercury discharge) for the sum of 394 0s. 0d. Resolved—That consideration be deferred.

(f) Electric Wiring—21 & 27, Eachill Road Rishton.— Three tenders were submitted for this work, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Mr. J. Dobson, of Haslingden, for 26 12s. 6d. per house, plus a service cable charge of 2 0s. 0d. per house, be accepted, and that the rent of the house be increased by a sufficient amount to repay the cost, plus interest, at 3 per cent, over a period of years.

(g) Sewage Disposal Works.—It was decided that the Sewage Sub-Committee should visit the Works on the 25th February at 1 p.m. to consider items for inclusion in the estimates.

(h) Post Office Telephones.—Application was submitted for permission to erect a post on the North side of Blackburn Road adjacent to Cutt Wood, with a stay in Cutt Wood. Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to investigate the position with the Post Office Engineers, and to come to an arrangement with them.

(i) Esplanade—Public Notices.—Three quotations were received for the supply of three signs for erection on the Esplanade, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Messrs. R. Butler & Sons for 9 10s. 0d. be accepted.

(j) County Rate Estimates.—A communication was submitted from the Lancashire County Council stating that the Ministry of Transport have reduced the amounts which may be expended on Main Roads during the coming financial year by approximately 50 per cent., and that the approved amount for that year is reduced to 2,890 0s. 0d.

443. Town Planning Act, 1947—Draft Agreement and Scheme. The Clerk submitted a copy of a draft scheme received from the County Council which embodied the conditions and schedules submitted by the County Council in Draft Scheme B with one additional Clause. Resolved—That the Draft Scheme be approved.

444. Post Office Reinstatements. The Clerk submitted a letter asking for re-consideration of the establishment charge of 20 per cent, which is added to accounts for reinstatement work. Resolved -That a reply be sent stating that the Council are unable to reduce this charge.

445. Government Lorries. A circular was submitted intimating that the Government have for disposal second-hand lorries. Resolved—That no action be taken.

446. Housing Application- Letter from Ministry of Health. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Ministry of Health and copies of correspondence which had passed between that Department and a local resident regarding the letting of houses. Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

447. Building Licences, The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Works notifying a limit of 620 0s. 0d. per month up to which building licences may be issued.

448. Housing Tenant—Wireless Relay. An application was submitted from the tenant of 114, Cliff Street, Rishton, for permission to have wireless cables connected to the property. Resolved—That permission be granted subject to the payment by the firm of an acknowledgment

449. Proposed Bowling Green. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Ministry of Health stating that they are unable to authorise work in connection with the above at the present time in view of the recent White Paper on Capital Investment.

450. Curtailment of Highway Expenditure. Circular No. 618 of the Ministry of Transport was submitted drawing attention to the necessity to reduce to a minimum the work to be carried out on Main Roads during 1948, and relying on Highway Authorities to apply the same policy to road works on their own account.

451. Municipal Engineers' Conference. Resolved—That the Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and the Surveyor be appointed to attend this Conference at Scar borough from 1st to 4th June, and their reasonable expenses be paid.

452. Tenders for Materials, 1948-49. The Clerk reported that he had received tenders for the supply of materials, and it was Resolved—That the Chairman and the officials be authorised to open the tenders and to tabulate them for submission to a subsequent meeting.

453. Allotments—Water Supply. The Chairman reported that he had unofficially met representatives of the tenants and submitted to them estimates from the Gas and Water Board for the supply of water to the various allotments, and that these amounted to prices ranging from 66 0s, 0d. to 314 0s. 0d. for the four sites. A communication was awaited from the tenants thereon. Confirmed. 19th February, 1948. .Chairman. .Clerk.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 12th February, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

454. The minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

455. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

456. Bracewell Trust. A letter was read from the Charity Commissioners stating they were not prepared to accept the appointment of various Chairmen of the Council as Trustees. Resolved—That Councillors Fish, Sutcliffe and Bridge be appointed Trustees of the Bracewell Trust, and that application be made to the Charity Commissioners to establish a scheme for the administration of this Trust in accordance with their letter of 22nd January, 1948.

457. Proposed Crematorium. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk, Blackburn, explaining the position of the Crematorium at Pleasington. Resolved—That the Clerk make further enquiries from the Town Clerk, Accrington.

