A To Z Index
Street Index
Message Board
Contact Us Donate to Us
Directories
Buildings
Censuses
Churches
Cookbook
Community
Conversions
Council
Downloads
Event Calendar
Farming
Fun & Games
Geology
Genealogy
History
Industry
Leisure
Maps
Occupations
Parks
Pubs & Clubs
Photo Gallery
Rishton Life
Services
Schools
Shops
Sports
Stories
Suburbs
Transport
Tourism
Walks
Waterways
Web Utilities
Video's

Website Information

Whats newWhat's new?

Why not try the "Interactive Map" of Rishton, move your mouse over the map and click on the hotspots to open the page.

Search This Website


powered by FreeFind

Today in Rishton..

Current Weather

Rishton, England, United Kingdom Weather Forecast Provided by Weathercity.com

Latest News Headlines

Currently Unavailable

For more news on Rishton use this link

Website Visitors

 

(See the web stats page in the utilities section of the site for previous visitors)

Since February 2009 -

free counters

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, 21st day of May. 1953.

Present - Councillors Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, Sanderson and Simpson.

The notice convening the meeting was read.

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

2. Election of Chairman. Resolved—That Councillor Ramsbottom be, and is hereby, elected Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

Councillor Ramsbottom having received the Chain of Office from Councillor Hoyle, took the chair and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

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

4. Urban District Council Election, 4th May, 1953. The Clerk reported the following votes recorded for each of the candidates and declared that Messrs. Ramsbottom, O’Rourke, Simpson and Lightbown 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 : Ramsbottom, H., 572; Tattersall, S., 355.

South Ward : O'Rourke, J. (Unopposed).

East Ward: Simpson, D. T. (Unopposed).

West Ward : Lightbown, R. (Unopposed).

5. Designation of Committees. Resolved — That the following be the Standing Committees of the Council for the ensuing year: Health, Building's and Highways, General Purposes, Finance and Civil Defence Committees.

6. Constitution of Committees. Resolved — That all members of the Council shall 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 Chairmen of Committees.

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

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

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

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

Civil Defence Committee. Resolved — That Councillor O'Rourke be appointed Chairman of the Civil Defence Committee.

9. Dates and Times of Council and Committee Meetings.

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

10. Constitution of Sub-Committees. Resolved—That 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, Sanderson, Banks.

Health: Members—Chairman of Health. Councillors Hoyle, Kirkham, Simpson.

Finance: Members—Chairman of Finance, Councillors Hacking, Lightbown, Hoyle.

Sewerage: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors Hacking, O'Rourke, Sanderson.

Parks: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors Kirkham, Banks, Simpson.

Allotments: Members—Chairman of Buildings and Highways, Councillors Eyre, Hacking, Banks.

12. Appointment of Representatives on Outside Bodies.

Resolved—That the following be appointed as the Council's representatives :—

Preservation of Rural England : Councillor Banks.

Water Board : Councillors Lightbown and Banks.

Food Control: Councillor Hoyle.

Employment: Councillor Hacking.

Divisional Health : Councillor Hacking.

Divisional Education: Councillors Kirkham and O'Rourke.

High Street School Managers: Councillors Lightbown and Banks.

C. of E. School Managers : Councillor Hacking.

St. Charles' School Managers: Councillor McNeil.

Secondary Modern School Managers : Mr. Worsley and Mrs. Fish.

Library : Councillors Eyre, Simpson, Lightbown.

Road Safety Committee: Councillors O'Rourke, Hoyle, Simpson and Ramsbottom.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council, to be held on Thursday, 28th May, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st May, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

13. Sanitary Inspector's Report.

(a) Salvage: The Sanitary Inspector reported on the receipt of a quotation from a Bolton firm of paper merchants which was lower than the present price being obtained. It was Resolved—That the firm be informed that their price is low and requesting a higher quotation.

(b) Choked Sewer—Spring Street: One of the workmen engaged on releasing the sewer suffered damage to his clothing, which has been cleaned without satisfactory results. The Clerk reported that he had communicated with the Insurance Company thereon and was awaiting their reply.

(c) Milk and Dairies Regulations, 1949, Part X, Article 30 : The Sanitary Inspector drew attention to this Article and stated that the following recommendations were made as practical precautions at a meeting of the Sanitary Inspectors' Association in order to bring about uniformity of action throughout the area :—

No vehicle shall be used for the retail delivery of milk unless it is provided with (1) a permanent waterproof top cover or canopy, (2) a permanent bulkhead in front of the milk being conveyed and extending the full height and width of the vehicle (this requirement may be dispensed with in the case of covered vans used solely for the sale and distribution of bottled milk); (3) if necessary, side and/or rear protection when loose and/or cardboard disc-sealed wide necked bottles are being delivered, but otherwise these requirements are optional.

The Sanitary Inspector reported that there were one or two retailers in the district who were not complying with these requirements, and it was Resolved—That they be given three months in which to- carry out, the necessary improvements to their- vehicles, and that failing compliance, the matter be reported to this Committee.

(d) Council House Repairs: The Inspector asked for the decision of the Council as to the responsibility for payment of the following :—(1) Burnt-out fire-bars in Ideal boilers, (2) Burnt-out hot-plates and grillers on electric cookers, (3) Defective and broken switches and light fittings, (4) Burnt-out elements on electric wash boilers. It was Resolved as follows :—(1) The first replacement to be at the cost of the Council and subsequent ones recharged to the tenant, (2) and (4) To be replaced at the Council's expense, pending enquiries and possible fitting of safety devices and that after fitting of these the matter receive further consideration. (3) The cost to be the tenant's responsibility.

14. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of April, 1953, was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st May, 1953.

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

The minutes of- the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) County Road Estimates, 1953-54: The County Surveyor has suggested the following amendments to the Estimates:

Deduct £517 from A.6064 surface dressing and add £39 A.678 surface dressing, £220 tarmac carpet, £3 footpaths, and on A.6064, £186 restoration of hedge, £69 carriageway patching. These proposals include one man on the Lee Lane hedge clearing for most of the summer. It is also proposed that the major portion of A.678 shall be surface dressed by the County Council plant. It was Resolved—That the Buildings and Highways Sub- Committee inspect A.6064 at 7 p. m. on Thursday, the 28th instant.

(b) Tenders for Repairs and Painting: It was Resolved— That the following tenders for the respective work be accepted :—

Details

Situation

Name of Firm

Amount of Tender

Repairs to Doors & Windows

Sewage Works

G. Harwood & Son

£31 10 0

Painting

Class B. Street Lights

Aspin & Co.

£26 15 0

Pointing of Wall, Parker St.

Bowling Green

T. Wolstenholme

£64 13 2

58 Seats (Painting)

District

Aspin & Co.

£42 9 0

Painting

Sewage Wks. Bldgs.

Bowling Green

Pavilion & Gate,.

J. Trengove & Son

£49 0 0

(c) Street Lighting: A quotation was submitted from the N.W. Electricity Board for 12s. 0d. per lamp for maintenance and current for any lamps lit from dusk to 11-30 p.m. in side streets, plus the cost of lamp replacements. It was Resolved—That the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee inspect the lamps proposed to be lit and report back.

(d) Recreation Grounds: It was Resolved—That Mr. Leigh, of Norden Farm, be permitted to mow the grounds of both Recreation Grounds and to take away the cuttings. The Surveyor was requested to provide labour for clearing the stones from the surface.

(e) Articled Pupil: Mr. H. G. Heins has been successful in obtaining an appointment as Engineering Assistant with Radcliffe Corporation. It was Resolved—That a letter of congratulation be forwarded to Mr. Heins. It was further Resolved—That an advertisement be issued inviting applications for the vacancy and that the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet to consider matters relating to this Department.

(f) Institute of Municipal Engineers — Conference: The Chairman stated that he was unable to attend this Conference, and it was Resolved — That Councillor Banks be appointed to attend with the Surveyor Councillor McNeil did not record his vote.

(g) Allotments—Parker Street: The Surveyor reported on his interview with allotment tenants and with regard to a caravan situate on one of the plots. It was Resolved— That the tenant be informed that the caravan must be removed within one month.

(h) Building Licences: Applications were received in respect of the proposed two houses in Sussex Road each to cost £2,200. Resolved—That licences be granted for these sums exclusive of the cost of street works.

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

6/8/137.          Asbestos garage on land at the rear of 16, Blackburn Road, for the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

6/8/138.          Wooden garage on the land at the rear of 30, Blackburn Road, for Mr. F. Haworth.

6/8/140/1093. Two proposed wooden kennels for the business of boarding dogs at "Carbis," Reservoir Side, for Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Smith.

6/8/141/1094. Proposed pair of semi-detached houses, 2 and 4, Sussex Road, for Mr. J. McGovern and Messrs. Geo. Walsh & Sons, Ltd.

1095. Proposed asbestos cement garage and footpath crossing at 73, Blackburn Road, for Mr. W. H. Denley.

6/8/142-1096. Proposed change of use of Smithy, Eachill Road to garage for motor Lorries, and provision of footpath crossing for Messrs. Burns and Lord.

6/8/143-1097. Proposed asbestos cement private lockup-garage at the corner of Wharf Street and Back Chapel Street for Mr. H. W. Sutcliffe.

1098. Proposed bathroom at 45, Spring Street, from Mr. J. Bradshaw.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1093, 1094, 1095, 1096, 1097 and 1098 be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of number 1093 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 30th June, 1956.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/141, 142 and 143, subject in the case of numbers 142 and 143 to the conditions stated thereon.

(3) That consent be refused under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/140 for the reasons to be endorsed thereon.

(4) That consent be renewed until 30th June, 1956, to applications numbered 6/8/137 and 138. subject to the conditions to be endorsed thereon.

16. Bowling Green Attendant. Councillor Banks reported that the Clerk had informed him that the person appointed to this position had withdrawn and has suggested the appointment of the next person on the list. Resolved—That the Chairman's action be confirmed and that Mr. A. Dove be appointed to this position.

17. Assistant Gardener. The Sub-Committee reported that they had transferred a man from the Highways Department, and it was Resolved—That Mr. F. Sharples be appointed for a probationary period at labourer's rate of wage and that a report be obtained from the Gardener for the July Committee Meeting.

18. Bowling Green. The Sub-Committee reported on their meeting with a representative of Messrs. Maxwell Hart, Ltd., and that the instructions issued by that firm should be carried out. Resolved—That the report be adopted.

19. Town Planning—Revised Scheme of Delegation. The Clerk submitted a revised draft scheme received from the County Council under which additional powers were delegated to County Districts and Divisional Planning Committees were abolished. Resolved—That the scheme be accepted.

20. Choked Sewer—Spring Street. The Clerk submitted a letter from a householder who had suffered damage as the result of a choked sewer and reported that he had communicated with the Insurance Company thereon. Resolved—That a reply be awaited and the matter be further considered at a later meeting.

21. Allotments. The Clerk submitted applications for transfers of tenancy and an application for permission to keep pigs on one of the Goosey Butts Allotments. Resolved—That all applications be agreed.

22. Allotments—Fence. Attention was drawn to a fence erected on the Goosey Butts allotments, and it was Resolved - That the matter be considered at the next meeting of this Committee.

23 Sewage Disposal — Letter from Ministry. The Clerk submitted a letter suggesting that this Council be represented at a proposed conference of Authorities in the River Calder Valley area regarding a proposal to construct a Joint Sewage Disposal Works for those Authorities. Resolved — That Councillor Lightbown, the Clerk and the Surveyor attend the conference.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st May, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

24. Symphony Orchestras. A further letter of appeal was submitted from the Manchester and Liverpool Corporations, and it was Resolved—That no action be taken thereon.

25. Re-organisation of Local Government — Special Conference. The Clerk submitted a notification of a Special Conference of the Lancashire U. D. C.’s to be held at Bolton on the 11th June. Resolved—That the Chairman and the Clerk be appointed to attend.

FINANCE COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 21st May, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

28. Notice of Audit. The Clerk submitted Notice of Audit to commence on Tuesday, the 16th June.

29. N.W. Provincial Council-Circular No. 1024. The Clerk read an extract from this circular stating that the Executive of the National Council were recommending equal pay for equal work to the National Council.

30. De-rating of Industry. Further consideration was given to a letter from the Northwich U. D. C. asking for support to their efforts to obtain re-rating of industry. Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

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 28th May, 1953.

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

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

31 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 23rd April, 1953.

Annual Meeting, held on the 21st May, 1953.

32 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 21st May, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 21st May, 1953.*

General Purposes Committee, held 21st May, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 21st May, 1953.

* Save and except Minute No. 15 (i) (3), which be referred back to Council in Committee for further consideration.

33. 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

10669 10729

Amount to be Transferred. £4,566 5s. 7d.

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

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 28th May, 1953, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

36. Minutes Referred Back. Further consideration was given to Minute No. 15 (i) (3) in the light of information obtained by various members, and it was Resolved—That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application No. 6/8/140 for a period ending on the 30th June, 1956, and subject to various conditions specified by the Divisional Planning Officer.

37. Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee—Report—Lee Lane. The Chairman and members of this Committee reported on their inspection of Lee Lane and on the action they suggested should be taken with regard to the clearing of the hedge of weeds It was recommended that when the County Grant allocated to this work is expended, the work on this section should cease. Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

38. Council House—Telephone. An application was submitted from a tenant on the Sands Estate for permission to have a telephone installed. Resolved—That permission be granted.

39. Cutt Wood —Swamp. Attention was drawn to a portion of the Wood near the Reservoir which was of a swampy nature and might be a source of danger to children. Resolved—That the Chairman be authorised to inspect the area with the Surveyor and they be given authority to take action by fencing off the area deemed to be dangerous.

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 June, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th June, 1953.

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

40. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

41. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

42. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted.

(a) Straw—Parker Street: Attention was again drawn to the large quantity of straw on private land adjoining Parker Street, and the Sanitary Inspector was requested to take up the matter with the owners and report to the next meeting.

(b)Stream — Parker Street: The Sanitary Inspector was requested to inspect the nature of a complaint regarding a stream running alongside the Spaw Brook, and to report to the next meeting.

(c) Mobile Children's Roundabout: Attention was drawn to a mobile roundabout conveyed on a cart and which was offering rides to children in the neighbourhood. Resolved —That the attention of the police be drawn to the matter.

43. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of May, 1953, was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th June, 1953.

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

44. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

45. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Cutt Wood : Members of the Committee were asked to inspect the portion of Cutt Wood proposed to be developed, and that consideration be given to the matter at the next meeting of this Committee together with competitive prices for carrying out the preliminary work.

(b) Turrets Stables—Tenders: Four tenders were submitted for work of repair, and it was Resolved—That the Sub-Committee inspect the premises and make recommendations to the next meeting of this Committee.

(c) Gardening Equipment: A list of items considered to be redundant by the Head Gardener was examined, and it was Resolved—That the following items be advertised for sale:—

Mowing machines: Lloyds 26in., Atco 22in. Green 14in., Pennsylvania 14in., and that in addition tenders be invited for the disposal of the Tower Waggon originally purchased for street lighting maintenance. The Surveyor was authorised to dispose of the tar boiler at scrap metal price.

(d) Street Lighting—Side Streets: The Sub-Committee reported on their consideration of a modified scheme for lighting the side streets during the summer and it was Resolved—That 33 lamps (200-watt tungsten) be lighted from 1st July from dusk to 11-30 p.m. and that eight additional lamps also be lighted during the same period. It was reported that the N.W. Electricity Board gave a very approximate estimate of cost amounting to 1s. 0d. per lamp per week.

