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RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.

At the ANNUAL MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 22nd day of May, 1952.

Present—Councillors Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Sanderson and Sutcliffe. The notice convening the meeting was read.

1. Councillor Sanderson occupied the chair until the election of Chairman.

2. Election of Chairman. Resolved—That Councillor Hoyle be, and is hereby elected Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year. Councillor Hoyle, having received the Chain of Office from Councillor Sanderson took the chair and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

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

4. Urban District Council Election, 5th May, 1952. The Clerk reported the following votes recorded for each of the candidates, and declared that Messrs. Kirkham, Hoyle, Eyre and McNeil had been elected as 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: Kirkham, R., 524; Tattersall, S., 438.

South Ward: Hoyle, G. (unopposed).

East Ward: Aspden, J. R., 336; Eyre, J., 436.

West Ward: McNeil, D. J. (unopposed).

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. 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 Sub-Committees.

8. Appointment of Chairman of Committees. Health Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Rev. Kirkham be appointed Chairman of the Health Committee. Buildings and Highways Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Banks be appointed Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee. General Purposes Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Hoyle be appointed Chairman of the General Purposes Committee. Finance Committee. Resolved—That Councillor Bridge 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. 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. That Sub-Committees consist of not more than five members, including the Chairman of the Council (ex-officio member of all Sub-Committees) and the Chairman 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: Buildings and Highways: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe. Health: Members—Chairman of Health, Councillors Hanks, Hacking and Ramsbottom. Finance: Members—Chairman of Finance, Chairman of Health, Chairman of Buildings and Highways. Councillor Sutcliffe. Sewerage: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Chairman of Health, Councillors Hacking and O'Rourke. Parks: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors Eyre, Kirkham and Lightbown. Allotments: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors Eyre, Hacking and Ramsbottom.

12. Appointment of Representatives on Outside Bodies. Resolved- That the following be appointed as the Council's representatives: — Preservation of Rural England: Councillor Sutcliffe. Water Board: Councillors Lightbown and Banks Food Control: Councillor Hoyle. Employment: Councillor Hacking. Divisional Health: Councillor Kirkham. Divisional Planning: Councillor Banks. Divisional Education: Councillors Kirkham and O'Rourke. High Street School Managers: Councillor Lightbown. C. of E. School Managers: Councillor Sutcliffe. St. Charles' School Managers: Councillor O'Rourke. Library: Councillors Bridge, Lightbown and Hacking.

13. Road Safety Committee. Councillors Bridge, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Hoyle. Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council, to he held on Thursday, 29th May. 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 22nd May, 1952.

Present—Councillors Kirkham (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hacking, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, 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. (a) Salvage: The price of paper salvage has fallen again from 12/9 per cwt. to 8/6 per cwt. baled, and to 6/4 per cwt. Unbaled. (b) Refuse Collection and Disposal: The Rishton paper Mill have deposited 225 loads on the Tip, which brings to an end their tipping, as they have secured their own land for this purpose. (c) Certificate of Unfitness: This has become unnecessary in respect of the house in Hermitage Street, as the owner has placed the work in the hands of a contractor. (d) Conveniences—George Street: The officials were requested to enquire as to the ownership of these premises, and, pending the result of their enquiries, the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to have them attended to daily.

17. County Medical Officer of Health Report, 1950. The Clerk reported on the receipt of this Report, which was available for inspection by members.

18. Rodent Control. It was Resolved—That Councillor Rev. R. Kirkham and the Sanitary Inspector be appointed as this Council's representatives on the Area Committee.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 22nd May, 1952.

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

19. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

20. The accounts submitted passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

1. County Roads: The County Surveyor has intimated that it is not possible to increase the money allocated beyond 4, 200.

2. Lee Lane: The Surveyor was requested to discuss with the County Council the question of the hedge and fencing on Lee Lane.

(b) Gardening Section:

A second-class gardener has been appointed to take the place of a labourer on the gardening staff. Resolved—That the Surveyor's action be confirmed.

(c) Cutt Wood:

Councillor Sutcliffe reported on his interview with the contractor responsible for the tree felling. The Clerk was instructed to enquire into the legal position with regard to this contractor.

(d) Street Lighting:

Instructions were given for the lighting to be discontinued throughout the district forthwith except for the pilot lights on the Main Road. It was Resolved —That arrangements be made for lighting to recommence by August 16th.

(c) Labour:

It was Resolved—That J. Flannery be paid 3d. per hour extra over the bricklayers' rate in view of the difficulty in obtaining skilled labour.

(f) Old Town Yard:

The Surveyor reported that planning approval will be necessary in connection with the provision of tennis facilities on this site, but the Clerk reported that no development charge would be payable, and that authorisation was not necessary under the Defence Regulations. It was Resolved—That consideration be given to this matter by the Council in Committee.

(g) Sands Estate:

The Surveyor was requested to submit a report regarding the repainting of the Sands Estate houses and as regards the puttying of the windows.

(h) Sewage Disposal Works:

A letter was submitted from the Lancashire Rivers Board referring to an unsatisfactory sample taken at the works, and suggesting that consideration be given to participation in a Joint Sewage Scheme. It was Resolved—(1) That the Surveyor reply stating that the Council are prepared to consider the implications of joining with other authorities in a Sewage Disposal Scheme; (2) that enquiries be made as to the fee payable to a Consultant in respect of a report on the sewage system and the Sewage Disposal Works, and (3) that the Surveyor be authorised to arrange regarding a suitable pump for hire or to have the existing pump repaired as soon as possible.

(i) Council Office Gates:

A tender was submitted from Messrs. R. Butler and Sons for 16 15s. 0d. for the repair of these gates. Resolved—That the tender be accepted.

(j) Plans and Notices:

The following application was considered: — 1051. Proposed Bathroom, 15, Danvers Street, for Mrs. N. Hopkinson. Resolved—That this application be approved under Building Byelaws.

22. Sands Estate. (a) Steps—Bridge Street Quadrangle: The Clerk reported the request of a tenant for an alternative approach to the house. Resolved—That no action be taken. (b) Danvers Street—Fencing and Clothes Posts: A letter was submitted from several tenants requesting the erection of fencing and the provision of an additional clothes post. Resolved— That the Surveyor inspect the complaint and report to the next meeting.

23. Housing and Town Planning Council—Conference. It was Resolved That the Chairman of this Committee and the Surveyor be appointed to attend the Conference at Morecambe on 25th, July, and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

24. Town Planning Appeal. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Dunkenhalgh Estate asking for reconsideration of the Council's decision re 16, Blackburn Road. Resolved— That the previous decision be adhered to.

25 Tottleworth Road. The Chairman drew attention to traffic using this road and in consequence traversing the concrete bridge over the stream. The Clerk reported as to the responsibility for the upkeep of the road from the bridge to the Sewage Works Road. It was Resolved—That the officials discuss the matter with the officials of the Great Harwood U. D. C.

26. Housing Application List. It was Resolved—That a Special Meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee be called for Thursday, 5th June, to consider the applications, and that the Clerk award the points in accordance with the existing system and circulate the list.

27. Spaw Brook—Culvert. Details of the cost of providing this culvert over which the main sewer passes were submitted. Arising out of these, the Clerk was requested to submit a monthly statement showing expenditure incurred against the year's estimates.

28. Bowling Green. An application was received for permission to play a match on the 26th May. Resolved—That permission be granted. It was further Resolved—That pensioners be allowed to play at the reduced rate on Wednesday afternoons.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 22nd May, 1952.

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

29. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

30. N. W. Provincial Council and Whitley Council. It was Resolved—That Councillors Bridge and Hoyle be nominated on these Councils.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 22nd May, 1952.

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

31. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

32. The accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

35. Rate Arrears and Voids Books. The Clerk submitted these two books, which were inspected by the members and signed by the Chairman.

36. Sanitary Inspector—Application for Regrading. An application was submitted from Mr. Pilkington for his position to be regraded. Resolved—That Mr. Pilkington be placed in Grade IV, commencing at 530 per annum, as from 23rd August, 1952.

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton.

Held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices. Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 29th May, 1952.

Present—Councillor Hoyle, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hacking, Kirkham, Lightbown, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

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

37. 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 24th April, 1952.

Annual Meeting, held on the 22nd May, 1952.

38. 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 22nd May, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 22nd May. 1952.

General Purposes Committee held 22nd May, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 22nd May, 1952.

39. 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 9949 10019 Amount to be Transfer 6, 925 8s. 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.

40. Councillor Ramsbottom. A letter was submitted from Councillor Ramsbottom thanking the Council for their good wishes during his present indisposition.

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

42. 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 22nd May, 1952,

the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

43. Sands Estate—External Painting. The Council considered the report submitted by the Surveyor regarding the work required on these houses. Consideration was also given to the resolution passed in Minute No. 404(d) of 1951-52, and it was Resolved—That tenders be invited for the external decoration of the 28 houses on Cliffe Street and the Eachill Road and Fielding Street Houses and that the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet to consider if any estate should have priority in this work.

44. Tennis Facilities. It was Resolved—That Standing Orders be suspended to permit this subject to be considered. The Council then proceeded to consider whether two tennis courts or one tennis court and gardens should be provided, and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to obtain estimates from two firms for the provision of one tennis court and ornamental gardens. It was further Resolved—That standing orders be reinstated.

45. Bowling Green. The Surveyor was instructed to erect a temporary screen near the Free Gardeners' Club conveniences.

46. Cutt Wood. The Clerk reported that he had interviewed a firm of Solicitors regarding the legal position with the Contractor responsible for tree felling and that the Solicitors had forwarded a letter to the Contractor giving him one month in which to complete the Contract, failing which the Council will have the work completed and charge him with the cost. Resolved -That the Clerk's action be confirmed.

47. Lancashire U. D. C. s' Association. It was Resolved—That no nomination be made by this Council to the Executive Committee.

48. Industrial Development Association. It was Resolved— That the Chairman, or Councillor Kirkham, and the Clerk, be appointed to attend the Annual Meeting of the Association in Manchester on 13th June. Reports of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting the Council to be held on Thursday, 19th June, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th June, 1952.

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

49. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

50. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

51. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of May, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved.

52. Public Conveniences. (a) George Street: The Clerk reported that he had not yet obtained any information as to the ownership of these premises. (b) Cleaner: An application for an increase in wage was received. Resolved—That an increase of 2s. 6d. per week be granted.

52A. Monthly Statement of Expenditure. A copy having been circulated to each member, this was considered and accepted.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th June, 1952.

Present—Councillors Hoyle (in the chair), Bridge, Eyre, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson.

53. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

54. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Sewage, etc. Section.

1. Letters from Consulting Engineers: Letters were submitted from two firms quoting their fees for the submission of a report on the existing Sewers and Sewage Disposal Works and their recommendations thereon. Resolved—That Messrs. Charles Lomax & Son, of Manchester, be asked to submit the required report and recommendations in accordance with the terms of reference enumerated in the Surveyor's letter.

2. Mono Pump: The Surveyor was authorised to have this pump repaired as quickly as possible at a cost not exceeding the quotation of the makers.

3. Defective Valves: The action of the Surveyor in engaging a mechanic to repair these on a time basis of 5s. 0d. per hour was approved.

4. Defective Main Sewer. The Surveyor was authorised to have this repaired at once and that he keep the Chairmen of the Buildings and Highways and Finance Committees acquainted with the costs from time to time.

(b) Housing Section.

1. Fences and Clothes Posts—Danvers Street Houses: An estimated cost of 63 was submitted for providing these. Resolved—That the work be proceeded with as quickly as possible.

(c) Post Office Clock.

 An estimate for the repair and overhaul was submitted in the amount of 70-80. Resolved—That quotations and designs, including electric clocks, be obtained from various firms for the supply of a new clock.

(d) Cutt Wood Trees.

The Clerk submitted a letter from the Contractors, who were now proceeding more quickly with the clearing of the site.

(e) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered: —

1052/6/8/S. U. 7 Proposed two 33, 000-volt overhead lines from Clayton-le-Moors to Great Harwood passing over Rishton north-east of the Sewage Works at Fiddlers Wood for the North-Western Electricity Board. This plan has been forwarded by the Divisional Planning, Officer in order that the Council may express its views.

1053 Proposed garage at the rear of 10. Clifton Street, for Mr. R. Preston.

1054 Proposed amendment to the arrangement of the drains at the pair of semi-detached houses for Messrs. L. Hamm and M. Goudie.

1055 Proposed outhouse at the rear of 55, Haworth Street, for Mr. J. Rzeznicki.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1052, 1053, 1054. 1055 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of number 1053 to the condition that the doors of the garage shall not open out on to the passage, and to the requirements under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1954, and in the case of 1054 that the lines of pipes leading from the two houses to the connection on the main sewer shall for all time be deemed to be private sewers repairable and maintainable at the expense of the owners. (2) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by application numbered 6/8/S. U. 7.

55. Housing Act, 1949. Councillor Eyre raised the question of adopting the provisions of certain sections and applying them in this district. It was pointed out that on previous consideration of this matter, it was decided not to proceed under the Act. Resolved—That copies of Circular No. 90/49 be obtained.

57. Council Houses—Applications. It was decided to consider these in Council in Committee.

58. Monthly Statement of Expenditure. A copy having been circulated to each member, this was considered and accepted.

59. Town Planning Appeal—16, Blackburn Road. The Clerk reported that an Inquiry would be held on 9th July at 10-30 a. m. at these offices.

60. Tar Spraying. The Surveyor was requested to proceed with the work, particularly on County roads, without delay.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th June, 1952.

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

61. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

62. Civic Sunday. The Chairman invited members and officers to accompany him to Divine Service at High Street Methodist Church on Sunday, 15th June.

