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At the annual meeting of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 24th day of May, 1951.

Present: - Councillors Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O’Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

1. Councillor Bridge occupied the chair and, with the concurrence of the members, deferred proceeding with the business of the meeting until 7-15 p.m., pending the presence of all members.

2. Election Of Chairman. Resolved – That Councillor Sanderson be, and is hereby elected, Chairman of the Council for the Ensuing year.

Councillor Sanderson, having received the Chair of Office from Councillor Bridge, took the chair and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

3. Appointment of Vice-Chairman. Resolved – That Councillor Bridge be, and is hereby appointed, Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

4. Urban District Council Election, 7th May, 1951. The Clerk reported the following votes recorded for each of the candidates, and declared that Messrs. Hacking, Sanderson, Banks and Bridge had been elected Urban District Councillors with the votes shown against their names, and further reported that each had made and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

North Ward: Edmondson, F. 377 - Hacking, E. 608

South Ward: Coulton, T. 342 - Sanderson, J. W. 357

East Ward: Aspden. J. R. 380 - Banks, J. W. 444

West Ward: Bridge, J. 567 - Sturzaker, W. 310

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 Civil Defence Committees.

6. Constitution of Committees. Resolved — That all members of the Council serve on each Committee.

7. Quorum of Council and Committee Meetings. Resolved - That the quorum shall be fixed for the ensuing year at seven members for all meetings except those of Subcommittees.

8. Appointment of Chairmen of Committees.

Health Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Kirkham be appointed Chairman of the Health Committee.

Buildings and Highways Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Sutcliffe be appointed Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee.

General Purposes Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Sanderson be appointed Chairman of the General Purposes Committee.

Finance Committee. Resolved—That Councillor McNeil be appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Civil Defence Committee. Resolved—That Councillor McNeil be appointed Chairman of the Civil Defence 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. Resolved—That Subcommittees consist of not more than five members, including the Chairman of the Council (ex-officio member of all Sub-Committees) and of the respective Committee.

11.. Appointment of Sub-Committees. Resolved—That the following be appointed members of the under-mentioned Sub-Committees in addition to the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the respective parent Committee:—

Buildings and Highways Members: Councillors Milburn, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

Health Members: Councillors Banks, Hacking and Ramsbottom.

Finance Members: Chairman of Health and Councillors Hoyle and Lightbown.

Sewage Members: Chairman of Health and Councillors O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

Parks Members: Councillors O'Rourke, Lightbown and Milburn.

Allotments—Members: Councillors Banks, Hacking and Ramsbottom.

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

Council for the Preservation of Rural England: Councillor Kirkham.

Water Board: Councillors Lightbown and Sutcliffe

Food Control Committee: Councillor McNeil.

Employment Committee: Councillor Milburn

Divisional Health: Councillor Kirkham.

Divisional Planning: Councillor Sutcliffe.

Divisional Education: Councillors Kirkham and McNeil.

High Street School Managers: Councillor Lightbown.

C. of E. School Managers: Councillor Ramsbottom.

St. Charles' School Managers: Councillor Sanderson.

Library: Councillors Bridge, Hacking and Lightbown.

13. Ex-Councillor Sturzaker. The Chairman and several members spoke in praise of the services rendered to the township by Mr. W. Sturzaker during his 14 years as Councillor, and the Clerk was instructed to forward a letter of thanks from the Council to Mr. Sturzaker.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 31st May, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 24th May, 1951.

Present — Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

14. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

15. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

16. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of April, 1951. Resolved—That this be approved.

17. Housing Act, 1936, Section 9—Insanitary Houses. After hearing report of the Sanitary Inspector, it was Resolved— That, whereas this Council are satisfied that the dwelling-houses set forth in the first column of the Schedule hereto are occupied or of a type suitable for occupation by persons of the working classes, and are unfit for human habitation in certain respects, and whereas this Council are not satisfied that such dwelling-houses are incapable, at reasonable expense, of being rendered so fit, now therefore it is ordered that a notice be served upon the persons having control of such houses whose name and address is set forth opposite thereto in the second column of the said Schedule, requiring him or her within the time set forth therein, to execute the works specified and set forth in the third column of the said Schedule, in respect of such houses, which works will, in the opinion of this Council, render the houses fit for human habitation.

First Column

Second Column

Third Column

The dwelling houses referred to

Name and address of person having control of the house shown opposite and in col. 1.

Work required to make the house shown opposite and in col. 1 fit for human habitation

Between 3 and 5 Hicks Terrace.

Mr. A. Gregory. Oakland's, Private Hotel, 102 Preston New Rd., Blackburn

Miss G. Sutcliffe. 21. Harwood Rd., Rishton

Effectively repair and make good:- Defective yard wall.

 

14 Burton Street

Mrs. E. A. Heap, 21. Harwood Rd., Rishton

Defective rain water pipe at rear, pointing round window, yard door and wall, roof and eaves-gutters causing dampness in back bedroom.

39 Edward Street

Mrs. A. Westwell, 171, New Lane, Oswaldtwistle

Defective roof, pointing of rear wall and waste pipe from sink.

18. Appointment of Sanitary Inspector. The Clerk reported that Mr. Rummens, of Liverpool, who had been offered the appointment, had declined due to housing accommodation not being available in the district. Resolved—That the appointment be re-advertised, without housing accommodation being available.

19 Rodent Control—Representative. It was Resolved— That Councillor Kirkham and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed as representatives on the Workable Area Committee.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 24th May, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

20. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

21. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

A—Highways Section.

(1) District and County Roads : Normal work has proceeded on the District and County Roads, and a commencement has been made with the lowering of the footpath in front of 14-26, Harwood Road.

(2) Town's Yard : It was Resolved—That the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet to consider matters in relation to both the new and the old Town's Yards, and report to the next meeting.

(3) Dangerous Wall—29, High Street: This wall has now been rebuilt, and an account will be rendered to the owner for the cost incurred by this Council.

B—Sewerage Section.

(1) Sewage Works: Six new filter machines and four floating arm draw-off valves have been fixed, and the new outfall pipe from the humus tanks has been completed. A quantity of scrap iron from the old machines is available for disposal, together with other scrap iron from various sources, and it was Resolved—That the whole of the scrap be offered for sale by inviting tenders from selected merchants.

C—Street Lighting.

(1) Gas Lamps: The lanterns have been removed and the spigots cleaned off and painted which were found to be in not bad condition, and the manufacturers have been instructed to proceed with the making of the brackets and switch-boxes for the new electricity lighting. The Gas Board and the Electricity Board have been instructed to deal with the old and new services. Resolved—That the action of the Surveyor be confirmed, and that the old lanterns and time clocks be offered for sale to the Great Harwood U.D.C. It was further Resolved That the Great Harwood U.D.C. be asked if they will undertake the maintenance of the gas lamps which will remain on Lee Lane and Tottleworth on a time and material basis. Similarly, the Clayton-le-Moors U.D.C. be asked to carry out the maintenance of the four lamps in Hermitage Street.

(2) Electric Lighting: Consideration was given to the amount included in the estimates for the maintenance of electric street lighting, and also a provisional estimate which had been received from the North-Western Electricity Board, and it was Resolved—That the North-Western Electricity Board be asked to carry out full maintenance of the electric lighting for the forthcoming lighting season on a time and material basis.

D —Gardening Section.

(1) Cutt Wood Park: An offer has been received from Mr. Crosland, of Rishton, to remove the trees in the lower half of the Park, for which he was prepared to pay the sum of £25. The Surveyor had contacted the Chairmen of the Buildings and Highways and Finance Committees, who had authorised him to accept the offer. It was Resolved—That the action of the Chairmen and the Surveyor be confirmed.

(2) The Turrets: The Surveyor reported on his communications with the County Architect regarding the lowering of the wall in front of The Turrets and the Education Offices. It was Resolved—That on the County Council making a formal offer on terms now indicated the Surveyor be authorised to proceed with the work.

(3) Bowling Green: As the condition of the green and the weather were satisfactory, the green was opened for play on Saturday, the 12th May, 1951.

(4) Bulbs: The Surveyor was authorised to purchase bulbs to the value of £5 in readiness for planting next spring.

(5) Sands Estate — Gardens : The lawns of the Wates houses and the quadrangles have been seeded.

E—(1) Plans and Notices: The following applications were considered:—

1003/6/8/A.5. Neon Sign at Roebuck Hotel for Messrs. Matthew Brown and Co., Ltd.

1004/6/8/85. Proposal office extension — Redcap Works, for Messrs. Ribble Paints and Varnishes, Ltd.

Resolved (1)—That application number 1004 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2)—That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/85.

(3)—That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the Development shown by application numbered6/8/A.5.

23. Pedestrian Crossing—Harwood Road. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Transport confirming the Variation Order to delete the crossing at the junction of Harwood Road and High Street.

24. Permanent Housing—Building Licences. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Planning asking for details of the applicants for building licences and of the worse cases of applicants for Council houses. The information had been obtained and forwarded to the Ministry for their consideration.

25. National Housing and Town Planning Conference. An invitation was submitted from the National Council inviting representatives to be appointed to attend a conference at Southport on the 20th July. Resolved—That the Chairman of this Committee, the Clerk and the Surveyor be appointed to attend.

26. Sands Estate—Dry Rot. A letter was submitted from a tenant of one of the houses affected by dry rot asking for compensation for damage to his lino. The Clerk reported that he had placed the matter in the hands of the Insurance Company

27. Resignation of Surveyor. The Clerk reported that he had received the formal resignation of the Surveyor, to take effect on 31st July. Following upon this, the vacancy had been advertised in accordance with the previous instructions of the Council. Resolved—That the resignation be accepted, and that the Clerk's action be confirmed.

28. Appointment of Sanitary Inspector. Consideration was given to the question of allocating a Council house to the new Sanitary Inspector, due to difficulty in obtaining accommodation. It was Resolved—That no action be taken in this matter.

29. Pavior—Wages The Surveyor submitted an application from Mr. R. Balderstone for the payment to him of the rate paid to Mr. Duckworth when he is engaged on paving or similar work. Resolved—That a similar rate be paid to Mr. Balderstone.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 24th May, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

30. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

31. Lancashire U.D.C. Association — Executive Committee. Consideration was given to the question of nomination to this Committee, and it was Resolved—That, subject to there being no other nominees from adjacent local authorities, this Council nominate themselves to the Committee.

32. Air Raid Warning Sirens. The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Council asking for any observations on the siting of sirens in this district. Councillor McNeil offered to obtain information on the subject for submission to the Clerk.

33. N.W. Gas Board—Revision of Tariffs. The Clerk reported formal notice from the Board of a revision in the tariffs for gas supplied for domestic purposes and street lighting.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 24th May, 1951.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking. Hoyle. Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe,

34. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

35. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

37. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted

38. N.W. Provincial Council—Revised Salary Scales. Copies of the new scales with a comparison with the old having been circulated, consideration was given thereto, and it was Resolved - That the recommendations of the National Joint Council be implemented with effect from the 1st April last. The Clerk was requested to submit details to the next meeting of the effect of the annual increments of the staff.

39. Appointment of Junior—Finance Department. The Clerk reported that no applications had been received in response to the advertisement, and consideration was given to the question of this appointment. It was Resolved—That the Clerk write to the Headmasters of the various Senior Schools regarding the vacancy, and that this matter, together with the Clerk's salary, be considered at the next meeting of this Committee.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At the ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 31st day of May. 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

40. 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 19th April, 1951.

Special Council Meeting held on the 26th April, 1951.

Annual Meeting held on the 24th May, 1951.

41. Committee Minutes 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 24th May, 1951

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 24th May. 1951.

General Purposes Committee held 24th May, 1951.

Finance Committee, held 24th May. 1951.

42. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursements Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursements Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :-

Cheque Nos. From To 9251to 9301.

Amount to be Transferred £4,295 5s. 1d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

43. Royal Lancashire Show. The Chairman reported on the receipt of an invitation to attend a meeting of Authorities to consider making an appeal for funds for the Royal Lancashire Show, which will be held in Blackburn from the 1st—4th August, 1951. It was Resolved—That the Chairman be supported in his local appeal for funds.

44. Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

45. 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, the 31st May, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, bridge. Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

46. Appointment of Surveyor, List of Applicants. A list of 22 applicants having been circulated, it was Resolved—That the Finance Sub-Committee investigate the applications and select a minimum number of four for interview at a Special Meeting of the Council to be held on Tuesday, the 12th June, at 7-15 p.m.

47 Telephone—Tottleworth. The question was raised of the necessity for a telephone to be installed in the Tottleworth area particularly in cases of emergency, and it was Resolved That a communication be forwarded to the Post Office telephone Manager putting forward a strong case for early consideration.

48. Bowling Green—Concession to Pensioners. Consideration was given to the question of allowing pensioners to play at reduced charges, and it was Resolved—That on the production of a pension book a permit be issued entitling the holder to play at the rate of 1d. per hour up to 5 p.m. on Mondays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, except when a national or local holiday falls on any of these days, or when the Council by resolution suspend the concession.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

At a SPECIAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Rishton, on Tuesday, the 12th day of June, 1951.

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

The notice convening the meeting was read.

49. Appointment of Engineer and Surveyor. The Council interviewed four applicants for the above appointment, and it was Resolved—That Mr. R. Peck, of Kingston upon Hull, be appointed Engineer and Surveyor to the Council at commencing salary of £600 per annum with three annual increments of £50 each, becoming payable from 1st April, 1952, 1953 and 1954 respectively, plus an allowance of £33 per annum in respect of an articled pupil and a car allowance of £50 per annum. The appointment to be subject to the approval of the Ministry of Transport and other conditions specified in the advertisement, and to the passing of a medical examination.

50. Civic Sunday. The Chairman announced that it was his intention to attend Divine Service at St. Charles' Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, 24th June, and extended an invitation to all Councillors and Officials.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to beheld on Thursday, 21st June, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th June, 1951.

Present — Councillors Kirkham(Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

51.The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

52. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

53. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of May, 1951, Resolved—That this be approved.

54. Sanitary Inspectors' Conference. The Chairman reported that it was doubtful whether he would be able to attend as this Council's representatives at the Conference in September, and it was Resolved—That Councillor Banks be appointed to attend, if Councillor Kirkham finds it is impossible so to do.

55. Sanitary Inspector—Part-time Duties. The Clerk reported that on Mr. Woodcock terminating his services with the Council there was the possibility of clerical work falling into arrear in that Department, and it was Resolved—That Mr. Woodcock be asked to attend at the Office in a part-time capacity as and when the clerical requirements made this necessary and that he be paid an hourly rate for this work.

56. Sanitary Inspector—Termination of Mr. Woodcock's Services. As this was the last meeting at which Mr. Woodcock would attend as Sanitary Inspector, the Chairman and several members spoke of the services which Mr. Woodcock had rendered over a period of 20 years and thanked him for these services, wishing him good health in his retirement.

57. Horse Refuse Tip. A report was made regarding unauthorised tipping by trades people, and also regarding recent tires on the tip through various causes. It was Resolved -That a notice be posted on the tip warning trespassers that action will be taken in these cases.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th June, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

58. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

59. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a). Highways Section.

1. District Roads: The footpath on the South Side of Shuttleworth Street is subsiding slightly. The Surveyor was instructed to give attention to this footpath.

2. County Roads: The lowering of the footpath in front of Nos. 14—26, Harwood Road, has been completed. it was decided to leave in abeyance the re-siting of the pedestrian crossing near the Methodist School in High Street.

(b). Housing Section.

1. Sands Retaining Walls: This work is proceeding, but certain adjustments are necessary to the entrance paths to Sands Close. The Surveyor was authorised to return the front wall of the Close and re-adjust the steps and pathways at a cost not exceeding £15.

(c). Gardening Section.

1. Turrets Land: The lowering of the front wall is in progress.

2. Harwood Road Recreation Ground: The Allotments Sub-Committee were authorised to meet the allotment tenants with a view to transferring the tenants from the second length of allotments on to the first length near the Clarke's allotments.

3. Holt Street Recreation Ground: The field has been levelled, harrowed and seeded and the cricket wicket has been commenced.

4. Bowling Green: Five pairs of bowls, with jacks, have been ordered and the bowls rack extended to accommodate them.

(d) Plans and Notices. The following application was considered:

6/8/86/1005. Plan of proposed alterations to the "Hermitage," Hermitage Street, to provide a garage for Mr. R. Martin.

Resolved—(1) That Application numbered 1005 be approved under the Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/86 subject to the conditions stated thereon. Councillors Banks and Milburn voted against.

61. New Town's Yard. A Meeting of the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee was arranged for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the 26th June, to consider matters in connection with the new and old Town's Yards.

62. Commercial Street—Condition of. A report was submitted concerning the condition of the surface of Commercial Street, but pending a comprehensive scheme for dealing with all private streets, no action was taken in the matter.

63. Eachill Road Houses—Baths. The Sanitary Inspector drew attention to the condition of the internal surface of all the baths in these houses. The officials were authorised to obtain prices for the re-enamelling of the baths and to submit the matter for further consideration.

64.Building Licences. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Planning in which it was stated that no allocation of building licences can be granted, unless the Council decide to build further Council houses.

65. Council Tenancies—Rebate of Rent. The Clerk reported that at the end of March last a rebate was granted to the tenants equal to the rates for one week, varying in amount from 3s. 7d. to 6s. 5d., according to the type of house, and amounting in total to £23 17s. 10d. It was Resolved—That this action be approved and confirmed.