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

6/8/139. Private Garage off Grosvenor Road for Mr. J. J. Smith. (Renewal).

6/8/S.U.10.1100. Proposed overhead electricity supply line to Higher Whitebirk Farm and Whitebirk Moss Farm for the N.W. Electricity Board.

6/8/144. Proposed change of use of King's Hall, George Street, from machinery store to transport garage for Messrs. J. W. Hopwood (Rishton), Ltd.

6/8/A8. Advertising sign erected without consent of this Council by Messrs. Chiswick Products, Ltd., London, on gable end of 27, Cliff Street.

1101. Proposed additional bedroom to 6, Woodside Avenue for Mr. A. Duckworth

1102. Proposed bay window at rear of 51, Blackburn Road for Mr. H. Barlow.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1100, and 1102 be approved under Building Bye-laws.

(2)That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/144 subject to the conditions to be stated thereon. Councillor O'Rourke voted against.

(3) That consent be renewed under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/139 for the period ending 30th June, 1956.

(4) That it be a recommendation to the Country Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by application numbered 6/8/S.U.10.

(5) That it be a recommendation to the County Planning Committee that consent be refused to the development shown by application numbered 6/8/A.8 for the reasons to be endorsed thereon.

47. Sands Estate—Quadrangles. The Clerk was instructed to send A letter to the tenants drawing attention to the disapproval of the Council to the playing of games on the quadrangles, particularly by adults.

48. Sands Close—Passage. Members were requested to inspect this passage with a view to its closure to vehicular traffic, and that the matter be considered by Council in Committee.

49. Canal Towing Path—Unfenced Access. The Chairman reported on the views of the Education Divisional Executive regarding the unfenced access to the canal from Hermitage Street Bridge, and it was Resolved—That the Clerk communicate with the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive.

50. Goosey Butts and Clarkes Allotments. The Allotments Sub-Committee were requested to inspect these two areas and to report to the next meeting of this Committee.

51. Public Clock. The Chairman of the Council drew attention to matters affecting the maintenance of the Clock, and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor communicate with the firm who carried out repairs and who are responsible for the annual maintenance.

52. Street Name Plate—St. Charles Road. The question of erecting a name plate was left in abeyance until the next estimates are considered.

53. Road Foreman. A letter was submitted from the Foreman regarding annual holiday, and it was Resolved— That Mr. Whiteside be allowed one week's holiday with pay pending his full compliance with the Whitley Scheme, and that it be made clear to the Foreman that the Miscellaneous Scheme of Conditions only applies to this position so far as salary scales are concerned, and that all other conditions are inapplicable.

54 Council House—Application. A letter of application was submitted from the District Nurse. The Clerk was instructed to reply stating the present position.

55 Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of May, 1953, was submitted and considered. In order to provide more information, the Clerk had undertaken to supply items of expenditure up to the date of the respective Committee Meetings.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, 11th June, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

56. Local Government Reorganisation. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on their attendance at a Special Meeting of the Lancashire U. D. C.’s Association at which the joint recommendations of four local authority Associations had been considered. A resolution was passed at the Conference recommending constituent local authorities to approve the recommendations and that their delegates to the Annual Conference of the National Association be given authority to support the adoption of the memoranda. Resolved—That the report be approved and adopted.

57. Accrington District Water Board—Increased Charges. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Clerk to the Board stating that application had been made to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for permission to increase the scale of charges by 30 per cent as from 1st October, 1953. Resolved That the letter be received.

58. Civic Sunday. The Chairman stated that he proposed to attend Divine Service at the Parish Church on the 21st June, and extended an invitation to all members.

FINANCE COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 11th June, 1953.

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

59. The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

60. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

63. Joint Negotiating Committee—Revised Scale. The Clerk submitted a communication from the Joint Negotiating Committee setting forth increases in the existing salary scales to operate from 1st April, 1953. It was Resolved—That the increase granted to the Clerk under Minute No. 416 of the 16th April, 1953, be considered to be in accordance with the recommendations of the Joint Negotiating Committee and that the reference to Civil Defence be not considered applicable.

64. Chief Officers—Holidays. Several Members referred to the absence of Officers without prior notice having been given to the Chairman of the appropriate Committee or to the members of the Council, and it was Resolved—That, in future, all Chief Officers must report to their respective Chairmen and that the Clerk be informed in good time of their proposal and that where the information is available the Officers shall make a reference to their proposed holidays on their monthly report.

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

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook, Rishton, on Thursday, the 18th June. 1953.

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

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

66. 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 28th May, 1953.

67. 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 June, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 11th June, 1953. (An amendment was moved and seconded that Minute No. 46 (e) (2) be referred back for further consideration was defeated.)

General Purposes Committee, held 11th June, 1953. Finance Committee, held 11th June, 1953.

68. 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 10730 10766

Amount to be Transferred £3,556 18s. 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.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 18th June, 1953, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

71. Christmas Tree—Rotary Club. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Secretary offering to provide a Christmas Tree. Resolved—That the offer be accepted with thanks.

proposed

72. Cotton Mill Assessments — Conference. Notice of a proposed Conference of Local Authorities in Lancashire to be held on the 14th July at Bolton was considered. Resolved That Councillor McNeil and the Clerk be deputed to attend.

73. Sands Close — Obstruction. This matter was deferred from the Buildings and Highways Committee, but consideration was again deferred to the next Committee meeting.

74. Bowling Green — Hiring of Woods. Two applications were considered for permission to take away sets of bowls for use in tournaments outside the town. It was Resolved—That permission be not granted, and that a notice be posted in the pavilion to the effect that bowls will not be allowed to be taken away.

75. Parish Church Tennis Club. A request was made on behalf of the Club for the Council's Gardener to cut the grass on the courts. Resolved—That this be allowed subject to the Club being charged on a time basis and also for the use of the mowing machine.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 16th July, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th July, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

76. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following :—

(a) Prevention of Damage by Pests: An infestation was found in Burton Street adjacent to a defective manhole, details of which were given to the Surveyor.

(b) Salvage : An improvement in the disposal of waste paper was reported, and most of the stock which had accumulated has been cleared.

(c) Council Houses—Electrical Appliances: A report was submitted of the views expressed by representatives of the North — Western Electricity Board with respect to the life of the elements of cookers, etc. The officials were requested to submit details of the cost incurred on replacements to the next meeting.

(d) Council House— Damage to Wash-basin : A report was submitted herein, but the Sanitary Inspector was requested to submit further details at the next meeting.

(e) Insanitary House: The Sanitary Inspector reported on the action he had taken to obtain the removal of a person to hospital for general treatment, and of the steps he had taken with regard to another inmate of the house and the premises generally. Considerable improvements had been affected at the premises by the occupier, and the matter was still receiving careful attention.

(f) Housing Act. 1936 —Section 9: 31, Edward Street, Rishton; owner, Mrs. A. Westwell, 171, New Lane, Oswaldtwistle. Resolved—That whereas the Council are satisfied that the above-mentioned house which is occupied or is of a type suitable for occupation by persons of the working classes is unfit for human habitation in certain respect; and that the Council are not satisfied that it is incapable at reasonable expense of being rendered fit for human habitation, now therefore in pursuance of Sub-Section 1 of the Section 9 of the Housing Act, 1936, the Council require the owner within a period of 42 days ending on the 12th August, 1953, to execute the following works which, in the opinion of the Council, will render the house fit for human habitation, namely : -

Repair the gutter joints at the rear, the pointing to the rear house wall, the plaster in the back bedroom, the chimney stack flashings, the tippler. Lengthen the short sink waste pipe and remedy the rising dampness.

Further Resolved—That the action of the Chairman, the Clerk and the Sanitary Inspector in serving a copy of this notice be confirmed.

(g) Storing of Straw in Minster Mill: Steps are still being taken to obtain the removal of the straw from the Mill Yard. The officials were requested to obtain further details regarding the legal position.

(h) Pet Shop: An application has been received for a licence to keep a Pet Store at 43, High Street. Resolved—That a licence be granted.

77. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ending June, 1953. Resolved—That this be approved.

78. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of June, 1953. was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 9th July, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

79. 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: Tar-spraying is expected to commence on the 27th July. Weeding of the south hedge to Lee Lane continues, and the Surveyor was instructed to allocate additional labour to this work, if and when available. It was agreed that the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee should arrange an interview with the Horticultural Section of the County Surveyor's Department regarding this work.

(b)       Gardening Section.

1. Recreation Grounds: The Chairman and the Surveyor were authorised to make arrangements for the cutting of the grass on the two Recreation Grounds as soon as possible.

2. Sands Estate—Forecourts, etc.: This area received the attention of the Sub-Committee, and a report thereon appears later in these minutes.

3. Second Class Gardener: A report by the Head Gardener on one of his assistants was considered, but it was Resolved—That this matter be referred to the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee for consideration when they meet the Head Gardener on other matters.

(c) Tar Boiler: No tenders having been received for the purchase of this equipment, it was decided to allow the boiler to remain for the time being at the Town's Yard.

(d) Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents: An award has been made to the Council's Lorry Driver in the Safe Driving Competition for 1952. It was decided to present the medal to Mr. Clarke at the Council Meeting.

(e) Day Nursery—Railings: Attention was called to the unsightly state of the wall and the rusty condition of the railings. It was Resolved—That the attention of the County Council be drawn thereto.

(f) Cutt Wood: Alternative tenders having been obtained for preliminary work in the lay-out of this area. It was Resolved — That a representative of Messrs. Maxwell Hart Ltd. be asked to meet the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee, and that enquiries be made as to the possibility of sanction to a loan being obtained for the whole of the work included in the scheme prepared by Messrs. Maxwell Hart Ltd.

(g) Hyndburn Brook—Dunkenhalgh Park: Attention was drawn by the Estates Sub-Agent to defects in the bridge parapet which the Estate proposed to repair, but asked for the assistance of the Council in the supply of materials as some responsibility for repair rests with this Council in respect of the public footpath at this point. Resolved —That the perishable materials requested be supplied and that the Estate be authorised to obtain other material up to a maximum cost of £5.

(h) Eachill Playground—-Adjacent Roadway: A letter was submitted from the Secretary of the Golf Club regarding the condition of their approach road which it was alleged had suffered from the effects of surface water from the Playground. Consideration was deferred until the next meeting of this Committee.

(i) Plans and Notices: The following applications were considered:

6/8/145.1103. Existing Dog Kennell at "Carbis," Reservoir Side, for Mr. W. T. Smith.

6/8/146.1104. Change of user—43, High Street, for Mrs. R. Hill.

6/8/147.1105. Asbestos Garage—James Street, for Mr. S. Williams.

Resolved—(1) That application numbered 1105 be approved under Building Bye-laws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/145, 146 and 147, subject in the case of numbers 145 and 147 to the conditions to be endorsed thereon relating to the repair and condition of the buildings and for a period of three years in each case.

80. Buildings and Highways and Allotments Sub-Committees —Joint Report. A detailed report was submitted by these Sub-Committees regarding Sands Close Obstruction, Turrets Stables, Sands Estate Forecourts, Goosey Butts Allotments Fence and Clarkes Allotment Condition. It was Resolved— That the report be adopted in total, with the addition that two notices be erected adjacent to Sands Close regarding the danger to children by passing vehicles.

81. Municipal Engineers' Conference—Report, Councillor Banks and the Surveyor reported on their attendance at the Conference and were thanked therefor.

82. Flooding — Spring Street. The Clerk submitted correspondence with the Insurance Company, who stated that the Council were not responsible, as there was no negligence, and that they were taking up the matter with the claimant.

83. Fielding Street House — Tenancy. The Clerk reported that the tenant had died at one of the houses, and that application had been made by the daughter and son-in-law for permission to take over the tenancy. Resolved—That this be granted.

84. Allotment Matters.

(a) Clarkes: It was Resolved—That a transfer herein be granted.

(b) Hermitage Street: An application for permission to keep poultry on one of the plots, but consideration was deferred until the next Council Meeting.

(c) Clarkes: An application for permission to erect a garage on one of these allotments was not granted. The applicant to be informed of an alternative site.

85. Building Licences—Circular No. 39/53. The Clerk submitted this circular and read extracts therefrom.

86. Surplus Equipment—Disposal. The Clerk submitted the offers received for the various items offered for disposal. Resolved—That none of the offers be accepted and that the equipment be re-advertised in trade papers.

87. Sands Estate House — Repairs to Wash-boiler. It was Resolved—That Sundry Debtors account No. 290 be written off in view of the explanation given at the meeting. It was further Resolved—That a letter be sent to all tenants asking them to report defects immediately to this Council and not to give orders to tradesmen direct.

88. Holt Street Recreation Ground—Football Club. An application was received for permission to occupy the ground during the coming winter season Resolved—That permission be granted subject to the payment of £3 10s. 0d. for the season.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE Meeting, held on Thursday, 9th July, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

89. Postal Arrangements — Holiday Period. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Head Postmaster setting out the arrangements during the local holiday week.

FINANCE COMMITTEE Meeting, held on Thursday, 9th July, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

92. Finance Sub-Committee Report. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had carefully considered the arrears of rates of the previous year still outstanding, which the Collector was taking steps to obtain. It was recommended that the Collector be instructed to send 14 days' notice to ratepayers who have not paid the first instalment of the I953-54 rate by 17th July and that a list of persons in respect of whom further action is recommended be submitted to the next meeting of this Committee.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 16th July, 1953.

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

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

Road Safety—Safe Driving Competition. The Chairman presented a Bar awarded to Mr. J. C. Clarke for the year 1952, and congratulated him on his having been awarded the bar.

93. 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 18th June, 1953

94. 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 July, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 9th July, 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 9th July, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 9th July, 1953.

95. 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 10767 - 10835

Amount to be Transferred £8,374 0s. 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.

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

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 16th July, 1953, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

98. U.D.C. Conference—Report. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on their attendance and on the proceedings of a Conference at Hastings. Resolved—That the thanks of the Council be extended to the representatives for the full report given. The Clerk stated that, by agreement with the Chairman, they had travelled to Hastings by car. It was Resolved— That the Clerk be authorised to retain the normal first-class return fare which would have been payable in respect of himself and the Chairman.

99. Accrington District Water Board. A letter was submitted from the Engineer to the Board stating that it had been divided to restrict supplies due to the low state of the water reserves.

100. Fuel Control—Proposed Meeting. A letter was submitted from the Ministry of Fuel and Power stating that a Meeting of Local Authorities would be held at Blackburn on the 28th July, and invited representatives to be appointed. Resolved —That the Chairman and the Clerk represent this Authority at the meeting.

101. Road Safety Committee Expenses. The Clerk submitted a precept received from the N. E. Lancashire Road Safety Committee for the year 1953-54. Resolved—That the amount be paid.

102. Cotton Mill Assessments—Meeting. The Clerk reported that Councillor McNeil and himself had attended a meeting at Bolton on the 14th July, and gave a full report on the proceedings thereat, in the absence of Councillor McNeil.

103. Allotments - Hermitage Street. An application was submitted from a tenant for permission to keep poultry on an allotment abutting on Hermitage Street. Resolved —That permission be not granted.

104. Chairmanship of Council. Councillor Simpson raised the question of the period of office of the Chairman of the Council, and also the sequence of Chairmanship. It was Resolved—That the matter receive further consideration by the General Purposes Committee.

105. Eachill Road House—Death of Tenant. The Clerk reported that one of the tenants had died, leaving two unmarried daughters. It was Resolved—That the tenancy be transferred into the joint names of the two daughters.

106. Council House— Application. A letter was submitted from one of the applicants who is at present lodging in a Council House. Resolved — That the Clerk interview this applicant and explain the circumstances.