63. Annual Trip. After discussion it was decided to hold this on 20th August.

64. St. Charles School Managers. It was Resolved-That Councillor McNeil be appointed vice Councillor O'Rourke.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th June, 1952.

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

65. Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

66. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

69. Coronation. The date for this having been fixed for 2nd June, 1953, the question of the form the local celebrations should take was discussed in brief. It was thereupon Resolved—That a Public Meeting be called, on a date to be fixed by the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk, in order to obtain a concensus of opinion.

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton.

Held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices. Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 19th June, 1952.

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

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

70. 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 29th May, 1952.

71. 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 12th June, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 12th June 1952.

General Purposes Committee, held 12th June, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 12th June, 1952.

72. 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 10020 10062 4, 079 8s. 11d.

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.

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

74. 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 19th June, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

75. Council Houses—External Decorations. It was decided to call a meeting of the Sub-Committee to consider the tenders and the specification, and if necessary, to inspect the houses, such meeting to be held on the 7th or 8th July.

76. Council Houses—Tenancy Applications. The Committee considered the 53 applications for future vacancies in the houses, and selected certain cases for further enquiries to be made into the conditions of the applicants' present residence. It was Resolved—That the maximum points which may be awarded for special hardship cases be increased from 8 to 12 and that the points system in other respects remain as at present.

77. Town Planning — House Refuse Tip. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Divisional Planning Officer pointing out the provisions of Section 12 (3) (b). Resolved— That application be made for permission to continue tipping operations at the site of the present tip.

78. Education —Modern School Managers. A letter was submitted from the Divisional Education Officer requesting nominations for two appointments on this body. Resolved— That Mrs. A. Fish and Mr. F. Worsley, J. P., be nominated.

79. Coronation—Public Meeting. It was decided to call a Public Meeting for Monday, 30th June, at 8 p. m. in the Harwood Road School, to consider, primarily, details of the local celebrations, and that public notice be given by means of leaflets to each householder and that an invitation be extended to the Chairman and Secretaries of the respective Festival of Britain Committees. Reports of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 17th July, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 10th July, 1952.

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

80. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

81. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

82. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of June, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved.

83. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending June, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved.

84. George Street Convenience. The Clerk submitted correspondence between the Brewery Co. and himself regarding the maintenance of these conveniences, and it was Resolved — That the Chairman of the Council and the Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee, with the Clerk, seek an interview with the Estates Manager of the Brewery Co. to discuss the future of these premises.

85. Sanitary Inspectors' Association Conference. The Chairman of the Committee having been compelled to withdraw from attending this Conference, it was Resolved—That Councillor Banks be appointed a delegate in lieu of Councillor Kirkham.

86. Statement of Expenditure. This was considered and accepted.

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

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

87. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

88. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

89. 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: Tar-spraying has been carried out on Wilpshire Road, but the tar-sprayer has been proved faulty. The Surveyor was instructed to purchase a theromometer and dip-stick for the tar-sprayer and that immediately after tar-spraying has recommenced the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee shall be called to inspect the work and report to the full Committee.

(b) Gardening Section.

1. Cutt Wood: Good progress has been made by the Contractors in clearing the site of the felled trees, and they have been asked to fill in holes caused by the removal of the roots. The Surveyor was instructed to carry out sufficient repairs to the paths to enable them to be used and thereafter the wood be re-opened to the public It was further Resolved—That the Surveyor, in collaboration with Mr. Birtwistle, of Great Harwood, prepare a plan of the ultimate layout of the wood and that this be submitted to the Committee.

2. Esplanade: A suggestion from the Head Gardener for a Special Display during the spring of 1953 on the occasion of the Coronation was adopted and authority was given for the purchase of bulbs up to 30 in value.

3. Southport Horticultural Show: Authority was given to the Gardener to attend this Show on one day, and that his wages, subsistence and travelling expenses be paid by the Council.

(c) Street Lighting.

A favourable report on the test of a lantern having been received from the N. W. Electricity Board and six demonstration lanterns having been inspected in commission on the main road, it was Resolved— That a definite order be placed with Messrs. British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd. for the conversion of the remainder of the lights on Blackburn Road and Harwood Road to 400-watt Mercury Vapour with new lanterns, on terms already agreed and enumerated in correspondence with the Surveyor.

(d) Temporary Buildings.

It was Resolved — That the Plans Nos. 99 to 111 be approved for the period ending 31st December, 1955.

(e) Tennis Court.

Two tenders for the construction of a court and ornamental garden having been submitted it was Resolved—That the scheme and tender of Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart, Ltd. be accepted at a cost of 935 subject to a maintenance period being agreed between the Council and the Contractors.

(f) Dangerous Buildings.

Letters have been forwarded to the owners of 21, Henry Street and 111, High Street drawing attention to dangerous walls, and it was Resolved—That the action of the Surveyor be approved and that statutory notices be served on the owners if the danger is not removed by the date of the next meeting of the Council.

(g) Gully Emptying.

Enquiries having been made as to the cost of hiring a gully emptying machine, the price of 12s. 6d. per hour had been quoted by the Great Harwood U. D. C., and it was Resolved—That this machine be hired for an experimental period to cover emptying of all the gullies in the district and that a report be submitted on the cost thereof for the period to 31st March next.

(h) Public Clock.

A letter was submitted from Messrs. W. Potts & Sons, Ltd. regarding the general overhaul and repair of the Post Office clock, and it was Resolved—That this firm be requested to carry out this work at a cost of 70-80.

(i) Street Lighting—Removal of Standard.

A request was received from a person erecting a dwelling-house on Blackburn Road for the re-siting of a lamp standard to enable him to provide a crossing from his gateway to the carriageway. Resolved—That the observations of the N. W. Electricity Board be obtained as to the advisability of this from a street lighting aspect, and if the reply is favourable, what would be the probable cost. It was further Resolved— That the applicant be asked if he will be prepared to meet the cost involved should the standard be moved.

(j) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered: —

6/8/112/1056. Asbestos Bungalow at the side of Rishton Reservoir for Mr. D. Doran.

1057. Out-kitchen at 34, Henry Street for Mr. J. Bennett.

1058. Outside W. C. at 106, Harwood Road for Mr. W. Taylor.

1059. Internal W. C. and drain at 71, Stourton Street for Mrs. A. Whittaker.

6/8/113/1060. Proposed Private Garage at Meadowhead for Mr. C. E. Garratt.

6/8/A. 6. Application for renewal of consent to continued use of Bulletin Board at Whitebirk by Messrs. More O'Ferrall, Ltd.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1056 1057, 1058, 1059 and 1060 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of number 1060 to the requirement 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 6/8/113 subject to the conditions stated thereon. (3) That consent be refused under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/112 for the reasons to be endorsed thereon. (4) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by application numbered 6/8/A. 6.

90. Tottleworth Road, The Clerk reported that he had been in communication with the Great Harwood U. D. C. and the Dunkenhalgh Estate regarding steps which might be taken to prevent heavy traffic traversing this road and that the two bodies concerned were prepared to share in the cost of notices to be placed at either end of the road. Resolved— That the suggestion be adopted and that this Council bear one-third of the cost.

91. Council Houses—External Painting. Seven tenders having been received and considered for the external painting of 28 houses in Cliff Street, 15 houses in Eachill Road and 6 houses in Fielding Street, it was Resolved—That the tender of Mr. J. Pilkington, of Helmshore, be accepted for the sums of 300, 150 and 52 10s. 0d. respectively and that the necessary contract be prepared.

92. Town Planning—Appeal—16, Blackburn Road. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk reported on their attendance at a local inquiry held on the 9th July. The decision of the Ministry is now awaited.

93. Recreation Ground—Holt Street. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Rishton Football Club asking for permission to use this ground for the forthcoming season. Resolved— That permission be granted on similar terms to previous years. The Surveyor was instructed to investigate the drainage on a portion of the ground.

94. Statement of Expenditure. This was considered and accepted.

95. Bowling Green—Bowling Matches. Applications were submitted from The British Legion and the Free Gardeners' Club for permission to hold matches on two different dates. It was Resolved—That permission be granted.

96. Bowling Green—Presentation of Cup. The Clerk reported that the Rishton Co-operative Society, Ltd. had decided to present a Silver Cup to the Council, in turn to be presented annually to the winner of a Bowling Competition open to residents of the district. The Clerk was asked to arrange for the Cup to be formally handed over to the Council at the next meeting to be held on the 17th July and that arrangements for the Competition be decided at a subsequent meeting.

97. County Roads — Surface Heating and Planing. The Clerk submitted a letter from a local resident herein.

98. Day Nursery — Wall. Attention was drawn to the unfinished state of this boundary wall and the Clerk was requested to communicate with the local County Councillor on the matter.

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

Present—Councillors Hoyle, J. P. (Chairman), Bridge, Eyre, Lightbown, O'Rourke and Sanderson.

99. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

100. Industrial Development Association. The Clerk reported on the attendance of Councillor Kirkham and himself at a recent conference held in Manchester, and it was Resolved—That the report be accepted and that the attention of the Association and the County Council be drawn to a mill in this district which is only utilised for a storage place and which could usefully be utilised for industry.

101. Postal Arrangements—Local Holidays. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Head Postmaster suggesting earlier collecting during the first week of the local holidays. It was Resolved—That this suggestion be not agreed and that the postal authorities be requested to retain the usual collecting hours.

102. Whitley and Provincial Councils - Representatives. The Clerk submitted the result of the elections held for appointments on these two Councils and reported that the nominations of this Authority had not been successful.

103. Finance Committee. In view of the lateness of the hour it was Resolved—That the meeting of the Finance Committee be postponed until 7-30 p. m. on the 17th July.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 17th July, 1952.

Present—Councillors Bridge (Chairman), Banks, Eyre, Hoyle, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

104. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

105. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

108. Finance Sub-Committee—Report on Meetings. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had held two meetings, when matters in connection with outstanding rates and other accounts had been discussed. It was Resolved— That the report be received, and that the Chairman and the Clerk interview the Collector regarding two items of rates outstanding, and that the Clerk press an applicant for a Council house for one week's rent.

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 July, 1952.

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

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

109. Bowling Green—Presentation of Cup. Before the business of the meeting the Council received the President, Secretary and members of the Committee of the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., who presented to the Council a Silver Cup for competition at the bowling green. The Chairman received the Cup and, with several members, expressed his appreciation of the generosity of the Co-operative Society.

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

Ordinary meeting, held on the 19th June, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 10th July, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 10th July, 1952. (A motion was moved and seconded that Minute No. 89 (e) be referred back for further consideration. The motion was defeated by 4 votes to 3.)

General Purposes Committee, held 10th July, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 17th July, 1952.

112. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the undermentioned 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

10063 - 10137 6,514 5s. 11d.

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.

113. Common Seal. It was Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the contracts of Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart (Glasgow) Ltd. and Mr. J. Pilkington.

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

115. 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 July, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillor Hoyle, J. P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke and Sutcliffe.

116. Tennis Court. The Clerk reported that he had communicated with the contractors, who had promised to endeavour to complete the construction of the court by the end of September.

117. Council Houses—External Painting. The Clerk reported that he had interviewed the successful tenderer, who had raised the question of the re-puttying of the whole of the windows. After hearing the report it was Resolved—That the sum of 60 be deducted from the tender price, and that the Contractor be paid on a percentage basis for any puttying carried out by him, such payment to be agreed between the Contractor and the Surveyor.

118. Street Lighting. Correspondence was submitted from the N. W. Electricity Board quoting the sum of 22 15s. 0d., plus reinstatement charges, for the removal of an existing lamp column to a new position. Resolved—That the person requesting the alteration be informed that he will be expected to bear the cost of any alteration carried out.

119. Pedestrian Crossings—Ministry of Transport Circular No. 681. The Clerk submitted this circular, which requested the Council to install flashing lights in the beacons at the two crossings. Resolved—That the Surveyor proceed with this work before the winter months. It was further Resolved— That application be made to the Ministry for approval to the installation of a pedestrian crossing in Hermitage Street.

120. U. D. C. 's Association—Conference—Report. The report by the Vice-Chairman and the Clerk having been circulated, this was discussed, and thanks were expressed to the two delegates for their attendance at the Conference and for their interesting report. Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 21st August, 1952.

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

Present—Councillors Hoyle, (in the chair), Banks, Eyre, Hacking, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

Sanitary Inspector's Report. Report submitted for the month of July, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved.

121. Refuse collecting Wagon. A report having been obtained from the repairer on the condition of the engine, it was Resolved—That a reconditioned engine be obtained at an approximate cost of 70.

122. Moveable Dwellings. Attention was drawn to a caravan sited at Whitebirk Moss Farm. Resolved—That a licence be not granted in respect thereof and that the occupier of the Farm be notified of his obligations herein.

123. Children Act, 1948. The Clerk submitted a circular letter from the Lancashire County Council enclosing a copy of the scheme of administration under the Act, under which Area No. 6 would consist of representatives from various local authorities, etc. and the County Council. It was Resolved— That Councillor Hoyle be nominated to represent this Authority.

124. Expenditure Statement. This was considered and accepted.

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

Present—Councillors Banks (Chairman), Eyre, Hacking, Hoyle, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

(1) County Roads: Heating and planing of these has been completed.

(2) Lee Lane Fencing and Weeding: Repairs have been carried out to certain fencing, and correspondence has passed between the County Council and the Surveyor with respect to the abundance of weeds in the hedge. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor instruct two men to clear the weeds as quickly as possible.

(b) Gardening Section.

(1) Nurseries: Roofing material is awaited in order to complete the new boiler house. The fencing is completed.

(2) Cutt Wood: A letter was submitted from Mr. Birtwistle suggesting that he is unable to assist the Council in the preparation of a master plan, and recommending the engagement of a firm of landscape, etc. specialists. It was Resolved—That the Forestry Commission be asked to assist by advising on the planting of trees in the wood.

