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Urban District Council meeting - September 1915

The reports of the UDC meetings offer us an insight as to how life on the home front carried on during the dark days of the First World War.

Loughborough Herald - 9th September 1915

The monthly meeting of this council was held in the Village Hall on Tuesday evening. Present: Messrs J D Cradock (chairman), J H Cart, W H Facer, D S Hack, E C Laundon, T Shenton and Dr Unitt.

The Clerk reported that the Notification of Births Act, 1915, which came into operation on the 1st inst., was administered through Leicester. With reference to Mr Brockington's letter as to the disinfection of schools after the same had been closed on account of infection, the Clerk stated that this was done by the County Education Committee. In compliance with notice, Mr Hack moved that during the coming season the street lamps be not lighted. This was seconded by Mr Cart.

Referring to the recent letter from the Local Government Board emphasising the need of economy, Mr Hack estimated that a saving of about 120 would be effected, and said no one knew what burdens the country would have to bear from increased taxation during the war. He also stated that a number of towns were not being lighted, and that as the street lamps were extinguished last winter at 9 pm he thought that the inconvenience would really be very little. Mr Laundon moved as an amendment that the lamps be lighted as usual, which was seconded by Mr Shenton. After considerable discussion the resolution was carried by four votes to two. Dr Unitt not voting.

With regard to the July brook flood, the Clerk stated that he had received a letter from the Water Engineer of Leicester in reply to his letter of the 23rd July suggesting an interview to discuss the question involved, viz., the holding up of the water in the Swithland Reservoir.

It was resolved that the chairman and clerk made an appointment with Mr Edwards at an early date. A letter was read out from Mr Warner calling attention to the cleaning out of the Big Dyke, running from Mr Moss's farm to the canal, and the surveyor was instructed to arrange with the Barrow Rural District Council surveyor to get the matter attended to at once.

On the motion of the Chairman, the free use of the Village Hall was granted for September 25th as headquarters for the fancy dress parade, and for dancing in the evening. The funds to be devoted towards providing a Christmas present for every Quorn man serving with the colours. The Clerk reported that the National Registration was proceeding satisfactorily. The voluntary assistance he had received had been excellent in every way.

 Submitted on: 2012-11-13
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1710
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