107. Council Houses—Application List. It was decided to reconsider the applications still outstanding at the next meeting of the Buildings and Highways Committee and that the Clerk circulate the present list to all Councillors.

108. Plans. 6/4/148.1106. Wooden Private Garage, Albert Street, for Mr. J. Winkley.

Resolved—(1) That application No. 1106 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 30th June, 1956.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application No. 6/8/148 subject to the conditions to be endorsed on the plan.

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 August, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th August, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

109. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following :—

(a) Refuse Collection and Disposal: It was recommended that the holidays of the refuse collection staff should be staggered in order to provide continuity of collections during holiday periods. It was Resolved—That this be agreed and details be left to the Sanitary Inspector. It was further Resolved—That the men be allowed to take home and be personally responsible for the protective clothing recently provided.

(b) Scavenging: One of the scavengers having resigned, a further appointment had been made to fill the vacancy. Resolved—That this be approved.

(c) 18, Danvers Street—Damage: Consideration was deferred to the Council in Committee pending further enquiries.

(d) Council Houses — Cooker Repairs: The Sanitary Inspector submitted details of repairs carried out to electric cookers since the initial installation. It was Resolved—That details be forwarded to the N. W. Electricity Board for their observations and that the matter receive consideration at a subsequent meeting.

110. Minister Mill—Straw. The Clerk reported on the legal position herein; no action was recommended.

111. Chimney Fires. The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Council asking District Councils to take action to reduce the number of chimney fires by taking legal proceedings against offenders. It was Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

112. Swine Fever. The Sanitary Inspector reported on an outbreak at a local farm and on the action taken by him.

113. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of July, 1953, was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th August, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Southport Flower Show : An application from the Head Gardener for leave of absence to attend the Flower Show on the 26th August was agreed, and it was Resolved— That his reasonable expenses be paid.

(b) Sands Close—Warning Notices. It was Resolved—That the action of the Surveyor in accepting a tender of £5 10s. 0d. for the provision of two notices be approved.

(c) Street Lighting: The Surveyor was instructed to request the N. W. Electricity Board to reinstate all street lighting forthwith.

(d) Holt Street Recreation Ground: The repairs to the Concrete cricket pitch were deferred and the officials were requested to include provision for these in the succeeding year's estimates. It was further Resolved—That amounts be included in the next estimates for the regular mowing of the two Recreation Grounds.

(e) Eachill Road Recreation Ground—Occupation Road: Further consideration was given to the request of the Golf Club for steps to be taken to prevent water washing across the roadway. It was Resolved—That no action be taken in the matter.

(f) Rishton Football Club: A request was received from the Club for their football pitch to be mowed. Resolved— That the Club be informed that if they persist in this requirement, the field will be mowed at their expense.

(g) Road Roller—Hire: The Surveyor submitted details of an account received from the Great Harwood U. D. C. for the hire of their road roller at a cost of 4s. 0d. per hour in excess of their original quotation. A letter was also submitted from the Clerk of the Great Harwood U. D. C. showing his method of calculation of the charge. It was Resolved—That the account be paid at the rate originally agreed between the respective Surveyors, viz 7s. 6d. per hour.

(h) Weeds, Etc.: Attention was drawn to weeds and grass encroaching on the footpaths. Resolved—That the Surveyor write to the various persons concerned.

(i) Sewage Disposal Works—Accommodation Road: The Surveyor was instructed to erect two notice boards with Police Notices to warn against trespass.

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

6/8/SU11/1108. Overhead electricity line from Cut Lane to Cut Farm, for N.W. Electricity Board.

6/8/149/1109. Temporary garage, Stourton Street, for Miss Hartup, 63, Cliff Street.

6/8/150/1110. Garage—Goosey Butts Site No. 6, for Mr. M. Brogan, 58, Lord Street.

6/8/SU12/1111. Overhead electricity line from near Victoria Mill via Tottleworth to Windy Bank Farm, Great Harwood, for N. W. Electricity Board.

1112. Reconstruction of Sanitary Conveniences, for Rishton Paper Mills, Ltd.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1108, 1109, 1110, 1111, be approved under Building Bye-laws, subject in the case of numbers 1109 and 1110 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act, 1936, that the building be removed on 31st December, 1956, and 31st December, 1955, respectively.

(2) That application numbered 1112 be not approved under the Building Bye-laws as not complying therewith.

(3) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/149 and 150, subject in both cases to the conditions to be endorsed on the consent.

(4) That it be a recommendation to the County Planning Committee that consent be given to the development shown by applications numbered 6/8/SU11 and 12, subject in the case of number 6/8/SU11 to the variation of route suggested.

115. Report of Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on the result of a meeting held on the 6th August, when the Head gardener was interviewed regarding progress of work on the Sands Estate, and also with regard to the work being carried on the hedges in Lee Lane. It was Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be accepted, and that a review of staff matters be undertaken at a subsequent meeting.

116. Cut Wood. The Sub-Committee further reported on their discussion with a representative of Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart, Ltd. on the various stages of their proposals for the lay-out. It was Resolved—That the report of the Sub-Committee be received and that the layout submitted by Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart Ltd. be adopted at an estimated cost of £3,500. It was further Resolved—That application be made to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for sanction to a loan for £3,500 plus stamp duties and loan fees.

117. Building Bye-laws. The Clerk reported on discussions Which had been held regarding the model Bye-laws submitted by the Minister of Housing and Local Government and that he was informed that the Ministry would only approve the Bye-laws submitted to them which were in the main comprised of all the Bye-laws in the Model Series. Resolved—That a draft copy be forwarded for approval by the Ministry with bye-laws Nos. 18, 104 and 105 deleted, and that on receipt of approval steps be taken in connection with the confirmation of new Building Bye-laws.

118. Town Planning Appeal — Trade Advertisement. The Clerk reported that the Ministry had notified this Council of an appeal which had been lodged by the owners of an advertisement on the gable of 27, Cliff Street, and asked for the Observations of the Council. Resolved—That the Clerk provide the information required, setting forth this Council's views and that he represent the Council should an inquiry be decided upon by the Minister.

119. Cut Lane —Ditch. The Chairman of the Council submitted a letter he had received from a ratepayer regarding a communication sent by the Surveyor. It was Resolved— That the Surveyor be instructed to send an explanatory letter to the individual concerned.

120. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month of July, 1953, was submitted and considered. The Clerk was requested to submit for the next meeting of this Committee, details of the cost of the re-surfacing of A678 Holt Street to Tottleworth, showing also the estimated cost which had been included in the County estimates.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th August, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

121. Chairmanship of Council. Councillor Simpson raised matters in connection with the period of office of Chairmen of the Council, and also the method of selection of new Chairmen. In view of the implications, it was decided to hold an informal meeting of the Council at some future date to discuss these matters.

122. Fuel Control. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk reported on the result of a meeting called by the Ministry of Fuel and Power regarding the centralisation of Fuel Offices, and that all Authorities represented had objected to the Minister's suggestion.

123. Communications in N. E, Lancashire. Consideration of a report prepared by the Town Clerk of Burnley was deferred in order to afford more detailed consideration.

124. Meetings in September. It was Resolved—That the meetings be held on the 17th and 24th September, 1953.

FINANCE COMMITTEE Meeting held on Thursday, the 13th August, 1953.

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

The minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

125 Collector's Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

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

127. Exchequer Equalisation Grant. The Clerk submitted correspondence and particulars relating to a report of a working committee appointed by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, on a revised scheme for the making of Exchequer Equalisation Grants. Further information is now awaited from the Local Authorities' Associations.

128. Whitley Council — Wage Application. The Clerk submitted a circular letter received from the Whitley Council stating that the Trade Unions and Employers sides could not agree on an application for wage increase and that the matter may consequently go to Arbitration.

129. Council Offices — Electric Wiring. The Clerk reported that he had obtained the Chairman of the Council's approval to the fixing of an additional light in the porch at the Offices. Resolved—That the action of the Chairman be confirmed. Reference was also made to the electrician's criticism of the existing wiring to the power plugs in the Offices, and the Clerk was requested to take up the matter with the N. W. Electricity Board as the successors to the Blackburn Corporation Electricity Department who, at the time of installation, inspected and approved the wiring.

130. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on the findings of the Sub-Committee regarding particular cases where rates for 1952-53 were still outstanding, and also where no instalments had been received in respect of 1953-54. It was recommended that three ratepayers be given seven days' notice to pay and, failing payment, summonses be taken out in respect of the 1952-53 rate arrears. In other cases a further letter be sent requesting payment of the instalment of the 1953-54 rate within 14 days or to give legitimate reasons for non-payment and that the cases be again considered at the next meeting in September. 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 20th August, 1953.

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

The Notice convening the Meeting was read and the Whole of the Minutes as printed were taken as read.

131. Council Minutes Confirmed. Resolved—that the minutes of the following meeting of the Council be, and the same here hereby confirmed, viz:—

Ordinary Meeting, held on 16th July, 1953.

132. 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 viz:

Health Committee, held 13th August, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 13th August,

General Purposes Committee, held 13th August, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 13th August, 1953.

133. 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 10836 10872

Amount to be Transferred £4,161 17s. 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.

134. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to a Lease with the Dunkenhalgh Estate in respect of the House Refuse Tip at Norden.

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

136. 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 August, 1953, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

137. Council Houses—Tenancies. The existing list was duly considered and three persons were selected to take precedence for the first vacancies arising. It was Resolved (1) That the list be re-opened and that this be advertised. (2) That the attention of persons on the existing list be drawn to the reopening of a new list. (3) That the Sanitary Inspector enquire from one of the applicants regarding his future requirements and the conditions attaching thereto.

138. Sewerage Sub-Committee. It was Resolved—That a Meeting of this Committee be held on Saturday, the 22nd August, at 11 a.m.

139. Allotments Sub-Committee. It was Resolved—That a Meeting of this Committee be held on Saturday, the 29th August, at 11 a.m.

140. Auditors' Report. The Clerk submitted the report on the Accounts for the year ending 31st March, 1953, which was read to the members. Resolved—That the report be accepted.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 24th September, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th September, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

141. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following:—

(a) Danvers St.—A further report was submitted and it was Resolved—That no further action be taken.

(b) Petroleum Licence—Resolved—That a licence be granted to Messrs. J. W. Hopwood (Rishton) Ltd., in respect of an installation in Hicks Terrace.

(c) Pet Animal Licence—With reference to Minute 76 (h) it was Resolved—That a charge be made for the Licence granted, at the rate of 10/- per annum, a proportionate charge being made for the year 1953.

(d) 22, Danvers St.—A detailed report was given on the condition of the property and the Clerk reported on the interview with the tenant. Resolved—That the matter be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee.

(e) Wrapped Ice Cream—Resolved—That the premises No. 36, High Street, be registered for the sale of wrapped ice cream.

142. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th September, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) County Roads.

1. Expenditure 1954/5. A letter from the County Surveyor was submitted, asking for the total estimated requirements for the succeeding year. Resolved— That the Sub-Committee meet on Monday, 21st September, to consider items for inclusion in the total to be submitted and their findings to be reported to Council in Committee.

2. A.678 Expenditure. The estimated and actual expenditure on this road from Holt Street to Tottleworth Road were submitted and approved, showing an over-expenditure of £97 approximately.

(b) Sports Turf Research Institution.

It was Resolved—That membership of the Institution be discontinued as from 1st September, 1953.

(c) Harwood Road Recreation Ground.

The Surveyor was requested to remove an obstruction from a former entrance to the ground, thereby providing additional access.

(d) Stourton Street.

Several members having been approached by frontagers to this Private Street regarding temporary repairs to the footpath, it was Resolved (1) That a letter be sent to each frontager on terms indicated in the Surveyor's Report. (2) That the Surveyor prepare an estimate of the cost of making up the Private Street, showing the approximate cost per frontager.

(e) War Memorial.

It was decided to include an amount in the 1954/5 estimates for repairs to this memorial

(f) Temporary Reinstatements.

The Surveyor was requested to communicate with the various Public Utility Undertakings regarding the condition in which filled-in excavations are left, pending final reinstatement.

(g) Building Licences.

Resolved—That supplementary licences for £300 each be issued in respect of licences Nos. 831 and 832, to cover the cost of the erection of garages at Nos. 2, and 4, Sussex Road.

(h) Temporary Workmen.

The Surveyor recommended that the services of two gardeners be dispensed with on 1st October, and that the additional labourer employed on Lee Lane hedge be retained to the end of October, or for as long as the estimated cost will allow. Resolved—That the recommendation be approved and adopted.

(i) Plans and Notices.

The following applications were considered:—

6/8/151—1113 Lock-up garage, Holt Street, for Mr. J. Targosz.

6/8/152—1114 Change of user, 2, Walmsley Cottage, Dunkenhalgh Estate. From Dwelling-house to Estate Office and in respect of land from poultry runs to storeyard.

6/8/153—1115 Two brick garages, 2 and 4, Sussex Road, for Mr. McGovern.

6/8/154—1116 Conservatory rear at 45, Blackburn, for Mr. H. Mitchell.

1117 W. C, rear of 54, Parker Street, for Mr F. Horn.

1119 Conversion of existing building to W. C. and Coals, at No. 3, Norden View, for Mr. F. K. Speed.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1113, 1114, 1115, 1117 and 1119 be approved under building byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/151, 152, 153 and 154.

144. Sewerage Sub-Committee. The Chairman and members reported on a meeting held recently and stated that the Disposal Works were in a satisfactory condition. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire River Board, drawing attention to the effluent. Resolved—That the Clerk reply thereto.

145. Allotments Sub-Committee. The Chairman and members reported on two meetings held on the sites of the allotments and made the following recommendations:

1. That the tenants of Harwood Road, be informed that the extent of their tenancies will be until March, 1957, and that as vacancies arise on these allotments they be not re-let.

2. That the tenant of an allotment on Hermitage Street (Road side Plot) be requested to remove the poultry therefrom.

3. That the Sub-Committee should meet the tenants on the plots abutting on Hermitage Street regarding the giving up of part of their plots to provide space for a shrubbery.

4. That the tenant of a plot be requested to trim a privet bush.

Resolved—That the recommendations be approved and adopted

146. Bowling Green and Tennis Court — Closing. It was Resolved—That the Bowling Green be closed for the season on 30th September, and that the Tennis Court be kept open throughout the winter months, during the hours of daylight and while the Council Offices are open; these conditions to operate after 30th September. The Surveyor was requested to draw the attention of the Contractors to the netting round the Tennis Court and to report to Council in Committee.

146. Street Lighting Installation. The Chairman of the Council and the Clerk reported on the proposed calling of a meeting of local authorities by the Town Clerk of Blackburn, regarding the scale of charges issued by the N.W. Electricity Board and that it had been arranged for the Chairman of the Council and of this Committee with the Clerk to attend the meeting. Resolved—That this action be confirmed.

147. Cut Wood Layout. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government stating that the Minister is prepared to grant sanction to a loan on submission of further details. Resolved—That the Contractors be requested to submit a definite quotation for the work.