(3) Sands Estate: Complaints have been received regarding weeds alleged to have been blown from the grounds of the Modern Secondary School. It was Resolved—That the attention of the local County Councillor and the Divisional Education Committee be drawn to the nuisance caused by the weeds.

(4) Recreation Grounds: Councillor Sutcliffe arranged to enquire regarding the mowing of the grass on the two recreation grounds. The Surveyor was requested to enclose the recently seeded plot on the Harwood Road recreation ground. Drainage work on Holt recreation ground was deferred until next spring.

(c) Housing Section.

(1) Council House Decorations (External): The decorator has commenced with the external painting of the Council Houses and has drawn the Council's attention to the bad condition of the gateposts and fencing in Fielding Street. Resolved—That the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet on Thursday, 21st instant, at 7-15 p. m. to inspect these matters and report to the Council in Committee.

(d) Public Lighting Section.

(1) Replacement Scheme: Notification has been received from the contractors that the price of lanterns and lamps has been increased by 13s. 6d. and 2s. 0d. respectively since the original prices were submitted.

(2) Street lighting will be resumed on 16th August.

(e) Building Licences.

(1) Under an order issued by the Ministry, work up to 200 can now be carried out on dwelling houses without licence.

(2) An application in respect of work proposed at 7, Knowles Street costing 240 was received. Resolved —That a building licence be granted.

(f) Plans:

Instructions were given for a request to be made to a local resident for the submission of plans in respect of work already performed in the alteration of his house. Such plans to be submitted before the 21st August.

(g) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered: —

1062 Kitchen and Bathroom. 7 Knowles Street, for Mr. W. G. Scholes.

1063. Outkitchen. 54, Parker Street, for Mr. F. Horn.

1064. Pair of Police Houses, Eachill Road, for Lancashire County Council.

1065. Dairy, Holt Street Farm, for Dunkenhalgh Agricultural Estate.

6/4/158. Tipping Site, Far Holmes, for Messrs. Howard & Bullough, Ltd.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1062, 1063, 1064 and 1065 be approved under Building Bye-laws. (2) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be granted under Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/4/158.

126. Council Houses — Tenancies. The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had made the necessary enquiries into the cases of several applicants. Resolved—That a special meeting of the Committee be held to consider the awarding of points.

127. Institute of Municipal Engineers—Conference. The Chairman enlarged upon the circulated report, and he and the Surveyor were thanked for their attendance at the Conference.

128. Housing Act, 1949. Copies of the Act having been circulated, it was Resolved—That further consideration be given nearer the time next year's estimates are being considered.

129. Private Streets—Temporary Repairs. The Clerk reported that he had received requests from the frontagers in Cutt Lane and Woodside Avenue for the Council to effect temporary repairs at the expense of the frontagers with material being removed from the surface of Blackburn Road and that in view of an urgent decision being required he had authorised the work to be done on behalf of the frontagers. Resolved -That the action of the Clerk be confirmed.

130. Houses for Key Workers. The Clerk submitted a letter from a local firm asking the Council to consider letting Council house to two key workers. Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council and the Clerk be asked to interview the representative of the firm and place before him the present position with regard to the letting of Council Houses.

131. Pedestrian Crossings. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Transport had not acceded to the request of the Council for permission to install an additional crossing in Hermitage Street, and that the Ministry did not agree with the suggestion regarding coloured studs on existing crossings.

132. Housing and Town Planning Council — Conference. Councillor Banks and the Surveyor were appointed to attend a Conference at Southport to be held on October 29th to 31st and that their expenses be paid according to scale.

133. Economies in Services. Circular No. 54/52 from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government was submitted calling for minimum expenditure on work of Sewerage Sewage Disposal, Private Streets, etc.

134. Town Planning Appeal—16, Blackburn Road. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry stating that the appeal of the Dunkenhalgh Estate against the decision of the Council, had been disallowed.

135. Police Houses. A letter from Lancashire County Council was submitted, requesting the Council to consideration to earmarking sites for, and if necessary arranging for the erection of, houses for Police Officers on housing estates. Resolved—That the Clerk reply assuring the County Council of assistance in this connection should opportunity arise, and reminding the County Council of a previous offer of a site.

136. Education Office and Day Nursery Wall. A letter was submitted from County Councillor Doswell regarding his enquiries herein. Resolved—That a letter of thanks be sent.

137. Expenditure Statement. This was considered and attention drawn to certain over-expenditure.

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

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

138. Gas Act—Consultative Council. It was Resolved—That nomination be made to this body.

139. Electricity Consultative Council—Conference. It was decided not to be represented at this Conference.

140. Postal Arrangements—Saturdays. A letter was submitted from the Head Postmaster stating that it was proposed from Saturday, 16th August, to have a final collection from the Sub-Post Office and the boxes in Blackburn Road at 5 p. m. and from other boxes at 12-15 p. m. and 12-45 p. m. on each Saturday. Resolved—That no objections be offered thereto.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th August, 1952.

Present—Councillors Hoyle (in the chair), Banks, Eyre, Hacking, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

143. Notice of Audit. The Clerk reported that the Audit of the Accounts for the year ended 31st March, 1952, would commence on 28th August.

144. Provincial Council—Salary Scales. Circulars No. 97a and 98a were submitted, recommending increases as from July 1st in accordance with the scales enumerated therein and as circulated to members. Resolved — That the recommendations be implemented.

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 August, 1952.

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

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

145. The Late Mr, Jacob Looms. The Chairman and several members made sympathetic reference to the recent death of Mr. Jacob Looms, who, over a great many years, had rendered public service in many directions.

146. Vandalism. The Chairman referred to recent acts of vandalism in the district and the resulting damage to Council property, and asked the public to support the Council by reporting any acts witnessed.

147. Lynmouth Flood Disaster. The Chairman recalled the recent disaster which had overtaken the town of Lynmouth by flooding, and stated that he had opened a local fund in aid of the distressed area, and appealed to all who could to forward a donation to the Council Offices.

148. Illness of Rt. Hon. G. Tomlinson, J. P., M. P. Several members spoke of the recent illness and subsequent relapses of Mr. Tomlinson, and it was Resolved—That a letter be forwarded to him expressing the hope of the Council for a speedy and permanent recovery.

149. 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 17th July, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 14th August, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 14th August, 1952.

General Purposes Committee, held 14th August, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 14th August, 1952.

151. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the undermentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk be 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

10138 - 10194 4,784 15s. 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.

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

153. 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 August, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

154. Council House Decorations – Fielding Street. The Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee having meet on the site and inspected the condition of these gates, gate-posts, and fencing at these houses, they recommend that: (1) New wooden stumps fixed in concrete be provided for the gates at each house, and that, so far as possible, old timber be used for repairing and replacing the fencing. (2) The path at No. 50 be repaired. (3) Tenders be invited from local firms for repairs to the posts and fencing. It was Resolved – That the report of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

155. Plan No. 1066—Internal W. C. and Bathroom. Resolved—That the above Plan be approved under the Building Byelaws.

156. Council House Tenancy Applications. It was Resolved—That a meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee be held on the 28th August at 7-30 p. m.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 25th September, 1952.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Special Meeting held on Thursday, 28th August, 1952.

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

157. Council House Tenancies. The Committee received the report of the Sanitary Inspector in respect of several applicants and awarded points for special hardship. The Committee afterwards selected the order in which the first seven vacancies should be filled.

158. Meetings in September. Resolved that the meetings be held on the 18th and 25th September.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 18th September, 1952.

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

159. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

160. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

161. Sanitary Inspector's Report. (a) Vandalism—Septic Tanks and House Refuse Tip: A report was made as to damage done at these two places, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk draw the attention of the Police again to these repeated cases of vandalism, and that Police Notices be erected at various places in the district.

162. Sanitary Inspectors' Conference. Coun. Banks and the Sanitary Inspector gave a brief report and stated that a fuller report would be given at a subsequent meeting.

163. Expenditure Statement. This was considered and accepted.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 18th September, 1952.

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

164. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

165. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

(1) Tar Boiler: It was reported that this showed signs of considerable deterioration, and a statement of its condition was submitted from the manufacturers. It was Resolved—That a Buildings and Highways Subcommittee meet on Wednesday, 24th instant, at 7-30 p. m. to inspect the boiler and to decide on a course of action.

(b) Gardening Section.

(1) Boiler House: The Chairman and the Surveyor were authorised to endeavour to obtain asbestos roofing material as early as possible.

(2) Cutt Wood: A report from the Forestry Commission regarding the planting of trees was submitted, and the Surveyor also reported that he had invited a firm of Contractors to submit a layout, without cost to the Council. Further consideration was deferred to the Council in Committee.

(3) Secondary Modern School: A letter was submitted from the Education Officer asking if the Council could arrange for the regular cutting of the weeds by members of the Highways staff. It was Resolved—That the Education Committee be informed that, due to labour difficulties, it is regretted that no assistance can be given by the Council, but that it is hoped the Education Authorities will continue to keep the weeds to a minimum and, if possible, lay-out the land for its original intention, as a playing field.

(4) Esplanade: The Chairman, the Surveyor and the Gardener were authorised to purchase rose trees for planting on this site, subject to the Gardener being satisfied that the area is suitable for these trees.

(5) Sports Turf Research Institute; A report on the condition of the various grass sites was submitted. Consideration was deferred until the next meeting.

(c) Housing.

(1) Painting Contract: The Contractors are well advanced with the work at the Eachill Road houses, and the work at Fielding Street is completed apart from the gates. The Sanitary Inspector was asked to report regarding the repairs to woodwork at the Eachill Road houses to the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee.

(2) Fielding Street Houses—Repairs to Fencing: Six tenders were submitted for these repairs, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Messrs. Geo. Walsh and Sons, Ltd., for 50 be accepted.

(d) Tennis Court.

The Contractors are proceeding with the construction of the Court, and garden. The Gardener was authorised to purchase suitable rose trees for planting on this site. It was decided to consider the opening of the Court at the next meeting of this Committee.

(e) Factories Acts.

An inspection has been made of York Mill with Officers of the Lancashire County Fire Brigade, who have made recommendations on additional means of escape and prevention. The Surveyor was authorised to forward a copy of the report to the management.

(f) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered: 1067 First floor W. C. and drains at 50, Knowles Street, for Mr. Maunders.

1068/6/8 S. U. 8 Proposed overhead electricity line from Whitebirk Farm South to Higher Whitebirk Farm for the N. W. Electricity Board.

1069 Proposed timber private garage at 37, Blackburn Road, for Mr. J. Bretherton.

1070-6/8/115 Proposed private garage at Sandholes, Blackburn Road, for Mr. W. Sturzaker "Kerden," Blackburn Road, Rishton.

1071 Proposed toolshed at 12, Howard Street for Mr. R, C. Greenwood.

1072 Proposed private garage and toolshed at 24, The Esplanade, for Mr. D. Warburton.

1073 Proposed bathroom at 48, Brook Street, for Mr. H. Cheetham.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1067, 1068, 1069, 1070, 1071, 1072 and 1073 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of numbers 1069 and 1070 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1955. (2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/S. U. 8 and 6/8/115, subject in the case of number 6/8/115 to the conditions stated thereon.

(g) Building Licence.

An application was submitted from Mr. D. Warburton, 24, The Esplanade, amounting to 220 in respect of a garage and toolshed. Resolved—That a licence be granted

167. Cutt Wood—Damage. It was reported that several trees had been cut down by children and the timber transported to various parts of the district. The names of several children had been obtained and given to the Police. It was decided not to take any further action in this particular case. It was Resolved That a letter be forwarded to the Divisional Education Committee suggesting that the half-term holiday be deferred until after the 5th November, in an effort to reduce the vandalism which is taking place in the district.

168. Housing Conference—Preston—29th September. The Clerk submitted a circular letter from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government inviting the Council to appoint representatives to attend a Conference as stated. Resolved—That the Chairman of this Committee, the Clerk and the Surveyor be appointed to attend.

169. Cutt Lane and Woodside Avenue—Temporary Repairs. The Clerk submitted details of the cost of effecting temporary repairs to the surface of these private streets. It was Resolved That accounts be rendered to the frontagers for the amounts shown on the statement submitted by the Clerk.

170. Expenditure Statement. This was considered and accepted.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 18th September, 1952.

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

171. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

172. Charities. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Charity Commissioners asking for the name of a Trustee in place of the late Mr. Jacob Looms. It was decided to ask the District Nursing Association for a nomination.

173. Shops Act, 1950—Winter Closing Hours. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the County Council asking for this Council's views herein. Resolved—That the County Council be asked to make an Order fixing the times operative in the previous winter.

174. Joint Food Control Committee. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Accrington asking for a nomination to represent the Consumers for the year 1953. Resolved —That Councillor G. Hoyle be renominated.

175. Lancashire U. D. C's Association — Conference. The Chairman and the Clerk submitted a verbal report on the proceedings at the Conference, and were thanked for their attendance and report.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 18th September, 1952.

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

176. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

177. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

178. Collector's Monthly Statement Submitted and approved.

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

180. Abstract of Accounts. The Clerk stated that he was willing to prepare an abstract of accounts if the Council were desirous of receiving a copy thereof. Resolved—That the Clerk's. offer be accepted.

181. Auditor's Report. The Report on the Audit of the Accounts for the year ended 31st March, 1952, was submitted and considered very satisfactory.

182. Outstanding Accounts. The Clerk reported on two cases of arrears which the Collector had been unable to obtain. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to take any action deemed to be necessary to recover the amounts as under: Sundry Debtors No. 879: 3 18s. 10d. Holt Street Allotment Rent No. 12: 4 18s. 9d.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 25th September, 1952.

Present—Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Eyre, Hacking. Hoyle, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sanderson. Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Ball.