66. War Memorial Site. A complaint was made concerning the tipping of road sweepings and the general condition of the land behind the War Memorial. It was Resolved—That the officials be requested to give the matter their urgent attention

67. Street Lighting Maintenance. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the North-Western Electricity Board agreeing to attend to the maintenance of the street lighting for a period of twelve months and stating that an Agreement was to be forwarded in due course, for signature by the Council.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th June, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

68. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

69. Divisional Education Executive. The Clerk reported that he had received a copy of the Minutes of recent meetings of the Divisional Education Executive and that these were available for inspection by councillors on request.

70. Road Safety Organisation. A meeting of local authorities was called for Tuesday last, but representatives of this Council had not been able to attend owing to there being a Special Meeting of the Council on the same evening. It was Resolved —That no action be taken pending the receipt of the Minutes of the Conference of Joint Authorities.

71. Telephone—Tottleworth. A letter was submitted from the Telephone Manager stating that the provision of a telephone to a resident in Tottleworth was being proceeded with and that enquiries were being made regarding the provision of a public telephone.

72. Darwen and Mercer Charities. A letter was submitted from the Charity Commissioners regarding a new charity which was being formed from the fund of the now defunct District Nursing Association. It was Resolved—That the Clerk notify the Charity Commissioners that the Council agree to appoint a suitable number of Trustees in combination with the original Charities. The matter was left with the Clerk to arrange details.

73. Lancashire County Council — General Powers Bill. The Clerk reported the receipt of a communication from the Lancashire Urban District Council's Association intimating that three Clauses of the Bill had been deleted, one of which dealt with the proposed scheme for grants towards the cost of street lighting.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th June, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (in the Chair), Hunks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

74. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

75. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

78. Notice of Audit. The Clerk reported that he had received notice from the auditor that he proposed to commence the audit on Monday, the 2nd July.

79. Appointment of Sanitary Inspector. The Clerk reported that he had issued an advertisement inviting applications to be submitted by the 20th June.

80. 3 per cent. Defence Bonds. Notice has been received that repayment will be made in March, 1952, or conversion may be applied for into a new 3 per cent. Conversion Issue. The amount held by this Council of this issue of bonds is £500. It was Resolved—That the bonds be converted into the new issue.

81. Decoration of Offices. The Clerk's action in having the offices redecorated was confirmed and authority was given for the payment of 3s. per hour to the man engaged on this work.

82. Appointment of Junior Finance Clerk. The Clerk reported that he had written to the headmasters of the senior schools in the district, who had agreed to draw attention in their schools to this vacancy.

83. Festival of Britain. It was Resolved—That support be given to local celebrations in connection with the Festival of Britain, and that expenses not exceeding £100 be incurred in this connection.

84. Salaries. The Finance Sub-Committee were requested to consider matters in connection with salaries of Chief Officers

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

At the 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 June. 1951.

Present — Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

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

85. Presentation to Mr. Woodcock. The Chairman, on behalf of the Councillors and himself, presented Mr. Woodcock with an Electric Kettle on the occasion of his retirement from the office of Sanitary Inspector, and expressed the best wishes of the Council for a happy and long retirement. Mr. Woodcock responded suitably.

86. Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved—That the of the following meeting of the Council be, and the are hereby confirmed. viz :—

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 31st May, 1951.

87 Committee Minutes 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 June, 1951.

Buildings and Highways Committee held on the 14th June, 1951.

General Purposes Committee held on the 14th June, 1951.

Finance Committee, held on the 14th June, 1951.

88.Accounts for Payment, Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :—

Cheques Nos. From To 9302 – 9353

Amount to be Transferred £3,619 1s. 6d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

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

90. 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, the 21st June, 1951, minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

91. Appointment of Surveyor. The Clerk submitted a letter from Mr. Peck accepting the appointment of Surveyor on the terms of the advertisement, and subject to the Ministry of Transport agreeing to make a grant towards the salary. Mr. Peck enquired as to the use of a portion of the Fire Station for a garage for his car, and it was Resolved—That this be allowed on payment of a weekly rent of 5/-, the Council not to be responsible for any loss or damage to the car.

92. Horse-drawn Mowing Machine. It was decided not to part with this machine for the time being pending further consideration after a report from the Surveyor.

93. Appointment of Sanitary Inspector. Five applications for this appointment were considered, and it was Resolved—That numbers 1,2, 3 and 4 be invited to attend for interview by a special Meeting of the Council to be held on the 5th July. Pending a successor taking up his duties, Mr. Woodcock was asked to keep the clerical work up to date, and that he be paid an hourly rate therefor on the basis of his previous salary

94. Meetings in August. It was Resolved—That the Committee Meetings be held on the 16th August and the Council Meeting on the 30th August.

95. Bowling Green—Sunday Play. A petition was submitted from members of the public who use the Bowling Green asking for this to be opened for play on Sundays. It was Resolved that the bowling green be opened on Sundays from 12-30 p.m. to 5-30 p.m. until further notice, and that the attendant be paid an extra £1 for these additional duties. Councillor Bridge voted against the principle of Sunday play.

96 Broken Windows—Norfolk Street. The Clerk submitted a letter from the residents in Norfolk Street complaining of damage to their property by games being played by youths at the bottom of the Recreation Ground. The Surveyor was instructed to make progress with the laying of a concrete pitch and the mowing of all the grass where the grass is long, and that a portion of the ground be rolled and made suitable for cricket in positions away from the property. The Parks Sub-Committee were asked to meet regarding an age limit being placed upon children being allowed to play on the Recreation Ground and with regard to the prohibition of the playing of games on Sundays.

97. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman of the Finance Committee reported on a meeting which had considered the salary of the Clerk, and reported that they recommended that an increase of £30 per annum be granted, such increase commence on the 1st July, and that the matter be reviewed in March next. Resolved—That the report be approved and adopted.

98. Proposed Joint Sewage Scheme. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Burnley asking permission for their Analyst to take samples of the effluent entering the works over a period of six months. Resolved—That the Clerk reply stating that it appears to this Council that no useful purpose would be served by this proposal.

99 Road Safety Organisation. The Clerk submitted notice of a meeting of Local Authorities and a copy of the minutes of a previous meeting regarding the proposal to set up a Joint Organisation for Road Safety. Resolved—That Councillor Bridge and O'Rourke attend the meeting to be held on the 4th July, and report back.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

At a SPECIAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 5th day of July, 1951.

Present - Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

The notice convening the meeting was read.

100. Appointment of Sanitary Inspector, The Clerk reported that one of the selected applicants had withdrawn his application, and that three only had attended for interview. The Council proceeded to interview the three candidates, and it was Resolved—That Mr. S. Pilkington, of Blackburn, be appointed Sanitary Inspector to this Authority, at a commencing salary of £500 per annum, with annual increments onthe1st April in each year of £15 until a maximum salary of £575 is reached. It was arranged that Mr. Pilkington should take up his duties with this Council on the 24th August.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 26th July, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th July, 1951.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

101. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

102. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

103. Medical Officer of Health's Quarterly Report. Dr. Webster attended and replied to questions affecting his Department. It was Resolved—That a letter be forwarded to the Lancashire U. D. C. 's Association requesting them to urge upon the County Council the necessity for provision of Dental Clinics in the district.

104. Salvage Bonus. The Clerk submitted details of the bonuses distributed to the house refuse collection employees during the past 12 months, and reported on his discussion of the matter with the District Auditor with the suggestion that the method of calculation of bonuses should be reviewed. It was Resolved—That the bonuses continue to be distributed on the present system, and that the matter be reviewed from time to time.

105. House Refuse Tip—Disposal of Soot. The Clerk submitted a letter from a local firm who, in the past, deposited soot on the tip. It was decided that the new Sanitary Inspector investigate the matter and report.

106. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending June, 1951. Resolved—That this be approved.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th July, 1951.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

107. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

108. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Housing Section:

1. Sands Retaining Wall: All the brickwork will be completed by the meeting, and all that will remain will be the fixing of the steps and small railings.

(b) Gardening Section:

1. The Turrets: The lowering of the front wall has been completed.

2. Harwood Road Recreation Ground. It was Resolved That the one-horse mower be sold for at least £10 to a local farmer, and that a motor mower for coarse grass be purchased at an approximate cost of £175.

3. Holt Street Recreation Ground: The concrete cricket wicket has been completed, and the football field rolled and sown. The Surveyor was instructed to level off the mounds of earth, etc., left on the field.

4. Sands Estate: The newly-sown lawns are making satisfactory progress, and the shrubberies have been turned over. It was Resolved—That Council tenants who do not cultivate their rear gardens be written to drawing their attention to the terms of the tenancy agreement. The Surveyor was authorised to erect such rear garden fences as will prevent footpaths being formed across the shrubberies.

(c) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered: —

1006. Proposed Bathroom and W. C., 36, High Street, Rishton, for Mr. G. Henry.

1007. Overhead Line from Rishton Colliery to Rishton Golf Club for N. W. E. B.

1008. Overhead Line from Whitebirk Farm South to Higher Whitebirk for N. W. E B.

Resolved—(1) That Application No. 1006 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That no objection be raised to Application No. 1007.

(3) That the Divisional Planning Committee be informed in respect of Application No. 1008 that this Council suggests that to preserve the amenities of the locality, and because Blackburn Road is a Class A Road, the N. W. E. B. be requested to lay underground cable in lieu of overhead lines.

(d) Street Lighting Section.

The gas services to the columns are being cut off and the laying of electrical services is due to commence. The manufacture of the brackets and lanterns is proceeding.

110. Old and New Town's Yard—Report of Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee, who met on the 26th June, reported as follows: An inspection was made of the derelict building adjoining the Colliery, and it was suggested that an interview be arranged with the Dunkenhalgh Estate and the National Coal Board with a view to the demolition of the building. An Inspection was made of the old Town's Yard, and it was recommended that a chain-link fence on concrete posts be erected to enclose the portion of the Yard to be retained for Council use; to erect a brick wall fronting Brook Street between the Electricity Office and the Council Offices, and to build a dwarf stone wall round the portion of the Yard to be given up, the materials, etc., to be removed from the Yard in stages.

The Turrets out-buildings were inspected, and it is recommended that the necessary repairs to the outside of the building be put in hand, the woodwork to be painted and a trellis work on the front of the building be erected, together with the planting of suitable creepers and climbing roses.

It was Resolved—That the above Report of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

111. Ministry of Local Government and Planning—Circular No. 48. The Clerk reported that this Circular extended the present rate of Exchequer and Local Authority contributions to the 30th June, 1952.

112. Ministry of Transport—Circular No. 667. The Clerk reported that this Circular requested Local Authorities to limit expenditure on Unclassified Roads to 90 per cent, of the average expenditure on these roads for the years 1946-49 A letter was also submitted from the Secretaries of the various Local Authority Associations suggesting that no action be taken on the before-mentioned circular pending further discussions between the Associations and the Ministry of Transport. Resolved—That the circular lie on the table for the time being.

113. Street Lighting—Letter from Great Harwood U. D.C. The Clerk reported that the Great Harwood U. D. C, were prepared to maintain the gas street lamps on Lee Lane and Tottleworth on a labour and materials basis plus 20 per cent. establishment charge. Resolved—That a letter of thanks be forwarded to the Great Harwood U. D. C, for their offer. It was also reported that the Great Harwood U. D. C, had purchased all the old gas street lighting lanterns and time-clocks at an agreed cost of £300. Resolved—That the sale of this equipment. at the figure mentioned, be confirmed.

114. Requisitioned House—61, Harwood Road. The Clerk reported that the licensee had given notice to terminate his tenancy on the 14th July. It was Resolved—That the Notice of Derequisition be served upon the owner to take effect on the same day, subject to the Ministry of Local Government and Planning approving thereof.

115. Bowling Green—Sunday Play. A letter was submitted from the players appreciating the action of the Council in opening the green for play on Sundays.

116.Town Planning—Written Statement and Maps. A letter was submitted from the Clerk of the County Council asking whether this Council have any further observations to make on the outline map proposals, and, if so, to submit these not later than 31st July. The Clerk reported that the Surveyor and he had inspected the maps, and that they conformed to the representations made to the Divisional Planning Officer, and that they were in accordance with this Council's wishes. It was Resolved—That the matter receive further consideration by the Council-in-Committee.

117. Ministry of Transport—Circular No. 668. Pedestrian Crossings. The Clerk reported on the contents of this circular, which requested Local Authorities to reduce the number of pedestrian crossings to one-third of the present number, and that such remaining crossings should be marked with black and white lines. The Council's proposals in the matter were to be submitted to the Divisional Road Engineer by not later than 31st October. It was Resolved—That the matter receive further consideration at a subsequent meeting.

118. Allotments—Norden. An application was submitted from Mr. Jackson for permission to take over the allotment at present held by Mr. Edmondson. Resolved—That the application be granted.

119 Street Lamp—Damage. The Clerk submitted a report from the police concerning damage to a street lamp in Hermitage Street through contact by a Ribble bus, and alleged to be caused by the steep camber of the road at this point. It was Resolved—That the accident be noted and that an account for repairs be not rendered to the Bus Company in view of the condition of the road surface.

120. War Memorial—Condition of Surrounding Land. Attention was drawn to the tipping of road sweepings behind the War Memorial and to the condition of the grass surrounding the public seats. The Surveyor was instructed to have the site cleared up, and that tarmac be laid on the footpaths, subject to the liability for these paths being with the Council and not with the Estate.

121. Wall near Roebuck Hotel. Attention was drawn to a low wall overlooking private land belonging to the Brewery Company, and to the danger arising there from to children playing in the neighbourhood. The Clerk was requested to enquire into the matter and to communicate with the owners.

122. Termination of Surveyor's Services. The Chairman called the attention of the Committee to this last meeting at which Mr. Blackburn would attend, and expressed to Mr. Blackburn the Council's thanks for the services which he had rendered while in their employ, and expressed best wishes for his future success. Several councillors associated themselves with these expressions.

123.Building Licences. Resolved—That the application of Mr. G. Henry of 36, High Street, for work as detailed costing £175 be granted.

124. Municipal Engineers' Conference. The Chairman and the Surveyor gave a resume of the proceedings of the Conference, and were thanked therefor.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th July, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

125. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

126. U. D. C.'s Association Conference—Report. A report the proceedings of the Conference having been circulated, the Chairman enlarged thereon, and both he and the Clerk were thanked for their report.

127. Road Safety Organisation, Councillors O'Rourke and Ramsbottom reported on the proceedings of a meeting local authorities held at Accrington, when it was discussed as to the formation of a Joint Road Safety Organisation comprising the several Local Authority areas surrounding Accrington. Details of the proposed organisation having been reported, it was Resolved—That the Hon. Secretary of the Accrington Organisation be informed that this Council agree to join the proposed Joint Organisation, and that Councillor O'Rourke and Ramsbottom be appointed representative thereon.

128. Bus Services—Increased Fares. The Clerk reported the receipt of a communication from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., intimating that the revised fares, as approved by the Licensing Authority, came into operation on the 1st July.

129. Charities. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Charity Commissioners relative to the Darwen, Mercer and Bracewell Charities, and also with regard to a proposed new Charity in consequence of the winding up of the local District Nursing Association. The Commissioners suggested that the four Charities be administered jointly by seven Trustees to be appointed by the Council, and that a scheme be prepared respect of this Joint Charity. It was Resolved—That Councillors Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle and Lightbown be nominated as district representatives of the Council on the body of Trustees and that the late District Nursing Association be asked to nominate three further Trustees, and that on receipt of these three names the Clerk take the necessary steps with the Charity Commissioners to set up the new Joint Charity.

130. July Council Meeting. It was Resolved—That the meeting, originally arranged for 19th July, be called for the 26th July, in view of the local holidays.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th July, 1951.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

131. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

132. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

133. Junior Clerk. Letters from two boys desirous of applying for this vacancy were reported, and it was Resolved -That Councillors McNeil and Hoyle interview the applicants and make the appointment.

134. Appointment of Surveyor. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Transport had approved the appointment of Mr. Peck as Engineer and Surveyor, and that they would accept, for grant purposes, a salary as Road Surveyor of £343 per annum, and £29 per annum on each of the three annual increments of £50. The Ministry further accepted, for grant purposes, the proportion, based on salary, of the car allowance. It was Resolved—That the conditions referred to in the letter of the 28th June received from the Ministry of Transport be accepted.

135. Workmen's Wages. The Clerk reported the receipt of a communication from the Whitley Council intimating that an application had been received from the respective Unions for an increase in the hourly rate of pay, but an alternative amount had been suggested to the Unions, which was not acceptable to them, and that in consequence the matter would be submitted to arbitration.

136. District Audit. The Chairman reported that the District Auditor had asked him to attend on the day following this meeting concerning certain aspects of the audit, and that, at the next meeting of this Committee, a full report would be given thereof.

137. Whitley Council—Circulars Nos. 136 and 137. The Clerk submitted details of these circulars, and it was Resolved—That the recommendations therein be implemented.

138. Agenda. In view of the lateness of the hour, it was Resolved—That the remaining items on the agenda be deferred to the next meeting of this Committee.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At the ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 26th July, 1951.

Present—Councillors Bridge (in the chair), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

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

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 21st June, 1951.

Special Meeting, held on the 5th July, 1951.

140. Committee Minutes 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 July, 1951.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 12th July, 1951.

General Purposes Committee, held on the 12th July, 1951.

Finance Committee, held on the 12th July, 1951.

141. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos. From To 9354 9409

Amount to be transferred £6, 201 4s. 9d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

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

143. 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, the 26th July, 1951. The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present - Councillors Bridge (in the chair), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke and Ramsbottom.