148. Expenditure Statement. Statement for this month to date was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th September, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

149. Lancashire U.D.C. Association Conference Report. The Chairman and the Clerk reported on their attendance at the Conference at Fleetwood on Thursday, 10th September. The Clerk gave a detailed report on the findings of a Committee on the incidence of the Exchequer Equilization Grants and that as a result thereof this Council would be a "losing" authority to the extent of 6.6d. The Clerk also reported on his attendance at a meeting of Finance Officers. Resolved— That the U.D.C. Association be informed that it is suggested that the Ministry be informed that the adoption of the recommendations of the Committee should be postponed until at least the re-valuation of property has been completed by the Inland Revenue Valuation Department. Further Resolved— That the thanks of the Committee be given to the Chairman and the Clerk for their interesting reports.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 17th September, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

151. Chief Financial Officer's monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

152. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported on the findings of the Sub-Committee who recommended that a summons be issued in respect of one ratepayer and that application be made for a Committal order in the case of a further ratepayer who is in arrear for the 1952/3 rate. Resolved — That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

153. Housing Revenue Account. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government directing that the account be relieved of loan charges on a loan for Street Lighting purposes amounting to £566.

154. Joint Negotiating Committee—Recommendations. The Clerk submitted a letter regarding the Salary of the Surveyor. Resolved—That the salary of the Surveyor be increased as from 1st April, 1953, by the sum of £50 per annum. It was further Resolved—That the Surveyor attend the next Council meeting in order to discuss the matter of a pupil.

154. Bank Balance. Comments were made on the very favourable position of the balance on Current Account and it was Resolved—That the Clerk be given full authority to make arrangements with Midland Bank Ltd., for the opening of a Deposit Account and the necessary transactions for such an account and any alterations which may be necessary in the administration thereof.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 24th September. 1953.

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

The Notice convening the Meeting was read and the Whole of the Minutes as printed were taken as read.

155. 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 20th August, 1953.

156 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 ana adopted, viz : -

Health Committee, held 17th September, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held 17th September, 1953

General Purposes Committee, held 17th September, 1953.

Finance Committee, held 17th September, 1953.

157. 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 10873 10924

Amount to be Transferred £4,370 4s. 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.

158 Common Seal. RESOLVED—That the Common Seal be authorised to be affixed to the new Building Byelaws.

159. Adjournment. RESOLVED—That the Council do now adjourn.

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

COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE

Meeting held on Thursday, the 24th September, 1953, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

161. Tennis Court—Wire Netting. The Surveyor submitted a reply from Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart & Co., disclaiming liability for the condition of the netting, but that they were prepared to supply, free of charge, the necessary quantity of bitumastic paint. RESOLVED—That the offer be accepted, and that the Surveyor be instructed to have the painting carried out as soon as possible.

162. County Roads—1954/5 Estimates. The Sub-Committee submitted their recommendations covering the proposed work for 1954/5 which totalled approximately £7,250. RESOLVED - that this amount be submitted to the County Surveyor as recommended by the Committee, subject to revision if necessary.

163. Surveyor's Pupil. The Surveyor reported the present position with regard to a new pupil and submitted correspondence with a parent of an intending pupil. RESOLVED That copies of this correspondence be forwarded to the person concerned, and that a further advertisement be published inviting applications.

164. Road Communications in N. E. Lancashire. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Town Clerk of Burnley who acts as Secretary to the Joint Advisory Committee. Consideration was also given to the recommendations of a technical Sub-Committee regarding Road Communications. RESOLVED - That a letter be sent to the Advisory Committee recommending that further consideration should be given to the question of requesting equal priority for Road no. 9., as that for other Roads included in the recommendations.

165. Eachill Road House—Arrears of Rent. The Clerk reported on the large amount of arrears at one Council house and asked for instructions. RESOLVED—That a strong letter be sent to the tenant and that further consideration be given to this at the next Buildings & Highways Committee Meeting.

166. Electric Wiring—Council Offices. The Clerk submitted a quotation from a local electrician for the necessary rewiring of the heating installation, and it was RESOLVED—That the quotation of Mr. T. Gibson for approximately £20 be accepted.

167. Harwood Road Recreation Ground—Goal Posts. Councillor Kirkham raised the question of the provision of goal posts for the use of children on this site. It was RESOLVED—That subject to a gift of goal posts not materialising, these be purchased at a cost of approximately £30.

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

6/8/155—1118. Change of use of lock-up garage and house to house and shop at 3, Henry Street for Mrs. Brook.

1120 Front porch at 32, The Esplanade, for Mrs. J. Broadley.

1121 Alterations (Bathroom and Bay Window), 102, High Street, for Mr. H. Dean.

RESOLVED—(1) That Applications numbered 1118, 1120 and 1121 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and! Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/155.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 15th October, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th October, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

169. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following:—

(a) Unclean House: The Sanitary Inspector reported that he had interviewed one landlord regarding the condition in which one of his tenants kept the house. The Medical Officer of Health was asked to take action in this matter as Indicated and that all steps possible be taken to assist this family.

(b) Council House—Condition: The Sanitary Inspector gave a further report and stated that there had been slight Improvement. It was decided to defer further consideration until the next meeting, in order that the Sanitary Inspector can report on further action taken by the tenant.

(c) Petroleum Licence: An application was submitted from Messrs, J. and W. Whittaker Ltd., in respect of the storage of 1,000 gallons on a site near Station Road. RESOLVED—That the licence be granted.

(d) Electricity Works—Sulphur Fumes: Attention was drawn to the considerable volume of fumes being emitted from the Generating Station. RESOLVED—That the Sanitary Inspector take up the matter with the British Electricity Authority.

170. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the quarter ended September, 1953. RESOLVED—That this be approved.

171. Sanitary Inspector's Conference—Report. This having been circulated and considered it was RESOLVED—That the Chairman and the Sanitary Inspector be thanked for the very interesting report submitted.

172. Sands Estate—Structural Defects. The officials were instructed to inspect all these houses both internally and externally and submit their report to the next Meeting.

173. Conversions. The Clerk reported that the amount included in the Estimates had now been reached and 10 further applications had been received for grant. RESOLVED —That the 10 applications be accepted, but that no more be taken. It was further RESOLVED—That the matter be reviewed at the December Meeting.

174. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th October, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

175. 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: A letter was submitted from the County Surveyor asking for a list of road improvement schemes likely to cost more than £5,000. It was RESOLVED-That the Buildings and Highways Sub-Committee meet On Thursday, 15th October, at 7 p.m., to consider the matter and report to Council in Committee.

{2) District Roads: A letter was submitted from the N.W. Electricity Board regarding unsatisfactory temporary reinstatements, from which it appeared that there would be less cause for complaint in the future.

(3) Old Paving Flags: In response to a request for a quantity of flags, it was RESOLVED—That none be sold.

(4) Eachill Road—Mess Hut: An application was submitted from a firm of builders for permission to retain this hut where it has been erected on the footpath. RESOLVED That permission be granted subject to the builders agreeing to keep the hut lamped at night.

(5) Fielding Street—Parking: A complaint has been received about an old motor car being parked on a grass plot at the top of Fielding Street. RESOLVED—That the officials take up the matter with a view to obtaining its removal.

B. Gardening Section.

(1) Sports Turf Research Institute: The Surveyor read a letter from the Institute regarding the Council's decision to cease membership of the Institute and enclosing an account for £1 in respect of a visit by one of their representatives. RESOLVED—That the previous decision be adhered to and that the account for £1 be paid.

(2) Mowing Machines: The Surveyor was requested to obtain estimates for the complete overhaul of two machines.

(3) Greenhouse: Consideration was given to the contents which included a number of chrysanthemum plants. It was RESOLVED—That the officials consult wholesale florists with a view to obtaining an offer for the blooms and that a reasonable offer be accepted. It was RESOLVED—That the Parks Sub-Committee meet in February to consider the future arrangements for the Nursery.

(4) Lee Lane Hedge: The sum set aside for this work would not permit of retaining workmen thereon beyond the end of the month. RESOLVED—That this work cease as stated and that arrangements for the hedge layering be left with the Surveyor.

(5) Turrets Stables: A report was submitted regarding defective windows and other woodwork. RESOLVED—That the arrangements be left with the Surveyor to agree on the work required with the Contractor.

C. Factories Act, 1937: The Surveyor reported that he had visited the Whitebirk Generating Station with a representative from the Blackburn Fire Brigade regarding means of escape in case of fire, and that a report from the Chief Officer of the Brigade recommends the issue of the certificate. RESOLVED—That the certificate be issued and that certain recommendations made by the Chief Officer be communicated to the officials at the Generating Station.

D. Stourton Street—Private Street Works: The Surveyor submitted an estimate of £3 per foot of frontage for the making-up of this private street. A letter was submitted from an owner in which he objected to meeting the cost of any work on this street. The officials were requested to investigate and report upon a scheme covering the making-up of this street and the payment of the cost by the frontagers.

(E) Reference Books: The Surveyor recommended the purchase of two books of reference, which he was authorised to obtain.

(F) Foreman—Application: A letter was submitted from the General Foreman (Mr. Whiteside) regarding the method of payment since he commenced service with the Council, and objected to the deduction for holiday periods. Consideration was given to the service he has rendered to the Council, and it was RESOLVED—That the increment of £20 to which he would have been entitled in April, 1954, be granted to operate on and from the 16th October. It was further RESOLVED—That the next increment to which Mr. Whiteside will be entitled under the scale adopted shall be the 1st April, 1955.

(G) Surface Dressing—A.678: A comparison of costs between using County Council plant and the plant previously used by this Authority shows a considerable saving in cost.

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

6/8/156-1122. Garage—junction of Holt Street and Talbot Street, for Mr. R. Walker, Hermitage Street.

1123. Conversion of part of rear of 5, Norden View, to W.C. and coal-shed for Mr. Mark Clarke.

1124. Out-kitchen at 40, Haworth Street, for Mr. H. Marsden.

RESOLVED—(1) That Applications numbered 1122, 1123 and 1124 be approved under Building Byelaws.

176. Street Name Plate. Attention was drawn to several streets which had no name plates and it was RESOLVED— That this matter receive consideration when the estimates are being prepared.

177. Building Byelaws—Letter from Kearsley U.D.C. Letter herein submitted stating that the Kearsley U.D.C. are taking steps to endeavour to obtain a modification of the Byelaws so far as regards ceiling heights, and asking this Council to support them therein. RESOLVED-That support be given to the suggestion made by Kearsley U.D.C.

178. Town Planning—New Delegation Scheme. The Clerk submitted this scheme which had been received from the County Council, and was in accordance with the draft previously submitted, as amended by the Ministry. RESOLVED—That the scheme be adopted.

179. Street Lighting—Service Charges. The Clerk reported on his attendance at a Meeting at Blackburn convened by the Blackburn Corporation and attended by most of the surrounding Authorities. The subject considered was a scale of charges issued by the N.W. Electricity Board to which objection was made by all the Authorities attending the Meeting. RESOLVED—That the action of the Meeting be confirmed and adopted.

180. Street Lamps—Signs: RESOLVED - That the Clerk's action in permitting the R.A.C to erect temporary direction signs was approved.

181. Bus Service—Time Table. The Surveyor reported that he had been informed that a time table on premises in High Street would shortly be removed. RESOLVED - That the Chairman and the Surveyor agree with the Bus Company on a suitable new site.

182. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th October, 1953.

Present Councillors Ramsbottom, J.P. (Chairman), Eyre. Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, McNeil, and Simpson.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

183. Food Control Committees. The Clerk submitted a letter the Ministry of Food stating that in view of the possibility-of the termination of Food rationing during the coming year, It was recommended that the existing Food Control Committee should continue in office until such event. Resolved That the Ministry of Food be informed that this Council are in agreement with the views expressed.

184. Old People's Welfare Committee. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Community Council of Lancashire asking this Council to consider the formation of such a Committee. RESOLVED That the Chairman of the Council call a Public Meeting for this matter to be considered.

185. Fuel Control—Merging of Offices. The Clerk submitted a further letter on this subject which had been issued by the Ministry of Fuel and Power subsequent to the recent Meeting held at Blackburn, when opposition was expressed, by all the delegates to this suggestion. RESOLVED - That the previous decision be adhered to and that the Ministry be so informed

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, the 8th October, 1953.

Present - Councillors McNeil (Chairman), Banks, Eyre, Hacking, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown, O'Rourke, Ramsbottom, and Simpson.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

188. Finance Sub-Committee—Rates Outstanding. The Chairman stated that the Committee had fully considered the list of rates outstanding for 1952/3 and 1953/4. Action had already been taken with regard to two ratepayers owing arrears for the previous year and recommended action was being taken in respect of three other cases. With regard to the outstanding arrears for the current year, it was recommended that an advertisement be issued giving 7 days notice to all ratepayers in arrear. RESOLVED—That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

189. Bank Accounts. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Manager of the Bank regarding future terms on the opening of a Deposit Account. Consideration was also given to certain statistics circulated by the Clerk in this connection. It was RESOLVED—That the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Clerk interview the Bank Manager with a view to negotiating terms for the Bank Accounts.

190. Cut Wood Development. The Clerk reported that the Contractors had confirmed their previous quotation of £3,550 and were in agreement with the Draft Contract submitted by the Clerk. Consideration was also given to the proposed method of borrowing the money on receipt of loan sanction, and it was RESOLVED—That the money be borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board for the period of the sanction on the instalment method.

191. Coronation Accounts. Councillor Kirkham as Hon. Treasurer to the Coronation Committee, submitted the final accounts which showed that of £400 granted by the Council to the Committee there was a balance in hand of £18 12s, 10d., which was being refunded to the Council. Satisfaction was expressed in general terms.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 15th October, 1953.

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

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

192. 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 24th September, 1953.

193. 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 on 8th October, 1953.

Building and Highways Committee, held on 8th October,1953.

General Purposes Committee, held 8th October, 1953.

Finance Committee, held on 8th October, 1953.

194. 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 Numbers From To – 10925 – 10983

Amount to be Transferred £4,310 0s. 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.

195. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal be affixed to the Revised Scheme of Delegation of Powers and Duties under the Town and Country Planning Act.

196. Adjournment - Resolved—That the Council do now adjourn.

197 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 15th October, 1953, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

198. County Roads—Major Schemes. The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and Members of that Sub-Committee reported on consideration which had been given to a letter from the County Surveyor asking whether this Council had any schemes costing over £5,000 which could be submitted for consideration. The Chairman stated that considerable discussion had ensued and that the Sub-Committee recommended that the road from a point between the Railway and Canal Bridges on the east side of Harwood Road to a point on Lee Lane be widened to remove a dangerous corner, and to provide a footpath, the approximate cost being £10,000 exclusive of bridge work and acquisition of land. It was Resolved—That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be approved, and that this scheme be submitted to the County Surveyor.

199. Private Street Works—Stourton Street. The Clerk submitted details of the approximate cost to each of the frontagers for the complete making up of Stourton Street. It was Resolved—That the Surveyor prepare three alternate estimates for submission to the frontagers for them to have the choice as follows :—(a) Estimated cost of the complete making up of Stourton Street (b) The cost of completely making up the footpath only on the south side and (c) The cost to individual frontagers of effecting temporary repairs to those portions considered dangerous.

200 Bank Accounts. The Clerk reported on an interview which the Chairman of the Finance Committee and he had with the Bank Manager regarding terms for the opening of a Deposit Account, and that a letter was now awaited from the Bank agreeing or otherwise to the details under discussion.

201. Armistice Sunday. Reference was made to the position with regard to the British Legion and the usual Armistice Service. The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman were deputed to attend a meeting of the British Legion, and that should this organisation propose not to hold the usual Service, the Council be responsible for the arrangements.

202. Holt Street Allotments. Attention was drawn to fencing on these allotments which had been damaged and the Clerk was requested to write to one of the tenants.

203. Bus Service—Workpeople outside the District. The Clerk was requested to communicate with the Ribble Bus Company and with two Blackburn Works regarding a service for residents of Rishton who work outside.