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

183. Enrolments and Training. The Clerk reported on the present position and that steps were being taken to increase the enrolments in the Welfare Section.

184. Air Raid Siren —Site. Consideration was given to a report by the Clerk on his meeting with representatives of the County Council, who recommended that one siren was sufficient for this district provided the situation was similar to that in the last war. After considerable discussion it was Resolved—That one siren only be erected in the district subject to the police authorities approving the erection on the Police Station in Station Road.

185. Wardens Service. The Clerk was requested to enquire from the police as to the progress of the training of the wardens, which it is understood now come under the jurisdiction of the police.

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton.

Held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, or. Thursday, the 25th September, 1952.

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

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

186. Obituary Rt. Hon. G. Tomlinson, J. P., M. P. The Chairman and several members expressed regret at the passing of Mr. Tomlinson, who had served on this Council for a period of years, and had been the representative of the Hyndburn Division on the County Council. Reference was also made to the useful work which he had done while resident in this district, and of the high esteem in which he was held by all with whom he came into contact.

187. Lynmouth Flood Disaster. The Chairman stated that the total amount received in donations in response to his appeal totalled 176 8s. 5d., which he considered very gratifying, and he expressed his thanks to all those people who had forwarded donations. He also stated that 100 had been sent direct by a local mill.

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 21st August, 1952.

189. Committee Minutes Confirmed Resolved — That the minute's of the following Committees, and recommendations contained therein, passed at the meetings held on the respective dates undermentioned be severally approved and adopted. viz: —

Special Buildings and Highways Committee, held 28th August, 1952.

Health Committee, held 18th September. 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 18th September, 1932.

General Purposes Committee, held 18th September, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 18th September, 1952.

Civil Defence Committee, held 25th September, 1952.

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

Cheque Nos. From To 10195 10274

Amount to be Transferred 7, 420 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.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 25th September, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

193. Cutt Wood—Lay-out. Further consideration was given to suggestions for a lay-out for this park, but after discussion thereon it was deferred pending the receipt of a definite lay out from Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart & Co.

194. Council Houses—Rents. Consideration was given to further alternative methods of obtaining the required income in view of the additional minimum amount which under the Housing Act, 1952, was required to be transferred to the Housing Repairs Account. It was Resolved—That the Loan Charges on the street lighting loan be debited to Street Lighting Account and not to Housing Revenue Account, as from 1st April, 1952, and it was further Resolved—That the net rents of the Council Houses be increased by the following amounts: —All Sands Estate Houses by 8d. per week 5 Fielding Street Houses by 10d. per week; 11 Eachill Road Houses by 10d. per week; and 4 by 10 1/2d. per week, such increases to commence from the 4th October, and the first to be payable on the 11th October.

195. Review of County Districts. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk of the County Council stating that it was proposed to commence a review of Districts under Section 146 of the Local Government Act, 1933. The County Council in the letter requested the views of this Authority on the matter generally, and it was Resolved—That a draft letter submitted by the Clerk, which was read at the meeting, be approved and forwarded to the County Council. It was further Resolved— That County Councillor Doswell be informed of this Council's views.

196. Charities. In view of the death of Mr. Jacob Looms it was Resolved—That Miss H. Holden, of " Billinge, " Blackburn Road, be appointed a Trustee in his stead, and that the Charity Commissioners be informed of this appointment.

197. Colliery Building—Demolition. It was reported that the Contractors had delayed commencing with the work of demolition, and it was Resolved—That they be given until the 4th October to commence and that failing this, the Contract be cancelled.

198. Public Clock—Parish Church. The Surveyor submitted details of the work required to put the clock in a satisfactory condition and also gave an estimate of the cost thereof. It was Resolved—That the Clerk communicate with the Vicar asking whether the Church Authority were prepared to join at the cost, and that if necessary the Chairman, the Clerk and the Surveyor will meet the Church Authority to discuss the matter.

199. Tar Sprayer. It was decided to defer consideration of repairs to the present tar sprayer, or the purchase of a new one to a subsequent meeting. Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 16th October, 1952.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

200. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Refuse Collections and Disposal. An investigation is taking place into the collection of paper by refuse collectors.

(b) Septic Tanks—Blackburn Road: These have now been put in order at the cost of 4.

(c) Milk Samples: A cow has been slaughtered under the Tuberculosis Order, 1938, as the result of the sample recently taken.

201. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending September, 1952. Resolved—That this be accepted.

202. Sanitary Inspectors' Conference. Councillor Banks and the Sanitary Inspector enlarged upon a circulated report of the proceedings of a recent conference which they had attended, and were duly thanked for the same.

203. Statement of Expenditure, Statement for the month of September was submitted and considered.

BUILDING and highways committee, Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Gardening Section.

1. Bowling Green: The Bowling Green was closed for play on the 2nd October.

2. Esplanade: A suggestion by the Head Gardener regarding replacing of shrubberies by flowers on several of the beds was agreed, and the question of re-planting a tree was left to the Head Gardener's discretion.

3. Garden Labourers: The Head Gardener reported that it would not be necessary to retain the services of three labourers beyond the end of October.

4. Lee Lane Hedges: The Surveyor was requested to urge upon the County Council the necessity for expediting the clearing of the hedge of weeds.

5. Sands Estate—Shrubberies. A plan submitted by the Surveyor showing reduction of the shrubberies was considered. It was decided to defer any action for the time being.

6. Street Flower Baskets: A suggestion from the Head Gardener regarding the placing of flower baskets on street lighting columns was considered, but it was decided to defer further consideration pending the obtaining of prices for the supply of the material and equipment.

7. Recreation Grounds—Equipment. The Surveyor was instructed to remove the swings and various other fittings for the winter months and have them painted.

8. Labourers. It is proposed to dispense with the services of two gardening labourers at the end of the month, and to retain the services of a third man on the Highways Staff. It was also reported that five highways labourers had been dispensed with as from the 9th October.

9. Day Nursery and Education Offices — Wall Correspondence between the County Council and this Council was submitted, and the Surveyor reported that he was meeting a representative of the County Council on the 10th October. It was Resolved—That a report thereon be submitted to the next meeting of the Council in Committee.

(b) Street Lighting.

The N. W. Electricity Board have commenced replacing the 250-watt lamps with 400-watt and with the new fittings.

(c) County Road Expenditure.

Discussion ensued on the cost of work already carried out on County Roads and the amount of work which could still be carried out during the year to keep within the estimates for these roads. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor submit details of his original estimates and that the Clerk should submit details of the actual cost of work carried out on these roads, and should the result show justification for approaching the County Council for a supplementary grant, that this be then taken up with the County Council.

(d) Plans and Notices.

The following application was considered: —

6/8/116/1074. Proposed garage for motor coach on land adjoining Oswald Street for Mr. G. O. Barnes, of 25, Parker Street.

Resolved-(1) That application number 1074 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health. Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1955. (2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/116 subject to the conditions stated thereon.

205. Tennis Court—Opening for Play. It was reported that the Court was not yet completed, and it was decided to defer consideration of this matter until the receipt of a communication from the Contractors that the court is in a suitable condition for play.

206. Church Clock. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Vicar and Churchwardens stating that the Church Authority are unable to contribute towards the cost of repairs and that no purpose would be served in arranging a meeting. It was Resolved—That further quotations for the repair of the clock be obtained and that these be submitted to the Council in Committee.

207. Plant Hire—Ministry of Transport Circular No. 684. The Clerk reported the receipt of this Circular which amended the rates of hire, but that he had not yet given consideration thereto, and would report to the next meeting of this Committee.

208. Building Licence —24, The Esplanade. The Clerk submitted a letter from a Building Society regarding the issue of a supplementary licence in respect of potential street works on the gable of the house. Resolved—That the Clerk reply to the effect that as and when street works are definitely proposed, favourable consideration will be given to the issue of a license.

209. Housing Conference—Preston. The Chairman and Surveyor reported on the proceedings of a Conference called by the Ministry, and were thanked for their report.

210. Council House—112, Cliffe Street. It was reported that there was a broken window at this property which was discovered when there was a change of tenancy. It was Resolved—That an account be rendered to the outgoing tenant.

211. Council Houses—Exchange of Tenancies. Instructions were given to the Surveyor and the Sanitary Inspector to make thorough examinations of houses in order to ascertain any defects or damage and to report thereon to the Council in case of difficulty, otherwise to render accounts to the person responsible for the damage.

212. Statement of Expenditure. Consideration was given to the statement for the month of September, and to a report submitted by the Clerk in respect of expenditure for the half-year. It was Resolved—That a Special Meeting of the Finance Committee be called to consider these matters after information is received regarding expenditure on County Roads.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

213. School Holidays. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Education Officer stating that his Committee were unable to alter the date of the autumn mid-term holiday as suggested.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th October, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

216. Administrative Staff College. The Clerk submitted a letter from the U. D. C. Association drawing attention to Local Government Scholarships at this college, and asking for a contribution from this Authority. Resolved—That the letter lie on the table.

217. Mortgage No. 64 — 1, 000 The Clerk submitted correspondence requesting premature repayment of this loan, which was due for repayment in March, 1955. The present rate of interest is 3%, and the Clerk stated that he was hopeful, if the mortgage was repaid, of borrowing this sum for seven years at 3 3/4%. Resolved—That repayment be made to the present mortgagee subject to an undertaking being received that the difference in the rate of interest to which the Council will be committed up to March, 1955, would be paid plus stamp duty and establishment charges.

218. Private Works Accounts—Nos. 877 and 49. The Clerk reported on the circumstances of each of these cases, and it was Resolved—That Account No. 877 be written off as irrecoverable, and that Account No. 49 be reduced by 1 4s. 0d.

219. 3% Defence Bonds—3rd Issue. The Clerk reported that a communication had been received from the General Post Office offering a conversion from 3% to 3 1/2% Defence Bonds and that a premium of 1% on the old Bonds will be paid on the 1st July, 1953. He further states that the new Bonds will be repayable at 103% on the 1st July, 1963. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to convert the existing holding into the new Bonds.

220. Finance sub-committee— Rates, etc. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had met and considered the outstanding amount of rates and other accounts and that they had instructed the Collector to communicate with owners of properties of 10 rateable value or less who had not paid the rates by the 3rd October. The Collector was also requested to report to the next meeting of the Finance Committee any cases where owners had up to that date not paid the rates.

221. Private Works Accounts—Administrative Charge. The Clerk reported that as from 6th October, the National Insurance Contributions were increased by 8d. per week, and. that this would increase the on-cost of wages. It was Resolved—That the administrative charge be increased from 20% to 25% on all accounts.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton.

Held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 16th October, 1952.

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

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

222. 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 25th September, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 9th October, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 9th October. 1952. (Save and except Minute No. 204 (d). which be referred back to Council in Committee for further consideration.)

General Purposes Committee, held 9th October, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 9th October, 1952.

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

From 10275 To 10320

Amount to be Transferred 3,745 16s. 4d.

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.

225. King George VI Memorial Fund. The Chairman reported that he had received several communications from the Lord Mayor of London, who had launched a national appeal in aid of the above. The Chairman announced that he had decided to issue a local appeal, and asked for donations to be forwarded to him at the Council Offices.

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

227. 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 16th October, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

228. Plans and Notices (Minute No. 204 (d) referred back). Further consideration was given to this plan and application in the light of information received regarding the construction of the proposed building, and it was Resolved—That Part I of the minute as printed be confirmed, and that consent be not granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, for the reasons to be endorsed upon the plan and on the notice to the applicant.

229. Church Clock Repairs. The Clerk reported that it had not yet been possible to obtain a quotation from a local clock repairer, and that this would be received within the next week or so. Resolved—That the quotation be submitted to the next meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee.

230. Education Offices, etc., Wall. The Surveyor reported on his interview with a representative of the Lancashire County Council (Architect's Department), and that he was proposing to place in position the coping stones at the cost of the Council, and that the gate pillars were being re-built at the cost of the County Council. Resolved—That the Surveyor's report be accepted.

231. County Roads Expenditure. The Clerk Submitted details of the expenditure to date on County road works, which show a balance available to the end of the year of approximately 690. The Clerk also reported that he had communicated with the County Surveyor asking for an additional grant for the current year. Resolved—That further consideration be deferred pending a reply from the County Council.

232. Council Houses—Cliff Street. Attention was drawn to one of the houses on Cliff Street where woodwork is being repaired. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor and the Sanitary Inspector make an inspection of the houses on Cliff Street and report to the Buildings and Highways Committee. Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 20th November, 1952.

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

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

233. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Public Conveniences—Damage: A report has been received from the police to the effect that they have been unable to ascertain the name of the person responsible for the damage to the locks on the doors, but that local people were aware of the identity of the person, but could not be persuaded to divulge any information. The Sanitary Inspector stated that he proposed to have stronger parts attached to the locks, and it was Resolved —That the action of the Sanitary Inspector be approved.

(b) Superannuation—Scavenger: A satisfactory report being submitted in respect of Mr. F. Dales, it was Resolved— That this employee be included in the superannuation scheme, and thereby become a contributor after confirmation of these minutes by the Council.

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

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Town Yard.

(1) Tennis Court: The construction has been completed and the court is ready for play. The officials were instructed to enquire from neighbouring authorities regarding play during the winter months and to report to the Council in Committee.

(2) New Town Yard: The demolition of the old colliery building has been completed, but the erection of the new fencing has been deferred for the time being.

(b) Housing and Town Planning Conference:

The Chairman and the Surveyor submitted a full report on the proceedings of the Conference, and were thanked therefor.

(c) Council Houses:

The repairs to the fencing, etc. at Fielding Street and the decoration of the houses has been completed. A report was submitted by the Surveyor and the Sanitary Inspector on their investigation into dry-rot which has appeared in certain houses on Cliff Street. It was Resolved—That the two officials investigate the cause of water finding its way into the foundations and that they proceed with the installation of six ventilators in each house.