458. War Memorial. It was Resolved—That the Chairman and the Clerk make the necessary arrangements to call a public meeting to consider this matter.

459. Dates of Election. The Clerk reported that the following dates and times applied for the forthcoming Election: — Nomination Day, 19/3/48 ; Election Day, 5/4/48 ; Polling Stations open from 9 a.m.—8 p.m.

460. Burnley Show. It was Resolved—That the letter from the Mayor of Burnley be received.

461. Playing Fields Association. The Clerk was instructed to make inquiries regarding financial assistance for this area.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 12th February, 1948.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

462. The minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

463. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

464. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

465. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

466. National Playing Fields Association. A circular letter was submitted asking the Council to consider increasing their annual subscription. Resolved—That no alteration be made in view of the subscription which is paid to the Lancashire Association.

467. Local Government Bill, 1947. The Committee considered a letter from the Ministry of Health notifying an amount payable during 1948-9 of 464 0s. 0d. under Clause 94 of the Bill, and also a report circulated by the Clerk on the Bill. No action was taken thereon.

468. Whitley Council Circular No. 94. This circular, dated 5th February, 1948. was submitted notifying an increase of 2 1/2d. per hour to Pavior and Masons as from 2nd February. Resolved That the recommendation be implemented.

469. L, & C. Provincial Council—Circular No. 59a. This Circular was submitted for implementation, whereby salaries and bonus are consolidated and showing increases in certain grades. Resolved -That the recommendation be implemented as from the 1st January, 1948, and that salaries be adjusted in accordance therewith.

470. Temporary Staff —Report of Sub-Committee. The members reported that they had interviewed four applicants for position herein, and had appointed Mr. J. Addison, of Great Harwood, with a fixed salary at the rate of 300 0s. 0d. per annum. Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be accepted.

471. Applications for Salary Increases. The Committee received applications as under with the decisions indicated.

(a) Collector (Mr. H. Greenwood). Resolved—That consideration be deferred pending the result of the findings of the Provincial Council on his appeal.

(b) Sewage Works Manager (Mr. A. Taylor). Resolved— That the matter be referred to the Sewage Works Sub- Committee for a report thereon and recommendations.

(c) Assistant Clerk (Mr. J. Mandale). Resolved—That the application be granted, and that this official be re-graded under A.P.T. Division Grade I commencing at 390 0s. 0d. per annum rising to 435 0s. 0d.

(d) Fuel Clerk (Mr. G. Cheetham). Resolved—That an increase of 10s. 0d. per week be granted subject to the approval of the Ministry of Fuel and Power thereto. The above increases to be applicable from 1st April, 1948.

472. Housing Loans—Rate of Interest. The Clerk reported that notification had been received from the Treasury that the rate of interest of future advances would be at the rate of 3 per cent, for loan over 15 years in lieu of 2 1/2 per cent. Confirmed, 19th February, 1948.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

 At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 19th day of February, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

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

474. 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 the 15th January, 1948.

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

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

General Account 8,650 19s. 2d.

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.

477. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to a receipt and order for payment of 24,479 0s. 0d. by the Public Works Loan Board, being the second and final advance of a mortgage number 119 for 49,249 0s. 0d.

478. Adjournment. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

Council in Committee. Meeting held on Thursday, 19th February, 1948.

 the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

480. Proposed Crematorium. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Town Clerk of Accrington, intimating the progress which had been made up to date at meetings of local authorities. Resolved—That in view of the further information which has been obtained in respect of the proposed Blackburn and Accrington Crematoria, that this Council participates in the formation of the one at Accrington.

481. Deferred Plan. The Plan referred to in Minute No. 442 (d) was again considered in the light of information obtained, and it was Resolved—That the undermentioned plan be approved:— Plan No. 888 Garage and Workroom, 1, Station Road, Rishton, for Mr. D. B. Young.

482. Town Planning Regulations—Change of User. Application in respect of Plan No. 889 was submitted from Messrs. Firelighters (Accrington) Ltd. for a change of user of premises on the West side of Spring Street, formerly used for a tinplating business. Resolved—That permission be granted.

483. Town and Country Planning Act, 1947—Divisional Committee. Resolved—That the Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee be appointed as this Council's representative on the Divisional Committee under the County Council Scheme of Delegation. .Clerk.