144.TownPlanning—Written Statement and Maps. The matter received further consideration by the Council, and it was decided that no further representations be made thereon.

145. Appointment of Junior Clerk. The Chairman of Finance reported that two applicants had been interviewed, and that Mr. P. Monk, of Blackburn, had been appointed Junior Finance Clerk at a commencing salary in accordance with the General Division Scale of Salaries. It was arranged that Mr. Monk should take up his duties with this Council on the 7th August 1951. It was Resolved—That the report be approved and adopted.

146. Festival of Britain—Services of Council Workmen. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Hon. Secretary of the Festival of Britain, Rishton Effort, asking permission for the Council workmen being utilised for necessary help for the Pageant and Field Day. It was Resolved—That permission be granted.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 30th August, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 16th August, 1951.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

147. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

148. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

149. Salvage Bonus. The Clerk again submitted this subject for discussion, and circulated a statement covering a period from April, 1950, to July, 1951, showing the amounts of salvage collected, the prices obtained and the amounts of bonus paid to the employees. A letter was also submitted from the Employers' Secretary of the Whitley Council stating that the subject was in the minds of the National Joint Council with a view to formulating a scheme for adoption nationally, Resolved—That no alteration be made in the method of calculation of bonus pending a scheme being prepared by the National Joint Council. 

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 16th August, 1951.

Present: Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

150. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

151. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

152. New Surveyor, Mr. R. Peck. The Chairman extended a welcome to Mr. Peck, who was attending his first meeting as Surveyor.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. District Roads. Patching on the top roads and flagging repairs have been carried out during the month.

2. County Roads. Tar-spraying was commenced on A678 and A6064.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Turrets The wall is nearing completion.

2 Holt Street Recreation Ground. This has been mowed.

(c) Sewage Works.

New floating outlets have been fitted.

(d) Street Lighting.

1. Gas Conversion. About 75 per cent of the gas services have been disconnected and 50 fuse boxes have been received from the manufacturer and fitted.

2. Lighting Season. The action of the Clerk and the Surveyor in putting on the electric lighting was confirmed. It was decided to give consideration at the Estimates meeting to extended lighting season.

(e) Workmen's Holidays.

An application was submitted from the men, who claimed an additional one day's holiday to which they stated they were entitled. Consideration was deferred to Council in Committee.

154. Planting of Trees. The Clerk reported that a request had been received from the Festival of Britain Celebrations Committee for sites to be chosen by the Council for trees to be provided by that Committee. it was Resolved—That it be suggested to the Committee that consideration would be given nearer the time suitable for planting.

155. Rishton Football Club. A letter was submitted asking for the ground to be rolled and cut. Resolved—That the Club be requested to submit an application for permission to use the ground.

156. Council House—Lodger. An application was submitted for permission for one of the tenants to take a parent as lodger. Resolved— That permission be granted.

157. Control of Advertisements-—Circular No. 52/51. The Clerk reported on the contents of this circular, and it was decided to consider individual cases brought forward from time to time.

158. Pedestrian Crossings—Circular No. 688. Further consideration was given hereto, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk and the Surveyor draw the attention of the Divisional Road Engineer to this Council's desire to retain all existing crossings.

159. Cut Wood and Memorial Site—Deed of Gift. The Clerk reported on an interview with Captain Petre and his Agent regarding the terms on which the gift was made and which would be incorporated in the Deed, a draft of which would be submitted subsequently.

160. Colliery Land. At the interview referred to in Minute No. 159, discussion had ensued on the desire of the Council to demolish the derelict building adjoining the Colliery Shaft. Captain Petre agreed to this course subject to the necessary precaution being taken in agreement with the National Coal Board, to safeguard the shaft, and the payment of an annual rent of £12 in respect of the site of the building and the land to the west thereof. A Draft Lease would be submitted in due course, for approval.

161. Surveyor's Expenses. Mr. Peck submitted details of the expenses which he had incurred in meeting the wishes of the Council by reporting for duty prior to his predecessor's departure, and the necessity for him to obtain hotel accommodation pending obtaining possession of the Council house which Mr. Blackburn left on 4th August. Resolved—That Mr. Peck's expenses be met in an amount of £19 14s. 0d., and further that his removal expenses amounting to £18 10s. 0d. be paid.

162. Overhead Electricity Line— Whitebirk Farm. The Surveyor reported that further to Minute No. 109 (c) (3) the Divisional Planning Officer and the County Surveyor did not appear to be in a position to assist the Council in their objection to this overhead line. The Surveyor was instructed to pursue the matter with the Electricity Board.

163. Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered: —

Plan No. 1009. Proposed new frontage to 16, Hermitage Street, for Mr. J. W. Greenwood.

Plan No. 1010. Storage building, Britannia Mill, for Messrs. Britannia Mill Ltd.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1009 and 1010 be approved under Building Bye-laws

164. Bowling Green—Gates. The Surveyor submitted prices for the supply of double gates. Resolved—That the matter be left in abeyance pending the erection of conveniences.

165. Harwood Road Recreation Ground—Fair. It was Resolved— That the Clerk's action in making a charge of £3 for the use of the ground be confirmed.

166. Building Licence—Fixation of Rent. An application was submitted from the owner of a house erected under license, on the Esplanade. Resolved— That the maximum rent fixed at £2 per week exclusive of rates, this rent to be for an unfurnished house.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 16th August, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

167. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

168. Lancashire Industrial Development Association. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Director regarding membership of the Association, and it was Resolved— That application be made for membership of the Association and that the annual subscription, at present fixed at a maximum of one-twentieth of one penny rate, be paid in due course.

169. Road Safety—Joint Organisation. In consequence of letter received from the Hon. Secretary of the Accrington and District organisation, it was Resolved—That Councillors Sanderson and Bridge be added to this Council's representation.

FINANCECOMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 16th August, 1951.

Present - Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Rams­bottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

170. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

171. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

172. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved for June and July.

173. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement. Submitted approval for June and July.

174. 10in. Gas Main—Blackburn to Accrington, The Clerk reported on the negotiations which had taken place up to date without any success, and after outlying further suggestions it was Resolved - That the Clerk be authorised to take any steps he considers advisable to bring about a satisfactory settlement of the claim of the Treasury Valuer.

175. Electricity Offices and Sub-Station. The Clerk reported that he had been in communication with the Electricity Board in an attempt to obtain an increased rental, but that the Board had refused to agree thereto.

176. Bank Accounts—Overdraft Interest. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Manager of the Midland Bank Ltd. stating that in consequence of the present economic situation it was necessary to increase the rate of interest on overdrafts which may be created in the future from 2 1/2 per cent to 3 per-cent. Resolved—That the letter be noted.

177. Fidelity Insurance. In consequence of a suggestion from the District Auditor, the Clerk reported that he had obtained quotation from the Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd. for an alternative form of Fidelity Insurance Policy, the annual premium of which would be increased from £4 13s. 0d. to £7 9s. 0d., with a corresponding increase in the cover given. Resolved—That the new form of Policy be adopted.

178. Local Fuel Overseer—Honorarium. The Clerk reported that the Honorarium in respect of this appointment had been increased to £100 per annum, subject to an application being submitted by the Council to the Ministry of Fuel and Power Resolved—That application be made as indicated.

179. Sundry Debtors' Accounts. The Clerk reported on the circumstances regarding accounts numbered 574 (£3 5s. 8d.) and 615 (£5 8s. 5d.) Resolved— That these amounts be written off as irrecoverable.

180. Collector's Office—Audit. The Chairman gave a report on his meeting with the Auditor regarding certain aspects the Collector's office, particularly with respect to the Rating Section, and the Clerk explained the implications. It was Resolved— That the Collector be requested to be present the meeting of the Council in Committee.

181. Accrington District Water Board. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Financial Adviser to the Board, and also reported on an interview with this official regarding a request from the board that payment of quarterly water accounts be received at these offices by members of the Council’s staff. It was resolved – That consideration be deferred to the Council in Committee.

At the ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 30th August, 1951.

Present: Councillors Sanderson, J. P., (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

182. Festival of Britain. The Chairman expressed his thanks to all who had in any way participated in the arrangements for the celebrations in the district.

183. 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 26th July, 1951.

184. Committee Minutes 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 16th August, 1951.

Buildings and Highways Committee held on the 16 August, 1951.

General Purposes Committee held on the 16th August 1951.

Finance Committee, held on the 16th August, 1951.

185. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos. From To 9410 9466

Amount to be transferred £4, 277 18s. 6d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of Council.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 30th August, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present: Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

188. Collector's Department. The Council interviewed the Collector, Mr. Greenwood, regarding the adverse report made by the District Auditor with respect to rating matters and the collection of arrears. Mr. Greenwood expressed his regret, and it was Resolved—(1) That Mr. Greenwood be severely reprimanded.

(2) That Mr. Greenwood be personally responsible for and to make good any loss found to be incurred by the Council in respect of any or all properties; (3) That a warning be issued that this is the last time the Council will tolerate any slackness and that should an adverse report again be received on Mr. Greenwood's duties, his services will have to be dispensed with.

189. Water Accounts—Collection. The Council again considered the request received from the Accrington District Water Board for the quarterly accounts to be collected by the staff of these offices. It was Resolved—That the Clerk negotiate better terms for this concession.

190. Workmen's Holidays. An application was received from workmen for an additional day's holiday to which they claim to be entitled since the coming into operation of the 5 day week. RESOLVED—That this year the men be allowed the extra day after the September holidays with pay and that in future years, the additional day be taken on the Friday prior to the July annual holiday.

191. Pedestrian Crossings. Further consideration was given to Circular No. 668 received from the Ministry of Transport, and the Clerk reported on his and the Surveyor's interview with the Divisional Road Engineer at which the Ministry had stated that they were prepared only to approve two pedestrian crossings in lieu of the five at present in existence. It was Resolved—That a further letter be sent to the Ministry stating that this Council consider that a minimum of four crossings is essential and are prepared to proceed with these in the hope that the Ministry will give its approval and backing in the event of any legal implications.

192. Charities. The Clerk reported that it was necessary for three persons to be nominated instead of the four previous appointed in order to submit an application for a scheme for the joint administration of all the charities previously referred to. Councillor Hacking withdrew his name for the purpose of the application only.

193. Cutt Wood—Trees. The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and the Surveyor were requested to investigate the position regarding felling of trees in Cutt Wood and if necessary, to call a meeting of the Parks Sub-Committee

194. Rishton Paper Mill—Dangerous Building, Attention was drawn to the condition of the wall of the burnt-out building adjoining the main road. The Surveyor was instructed to inspect this wall, and if found to be dangerous to take the necessary action in serving the required forms notice.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 20th September, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE. Meeting held on Thursday, 13th September. 1951.

Present: Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (in the Chair), Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O’Rourke and Sutcliffe.

195. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

196. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

197. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of August, 1951. Resolved—That this be approved.

198. Rat Infestation. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to give this matter his urgent attention, particularly with regard to the House Refuse Tip.

199. Refuse Disposal—Tip. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to have a gate erected at the entrance to the Tip and to keep this locked except when in use during tipping.

200. Public Health Act, 1936—Section 5.—Ashbins. A report was submitted regarding the supply of ashbins and the Clerk was instructed to take certain action in connection therewith.

201. Pet Animals Act, 1951. The Clerk reported on the provisions of this Act, which comes into operation on the 1st April. l952.

202. Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report for 1950. Copies of this Report having been circulated various matters were discussed and reported upon by the Medical Officer of Health, who drew attention to serious errors appearing in the Report, the proof of which he had not inspected prior to printing, owing to holidays intervening. It was Resolved-That the attention of the Ministry of Health and the Count; Medical Officer of Health be drawn to the errors and that the correct figures be inserted in the Report.

203. Public Health Act, 1936. After hearing the report of the Sanitary Inspector it was Resolved—That, whereas this Council are satisfied that the dwelling-houses set forth in the first column of the Schedule hereto are occupied or of a type suitable for occupation by persons of the working classes and are unfit for human habitation in certain respects, an whereas this Council are not satisfied that such dwelling houses are incapable, at reasonable expense, of being rendered so fit, now therefore it is ordered that a notice be served upon the persons having control of such houses whose name and address is set forth opposite thereto in the second column of the said Schedule requiring him or her within the time set forth therein, to execute the works specified and set forth in the third column of the said Schedule, in respect of such houses, which works will, in the opinion of this Council render the houses fit for human habitation :—

First Column

Second Column

Third Column

The dwelling- houses referred to.

Name and address of person having control of the house shown opposite and in Col. 1

Work required to make the house shown opposite and in Col. 1, fit for human habitation.

17, High Street

Mr. Charles Baron, 17, High Street, Rishton.

Effectively repair an good :— Choked drain.

23, High Street

Miss C. Seed, 86a, Moor Road. Chorley.

Defective roof, plaster and pointing to stone chimney stack.

BUILDINGSAND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 13th September, 1951.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sanderson.

204. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

205. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

Normal work on the Highways is proceeding and a scheme for providing new traffic signs and street name plates is in course of preparation for submission to a subsequent meeting.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. The Turrets:—Action with regard to a tree adjacent to the old stables was left to the Chairman and the Surveyor.

2. Cutt Wood:—A report was submitted regarding the felling of trees and removal of stumps of old trees by a Contractor, and the Chairman and the Surveyor were authorised to continue their negotiations regarding further felling.

(c) Street Lighting.

1. Little progress having been made by the various Contractors in connection with the installation of electric lighting, it was Resolved—That representatives of Messrs. Metropolitan-Vickers, Ltd., be asked to meet a Sub-Committee of the Council consisting of Councillors Sanderson, Sutcliffe, Hacking and Hoyle at an early date.

2. Lamp—Pickup Road:—Attention was drawn to an alteration in the siting of a lamp in Pickup Road and it was Resolved—That no action be taken at present but that the matter receive further consideration the next meeting of this Committee.

(d) Wages of Labourer.

The Surveyor submitted an application from one of labourers who for some time has been and will be engaged on painting and it was Resolved—That from the date this meeting this Labourer be paid the rate of 3d. per hour extra during such time as he is engaged on painting work.

(e) Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered :—

6/8/87/1011. Proposed Garage for two taxis, Goose Butts, for Mr. W. Curren.

6/8/89/1012. Proposed Garage, 7, Tottleworth, for Mr. E. Lucas.

1015. Porch and Kitchen Window, 53, Harwood Road, for Mrs. O. Jackson.

1014. Out-kitchen, 24, Henry Street, for Mr. G. Morris.

1013. W.C. and Coals, 39, Hermitage Street, for Miss L. Baker.

1016. Poultry House, 11, Eachill Small-holdings for Mr. J. Hargreaves.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1011,1012, 1013 and 1014 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of numbers 1011 and 1012 to the requirements under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the buildings be removed on 31st December, 1953, and that the garages be kept in a neat and tidy condition.

(2) That application numbered 1016 be agreed.

(3) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/87 and 89, subject to the conditions stated thereon.

(f) Proposed 33 K.V. Overhead Lines—(a) Whitebirk Power Station to Exchange Street, Darwen, and (b) from Roman Road, Blackburn, to Exchange Street, Darwen. A letter and plans have been received from the N.W.E.B. regarding a proposal to apply to the Ministry of Fuel and Power for consent to the placing above ground of the above lines, only one of which affects this Urban District near Whitebirk Farm South. It was Resolved—That an objection to the proposal contained in (a) be made.

207. Holt Street Recreation Ground—Rishton Football Club. An application was submitted from the Club for permission to use the ground during the forthcoming season. Resolved That permission be granted subject to the payment by the Club of a rent of £3 10s. 0d.

208. Planting of Trees. Consideration was deferred to a subsequent meeting.

209.Town Map—Written Statement, etc. A statement of certain amendments which have been made to the Map since its original draft having been circulated, it was Resolved— That the Planning Officer be informed that the original statement as amended and the Town Map be approved.

210. One-horse Mowing Machine. The Clerk reported that an account for £15 had been rendered to the purchaser of the machine, and that this amount was in excess of the terms arranged by the Chairman and the Surveyor. It was Resolved - That the account be reduced to £10.

211. Housing and Town Planning Conference. It was decided that this Council be not represented at the Conference to be held in Bournemouth from the 21st-23rd November.

212. Housing Tenancies. Consideration was given to the remaining applications on the Housing List, and the five applicants with the highest number of points were selected to form the next Reserve List.

213. Pedestrian Crossings—Circular No. 668. The Clerk submitted a reply received from the Divisional Road Engineer dated 7th September to the effect that he cannot approve more than two crossings under the Variation Scheme. It was Resolved—That a Variation Order be made providing for two crossings in Rishton, one at the corner of Harwood Road on High Street and the other at the corner of Commercial Street in High Street, and that such Order be made under protest and that a subsequent application be made to the Ministry of Transport for approval to further crossings.

214. Submission of Plans—Advertisement. The Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the public to the necessity for the submission of plans prior to any building work taking place.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday. 13th September, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

215. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

216. Food Control Committee. It was Resolved - That Councillor Hoyle be appointed as Consumers' Representative on the Joint Food Control Committee for the year 1952.

Finance Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th September 1951.

Present - Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

217. The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

218. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

219. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved. The Finance Sub-Committee were requested to hold Quarterly Meetings in the first month of each quarter at which the Rating Officer shall attend and report on matters affecting his Department.

220. Chief Financial Officer's Monthly Statement, Submitted and approved.

221. Accrington District Water Board-—Collection of Accounts. The Clerk reported that he had interviewed the Engineer and the Accountant of the Board regarding the terms required by this Council on which they would be prepared to accede to the request of the Board and that a reply was now awaited in this matter.