(d) Afforestation:

The Surveyor reported that he had received a communication regarding the nursery which had been established by the County Council. The Surveyor was instructed to draw the attention of the Dunkenhalgh Estate to this scheme.

(e) Plans and Notices:

The following applications were considered: —

6/8/118. Wooden Garage, Butler Street, for Mr. J. C. Clarke, 17, Parker Street, Rishton.

6/8/119. Wooden Garage, Back Hermitage Street (Nr. Park Road), for Mr. W. Wild, 124, Hermitage Street, Rishton.

6/8/120. Wooden Garage, rear of 27, St. Charles Road, for Mr. E. Whewell, 27, St. Charles Road. Rishton.

6/8/121. Wooden Garage, St. Paul's Road, for Mr. H. Ayres, 2, Howard Street, Rishton.

6/8/122. Wooden Garage, end of Eachill Road, for Mr. J. Smith, 29, St. Charles Road. Rishton.

6/8/123. Wooden Garage, near Canal Bridge, Harwood Road, for Mr. J. Smith, 44, Harwood Road, Rishton.

6/8/127/1075. Proposed use of 13, Commercial Street, as a retail confectioner's shop.

1076. Proposed private Brick Garage at rear of 42, Blackburn Road, for Mr. John Smith.

6/8/128/1077. Proposed use of empty retail shop—75, High Street, as Launderette for Mrs. A. Y. Lawless.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1075, 1076 and 1077 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of number 1076 to the provision, at the owner's expense, of a suitable footpath crossing and in the case of number 1077 to the provision of adequate drainage. (2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 118 to 123, 127 and 128 subject in the case of number 123 to the conditions to be attached thereto, and in the case of No. 128 to the Divisional Planning Officers observations.

(f) Council Houses:

The final account for the painting contract has been received together with two further accounts in respect of glazing, amounting to approximately 22 in total. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor inspect the work done under the painting contract before passing the account for payment, and that the remaining two accounts also be paid to the Contractor and that the larger of the two accounts be not re-charged to the tenants.

(g) Church Clock:

The Surveyor was instructed to request the return of parts of the clock from a firm in Leeds, in order to permit a local repairer to submit a quotation.

235. Pedestrian Crossing—Ministry of Transport Circular No. 685. The Clerk submitted this circular, with which was enclosed specifications for flashing gear, and it was Resolved— That the Surveyor proceed with arrangements for installation of flashing gear to be erected at the top of the pole.

236. Town Planning—Appeal. The Clerk reported that a communication had been received from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government about the appeal by an applicant in respect of a proposed garage off Parker Street.

237. Plant—Rates of Charges. The Clerk Submitted revised rates which would apply consequent upon the issue of Circular No. 684 by the Ministry of Transport and that the County Council had approved the proposed rates submitted.

238. Expenditure. It was decided to consider various estimates prepared by the Surveyor at the meeting of the Council in Committee.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th November, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

239. Shops Act, 1950. The Clerk submitted a communication from the County Council stating that the Home Office were revoking Section 2 (1) (a) of the Shops Act, 1950, the effect of which would be that summer time closing would operate during the winter months and that it would not be necessary for the County Council to make any further Order.

240. Council Property—Damage. Police reports were submitted dealing with two cases of damage. In one case the Clerk reported that the cost of repairing damage would be re-charged to the person responsible, and that in the other case reference has already been made in the Health Committee. Minutes.

241. Education—Instruments of Management. Draft schemes were submitted which had been received from the Ministry of Education under which this Authority would be empowered to appoint one representative to the management of the St. Peter and St. Paul's School and to the Hermitage Roman Catholic School.

242. Industrial Development Areas. The Chairman reported that he had hurriedly had to make arrangements for representatives to appear before the President of the Board of Trade to put the case of Rishton before him, along with representatives of other authorities, and that he had asked Councillor Bridge and the Clerk to attend on Monday last. Councillor Bridge and the Clerk reported on the result of the interview and briefly on the case which they had put to the President in an effort to obtain his favourable consideration to Rishton being included in a development area. It was Resolved—That the action of the Chairman be approved and that the representatives be thanked for their efforts in this connection and for their report. It was further decided that a copy of Rishton's case should be supplied to each member.

243. Finance Committee. In view of the lateness of the hour, it was Resolved—That the meeting of the Finance Committee be postponed until Thursday, 20th instant, at 7-30 p. m.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 20th November, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

246. Superannuation. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Superannuation Committee giving a list of the increases in Pensions under the Act of 1952. He also submitted a report issued by the Clerk of the Superannuation Committee which gave the result of the actuarial valuation as at 1st April, 1949, which showed a loss on the fund which would require an additional 76 per annum for a period of 37 years. Resolved—That the reports be received.

247. Whitley Council. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Clerk to the N. W. Provincial Council stating that an application had been submitted on behalf of the employees (non-trading services) which was at present under consideration by the National Council.

248. Rates. The Clerk reported that two owners who had not paid their rates before the 5th October had been requested to make early payment, but had not done so. It was Resolved —That seven days' notice be given to these two owners, and that failing, payment by the end of that period, the Clerk be authorised to take legal action to recover.

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 November. 1952.

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

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

249. 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 16th October, 1952.

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

Health Committee, held 13th November. 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 13th November. 1952.

General Purposes Committee, held 13th November, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 20th November, 1952.

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

10321 To 10377 Amount to be Transferred

6,794 9s. 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.

252. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to Mortgage No. 123 for 1,000, borrowed from the Central Lancashire Joint Superannuation Committee for a period of seven years at 3 3/4% per annum.

253. Road Safety. The Chairman read a letter from the Secretary of the N. E. Lancashire Road Safety Committee in which they suggest the holding of a public meeting to interest local residents in the work of the Committee. It was Resolved -That the Chairman and the Clerk give notice of the meeting in due course.

254. Silver Wedding. The Chairman and members congratulated the Clerk (Mr. Brown) on his having celebrated his Silver Wedding during the week.

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

256. 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 20th November, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Hoyle, J. P. (Chairman), Ban Bridge, Eyre, Kirkham, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom and Sutcliffe.

257. Council Houses—Transfers. Consideration was given to the question of allowing tenants on one estate to transfer to one on another estate, and it was Resolved—That such applications be received when they arise, and that in the case of three applications from tenants on the Sands Estate—those of Messrs. Rushton and Banner in respect of a transfer to either Fielding Street or Eachill Road be agreed in that order, and that in the case of Mr. Baldwin this be not agreed.

258. Tennis Court—Opening. The Surveyor reported that he had enquired from neighbouring authorities regarding winter play and had been informed that this was not permitted. It was Resolved—That play be not allowed on the local court during the winter months, and that the question of opening the court be considered at the February meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee.

259. Elections—1953. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk to the County Council asking this Council to inform him of the date on which it was desired the Election should be held, and it was Resolved — That the County Council be requested to make an Order fixing Monday, the 4th May, 1953, as the date, and the Poll to open at 12 noon.

260. Expenditure and Estimates. The Committee gave full consideration to estimates of expenditure submitted by the Surveyor in respect of the following:

(a) County Roads Scheme—Tottleworth Road to Holt Street (A678), amounting to 1,153;

(b) County Road expenditure for 1953-54 amounting to 4,200; and

(c) Local expenditure from October, 1952 to March, 1953, amounting to 800.

It was Resolved—(1) That the Surveyor's detailed estimates under (a) be approved and that should any balance of expenditure on County Roads remain, that he submit details of proposed work for confirmation; (2) That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare detailed estimates providing for expenditure of a total of 6,000 and submit these for approval; and (3) That the Surveyor's detailed estimate for the expenditure of 800 be approved.

261. Bus Services—Fares Increases. The Clerk submitted correspondence and proposed fares schedules received from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd which formed the subject of an application to the Licensing Authority for their approval to increases in bus fares. It was Resolved—That no action be taken thereon, and that a request be made to the bus company for an additional fare stage at the Reservoir, Blackburn Road.

262. Factories Act—York Mill. The Clerk reported that the management had raised with him the question of additional means of escape in case of fire which had been recommended to the Mill Company before a certificate can be issued by the Council, and had requested a further inspection of their premises before proceeding with some of the work. It was Resolved—That Councillors Hoyle and Banks with the Surveyor and the Fire Prevention Officer of the Lancashire County Fire Brigade make an inspection of the premises.

263. Building Bye-laws. The Clerk reported the receipt of Circular No. 82/52 issued by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government together with a copy of Model Bye-laws, which it was requested should receive early consideration with a view to the adoption of the Bye-laws with any necessary amendments. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor investigate the matter and report to the Buildings and Highways Subcommittee at an early meeting, with a view to the adoption of new Building Bye-laws.

264. Church Clock. The Surveyor reported on further correspondence received from a firm in Leeds, and it was Resolved—That the request for a further estimate for repairing the clock, which had been made to a local repairer, be not proceeded with and that the estimate of 56 from Messrs. W. Potts & Co. be accepted and that the firm be requested to proceed as quickly as possible with the overhaul of the clock.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 18th December, 1952

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

265. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Rodent Control:

Various treatments have been carried out during the month, and in one area a defect was found in the main sewer and information passed to the Surveyor.

(b) Salvage:

Waste paper is still being collected, but during the past month none has been sold.

(c) Cleansing of Streets:

Most front and back streets are now free from grass, and a suggestion was made that filling in with tar between the sets would eliminate much further trouble. It was decided to include an amount in next year's estimates for this work.

(d) Council Houses.

(1) Dampness: In view of the recent dry weather it has not been possible to make further inspections for water under the floors. These will be made when weather conditions are suitable.

(2) Bursts: A list of premises at which bursts had occurred was submitted, and the Sanitary Inspector was instructed to have these repaired.

266. Smoke Abatement Society. A letter was submitted asking this Council to become members of the Society. Resolved— That further information be obtained from the Society and a report submitted at a subsequent meeting.

267. Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C. —Services of Sanitary Inspector. A request was submitted from the Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C. for assistance in their Health Department owing to their Sanitary Inspector having recently died. Resolved—That Mr. Pilkington be allowed to help the Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C., subject to the time required not interfering with his work for this Council.

268. Petroleum Licences. Applications were submitted for the renewal of 11 licences, and it was Resolved—That licences be issued subject to conditions to be complied with in respect thereof.

269. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of November was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December. 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section—County Roads Expenditure, 1953-54; The Surveyor suggested that the north path on Lee Lane be taken up and re-laid at an approximate cost of 1,200, this sum to be added to the 4,000 previously applied for. After consideration it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to include a further 600 in the estimates for re-surfacing the footpath on the north side of Blackburn Road from the Reservoir towards Whitebirk, making the total application of the Council a sum of 6, 000 for the year 1953-54.

(b) Building Licences. An application was submitted from Mr. J. Smith in respect of a garage at 42, Blackburn Road, with a footpath crossing, to cost approximately 240. Resolved—That a licence be granted.

(c) Sewerage and Sewage Disposal—Report of Consultants A copy of the report of Messrs. Charles J. Lomax and Sons, dated 3rd December having been circulated to each member by the Clerk, it was Resolved—That a Special Meeting of this Committee be held, and that representative of the firm and of the Lancashire River Board be invited to attend thereat in order to give detailed consideration to the report.

(d) Surveyor's Pupil: Congratulations were extended to Mr. H. G. Heins on his having passed Sections 3 and 4B of Intermediate Examination of the Institute of Municipal Engineers.

(e) Tottleworth Road—Traffic: Consideration was given to a report of the Surveyor regarding the placing of an obstruction to prevent vehicular traffic using the concrete bridge over Norden Brook. The Surveyor was instructed to ascertain the maximum load which this bridge will stand and to report to a subsequent meeting.

(f) Factories Act—-York Mill: Councillors Hoyle and Banks reported on their interview with representatives of the Mill regarding means of escape in case of fire, and that they had received the advice of the Fire Prevention Officer at the interview. After hearing the report, it was Resolved—That the requirements specified in the notice to the Mill Management be revised to the extent that the two doors suggested in the weaving shed be deleted and that all other requirements remain as indicated.

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

6/8/117. Wooden Garage, St. Paul's Road, for Mr. L. M. Robinson; 57, Knowles Street.

6/8/125. Wooden Garage, rear of Mr. Hopwood's Garage, Station Road, for Mr. W. D. Robinson, 16, Station Road.

6/8/126. Wooden Garage and Radio Workshop, St. Paul's Road, for Messrs. Romers. Electronics, Ltd., 92, High Street.

1078. Garden Tool Shed for Mr. Fred Haworth. 30. Blackburn Road.

1079. Piggery at Holt Farm, Tottleworth Road, for Mr. R. Smalley, Holt Farm, Tottleworth Road.

6/8/129/1080. Private Garage, Tottleworth Road, for Mr. R. Heys, 51, Hermitage Street.

6/8/124. Wooden Garage, Tottleworth Road, for Mr. R. Martin, " The Hermitage, " Hermitage Street.

6/8/130/1081. Private Garage behind Hopwood's Garage, Station Road, for Mr. G. Gunner, 27, Knowles Street.

Resolved—(1) That consent be renewed in respect of Plans Nos. 6/8/117, 124, 125 and 126 for the period ending on 31st December, 1955, subject to the condition that the buildings be kept neat and tidy to the satisfaction of the Council. (2) That applications numbered 1078, 1079, 1080 and 1081 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of numbers 1080 and 1081 to the requirements under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the buildings be removed on 31st December, 1955. (3) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/129 and 130, subject to the conditions specified.

(h) Tenders for Materials, 1953-54: The Clerk was authorised to advertise for tenders to be submitted and that such tenders be considered at a subsequent meeting.

271. Town and Country Planning Act, 1947 — Development Charge. The Clerk submitted a circular from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government enclosing a copy of a White Paper under which the Government proposed to abolish development charges.