484. Electricity Act, 1947—Section 7. A communication was submitted from the Urban District Councils' Association asking for nominations to the Consultative Councils to be appointed raider the Act. Resolved—That no nomination be made from this Council.

485. Direction Sign—Station Road. Application was submitted from the Railway Executive for permission to attach a Station Sign to the lamp column at the end of Station Road. Resolved—That permission be granted subject to the payment of an acknowledgment of 1/-d. per annum and to the sign being affixed to the satisfaction of the Council's Surveyor.

486. Dates of Meetings—March. Resolved—That the dates of the meetings in March be as follows: —

Reports of the proceedings and recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 25th March.1948.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th March, 1948.

Present—Councillors Longland (Chairman), Banks,. Bridge, Fish. Hoyle, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson, Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

487. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

488. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

489. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of February, 1948. Resolved—That this be approved.

490. Public Conveniences. Attention was drawn to the non-existence of any lighting in the conveniences and the shelter at the corner of Harwood Road, and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to have the lighting put in order in time for the winter season 1948-49.

491. Estimates of Expenditure, 1948/9. The Committee considered the individual items of estimated expenditure, and it was Resolved—That the estimates totalling 1,610 be recommended to the Finance Committee for approval.

492. Thanks of Chairman. Councillor Longland on relinquishing the Chair, expressed his thanks to the members and officials for the help and co-operation extended to him during his period of office.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th March, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sturzaker (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish. Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

493. The minutes of the Last meeting were submitted.

494. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Building Licences. 24 licences have been issued during the month, making a total of 665.

(b) Plans of Permanent Buildings. Resolved—That the undermentioned plans be approved: —

(c) Plans of Buildings of Short-Lived Materials, Resolved—That the undermentioned plans be approved for a period of three year: ending on 31st December, 1950: —

(d) Sands Estate—Wireless Relay. Application was received from Messrs. Uni-Relays, Ltd., for permission to erect a service cable along the rear of the houses 66 to 116, Cliff Street, Resolved—That permission be granted subject to the payment of 1s. per house per annum.

(e) Sands Estate. It was Resolved—That Councillors Sutcliffe and Sturzaker, along with the Clerk and the Surveyor, be requested to meet the contractor to discuss various matters.

(f) Sewerage Works subcommittee. A report of the Sewerage Sub-Committee meeting held on the 25th February, 1948, was submitted and received, and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work suggested therein. It was further Resolved—That the Sewage Works Manager be granted an increase of 8s. 11d. per week, to come into operation in the succeeding financial year.

(g) Annual Tenders. The Chairman reported that, with the official:, he had opened tenders which had been tabulated for circulation to the members. Resolved—That the undermentioned tenders be accepted: —

496. Town Planning Act, 1942—Circular No. 38. Circular herein submitted notifying this Authority that the appointed day under this Act is 1st July, 1948.

497. Lancashire Playing Fields Association. Correspondence was submitted to the effect that grants are not available for the provision of equipment on children's recreation grounds. The Clerk was instructed to investigate the possibility of grants for the drainage. etc., of the Bowling Green and Recreation Grounds.

498. Housing Tenancy. A letter was received from Mr. T. Durkin. No action was taken thereon.

499. National Housing and Town Planning Council. A circular letter was reported upon by the Clerk.

500. Allotment Tenancy. An application was received for the transfer of an allotment on the Goosey Butts site, which was granted.

501. Estimates of Expenditure, 1948/9. The Estimates were considered, and a total of 9,159 was recommended to the Finance Committee for approval.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. Meeting held Thursday, the 11th March, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe. J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

The Chairman referred to the loss sustained by Councillor Stairs and the death of Sir James Aitken, J.P., Chairman of the County Council. It was Resolved—That the Clerk be instructed to send a letter of condolence to the respective persons.

502. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

503. Librarian's Report. Submitted and approved.

504. Lancashire U.D.C.'s Association. Resolved—That Councillor J. Bridge be this Council's nomination for a post on the Executive.

505. War Memorial. The Chairman reported on a Meeting held on 9th March, and it was Resolved—That a notice be inserted in the "Rishton Advertiser" intimating the opening of a Subscription List.

FINANCE COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, the 18th March, 1948.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Fish, Hoyle, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson. Sturzaker and Sutcliffe.

506. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted

507. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

508. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

509. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approval.

510. Provincial and Whitley Councils Constitution. The Clerk reported That the title of these Councils had been changed from Lancashire and Cheshire to North Western, and referred to the copies and referred to the copies of the constitutions circulated to members.

 511. Report of Finance Sub-Committee, (a) Irrecoverables. Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be confirmed whereby it was recommended that 16s. be written off the total of accounts Nos. 488, 592 and 678, that accounts Nos. 484, 588 and 674 be written off, totalling 16s., and that account No. 528 for 1 0:. 0d. be written off. (b) Surveyor's salary—Application. Resolved—That the recommendation of the Sub-Committee be confirmed whereby no increase in this salary be granted beyond the annual increment under the Scale.

512. Ministry of Fuel and Power. The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Ministry approving the increase proposed of 10s. per week to the Fuel Clerk from the 1st April next, and agreeing to full reimbursement of this salary.

513. Ambulance Account. An application was submitted from Mr. W. Conway for consideration, on financial grounds, regarding the use of the Ambulance. Resolved—That the 15s. paid for the use of the Ambulance be refunded and that no further charge be made to this person.

514. County Council Precept The Clerk submitted the precept received from the County Council showing a reduction on the current year's precept of 1s. 0 1/2d., and showing a total rate levied of 12s. 0.07d.

515. Election (Staff)—Leave of Absence. It was Resolved— That certain members of the staff be granted leave of absence on the day of the Election to act as Presiding Officers, etc., such officials to be left to the discretion of the Clerk. .Chairman.

516. Estimates of Expenditure, 1948/9. The Committee proceeded to consider the estimates recommended by the Health and Buildings and Highways Committees, together with the estimates of the Finance Committee, showing a total expenditure of 15,661. After consideration, it was decided to reduce the estimates of the Buildings and Highways Committee by (Tar Sprayer) 90, (District Roads) 71, making a total for that Committee of 8,998 and to reduce the total of the Finance Committee by (Discounts) 50, making the total 4,842. The following estimates were then approved: —

 Less Grants under Local Government Act, 1948: —

requiring a local rate of 4s. 5.53d. The estimated requirements of the Assessment Committee represented a rate of .4d. Resolved—That the Council be recommended to levy a rate of 16s. 6d. in the for the financial year 1948/9.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 25th day of March, 1948.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

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

518. 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 the 19th February, 1948.

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

520. General Rate, 1948-9. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Finance Committee in respect of the expenses to be incurred during the year 1948/9 be approved, and that a General Rate of 16s. 6d. 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 the 22nd April, 1948. It was further Resolved—That the discount dates be the 9th July, 1948, 1st October, 1948, and the 7th January, 1949, and the Clerk be authorised to advertise the making of the Rate.

521. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That cheques for payment of accounts passed by the Finance Committee and other Committees, viz.: — Genera] Account 5,279 9s. 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 amount be signed by the Chairman and two members of the Council, and one copy transmitted to the Midland Bank, Ltd.

522. Votes of Thanks. (a) The Chairman of the Council expressed his appreciation of the assistance rendered him by the Chairmen of Committees, Councillors, the Staff and the Press during his term of office, and referred to the impending retirement of Councillor Longland. (b) The members expressed their acknowledgment of the impartiality and regularity in attending meetings of the Chairman of the Council.

523. Adjournment. resolved - That the council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 25th March, 1948.

 the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Fish, Lightbown, Longland, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sturzaker.

525. Allotment Tenancy—Minute No. 500. This minute, which was referred back in Council, was further considered, and it was Resolved—That a Sub-Committee be instructed to meet the interested parties.

526. U.D.Cs Association—Election of Executive. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary to the Urban District Council Association, showing the suggested procedure to be adopted in the election of the Executive. It was Resolved— That the Chairman of the Council be given a mandate to support the suggestion at the Annual Conference.

527. Dates of April's Meetings. It was Resolved—That the April Meetings be held on the following  dates:—Informal, April 8th; Annual and Committees, April 15th ; and Council, April 22nd.

528. Fuel Clerk. The resignation of the Fuel Clerk was received and the Clerk was instructed to advertise the vacancy in the local press.

529. Payment of Education Staff. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the County Treasurer, and reported the action taken. It was Resolved—That the Clerk's action be approved.