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A Quorn Complaint - state of Freehold Street. 1934

Loughborough Echo - 9th November 1934

Criticism by Chairman

The monthly meeting of the Quorn Urban District Council took place on Tuesday, Mr J J Stirling, JP., being in the chair, and the following were also present: Messrs. L L Ward, J Orton, H Smith, T C Dexter, W H Bream, A P Crawshaw (inspector), G C White (collector) and G W Lloyd James (clerk and surveyor).

The collector reported the following collections: General rate, 212 6s 1d; housing rents, 17 15s; water charges, 36 16s 6d.

The Medical Officer's report showed that there had been one case of pulmonary tuberculosis, one case of scarlet fever (removed), one death (female, aged 74), four births (one boy and three girls).

The Sanitary Inspector said that the crop of mangolds on the sewerage farm had been unusually good, there having been 85 tons, as against 35 last year.

Mr Dexter called attention to the bad state of the kerb and gutter in Farnham-street, which was shown up in a bad light by the new kerb and gutter recently laid down in the street extension. The Surveyor said he would see that it was made good. The Chairman complained about the state of Freehold-street. The Surveyor said the street was thoroughly cleaned every week.

The Chairman: "It is very lucky no Government inspector ever visits Freehold Street. I want it seen to, Mr Surveyor."

The Surveyor said he would see to it.

The report of the Finance Committee recommended a rate of 5s 6d for the coming half year, made up as follows: County Council precept, 4s 5d; local needs, 1s p.

The Clerk said that the sum of 3 13s 6d had been received in the collecting for the Gresford Colliery Disaster Fund. It had been collected at the County Library, the Badminton Club, whist drives, etc. Mr Ward had kindly made the sum up to 5, and there had since been 4s 6d in the box from another collection.

Mr Ward: "Well, I'll make it up to 5 10s."

The Chairman: "We are much indebted to Mr Ward for his repeated generosity; also to Mr Harry Facer, who made us the box free of charge, and, with his men, put a contribution into it."

Mr Bream supported the Chairman's remarks.

The Clerk said that Col. Blackwell, the county surveyor, had approved the suggestions made by him regarding the fixing of litter baskets in the village, and he was in touch with the firm who will shortly proceed to supply and fix the baskets.

The Clerk read a letter from Mr Murray Rumsey saying that the collection made by the Council for Mr T Gartshore as a tribute to the good work done by him in keeping down rats, and to reimburse him for the loss of his ferrets by fire, had amounted to 2 2s., which sum he had handed to Mr Gartshore.

The Chairman then read a letter of thanks from Mr Gartshore, and thanked Mr Rumsey for helping with the collection.

Referring to Poppy Day, the Chairman said that the supply of poppies this year would come straight to Quorn from headquarters and would be sent to Mrs Lucas direct.

The Gresford disaster was one of Britain's worst mining accidents. It occurred on September 22, 1934 at Gresford Colliery near Wrexham in north-east Wales when 266 men died. Only eleven bodies were ever recovered from the mine.(KP)

 Submitted on: 2011-05-26
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1279
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