272. National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk to the County Council drawing attention to the provisions in this Act, and the power of the County Council under Section 89 to carry out planting of trees on waste and derelict land, and that under the Act this power may be delegated to a County District Council. It was Resolved—That the Clerk inform the County Council of this Council's desire to plant trees in Cutt Wood and various other places, and that application be made for delegated powers.

273. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of November was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

274. Meetings in January. It was Resolved—That the meetings be held on the 15th and 22nd January, 1953.

275. N. W. Gas Consultative Council. The Clerk submitted an invitation for delegates to be appointed to a conference to be held at Preston on the 21st January. Resolved — That Councillors Banks and Lightbown be appointed to attend.

276. Christmas Tree. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Secretary of the Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary Club in which an offer was made of a gift of a Christmas Tree, as in previous years. Resolved—That the offer be accepted with thanks, and that this Council be responsible for its erection and illumination, and for holding a Carol Service on the evening of Sunday, the 21st instant.

277. Bus Services. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ribble Motor Services. Ltd., stating that they will give consideration to the provision of a fare stage at the Reservoir stop on Blackburn Road.

278. Defence Regulation 68 CA. The Clerk submitted correspondence and reported on the action he had taken with a view to supporting the Local Authority Associations in their effort to obtain the retention of this Regulation, which the Government proposes to revoke. Resolved—That the Clerk's action be confirmed.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th December, 1952.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

281. Whitley Council—Application for Wage Increase. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary of the Whitley Council stating that the application had been submitted to arbitration, but that the tribunal had referred the matter back to the parties concerned for them to settle.

282. Coronation Celebrations. (a) Circular No. 79/53. The Clerk submitted this Circular, which authorised reasonable expenditure being incurred on Coronation celebrations subject to examination by the District Auditor. (b) A letter was submitted from the County Council stating that consideration would be given on the 15th December to the question of making grants to school children up to an amount of 2s. 0d. per child, which was the maximum which the Ministry of Education would accept for grant purposes,

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 December, 1952.

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

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

283. 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 November, 1952.

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

Health Committee. held 11th December, 1952.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 11th December, 1952.

General Purposes Committee, held 11th December, 1952.

Finance Committee, held 11th December, 1952.

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

From To Amount to be Transferred

10378-10434 4,266 10s. 8d.

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.

286. Season's Greetings. The Chairman extended the season's greetings to members and to the public generally.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, 18th December, 1952.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

289. Tottleworth Bridge. The Clerk reported further on the legal position regarding the use of this bridge by heavy traffic, and suggested the action which could be taken. Resolved— That a notice be erected at each end of the bridge, drawing attention to the unsuitability of the bridge for vehicular traffic.

290. Town Planning Appeal. The Clerk reported that the Minister of Housing and Local Government had decided to hold an Inquiry into the appeal by Mr. G. O. Barnes against the Council's refusal to consent to the erection of a garage on Oswald Street (Plan No. 6/8/116). The Inquiry was fixed for 29th January at 10-30 a. m.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 22nd January, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 15th January, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

291. Sanitary Inspector's - Report.

(a) Petroleum Licence: An application was submitted from Mr. F. Ireland, Middle Mickle Hey Farm. Resolved— That a licence be granted.

(b) Slaughterhouse Licence: An application was submitted from the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society, Ltd., for a renewal of their slaughterhouse licence. Resolved —That a licence be granted.

292. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending December, 1952. Resolved—That this be approved. The Medical Officer was requested to endeavour to obtain the maintenance costs per head at the Turrets Day Nursery, and to report thereon to a subsequent meeting.

293. National Smoke Abatement Society. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Secretary of the Society enumerating the benefits derived from membership of the Society. Resolved—That a subscription be forwarded and that application be made for membership.

294. Petrol Pump—Council Offices. The Clerk reported that the Sanitary Inspector had attached conditions to the licence to store petrol which entailed the carrying out of certain improvements in the housing of the pump, etc. The officials were instructed to obtain further information for submission to the next meeting of this Committee.

295. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of December, 1952, was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 15th January, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section—County Road—1953-54: Application has been made to the County Council for a grant of 6, 000 in lieu of the 4, 200 previously applied for.

(b) Public Clocks: An offer has been received from Messrs. W. Potts & Sons, Ltd., to overhaul the two public clocks for an annual payment of 5. Resolved—That the offer be accepted.

(c) Day Nursery—Gate Posts: An account for 14 0s. 9d. having been rendered to the County Council, as the cost of making good the gate posts to these premises, the County Council have returned the account, stating that the Surveyor had agreed to carry out the work at a cost of 10. Resolved – That the Surveyor press for payment of the whole amount.

(d) Tottleworth Bridge: A letter was submitted from the County Surveyor stating that in his opinion this bridge will safely carry any load which might traverse it. Two tenders were submitted for the installation of two plates, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Messrs. John Needham & Sons of 1 7s. 6d, per plate be accepted and that the plates be erected on the parapets of the bridge.

(e) Sewage Works—Sludge: Difficulty is being experienced in disposing of the sludge. The Surveyor was instructed to make every endeavour to effect disposal.

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

6/8/132/1082. Proposed conversion of store shed to private lock-up garage on ordnance sheet plot No. 267, south of Norden Farm, for Mr. W. Rhodes, 92, Spring Street.

1083. Proposed out-kitchen at 38, Haworth Street, for Mrs. W. Warburton,

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1082 and 1083 be approved under Building Bye-laws. 297. Building Licences. The Clerk submitted Ministry Circulars Nos. 93 and 95 together with a letter from the Ministry stating that the quota for licences for the March quarter, 1953, would be 1,000.

298. Defence Regulation 68CA. The Clerk submitted Circular No. 94/52, stating that this Regulation has been revoked, and that action formerly taken under this Regulation would now be taken under Town Planning powers.

299. Council Houses—Eachill Road. An application was submitted from the tenant of No. 31, Eachill Road, asking permission to continue to take two lodgers. Resolved—That the permission be extended for a further 12 months.

300. Council Houses—Midwifery Service. The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Council asking whether the Council would be prepared to allocate a Council house for the use of the Midwife. Resolved—That the Clerk inform the County Council of this Council's views thereon.

301. Council Houses—Television Aerials. An application was submitted from a tenant for permission to erect a television aerial on his house. Resolved—That the principle of allowing these aerials to be erected on Council houses be adopted, subject in each case to the tenant signing an Agreement indemnifying the Council against any damage to the property and third parties, and also to the tenant taking out a Policy of Insurance with the Municipal Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd., and being responsible for the premium in respect thereof. No aerials shall be fixed without the Surveyor's approval of its position.

302. Street Lighting. (a) Gas Charges: The Clerk submitted a letter from the N. W. Gas Board stating that as from 1st February next, the price of gas for public lighting will be increased by 3/4d. per therm from 11 1/2d. to 12 d. (b) Installation and Maintenance Grants; The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Council stating that in view of all the circumstances the County Highways Committee have decided, for the time being, not to make any grants under Section 126 of the Local Government Act, 1948. (c) Unlighted Lamps: The Surveyor was requested to seek the co-operation of the local police in notifying him of lamps which are observed to be unlighted at night.

303. Tottleworth — Electricity Supply. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the N. W. Electricity Board asking the position with regard to the supply of electricity to Tottleworth.

304. Tenders for Materials, 1953-54. The Chairman was authorised to open the tenders and to have them listed for consideration at the next meeting.

305. Sewerage and Sewage Disposal—Consultant's Report. The Clerk was instructed to communicate with the consultants and endeavour to arrange a meeting to consider their report.

306. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of December, 1952, was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 15th January, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

307. Local Employment Committee. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Labour asking for a nomination to this Committee. Resolved—That Councillor E. Hacking be re-nominated.

308. Accrington District Water Board. Consideration was given to a Survey prepared by the Engineer and Manager. Councillors Banks and Lightbown also elaborated on the undertaking generally. It was decided to defer further consideration until after the next meeting of the Board, when the representatives undertook to give a further report to this Committee.

309. Board of Trade—Vacant Premises. The Clerk reported that he had been in communication with the Board regarding premises for industrial expansion, and submitted a reply from the Board, who requested information on any premises which became vacant in the future.

310. Street Collections. A letter was submitted from the Police Superintendent giving a list of charitable organisations who desire to make collections during 1953-54. Resolved— That approval be given to the entire list.

311. Annual Conferences. Resolved—That the Chairman and the appropriate official be authorised to attend Annual Conferences of the undermentioned: National U. D. Cs' Association, Lancashire U. D. Cs' Association, Institute of Municipal Engineers and the Sanitary Inspectors' Association.

312. Charities. The Clerk reported that the scheme amalgamating the various charities had been sealed by the Charity Commissioners on the 9th December, 1952, and copies had been received by this Council.

Finance Committee, Meeting held on Thursday, the 15th January, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

315. Accrington District Water Board — Collection Accounts. A letter was submitted from the Accountant to the Board, asking this Council to reconsider their decision regarding the receipt of water charges at these offices, for which the Board were prepared to pay at the rate of 1 per; 100 receipts issued, and in addition the sum of 26 per annum by way of acknowledgment for the use of the premises, and that the Board would find all stamps and stationery. Resolved —That the Board be informed that the Council are prepared to allow the Collector (Mr. Greenwood) to carry out this work on the terms stated and that the Collector perform these duties in his normal office hours.

316. Whitley Council — Wages Application. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Employers' Secretary stating that the Industrial Disputes Tribunal had made an award of 1d. per hour to the manual workers, to have effect from the beginning of the first full pay period following the 28th November, 1952. Resolved—That this be implemented.

317. Coronation Celebrations. The Clerk re-submitted Circular No. 79/52 regarding the provision of money for the celebrations. After consideration it was Resolved—That an amount of 400 be included in the ensuing year's estimates, and that this amount be contributed to the Coronation Committee towards the cost of the celebrations.

318. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported that the Finance Sub-Committee had inspected the outstanding Rates and recommended that final notice be served on the ratepayers who had not completed payment of their Rates, and that the Collector be authorised to take out summonses if the Rates are still unpaid at the expiration of the period of 7 days from the service of the notice. The Committee also recommended that Mr. J. Foster be given notice to quit the allotment he holds on the Holt Street Allotments, in respect of which he has been summoned for rent up to September, 1952. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

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 January, 1953.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 18th December. 1952.

320. 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 15th January, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 15th January, 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 15th January, 1953

Finance Committee, held 15th January, 1953.

321. 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 be authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated:

Cheque Nos. From To 10435 10501

Amount to be Transferred 6,096 6s. 8d.

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.

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

323. 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, 22nd January, 1953.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

324. Tottleworth—Electricity Supply. The Clerk reported on enquiries he had made from the N. W. Electricity Board regarding the possibility of a supply being given to this part of the area. It was decided to make further enquiries at a later stage after further investigations have been made by the Board.

325. Sewerage Report. It was decided to call a Special Meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee for Thursday, the 29th January, at 7 p. m., and to invite a representative of Messrs. Charles Lomax and Son to enlarge upon the Report.

326. Foreman—Resignation. The Clerk submitted the formal resignation of Mr. J. Cunliffe, the Highways Working Foreman, to take effect on the 24th January. Resolved—That the resignation be accepted with regret and that the Clerk forward a letter to Mr. Cunliffe expressing appreciation of his services over the last three years, and the hope for his future success in a private capacity. It was further Resolved—That an advertisement be issued in two local papers on two nights inviting applications for the appointment of a Working Foreman with a wage according to either Grade III or Grade IV for Miscellaneous Classes, and that the person appointed commence at a wage appropriate to his experience, qualifications, age, etc., and that the closing date for applications be 7th February.

327. Whitley Council—Sickness Pay Scheme. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Employers' Secretary embodying replies received from various local authorities on the working of the sickness pay scheme. It was Resolved—That no action be taken beyond requesting the officials to report each month on the absence of workmen with dates of absence, and that the appropriate Committee shall take such action as is deemed advisable by them to investigate unduly prolonged absence on the part of any workman.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 19th February, 1953.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Special Meeting held on Thursday, the 29th January, 1953.

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

328. Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Report. The Committee received from Mr. Aspey, of Messrs. Charles Lomax and Son, a verbal explanation of the written report which this firm have submitted on the sewerage system and the condition of the Sewage Disposal Works. Two alternatives appear to require serious consideration: (1) Reconstruction of the Sewage Disposal Works, or (2) the taking of the sewage to an adjoining Sewage Disposal Works for treatment in conjunction with that of other districts. In order to be in a position to give the matter further consideration, the Clerk was instructed to enquire from the Clayton-le-Moors and Great Harwood Joint Sewerage Board terms upon which they would be prepared to receive and treat the sewage from this district, or the terms upon which this Council could become constituent members of the Board. On receipt of this information the Clerk was instructed to call a meeting of this Committee in order to afford further consideration.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th February, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts, submitted were passed for payment.

329. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Petrol Pump—Council Offices: The estimated cost to make the alterations to the existing pump was stated to be 60-70. It was Resolved—That a Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Hoyle, Banks, Kirkham and Bridge meet the officials to go into the matter.

(b) Caravan—Willis Farm: An application has been received from Mr. G. D. Kinder for a licence under the Public Health Act, 1936. Resolved—That a licence be granted for a period of 12 months and that the matter be reviewed at the expiration of that period.

(c) Items for Estimates: The Sanitary Inspector recommended consideration of the following matters: (a) Protective clothing at a cost of approximately 50 for the Health Department Staff: (b) street orderly trucks at a cost of approximately 40; (c) analysis of water supplies and atmospheric pollution deposits at a cost of 30 (the representatives of this Council on the Accrington District Water Board agreed to arrange a meeting with the Water Engineer with a view to making plans to obviate the necessity for this Authority to take water samples): (d) completion of improvements at the Mortuary at a cost of 50. Resolved—That the before-mentioned items be provisionally included in the Estimates for further consideration.