204. Year Book. The Clerk was instructed to take steps towards the preparation of a Council Year Book, and that after completion, estimates be obtained for the printing thereof.

205. Plans and Notices. The following application was considered:—

6/8/156. Garage—junction of Holt Street and Talbot Street, for Mr. R. Walker, Hermitage Street.

Resolved—(1) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/156 subject to the conditions stated thereon.

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 November, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 12th November, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

206. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this Report were the following:—

(a) Sands Estate—Insanitary House: Further visits revealed that no improvement has been made in the premises. It was Resolved—That the tenant be interviewed by the Chairman of the Council, The Chairman of the Health Committee, The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and Councillor O'Rourke.

(b) Sands Estate—Inspections: An inspection of the interior of the houses has been made by the Sanitary Inspector and of the exterior by the Surveyor, which reveals that no serious cracks have appeared in the walls of the houses. The officials were asked to report further in three months' time.

(c) Sands Estate—Electric Cookers: The Sanitary Inspector submitted a letter from the North Western Electricity Board quoting a charge of 10/0d. per annum for complete maintenance of each cooker including the replacement of parts required, and that the Board were prepared to send a representative to each tenant who has an electric cooker to instruct them on the use thereof. It was Resolved—That a further report be awaited before coming to any decision regarding the maintenance.

(d) Smoke Pollution—Whitebirk Power Station: The Inspector reported that he had met a delegation representing the British Electricity Authority regarding his complaint about sulphur fumes and grit emanating from the Power Station. A chart was submitted by the deputation from which it appeared that the extent of the pollution was not severe. In view of the matters involved it was Resolved—That no action be taken at the moment, but that the matter be kept under review.

207. Medical Officer of Health's Annual Report—1952. This was considered and approved.

208. National Assistance Acts, 1948-1951. The Cleric reported on a letter received from the Medical Officer regarding a case which required to be removed to hospital under Section 47 of the 1948 Act. The Medical Officer of Health said that since writing the letter notification had been received from the hospital authority that accommodation was available for the person in the case, who had been removed. The Medical Officer reported on the difficulties surrounding these cases and it was Resolved—That authority be given to the Medical Officer under Section 1 (3) of the 1951 Amendment Act, to make such applications as he may consider necessary.

209. Conversions. The Clerk reported on the legal position under the Act regarding the making of grants to applicants. Discussion also took place on the question of making further grants during the current financial year, and it was Resolved—That the officials continue to receive applications but no grants be made to the applicants during the current financial year.

210. Maternity Homes—Proposed Closing. Consideration was given to the reports which had been given in the Daily Press regarding the proposed closing of Springfield Maternity Home, Blackburn. It was Resolved—That a strong protest be sent to the Hospital Board against this proposed closing in view of the large number of mothers from Rishton who enter this and other institutions in confinement cases.

211. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

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

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Motor Mowers: Only one estimate having been received for the overhauling of the Atco Motor Mower and the Autoscythe for the figures of £11 and £11 10s. 0d. respectively. It was Resolved—That the tender be accepted and the work proceeded with forthwith, each tender being understood not to cover replacements found necessary.

(b) Sands Estate—Hedge Cutting: A test having been made on a hedge-cutting appliance loaned by the County Council, it was Resolved—That consideration be given to the purchase of a similar appliance when preparing the ensuing year's estimates.

(c) Sands Estate

1. External Decoration: It was decided to consider this matter in the next financial year.

2. Broken and Cracked Windows: The Surveyor having reported that there were over 30 cases of broken and cracked windows, it was Resolved—That the necessary repairs be carried out where considered necessary and that the cost be re-charged to the tenants. It was further Resolved—That the Clerk notify the tenants of all Council Houses that in future they will be required to meet the cost of the replacement of all broken and cracked windows.

(d) Articled Pupil: The Chairman reported that he had, at the Surveyor’s request, interviewed one of the five applicants for the vacancy and that he had agreed with the Surveyor that he appeared a suitable person. Particulars of the young man selected are—Mr. J. A. McNicholas, of Accrington, aged 21 years. It was Resolved—That approval be given to the Surveyor to engage Mr. McNicholas as an Assistant until he has obtained the necessary qualifications to enable him to become an Articled Pupil and that he be paid at the rate of 7/6d. per week until that time, and that thereafter the terms for the previous pupil shall apply.

(e) Workmen—Working Hours : An application was submitted from the Highways employees to vary their times of working on Saturdays during the winter months. It was Resolved—That permission be granted for them to commence at 7-45 a.m. and to finish at 11-45 a.m. on Saturday mornings, and that should the employees of other Departments make a similar application that this be considered on receipt thereof.

(f) Private Street Works—-Stourton Street: The Surveyor submitted an estimate of 17/0d. per lin. ft. of frontage for the making up of the footpath on the south side of Stourton Street. It was Resolved—That this and two other alternative prices be submitted to the frontagers for their decision.

(g) Gardening Section.

Head Gardener: The Surveyor stated that he had received the resignation of the Head Gardener to take effect on the 19th November. It was Resolved—That the resignation be accepted and that consideration be given to the matter of a successor and other details in connection with the Gardening Section at the next Meeting of the Council in Committee.

(h) Road Roller: The Chairman of the Committee and the Surveyor were deputed to inspect a second-hand Vibrating Roller and to give their report to the Council in Committee.

(i) Plans and Notices : The following applications were considered:-

6/8/SU.13 Overhead Electricity Line, North Side of A.678 from Whitebirk Farm South to Whitebirk Moss Farm, for N.W. Electricity Board. (In substitution for Plan No. 6/8/SU.8 previously approved).

6/8/163-1125. Conversion of building, corner of Eachill Road and Noble Street from Mission Hall, etc., to Masonic Hall for Rishton Masonic Hall Co. Ltd.

1126. Extension of Private lock-up garage at rear of 24, Hermitage Street, for Mr. W. Wild.

1127. Outkitchen at 63, Haworth Street, for Mr. T. Inman.

6/8/165-1128. Private lock-up garage between Holt Street and Tottleworth Road for Mr. C. Ellel, -13, Hermitage Street.

6/8/166-1129. Extension to Printing Works, School Street, for Mr. E. D. Heap.

6/8/167-1130. Private lock-up garage, Goosey Butts No. 2 Allotments for Mr. T. J. K. Gaskell, 24, Commercial Street.

6/8/A.9. Illuminated Barber's Pole—7a, Walmsley Street for Mr. L. Hickey.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1125, 1126, 1127, 1128, 1129 and 1130 be approved under Building Byelaws, subject in the case of numbers 1126 and 1130 to the requirement under Section 53 of the Public Health Act 1936, that the building be removed on the 31st December, 1956.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/SU.13, 6/8/163, 165, 167, and A.9. subject to the conditions stated thereon.

The following applications for the Renewal of Period Consent have been received :—

6/8/157 (Old No. 6/8/70-976). Wooden Private lock-up garage, west end of Fielding Street for Mr. J. R. Aspden.

6/8/158 (Old No. 6/8/74-980). Wooden Private lock-up garage, Goosey Butts for Mr. R. W. L. Robshaw.

6/8/159 (Old No. 6/8/80-990). Wooden Private lock-up garage, west end of Fielding Street, for Mr. T. Smith.

6/8/160 (Old No. 6/8/87-1011). Asbestos lock-up garage for two cars used for business purposes, at Goosey Butts for Mr. W. Curren.

6/8/161 (Old No. 6/8/91-1032). Asbestos private lock-up garage, Goosey Butts, for Mr. W. Hollister.

6/8/162 (Old No. 6/8/68-973). Wooden Private lock-up garage, Princes Street, for Mr. G. Bentley.

Resolved—That Consent be granted in each case and that so far as regards Nos. 158, 160, 161, and 162, consent be granted until 31st December, 1959.

213. Builder's Cabin near Woodside Avenue.—That the owner be requested to remove forthwith.

214. Cultivation of Land Order, 1939. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries intimating that this Order will continue in force only until 10th December, 1953, and that it would be necessary to apply for a deficiency grant on the closure of the account kept under the provisions of the Order. Resolved—That the Clerk make the necessary application in due course.

215. Council Homes—Applications for Tenancy. It was Resolved—That the applications be considered by the Council in Committee and that a list be circulated to each member.

216. Eachill Road House—Fireplace. A letter was submitted from a tenant asking for the installation of a new fireplace. Resolved—That the Sanitary Inspector inspect the present fireplace and report to a subsequent Meeting.

217. Parish Church Tennis Court. At the request of the Tennis Club the Court had been mowed by the Autoscythe and an account rendered for this work. An application was submitted from the Club for a reduction in the account. Resolved—That no reduction be made.

218. Town Planning—Appeal. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government stating that the appeal in respect of an advertisement displayed on the gable end of 27, Cliff Street, had been allowed and that the advertisement could remain in position for a period of three years.

219. Ministry of Housing and Local Government—Circular Nos. 60 and 65, The Clerk submitted the contents of these two circulars which dealt with the removal of restrictions on the selling price of houses erected under licence and also with the reduction in the interest rates to be charged on loans from the Public Works Loan Board.

220. National Parks, etc. Act, 1949. A letter was submitted from the County Council regarding an objection from a landowner in connection with a footpath shown on the preliminary plan. Resolved—That the County Council be informed that there is no objection to the deletion of this path shown on the plan.

221. Occupation Road—Eachill. A letter has been received by the Golf Club from the County Council suggesting a Meeting of representatives of the Club, this Council and the County Council on the site. Resolved—That the Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee with the officials meet representatives of the other parties at a time to be arranged, and that it be suggested that representatives of the Dunkenhalgh Estate also be invited.

222. Canal Towing Path. A letter was submitted from British Waterways agreeing to the erection by the Council of a barrier gate leading to the path from Hermitage Street. Resolved—That British Waterways be asked if they are agreeable to a spring gate being erected in lieu of a locked gate, and that the County Council be asked if they are prepared to make a contribution towards the cost.

223. Whitley Council—Workmen's Christmas Holidays. Circular No. E.5. was submitted governing the holiday arrangements for Christmas. Resolved—That the terms be implemented.

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

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

224. N. W. Gas Consultative Council. Notice of a Conference at Preston was submitted. Resolved—That no representatives be appointed.

225. Ministry of Fuel and Power—Fuel Control Office. A letter was submitted from the Ministry asking for the observations of the Council on their proposal to close the Rishton Office and to amalgamate this with the Blackburn Office. The Clerk reported that he had replied objecting to the proposal as decided at a previous meeting. Resolved— That the Clerk's action be confirmed.

226. Bus Services. Correspondence with the Ribble Motor Services Ltd., and the Accrington Corporation regarding additional services was considered. Resolved—That the matter remain in abeyance, and that a copy of a letter from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. be sent to a resident who had complained about the service.

227. Elections, 1954. The Clerk submitted a letter from the County Council asking for the observations of this Council on the date and time of opening of the poll in 1954. Resolved —That the County Council be requested to fix Monday, the 10th May, as the Day of Election, the poll to be opened at 12 o'clock noon.

228. Education—Instrument of Management. The Clerk reported the receipt of this Instrument in respect of the High Street Methodist School and that at the last Annual Meeting Councillors Banks and Lightbown had been nominated as this Council's representatives.

229. Lancashire Industrial Development Association. The Clerk reported that the Director would visit this office on Wednesday, 18th November, at 2-30 p.m. It was Resolved — That any member interested be requested to attend the interview.

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

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

231. Chief Financial Officers Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved

232. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman reported that the Committee had investigated the list of outstanding rates and action was only required to be taken in one case. The Committee recommended that a summons be issued in respect of Assessment No. 121. Resolved - That the Sub-Committee's recommendations be approved.

233. Bank Terms. Correspondence with the Manager of the Midland Bank Ltd., regarding terms for the opening of a Deposit Account were submitted. These provided for interest on this Account to be at the rate of 1 ¾ per cent, and that commission would be charged at 6d. per cent, on the amounts transferred. Resolved—That the terms be accepted. and that the Clerk's action in opening the Deposit Account on the 4th November be confirmed.

234. Bank Transfer. Resolved—That authority be signed for the Midland Bank Ltd., to transfer the sum of £4,292 2s. 5d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total amount of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

235. Whitley Council—Circular No. 152. The Clerk submitted this Circular which provided for an increase of 4/0d. per week, or 1 1/8 d. per hour for the workmen. Resolved— That the recommendations be implemented.

236. Cotton Mill Assessments. The Chairman of the Council reported that as the result of the recent Meeting held at Bolton and the formation thereat of a Special Committee, notification had been received that agreement had been reached by all the parties concerned for a provisional increase in the assessment of cotton mills of 40 per cent. Permanent revised assessments had already been received in respect of two cotton mills prior to the Meeting referred to and a further increase had been notified for a third mill. The 40 per cent. provisional increase applies only now to two mills and a direction is awaited from the Valuation Officer following upon the agreed revisions.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 19th November, 1953.

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

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

237. 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 15th October, 1953.

238. 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 on 12th November, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee held on 12th November, 1953.

General Purposes Committee held on 12th November, 1953.

Finance Committee, held on 12th November, 1953.

239. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorized to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :—

Cheque Numbers From To – 10984 – 11028

Maximum Amount £4,292 2s. 5d.

which cheques 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.

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

241. 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 November, 1953, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

242. Working Head Gardener. Consideration was given to the appointment of a successor to Mr. Dixon and it was Resolved—That an advertisement be issued in three local papers offering a commencing wage at the rate of £390 per annum rising by two increments of £15 and one of £20 each to be due 12 months after commencement of service, the wage to be paid weekly and the appointment to be subject to one weeks’ notice on either side. In all respects, except fluctuations of wage, the appointment to be subject to the Conditions of Service of the Whitley Council (Manual workers) so far as holidays, sickness, etc., are affected, the position to be an established one under the Superannuation Scheme.

243. Road Roller. The Surveyor reported that the appliance referred to in Minute No. 212 H. was no longer available for purchase.

244. Council Houses—Applications for Vacancies. The applications received up to date were investigated and considered and points were awarded in accordance with the scheme adopted on the 21st December, 1950, with the amendment of 12 maximum points under the heading (i) in lieu of 8 points. The applicants with the highest number of points were then given an order of precedence.

245. Plans. The following application was considered:—

Plan No. 1131. Conversion from retail shop to Snack Bar of No. 11A, High Street, for Mr. A. Walsh, of 10, High Street, Rishton.

Resolved—That Application No. 1131 be approved under Building Byelaws.

246. Allotments Sub-Committee. It was decided to call a Meeting of this Committee for Wednesday, the 25th November, at 8 p.m. to meet the tenants of the Hermitage Street Allotments fronting the main road with a view to the adjustment of their plots to provide land for a shrubbery.

247. Industrial Development. The Chairman and two Councillors who met the Director of the Lancashire and Merseyside Industrial Development Association, reported on their discussion and the points to which they had drawn the Director's attention. It was hoped that as the result of this interview, the District might benefit in some way.

248. Tennis Court. In view of the small number of games played since the end of September, it was Resolved—That the Court be closed forthwith until a decision is taken to re-open.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a Meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 17th December, 1953.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 10th December, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

249. Sanitary Inspector’s Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this Report were the following:—

(a) Refuse Collection: The Sanitary Inspector reported that the staff had lost an ash-bin carrier for which no explanation could be offered and that to enable the work to be proceeded with he had ordered another appliance at a cost of £3 10s. 0d. Resolved—That the Inspector's action be approved.

(b) Sands Estate—Insanitary House : Further to Minute No. 206A, the Chairman of the Council reported that the interview arranged with the tenant had not taken place, but the tenant had been to see him and explained the circumstances. The Sanitary Inspector also gave a further report on the condition of the house and action taken by another organization. No action was taken but the officials were asked to keep the case under review.