222. Whitley Council Circular No. 140. The Clerk submitted this Circular, which recommends for implementation an increase of 2d. per hour or 7s. 4d. per week to the outside employees. Resolved — That the recommendation be implemented as from the week in which the 3rd September, 1951, occurs.

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 September, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

223. 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 30th August, 1951.

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

Health Committee, held on the 13th September, 1951.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 13th September, 1951.

General Purposes Committee, held on the 13th September, 1951.

Finance Committee, held on the 13th September, 1951.

225. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank, Ltd., be authorised to transfer the under mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below, drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated.

Cheque Nos. From To 9467  9524

Amount to be transferred £5,917 5s. 7d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted an signed by the presiding chairman and two members of the Council.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 20th September, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

228. Pedestrian Crossings. The Clerk drew attention to the permissibility of prohibiting the standing of vehicles within a distance of 45 feet of a pedestrian crossing, and that if the decision was taken to put this into effect, the footpaths would have to be marked accordingly. It was Resolved—That the prohibition be put into effect in connection with both crossings approved.

229. Accrington District Water Board — Collection of Accounts. The Clerk reported that he had been informed that the Board had made alternative arrangements for the collection of the accounts and that the Council Offices would not be used for the purpose.

230. Lancashire U.D.C.'s' Association — Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on the proceedings of the Conference, which they had attended and were thanked therefor.

231. Street Lighting — Report on Interview. The Sub-Committee reported on their interview with a representative of Messrs. Metropolitan-Vickers Ltd., when the question of expediting the completion of the Contract had been discussed. It was stated that the Contractors had promised to commence with the erection and wiring of the brackets on the 1st October.

232. Building Licence. An application for the issue of a building licence in respect of 39, Hermitage Street, for work estimated to cost £140 was considered. It was Resolved— That a licence be issued, thereby leaving £295 still available for licences.

233. Plan No. 1015. Porch and kitchen window, 53, Harwood Road, for Mrs. O. Jackson. Further consideration was given to this plan, together with a report submitted by the Clerk and the Surveyor on their interview with Mrs. Jackson, and it was Resolved—That this plan be disapproved, and that it be suggested to the applicant that an amended plan, showing the revised alterations, be submitted.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 18th October, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th October, 1951.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

234. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

235. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

236. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending September, 1951. Resolved—That this be approved.

237 Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, 1949: 19 farms have been surveyed during the month. The House Refuse Tip has also been treated, and six minor infestations at dwelling-houses.

(b) Refuse Collection and Disposal: A survey of the tip has revealed that much income is being lost to the Council due to lack of sorting of various materials, and to the fact that no charge is made for outside tipping. It was Resolved—That (a) the Sanitary Inspector endeavour to engage a man for work on the tip, and that, should he not succeed, an advertisement be issued in the local "Advertiser." (b) That charges be made to persons tipping other than house refuse, and that local persons be charged 1/- per load and non-residents 2/6 per load, and that a special charge of 2/6 per load be made for soot deposited on the tip. The Clerk was instructed to advertise these charges in the local paper.

(c) Sale of Disinfectants: The Sanitary Inspector recommended the cessation of the sale of Purine, due to the loss which the Council sustains in this connection. Consideration was deferred to a subsequent meeting.

(d) Food and Drugs Act, 1938 : Application has been received for a Food Catering Licence for 81, High Street. Resolved —That a licence be granted, subject to the premises being made suitable for this purpose.

(e) Handling, Wrapping, etc., of Food—Byelaws: It was Resolved—That the model byelaws issued by the Ministry of Food be adopted, and that the Clerk take the necessary action herein.

(f) Samples of Water and Milk: The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had taken samples of water from various sources, and that he proposed to continue the procedure, and also in connection with milk, for bacteriological analysis, requiring therefore a suitable box in which to place the samples. Resolved—That the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to purchase an insulated box at an approximate cost of £10.

(g) Public Health Act, 1936 : After hearing the report of the Sanitary Inspector it was Resolved—That, whereas the Council are satisfied that nuisances exist at the premises set forth in the first column of the Schedule. Now therefore it is ordered that a Statutory Notice be served on the person by whose act or default the nuisance arises or continues, whose name and address are set forth in the second column of the said Schedule, requiring him or her within the time specified in the notice to abate the nuisances set forth in the third column of the said Schedule :—

Address

Persons Responsible

Nuisance

14, Burton St.

Mrs. Heap, 21, Harwood Road, Rishton.

Loose stonework, choked gutter, defective spitter, reveal pointing plaster, R.W.P. gutters, rotted woodwork, rising dampness, defective tippler.

3, George St.

Mr. Ingleson, 49, St. Charles Rd. Rishton.

Defective gutters and roof.

55, Haworth St.

Mrs. Morshead, 6, The Esplanade, Rishton.

Defective flashings.

35, Edward St.

Mrs. Westwell, 171, New Lane, Oswaldtwistle.

Defective plaster, W. C. structure, W.C. door and door stile, flashings.

7, Noble St.

Mr. T. Green, 153, Queen's Rd., Blackburn.

Defective plaster.

24, Victoria St.

Mr. R. Hamer, Sec. Trustees, High St., Methodist Church, 14, School Street, Rishton.

Defective tippler.

(h) Eachill Road Houses—Condition of Baths: In view the dilapidated condition of the baths in these houses, the Sanitary Inspector had invited tenders for the re-enamelling thereof, and submitted four tenders from local decorators. It was Resolved—That the tender of Messr Penson's be accepted at 21/6 per bath.

238. Sanitary Inspectors' Conference. The report of Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector having been circulated and considered, it was Resolved—That the delegates be thanked for their attendance and report.

239. Dustbins. The Clerk reported on his interview with the owner referred to at the previous meeting of the Committee, and that a satisfactory conclusion had been reached.

240. Salvage Bonus. The Clerk reported on a further interview with the District Auditor, and, having circulated a further statement in regard to salvage collection and bonus, again drew attention to the illegality of this bonus, and to the opinion of the Auditor that the present rate of bonus based on prices received rather than weight collected was not reasonable. A full discussion ensued, and it was Resolved—That the resolution passed at the meeting held on 16th August be adhered to.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday 11th October, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

241. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

242. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. District and County Roads: Normal work has proceeded during the month.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Nurseries: Tenders have been invited for the erection of a new potting shed, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Mr. T. Wolstenholme for £93 be accepted.

2. Recreation Grounds : Prices have been invited for the reconditioning of the swings, and it was Resolved— That the Surveyor be instructed to have all the swings put in good condition, and also the roundabout on the Harwood Road Recreation Ground.

3. Gardener: The Surveyor drew attention to the difficulty he was experiencing in connection with the Senior Gardener, and it was Resolved—That Mr. Sanderson and the Surveyor appear before the Council at the next meeting (in Committee).

4. Bowling Green: This was closed for play at the end of September. The Bingley Research Institute have been requested for advice on the treatment necessary for the turf.

(c) Street Lighting.

1. Conversion from Gas to Electric: Work is now proceeding satisfactorily by all the various contractor and the majority of the lamps are now lit at night

2. Lamp Columns—Bridge Street to Tottleworth : It was decided to leave six columns in position for the time being.

3. Main Road Lighting—Tottleworth Road to Paper Mill: The Surveyor drew attention to the work present proceeding on this County Road and the raising of the footpath level, and that the time was now opportune for the gas lamps to be substituted by modern lighting. Tenders were submitted as follows:

N.W.E.B.—£250 to include laying of the cable and the servicing of six lamps.

Metropolitan-Vickers, Ltd.—£34 per lamp, including erection.

It was Resolved—That these tenders be accepted, and the work proceeded with, utilising the concrete columns already in stock.

(d) Sewage Works.

1. Equipment: The extension hose of the portable pump having perished, the Surveyor was authorised to purchase 25 feet of 3in. hose, with the necessary couplings, at an estimated cost of £32.

2. Employees: It was reported that Mr. R. Massey, one of the employees engaged at the Sewage Works, died on the 4th October. It was Resolved—That a letter of condolence be forwarded to the widow. It was further Resolved—That an advertisement be issued in the local paper for additional labour.

(e) Housing.

1. Sands Estate: The tender of Mr. T. Wolstenholme for laying land tiles at 26, Danvers Street, to avoid flooding, amounting to £14 10s. 0d., has been accepted. Resolved—That the Surveyor's action be approved.

(f) Labour.

1. The Surveyor drew attention to the shortage of manual labour due to several resignations. The Clerk was instructed to include the Highways Section in the advertisement referred to under Sewage Works.

2. Paving and Flagging: An application was submitted from Mr. I. Duckworth for consideration of his wage, and it was Resolved—That from the date of this meeting he be paid an extra 2d. per hour.

(g) Staff.

The Surveyor was authorised to re-engage Mr. W. R. Rowe for a period not exceeding three months in order that he may complete the work which was interrupted by an accident.

(h) Disposal of Scrap Iron.

Two tenders having been received for the purchase of scrap iron, both for £4 per ton, it was Resolved—That the tender of Mr. C. Ashworth be accepted.

(i) Dangerous Building—Rishton Paper Mill.

The Surveyor reported that he had written to the manager concerning the dangerous part of the old burnt-out building, and submitted the manager's reply. It was Resolved —That a Statutory Notice be served upon the Rishton Paper Mills, Ltd., under Section 30 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907.

(j) Dumpy Level—Sale.

The Surveyor was authorised to dispose of the old disused dumpy level at the best price obtainable.

(k) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered :—

Plan No. 1017—Coal shed at rear of 23, St. Charles' Road, for Mr. F. Whalley. This building is almost completed, but this is an exempt building and notification to the Council only is necessary.

Plan No. 1018—Proposed out-kitchen at 56, Burton Street, for Mr. H. Edwards. This proposal appears to comply with the byelaws.

Plan No. 1019—Proposed pig-sty at "Westwood," 10, Church Street, for Mr. E. E. Lawrence. This plan appears to comply with the byelaws. The Sanitary Inspector considers the proposals satisfactory.  

Plan No. 1020—Proposed bathroom, outside w.c. coals at 39, High Street, for Mr, Barnes, 9, Howard Street, Rishton. This plan was submitted in response to, a letter from the Surveyor, and appears to comply with the byelaws.

Plan No. 1021—Proposed out-kitchen for Mr. Jim Hacking at 18, Commercial Street, Rishton, This plan appears to comply with the byelaws.

Plan No. 1022—Proposed bathroom for Mr. G. C. Scurrah at 48, Station Road. This plan appears to comply with the byelaws.

Plan No. 1023—Porch and kitchen for Mr. and Mrs. Jackson at 53, Harwood Road. These re-submitted plans still do not comply with the byelaws.

Plan No. 1024—Proposed bay window at rear of 57, Blackburn Road, for Mr. N. Hellewell. This plan appears to comply with the byelaws.

Resolved—That applications numbered 1017, 1018, 1019, 1020, 1021, 1022 and 1024 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(1) Building Licences.

Applications were submitted as under: £130—Proposed out-kitchen, 56, Burton Street, for Mr. H. Edwards. £165 —Proposed bathroom and w.c., 48, Station Road, for Mr. G. C. Scurrah.

Resolved-That licences be granted, thereby leaving no balance this year for further licences.

244. Sickness Pay—R. Balderstone. The Clerk reported that this employee completed his 13 weeks' absence on the 5th October. It was Resolved—That the wages of this employee be made up for a further period of four weeks.

245. Pedestrian Crossings. The Clerk reported that the proposed Variation Order had been advertised, and that the period allowed for objections would expire on the 11th October, and that, should no objections be received, he proposed to submit the Variation Order to the Ministry of Transport for their confirmation.

246. Howard Street—Re-naming. The Clerk reported that he had been informed that several residents desired the Council to change the name of this street on account of confusion arising by similarity to the name of another street. He had communicated with the owners’ resident in the street for their observations, but had not received all the replies. The matter was left in abeyance for the time being.

247. Harwood Road—Allotments. The Clerk reported that he was awaiting replies from several tenants regarding transferring to other plots

248. Street Lighting, etc. The Clerk reported on the interview which he and the Surveyor had with the officials of the N.W. Electricity Board, who had stated that they were anxious to co-operate to the fullest with local authorities on all matter concerning electricity.

249. Council Tenancies. The Clerk submitted a letter from an applicant who had not accepted the offer of a tenancy. It was Resolved—That the Clerk explain the accommodation available in each of the houses for the benefit of the applicant. A further letter was submitted from the wife of an ex-tenant, and it was decided to request a letter from the husband.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th October, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

250. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

251. Charities. A letter was submitted from the Charity Commissioners regarding the proposed Trustees representing the now defunct Nursing Association, in which they suggested that these three Trustees should be appointed for life. It was Resolved—That the suggestion of the Charity Commissioners be adopted.

252. Decoration of Offices. The clerk submitted a letter from the representative of the National Society of Painters complaining of decorations being carried out by the caretaker of the Council Offices. It was Resolved—That the letter lie on the table.

253. Meetings in November. It was Resolved—That the Committee and Council Meetings be held on the 15th and 22nd November respectively.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th October, 1951.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

254. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

255. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

256. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved. The Chairman reported that the Finance Sub-Committee had a meeting prior to this meeting, and that the Collector had attended and reported on matters in his department. The Collector had been given instructions in connection with several outstanding amounts with a view to expediting payment.

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

258. Junior Clerk—P. Monk. The Clerk reported that he had allowed this clerk leave of absence on Tuesday mornings to attend classes in preparation for his professional examinations, Resolved—That the Clerk's action be confirmed.

259. General Election—Leave for Officers. It was Resolved That three officers be allowed leave of absence to act at the election.

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 October, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

260. 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 20th September, 1951.

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

Health Committee, held on the 11th October, 1951.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on the 11th October, 1951. (Save and except Minute No. 243 (L), which be referred back for further consideration).

General Purposes Committee, held on the 11th October, 1951.

Finance Committee, held on the 11th October, 1951.

262. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below, drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos, From To 9525  9584

Amount to be Transferred £3,781 11s. 2d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

263. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to a Lease in respect of the land forming the children's playground at Eachill between the Dunkenhalgh Estate and the Council.

264. Adjournment Resolved—That the Council do adjourn.

265. 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, the 18th October, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

266. Minute No. 243 (L) Building Licences. It was Resolved—That a licence be issued in respect of 48, Station Road, for Mr. G. C. Scurrah in the amount of £115 in lieu of £165, this being the amount available for licensing purposes during the current year.

267. Interview with Senior Gardener. The Council interviewed the Surveyor and the Senior Gardener with regard to the differences existing between them. Having heard their reports, the Surveyor and the Gardener were requested to endeavour to co-operate in the future.

268. Lancashire and Merseyside Industrial Development Association. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Director suggesting that he visit these offices to discuss matters of mutual concern. It was Resolved—That the Director be asked to attend before the Council at a date to be fixed subsequently.

269. Rotary Club—Christmas Tree. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary of the Rotary Club offering the gift of a Christmas Tree, as last year. Resolved—That the offer be accepted with thanks.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

At a SPECIAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Monday, the 29th October, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

The Notice convening the meeting was read.

270. Dismissal of Senior Gardener. The Chairman reported that he had received a request from three members for a Special Meeting of the Council to be called to consider this matter.

271. Adjournment. Resolved—That in order to permit of further discussion the Council do now adjourn into Committee.

272. Resumption of Council. Resolved—That the minutes of Council in Committee of today's date be approved and adopted.

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Monday, the 29th October, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

273. Dismissal of Senior Gardener. The Council proceeded to consider the action of the Surveyor in dismissing the Senior Gardener, and interviewed both the Surveyor and the Gardener. After a very full discussion and consideration it was Resolved—(1) That the action of the Surveyor be confirmed, and that the question of Gardener be considered after the passing of this resolution. (2) That Mr. J. Sanderson, the late Gardener, be paid one week's wages in lieu of notice and (3) That the question of appointing a successor to the Gardener be left to the next meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee.

274. Cutt Wood. The Clerk drew attention to an accident which had occurred in Cutt Wood due to tree felling operations, and it was Resolved—That the Wood be closed to the public for a period during the tree felling operations.

275. Recreation Grounds—Swings, etc. The Clerk reported that the Surveyor had drawn his attention to the unsafe condition of the swings, roundabout, etc., on the Recreation Grounds. Resolved—That this equipment be rendered unusable pending complete repairs to each and that the Surveyor be instructed to give attention to these matters as quickly as possible.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 22nd November, 1951.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th November, 1951.

Present — Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson, Mr. Hellewell and Sergeant Ball.

276. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

277. Report on Enrolments and Peace-time Establishment. The Clerk reported that the following were the peace-time establishments of the respective Sections and the present enrolments in each Section:-

Section

Establishment

Enrolments

Wardens

11

27

Welfare

22

6

Ambulance

4

-

Headquarters

4

3

Pioneer

8

4

278. Training of Volunteers. The Clerk stated that the following represented the present state of training received by each Section: —

Section

Basic 1

Basic 2

First Aid

Wardens

20

19

12

Welfare

1

1

 

Headquarters

3

3

1

Pioneer

4

3

3

and that the Police were shortly to proceed with the Section Training of the Wardens.

279. Recruiting Campaign. It was decided to ask the local Centre Leader of the W. V. S. (Mrs, Chambers) to co-operate with a Councillor in each Ward, to endeavour to enrol in the Welfare Section four ladies from each Ward.

280. Siting of Air-raid Sirens. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the County Council Civil Defence Department regarding the provision of two sirens in the District, one of which would be sited near the King's Hall and the other in the vicinity of the West End of the Esplanade. The Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the County Authority to arrangements suggested for the latter siren.

281. Appointment of Area Organisers. The Clerk reported that the County Council had appointed an Organiser for each Division of the County and that Mr. W. H. Smith was responsible for liaison between this Council and the County Council. It was decided to draw the attention of the County Council to the method of appointing these officers.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 15th November, 1951.

Present — Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe,

282. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

283. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

284. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, 1949. Three infestations have been dealt with during the month. It was Resolved—That no charge be made to occupiers or owners of private dwellings treated for infestations.

(b) Refuse Collection and Disposal. A man has now been engaged on the gang and a former member has been transferred to the Tip. It was Resolved—That this employee be paid the normal ashbinmen's wages and that the Driver (H. Nicholas) be appointed Foreman of the gang. The charges previously agreed for tipping will come into operation on the 22nd November, this being the date on which the charges will be advertised. Attention was drawn to the dilapidated condition of the refuse collecting wagon, and a tender of £105 from Mr. G. Plant for extensive repairs and re-painting the wagon was considered. Resolved—That the tender be accepted and the work put in hand forthwith.

(c) Disinfectant. Alternative prices were submitted from the two firms of manufacturers, and it was Resolved—That the sale of disinfectant be discontinued.

(d) Food Premises. Attention was drawn to the necessity for a sufficient supply of hot water being maintained at these premises as provided for under Section 13 of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938. It was Resolved—That in this District a geyser or an immersion heater be considered the minimum requirements for the provision of hot water in food premises.

(e) Eachill Road House—Fire-range. As it was reported to be impossible to obtain a replacement fire-range similar to that in a defective condition at No. 11, Eachill Road, it was Resolved—That the Sanitary Inspector obtain three quotations for the supply and fixing of a new fire-range and that the Chairman of this Committee, the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to purchase.

(f) Council Houses—Prevention of Damage by Frost. Attention was drawn to the provisions of Section 51 of the Public Health Act, 1936, by which the occupier of premises shall cause the flushing apparatus of water closets to be protected against frost. It was Resolved —That a copy of the appropriate Section shall be forwarded to each Council house tenant and that they be requested to take the necessary precautions, and that otherwise they will be held responsible for the cost of repairs to burst pipes.

(g) Public Conveniences. Attention was drawn to damage to prepayment locks in the gentlemen's conveniences, to which the attention of the Police had been drawn. It was Resolved—That in an effort to prevent similar damage, the height of the lock be raised.

(h) Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928. An application was submitted for the storage of petrol from Mr. G. Plant, Reservoir Garage. Resolved—That a licence be granted.

(i) Public Health Act. 1936. After hearing the report of the Sanitary Inspector it was Resolved—That, whereas the Council are satisfied that nuisances exist at the premises set forth in the first column of the Schedule, now, therefore, it is ordered that a Statutory Notice be served on the person by whose act or default the nuisance arises or continues. whose name and address are set forth in the second column of the said Schedule, requiring him or her within the time specified in the Notice to abate the nuisances set forth in the third column of the said Schedule: -

Address

Person Responsible

Nuisance

53, Spring Street

Mr. J. Moss, 535 Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle.

Defective window woodwork, scullery roof, scullery ceiling.

12, Haworth Street

Miss Seed, 86a, Moor Road, Chorley, Lancs.

Defective plaster, gap between floor and wall of F. F. F. R.

64, Burton Street

Mr. A. Mclntosh, Roebuck Hotel, Rishton.

Defective hanging of door, absence of yard wall, absence of door and handrail to staircase. Defective plaster walls of scullery, choked R. W. P.

66, Burton Street

Ditto

Absence of rear yard door, dangerous wall. absence of wall.

5. Brook Street

Mr. J. Moss, 535, Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle.

Defective gutters, plaster cords, rising dampness.

36, Station Road

Mrs. Rhodes, 17. Harwood Road. Rishton.

Defective tippler.

39, Henry Street

J. Duxbury, Esq., 26, Preston New Road, Blackburn.

Defective tippler.

19, Edward Street

Miss J. Richardson, 141, Preston New Road, Blackburn

Choked W. W. C. and Defective tippler.

It was further Resolved—That the Chairman of the Committee, the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector, be authorised to serve Statutory Notices in case of emergency and that their action be reported to the next meeting of the Council for confirmation.

285. Conversion—Application for Grant. An application has been received subsequent to the conversion work having been carried out. It was Resolved—That no grant be made in this case.

286. Dogs in Food Shops. The Clerk submitted Ministry of Food Circular No. 20/51 wherein it was suggested that a Notice signed by the Medical Officer of Health requesting persons to refrain from taking dogs into food shops be circulated. It was Resolved—That the Sanitary Inspector make enquiries in the District and that should the result be satisfactory the requisite notices be printed and distributed.

287. Mechanical Street Sweeper. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C, asking whether this Council are interested in the joint use of this appliance if purchased by the Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C. Resolved—That the Chairman and the officials enquire to the cost and other details of the proposal and that a report be submitted to a subsequent meeting.

288. Ashbinmen's Wages. The Clerk submitted Whitley Council Circular No. 142, recommending for implementation an increase of 4s. 0d. per week to ashbinmen from the week commencing 29th October. Resolved—That the recommendation be implemented.

289. Chronic Sick. The attention of the Medical Officer of Health was drawn to a case of an old lady in this district. The doctor promised to give the case his urgent attention.

BUILDINGSAND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday. 15th November, 1951.

Present - Councillors Sutcliffe(Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

290. The minutes of last meeting were submitted.

291. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. District Roads. Re-surfacing has been carried out to Wilpshire Road between Close Brow and New Inn.

2. County Roads. Progress has been made with the improvement to the footpaths, etc., in Hermitage Street.

3. Shelter for Workmen. Provision of a portable shelter was left until the estimates for the ensuing year are considered.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Nurseries. The Clerk was instructed to write to the late Gardener requesting him to remove his plants from the greenhouse, and matters in connection therewith were left to the Chairman and the Surveyor for their attention.

2. Sands Estate—Gardens. It was decided that certain areas of shrubbery be converted to lawns at the appropriate time for this work.

(c) Open Spaces.

1. Swings, etc. It was Resolved—That the swings and roundabouts be rendered unuseable during the winter months.

2. Day Nursery—Education Offices. The Lancashire County Council have agreed to the terms for the lowering of the wall, etc., in front of these premises, and work will proceed as soon as possible.

3. Gardener. It was Resolved—That the Parks Sub-Committee meet at 7-15 p. m. on the 22nd instant to consider details of the appointment of a successor to the Senior Gardener and to report their findings to the Council in Committee.

(d) Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered: —

Plan No.  Description

1025 Toilets—Rishton Victoria Cotton Mill Co., Ltd.

1026 Pig Sty—Small holding Ordnance Map Plot No I 270 for Mr. J. Stoddart..

1027 Conveniences—Holt Street Recreation Ground for Rishton Football Club.

1028 Inside W. C. —3, Clifton Street, for Miss L. Smith.

1029 Wooden Garage—Tottleworth Road for Mr. J. E. Dullenty.

1030 Site Plan for Pair of Houses—Eachill Road for Lancashire County Council—County Police.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1025, 1026, 1027, 1028 and 1029 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of numbers 1027 and 1029 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the buildings be removed on 31st December, 1952, and 31st December, 1954, respectively.

(2) That application numbered 1030 be approved as a site plan only.

(3) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by applications numbered 1027, 1029 and 1030, subject in the case of numbers 1027 and 1029 to the conditions attached under Building Byelaws and to 1030 to it being a site plan only.

(e) Street Lighting.

1. Conversion Scheme. All columns have now been serviced, but the Contractors have still two brackets to provide and fit. The lamps and columns in Hermitage Street have been removed and the gas services cut off.

2. Early Morning Lighting. A scheme has been prepared by the N. W. E. B. providing for over 30 lamps to be lighted during the dark mornings and that the provision of 30 trip-gears at a cost of £8 10s, 0d., plus a proportionate increase for additional lamps, would enable the lighting to be controlled during the period required. Resolved—That the scheme be approved and that the lamps be lighted from 5 a. m. to daylight.

(f) Town's Yards. Material is being cleared from the old yard to the new and prices are being obtained for the provision of a Tennis Court.

(g) Office Staff. It was reported that the gentleman whose re-appointment was recently approved cannot take up the appointment. It was Resolved — That no further appointment be made.

(h) Traffic Mirror and Scrap Metal. It was Resolved—That the mirror removed from Harwood Road be advertised for sale. The Surveyor reported that scrap metal to the value of £15 odd and an old dumpy level for £5 5s. 0d. had been disposed of.

(i) Dangerous Building—Rishton Paper Mill. A Statutory Notice served under Section 30 of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, having expired, it was Resolved —That the firm be approached by the Clerk drawing attention to their obligations in the matter and that failing satisfaction the Council would proceed under the provisions of the Act.

(j) Sale of Trees. An offer of 5s. 0d. per tree has been received for approximately 55 trees which would be felled on Blackburn Road, such offer including the sawing off at ground level. Resolved—That the offer be accepted subject to the Contractor taking out a Policy of Insurance against damage to persons or property.

(k) Foreman—Motor Cycle. It was Resolved—That an allowance at the rate of £10 per annum be made to the Foreman when using his motor cycle on Council business.

(l) Application for Increase—Highways Labourer. It was Resolved—That no increase be granted to this applicant.

(m) Poultry, etc. Buildings. Instructions were given for a notice to be published in the local advertiser drawing attention to the requirements under Building Byelaws for notice of intention to erect these buildings to be submitted to the Council.

293. Highway Expenditure. Circular No. 672 of the Ministry of Transport was submitted requesting authorities to reduce their expenditure on District Roads in 1952-53 to 90% of such expenditure in 1951-52.

294. Council Tenancies.

(a) Reserve List. A letter was submitted from an applicant giving details of his case, and it was Resolved—That, subject to the points awarded being adequate, he be placed on the list after the present reserves.

(b) Transfer. Permission was not granted to an applicant wishing to transfer from Sands Estate to Fielding Street.

(c) Lodger. Permission was granted to the tenant of 15, Eachill Road, to take two relations as lodgers for a limited period and that the tenant's attention be drawn to the necessity for renewal of his application in 12 months' time or earlier, it being understood that the lodgers shall not take the tenancy on the tenant ceasing to occupy the house.

295. Bowling Green— Bowling League. A letter was submitted from the Great Harwood Bowling League regarding membership of a team from Rishton. The Clerk was requested to obtain further information on the matter.

296. Pedestrian Crossings. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Transport stating that they are unable to agree to the provision of a further crossing in Hermitage Street.

297. Surveyor's Pupil—Insurance Contributions. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of National Insurance dated 6th November informing the Council that employer's contributions under the Industrial Injuries Act are payable by the Surveyor in respect of his pupil.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 15th November, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

298. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

299. Electricity Consultative Councils. A letter was submitted from the U. D. C. s Association asking for nominations to the Council. Resolved—That no nomination be made.

300. Gas Consultative Council. A letter was submitted from the N. W. Council inviting a representative from this Authority to attend two Conferences to be held in 1952. Resolved —That Councillor Sanderson be appointed.

301. Band Instruments. It was reported that several instruments had been found in an old building, and it was decided to make enquiries from local persons regarding their future value.

302. Festival of Britain. Attention was drawn to a deficit existing on the Festival of Britain Fund amounting to approximately £5 and it was Resolved—That, subject to satisfactory vouchers being submitted, accounts up to this figure be paid.

Finance committee, Meeting held on Thursday, 15th November, 1951.

Present — Councillors McNeil(Chairman), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham. Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe,

303. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

304. The Accounts submitted war passed fur payment.

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

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

307. Financial Assistance for Examinations. The Clerk submitted N. W. Provincial Council Circular No. 91A drawing attention to the assistance which could be made available to members of the staff.

308. Community Council of Lancashire. The Clerk reported upon a communication regarding the preparation by the Community Council of a County bibliography and that the Council had requested a subscription of £2 15s. 0d. per annum for five years. Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

309. Expenditure, 1951/52. The Clerk circulated a statement showing excess expenditure to date against the year's estimates. This was considered, and the Chairmen of the respective Committees were requested to scrutinise the expenditure of their departments in an effort to keep this to a minimum

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 22nd November, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

310. 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 18th October. 1951,

Special Council Meeting, held on the 29th October, 1951.

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

Civil Defence Committee, held 8th November 1951.

Health Committee, held 15th November 1951.

Buildings & Highways Committee, held 15th November 1951.

General Purposes Committee, held 15th November, 1951.

Finance Committee, held 15th November, 1951.

312. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below, drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheques Nos. From To 9585 9644

Amount to be Transferred £3,754 5s. 5d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

313. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal the Council be affixed to Byelaws in respect of the Sale of Clean Food.

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

315. 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, the 22nd November, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman). Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

316. Appointment of Gardener. The Parks Sub-Committee reported that they had held a meeting to consider details of this appointment, and they made the following recommendations—(1) That a Working Head Gardener be appointed, and that he act under the supervision of the Surveyor; (2) that he be responsible for the maintenance and discipline of the workmen under his control; (3) that he be responsible for all the open spaces, and other duties as enumerated on the Conditions of Employment; and (4) that he shall attend such meetings of the Council and its Committees as requested.

The Council proceeded to discuss the Report and it was Resolved—(1) That this be adopted with the exception of the first paragraph of the main duties and conditions, which shall read as amended and made available for applicants for the position; (2) that the commencing wage be £6 17s. 0d. per week; (3) that the position be advertised in two local and one gardening paper; and (4) that the question of making the Gardening Department a separate section outside the supervision of the Surveyor be reviewed at the next Annual Meeting of the Council.

317. Local Elections. The Clerk submitted a circular letter from the Clerk of the County Council asking this Council to make a decision as to the date of the next local Election. Resolved—That the County Council be requested to make an Order fixing Monday, 5th May, 1952, as the date of the next Election and the poll to commence at 12 noon.

318. Workman's Sickness—R. Balderstone. The period of sick pay as extended at the last meeting having expired on the 15th November, it was Resolved—That this payment be continued until the 5th December.

319. Dangerous Building—Rishton Paper Mill. The Clerk reported that he had discussed the service of the notice regarding this Building with the Secretary of the concern, who had informed the Clerk that application had been made to the Ministry of Works for a Building Licence in order to commence demolition of the dangerous building.

320. Slaughterman's Licence. An application was submitted from Mr. H. Hargreaves, 48, Knowles Street, Rishton Resolved—That a Licence be granted for a period of years from the 22nd November, 1951.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to| be held on Thursday, 20th December, 1951.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th December, 1951.

Present — Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke,; Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

321. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

322. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

323. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Council Houses. Two tenders were submitted for the installation of a fire-range at a house in Eachill Road, and the tender of Messrs. R. H. Kenyon for £14 15s. 0d. had been accepted. Resolved—That the action of the Chairman and officials be confirmed.

(b) Scavenger. No progress has been made with the Clayton-le-Moors U.D.C. regarding the mechanical sweeper and collector. It was reported that one of the scavengers (R. Scholes) would shortly attain the age of 65 years, and it was Resolved - That his services be continued for the time being.

(c) Workmen's Wages. Applications were submitted for increases of wages on behalf of H. Nicholas and T. Malone. It was Resolved—That H. Nicholas be granted an increase of 4s. 0d. per week on his having been appointed Foreman of the Refuse Collectors, and that T. Malone's basic rate of wage be similar to that for house refuse collectors, at present 2s. 9d. per hour, except when he is engaged on rodent control work, when his rate shall be 2s. 9 1/2d. per hour.

(d) Private Works. Discussion ensued on the administrative expenses which are charged for in respect of private works. The Clerk reported that the present rate was 20%, which covered the overheads. It was Resolved— That the establishment charge be increased to 33 1/3% on all private works.

(e) Slaughter of Animals. The Sanitary Inspector stated that it was permissible for pigs to be slaughtered for consumption by the owner and his family and that he had no legal authority to inspect the carcases, which could be consumed although not in a fit state. It was Resolved —That an advertisement be issued informing the public that the Sanitary Inspector will, on request, inspect any animals killed.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 13th December, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

324. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

325. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Gardening Section.

1. Cutt Wood. Permission has been obtained from Docks and Inland Waterways Executive to enter the reservoir to carry out repairs to the wall and to discharge the effluent from any land drains in Cutt Wood into the reservoir. The Parks Sub-Committee were requested to meet and discuss the question of tree felling in the wood and to report to a subsequent meeting.

(b) Street Lighting.

1. All-night Lighting. The necessary equipment not having been received for the purpose of enabling lighting in the early mornings to be arranged, it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to arrange for certain lamps to be left lit all night pending the receipt of the necessary trip gear.

2. Tottleworth Lighting. The erection and lighting of the lamps has been completed.

3. Tungsten Lighting. Faults have appeared in these lamps due to the lantern not being water-tight, and the matter has been taken up with the suppliers.

(c) Town's Yard. Two tenders were submitted for the erection of the boundary wall between the Council Yard gate and the Electricity Offices, and it was Resolved— That the tender of Mr. T. Atkinson for £217 be accepted, subject to an undertaking being given by the Contractor to complete the work before the 31st March. It was further Resolved - That other work proposed in connection with the Town's Yard be suspended until the next financial year.

(d) Oil (Machine). It was Resolved—That a quantity of oil for which there was no further use be sold at a price of 4s. 0d. per gallon.

(e) Electricity Overhead Line. As a result of a meeting between the officials and representatives of the N. W. Electricity Board, a letter was submitted from the Board giving reasons why this overhead line could neither be diverted nor placed underground. It was Resolved—That the objections raised, at a previous meeting, to the overhead line be withdrawn and that the N. W. Electricity Board be informed thereof.

(e) Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered: —

1031. Laboratory, Redcap Works, for Messrs. Ribble Paints and Varnishes, Ltd.

6/8/91/1032. Wooden Garage—No. 1, Old Goosey Butts, for Mr. W. Hollister, 10, Brook Street.

6/8/92/1033. Widening of Railway Bridge over Canal, Whitebirk, for British Electricity Authority.

1034. Poultry Shed, Norden Small Holdings, for Mr. W. Rhodes, 92, Spring Street.

1035. Bathroom, 78, Harwood Road, For Mr. Kershaw.

1036. New House Front, 12, Hermitage Street, for Mr. M. Harulow.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1031, 1032, 1033, 1034, 1035 and 1036 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of number 1032 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1953.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/911 subject to the conditions stated hereon.

(3) That it be a recommendation to the Divisions Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by application numbered6/8/92.

327. Gardener. Eleven applications were submitted for the appointment of a Working Head Gardener, and it was Resolved—That four applicants be invited for interview at the Council Meeting to be held on the 20th December.

328. Traffic Wardens. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire U. D. C. s' Association enclosing a letter from the Clerk of the County Council stating that for financial reasons it was not possible to increase the number of wardens, but that the police had been asked to exercise control near schools to regulate the safe crossing of the street by schoolchildren.

329. Bowling Green—Bowling League. The Clerk submitted details of the rules under which the League was operated, and it was Resolved— That if a team is formed locally permission be granted for play on one night only in a week and that the bowling enthusiasts be informed of this matter in detail.

330.Building Licences. The Clerk submitted Circular No. 73/51 received from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government dealing with the issue of building licences.

331. Council Houses — Designs. The Clerk submitted Circular No. 70/51, which laid down specifications for future housing schemes.

332. Allotments—Application. An application was submitted in respect of a plot on Goosey Butts, and it was Resolved— That this be granted to Mr. W. Hollister at an annual rent of £1. and that he be given permission to erect a garage thereon.

333. Workmen's Wages — Gardening Staff. The Clerk submitted Circulars Nos. 143 and 145 received from the Whitley Council, under which revised rates of wages were recommended for implementation in respect of gardening staffs. It was Resolved - that T. Sanderson be designated Gardener 2nd Class Wages £5 16s. 10d. and K. Sanderson be designated Gardener's Labourer Wages £5 9s. 10d. but in view of his present wage being £5. 13s. 4d. no reduction be made, but that paragraph 21B of the Schedule of Wages, etc., shall apply.

334. Wall and Drainage—Sands Estate. The Clerk drew attention to the delay in completing this scheme, which was retarding the calculation of actual rents on this estate. The Surveyor was requested to give the matter urgent attention and endeavour to complete in order to allow the financial arrangements in connection with the loan, etc. to be completed before the 31st March.

335. Public Health Act, 1925 Sections 21 and 22. The Clerk drew attention to the apparent non-adoption of these two sections which enabled the Council to serve notice on owners in respect of defective downspouts on property abutting on streets, and it was Resolved- That application be made to the Ministry for consent to the adoption of these two sections of the Act.

336. Wall—Livesey Street. Attention was drawn to the wall which had been damaged by a vehicle and left in a dangerous condition, and it was Resolved That a strong letter be forwarded to the owner of the property requesting immediate repairs.

337. Gully Emptying. The Surveyor was requested to ensure that after gullies had been emptied the refuse shall be cleared away forthwith.

338. Garden Paths—Reinstatement. Attention was drawn to garden paths at several properties in Cliff Street not having been reinstated by the N. W. Gas Board, which was causing annoyance and potential danger to occupants of the property. As the responsibility for the reinstatement of these paths rests with the Gas Board, the owners of the property were to be informed of this.

339. Dangerous Wall- Rishton Paper Mill. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Secretary to the Mill regarding the granting of a licence by the Ministry of Works to enable the firm to commence operations in connection with the removal of the dangerous wall. It was Resolved—That the Rishton Paper Mill, Ltd., be informed that unless active steps have been taken by them to remove the danger within 28 days, the Council will proceed to carry out the work and charge them with the cost. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain quotations for this work and that arrangements be made to commence therewith should the necessity arise.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 13lh December, 1951.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

340. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

341. Water Act, 1945. The Clerk submitted a copy of an advertisement which the Accrington District Water Board had published on the 1st December, altering the dates on which water accounts would in future become due.

342. Accrington and District Water Board—Representatives. The term of office of this Council's representatives expiring this month, it was Resolved—That Councillors Banks and Lightbown be appointed as this Council's representatives on the Board for the period ending December. 1954.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 13th December, 1951.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

343. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

344. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

347. Value of Dwelling-houses. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Walton-le-Dale U.D.C. regarding values of post-war houses. It was Resolved—That as this Council are not affected to the extent suggested in the communication no action be taken on the letter.

348. Valuation List—Expunged Items. The Clerk submitted details of items appearing in the Valuation List which were no longer in existence or were not rateable, and it was Resolved—That Assessment Nos. 41, 44, 405, 2009, 2032, 2184, 2236, 2253, 22. 54, 2257, 2259 and 2262 be expunged from the List.

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 December, 1951.

Present – Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O’Rourke, and Ramsbottom.

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

349. 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 22nd September 1951.

350. Committee Minutes Confirmed. Resolved – That the minutes of the following Committees, and the recommendations contained therein, passed at the meeting held on the respective dates under mentioned, be severly approved and adopted, viz:

Health Committee, held 13th December, 1951 (Save and accept minute no. 323D, which be referred back for further consideration).

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 13th December, 1951.

General Purposes Committee, held 13th December, 1951.

Finance Committee, held 13th December, 1951.

351. Accounts for payments. Resolved – That the Midland Bank Ltd., be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from current account to disbursement account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below, drawn on disbursement account, up and not exceeding the amount stated:-

Cheques Nos. From To 9645 to 9702.

Amount to be transferred £3,929 3s 7d.

Which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

352. Common Seal. Resolved – That the common seal of the Council be affixed to the lease in respect of land for towns yard, near Rishton colliery and to a lease in respect of the Harwood Road Recreation Ground.

353. Seasons Greetings. The Chairman extended greeting to the members for Christmas and the new year, and also to the local member of parliament, who was present at the meeting.

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

355. Upon Resuming. It was resolved – that the minutes of the Council in Committee in today’s date be approved and adopted.

Council In Committee.

Meeting held on Thursday, 20th December, 1951, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present – Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O’Rourke and Ramsbottom.

356. Private Works – Minute Number 323D. After further consideration of this matter in consequence of a report prepared by the Clerk showing the effect of the administration expense charged on private works for the past three years, it was resolved – that the establishment charge be 20% on all accounts rendered on private works other than accounts in respect of work carried on private drains and in connection with waste water closets, etc., when the establishment charge will be 25%.

357. Gardener—Appointment of. The Council interviewed four applicants for this appointment, after which it was Resolved—That Mr. R. Dixon, of Accrington, be appointed at a commencing wage of £6 2s. 10d., plus 14s. 2d. per week (the latter in respect of his appointment as a Working Head Gardener), subject to Mr. Dixon satisfactorily passing a medical examination for superannuation purposes. The appointment to commence on the 7th January, 1952.

358. Boiler House—Nursery. The Parks Sub-Committee were asked to inspect this building when meeting on matters in connection with Cutt Wood.

359. Road Safety. The representatives on the Joint Committee reported the appointment of a Road Safety Organiser for the area.

360. Dangerous Building—Rishton Paper Mill. The Surveyor submitted two quotations for the demolition of the dangerous wall, and it was Resolved—That should the Rishton Paper Mill. Ltd., not comply with the requests of the Council to demolish the building in the time specified, the tender of Messrs. W. and J. Goodier, Ltd., of Preston, for £95 15s. 0d. be accepted, and that they be instructed to proceed with the work should the necessity arise.

361. Sands Estate—Lighting and Forecourts. The Clerk reported that he had forwarded details of the expenditure incurred in the provision of Street Lighting and Forecourts, Shrubberies, etc., showing over-expenditure of £363 15s, 1d., and £424 3s. 10d. respectively on the original estimates for these schemes. It was Resolved—That on receipt of approval from the Minister of Health to the over-expenditure, the Clerk be authorised to make formal application for the Minister's consent to the borrowing of the sums of £366 and £426 (including Loan Fees and Stamp Duty), and that application be made thereafter for the money to be borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committee to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 17th January, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th January, 1952.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

362. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

363. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

364. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Refuse Disposal Tip: Attention was drawn to an arrangement which had been made between the Surveyor and a Contractor for the tipping of tree roots on this tip, but the Sanitary Inspector stated the adverse effect which this might have on the general condition of the tip. It was Resolved—That the matter be left in the hands of the Sanitary Inspector for him to make the best possible arrangements.

(b) Slaughterhouse Licence: An application for renewal was submitted by the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society. Resolved—That the licence be renewed.

(c) Petroleum Licences: Applications were submitted in respect of the individuals and firms shown on the Sanitary Inspector's Report. Resolved—That licences to store petroleum be granted for the year commencing 1st January, 1952.

365. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending December, 1951. Resolved—That this be approved.

366. Sands Estate—Wates Houses—Dampness. The Sanitary Inspector reported that there were several houses affected by rising dampness, due, in his opinion, to a defect in the construction of the houses. It was Resolved—That the Clerk, the Surveyor and the Sanitary Inspector arrange a meeting with a representative of Messrs. Holland, Hannen and Cubitts, Ltd., on the site, and for a report, if possible, to be submitted to the Council in Committee.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th January, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

367. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

368. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. Traffic Mirror: No offers having been received, it was Resolved—That the mirror be conveyed to the Sale Room of a firm of Auctioneers with instructions to sell.

2. Old Town Yard: Members of the Committee were recommended to visit the Great Harwood Tennis Courts before the estimates for 1952/3 are considered to acquaint themselves with the work of a firm of Contractors.

3. Old Town Yard—Repairs to Shed: A quotation was submitted from Mr. G. Harwood of £67 10s. 0d. for carrying out repairs to the open shed. Resolved - That the amount quoted be included in the provisional estimates.

4. Street Name Plates: An estimate for providing new plates and painting existing plates for the sum of £105 was submitted by the Surveyor. It was decided to include this sum in the provisional estimates.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Sands Estate—Shrubberies: A plan was submitted showing certain shrubberies which might be converted to lawns at the appropriate time. Resolved— That the plan be approved.

2. Horticultural Glass: The Surveyor was instructed to insert an advertisement in the local "Advertiser" asking for tenders for the purchase of a quantity of glass recovered on the demolition of an old greenhouse.

3. Nurseries: The Sub-Committee inspected the Boiler-house and instructed the Surveyor to carry out temporary work to render the building more waterproof, and they recommended that the matter be given full consideration when the estimates for 1952/3 are being prepared. Resolved—That the action and recommendations of the Sub-Committee be approved.

(c) Street Lighting.

1. Hermitage Street Lighting: The six lamps have been put into commission and lighted.

2. Tottleworth Lighting: The Surveyor was instructed to arrange for the all-night lighting of two of the lamps.

3. Scrap Metal: The Surveyor was instructed to dispose of two jubilee waggons, either as useful articles or as scrap.

(d) Lorry Driver.

Authority was given for the Lorry Driver, Mr. J. C. Clarke, to be entered in the Safe Driving Competition of the Ro. S. P. A., and that a fee of 5s. 6d. be paid by the Council in respect of a Bar to be added to a Medal gained in 1946.

(e) Dangerous Building.

The Rishton Paper Mill, Ltd., commenced work on the demolition on the 7th January.

370. Parks Sub-Committee—Cutt Wood. The Sub-Committee having inspected the Wood, where the trees have been felled, reported that the work had been carried out in accordance with the proposal of the previous Surveyor, and that a scheme would be necessary for the future development of the Wood. Resolved—That the report be received.

371. Council House—Lodger. Permission was given to the tenant of No. 31, Eachill Road, to take two lodgers for a period of 12 months.

372. Estimates of Expenditure, 1952/3. The Clerk asked members to bring forward any items for inclusion in the Annual Estimates at the next meeting of this Committee, to allow costs to be prepared.

373. Street Lighting—Lamp—Station Road. Councillor Lightbown raised the question of a lamp given some years ago by a member of a local family, and asked that the whereabouts of this lamp should be ascertained with a view to deciding upon its future use. Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to make enquiries into this matter.

374. Public Health Act, 1925—Sections 21 and 22. The Clerk reported that he had ascertained that these two Sections were adopted in the year 1926, and the consent of the Ministry of Health obtained thereto. It was therefore possible for the Council to take action under these Sections if so desired.

375. Building Licences—Private Enterprise. The Clerk reported on correspondence and conversations with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government regarding an allocation of houses for 1952 and the necessary permission to grant licences for the erection of houses by private enterprise. The Ministry officials stated that an allocation of 20 houses would be made in due course, of which half could be allocated for private enterprise. The Surveyor was instructed to inspect the district for suitable sites for Council houses.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th January, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

376. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

377. National Society of Painters. The Clerk submitted a letter requesting an interview with the Chairman and himself by the District Organiser and another official of the Society. It was agreed that the Chairman and the Clerk should meet these two gentlemen.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 10th January, 1952.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

378. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

379. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

380. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved

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

382. Finance Sub-Committee Report. Members of the Committee reported that they had discussed with the Collector the outstanding items of rates, and had instructed the Collector to serve seven days' notice on several ratepayers, and. failing receipt of the rates as the result thereof, to forthwith issue summons for the recovery.

383. Conferences. The Clerk reported that invitations had been received from two Associations in respect of the Annual Conferences, and it was Resolved—That the under-mentioned Annual Conferences be attended by the Chairman of the Council or the Chairman of the Committee affected, together with the appropriate official:

National U.D.C. s' Association.

Lancashire  e U.D.C. s' Association.

Institute of Municipal Engineers.

Sanitary Inspectors' Association.

National Housing and Town Planning Council.

It was further Resolved—That the subsistence allowance of the officials accompanying a Chairman shall be similar to those allowed to the Chairman, in lieu of the rates at present existing.

384. Water Supply—Bungalows—Reservoir Side. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Accrington Water Board regarding the giving of a supply to these properties and the guaranteeing of a minimum annual income by the Council. Before giving consideration to this matter, the Committee instructed the Clerk to ascertain from the occupiers whether they are desirous of taking a supply or not.

385. Accrington District Water Board—Accounts. Councillor Lightbown raised the question of the collecting of water accounts in the district, and drew attention to the unsuitability of the present premises being used by the Water Board officials. Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter pending an application for consideration from the Water Board.

386. Whitley Council—Wage Scales. The Clerk submitted a circular informing the Council that the employees' side had submitted an application to the National Joint Council for a wage increase of 7s. 4d. per week.

387. 10in. Gas Main. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Treasury Valuer suggesting a meeting in February to consider the application of the Treasury for a refund of contributions paid in lieu of rates.

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 17th January, 1952.

Present—Councillors Bridge (in the chair), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

388. Death of Father O'Leary. The Chairman and several members spoke of the recent passing away of the Rev. Father O'Leary, who for many years had been Priest in this district.

389. 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 20th December, 1951.

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

Health Committee, held 10th January, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 10th January 1952.    

General Purposes Committee, held 10th January, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 10th January, 1952.

391. Accounts for Payment Resolved—That the Midland Bank, Ltd., be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below, drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos. From To 9703 9752

Amount to be Transferred £5,425 7s 5d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

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

393. 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, the 17th January, 1952, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Bridge (in the chair), Banks, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

394. Sands Estate. The Officials reported on a visit of representatives of Messrs. Holland, Hannen & Cubitts, Ltd., regarding cases of dampness in Wates Houses. A letter was now awaited from the Contractors.

395. Surveyor—Co-operation. Several members referred to a report of the Clerk at the Buildings and Highways Committee held on the 10th January, and various proposals were put forward for dealing with the matter. It was finally Resolved —That the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Council and the Chairmen of each Committee meet the officials affected.

396.Building Licences. (a) Letter from Ministry: The Clerk submitted a letter wherein an allocation of 20 houses was made to this Authority for 1952. It was Resolved—That 50% of this allocation be made available for persons desiring to erect houses by private enterprise, and that balance be held over pending information as regards the demand for Council Houses, and that in this connection the Clerk advertise that the Application List is again opened, including applications from old persons with a view to ascertaining the demand for Old People's Dwellings. (b) Application for Building Licence: Resolved—That Mr. M. Goudie be granted a licence, on receipt of further information, to enable him to erect a house for his own occupation.

397. National Society of Painters. The Clerk reported that the Chairman of the Council and he had met two representatives from the Society and had explained the Council's views on the matter. It was Resolved—That the Clerk forward a letter to the Society.

398. Agendas. Councillor Kirkham referred to Minute No. 209 of the 14th September, 1950, and opened the discussion with a view to the rescission of this minute. It was thereafter Resolved—That the previous minute be adhered to.

399. Christmas Tree. The Clerk reported that, having informed the Rotary Club of the cost incurred by this Council in connection with the tree, the Rotary Club had forwarded a cheque for £5 towards this cost. Resolved—That the Rotary Club be thanked for their action.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

At a SPECIAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Rishton, on Thursday, the 14th day of February, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

The notice convening the meeting was read.

400. Death of H. M. King George VI. The Chairman referred to the untimely death of his Majesty King George VI, which took place on Wednesday, 6th February, 1952. He spoke of the very high esteem in which his Majesty was held by his subjects and of their sympathy with the Queen. Expression was also given of loyalty to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Chairman also said that a telegram of sympathy had been sent to the Queen immediately upon receipt of the news of the death of the King, and which had been acknowledged. Members of the Council also paid tribute to his late Majesty. The Chairman thereupon asked all present to stand in silence as a mark of esteem. It was Resolved—That the following humble and loyal addresses be forwarded to her Majesty the Queen and to her Majesty the Queen Mother: — To her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. May it please your Majesty:

We, the members of the Rishton Urban District Council, in the County of Lancashire, humbly desire to express to your majesty our deep sense of the loss you have sustained by the death of your father, our beloved King George VI.

We humbly tender our assurance of loyalty to your Majesty's throne and person, and pray that by God's will you will long be spared to reign over a devoted people in the high tradition set by your father, and also that your reign may be for ever blessed with peace and concord amongst nations.

To her Majesty the Queen Mother.

May it please your Majesty:

We, the members of the Rishton Urban District Council in the County of Lancashire, desire to express our deep and sincere regret at the death of his Most Gracious Majesty King George VI, and humbly tender to your Majesty and the members of the Royal Family our profound sympathy in your great bereavement, which we share as loyal citizens. Knowing how the late King had so endeared himself to the hearts of his people by his undaunted courage, splendid example and devotion to duty during a reign fraught with danger and difficulties, and at times his own ill-health, we feel constrained to express our deep sense of the loss which the nation and the Commonwealth have sustained. We earnestly pray that your Majesty, and the members of the Royal Family, may be granted consolation in your great loss.

401. Common Seal. It was Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the two loyal addresses above referred to.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 21st February, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th February, 1952.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

402. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

403. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

404. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, 1948: The attention of the Sanitary Inspector has been drawn to a considerable deposit of straw in the yard of the Minster Mill, and he had made enquiries as to what action could be taken in this matter. The store was being kept under observation.

(b) Mortuary: The police and the medical practitioners have drawn attention to certain works and implements required at the mortuary. Resolved—That an amount be included in the ensuing estimates for this work.

(c) Septic Tanks—Blackburn Road: The Sanitary Inspector drew attention to work required on these tanks, which had been in operation about 16 years, and which had been maintained from time to time by the Council. Resolved —That the cost of the work be included in the ensuing estimates.

(d) Council Houses—External Decorations and Repairs to Woodwork: Repairs and decorations are required to the Eachill Road houses at an approximate cost of £400. Attention was also drawn to the necessity for external decoration of the Fielding Street houses. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to obtain alternative quotations for the repairs and decorations to both sets of houses and to submit these to a subsequent meeting.

405. Bungalows—Reservoir Side. The Sanitary Inspector gave a brief report on the general condition of these bungalows for the purpose of placing the Council in possession of the general picture. No action was taken.

406. Medical Officer of Health-Salary. The Clerk submitted a communication from the County Council stating that, in view of the revision of salaries agreed upon when the population had been ascertained as a result of the census, it was now necessary to increase the gross salary from £65 to £78, and that the amount for which this Council would be responsible would in future be £48 5s. 0d. per annum and £9 5s. 0d. establishment charges. Resolved—That the report be accepted approved.

407. Byelaws—Clean Food. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Food have confirmed the byelaws made under Section 15 of the Food and Drugs Act, 1938, and that these came into operation on the 11th February, 1952.

408. House Refuse Tip. The Clerk reported that he was negotiating with the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding rent proposed to be charged for additional tipping land at Norden, and that a further report would be submitted in due course.

409. Fire—Domestic Chimney. A report by the police regarding a chimney fire was submitted. Resolved—That no action be taken beyond a letter from the Council to the offender.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th February, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

410. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

411. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

412. Surveyors Report. Various matters were reported on work carried out since the last meeting, together with the following:

(a) Gardening Section.

1. Gardeners: A report was submitted of the findings of the Sub-Committee who had met to consider a report by the Working Head Gardener. It was recommended by the Sub-Committee that any action taken by the Surveyor and the Head Gardener in connection with the gardening assistants be confirmed. Resolved—That the recommendation be approved and adopted.

A letter was submitted from the Working Head Gardener making application for concessions in connection with the time of arrival and departing on account of train times. The Surveyor submitted a schedule of hours for winter and summer months, and it was Resolved—That such schedule be approved.

2. Fertilisers and Seed. The gardener was authorised to purchase fertilisers and lawn seed each at a cost of £15.

3. Holt Street, etc., Allotments. Temporary repairs had been carried out to the fencing at Holt Street allotments, which still require a considerable amount of repair. The Surveyor was also asked to give attention to the fencing on Hermitage Street allotments.

(b) Street Lighting.

A letter was submitted from the North-Western Electricity Board regarding the standard of lighting on the County Roads, and suggesting the manner in which this could be improved. It was Resolved—That arrangements be made for one experimental light to be provided and to suspend further action pending the result.

(c) Sewage Disposal Works.

A letter was submitted from the Lancashire River Board regarding the method of dealing with storm water, etc. It was Resolved—That the Sewage Sub-Committee meet in the near future and consider this matter together with items for inclusion in the estimates, etc.

(d) Old Town Yard.

In view of the unsatisfactory weather being experienced for building purposes it was decided to suspend the erection of the wall between the Electricity Offices and the Council Offices until more suitable weather.

(e) Disposal of Materials.

No additional tenders having been received for the glass recovered from the greenhouse, it was Resolved—That the original tender of £4 10s. 0d. from Mr. R. Heap be accepted.

The Parks Sub-Committee were asked to meet and inspect the mowing machines and to report thereon.

(f) Dangerous Building—14 and 16, Haworth Street.

The Surveyor reported that he had sent a communication to the owner-occupiers of the above premises drawing attention to the dangerous condition of the rear boundary walls. It was Resolved—That, should no action have been taken by the respective owners by the date of the next meeting of the Council, the Council be recommended to serve Statutory Notices on the two owners to carry out work of demolition within a period of three days.

(g) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered:

6/8/93/1037. Change of user—16, Blackburn Road, for Dunkenhalgh Estate.

6/8/94/1038. Boundary Wall—East side of Cricket Ground, for Rishton Cricket Club.

6/8/95/1039. Conversion of outbuilding to garage—Hermitage Cottage, for Mr. R. Martin.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1037, 1038 and 1039 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of number 1039 to the conditions, regarding the making of a crossing, to be endorsed on the plan.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/94 and 95, subject in the case of number 95 to the conditions stated thereon.

(3) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be refused to the development shown by application numbered 6/8/93 for the reason that the use of part of the building as offices will tend to detract from the residential nature of the area.

413. Sands Estate—Dampness. The Clerk submitted a letter from Messrs. Holland, Hannen and Cubitts, Ltd., regarding their representative's report on his inspection of the Wates Houses. Certain work had been carried out at one house by the contractors as an experiment, and the result of this was now awaited.

414. Housing Programmes—Ministry Circular No. 9. The Clerk submitted this circular dealing with the Ministry's desire to expedite the erection of houses. The contents were noted.

415. Council House Tenancy. An application was submitted from the pavior and flagger employed by the Council. Resolved —That consideration be given thereto when other applications are being considered.

416. British Standards Institution. The Clerk reported that the rate of subscription to this Institution had been increased from £2 2s. 0d. to £5 5s. 0d. per annum. Resolved—That, as the Surveyor is of the opinion that no useful purpose is served by continuing membership of this Institution, further subscriptions be discontinued.

417. Tenders for Materials, 1952-3. It was Resolved—That the Chairman, the Clerk and the Surveyor be authorised to open and tabulate the tenders for submission to the next meeting of the Committee.

418. Officials. The Sub-Committee who met the Officials reported thereon, and it was Resolved—That the report be received.

419. Tennis Courts—Ministry of Education Grant. The Clerk reported the receipt of a letter from the Lancashire Playing Fields Association stating that the Ministry of Education had, for the time being, ceased to offer any grants towards the provision of facilities under the P. T. and Recreation Act, 1937.

420. Private Street Works. Attention was drawn to the dangerous condition of several private streets which had not been made up, and it was Resolved—That a letter be forwarded to the Ministry to ascertain their views on the possibility street works being permitted.

421. District Roads. The condition of the surface of several District Roads was discussed with a view to an amount being provided in the estimates for 1952/3.

422. Turrets—Land Adjoining. Attention was drawn to the unfinished state of the wall fronting the Education Offices and the Turrets Day Nursery. It was Resolved—That the attention of the County Architect be drawn thereto.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th February, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

423. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

424. Street Collections. The Clerk submitted a list of societies which the Chief Constable considered suitable to hold street collections during 1952. Resolved—That the list be approved in total.

425. Gas Consultative Council. The Chairman reported that, being unable to attend a Conference of Authorities at Preston, he had asked the Clerk to attend. The Clerk reported on the proceedings thereof. Resolved—That the report be received.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 14th February, 1952.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

426. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

427. The accounts submitted were passed for payment

428. Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved

429. Chief Financial Officers Monthly Statement Submitted and approved.

430. Finance Sub-Committee Report. The Chairman stated that the Sub-Committee investigated all the cases of unpaid rates, and had authorised the Collector to take action either by way of summons or otherwise to recover the amounts outstanding. Resolved—That the report be approved and adopted.

431. Midland Bank Ltd. —Revised Terms. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Manager of the Bank, who proposed to increase the overdraft rate (when applicable) and also to charge a commission on turnover. It was Resolved—That the Bank be asked for their minimum terms, and that enquiries also be made from the District Bank Ltd.

432. Fuel Clerk. The resignation of Mrs. F. Riding was submitted, and it was Resolved—That this be accepted, and that an advertisement be issued for a successor. The salary to be in accordance with General Division scale.

433. Precept—Lancashire County Council. The Clerk reported that information had been received from the County Council showing a proposed increase in the County Rate of 1/4 in the £, making the proposed rate for 1952/3 at a figure of 13/11 1/2 in the £, as against 12/7 1/2 in 1951/2.

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 February, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn. O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

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

434. Safe Driving Medal. Before proceeding with the business of the Meeting the Chairman of the Council presented a Bar to a Safe Driving Medal awarded to the Council's Driver (Mr. J. C. Clarke), and congratulated him upon his award.

435. 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 17th January. 1952.

Special Council Meeting, held on the 14th February. 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 14th February, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 14th February 1952.

General Purposes Committee, held 14th February, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 14th February, 1952.

437. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank, Ltd., be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos. From To Amount to be Transferred

9753  9819  £5,466 11s. 3d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

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

439. 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, the 21st February, 1952, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

440. Water Supply—Reservoir Side Bungalows. The Clerk reported upon the residents who had agreed to take a supply of water, which was approximately half of the residents on Reservoir Side. The Clerk also stated the financial obligations of this Council if a supply were given to this property. Resolved—That in view of the poor response of the residents no further action be taken in the matter.

441. Staff—Salary Application. An application was submitted from Mr. R. Catlow for an upgrading of his position. It was Resolved—That the application be not granted.

442. Whitley Council—Circular No. 151—Wage Increase. The above Circular was submitted, which provided for an increase of 1 1/2d. per hour or 5s. 6d. per week to the outside staff with effect from the end of February. Resolved—That the award be implemented.

443. Meetings in March. It was Resolved—That the Health, Buildings and Highways, and General Purposes Committees be held on the 13th, the Finance Committee on the 20th, and the Council Meeting on the 27th March.

444. Dangerous Buildings. Attention was drawn to dangerous rear walls at Nos. 36 and 38, Haworth Street. It was Resolved —That notice be served upon the owners to remove the danger by demolition or repair.

445. Ex-Gardener Mr. T. Williams. It was reported that Mr. Williams, who had been a Gardener with this Council for several years, had recently died, and the regret of the Council was expressed.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council be held on Thursday, the 27th March, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th March, 1952.

Present — Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sanderson.

446. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted

447. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment

448. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, 1948. Permission was granted to the Rodent Operator to attend a course Blackburn in the near future and that he be paid during his attendance thereat.

(b) Salvage. It was reported that the price of salvage paper was dropping and that at the present time the increased price is not applicable for sorted paper.

(c) Food and Drugs Act, 1938. During the month a considerable quantity of food stocks have been condemned. An outbreak of swine fever had been reported from a local farm, and a total of 20 pigs were slaughtered, 11 on the farm and 9 at the Blackburn Abattoirs. An inspection of the pigs slaughtered locally revealed that the offal was unfit for consumption, but the carcases were sound.

(d) Cleansing of Premises. Certain premises had been disinfected and cleansed on the death of the occupier, who was blind and had left no assets or relatives. It was Resolved —That Account No. 862 for £2 8s. 1d. be written off as irrecoverable.

(e) Littering of Streets. Attention was drawn to the condition of the highways due to the deposit of straw from lorries conveying straw to the Paper Mill. It was Resolved—That the Police be requested to keep the matter under observation with a view to a reduction in the nuisance.

449. House Refuse Tip—Norden. The Clerk reported on his interview with the Agent for the Dunkenhalgh Estate who had requested a rent of £100 per annum for a tip of approximately 4 1/3 acres. A letter was awaited from the Dunkenhalgh Estate Quoting their minimum terms.

450. Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, Section 86. The Clerk reported that a request had been received from the Police Authority asking the Council to adopt the above Section in order to assist the Police in their duties. Resolved —That the Clerk take the necessary action with a view to the adoption of this Section.

451. Salvage Bonus—Auditor's Report. The Clerk read an extract from the report dealing with the method of payment of bonus to the house refuse collection staff. Resolved—That in view of the information received regarding the fall in the price of paper, no action be taken for the time being.

452. Mass Radiography. The Chairman reported that the Unit was at present in Rishton, and urged members of the Council to publicise the benefits accruing from an examination thereat.

453. Estimates of Expenditure, 1952-53. The estimates having been circulated to all members, it was Resolved—That these be forwarded to the Finance Committee for further consideration.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th March, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (in the chair), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn and O'Rourke.

454. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

455. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. District Roads—Traffic Signs. Details of four signs were submitted which had been approved by the various Highway Authorities. It was decided to defer consideration until the examination of the estimates was made.

2. County Roads. Details of work done on County Roads up to the amount allotted in the current year's estimates were submitted. It was further reported that for the year 1952-53 the County Council had made available the sum of £4,200. It was Resolved—That application be made to the County Council for the available amount to be increased during the coming year to £6,000, and that the Surveyor substantiate the request with details of work proposed to be carried out.

(b) Street Lighting. The remaining parts for the incomplete lamps have been received and are being fitted. A letter was submitted from the B. T. H. Ltd. regarding the original lighting on the main road together with alternative estimates of cost for improving this lighting. It was Resolved—That Councillors Sutcliffe, Lightbown, Bridge and Hoyle (or alternatively Councillors Banks and Kirkham for Councillors Lightbown and Hoyle) meet representatives of the firm and of the N. W. Electricity Board before the Finance Meeting and to report thereon to that Committee.

(c) Sewage Disposal Works. The Sub-Committee who met at the Sewage Works recently reported on their recommendations and it was Resolved—(1) That with regard to work proposed for 1952-53, this be given further consideration by the Finance Committee when the estimates are being considered; (2) That the wages of J. Nolan be increased by 7s. 0d. and that he be deemed to be in charge of the men engaged at the Works; (3) That the schedule of hours of the men engaged at the Works as shown by the Surveyor's report be approved.

(d) Dangerous Buildings. The dangerous walls at the rear of Nos. 14, 16, 36 and 38, Haworth Street have been demolished, but a further wall at No. 16 is left in a dangerous condition, and it was Resolved—That if the Surveyor is satisfied that this wall is dangerous a further notice be served upon the owner to remove such building.

(e) Workmen's Wages. An application was submitted from Mr. I. Duckworth for an increase of wages as he engaged on flagging and paving. Resolved—That the wages to be paid to this man shall be 1d. below the tradesmen's rate for a flagger and pavior. It was further Resolved—That when Mr. R. Balderstone is engaged on similar work he be paid at a similar rate.

(f) Pavior - Bricklayer. Authority was given for advertisement to be issued for this vacancy.

(g) Cutt Wood. The Surveyor was instructed to press the Contractor for the removal of the remaining felled trees and the roots of all the trees which have been felled, contracted for and agreed with the Contractor.

(h) Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered: —

6/8/96/1040. Proposed equipment hutch and erection of poles and 25ft. reflector with cables on the Accrington and District Golf Club Course for the English Electric Co., Ltd.

1041. Proposed porch, 59, Blackburn Road, for Mr. H. H. Monkhouse.

1042. Proposed out-kitchen at 46, Haworth Street, for Mr. G. Eagles,

6/8/97/1043. Proposed private garage, Station Road, for Mr. H. Pomfret.

1044, Proposed bathroom at 2, Shuttleworth Street, for Mr. J. Wolstenholme.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1040, 1041, 1042, 1043 and 1044 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of number 1043 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1954. (2) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by applications numbered 6/8/96, 6/8/97, subject in the case of number 6/8/97 to the conditions to be endorsed thereon.

(i) Building Licences. Applications were submitted as under: —

1. £160 for private garage, 22, The Esplanade. Resolved —That consideration be deferred pending the receipt of further information.

2. £225 for proposed bathroom at 2, Shuttleworth Street. Resolved—That a licence be granted.