330. Mortuary. The Chairman reported on a discussion which had taken place at the Divisional Health Committee meeting regarding the use of the Mortuary for persons from this district who die at various hostels, etc. It was Resolved—That permission be granted for the Mortuary to be used for these cases.

331. Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907-Section 86. It was Resolved—That the under-mentioned Police Officers be appointed as authorised persons under this Act for the purpose of inspecting premises, books, etc., of merchants dealing in old metals, etc., and that they be given written authority to act for this Council: Detective Inspector F. Hammond, Detective Sergeant V. West, and Detective Constable Little.

332. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of January, 1953, was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th February, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Street Lighting:

A letter dated 27th January was submitted from the N. W. Electricity Board regarding the complaint about street lights being extinguished. It was reported that there had been an improvement in the lights generally in recent weeks.

(b) Day Nursery:

The County Council have agreed to pay the full amount of the account referred to at the last meeting.

(c) Factories Act—Means of Escape in case of Fire:

The British Electricity Authority has applied for a certificate in respect of the Generating Station and an inspection of the premises has been arranged.

(d) Pedestrian Crossings:

Four tenders were considered for the supply and erection and servicing of four flashing signs at the pedestrian crossings. It was Resolved—That the quotation of the N. W. Electricity Board of 12 0s. 1d. per beacon be accepted.

(e) Cutt Wood—Proposed lay-out:

A quotation and suggested lay-out has been received from Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart, Ltd. Resolved—That the matter be considered by the Parks Sub-Committee for a report thereon.

(f) Head Gardener:

An application was submitted from Mr. R. Dixon to be designated Parks Superintendent with full control of the Parks Department. Resolved—That the Clerk obtain further information regarding salary scales, etc., for submission to the next meeting of this Committee.

(g) Plans and Notices:

The following applications were considered: —

6/8/132-1082. Proposed conversion of store shed to private lock-up garage on ordnance sheet plot No. 267, south of Norden Farm, for Mr. W. Rhodes.

6/8/A. 7/1084. Proposed illuminated sign on the east wall of the West End Garage for Mr. W. Curren.

1085. Proposed store for Messrs. Simon Carves Ltd. at the Generating Station, Whitebirk Drive.

1086. Proposed first floor W. C. and new drains at 4, Clarke Street, for Mr. Kelly.

6/8/133/1087. Caravan at Willis Farm for Mr. G. D. Kinder.

6/8/134-1088. Proposed Paybox, Groundsman's Stores, Score Room and Gent's Lavatories for the Rishton Cricket Club Supporters' Club.

6/8/135-1089. Proposed rebuilding of greenhouse on Plot 12, Hermitage Street allotments, for Mr. A. Heap.

1090. Proposed lavatory and W. C., Spring Mill, Well Street, for Messrs. F. Briggs, Ltd.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1084, 1086, 1087, 1088, and 1090 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of number 1084 to the conditions regarding removal of existing sign, and in the case of number 1087 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act. 1936, that the building be removed on 20th February, 1954. (2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act. 1947, to application numbered 6/8/132, subject to the conditions to be endorsed thereon. (3) That it be a recommendation to the Divisional Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by applications numbered 6/8/A. 7. 6/8/133, 6/8/134, and 6/8/135, subject to the conditions to be endorsed thereon.

334. Town Planning Inquiry—Garage—Parker Street. The Chairman reported that he had attended the inquiry held recently, and that the decision of the Minister is now awaited.

335 Tennis Court. Consideration was given to the date for the opening of the Court, and it was Resolved—That the Parks Sub-Committee be requested to consider the matter and report to the next meeting of this Committee.

336. Foreman – Applications. Four applications having been received for this appointment, it was resolved – That the applicants be invited to attend for interview before the Council in Committee on the 19th February.

337. Tenders for Materials, 1953/4. The Chairman reported that, with the Clerk, he had opened the tenders, which had been tabulated and were now presented. Resolved—That the lowest tender, as underlined in red on the lists, be accepted and submitted to the County Council for their approval.

338. Items for Estimates. The Surveyor was requested to ascertain the approximate cost for consideration at the next meeting of the following: Two bus shelters; decorations and repairs to the Turrets stables; and cleaning up surrounding paths and roadway at the War Memorial.

339. Expenditure Statement. Statement for January, 1953, was submitted and considered.

340. Norden Allotments. The Clerk reported that the site of the old house-refuse tip, together with the Norden allotments, reverted to the Dunkenhalgh Estate as from August, 1952, and that from that date the Estate would receive the income from the allotments. Resolved—That the report be accepted.

341. Allotments Tenancies. The Clerk submitted a list of transfers of tenancies on the various allotment sites. Resolved —That these transfers be approved. It was further Resolved —That the Surveyor inspect a disused bus on the Holt Street allotments from an amenity viewpoint, and that enquiries be made regarding the tenancies of the Harwood Road allotments.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th February, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

342. Industrial Development.

(a) Development Area: The Clerk submitted a letter from the Town Clerk of Burnley stating that the President of the Board of Trade was not prepared to make further investigation into the question of extending the boundary of the development area which he had already approved.

(b) Industrial Development Council: It was Resolved—That the Clerk be nominated for appointment to represent the U. D. C. s on that Council.

343. Industrial Premises. Information was given that it was possible that the Albert Mill would be vacated by the present occupiers during the summer. The Clerk was instructed to draw the attention of the owners to the advisability of communicating with the Lancashire Industrial Development Council and the Board of Trade.

344. Accrington District Water Board. Councillors Banks and Lightbown reported on the proceedings of a meeting of the Board, when various means of obtaining additional income with the result that it was proposed to consumers. Resolved—That the report be accepted.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th February, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

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. Bracewell Charity. The Clerk reported that a request had been received from the Charity Commissioners for the investment of this Charity to be transferred into the names of the Official Trustees. Resolved—That the necessary transfer be made.

348. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on the recommendations of this Sub-Committee, which had investigated outstanding arrears of rates and sundry debtors. The following recommendations were made: (1) That the Collector be instructed to issue summonses in respect of defaulting ratepayers; (2) that the Collector concentrate on the collection of arrears of sundry debtors and submit a list of outstanding amounts to the next meeting; (3) that arrears of rates in respect of Assessment No. 2306, amounting to 20, be written off as irrecoverable on account of the inexplicable circumstances surrounding this matter. The Chairman reported that all outstanding items raised by the District Auditor had now been dealt with. Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted

349. Clayton-le-Moors U. D. C. —Services of the Sanitary Inspector. The Clerk reported that Mr. Pilkington had concluded assisting the Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council, as the new Sanitary Inspector had now been appointed. It was further stated that the dual appointment had entailed additional hours being worked outside the normal office hours. It was Resolved—That no charge be made to the Clayton-le-Moors Urban District Council in respect of Mr. Pilkington's services.

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, the 19th February, 1953.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 22nd January, 1953.

351. 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: —

Special Buildings and Highways Committee, held 29th January, 1953.

Health Committee, held 12th February, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 12th February. 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 12th February, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 12th February, 1953.

352. 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 be authorised to sign cheques numbered below drawn on Disbursement Account, up to and not exceeding the amount stated: —

Cheque Nos. From To 10502 10540

Amount to be Transferred 5,376 3s. 0d.

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.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, 19th February. 1953.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

355. Working Foreman—Appointment. Four applicants for this position were interviewed, and it was Resolved—That Mr. J. E. Whiteside, of Accrington, be appointed with a wage under Grade IV of the Miscellaneous Classes of Officers Scale, commencing at 420 per annum, subject to the appointee satisfactorily passing a medical examination. It was arranged that Mr. Whiteside should commence duties on the 2nd March, and that his wage would fluctuate with the variations affecting the Miscellaneous Classes of Officers, but in other respects he shall be subject to the conditions under the Whitley Council rules. Councillor Sutcliffe voted against this appointment.

356. Meetings in March. It was Resolved—That the Health. Buildings and Highways and General Purposes Committee meetings be held on the 12th March, the Finance Committee on the 19th and the Council Meeting on the 26th.

357. Coronation. An application was submitted from several tenants on Danvers Street, asking for permission to use the quadrangle on Monday, the 1st June, for the holding of a children's party. 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, the 26th March, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th March, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

358. Sanitary Inspector's Report. (a) Petrol Pump—Council Offices: Members of the Sub-Committee reported on their inspection of the existing pump in connection with which the Sanitary Inspector recommended certain action. It was Resolved—That the matter be considered by the Finance Committee together with the estimates. (b) Milk Samples: A further case of infection has been discovered in a supply, and the matter is being dealt with by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

359. House Refuse Tip. The Clerk reported upon the conditions which would apply when the lease was received for the new tip in so far as the material on the old tip is concerned. It was further reported that an offer by a contractor to remove the surplus material from the tip and to pay the Council 6s. 0d. per load had been accepted by the Chairman of the Council and of the appropriate Committees. Resolved—That the action taken be confirmed.

360. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of February, 1953, was submitted and considered.

361. Estimates of Expenditure, 1953-54. It was Resolved—That these be deferred to the Finance Committee for detailed consideration.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th March, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) County Roads: Work in connection with the re-surfacing of A 678 has been stopped as the grant allowed for work on County Roads' surfacing has been fully expended. The Chairman also dealt with the grant for 1953-54 which had been reduced to 4, 200. It was Resolved—That a deputation consisting of Councillors Hoyle and Banks with the Clerk and the Surveyor seek an interview with the County Surveyor on these matters.

(b) Cutt Wood: Stumps and roots have been removed and some of the trees have been removed to the Council's Yard near the Offices. The Surveyor was requested to remove these to the New Yard.

(c) Allotments-Goosey Butts: An estimate of 66 was submitted for widening an accommodation road and re-fencing. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor ash the roadway when widened and fence with posts and wire, the whole to be completed at a minimum cost.

(d) Factories Act—York Mill: The Surveyor reported that the means of escape now appeared to be satisfactory. It was Resolved—That the Council be recommended to issue a certificate to the Mill Company.

(e) Tenders for Materials, 1953-54: The County Council have approved the list of tenders recommended by the Council.

(f) Foreman—Working Hours: An application was submitted from Mr. Whiteside for a variation of working hours for a temporary period. Resolved—That the variation suggested be agreed.

(g) Lorry Driver— Safe Driving Competition: It was Resolved—That an entry form be forwarded on behalf of Mr. J. Clarke, together with the fee of 5s. 6d. per annum in respect of the years 1952 and 1953.

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

6/8/131. Private lock-up garage near Norden tip for Mr. W. Rhodes, of 92, Spring Street.

1091. Proposed addition of bathroom and W. C. at 22, Hermitage Street, for Mr. T. B. Demain.

Resolved —(1) That application numbered 1091 he approved under Building Bye-laws. (2) That consent be renewed under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/131 until 31st December, 1955, subject to the conditions stated thereon.

363. Council Houses-Wireless Aerials. The Clerk raised the question of insurance in respect of wireless aerials as distinct from television aerials. It was Resolved —That no action be taken in this matter.

364. Town Planning—Enforcement Action. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Clerk of the County Council urging that a check on the development which has taken place within the last four years should be made to ensure that (1) planning permission has been obtained and (2) conditions imposed with planning permission have been complied with. The Surveyor was requested to take the necessary steps with this end in view.

365. Road Safety—Street Lighting. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Road Safety Organisation and the British Road Services regarding street lighting during foggy weather. Resolved—That the letter be received.

366. Parks Sub-Committee — Cutt Wood and Tennis Court Matters. The members of the Sub-Committee reported that they had held a meeting to consider these matters. In respect of Cutt Wood it was necessary to hold a further meeting before giving a report thereon, and this was arranged for the 19th March, at 6-30 p. m. The following recommendations were made in connection with the Tennis Court: That the court be opened for play on Easter Saturday and the hours of opening daily be from 9 a. m. to dusk; that the charges for play be 1s. 6d. per hour per court for singles and 2s. 0d. per hour per court for doubles; that tickets be issued during normal office hours by members of the staff; and that outside office hours Mr. A. Blakey be appointed attendant at a rate of pay to be agreed by the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and the Clerk. It was Resolved—That the recommendations of the Subcommittee be approved and adopted.

367. Tennis Court—Sunday Play. Consideration was given to the question of opening the court on Sundays, but it was Resolved—That further consideration be given if and when requests are received for this.

368. Bowling Green. (a) Attendant. The Parks Subcommittee reported that the resignation of the Attendant had been received and that they had authorised the Clerk to advertise for a successor. It was Resolved—That the recommendations be confirmed and that the wage to be offered be 4 per week plus 1 for attendance on Sundays. It was further Resolved—That a letter of appreciation for his services be forwarded to Mr. Lawson, the late attendant.

(b) Opening of Green. The Parks Sub-Committee were requested to inspect the green and to decide in collaboration with the gardener on a suitable opening date.

369. Street Lighting. The Clerk reported that a cheque for 315 had been received from Messrs. British Thomson-Houston, Ltd. in respect of the old lanterns and equipment which had been rendered redundant.

370. Head Gardener. The Committee considered a report circulated by the Clerk on his enquiries regarding the appointment of Mr. Dixon as Parks Superintendent, and it was Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

371. Surveyor's Pupil—Termination of Articles. The Clerk reported that the Articles entered into with Mr. Heins would terminate on the 31st May next, and that he raised the question on account of the inclusion of an appropriate amount in the estimates. It was Resolved—That provision be made on the assumption that a new pupil would be Articled by the Surveyor on the terms applicable to the previous pupil.

372. Town Planning. The decision of the Divisional Planning Committee in regard to applications numbers 6/8/A. 7 and 6/8/133 was submitted showing the conditions which had been attached to these consents.