(c) Eachill Road House—Fireplace: In furtherance of Minute No. 216 the Sanitary Inspector reported that he was of the opinion that the fire-range is in perfect working condition. Resolved—That no action be taken on this application.

(d) Pet Animals Act: It was Resolved—That the Licence issued to Mrs. Hill, of 43, High Street, be renewed for a further 12 months.

(e) Slaughterhouse: It was Resolved—That the Licence issued to the Rishton Industrial Co-operative Society be renewed for a further 12 months subject to the condition that before slaughtering commences the premises will be renovated to the satisfaction of this Authority.

(f) Petroleum Licences : Resolved—That Licences be renewed for a further 12 months to the applicants specified on the Sanitary Inspector’s Report, subject in the case of four applicants to compliance with the conditions inserted on the previous Licence by January, and that a Report be given thereon by the Inspector to the January Meeting of this Committee.

(g) Talbot Street Case: The Inspector reported fully on a case which had received his attention during the past few days and upon the action he had taken in the matter in co-operation with the Medical Officer of Health and the Divisional Health Office The Inspector was complimented on the manner in which he had dealt with this case.

250. Maternity Home—Proposed Closing. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Regional Hospital Board regarding the Council's protest at the proposed closing of Springfield Maternity Home, In view of the contents of the letter, it was decided that no further action be taken.

251. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 10th December, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Gardening Section.

(1) Nurseries: The Clerk reported that the sum of £7 had been received by the sale of chrysanthemum blooms in the greenhouse.

(2) Turrets Stables: The repairs herein have been completed. The Surveyor was instructed to have the door re-painted.

(b) Parish Church Clock: It was decided to consider the installation of additional lights behind the clock face when the Estimates for 1954/5 are being prepared.

(c) Surveyor’s Pupil: Considerable discussion ensued on the question of the payment to the Surveyor of additional remuneration pending the pupil entering into his articles. It was Resolved (1) That the Action of the Clerk in not making any payment to the Surveyor be confirmed and (2) That the Surveyor be paid a proportionate rate of the £33 per annum from the date Mr. McNicholas commenced duties as an Assistant until the date when the result of a preliminary examination is received.

(d) Workmen—Christmas Holidays: An application was submitted from the workmen to be allowed to work on Thursday afternoon, the 24th December, and to take Saturday morning, 2nd January, as a holiday in lieu thereof. It was Resolved—That permission be granted on the terms which would have applied had the men finished work on 24th December at mid-day.

(e) Motor Lorry: The Surveyor reported that three tyres on the Commer Lorry are badly worn and submitted prices for re-moulds and new tyres. It was Resolved—That the tyres be re-moulded and that the tenders of the Marsham Tyre Co. or the Renown Tyre & Rubber Co., be accepted being the lowest tenders.

(f) Working Head Gardener : Four applications have been received for this appointment, and it was Resolved—That the applicants be invited for interview at the Council in Committee Meeting.

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

1132 Brick garage for Mr. D. Livesey at the rear of 65A, Blackburn Road.

1133 Wooden garage at the rear of "Stirling," Blackburn Road, for Mr. W. Taylor, "Leswyn," Blackburn Road.

1134 Brick garage "Leswyn,' Blackburn Road, for Mr. W. Taylor.

Resolved—(1) That Applications numbered 1132 and 1134 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That Application numbered 1133 be not approved under the Building Byelaws for the reasons to be endorsed on the application.

253. Hermitage Street Shrubbery — Allotments Sub-Committee's Report. The Chairman and members of the Committee reported on their having met certain tenants fronting Hermitage Street and had placed before them the proposals for making a shrubbery on a portion of their plots which they would have to vacate with a consequent reduction in the annual rent of the plots. The tenants had expressed their willingness to co-operate and the Sub-Committee recommended that the Scheme be considered when the Estimates for 1954/5 are being prepared. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

254. Calder Valley Sewage Scheme. The Chairman of the Council and the Officials reported on their attendance at a Meeting at Burnley on the 1st December called by the Minister of Housing and Local Government to consider the formation of a joint scheme comprising the various Local Authorities in the area. Resolved—That the Report be accepted and that a communication be now awaited from the Minister.

255. Harwood Road Recreation Ground—Goal-posts. The Surveyor was requested to inspect the ground and to submit an estimate of the cost to Council in Committee of complying with the suggestions put forward by the Schools to render the surface more satisfactory.

256. Canal Towing Path, Further consideration with British Waterways was submitted by the Clerk. A further letter is now awaited in reply to one from the Clerk.

257. Timber Control—Circular No. 66/53. The provisions of this Circular were submitted, the effect of which was that all restrictions on the use of softwoods and certain hardwoods had now been removed.

258. Building Byelaws. The Clerk reported that he had received a communication from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government confirming the Byelaws adopted by this Council and bringing them into operation on the 31st December.

259. Council Houses. (1) Consideration was given to an application dealt with at a previous Meeting, and it was decided to allow three additional points in respect of lodgings. (2) It was reported that a tenant on the Sands Estate would transfer to an Eachill Road house following upon the death of the tenant, and that such transfer was in accordance with a previous resolution (3) A letter was submitted from an applicant making a request for the tenancy of the Eachill Road house referred to in (2) above. Resolved—That the Clerk reply, and that the Sanitary Inspector investigate the allegations of this applicant and to report to the next Meeting on the condition of the house.

260. Council Chamber. Reference was made to dampness appearing on one of the walls in the Council Chamber and the Surveyor was instructed to investigate the probable cause and to submit his findings to the next Meeting with an estimate of the cost of carrying out the necessary repairs. It was decided to consider a new lay-out for the Council Chamber when the Estimates for 1954/5 are being prepared.

261. Council House—Applications. It was decided that efforts should be made in all future cases of applications from outside the District to obtain confirmation from the Authority concerned of the statements made by the applicant and that the Clerk should communicate with an Authority in a case specified at this Meeting.

262. Street Lighting. Attention was drawn to the necessity for an early morning light at Meadowhead. It was Resolved —That the Surveyor be requested to arrange for this.

263. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 10th December, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

264. Bus Services—Rishton—Accrington. Correspondence was submitted from the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. and the Accrington Corporation stating that they were unable to accede to this Council's request for a through service to Accrington. It was Resolved—That a deputation be appointed to meet the Ribble Motor Services Ltd. on a date to be fixed at a subsequent Meeting, and that in the meantime information should be obtained regarding the need for this service and be tabulated for discussion.

265. War Memorial. Councillor Banks referred to the case of a young man who had lost his life during the Korean War, and that it was suggested by the British Legion that the Council should consider adding this name on the War Memorial. It was Resolved—That further consideration be given to this case together with a case of a name omitted in respect of the 1939-45 War, when the 1954/5 Estimates are prepared, as the question of renovating the Memorial would also receive consideration at that time.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 10th December, 1953.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

268. Bank Transfer. Resolved—That authority be signed for the Midland Bank Ltd. to transfer the sum of £4,412 8s. 1d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total amount of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

269. Finance Sub-Committee. The Chairman of the Council reported that the Committee had considered the list of outstanding rates and recommended action in certain cases. Resolved—That the recommendations be approved and adopted.

270. Year Book. The Clerk submitted three tenders received for the printing of a Year Book, and it was Resolved—That the lowest tender of Messrs. Ed. D. Heap & Co. Ltd., for £12 17s. 3d. be accepted for 50 copies.

271. County Council Rates. The Clerk submitted a letter received from the Lancashire U. D. C.'s Association asking if there were any points which this Council desired them to raise with the County Council at a proposed Meeting. It was Resolved—That the matters now mentioned be brought to the notice of the Association.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, the 17th December, 1953.

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

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

272. 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 19th November, 1953.

273. 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 on 10th December, 1953.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on 10th December, 1953.

General Purposes Committee, held on 10th December, 1953.

Finance Committee, held on 10th December, 1953.

274. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorized to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :—

Cheque Nos. From To – 11029 – 11079

Maximum Amount £4,412 8s. 1d.

which cheques 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.

275. Christmas Greetings. The Chairman extended the Seasons Greetings to Members and Officials of the Council, the Residents and the Press, and expressed the hope that 1954 would be a prosperous year for the District.

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

277. 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 December, 1953, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

278. Working Head Gardener. Four applicants were interviewed for this appointment, and it was Resolved—That Mr. J. Barrett, of Haslingden, be appointed on the terms and conditions specified in the advertisement and on the form of application.

279. Harwood Road Recreation Ground. The Surveyor reported on his inspection of this ground and the condition in which he had found it. It was Resolved—That the football pitch for the Schools be prepared on the existing site and that further consideration be given to other portions of the ground at a later date.

280. Plans. 6/8/166. Extension to Printing Works, Progress Works, School Street, for Messrs. E. D. Heap & Co. Resolved —That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application No. 6/8/166 subject to the conditions stated thereon.

281. Bus Services. A communication from Ribble Motor Services Ltd. was submitted specifying an application to the Licensing Authority for an additional service on all weekdays from Blackburn to Clayton-le-Moors at 5-34 p.m.

282. Workmen's Holidays. It was reported that the Highways Foreman and a Gardener would not be entitled to receive holiday with pay on New Year's Day as they had not completed the necessary period of service. It was Resolved—That these two employees be allowed a holiday with pay on New Year's Day, in view of their satisfactory service.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, the 21st January, 1954.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th January, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

283. Sanitary Inspector’s Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this Report were the following:—

(a) Council House—Danvers Street: The Inspector reported that the improvement at the house, which had been under constant supervision, had been maintained.

(b) 7, Noble Street: An inspection had been made of these premises and revealed moral overcrowding, which might have been avoided. Defects in the property are receiving the attention of the landlord.

(c) Food Premises: An application has been made to the Food Control Committee for a catering licence at the Cemetery Hotel. The sanitary and other arrangements are satisfactory and this opinion has been transmitted to the Ministry of Food.

(d) Council Houses—Burst Water Pipes : Bursts have occurred at 5 houses during the recent frost, and at three of the houses stop and draw-off taps had previously been installed to minimise risk of bursts, but it is assumed the necessary steps had not been taken by the tenants when frost occurred. It was Resolved—That the three tenants concerned be charged with the cost of repairing the bursts.

(e) Trade Refuse: The Inspector reported that a wooden building at the Tip had been broken into during the previous week-end, and an official Receipt Book containing 85 unused 2/6d receipts was missing. Enquiries have been made and the last ticket issued had been traced confirming the unused tickets remaining. A new Receipt Book has been issued, and a personal check will be made from time to time on the receipts issued.

(f) Petroleum Licences: The Sanitary Inspector reported that the applicants had complied with the conditions and licences had now been issued.

284. Medical Officer of Health's Report. Report submitted for the Quarter ending December, 1954. Resolved—That this be approved.

285. Day Nursery. The Medical Officer of Health submitted details of the cost per child at the Day Nursery and undertook to submit further details to the next meeting of this Committee.

286. Council Houses—Applicant. Correspondence was submitted from an unsuccessful applicant, and the Clerk was requested to deal with the matter.

287. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th January, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted. The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Sewer off Spring Street: An obstruction has been cleared in this sewer which had been largely contributed to by a discharge from Industrial premises. It was Resolved—That an account be rendered to the firm for the cost of clearing the obstruction, and that the Chairman of this Committee and the Surveyor meet representatives of the firm concerned with a view to action being taken to prevent any recurrence.

(b) Planning Matters — (1) Temporary Garage—Fletcher Road : A letter has been received from a person desirous of erecting a temporary garage on the site of an intended road called Fletcher Road, and asking for approval in principle to this erection. It was Resolved—That the applicant be informed of the Council's views thereon.

(2) 6/8/153-1115: This plan was approved at a previous meeting subject to stepped parapets to the front walls of two garages being omitted. In view of correspondence from the applicant, the Divisional Planning Officer recommended that these conditions be removed. Resolved—That the recommendations be adopted.

(c) Factories Act, 1937—Section 34. Rishton Paper Mill Ltd.: A representative of the Fire Brigade and the Surveyor have made an inspection of the premises and have prepared recommendations for submission to the firm with respect to alterations required before a Certificate can be granted. Resolved—That the recommendations be submitted to the firm.

(d) Annual Tenders, 1954/5: Instructions were given for the customary advertisement to be published in the "Surveyor" and Northern Daily Telegraph.

(e) Rainfall, 1953: The following figures show the recordings at the Sewage Disposal Works with the previous year's figures in brackets:—

Total rainfall 37.99 inches (42.00).

Wettest month November, 6.47 inches (August 5.46 inches).

Driest month February, 1.70 inches (March 1.67 inches).

Rain fell on 192 days (198).

(f) Motor Driver—Safe Driving Competition: It was agreed that the Chairman make the presentation of the 1953 Award which the Driver has earned, and that he be entered for the Competition for the year 1954 for which the entrance fee of 5/6d. be paid by the Council.

(g) Building Licences: Ministry Circular Numbers 69 and 72 have been received regarding the issue of licences and work which can be carried out without licence.

(h) Council Offices—Dampness: Three tenders were submitted for work required to remedy the defects in the roof of the Offices, and it was Resolved—That the tender of Mr. T. Wolstenholme for £16 10s. 0d. be accepted.

(i) Scrap Metal: A tender of £3 per ton has been received in respect of sundry scrap in the Council's Store Yard, etc. Resolved—That the tender be accepted.

(j) District Surveyor: Reference was made to a motor accident in which Mr. F. Shields, the District Surveyor, was involved and from which he suffered severe injury. It was Resolved—That a suitable letter be sent to Mr. Shields.

(k) Motor Lorry Overhaul: It was Resolved—That competitive reports and estimates of costs for the overhaul of the Commer Lorry be invited for submission to a subsequent meeting.

(l) Shuttleworth Street Subsidence: The Surveyor asked for the Committee's instructions regarding the carrying out of this work which would affect the private paths leading to the houses. The Surveyor was instructed to proceed with the work and report back to the Committee particularly as regards any major subsidence which may be discovered when the work has been commenced.

(m) Painting—1954/5: An offer has been received from a firm to supply material free of charge. Resolved—That the offer be accepted.

(n) Plans and Notices: The following application was considered :—

1135. Inside W.C. at 22, Fielding Street, for the Agnes Rhodes Wildman Trustees, c/o Town Hall, Accrington. Resolved—(1) That Application number 1135 be approved under Building Byelaws.

289. Council Chamber Seating. The Surveyor was instructed to prepare plans and estimates of costs for the re-seating in the Council Chamber.

290. Allotments—Clarkes. The Clerk reported on an interview with one of the tenants regarding encroachment on the main pathway, and it was Resolved—That the Allotments Sub-Committee meet the tenants from these allotments on Thursday, the 21st January, at 7 p.m.

291. Eachill Playground—Surface Water. The Chairman reported on a meeting held on the site between representatives of the County Council, the Golf Club, the Dunkenhalgh Estate and this Council. After discussion it was Resolved—That the Surveyor be instructed to prepare an estimate of cost for providing a ditch on the inside of the railings on this playground to receive water from the Pickup Road area and convey it round the playground thence under the occupation road and into a ditch which is the responsibility of the County Council.

292. Council Houses—Applications. The Clerk reported that of the six applicants selected by the Council for the next vacancies, two had already been allotted houses and a third would be offered a house shortly.

293. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th January, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

294. War Memorial—Additional Names and Repairs. The Clerk submitted an estimate of £12 for the replacement of missing and damaged lettering, plus 3/0d. per letter for additional names placed on the Memorial in respect of men who have lost their lives in the Korean War. Resolved—That the tender be accepted, and that the necessary amount be included in the coming year's estimates.

295. Cut Wood and War Memorial—Deed of Gift. The Clerk submitted the draft Deed of Gift which had been received from the Solicitors to the Dunkenhalgh Estate. He further stated that several suggested Clauses had been deleted or amended in the Councils favour. Resolved—That the draft be now approved.

296. Conference, 1954. It was Resolved—That the Chairman of the Council or the respective Committee, together with the officials be authorised to attend the Annual Conferences of the National U. D. C.'s Association; the Lancashire U. D. C.'s Association, and the Sanitary Inspector's Association, and that verbatim reports of the Conference of the Institute of Municipal Engineers be obtained for each member.

297. County Councils-Education Department. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Clerk to the Lancashire U. D. C.'s Association, quoting particulars supplied by the County Council in respect of the administrative costs of the Education Committee.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 14th January, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

300. Bank Transfer. Resolved—That authority be signed for the Midland Bank Ltd. to transfer the sum of £6,329 0s. 6d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total amount of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

301. Finance Sub-Committee—Report. The Chairman reported that the Sub-Committee had investigated the list of outstanding rates and recommended action being taken in several cases to recover the amounts due including the issue of summons and distress warrants. 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 21st January, 1954.

Present -Councillors Ramsbottom, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Eyre. Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown and Simpson.

The notice convening the Meeting was read and the whole of the Minutes as printed were taken as read.

302. 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 17th December, 1953.

303. 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 on 14th January, 1954.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on 14th January, 1954.

General Purposes Committee, held on 14th January, 1954.

Finance Committee, held on 14th January, 1954.

304. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :—

Cheque Nos. From To 11080 11136

Maximum Amount £6,329 0s. 6d.

which cheques 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.

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

306. 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 January, 1954, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

Present—Councillors Ramsbottom, J.P. (Chairman), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hoyle, Kirkham, Lightbown and Simpson.

307. Requisitioning of Houses. The Clerk reported that he had written to the Ministry regarding the requisition of empty houses and submitted a circular letter dated October, 1953, which dealt with this subject. It was decided to await a reply from the Ministry.

308. Typewriter—Repairs. The Clerk reported that one of the machines required considerable overhaul and new parts fitted, and that he had obtained a quotation of £18 10s. 0d. for the complete re-building of the machine. Resolved— That the quotation be accepted and that the work be put in hand.

309. Street Collections. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Chief Superintendent of Police forwarding a list of Charities who desired to hold collections during 1954. Resolved—That the list be approved in its entirety.

310. Allotments—Clarkes. The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee reported on a Meeting with the tenants of these allotments with respect to the making of paths round the allotments and also straightening up the allotments generally. It was Resolved -That a letter be sent to all the tenants setting out all the arrangements agreed at the joint Meeting.

311. Councillor Hacking—Letter. A letter was submitted from Councillor Hacking resigning from the Chairmanship of the Health Committee, the duties of which he had unfortunately not been able to fulfil due to pressure of business. It was Resolved—That a successor to Councillor Hacking be appointed at the next Meeting.

312. Sewerage Sub-Committee. It was decided to hold a Meeting of this Committee on Saturday, the 30th January, at the Sewage Works at 11 a.m., and that Councillor Hoyle be co-opted on the Committee in lieu of Councillor Hacking.

313. Plan No. 6/8/170-1136 (Previous No. 6/8/163-1125).

Amended plan of alterations to building in Eachill Road for Masonic Hall Co. Ltd.—

Resolved—(1) That Application number 1136 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application number 6/8/170.

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 February, 1954.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th February, 1954.

Present—Councillors Ramsbottom, J.P. (in the chair), Banks, Bridge, Eyre, Hoyle, Lightbown, Sanderson and Simpson.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

314. Appointment of Chairman. Consequent upon the resignation of Councillor Hacking it was Resolved—That Councillor Banks be appointed Chairman of the Committee until the Annual Meeting of the Council.

315. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following :—

Council Houses—(a) Frost Damage. The Inspector stated that there had been approximately 25 bursts all on the Sands Estate and that he had posted notices on the premises where special stop and draw off taps have been installed.

(b) Electric Cookers. The Electricity Board have completed their inspection and demonstrations and a report is now awaited.

316. Day Nursery. Dr. Webster gave further details regarding the maintenance and running of the Nursery and was thanked for the trouble he had taken in this connection.

317. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th February, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Post Office Telephones—Overhead Line. Resolved that permission be granted for the erection of a line on Blackburn Old Road subject to the siting of the poles being agreed with the Surveyor.

(b) Annual Tenders - 1954/5. Resolved—That the Chairman and the officials be authorized to open and tabulate the tenders received and submit them to the next meeting.

(c) Motor Lorry. Prices were submitted for overhauling the Commer and for the provision of a new lorry. The Surveyor was instructed to obtain prices for alternative models of new vehicles and for the hire of a substitute lorry.

(d) Eachill Playground—Roadway. An estimate for the cost of constructing a ditch was submitted. Resolved—That the attention of the Dunkenhalgh Estate be drawn to the surface water flowing from their land across the playground and to be asked if they are prepared to take any action to prevent this.

(e) Gardening Estimates. It was decided to hold a meeting of the Parks Sub-Committee on Thursday, 18th instant. at 7-0 p.m. to consider the estimates.

(f) Plan No. 1137. Garage and extension to existing stores at Generating Station for British Electricity Authority. Resolved—That the plan be approved under Byelaws.

(g) County Road—A6064—Hedges. The County Surveyor has intimated that he is recommending his Committee to make a further allocation of £200 in the current year to cover the cost of layering the hedge on the North Side.

(h) Sewage Disposal Works. The Surveyor was instructed to interview the chargehand relative to an interchange of men or other alternatives and to report to a subsequent meeting.

319. Sewerage Sub-Committee. The members of the Committee reported on a meeting held at the Sewage Works and on their inspection thereof, and that they had considered the items proposed to be included in the ensuing year's Estimates.

320. Calder Valley Sewage Scheme. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Town Clerk of Burnley and the Ministry upon the meeting held at Burnley on 1st December last. It was Resolved—That no action be taken for the present pending the calling of a further meeting of affected authorities.

321. Requisitioning of Houses. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry stating that authority cannot be given to local authorities to requisition vacant houses.

322. Council Houses. It was reported that the selected applicants had been offered houses and further names were now required. The Committee proceeded to select a further three names and the clerk was instructed to communicate with one applicant and with two local authorities regarding other applications.

323. Allotments—Clarke's, It was decided to hold a meeting of the Sub-Committee on 6th March at 11-0 a.m. to inspect these allotments.

324. Expenditure Statement. Statement for the month to date was submitted and considered.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th February, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were submitted.

325. Meetings in March. It was decided to hold these on 11th, 18th and 25th March.

326. Council Meetings. Consideration was given to procedure herein which was to be followed at subsequent meetings.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th February, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

329. Bank Transfer. Resolved that authority be signed for the Midland Bank Ltd., to transfer the sum of £3,829 12s. 9d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total amount of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

330. Finance Sub-Committee. Report. The members reported on their consideration of outstanding rates and other accounts, and that they recommend summonses being issued in two cases subject to enquiries in one case and to failure to make payment within 7 days in the other. It was further recommended that one week's rent in respect of 15, Eachill Road, be written off as void owing to the death of the tenant.

331. Accrington District Water Board. The Clerk submitted correspondence received from the Accountant to the Board drawing attention to an estimated deficit at the end of the current year, and to a suggestion that the Council should make a loan to the Board to alleviate the finances. Resolved—That the correspondence be noted and that no loan be made to the Board.

332. North Western Provincial Council. The Clerk submitted Circular No. 107a dated 22nd January, 1954, which recommended, for implementation, increases of salary to members of the staff as from 1st April next. Resolved—That the recommendations be adopted. It was further requested that lists of staff and workmen be submitted to a subsequent meeting.

333. Personal Accident Insurance—Rent Collectors. The Clerk drew attention to a policy held by the Council and upon which the District Auditor had made some observations. The Clerk was requested to obtain further information and report thereon.

334. County Council Precept, 1954/5. This was submitted showing an increase of 8d. in the £ over last year's precept.

335. Mortgage Loans. The Clerk reported that four loans were due for repayment in March. Resolved—That Loans Nos. 112 and 115 for £300 and £500 be repaid and that efforts be made to renew Loans Nos. 48 and 98 for seven years with interest at the rate of 3 1/2 per cent, per annum.

336. Typist—Absence. The Clerk reported that Miss Kinder had been absent since 1st February through illness and was likely to be absent for an appreciable period.

337. Junior Finance Clerk. The Clerk reported that Mr. P. Monk has been successful in passing the Clerical Division examination. Resolved—That the congratulations of the Committee be transmitted to Mr. Monk.

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, 18th February, 1954.

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

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

338. 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 21st January, 1954.

339. 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 on 11th February, 1954.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on 11th February, 1954.

General Purposes Committee, held on 11th February, 1954.

Finance Committee, held on 11th February, 1954.

340. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated :

Cheque Nos. From To 11137 11186

Maximum Amount £3,829 12s. 9d.

341. Common Seal. Resolved—That the Common Seal of the Council be affixed to the following documents : (a) Deed of Gift relating to Cut Wood and War Memorial; (b) Contract with Messrs. Maxwell M. Hart (Glasgow) Ltd. for the layout of Cut Wood.

342. Safe Driving Competition. The Chairman of the Council presented the Annual Bar to Mr. J. C. Clarke (Motor Driver) which he had earned in respect of the year 1953.

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

344. 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 February, 1954, the minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

345. Personal Accident Insurance. The Clerk having reported upon the various benefits to which the three officials engaged upon Rent Collection, and who also in the course of their duties convey cash to and from the Bank, would receive in the event of injury sustained from assault, and it was Resolved —(a) That the terms and conditions of employment of the Rate Collector, the Senior Accounts Clerk and the Junior Accounts Clerk shall be such that should any of these officials suffer the loss of limbs or eyes or receive fatal injury they or their personal representatives shall be paid by the Council the lump sums specified in the written acceptance of these terms signed by the respective officials, (b) That should any of the said officers sustain any temporary total disablement from a similar cause they shall be paid their full salary (for a period not exceeding 52 weeks) less any benefit they may receive under the National Insurance or Industrial Injuries Scheme, subject to their agreeing to submit to a medical examination if required by the Council or by an Insurance Company, it being understood that any sums received under (b) may be deducted from the lump sum specified under (a) ; and (c) that the Clerk be authorised to take out a Policy of Insurance covering the Council against the amounts referred to in (a) and (b), and that the amounts under (b) be limited to the difference between their salary and the benefits received by the officials under any National Insurance or Industrial Injuries Scheme, with a maximum cover of £7 per week in the case of each of the first two officials and £4 per week in the case of the last named official.

346. Civil Engineering Wage Rates. The Clerk reported that an increase of 1d. per hour had been awarded to labourers and craftsmen as from 1st February, 1954. Resolved—That the increase be granted to the employees concerned.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday, 25th March, 1954.

CIVIL DEFENCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 4th March, 1954.

Present—Councillors O'Rourke (Chairman), Banks, Hoyle and Ramsbottom, Mrs. Chambers and Sergeant Ball.

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

347. Peace-time Establishment and Enrolments. The Clerk reported that the County Council had intimated that the establishment for the Rescue Section had been increased and that further volunteers were required for this and other sections. The numbers enrolled in the various Sections was also reported upon.

348. Recruiting Campaign. The Chairman and the Clerk gave a report upon a Meeting held at Accrington regarding the holding of a Joint Recruiting Campaign in the area and that a Mobile Column would visit Rishton on Wednesday, 28th April, and give demonstrations in various parts of the town commencing at 7-0 p.m. It was hoped that this would be the means of obtaining a substantial number of recruits.

349. Air Raid Warning Siren. The Clerk reported that this had been erected and wired and that remote control apparatus still required to be installed by the G.P.O.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th March, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

350. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following :—

(a) Council Houses—Electric Cookers. A report was submitted from the North Western Electricity Board regarding inspections and demonstrations in houses where these cookers are installed. The Board submitted an offer to carry out a full maintenance for 10/- per annum per cooker. The Sanitary Inspector was requested to enquire from the Board the precise scope of the maintenance and to report to a subsequent meeting. Permission was granted to the tenant of 21, Bridge Street, for the electric cooker to be substituted by a gas cooker at the tenant's own expense.

(b) Sands Estate—Plaster Cracks. The Sanitary Inspector reported that there was no serious cracking on the internal wall surfaces and no action required.

(c) Aged and Infirm. Visits have been made to the houses of two persons and contact made with the Divisional Health Office. A further report on the cases to be submitted to the next meeting of this Committee.

(d) Movable Dwellings. An application was submitted from Mr. G. Kinder, Willis Farm, for a renewal of his licence. Resolved—That this be renewed for a further period of twelve months.

351. Slaughterhouses. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Ministry of Food asking for the Council's consent to the revocation of the Meat Marking scheme subject to the Ministry undertaking to give sympathetic consideration to an application for its re-introduction should this be requested. Resolved—That the Council's consent be granted.

352. Council Houses—Plumbing Repairs. A letter was submitted from a local plumber regarding the letting out of work by the Council. The Sanitary Inspector gave a report thereon. Resolved—That the plumber be informed that the Committee approve the action of the Sanitary Inspector.

353. Sanitary Inspector's—Salary. An application for increase herein was considered. Resolved—That Mr. Pilkington be placed on the first step of Grade V as from 1st April next.

354. Estimates of Expenditure, 1954/5. Resolved—that these be referred to the Finance Committee for detailed consideration.

BUILDING AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th March, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Annual Tenders, 1954/5. Consideration was given to the tabulated lists and it was Resolved—That the tenders underlined red be accepted and recommended for acceptance by the County Council.

(b) County Road Expenditure, 1954/5. Notification has been received from the County Surveyor that the amount approved for grant purposes is £5,500. Attention was called to the dangerous condition of the footpaths on Lee Lane and it was Resolved—That the Surveyor make a request to the County Surveyor for an additional allocation to enable a certain amount of repair work to these footpaths to be done during the coming year.

(c) Shuttleworth Street. It was reported that the work herein had been completed and the Surveyor was requested to submit to the Finance Committee the total cost of the work. The question of raising the domestic footpaths was deferred.

(d) Head Gardener. An application was submitted for permission to vary the hours of duty. Resolved—That consideration be deferred pending the appointment of additional staff.

(e) Gardening Staff. The Sub-Committee reported on their meeting herein and it was Resolved—That an advertisement be published inviting applications for the appointment of a 2nd Class gardener and a garden labourer at weekly wages of £6 10s. 0d. and £6 7s. 0d., respectively, such appointments to be considered permanent and that the full gardening staff consists of Head Gardener, 2nd Class Gardener and two labourers.

(f) Church Clock. A tender of £7 7s. 0d. from the North Western Electricity Board for the installation of additional lighting was accepted, the work to be proceeded with in the ensuing financial year.

(g) Motor Lorry. Several tenders were submitted for the provision of a new lorry. Resolved—That consideration be given thereto at the Finance Committee meeting.

(h) Council Chamber Furniture. A tender was submitted for the provision of new tables, etc., and the renovation of chairs. Resolved—That consideration be given thereto at the Finance Committee Meeting.

(i) Holt Street Recreation Ground. The Surveyor submitted an estimate of the cost of draining a portion of this land, amounting to £80. Resolved—That consideration be given thereto at the Finance Committee Meeting.

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

1138 Outside W.C. at 77. Haworth Street, for Miss B. Ridgway.

1139 Bathroom and inside W.C. at 1, Cliff Street, for Mr. F. Edmondson.

1140 Brick Garage at 111, Harwood Road, for Mr. J. T. Clarke.

1141 Bathroom at 103, Harwood Road, for Mrs. I. Wilkinson.

6/8/169 Verge Crossing and Cattle grid near Middle Mickle Hey Farm, Blackburn Old Road, for Mr. F. Ireland.

6/8/171/1142 Garage,—Plot No. 10, Goosey Butts for Mr. D. I. Ward.

Resolved—(1) That applications numbered 1138, 1139, 1140, 1141, and 1142 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to applications numbered 6/8/169 and 6/8/171, subject to the conditions stated on application No. 6/8/171.

356. Allotments Sub-Committee. The members reported on their meeting on Clarke's Allotments and recommended that ashes be laid on the paths on the South and West sides, subject to the tenants first clearing the paths of grass and weeds. Resolved—(1) That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be accepted (2) that a local firm be thanked for their offer to supply ashes for the purpose and (3) that the tenants be requested to expedite the clearing of the paths.

357. Council House—Tenancies. The Clerk reported on enquiries made regarding two applications from persons resident outside the District. Resolved—That the points of these applicants be adjusted to give precedence to local applications and that the four applicants with 15 points be the next to receive tenancies, in alphabetical order.

358. Footpath—Oakenshaw. The Clerk reported on action taken regarding the condition of the path and the fencing of a dangerous portion near the bridge. Resolved—That this be confirmed.

359. Sewage Effluent. A report from the Lancashire River Board was submitted, to which the Clerk had replied giving the present position.

360. Opencast Mining. The Clerk submitted correspondence from the Ministry of Fuel and Power regarding public services laid in land which it was proposed to prospect in the near future.

361. Lord Street—Condition of Surface. Attention was called to the bad condition of this private street and it was Resolved —That the Surveyor notify the owners abutting thereon of the approximate cost per frontage of making up the street or alternatively of effecting temporary repairs.

362. Estimates of Expenditure, 1954/5. Resolved—That these be referred to the Finance Committee for detailed consideration.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 11th March, 1954

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

363. Joint Valuation Panels. The Clerk submitted a letter from the Lancashire U.D.C. Association regarding a nomination to this Panel. Resolved—that the nomination of the Oswaldtwistle U.D.C. be supported.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 18th March, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

364. Collector’s Monthly Statement. Submitted and approved.

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

366. Bank Transfer. Resolved—That authority be signed for the Midland Bank, Ltd. to transfer the sum of £3,228 19s. 7d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total sum of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

367. Council Houses—Electric Cookers. The Sanitary Inspector reported that the proposed servicing by the North Western Electricity Board covered inspection visits and replacements of parts worn out by fair wear and tear. Resolved—That the agreement be entered into with the North Western Electricity Board for full maintenance in accordance with Minute No. 350a.

368. Estimates of Expenditure, 1954/5. The Committee considered in detail the estimates of the various Committees and made revisions thereto. Resolved—That the final estimates be now approved showing a gross expenditure of £18,731 less Income and Government grants and transfer from balance amounting to £9,507, leaving a net expenditure of £9,224, requiring a rate of 5s. 9.88d. in the £ which added to the County rate of 15s. 2.12d. makes a total rate of 21s. 0d. in the £ and which the Council be recommended to levy for the financial year ending 31st March, 1955.

369. Council Houses—Tenancies. Discussion ensued on the difficulty of letting one of the houses and a full report was given. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to proceed to let the house to applicants with fourteen points.

370. Council Houses—Rents. Resolved—That in view of the increase in the General Rate the tenants be notified of the revision of gross rents resulting in increases of 1d. or 2d. per week.

371. Discount on Rates. Consideration was given to the period to be allowed for the payment of rates subject to discount. Resolved—That the principle adopted for the current year whereby two Discount dates were fixed in July and September be again adopted for the forthcoming financial year and that the precise dates be fixed at the next Council meeting.

372. Shuttleworth Street—Repairs. The ascertained cost of this work was reported, and it was Resolved—That the frontagers be informed that the Council will be prepared to raise the garden paths of the houses at the owners' expense.

373. Highways Foreman and Head Gardener. The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee and the Surveyor were authorized to arrange hours of duty for these employees if they are absent with consent for special reasons and that arrangements as suggested be made regarding the Foreman's wages.

374. Salary Increase. An application was submitted from Mr. R. Catlow but consideration was deferred to the next meeting of the Committee.

RISHTON URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

At an ORDINARY MEETING of the Urban District Council of Rishton, held in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, Brook Street, Rishton, on Thursday, 25th March, 1954.

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

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

375. 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 18th February, 1954.

376. 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 on 1lth March, 1954.

Building and Highways Committee, held on 11th March, 1954.

General Purposes Committee, held on 11th March, 1954.

Finance Committee, held on 18th March, 1954.

Save and except Minute No. 373 which be referred back to Council in Committee for further consideration. (A motion to refer back Minute No. 371 to Council in Committee was defeated by 6 votes to 3.).

377. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated.

Cheque Nos. From to 11187 to 11250 and 1 to 8

Maximum Amount £3,228 19s. 7d.

378. General Rate, 1954/5. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Finance Committee in respect of expenditure estimated to be incurred during the year 1954/5 be approved and adopted and that a General Rate of 21/- in the £ be levied throughout the District and that the Common Seal be affixed thereto. It was further Resolved—That the Discount dates for the ensuing year be 16th July and 24th September.

379. Albert Mill. The Clerk reported that notification had been received that these premises had been acquired on a lease by a Manchester firm and that it was proposed to commence the manufacture of Paper String within the next few months.

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

381. 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, 25th March, 1954, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

382. Highways Foreman. (Minute No. 373). The Chairman of the Buildings and Highways Committee raised the question of the terms of employment of this man and after consideration it was Resolved—That the Clerk communicate in writing to Mr. Whiteside the precise terms of his employment.

383. Electricity Payments—Issue of Stamps. Councillor O'Rourke asked that enquiries be made as to the making available in this District of stamps which consumers could purchase towards payment of quarterly electricity accounts. The Clerk reported that he had already made enquiries and stated the position. Resolved—That no action be taken in this matter.

384. Gardening Staff—Applications. The Clerk reported that only two applications had been received for the two vacancies advertised Resolved—That Councillors Lightbown and Banks with the Clerk, Surveyor and Head Gardener be authorized to interview the applicants and if found suitable to make appointments,

385. Annual Tenders, 1954/5. It was reported that the County Surveyor had not accepted one tender as it was not the lowest and that he recommended a lower tender to be accepted. Resolved—That the recommendation of the County Surveyor be adopted.

386. Holt Street Recreation Ground—Drainage. It was decided that the Parks Sub-Committee should meet and discuss the question of the drainage and report back to the Committee.

387. Council House—Tenancy. The Clerk reported that difficulty had been experienced in letting a house on the Sands Estate but this had now been accomplished and he asked for a ruling regarding the applicants who had refusal the tenancy. Resolved—That these names be left on the list for future vacancies.

388. Cut Wood. The Clerk reported that the formal consent of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government had been received to the borrowing of the sum of £3,566 for 30 years for the development of a portion of Cut Wood.

389. Plans,

1143. Outkitchen at 61, Talbot Street, for Mr. Cowgill

6/8/S.U.15. Amended plan for overhead line from Victoria Mill to Tottleworth for North Western Electricity Board.

Resolved—(1) That application No. 1143 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, to application No. 6/8/S.U.15 but that it be suggested that the siting of a pole be revised so as to avoid the line passing over the Holt Street Recreation Ground.

390. Finance Sub-Committee, The Chairman reported that the Committee had investigated all outstanding accounts and that they recommended that the following amounts be written off.

Allotments.

Plot Nos.

 

Amounts

Reasons

Clarkes.

Nos. 3 and Nos. 35

31

3/2d. each 6/3d.

Void. Irrecoverable (absconded).

Goosey Butts

No. 15

No,

1.

4/2d.

Void.

Goosey Butts No, 2.

Nos.' 22, 23, 35, 43 and 44

8/4d. each

Void.

 

 

 

 

Hermitage.

Nos. 4 & 5

£l/8/0d.

Irrecoverable (deceased)

Tottleworth.

No. 12

8/7d.

Void.

Harwood Road.

Nos. 1 and 10

6/0d. each

Void.

and that a summons be taken out by the Collector in respect of General Rate Assessment No. 255 for £7 9s. 0d. still outstanding. Resolved—That the recommendations of the Sub-Committee be approved and adopted.

Report of the Proceedings and Recommendations of the Committees to be considered at a meeting of the Council to be held on Wednesday, 14th April, 1954.

HEALTH COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th April, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

390. Sanitary Inspector's Report. Considered and adopted. Arising out of this report were the following:—

(a) Conversions. A report having been submitted regarding the applications for conversion grants, it was Resolved—That grants be made in respect of all the applications received since the list was suspended in 1953/4.

391. Medical Officer of Health-Report. Report submitted for the Quarter ended 31st March. Resolved—That this be approved. A discussion was also held on the position in the District of the Home Help Scheme and the Medical Office was asked to investigate particular cases requiring help. Discussion also ensued on the incidence of tuberculosis.

392. Slum Clearance-Ministry Circular No. 30/54. The contents of this circular were explained and it was Resolved —That the Sanitary Inspector investigate the position in this District and report to a subsequent meeting.

BUILDINGS AND HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th April, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

(a) Gardening Staff. The Chairman reported that a 2nd Class Gardener and a labourer had been interviewed and engaged.

(b) Head Gardener. Further consideration was given to the matter contained in Minute No. 355 (d) and it was Resolved—That the Gardener be permitted to vary the normal duty hours for a trial period of 6 months.

(c) Building Licences. Circular No. 24/54. The contents of this circular were reported.

(d) Street Lighting. It was Resolved (a) That the early morning lighting scheme be discontinued for the summer period at once and reinstated during the second week in September and (b) That the normal winter lighting be discontinued during the second week in May and reinstated during the second week in August, such periods to be adopted for future years unless otherwise determined.

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

1145. Brick Garage, 1, St. Albans Road, for Mr. W. Smith.

6/8/172—1146. Asbestos Garage, St. Paul's Street, for Mr. G. Morris, 7, Howard Street.

1147 Rear Bay Window, 20, Talbot Street, for Mr. E. Jackson.

1148 Bathroom, 7, Shuttleworth Street, for Mr. Shuttleworth

Resolved—That applications numbered 1145, 1146. 1147 and 1148 be approved under Building Byelaws.

(2) That consent be granted under the Town and County Planning Act, 1947, to application numbered 6/8/172 subject to the conditions to be endorsed thereon.

394. Pedestrian Crossings—Circular No. 701. Attention was drawn to the revised method of preventing the parking of vehicles on the approaches to crossings, and it was decided to proceed on the lines of the circular subject in one instance to advice from the Ministry of Transport.

395. Council House—Account for Repairs. The Clerk submitted correspondence from an ex-tenant regarding an account due from him. The officials having given their reports on the case, it was Resolved—That the complainant be requested to pay the account.

396. Council House—Eachill Road—Lodger. An application was submitted from a tenant asking for permission to take a daughter and child as lodgers. Resolved—that permission be granted.

397. Council Houses—External Painting. The Surveyor was requested to invite tenders from selected firms for the painting of 40, Wates houses.

398. Bowling Green and Tennis Court. It was decided to open these for play on 24th and 16th April respectively.

399. Private Street Works—Lord Street Correspondence with the frontagers was submitted and further consideration was deferred pending replies from all persons affected.

400. Council Houses—Applications. It was decided to consider these at the next meeting of the Council in Committee.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th April, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

401. Minutes of Council and Committees. Consideration was given to the economy which might be effected by having the Minutes stencilled instead of printed and it was Resolved— That as from the date of the Annual Meeting the Minutes be stencilled.

402. Council Meeting. In view of the Easter Holidays it was decided to hold the monthly meeting on Wednesday, 14th April.

403. Chimney Fire. A police report herein was submitted. Resolved—That under the circumstances no action be taken.

FINANCE COMMITTEE, Meeting held on Thursday, 8th April, 1954.

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were submitted.

The Accounts submitted were passed for payment.

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

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

406. Bank Transfer. Resolved—That authority be signed for the Midland Bank, Ltd. to transfer the sum of £1,770 14s. 4d. from Deposit Account to Disbursement Account, being the total sum of the Schedule of Accounts now submitted.

407. Finance Subcommittee—Report. The Chairman reported on the investigation of all outstanding accounts by the Sub-Committee and gave a resume of the action being taken in certain cases. Resolved—That the report be received and that the action now suggested in one case be taken.

408. Subsistence and Financial Loss Allowances. The Clerk submitted Circular No. 33/54 and the accompanying Statutory Instruments and it was Resolved (a) That 1st Class Railway Fares continue to be allowed (b) That the new maximum scales of Subsistence and Financial Loss Allowances be noted and that payments be made in accordance therewith (c) That the revised scales of Subsistence Allowance be applicable to the Chief Officers of the Council.

409. Salary Increase. Further consideration was given to an application herein but it was decided to again defer the matter until the result of an examination is known.

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 Wednesday, 14th April. 1954.

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

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

410. 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 25th March, 1954.

411. 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 on 8th April, 1954.

Buildings and Highways Committee, held on 8th April, 1954, save and except Minute No. 395 which be referred back to Council in Committee for further consideration.

General Purposes Committee, held on 8th April, 1954.

Finance Committee, held on 8th April, 1954.

412. Accounts for Payment. Resolved—That the Clerk be authorised to sign cheques numbered as below, and drawn on Disbursement Account up to and not exceeding the amount stated.

Maximum Amount £1,770 14s. 4d.

Cheque Nos. From To 0009 to 0050

413. Thanks to Chairman and Press. Thanks was expressed to the Chairman of the Council (Councillor H. Ramsbottom) for the manner in which he had conducted the meetings and upheld the dignity of the office during the past year, and the Chairman thanked the Chairmen of Committees, Councillors etc., the Clerk and Staff for their assistance to him. He also thanked the Press for their impartial reporting of Council business.

414. Councillor Sanderson. It was reported that Councillor Sanderson would not be seeking re-election and would retire on 20th May. Tribute was paid to his services as a Councillor over a period of 15 years and best wishes expressed for his future welfare. Councillor Sanderson suitably replied.

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

416. 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 Wednesday, 14th April, 1954, the Minutes being confirmed by the Council the same day.

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

417. Council House—Account for Repairs. Minute No. 395, having been referred back, further consideration was given to the circumstances in this case. It was Resolved—That Councillors Ramsbottom, Lightbown, Hoyle, Banks and Eyre, meet the officials regarding their system of dealing with complaints received from Council tenants regarding defects.

418. Council Houses—Applications. Further consideration was given to applications already on the list and a selection made for further vacancies. The Sanitary Inspector was requested to investigate new applications and report to a subsequent meeting.

419. Parking of Vehicles—Main Road. Attention was called to the danger arising from indiscriminate parking of vehicles on the main road passing through the town, and also to the excessive speed of many vehicles which constituted a potential danger to pedestrians. It was Resolved—That the Clerk be requested to enquire as to the making of an order providing for unilateral parking on the main road and that the assistance of the Road Safety Committee be sought.

420. Dates of Meetings in May. It was decided to hold meetings as follows :—Informal on 13th, Annual and Committees on 20th, and Council on 27th May.