3. £1,675, plus additional charges of £152 15s. 3d., plus road charges, for a house to be erected at Lytham St. Annes for Mr. J. W. Bentley, 83, Blackburn Road, Rishton. This application is for a transfer of licence from this Authority to Lytham St. Annes Corporation. Resolved—That the applicant be requested to renew his application later in the current year.

(j) Building Bye-laws — Contravention. The Surveyor reported that the builder of two houses recently erected had also erected coal-houses at the rear in contravention of the Bye-laws. Resolved—That no action be taken thereon. Councillor O'Rourke voted against.

457. Proposed Tennis Courts. The Clerk reported that notification had now been received that the application for grant from the Ministry of Education could not be accepted due to the restrictions imposed by the Government on capital expenditure.

458. Housing Loans—Rates of Interest—Circular No. 22/52. The Clerk reported that the rates of interest had been increased by varying amounts for the respective periods of loans.

459. Building Licence—Control of Building Operations. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government had fixed a ceiling of £1,240 for the year 1952.

460. Housing Subsidies — Circular No. 51/52. The Clerk submitted this Circular, which provided for a subsidy of £26 14s. 0d. by the Exchequer and £8 18s. 0d. by the local authority per house in respect of all houses erected and completed after 28th February, 1952.

461. Council Houses—Increase of Rent. Details of the annual costs and annual loan charges, etc. having been circulated by the Clerk, consideration was given to the net rent required to meet the expenses. It was Resolved — That further consideration be given by the Finance Committee.

462. Eachill Road House—Lodgers. An application was submitted from the tenant of No. 15, Eachill Road for permission to take a family of four as lodgers. Resolved— That permission be not granted.

463. Tenders for Materials, 1952-53. Details of the tenders having been scheduled, it was Resolved—That the tenders underlined in red on such schedules be accepted.

464. Estimates of Expenditure, 1952-53. It was Resolved-That these be forwarded to the Finance Committee for further consideration.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th March, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn and O'Rourke.

465. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

466. Stamp Machine—Cutt Lane. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Head Postmaster regarding the action taken by him to endeavour to eliminate the cause of the stamps sticking in the machines.

467. Death of King George VI. A letter was submitted from the Private Secretary to H. M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, thanking the Council for their expressions of sympathy.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 20th March, 1952.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

468. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

469. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

472. Auditor's Report, Accounts to 31/3/51. The Clerk read the Auditor's report, which dealt with the Rates Department and Salvage Bonus, and members expressed their views thereon. The Chairman drew the special attention of the Rating Officer and Collector to the terms of the report.

473. Report of Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on the matters discussed by the Sub-Committee dealing with outstanding rates, etc., accounts to be written off, and deletions from the Valuation List, etc., and submitted the following recommendations: —

Irrecoverable Items: That the following amounts be written off-

Sundry Debtors: A/c. No. 843, 4/-; No. 751, 3/1; No 799. 4/1; No. 737, £1/2/6; No. 738, £2/5/-.

Rates: No. 2312, £1/16/6; No. 1044, £9/7/-. That Assessment No. 2312 be expunged from the Valuation List, and that the Valuation Officer's direction to reduce Assessment No. 2144 from £133 to £10 be accepted.

Resolved—That the recommendations of the Finance Sub-Committee be confirmed and adopted.

474. Bank Terms. The Clerk submitted letters from the Midland Bank Ltd. and the District Bank Ltd. submitting minimum terms for the transactions of the Council's Accounts, and it was Resolved—That the revised terms of the Midland Bank Ltd., as contained in their letter of the 20th February, 1952, be accepted, subject, if necessary, to revision in the light the altered bank rate recently announced.

475. 10in. Gas Main—Blackburn to Accrington. The Clerk reported on his interview with the Treasury Valuer and upon the receipt of a letter since received from him whereby the claim for refund of rates had been reduced from £1,199 5s. 0d. to £962 16s. 3d. The reduction was in respect of the first three years of the claim, and with regard to the last two years the full rates for these had been recovered from the North-Western Gas Board, making the net reduction in income of £460 6s, 3d. Resolved—That the terms submitted by the Clerk be approved and accepted, and that the necessary refund be made to the Treasury Valuer.

476. Appointment of Fuel Clerk, The Chairman reported that the Finance Sub-Committee had interviewed live applicants for this appointment, and had appointed Mrs. M. Sharples at a salary of £6 10s. 9d. per week. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Fuel and Power had approved the appointment. Resolved—That the action of the Finance Sub-Committee be approved and confirmed.

477. Estimates of Expenditure, 1952/3. The Committee considered detailed estimates of the various Committees and made extensive revisions thereto, after which it was Resolved—That the estimates be approved showing total expenditure of £18,551, less income and Government grants amounting to £8, 424, leaving a net expenditure of £10,127, from which it was proposed to deduct £1, 033 by taking this amount from the General Rate Fund Balance, leaving a net amount of £9, 094, requiring a rate of 5s. 7. 364d. in the £, which, added to the County Rate of 13s. 11. 636d., makes a total rate of 19s. 7d. in the £, which the Council be recommended to levy for the financial year 1952/3.

478. Council Houses—Rents. Further discussion ensued on the rents of the various houses, and it was finally Resolved— That the net rents of the Sands Estate Council houses be increased by 1s. 5d. per week, making these net rents now 18s. 2d. for the four-bedroomed and double-bay houses, 17s. 2d. for the 30 three-bedroomed houses of the "Wates" type, and 16s. 11d. for the 28 "Drakes" houses. It was further Resolved—That the rates on all the houses be revised in accordance with the amended General Rate for the district, the weekly increases amounting to between 6 1/2d. and 9d. per week, and that for the year 1952/3 the gross rents of all the Council houses be £1 6s. 7d. s £1 4s. 9d. and £1 4s. 6d. for the Sands Estate, 13s. 8d. s 14s. 5d. and 14s. 1 1/2d. for the Eachill Road houses, and 11s. 7d. and 10s. 4d. for the Fielding Street houses.

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 27th March, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

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

479. 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 February, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 13th March, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 13th March, 1952.

General Purposes Committee held 13th March, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 20th March, 1952.

481. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank, Ltd. be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos.

From To  Amount to be Transferred

9820  9892 £3, 164 18s. 10d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

482. General Rate, 1952-53. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Finance Committee in respect of expenditure estimated to be incurred during the year 1952-53 be approved, and that a General Rate at 19s. 7d. in the £ be levied throughout the district, and that the Clerk be instructed to prepare the Rate for sealing at the meeting of the Council to be held on 24th April. It was further Resolved—That the Discount Dates for the ensuing year be the 18th July, 3rd October and 2nd January, and that the Clerk be authorised to advertise the making of the Rate.

483. Death of King: George VI. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Home Secretary expressing the thanks of Her Majesty The Queen for the expressions of sympathy and loyalty made by the Council.

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

485. 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, the 27th March, 1952, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

486.TownPlanning — Development Plan — Dunkenhalgh Estate Objections. The Clerk submitted details of the 14 objections which the Dunkenhalgh Estate have made to the proposals in the Development Plan for the District of Rishton. The Council proceeded to consider these in detail, as the result of which Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 were agreed and that the following be not agreed for the reasons stated. No. 3—It is considered that this area should be retained as strictly residential. Shops would destroy the amenities. No. 4—The site as shown at present is considered quite suitable and accessible for young children. No. 7—The industrial area should be confined to its present limits and so avoid trespass on land suitable for residential development. No. 12—The area generally is predominantly residential and should be continued as such with the exception of the one small industry existing. Business development would destroy the amenities. It was further Resolved—That the above observations be transmitted to the Divisional Planning Officer.

487. Development of District. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Dunkenhalgh Estate with regard to the development which could lake place in the immediate future on land north and south of Blackburn Road near the Esplanade and the War Memorial. It was Resolved—That the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee investigate the position fully, particularly with regard to effectively sewering the area, and that their findings be reported to the Buildings and Highways Committee.

488. Sickness Payment—Outside Staff. The Clerk submitted details of payments made during the past year and also a list of all men at present engaged, showing their ages and date of appointment. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor be asked to report on the case of Rossall and that the list of workmen be examined by the Buildings and Highways Committee every six months.

489. Elections—Absence of Officials. Leave was granted to three officials to officiate at the County Council and Local Elections.

490. Littering of Streets. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Chief Superintendent of Police, stating that he was prepared to assist the Council in the prevention of littering the streets by lorries passing through the district and that he would take action in appropriate cases.

491. Mass Radiography. A letter was submitted from the Manchester Regional Hospital Board stating that during the recent visit of the Unit to Rishton it had been attended by 523 males and 894 females.

492. Meetings in April. In view of the Easter holidays it Resolved—That the Committee Meetings be held on the 17th April and the Council Meeting on the 24th April.

493. Building Licences—Application. An application was submitted from Mr. N. Hellewell in respect of work proposed to be carried out at a cost of £120. Resolved—That the licence be granted.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 24th April, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1952.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

494. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

495. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

496. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Salvage. Price of unbaled paper has fallen from 15s. 6d, to 8s. 0d. per cwt,, and the price obtainable for billed paper is 12s. 9d. per cwt. A baling press has been loaned by the Great Harwood U. D. C.

(b) Council Houses.

1. 50, Fielding Street. An application from the tenant for permission to remove built-in cupboards and drawers was not granted. The Sanitary Inspector was instructed to periodically inspect the premises.

2. 4, Sands Close. Consideration was deferred on an application from the tenant for permission to carry out external decorations. The Surveyor was instructed to submit a report on the condition of external woodwork on the Sands estate.

3. 9, Eachill Road. A request from the tenant for the installation of a tiled fireplace in the living-room was not acceded to.

(c) Certificate of Unfitness. The occupier of 80, Hermitage Street, having applied for a certificate, the Sanitary Inspector met the owner of the property on the site and drew his attention to the condition of the interior of the house due to the effects of a recent fire at the premises. Resolved - That unless the owner has taken active steps to improve the conditions within one month from the date of inspection, the Sanitary Inspector be authorised to issue the certificate of unfitness.

497. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending March, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved.

498. House Refuse Tip. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Dunkenhalgh Estate in which they ask for a rent of £26 per annum for the land required for tipping purposes. Resolved—That the rent be agreed and that a lease be sought for 14 years with the option to renew on a yearly basis thereafter.

499. Bye-laws—Clean Food. Printed copies having been received from the printer, it was Resolved—That one copy be issued, free of charge, to all food shops in the district.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, i952.

Present—Councillors Sutcliffe (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sanderson.

500. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

501. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section. District Roads - Reinstatement: A letter was submitted from the N. W. Gas Board asking if the Council are agreeable to the Board carrying out their own permanent reinstatements after excavations. Resolved—That permission be granted to the Board as requested.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Sands Estate. The conversion of the shrubberies to lawns is proceeding, but damage is being caused by children and dogs to the new lawns. Resolved—That a letter be sent to all the tenants asking for their cooperation in preventing damage.

2. Cutt Wood The Surveyor reported on his interview with the contractors responsible for tree felling, and it was Resolved—That the Chairman of this Committee and the Surveyor seek an interview with the contractor with a view to expediting the work.

(c) Street Lighting. Instructions have been issued to the N. W. Electricity Board to proceed with the conversion from 250-watt to 400 watt lamps after obtaining the result of a test of the lamps The Clerk reported that he had requested permission from the Ministry of Transport, under the Defence Regulations, to proceed with this work, and this was awaited.

(d) Tennis Courts. Before proceeding to consider details of the proposal, the officials were requested to obtain information regarding development charges, etc.

(e) Town's Yard. Correspondence with the National Coal regarding the proposed demolition of the derelict building having been concluded, it was Resolved — That the quotation of Messrs W. & J. Goodier, Ltd., of Preston, for £100 be accepted subject to the tenderer's ability to submit proof of 3rd party insurance covering the Council against claims, and that the work of demolition be not proceeded with until fencing material is available.

(f) Plans and Notices. The following applications were considered: —

6/8/98/1045. Pair of semi-detached houses, with garages, at the corner of Blackburn Road and Sussex Road for Mr. M. Goudie and Mr. L. Hamm.

1046. Drain at "Rookhill", Blackburn Road, for Mr. C. Unsworth.

1047. Garage at rear of 1, Highfield Road, for Mr. L, Hacking.

1048. Amended plan for garage at 22, The Esplanade, for Mr. J. F. Rhodes.

1049. Bay window and new chimney at "Clonbern", Blackburn Road, for Mr. J. Brennan.

1050. Garage at "Brooklands", Blackburn Road, for Mr. H. Farnworth.

Resolved — (1) That applications numbered 1045, 1046, 1047. 1048, 1049 and 1050 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of number 1047 to the requirements under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1954.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/98, subject to the conditions stated thereon, as specified by the Divisional Planning Officer as regards the proposed improvement line.

(g) Building Licences. Resolved That Building Licences be issued to Messrs. Hamm and Goudie in respect of one pair of semi-detached houses at the corner of Blackburn Road and Sussex Road, the maximum selling price being fixed for each house at £2, 175, and that a licence also be issued to Mr. J. F. Rhodes, 22, The Esplanade, in respect of a garage at an estimated cost of £190.

503. Bowling Green— Matches. An application was submitted from the British Legion for permission to play approximately five matches during the season with neighbouring branches of the Legion. Resolved—That permission be granted, subject to the matches being played on any day except Saturdays or Sundays.

504. Harwood Road Allotments. It was Resolved—That the tenants who have taken plots on the recently cultivated site be allowed to occupy the plots rent free for the financial year 1952-53.

505. Housing Applications. It was Resolved — That the Application List be closed on the 17th May, and that the public be informed of this by advertisement and that applicants on the old list be notified individually.

506. Development of District. A further letter was submitted from the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding the land on the north of The Esplanade and the question of sewerage. The Surveyor was asked to expedite his report regarding the adequacy of existing sewers.

507. Town Planning. The Clerk reported the receipt of notification from the County Council that an appeal had been lodged in respect of the Council's decision regarding change of user at 16, Blackburn Road.

508.Town Planning Inquiry—Development Plan. The Clerk reported that a Public Inquiry would be held at Preston on the 17th June, by an Inspector of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government into proposals contained in the Lancashire Development Plan. Resolved—-That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be authorised to attend the hearing.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1952.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

509. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

510. Charities, The Clerk submitted details of the draft scheme of the Charity Commissioners for the amalgamation of the four local charities. No action was taken.

511. Industry and Employment in N. E. Lancashire. The Clerk submitted reports received from the Town Clerk of Burnley on progress made by the Joint Advisory Committee in their efforts to secure diversity of industry in this part of the county.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th April, 1952.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

512. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

513. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

516. Report of Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on their investigations into the outstanding amounts of rates, sundry debtors, etc. It was considered that the arrears outstanding represented a satisfactory position. Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be accepted and that the Collector be urged to concentrate on the recovery of all arrears and that consideration of two items still outstanding, in respect of garages, be considered at the July meeting. It was further Resolved—That sundry debtors' account No. 923, amounting to 9s. 10d., be written off.

517. Fuel Expenses -Reimbursement. The Clerk submitted a circular letter from the Ministry of Fuel and Power dated 7th March dealing with the method of reimbursement of fuel control expenses.

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 April, 1952.

Present - Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

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 27th March, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 17th April, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 17th April, 1952 (save and except Minute No. 502 (a) which be referred back to Council in Committee for further consideration).

General Purposes Committee, held 17th April, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 17th April, 1952.

520. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank, Ltd., be authorised to transfer the under-mentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and a the Clerk authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —   ,

Cheque Nos. From  To - 9893 9948

Amount to be Transferred £2, 130 13s. 1d.

which cheques and amounts have been verified at this meeting as being in accordance with the Schedule now submitted and signed by the presiding Chairman and two members of the Council.

521. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal be affixed to (1) General Rate for 1952-53; (2) Agreement with the Lancashire County Council re revised delegated town planning powers; and (3) Mortgage No. 122 in respect of a loan of £1,885, borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board and to an Authorisation for Payment in respect of the same amount.

522. Votes of Thanks. The Chairman expressed his thanks to members, officials and the Press for the assistance they had rendered him during his period of office, and the Chairman in return was thanked by the members for his impartiality while occupying the Chair.

Thanks were also expressed to Councillor Milburn for his services during the past three years, as he was not seeking re-election. Councillor Milburn replied suitably. Reference was also made to the absence from meetings of Councillor Ramsbottom, through illness, and it was agreed to forward a letter to him expressing the hope of the Council for his speedy recovery.

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

524. 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, the 24th April, 1952, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Sanderson, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, Milburn, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

525. Gas Board — Reinstatements — Minute No. 502 (a). Discussion ensued on this minute, which had been referred back, and it was Resolved—That the minute, as printed, be confirmed, with the addition that permission be granted subject to six months' notice on either side to terminate the agreement.

526. Meetings in May. Resolved—That the following meetings be held: Informal Meeting—15th; Annual Meeting and Committees—22nd; and Council Meeting—29th.

527. Community Council of Lancashire—Bibliography. A further letter was submitted asking for a contribution of £2 15s. 0d. per annum for five years towards the cost of preparing the Bibliography. Resolved—That no action be taken.

528. Bus Services—Review of Fares. The Clerk submitted details of proposed fare increases for which the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. had made application to the Traffic Commissioners. Resolved—That no objections be made thereto. The Clerk was asked to draw the attention of the Bus Company to various matters.

529.Town Planning — Development Plan. The Clerk submitted details of objections of the Dunkenhalgh Estate, and it was Resolved—That the Divisional Planning Officer be informed of this Council's decision.

530. Bowling Green Attendant. An application was submitted for an increase of wages. Resolved — That an increase of 10s. 0d. per week be granted.