373. Tottleworth Allotment. It was Resolved—That Mr. A. Moore be allowed to take the allotment previously held by Mr. J. Foster.

374. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the February, 1953, was submitted and considered.

375. Estimates of Expenditure, 1953-54, It was Resolved— That these be deferred to the Finance Committee for detailed consideration.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 12th March, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

376. Royal Agricultural Show—Blackpool. A letter of appeal from the Town Clerk of Blackpool was submitted and considered. It was Resolved—That no action be taken.

377. Industrial Development—Albert Mill. A letter was submitted from the owners of the mill confirming that the mill would become vacant about October, and that they had received enquiries from an industrial concern with a view to taking over the premises. The Clerk reported that he had received a telephone communication from a firm of estate agents regarding the proposed industry which it was hoped would take over the premises and that further information would be submitted at a subsequent date. Resolved—That the further information be now awaited.

378. Ribble Motor Services, Ltd. —Fuel Tax. A letter was submitted asking the Council to support them in their efforts to obtain a reduction in the tax on fuel for public service vehicles. Resolved—That the Company be supported and that the attention of the Member of Parliament be drawn thereto.

379. Electricity Supply—Tottleworth. The Clerk submitted a letter from the N. W. Electricity Board stating that as they were unable to obtain the minimum annual guaranteed revenue from the occupiers of the property at Tottleworth, the Board were unable to agree to a supply being given to this area, and that the matter was now left in abeyance.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 19th March, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

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. Manchester and Liverpool Orchestras — Financial Assistance. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Town Clerks of Manchester and Liverpool regarding Conferences of Local Authorities held recently with a view to assisting these two orchestras. It was Resolved—That the letters lie on the table.

383. Discount—General Rate. The Finance Sub-Committee reported that they had given consideration to the alteration discount dates in order to encourage the earlier payment rates and so afford ratepayers who pay by instalments longer period in which to make payment, and the Sub-Committee recommended that the two discount dates be Friday prior to the local annual holidays and the last Friday in September in each year, and that the last date by which owners of property not exceeding 10 rateable value can claim their allowance of 15% shall be the last Friday in September Considerable discussion ensued on the report of the Sub Committee, and it was subsequently Resolved—That the dates recommended be adopted.

384. Finance Sub-Committee Report—Outstanding Amounts. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had inspected the whole list of outstanding rates, sundry debtors and allotments accounts, and that the Collector had reported on the action taken in each case. The Sub-Committee recommended that Account No. 745, amounting to 18s. 5d., be written off on the grounds of poverty. Resolved—That the recommendation and report of the Sub-Committee be confirmed and adopted.

385. Assistant Gardener. It was reported that this employee had left the service of the Council without giving the requisite 7 days' notice. Resolved—That consideration be deferred pending further information thereon. It was further Resolved—That an advertisement be issued inviting applications for the appointment of a 2nd Class Gardener with a weekly wage at the rate of 6 6s. 0d. per week.

386. Sands Close. The Clerk was requested to draw the attention of the police to damage which is being occasioned by children in this district, and that the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet at an early date to consider work required in Sands Close.

387. Cutt Wood — Lay-out. The Parks Sub-Committee reported that they had obtained detailed estimates from Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart & Co., Ltd., for the work required in connection with their proposed lay-out. The Sub-Committee suggested three alternatives for meeting the cost of the recommended lay-out. It was Resolved—That the report be received, and that the sum of 400 be included in the estimates of expenditure, such sum to be spent at the discretion of the Buildings and Highways Committee. It was further Resolved—That application be made to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for sanction to a loan after receipt and consideration of alternative quotations to be obtained by the Surveyor.

388. Tennis Court. The Chairmen of the Council and of the Buildings and Highways Committee reported that, with the Clerk, they had interviewed Mr. Blakey, the caretaker, regarding his being appointed as attendant at the tennis court, and that they had recommended the payment of 1s. 0d. per hour for evening duties and 2s. 6d. per hour for all other days, including Saturdays and holidays, on which he is in attendance. Resolved—That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

389. Estimates of Expenditure, 1953-54. The Committee considered in detail the estimates of the various Committees and made revisions thereto, after which it was Resolved—That the estimates be approved showing a gross expenditure of 18,448, less income and Government grants amounting to 8,168, leaving a net expenditure of 10,280, requiring a rate of 6s. 4.148d. in the , which added to the County rate of 14s. 5.852d., makes a total rate of 20s. 10d. in the , which the Council be recommended to levy for the financial year 1953-54.

390. Council Houses—Rents. In view of the recommended increase in the General Rate in the , it was Resolved—That the rents of the Council houses be amended in accordance with the increased rate.

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 26th March, 1953.

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

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

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

Ordinary Meeting, held on the 19th February, 1953.

392. 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 12th March, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 12th March, 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 12th March, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 19th March, 1953.

An amendment was moved and seconded that Minute No. 383 be referred back for further consideration, but the amendment was defeated, the voting being—3 for and 7 against.

393. 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 be 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

10541 10612 2,187 17s. 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.

394. General Rate 1953-54. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Finance Committee in respect of expenditure estimated to be incurred during the year 1953-54 be approved, and that a General Rate at 20s. 10d. 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 the 23rd April. It was further Resolved—That the Discount Dates for the ensuing year be the 17th July and the 25th September and that the Clerk be authorised to advertise the making of the Rate.

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

396. 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 March, 1953.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

397. Meetings in April. It was Resolved—That the meetings be held on the 16th and 23rd April.

398. Bowling Green Attendant. Six applications were considered, and it was Resolved-—That Mr. J. Pike, of Parker Street, be appointed at a wage of 4 per week for week-days, plus 1 for Sunday duties.

399. Housing Applications. Consideration was given to three applications which had received previous consideration, and it was Resolved—That additional points be awarded to one applicant on grounds of special hardship, that no alteration be made to a second case and that the third case be not considered suitable for a Council House.

400. Industrial Development — Albert Mill. The Clerk reported on the present position with regard to the occupation of this Mill and that the owners had promised to keep the Council informed of any further developments.

401. Town Planning Appeal—Garage—Oswald Street. The Clerk reported that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government had dismissed the appeal of Mr. G. O. Barnes, and that in consequence they supported the Council in their refusal to approve the plans. The Surveyor was instructed to communicate with the owners of other premises adjacent to the site with a request that they re-paint the buildings and put them in a reasonable condition.

402. Assistant Gardener. The Clerk submitted a letter received from this ex-employee regarding holiday pay to which he alleged he was entitled. Resolved—That the matter be discussed at the next Buildings and Highways Committee meeting, and that in the meantime the Parks Sub-Committee be authorised to appoint a second-class, gardener, the vacancy for which had been advertised.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 23rd April, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th April, 1953.

Present—Councillors G. Hoyle, J. P. (in the chair), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hacking, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Sutcliffe.

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

403. Sanitary Inspector's Report. This showed matters dealt with during the month including: —Salvage. A quantity of waste paper was sold during the month, but the prospect of increased sales during the coming year is very remote.

404. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending 31st March. The high death rate for the quarter was not considered unreasonable for the time of the year.

Buildings AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th April. 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Highways Section.

(1) County Roads: The Clerk reported upon the visit of representatives of this Council to the County Surveyor regarding the coming year's work on County Roads, and that no satisfactory result had been obtained in view of the curtailing of expenditure by the Ministry of Transport. The County Surveyor undertook to supply this Council with a programme of main road schemes covering the next year or two. This report is now awaited. The amount of grant for the year 1953-54 stands at 4,200.

(b) Gardening Section.

(1) Bowling Green: A report was made that the hose pipe used in connection with the green was no longer serviceable, and it was Resolved—That the tendered of Messrs. J. Bridge and Co., Ltd., for 8 2s. 6d. for the supply of a new length of hose be accepted.

(2) Assistant Gardener: The Sub-Committee, reported that they had selected an applicant for this appointment, but the Surveyor reported that subsequently the applicant had withdrawn, having obtained alternative employment. It was Resolved—That the position be re-advertised in the three local papers.

(c) Conferences:

Attention was drawn to various deposits and fees required by delegates attending Conferences, and it was Resolved—That advances be made to all delegates attending Conferences to assist them in meeting the expenses thereof, and that deposits and fees required in advance be paid by the Council.

(d) Land off Oswald Street;

The Surveyor reported that he had communicated with the owners of the buildings erected on the allotments, requesting them to re-paint and renovate these buildings. A letter was submitted from the owner of one buildings regarding security of tenure, and the Surveyor was instructed to reply thereto pressing for the re-painting. The Clerk submitted a letter from an allotment tenant complaining of fencing having been removed and rubbish having been tipped near the site and the Surveyor was instructed to inspect the nature of the complaint and to report thereon to the next meeting of this Committee.

(e) Sewage Disposal Works—Gates.

Three tenders were submitted for the supply and fixing of three gates on the road leading to the Works, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Messrs. G. Harwood and Son for 27 10s. 0d. be accepted.

(f) Plans and Notices:

The following applications were considered: —

1092. Concrete garage, 24, The Esplanade, for Mr. D. Warburton. (In substitution for Plan No. 1072).

6/8/136. Renewal of consent. Tennis Pavilion, off Blackburn Road, for Parish Church Tennis Club.

Resolved—(1) That application numbered 1092 be approved under the Building Bye-laws, subject to the provision of a footpath crossing. (2) That consent be renewed under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/136 subject to the conditions stated therein,

406. Parks Sub -Committee—Report re Bowling Green. The members reported that they had considered the opening of the Bowling Green and had been advised by the Gardener that several weeks would elapse before the green was in a satisfactory state, and that a further report was being obtained for submission to the Council in Committee. Resolved— That the report be received.

407. Gardening Staff — Letter from Ex-employee. Further consideration was given to the request of the under-Gardener for payment of his holiday money, and it was Resolved—That the sum of 9 7s. 7d. be paid to this person.

408. Direction Sign—Golf Club. An application was received from the Golf Club for permission to erect a sign on the lamp standard at the junction of Station Road and Blackburn Road. Resolved—That permission be granted.

409. Tennis Court—Charges. Consideration was given to charges for use of the Court for half-hours only, and it was Resolved—That players be allowed to use the Court for half an hour at a charge of 1s. 0d., whether for singles or doubles.

410. Council House—Lodger. An application was received for permission to reside as lodgers in 38, Danvers Street, from Mr. G. Birtwistle and family. Resolved—That permission be granted.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th April, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

411. Local Government Reorganisation. Consideration was given to memoranda circulated by the Clerk which had been received from the U. D. C.’s Association, and which would be subject to discussion at the Annual Conference in June, It was Resolved-—That the matter be placed on the agenda for the June General Purposes Committee Meeting for further consideration.

412. Correspondence. The Clerk raised matters in connection herein, and after discussion it was Resolved—That the existing arrangements shall continue.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th April, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

415. Finance Sub-Committee - Report. The Chairman reported that consideration had been given to the arrears of rates and other items outstanding at the end of the financial year, and that they were satisfied that all steps possible had been taken to recover these items.

416. Salaries. Consideration was given to the salaries of the Clerk and the Senior Accounts Clerk, and it was Resolved— That the salary of the Clerk be increased by 35 per annum, and that of the Senior Accounts Clerk by 15 per annum, both to operate from 1st May, such increases to be on account of additional clerical duties in connection with Civil Defence.

417. Overtime. Approval was given to members of the staff working outside normal hours to close the financial books in time for audit and to accelerate despatch of Rate Demand Notes, but that such overtime be kept 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 23rd April, 1953.

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

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

418. 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 March, 1953.

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

Health Committee, held 16th April. 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held I6ih April, 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 16th April. 1953.

Finance Committee, held 16th April. 1953.

420. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Midland Bank Ltd. be authorised to transfer the undermentioned amount from Current Account to Disbursement Account, and the Clerk be 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

10613-10668 2,361 0s. 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.

421. Vote of Thanks. The Chairman of the Council thanked the Chairmen of Committees and the Members of the Council for the assistance they had given him during his period of office, and he also thanked the Clerk and the officials for their help, and the Press for their reports of Council Meetings. A vote of thanks was also expressed to the Chairman for his impartiality during the past year and for the manner in which he had conducted the meetings.

422. Councillor Sutcliffe. As Councillor Sutcliffe had expressed his intention of retiring from the Council, this would be his last meeting, and expressions of thanks were extended to Councillor Sutcliffe for the great service he has rendered while serving as a Councillor for the past 15 years. Councillor Sutcliffe suitably responded.

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

424. 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 23rd April, 1953.

The minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

425. Meetings in May. It was Resolved—That the following be the arrangements: Informal Meeting—14th: Annual Meeting and all Committees—21st; Council Meeting- 28th.

426. Superannuation Committee — Representation. It was Resolved—That no nominations be made to this Committee.

427. Re-rating of Industry — Letter from Northwich U. D. C. The Clerk submitted a letter requesting this Council to support the Northwich U. D. C. in their representations for re-rating of industry and agriculture. It was decided to defer consideration to the next Finance Committee Meeting.

428. Bowling Green – Opening. Consideration was given to a report received from the Head Gardener regarding the condition of the Green, and it was Resolved—That members of the Council should meet on the Green on the 30th April, to confirm the opening on the 9th May.

429. Tennis Court Garden—Seats. Consideration was given to prices obtained for the provision of 4 seats, after which it was Resolved-That the Surveyor be instructed to select 4 seats from Cutt Wood and transfer them to this garden, after re-painting.

430. Coronation Celebrations. An application was received from the various clubs in the district for permission to use Harwood Road Recreation Ground for Children's Sports on the Saturday following Coronation Day. Resolved That permission be granted.

431. Street lighting. It was Resolved—That normal street lighting, except pilot lights, be terminated on the 16th May, and that the Surveyor prepare a scheme for side streets for submission to the next meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee.