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Haworth History - Haworth Urban District Council - 1911 - 1920


Haworth Local Board of Health

Haworth Urban District Council 1911 - 1920

 

1911

3rd January, 1911
That the Police be asked to issue a public notice drawing attention to damage done to public lamps and stating that legal proceedings will be instituted against persons doing damage to public lamps or fittings.

That the following plans be approved viz:- 2 dwelling-house in Carr Street for Mr Charles Gilson. 3 W C's in Sun Street for W G E Richards. Alterations to Bridgehouse Mills for Messrs McLaren and Park.

On the motion of Mr Joseph Mitchell seconded by Dr Maggs it was resolved that the Clerk communicate with Colonel Crompton CB, of the Road Board stating that the Council have a stretch of level main road in their district which quickly gets out of repair owing to the heavy Motor and Omnibus traffic which passes over it, and that the Council would feel under obligation to him for any suggestions he may make as to the most effective and economic method of keeping such a piece of road in as good a state of repair a possible under the circumstances.

That during the coming summer months the Gas Manager be instructed to experimentally substitute oxide for line purification of gas.

7th February 1911
That 28 days' notice be served upon the landlord of the Cross Inn property under section 15 of the Housing, Town Planning Act 1909 to make the said property reasonably fit for human habitation as per particulars set out in Council's record of inspection of dwelling-houses.

It was resolved that the repair and widening of Butt Lane from Rawdon St to Main Street be referred to the Highways Committee for consideration and report.

That the Clerk reply to a letter received from the solicitor to the West Riding Rivers Board with reference to house connections to Sewer stating that the Council have the matter in hand and are proceeding with the making of drains for taking of water so that the house drains may be connected to the sewers without having to contend with storm water and that by the end of March the Council will have corrected a considerable number of houses with the sewer to sewage works.

7th March, 1911
It was resolved that the Inspector of Nuisances take every means in his power under The Council By-laws to have abated the nuisance caused by Bone Boiling and fat melting carried on by Messrs Smith and Robertshaw at Barcroft.

That the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Midland Railway Company stating that considerable complaint has been made with regard to the very crowded state of the 5-38pm, passenger train from Keighley at Oxenhope. Every third-class compartment being filled to great inconvenience, as many as 15 and 16 persons being crowded into one compartment.

It was resolved that the Council take the initiative in promoting the celebration in the Council District of the coronation of King George V and that the Clerk write to various public bodies in the District asking them to nominate not more than three delegates to attend a meeting to be called hereafter for the purpose of considering how best to commemorate the King's coronation.

It was resolved that a deputation be appointed to wait upon Mr Michael Herbert Merral of Law house, Haworth for the purpose of asking him to allow his name to be nominated to the Lord Chancellor for appointment as a West Riding Justice of the Peace for the Keighley division and that if he so consents that a petition be forawrded by the Council in his favour to the Lord Chancellor.

25th April, 1911
A special meeting of the Council was held this day at the Council Chamber, Haworth.

The Clerk reported having received from the local Government Board copy of a general order issued by them in connection with the celebration of the Coronation of his Majesty the King, giving sanction to reasonable expenses being incurred by the Council in connection with any loyal address to his Majesty, or otherwise in connection with any public local celebration of the Coronation.

The Clerk also reported having received from the local Coronation Committee a recommendation that the Council contribute to the Coronation fund an amount equal to a penny in the pound on the rateable value of the district. He had also received a request signed by seven members of the Council requesting him to call a special meeting of the Council to consider the recommendation of the Coronation Committee. Mr Robert Timson moved and Dr Maggs seconded that the Council do not make any grant from the rates towards the Coronation festivities. On being put to the meeting the Chairman declared the motion to be carried.

The Clerk reported that there was a balance in hand from the Jubilee fund of 1897 amounting to ?35.13. 1 it was decided to keep the matter in mind in connection with the present Coronation festivities.

30th May, 1911
That Mr Jackson Lee be appointed Road Roller Engine Attendant and to make himself generally useful under the direction of the Surveyor at a weekly wage of 26/-, with one week's holiday a year after first years' service, wages paid.

The Clerk reported having received from the West Riding Highways Committee a communication that they authorised the tar spraying of 12920 square yards of Roads in accordance with application made by the Council on the 4th April last.

That all labourers in the employ of the Council (paid by the hour) be allowed two-and-half days holiday per year and time and quarter for Sunday Labour.

That day men be allowed one week's holiday throughout the year at the discretion of the Gas Manager or surveyor.

That regular stokers be allowed one week's holiday and occasional stokers working part time in this capacity four day's per year, the above conditions to apply only to those who have been in the service of the Council one year.

That the Gas Manager and Surveyor be allowed 10 days' holiday each per year.

The Clerk reported having received a letter from the Town Clerk of Keighley stating that it was reported that the Haworth Coronation Committee were suggesting a beacon fire on Brow moor on Coronation Day and that he was instructed to call the attention of the Council to the fact that the moor is vested in the Corporation as the Lords of the Manor and to ask by what authority it is proposed to use it for such a purpose without the corporation's consent. It was resolved that the Council approved the reply of the Clerk of the 27th May 1911 stating that the Council have made no arrangements whatsoever for a Beacon fire on Brow moor on Coronation Day.

4th July, 1911
It was reported that some person recently had wantonly used a fire alarm box and given a false alarm It was resolved that the Superintendent of Police be asked to issue warning notices, and that the Council offer a reward of 5/- to any person giving such information as will lead to the conviction of any person offending.

The Clerk reported having received from the Home Office an order declaring section 87 (power to Police Constable to break open premises in case of fire) and section 88 (power to Police Officer to control Street traffic at fires) of the public Health acts Amendment Act of 1907 to be in force in the Urban District of Haworth.

28th July, 1911
It was resolved that a meeting of the Council and in committee be called for the purpose of considering the question of a permanent memorial to King Edward and also what form it should take.

5th September, 1911
That the application of Mr John White for registration of The Cross Hotel, Haworth as a lodging house be granted, and that the maximum number of lodgers authorised to be received at any one time be forty six; and that the maximum number of lodgers authorised to be received at any one time into it each of the several rooms in his house, is the number specified in respect of such room in the appropriate column of the following table:-
Ground Storey Room 1 - 9
Ground Storey Room 2 – 7
First Storey
No 1 - 8
No. 2 - 5
No. 3 - 3
No 4 - 14

3 October 1911
The Chairman made reference to the lamented death of Sir John Brigg, member of Parliament for the Keighley division, and to the great and important work done by him in connection with Parliamentary and local matters. It was unanimously resolved by all members rising to their feet, that a vote of sympathy be passed with his family in the bereavement which they have been called upon to bear and that the Clerk be instructed to communicate the resolution to JJ Brigg Esq JP.

That the Council support the West Riding District Councils Association in their opposition to the proposal of the County Council taking over the control of the main roads and that the members of the County Council for this district be asked to vote against the proposal of the County Council.

The question of permanent Memorial in the Council's District in commemoration of the Coronation of King George V as per resolution of the Council had been brought before them for consideration but that it was resolved to pass on to the next business.

It was unanimously resolved that the Clerk communicate with the District Superintendent of the Midland Railway Company with respect to the time of departure of the first train in the morning from Haworth, stating that there were general expressions of dissatisfaction in the district at the early hour at which it leaves vis:- 5-10 am and to ask the company to look into the matter with a view, if possible, for arrangements to be made for the train to leave say 15 or 20 minutes later, as under the present arrangements work people arrive at Keighley by this train half an hour before their time at which the various works commence business.

23rd October 1911
A special meeting of the Council was held this day at the Council chamber, Haworth.

The Council's Keighley Corporation Bill Committee recommended and Dr Maggs moved and Mr Robert Timson seconded that the Council put upon the Keighley Corporation the following obligations as conditions upon which the Council will offer no opposition to the trackless trolley clauses of the Corporation's Bill, viz:-

(1) The Corporation to undertake to commence trackless trolley service in the Council's District within 12 months from the passing of their act failing which that their powers cease.

(2) The Corporation shall if required by the Council sell to them their undertaking on terms say after seven years, if notice be given to the Corporation by the Council within 12 months from the expiration of the seven years; if no such notice be given, then again after 14 years if the Council give notice within 12 months from the expiration of the said 14 years.

(3) The service to be a reasonable one and to the satisfaction of the Council.

(a) as to frequency of running of cars.
(b) suitable car accommodation
(c) as to fares to be charged.
(d) provision of suitable waiting rooms for passengers.
(e) position of standards on Highways in the Council's District to be to the satisfaction of the Council.
(f) widening of Highways where necessary.

In case of difference on any of the above points between the Corporation and the Council an arbitrator to be called in to settle disputes.

7 November 1911
The time of year has now arrived when it is necessary that all trees and hedges overhanging main roads should be lopped or otherwise dressed. It was resolved that the Council Surveyor be instructed to take all necessary steps to lop trees and hedges overhanging the highway in the Council's District where necessary.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Keighley Corporation dated 19 October 1911 stating owing to the prolonged drought they had been reluctantly compelled to give instructions for the water supply to be turned off at 6-30 o'clock each evening commencing (October 20th) until 5 o'clock the following morning.

That 24 copies of poster issued by the Borough of Camberwell with respect to the physical deterioration and alcoholism be purchased and posted in the Council's Urban District.

5 December 1911
The Clerk in accordance with instructions received by him from the Chairman of the Highways Committee reported that he had communicated with the town Clerk of Keighley drawing his attention to the very bad state of the road leading from Haworth along Enfield Side to the new reservoir works of the Corporation, that the bad state was caused by extra ordinary traffic and asking the Corporation what they intend to do in the matter. The Clerk reported having received a reply stating that the roads in question was not so constructed as to be capable of ordinary traffic without getting into bad condition and it was realised that something must be done to put the road into a better state and they suggest in order to meet the Council that the Corporation undertake to maintain the road during its use in connection with the construction of the Water Works and hand it over to the Council at the conclusion in a proper and reasonable state of repair.

On the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Mr George Rushworth it was resolved that the Council support the Daylight Savings Bill. That the passing of the Bill would conduce to the physical, mental and moral and financial welfare of the nation and that it is deserving of the support of all classes of the community. That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to his Majesty's Government accompanied by an expression of hope that will give facilities for the Bill. That a copy of the resolution be also sent to the members of parliament for this division. The motion was carried, Mr Timson only voting against.

1912

2 January 1912
That a summons had been issued against Messrs Smith and Robertshaw in accordance with resolution of last Council meeting with reference to the business of bone boiling at Barcroft and that the case had come before the magistrates of the Keighley bench, when it was decided to inflict a penalty of ?2 and ?3-3-0 costs, the defendants undertaking to discontinue bone boiling, and had promised to remove the boiling plants from the premises. The Clerk laid before the Council a report of this case, by the Council Solicitor dated 22nd December. It was resolved to instruct the Council's Inspector of Nuisances to regularly visit the premises at different times of the day and make note of his observations, also of complaints if any are made by the residents in the neighbourhood and report from time to time to the sanitary Committee.

It was unanimously resolved that the Clerk be instructed to communicate with the General Manager of the Keighley tramways stating the question had been raised of the unseemly rushes which are made for the Lees and Cross Roads Omnibus, especially those leaving Ingrow late on Saturday nights, that serious complaints have been made by residents in the Council's District of women being ruthlessly pushed on one side in the rush to gain seats, and that on a recent Saturday night it was feared some of the women would be injured, and respectfully suggest that the Corporation erect a suitable queue gangway at Ingrow terminus similar to the one erected by the Corporation close to the Devonshire hotel for the Oakworth Omnibus.

17th January 1912
there is a danger of the supply and pressure of water to Haworth being diminished by reason of the proposed intersection of a line of pipes from Lord Lane and Tim Lane to Hog Holes Lane as set out in work number 6 paragraph 8 there is no evidence of the supply of water to Cross Roads and Lees being improved by the line of pipes.

The Committee recommend that the Council oppose any interference with the iron pipe leading from Denby Hill to Church Hills Reservoir under clause 1 of the agreement set out in the first schedule of the Keighley Corporation act 1891.

The Council ought to apply for an Electric Lighting Order covering the whole of their gas supply district. That the Council make application forthwith to the Board of Trade for a provisional order under the Electric Lighting Acts 1882/1889 authorising the Council to supply electrical energy for public and private purposes, either for lighting or motive power within the District of Haworth Urban Council, within the area of the Oxenhope Urban District Council and such portion of the Oakworth Urban District Council for which areas the Haworth Urban District Council have authority to supply gas.

2 February 1912
it was resolved that the Council to take the necessary steps for opposing in the next session of parliament a Bill promoted I the Corporation of Keighley to empower the Mayor Alderman and Burgesses of the Borough to construct further Water Works and Street improvement to provide and work a Trolley Vehicle System, to provide and work Motor Omnibuses on additional routes, to extend the powers of the Corporation with regard to the health, Local Government and improvement of the Borough, to vest the Keighley Institute in the Corporation and for other purposes. The Chairman declared the resolution to be carried, all present voting for it except W Joseph Gott who voted against.

6 February 1912
It was resolved that steps be taken to purchase Sowdens farm and that the subcommittee already appointed to consider question be empowered to effect a purchase of the farm.

The Clerk reported receipt of a resolution passed at a public meeting in the co-operative Hall on 31 January 1912 of which the following is a copy:

"That this public meeting of Parish and Ratepayers of Lees, Cross Roads and Bocking do here by request the Haworth Urban District Council at as early a date as possible to forward a resolution to the West Riding County Council requesting them to cancel the bye law raising the age for employment of children to 14 years or on passing the seventh standard to 12 years." It was resolved that the Council support the resolution from the public meeting and communicate with the Education Committee of the West Riding County Council asking them to support their request that the bye law in question be cancelled and further that the Clerk communicate with the Worth Valley Education Sub Committee and asked them to support the Council's action in the matter.

The District Superintendent of the Midland Railway Company had waited upon him with regard to the complaints made by the Council with respect to the early-morning train from Haworth to Keighley and want of proper lighting and heating of the morning trains. The District Superintendent stated that the matter referred to had received the careful consideration of himself personally, and of the Department at Derby, but the company could not see their way to run the early-morning train later as requested as it would interfere with the connections North and South at Keighley, and that the only way to overcome the difficulty will be to run a special train and this the company declined to do owing to the expense involved. He stated that the lighting and heating of the early morning trains would be improved and that he would look into the complaint of the 5-48 train from Oxenhope running late.

The Clerk reported receipt of a communication with respect to the Daylight Savings Bill, containing a request that the Council write to members of parliament for their district asking them to give the Bill their chance in the ballot for Private members bills next session.

5 March 1912
The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the Local Government Board enclosing a copy of a general order dated 10 February 1912, with amending regulations as to cut out device for use on motor cars, with a view to reducing the noises which would otherwise be caused by the escape of gases.

The Clerk reported having received a communication dated February 23, 1912, from the Independent Labour Party (Haworth branch) with a copy of resolution protesting against the increase of officer salaries; also a copy of resolution passed at a public meeting on 29 February 1912, expressing disapproval of the action of the Council in granting an increase of salary to the Clerk, and other matters with reference to increase of salaries, and expressing the opinion that the Council should make application to the West Riding County Authority to revise the seal of election expenses, with a view to reduction of same.

25th March 1912
That the Clerk write to the secretary of the Keighley Co-operative Society drawing their attention to the very fast driving of their motor van when in the Council's District, and point out that on Wednesday morning last about 10-30 a.m. an accident which might have had serious results was only narrowly averted.

That the action of the Gasworks Subcommittee in issuing posters to the gas consumers in the Council's gas supply district, asking them to be economic in the use of gas during the coal strike be approved.

16 April 1912
The question of proposed joint cemetery for Haworth and Keighley at Whins top farm and report to highways committee.

7 May 1912
That the Clerk reply to communication received from the Anti-bearing Rein Association stating that the Council have decided to discontinue the use of Hame-rein on their cart horses harness and have agreed that the Council allow their name to be added to the list of Urban District Councils who have decided to discontinue the use of the Hame rein on their cart horses.

That the communications received from various persons with reference to claims for alleged loss sustained by reason of steam road engine sticking fast in portion of highway of Keighley Road, Cross Roads be referred to the Council’s Solicitor to deal with as he may advise.

The Surveyor reported that he had obtained permission to erect two motor danger signals at Side Bar and that the work had been carried out.

The Water Works Superintendent reported that it was his intention to empty Hough reservoir tomorrow. It was resolved that the water Subcommittee takes steps to have the inflow of water at the bottom of the reservoir gauged while it is empty.

Dr Maggs had given notice of motion as follows, "to order that the Council apply to the local government board for bye laws to enable the Council to effectively deal with nuisances caused by animals straying upon streets and highways in the district". Dr Maggs decided to withdraw his motion for the present.

4 June 1912
that the old tool house behind the Council's offices be altered and made suitable for central fire station and that the Fire Brigade Sub Committee be empowered to carry out the work necessary at an estimated cost of ?12.

That the Council approved of the steps proposed to be taken by the Harden Moor Allotments Charity to apply to the charity commissioners for an order to transfer to the trustees of the Harden Moor Allotments certain allotments as set out in the letter from the Clerk to the said trustees dated 9th May 1912.

6 August 1912
That complaint be made to the Keighley Corporation of the nuisance caused by the dropping of petrol and grease from their omnibuses at Lees terminus.

That application be made to the County highways committee for permission to fix an adjustable door on one side of the wall of bridge near railway station for the purpose of snow tipping in winter.

That the attention of the Keighley Corporation be drawn to the coal shaft on Haworth Moor, near to Hill Top, on the Enfield Side Road and ask them to protect the same as required by section 26 of the coal mines act 1911.

That 28 days notice be served upon the owner of the Black Bull Hotel, Main Street, requiring him to provide proper and efficient drainage to the stables belonging to the Hotel.

That the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to make smoke observations, and that he inform the owners of factories in the district that the Council are taking the matter of nuisances caused by smoke into their consideration and that he be requested to report on the matter to the next meeting of this committee.

The inspector reported that the West Riding Education Committee were prepared to fit the sanitary conveniences at the Haworth central school with water closet arrangements if the Council would provide sewer. It was decided to refer the matter to the sewerage Subcommittee to consider the best way of doing this.

3 September 1912
On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr James Greenwood it was resolved that the attention of the Superintendent of Police be called to the damage to gas lamp lanterns in the Council's District by stone throwing, especially in the Vale Mill Lane district and that he be informed that the Council will follow up with prosecution such cases as the Police may report.

1 October 1912
the Chairman of the Council reported receipt by him of a letter from the agents of Mr Green Emmott as follows:-

Hill House
Cawthorne Barnsley
Rawdon Estate

28th September 1912

Dear Sir,

I have much pleasure in informing you that Mr Green Emmott would be glad to present the township of Haworth with the small plots of enclosed land situated in the road known as Mytholmes Lane with a view to enabling the Council to improve the amenities of the street, which somewhat restricted at the present time owing to the existence of this enclosure. I may add that it is a special pleasure to Mr Green Emmott to be able to make this gift through you in your dual capacity as tenant on his estate, and Chairman of the Haworth Council, and he will be pleased if you will advise the Council of this gift, at their next meeting.

Yours truly Mr JH Holdsworth, J Herbert Pardoe

Mill Hill, Haworth

That the application of the Keighley Corporation for permission to erect temporary buildings (other than dwellings) in connection with Sladen Valley water works as per their letter to the Council of 4 September 1912 be granted.

That tenders for the supply of gas coal as followed be accepted, viz:-

Henry Ellison Ltd 500 tons Manvers Main Best Washed and Double Screened Gas Nuts at 13/7 per ton.

1 October 1912
That the question of purchasing a second-hand gas engine for driving the Exhauster is and Wasters be left in the hands of the Gasworks Subcommittee, with power to purchase the same, at an estimated cost of ?20, also the disposing of the present steam engine, when necessary as they may decide.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication with reference to the Daylight Saving Bill. It was resolved that letters be written to the Members of Parliament for the Keighley and Otley divisions urging them to give the Bill their chance in the ballot for Private members bills next session, and that a communication be sent to the Prime Minister reminding the Government of the Council's resolution in favour of the Bill and expressing their desire that facilities may be offered for the consideration of the Bill by the House of Commons before next spring.

5 November 1912
That the Council offer to cleanse road at Hebden Bridge road where the Keighley motor bus stops for the sum of two shillings per week.

That 28 days notice be served on the executors of the late Mr Enoch Brown requiring them to remedy the damp condition of houses number 9 to 31 Vale mill Lane.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Midland Railway Company stating that the engineer regrets he cannot see his way to recommend the company to make any special contribution towards the proposed flagging of footpath along Station Road beyond the share of the company as ratepayers.

1913

7 January 1913
that Messrs Joseph Gott, CP Ross and Joseph Mitchell and the Council Surveyor be deputed to a few other districts where the Trackless Trolley System is in operation and obtain as much information as possible with regard to the working of such systems before the Keighley Corporation begin to install their Trackless Trolley System in the Lees and Cross Roads District.

That a hand rail be fixed on the side of the new wall at the top of Butt Lane, and another along the side of the wall belonging to the Gasworks Committee in Apsley St.

4 March 1913
with reference to the letter received from Mr Arthur Toothill claiming the fence wall which bounded the plot of land given to the Council by Mr Green Emmott on the South side thereof, the committee viewed the site and had also an interview with Mr Toothill recommended that the wall be taken down and rebuilt in a line with the property of the late Mr Sam Sutcliffe and Mr Toothill in the event of buildings being placed on the vacant ground owned by Mr Toothill he be allowed to place a flag footway in a line with the existing flagging between the two properties as per plan prepared by the Council surveyor.

20 March 1913
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Borough of Keighley with reference to suggested joint cemetery at Whins Top farm stating that the cemetery committee of the Corporation after carefully considering the matter had come to the conclusion that they cannot recommend the Town Council to accept the terms contained in the Haworth Council's letter of 6 November last. It was resolved that the Council take no further steps in the matter at present.

That the plan of proposed sewer from Central Schools and Lower Mill Hill be approved, and that tenders be invited for carrying out the work, such work being sewage capital account estimated cost ?87-18-1.

The Bridgehouse Mills Company Ltd having made verbal application for permission to connect manure tank at Bridgehouse farm, with the Council's sewer. It was resolved that such permission be not given.

That the application of the Haworth Hippodrome Ltd for water be granted on the usual terms.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the charity commission enclosing official copy of the scheme established by order of that board dated 4 March 1913 for administration of allotments under the enclosure awards, number of scheme B 87089.

13 April 1913
The Highways Subcommittee reported on the offer of land made by the agent to the Rawdon estate that he would gladly agree to the Council's proposal to widen Belle Isle Road as explained to him by Mr Holdsworth and agreeing to allow the Council free of cost land required for the purpose, provided a satisfactory boundary wall is erected. It was unanimously resolved to accept the offer and the Clerk was instructed to write a letter to Mr Pardoe thanking him for the gift of land necessary for the purpose, and further stating that the Council fully appreciate his kindness in granting these concessions for public improvements which the Council feel add to the estate as well as being benefit to the public.

6 May 1913
that the improvement line on West side of Belle Isle Road from the Shepherds on the Mount Lodge to the existing retaining wall near Mr Magson's house be carried out.

3 June 1913
It was resolved to approve plan of proposed WC's and Ash places to houses in Hebden Bridge road for the Shepherds on the Mount Lodge.

The finance and general purpose committee recommended and on the motion of Mr Joseph Mitchell seconded by Mr J H Holdsworth it was resolved that this Council having in view the cheaper transit facilities due to Canal development in Germany, France and Belgium, the countries chiefly competing with our manufacturers in our own and foreign markets, the congested conditions of transit of heavy and bulky goods in this country and the consequent hindrance so made, urges the Government to take immediate action upon the report and recommendations of the Royal Commission on Canals, appointed upon their advice, by introducing a bill to give immediate effect to paragraph 973 subsections 1 and 2 of the report which recommends the appointment of the Waterways Board and the acquisition by the state of the four ? or main canal routes (referred to as "the Cross" rep par 485). That a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister, and to the Members of Parliament for the divisions of Keighley and Otley with a request to support any proceedings which may be taken in the House to give effect to the above resolution, and that the Secretary of the Waterways Association be advised.

1 July 1913
It was resolved that the seal of the Council be affixed to memorandum of agreement as proposed by Mr William Dewhirst, with respect to the erection of Pulsometer adjoining Fallwood brewery at a point abutting upon the Bridgehouse Beck, such agreement not in any way to prejudice or affect any claims of right of road through and over the site of the said Pulsometer by the owners of Fallwood brewery.

The collector reported that Mr Edgar Charles Wilson had erected a Portable Theatre on land in Butt Lane. It was resolved in accordance with the power given to the Council by section 60 of the Council's Private act of 1872, to assess the said Portable Theatre at ?40, and that the collector be instructed to insert the assessment with the name of Mr Edgar Charles Wilson in the current rate.

5 August 1913
That the offer of Messrs Merrall and Son Ltd to provide at their own cost, new material for paving the portion of road at the top of South View disturbed by the sewering be accepted, and that the Council lay the same without charge.

That the application for water for plasterers work in connection with the erection of Picture Theatre made by Mr Harry Metcalfe be granted on the usual terms.

2 September 1913
That the wages of the driver of the steam road roller be increased to 28/- per week.

That 50 lamps be changed from ordinary flat flame burners to incandescent and that the position of the changes be left to the discretion of the surveyor.

That the salary of the Surveyor to the Council be increased from 45/- per week 50/- per week, the plan book showing the sewers and drains of the district made by him during the period he was Clerk of works for the sewering of the district, to become the property of the Council.

The Clerk stated that he had received from the Superintendent of Police reports and statements against Willie Adams and 20 youths for damage to Street lamps in Lord Lane. Mr F H Holdsworth moved and Mr Joseph Gott seconded that legal proceedings be instituted against the boys. As an amendment Mr G Riley moved and Mr Alfred Wood seconded that the boys be asked to appear before the Council and be warned and requested to pay the value of the damage done. On the amendment being put to the meeting there voted for: Messers Joseph Mitchell, Robert Timson, J H Pickles, Ineson Taylor, James Reilly, T Binns and Alfred Wood. Against. Messers James Ackroyd, John A Murgatroyd, Harry Binns, Dr Maggs, James Greenwood, Charles P Ross, George Rushworth, P H Holdsworth and Joseph Gott. The Chairman declared the amendment to be lost. He then put the original motion when nine members who voted against the amendment voted for the resolution. There were none against the Chairman declared the original motion to be carried.

It was resolved that the Clerk reply to the communication received from the County Council with reference to application received by them for Cinematograph licence for the Haworth Hippodrome stating that the Council as the sanitary authority have no objections to raise to the granting of the said licence.

On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr Ineson Taylor it was resolved that the Council accept the offer of Mr John Heaton to provide 7 WC's in place of four pail closets as at present to houses at Hebden Road belonging to him on condition that the Council pay the cost of the plumbing work of the 4 new WC's.

In accordance with notice of motion given by Mr Harry Binns he moved and Mr Joseph Mitchell seconded that a committee be appointed to take into consideration the question of purchasing or leasing of land for pleasure for recreation purposes and report to the Council. On the resolution being put to the meeting the Chairman declared it to be unanimously carried.

7 October 1913
The Clerk reported result of the proceedings taken against four boys for damage to gas lamps in Lord Lane and that Willie Adams, James Parker, Richard Metcalfe and Reggie Booth had been fined by the magistrate 7/6 each. It was resolved that the parents of the remaining 17 boys be each required to pay a share of the damage done and cost incurred, as per promise contained in their letter to the Council dated 25th August 1913, and that in consideration of the parents paying 3/6 each, no further proceedings be instructed.

4 November 1913
That the question of repair of footpath through fields to Greenfield be referred to the Highways Committee for consideration.

2 December 1913
That a letter be written to Mr Pardoe, Mr Green Emmotts agent, calling his attention to the unsatisfactory condition of the public footpath leading from Mill Hill to Mytholmes, which is very extensively travelled, and further that the Council are given to understand that the footpath leading from Mill Hill to South View is the property of the Keighley Corporation, and if so, the Council would be glad to know if the Keighley Corporation are under obligation to keep the footpath in repair, and that the Council Surveyor will be glad to confer with him over the matter next time he is in the district; that the Clerk further state that the Council do not anticipate that the necessary repairs will be very expensive.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication dated 25th November 1913, from the Board of Trade ? A copy of regulations and bylaws made by the Board in regard to the use of electrical power in connection with the trackless trolley system under the Keighley Corporation tramways order 1903 and the Keighley Corporation act 1913.

That the plan of Bake House proposed to be erected in Back Alma Street for Mr John a Parker be approved.

18 December 1913
The Clerk lay before the meeting a communication which he had received from Messers Baker & Co, Parliamentary Agents, drawing the Council's attention to an application which will be made to Parliament next session by the Yorkshire Electric Power Company whereby they seek to obtain a monopoly of supply of electricity over the Council's District without coming under obligation to supply.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the home office with reference to storage and use of celluloid and celluloid articles. In view of the nearness of the Christmas shopping season, it was resolved that the Clerk arrange to have posted in the district, a poster dealing with the question, also that he issue a pamphlet on the subject to Drapers, Chemists, Jewellers, Dealers in Fancy Toys, Photographic Films etc in the Council's area.

1914

6 January 1914
That the Council support the Public Rights of Way Bill and forward copies of resolution as suggested in letter from the Commons and Footpaths Preservation Society dated December 22, 1913.

That the lamp at the bottom of Greenfield Terrace be removed about two yards nearer the farmhouse, and that this lamp and the next along Greenfield be converted to incandescent so as to improve the lighting of the public footpath.

The Clerk reported that the agreement with the Haworth Hippodrome Ltd with reference to drain under Belle Isle Road had been completed and was now in his possession.

That the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to sell old excreta cart belonging to the Council to Mr GR Hall at the best price possible, he to undertake to use it in the Council service under his scavenging contract.

The Clerk reported that in accordance with instructions received by him from this committee at their last meeting he had requested the liquidator of Messers Tom Kershaw and Son Ltd to furnish the Council with a summary of his receipt and payments as liquidator of the said company, and that he had replied that he would do so on payment of a fee of ?1-1-0. That the Clerk had offered to wait upon the liquidator at his own office to inspect either accounts or a summary thereof, and report thereon to the Council, that the liquidator had replied that he had nothing further to add to his letter of 2 December.

The question of provision of recreation grounds raised at previous meetings of the Council received consideration. Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr C P Ross seconded that the time is inappropriate for the establishment of recreation grounds, that the scheme be abandoned, and the committee appointed by the Council to consider the matter be disolved. As an amendment Mr Harry Binns moved and Mr James Reilly seconded that Captain Emmott be approached with the object of purchasing or leasing certain lands abutting upon Bridgehouse Lane, and Butt Lane for recreation ground purposes. On being put to the meeting the Chairman declared the amendment to be lost. As a further amendment Mr JK Holdsworth moved and Mr Harry Binns seconded that the consideration of the question be adjourned for six months. On being put to the meeting the Chairman declared the amendment to be lost. On the original motion being put to the meeting he declared it to be carried.

3 February 1914
It was decided that the Surveyor make application to spray the whole of Halifax road, from Keighley boundary to the old brick works at Wicken Cragg, and from St James’ church to mid way between Side Bar and Hawcliffe, and the Toller Lane main road same as last year.

The Clerk read a letter from Mr Pardoe in reply to his communication referring to liability to repair public footpath leading from Mill Hill to Mytholmes and public footpath leading from Mill Hill to South View. Mr Pardoe stated there was no obligation on the part of the Keighley Corporation to repair, that the freehold in the footpaths belong to Mr Green Emmott, that the footpaths exist solely for the convenience of the public and submitted that they should be repaired by the Local Authority. He said that he would be prepared to meet a deputation of the Council to discuss matters arising at the next audit on 2nd March next.

On the motion of Mr Robert Timson seconded by Mr Thomas Duerden it was resolved that the Council do take the necessary steps for opposing in the next session of Parliament a Bill promoted by the Yorkshire Electric Power Company to confer further powers on the said company. On the motion of Mr Robert Timson seconded by Mr James Reilly it was resolved that the seal of the Council be fixed to the Council's petition against the Bill for presentation to the Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled.

March 24, 1914
That a committee be appointed to meet Keighley Corporation with respect to their proposal to apply for an order under section 11 of the Electric Lighting Act 1882, empowering the Corporation to supply electricity for all purposes in certain surrounding districts including the District of the Haworth Council, and report to the Council, the Clerk and Solicitor to be added to the committee.

April 7, 1914
That the lighting of the public lamps cease on Wednesday, April 29, 1914.

That slaughterhouse licences for the insulin year as follows, be granted, viz

Mr John Green, Haworth road, Mr Feather Hartley, building off Haworth road, Mr JK Holdsworth, Prince Street, Mr John Murgatroyd, Ivy bank Lane, Mr George Stoney, Bridgehouse Lane top, Mr John Snowdon, Barcroft.

April 21, 1914
It was resolved that the Clerk to the Council take the chair "pro-term"
Mr George Rushworth moved and Dr Maggs seconded that Mr James Ackroyd be appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year. As an amendment Mr James Greenwood moved and Mr Harry Binns seconded the Mr J A Holdsworth be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year. On the amendment being put to the meeting there voted for Messers Ezekill Uttley, Ineson Taylor, John A Murgatroyd, Harry Binns, James Greenwood, Charles P Ross, Joseph Mitchell, J A Pickles, J A Holdsworth and Thomas Duerden. Against, Messers Dr Maggs, George Rushworth, William Bannister, James Riley, Thomas Binns and Alfred Wood. The Chairman declared the original motion to be lost, the amendment therefore became the substantive motion. As a further amendment Mr John a Murgatroyd moved and Mr James Riley seconded that Mr Thomas Duerden be Chairman for the ensuing year. There voted for Messers James Ackroyd, Ezekill Uttley, John A Murgatroyd, Dr A Maggs, George Rushworth, William Bannister, James Riley, Thomas Binns, Thomas Duerden and Alfred Wood. Against Messers C P Ross, Harry Binns, Joseph Mitchell, J A Pickles and J A Holdsworth. The Chairman declared this further amendment to be carried and became the substantive motion. As a further amendment Mr C P Ross moved and Mr James Greenwood seconded that Mr Harry Binns be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year. There voted for Messers Ineson Taylor, James Greenwood, Charles P Ross, J A Pickles and J A Holdsworth. Against Messers James Ackroyd, Ezekill Uttley, O H A Maggs, William Bannister, James Riley, Thomas Binns and Alfred Wood. The Chairman declared the amendment to be lost. On the motion for the appointment of Mr Thomas Duerden being put to the meeting the Chairman declared it to be unanimously carried.

Mr Thomas Duerden moved Mr Thomas Binns seconded that Mr James Ackroyd be appointed Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year. As an amendment Mr Charles P Ross moved and Mr Ineson Taylor seconded that Mr J A Holdsworth be appointed Vice-Chairman. On the motion being put to the meeting the Chairman declared Mr James Ackroyd to be appointed Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year.

June 9, 1914
That a petition be forwarded to the West Riding Highways Committee incorporating suitable particulars and asking for the section of highway known as Lees Hill extending between the junction of Haworth and Lees and Hebden main road for a distance of 308 yards to the crossing at Messers Merrall's offices, Lees Mill to be declared a main road.

That a public seat be erected on the West side of the cemetery at an estimated cost of 30/-.

The Highways Committee reported that they had taken into consideration the documents received from the Road Board with regard to the classification of roads and special reference to the taking of traffic census return. Mr Redmond reported that he had received a telephone message from the County Surveyor stating that his department would take the traffic census returns on Main roads.

The Electricity Committee recommended that the Council make application on or before the 21st day of December next to the Board of Trade for a provisional order under the Electric Lighting Acts 1882 to 1909 to enable the Council to supply electrical energy for all public and private purposes throughout their district.

July 7, 1914
that Messers James Ackroyd, Thomas Duerden, Charles P Ross and James Riley be appointed a committee to recommend a suitable place for erection of a urinal in Belle Isle Road.

That the letter dated 2nd July 1914 received from the contractors for the construction of the Lower Laithe reservoir be referred to the Council Solicitor with instructions to find out clearly what purpose the erection of the bridge and the laying of pipes named in the said letter are required and further that the letter be referred to the Highways Committee with executive powers to act as they may decide and that the Council’s Solicitor be requested to look into the application, attend the committee, and advise the committee thereon.

August 4, 1914
Dr Maggs was called way from the meeting soon after its commencement, by telegram, requiring his attendance forthwith to assist in examination of Territorials called together by proclamation of his Majesty the King.

That permission be granted to Messers Morrison and Mason Ltd contractors, to make a subway under the highway leading from Haworth to Enfield Side, subject to an agreement being drawn up by W Dewhirst, solicitors, safeguarding the Council from liability in case of accident. That Messers Morrison and Mason Ltd, contractors, be also allowed to make a small subway under road at a point150 yards off Hill Top Farm on Enfield Side Road for the purpose of a rope race.

That the draft agreement between the Council and Messers Morrison and Mason Ltd and prepared by the Council Solicitor with reference to making of a subway and other works at Haworth Moor Road, be approved.

That 1750 handbills with respect to "how to get rid of flies" be purchased at an estimated cost of 30/-, and that the Inspector of Nuisances be requested to see that they are distributed from house to house in the Council's Urban District.

That the plan of proposed public urinal in Belle Isle be approved, subject to the site being 30 feet away from the present boundary wall of the Council yard, the urinal to be a four stand one, estimated cost be ?34-0-0.

That the Council accept the offer of WJH Haggas to allow the Council to tip in a Clough leading from Lees to the sewage farm, and that the Council Solicitor be instructed to draft agreement and submit the same to this committee.

That five fire alarm bells be fixed in fireman's houses and in connection with the central station at an estimated cost of ?7-10-0.

September 1, 1914
that Mr George Stoney, be offered, without prejudice, ?3-0-0 in settlement of his claim against the Council for stoppage alleged to have been made by the Council in drain to his property at Bridgehouse Lane top.

That the lighting season commence August 27, 1914 and that the Lamplighters be paid from 24 August 1914, and that they clean the lamps ready for lighting.

Mr JH Holdsworth moved and Mr James Riley seconded that the question of reported encroachment upon highway in Main Street, by the erection of a hoarding be referred to the Highways Subcommittee for consideration.

That the Council Surveyor wait upon the owners of the footpath from Hebden road to Lower Brow farm and request them to put the same into a proper state of repair.

The Electricity Committee reported that they had appointed Mr Walter Emmott, Consulting Engineer of Halifax, to give all necessary assistance as electrical engineer up to a point of the Council obtaining from the Board of Trade a provisional order authorising the Council to supply electricity for public and private purposes within their Urban District area.

September 4, 1914
With reference to the minute No 203 passed at the last meeting of the Council making arrangements for local facilities for subscriptions being received to the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund, it was resolved that the whole of the members of the Council be appointed a committee to make and carry out the arrangements.

October 6, 1914
that the Council allow the use of the Council room or other available room, free of charge, as required by the Local Secretaries of Soldiers and Sailors Families Association and Territorials and Reservists at the war.

November 3, 1914
That the morning lighting of public lamps in the Council's District be commenced on 18 November 1914.

That the plan of proposed engineering works at Cross Roads for the Standard Electrical Company be approved.

The War Relief Distress Committee appointed by the Council reported that up to date ?366-18-3 had been received. It was resolved that ?350 of this amount be remitted to the general fund in London.

The Clerk read a communication from the Urban District Council of Royton with reference to the European War and Provision for Soldiers and Sailors Dependents, when it was resolved that whilst fully appreciating the great pressure of work which the Government has been called upon to undertake arising out of the sudden outbreak of war, this Council respectfully desires to bring to their notice the overwhelming consensus of opinion in this District in favour of the Government making adequate provision out of the State Funds for

(a) all dependents of men who have joined the Colours.

(a) all men permanently injured and

(a) all dependents of those killed or lost through the war.

That a copy of this resolution a forwarded to the Prime Minister the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for War and the local members of Parliament.

On the recommendation of the electricity committee and on the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Mr Thomas Duerden it was unanimously resolved that the compulsory area in which electric lines shall be laid down under the proposed order, be from Ebor Lane Top, Mill Hey and Station Road, terminating at the end of Station Road adjoining Bridgehouse railway bridge.

December 1, 1914
It was resolved that the consent of the Council be given to the Post Office Telegraphs, to the execution of works of the erection and maintenance of one pole in curb North side of West Lane, one pole near wall South side of West Lane, one pole near the wall North East side of Main Street, and one pole near wall South West side of Main Street, as per plan agreed between the Superintending Engineer of Post Office Telegraphs and the Council surveyor.

The Electricity Committee reported that they had instructed Parliamentary Agents to incorporate in the Council's electricity provisional order, a list of private streets in the Council's District, which the Council may want to break into for the purpose of giving a supply of electricity.

The Clerk reported further receipts on account of H. R. H. Prince of Wales War Relief Fund since the last meeting of the Council amounting to ?22-12-0.

1915

January 12, 1915
Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr James Riley seconded that application be made to the Board of Trade for a provisional order to empower the Urban District Council of Haworth to supply electricity for lighting and other purposes within the area of the Urban District of Haworth, and that the Clerk to the Council and the solicitor to the Council take the necessary steps in connection therewith.

Dr Maggs moved and Mr John A Murgatroyd seconded that the Council do oppose the application of the Keighley Corporation to the board of trade for a provisional order for the supply of electricity in the Urban District Of Haworth and for power to break up streets and roads in Haworth for the purpose of supply of Oxenhope and that the solicitor be instructed to take all necessary steps.

January 29, 1915
Mr Joseph Mitchell moved and Dr Maggs seconded that the Council to take the necessary steps for opposing in the next session of Parliament a Bill provided by the Yorkshire Electric Power Company to confer further powers on the said company by the said Bill, the short like of which is thereon cited as the Yorkshire Electric Power Act 1915.

February 2, 1915
That the position of any workman joining His Majesty's Forces be kept open for him, and that any workman who is engaged in place of a workman so joining His Majesty Forces, that he be informed that he is only temporarily engaged.

Mr George Rushworth moved and Mr John A Murgatroyd seconded that the best thanks of the Council be given to the Rev T W Storey for his kindness in giving lecture on behalf of the Prince of Wales Fund, also to the Lanternist Trustees of the Mill Hey School and to the soloist for the part they took in the lectures. The Chairman declared the motion to be unanimously carried.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from Mr Barnett, engineer of the Sladen Valley Water Works enclosing ordnance maps showing in distinctive colouring the portions of lands which the Corporation have recently bought from the several landowners in the neighbourhood, also enclosing a schedule of particulars of occupiers of the lands and acreage etc. It was resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to Mr Barnett for the information.

March 2, 1915
That the lighting of public lamps be discontinued as from 24th of February 1915.

That the Council make a claim for extraordinary traffic over Cemetery Road caused by the construction of the Sladen Valley Reservoir, and that the Clerk communicate with the Keighley Corporation or the contractors as the case may be.

That all Lamp Columns, Trolley Standards and Telephone Poles be painted a light colour, about 6’ 6" from the ground when next painted; and that the Post Office Authorities and the Keighley Corporation

March 23, 1915
That Dr Maggs and Mr James Ackroyd be appointed to negotiate with the agent or solicitor of Sir Francis Sharp Powell, with a view to securing site for tip at Cragg road and report to this committee.

May 4, 1915
The Clerk laid before the meeting communication from the West Riding County Council Education Department with reference to Army Separation Allowances for children over 16 years of age.

May 18th 1915
On the recommendation of the Electricity Committee and on the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Dr Maggs it was resolved that the Council do not proceed with the opposition to the Keighley Electricity Extension Order, unless in the opinion of the committee some further grounds for opposition arises.

June 15, 1915
Mr James Ackroyd moved and Mr James Riley seconded that the Council's Electricity Committee be instructed to proceed with the Council's opposition in Parliament to the Keighley Electric Lighting (Extension) Order.

September 7, 1915
The Clerk stated that he had received from the Superintendent of Police for the Keighley Division and report that certain boys had wilfully damaged a fence wall in Belle Isle the property of the Council, he further reported that the Highways Committee had requested the boys to attend before the Council. Eight boys appeared before the Council and the Chairman severely reprimanded them, the Council preferred in this case to have the boys before them, rather than bring them before the Magistrates Keighley.

That the application of Mr Anderson Midgley of 57 Cross Roads for Petroleum Licence to keep petroleum for own use and sale by retail, in premises next to Mr Walker Midgley’s stables at Cross Roads be granted for 12 months, in a quantity not exceeding 50 gallons.

That the application of Messers Sam Bolton and Frank Brown for petroleum licence, to keep petroleum in a stone closet, Haworth road, be not granted on the ground that the premises in the opinion of the Council are not suitable for the purpose proposed.

The Clerk reported that the work required to be done under the National Registration Act 1915, so far as the Council's District was concerned had been completed, and returns dealing with the classification of occupations of males and females, living in the Council's District between the ages of 15 and 65 had been furnished to the Registrar General and that certificate of registration had been issued to all persons whose returns had been received, numbering in the total male 1890, females 2652.

November 2, 1915
The Clerk reported having received a communication dated the 30th October 1915, from the West Riding County Council with reference to scheme for the appointment of the War Agricultural Committee. The communication stated that where there is a considerable amount of agricultural land there should be a District Subcommittee appointed consisting of some members of the District Council and also persons representative of the agricultural interests and that at least one woman should be included on the District Committee.

The Clerk laid before the Council a letter from the Local Government board dated 26 October 1915, with reference to recruiting and local committees, stating that it would be the duty of the committee to be appointed by the Council to do all in their power to assist local Recruiting Authorities to secure men for the Army, and to consider questions which may arise of individual cases with regard to the enlistment of men.

December 7, 1915
That the accounts for gas supplied two houses occupied by Belgium refugees in the Council's Urban District be remitted.

On the recommendation of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and on the motion of Mr Thomas Duerden seconded by Mr James Ackroyd it was unanimously resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to Miss Ratcliffe and all who have assisted her in organising and carrying out collection in the Haworth District, other than Lees and Cross Roads, on behalf of "Russia's Day" on November 20 which realised ?14-0-11.

1916

February 1, 1916
That the Council cannot see their way to assent to the fixing of electric standards by the Keighley Corporation on the West side of highway as shown on plans submitted by them to the Council, and suggest that the Corporation submit a new plan showing the standards on the East side of the highway.

That a reply be given to the War Agricultural Sub committee with reference to relaxation of regulations for keeping pigs, stating that as the Council's bylaws are already 40 feet below the suggestions of the Local Government Board, the Council cannot see their way in interests of public health, to still further reduce the distance.

Mr Ineson Taylor, as representative of the Council on the Keighley and Bingley Joint Hospital Board, reported on the suggestions which have been made to the board on the question of the hospital being used as a Base Hospital for wounded soldiers. On the motion of Mr Ineson Taylor seconded by Dr Maggs it was resolved that for the guidance of the Council of representatives on the Keighley and Bingley joint Hospital Board that the Council give sympathetic expression of opinion is as to the suggestions that have been made that the hospital be used as a Base Hospital for receiving and healing wounded soldiers.

That the application of Mr William Burgoyne (on behalf of the Navvy Mission Society) for supply of water to Navvy Mission rooms, West Lane, be granted at a yearly charge of 10/-.

That in case the Council receive new instructions either from the Police or Military Authorities with respect to the lighting that the matter be referred to the Gasworks Subcommittee to issue such notices to gas consumers or otherwise act as they may decide best.

The Clerk reported that he had received from the Local Government Board urging communications under the Military Service Act 1916 requiring the Council, as the Local Registration Authority under the National Registration act 1915, within seven days from the date of the order made by the Kings Most Excellent Majesty in Council, to appoint a tribunal for the Council's District consisting of not less than five nor more than 25 members, 6 act for the local registration district of Haworth.

March 21, 1916
Mr Thornton handed to the Council, to be forwarded to the treasurer of the Belgium Famine Fund, the sum of ?45 amount collected from house to house in the Council's District for the months of January and February. It was resolved that the best thanks of the Council be given to the committee and officers for the splendid and successful efforts which have been put forth in the Council's District, resulting up to the present in the sum of ?100 being contributed.

April 6, 1916
That the question of appeals for men of military age employed at the Gasworks, be left to the Chairman of the Gasworks committee, the vice-Chairman of the Gasworks Committee and the Gasworks Manager, to make appeals and attend before the tribunal for any men whom they consider essential, until the formation of the new committee.

That an allowance of 5/- per week be allowed to the Gasworks Manager for duties entailed in the carrying into effect the Police and Military requirements in respect to telephone attendance and taking air raid action, such allowance to continue whilst the order is in force.

June 7, 1916
that owing to serious damage done to the sewage farm by trespassers, it was resolved that the police be asked to give special attention to the sewage farm belonging to the Council at Damems and to report any person found trespassing thereon, and that persons so trespassing be prosecuted by the Council.

It was resolved that the sewerage and drainage committee be instructed to continue the main sewer up the river bed and within 100 feet of Bridgehouse Mills at an estimated cost to the Council of ?15.

Mr W Taylor a representative from the National War Savings Committee attended before the Council in order to urge the importance of the War Savings Committee being appointed for the Urban District of Haworth. He explained in considerable detail the methods of working the scheme. He was thanked for his attendance and a resolution passed that a committee be appointed of members of the Council for the purpose of carrying into effect the wishes of the National War Savings Committee so far as the Council's District is concerned, and it was resolved that the following be appointed on the committee viz:- Dr Maggs and Messers Rushworth, Lilley, Murgatroyd, Riley, Duerden and Harry Binns.

July 4, 1916
That the plan of proposed wooden Motor Garage at Changegate for Mr William Ratcliffe be disapproved on the ground that it is shown to be erected on the street line.

That the Council agree to support the committee on War Damage in their Memorial to be presented to the Prime Minister that the nation should be responsible for damage caused in war by the nations enemies.

That Miss Ratcliffe be asked to undertake for the Haworth portion of the district and Mr Joshua Dickinson for the Lees and Cross Roads portion a "Frances Day" on July 14 and 15th 1916.

August 1, 1916
the Clerk reported having received a communication from the town Clerk of Keighley that an inspection of the Trackless Trolley route from Lees to Oxenhope had been made by an inspector appointed at the board of trade on Thursday the 27th and that it was proposed to run on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon the 29th and 30th July further dates have not yet been decided upon.

That the Sewage Disposal Subcommittee be appointed to meet the Midland Railway Company's representative if they desire an appointment with reference to laying sewer under the railway bridge at Bridgehouse and that they be empowered to carry out the necessary work.

That the Council support the Bingly Urban District Council and the Bingly Overseers in their application to the Home Office to be heard on the question of damage to property in the Borough of Keighley in consequence of an Anti German Riot in the month of August 1914, with a view to the damages being done by the Keighley Corporation and not by the authorities in the Keighley Petty Sessional Division as suggested by the Keighley Corporation.

That the 50 copies of the letter signed by the Home Secretary, the Acting President of the Board of Trade and the President of the Local Government Board with reference to the desirability of the public continuing to support shops and businesses of men who have themselves or whose assistants have joined the Kings Forces and by avoiding during the war the transfer of their support to other establishments. That 30 of the copies be posted on posting boards in the district, and that copies for display in the windows of shops be supplied to any person applying the same at the Council's offices.

The Clerk reported that the receipt of the collection for "Frances Day" on July 15 was ?15 for the District of Haworth, and ?7-16-7 the Lees and Cross Roads District, a total of ?22-16-7, which amount had been forwarded to the Lord Mayor of London. The French Red Cross Society extend their very hearty thanks for the Council's kind cooperation in endeavours to raise the where-with all to alleviate the suffering of the wounded sons of France.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the Local Government Board dated 13 July with reference to the prevention and treatment of venereal diseases.

A letter was read from the Committee for Comforts for Wounded Soldiers at the Keighley Military Hospital asking the Council to undertake a house to house collection during the week ending August 26. The Chairmen responded that Mrs Maggs had already arranged for and carried out a house to house collection which had resulted in the sum of ?32-15-8 being collected. It was resolved that the very best thanks of the Council be given to Mrs Maggs for the great service she has rendered.

It was resolved that a Flag Day be arranged on Saturday, August 26, and that Miss Ratcliffe be asked to undertake the same for the Haworth District and Mr G Dickinson for the Lees and Cross Roads District.

September 5, 1916
It was resolved that the seal of the Council be affixed to agreement between the Midland Railway Company and the Council with reference to 6 " sewer under railway bridge at Bridgehouse.

October 3, 1916
That the Surveyor be instructed to paint the lamp columns in the Council's District with white paint for a distance of 3 feet on each column, the painting to start about 5 feet from the bottom of the column, also that he whitewash the telephone poles the same distance as the lamp columns.

It was reported that the Keighley Corporation had put a white band on all the electric standards in the Council's District as requested by resolution of the last meeting. It was resolved that the Clerk ask the Keighley Corporation to increase the depth of it for about 18 inches.

That the application of Mr Anderson Midgley of 57 Cross Roads for renewal of petroleum licence to keep petroleum for his own use and sale by retail in premises at Cross Roads be granted for 12 months from September 7, 1916 in a quantity not exceeding 50 gallons.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Oxenhope Urban District Council dated 11th of September 1916, stating that the Oxenhope District Council do not desire the option of calling the Haworth brigade in case of fire.

The Chairman laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the Army Christmas Pudding Fund Committee asking the assistance of the Council so far as their district is concerned for the purpose of raising funds for providing the Christmas Puddings of the Army. It was resolved that the Council give their support as requested, and appointed as a committee for carrying out the arrangements, the members of the War Charities Committee.

Mr Murgatroyd and Mr Squire Thornton attended the meeting and reported the results of the house to house collection on behalf of the Belgium Refugee Fund amounting to ?196-8-0, with a possible further income of ?15. They stated that the time had come to close the fund owing to the many other calls upon the district. It was resolved that the best thanks of the Council be given to the committee and collectors for the efficient work done and the handsome amount raised.

November 7, 1916
The Highways and Cemetery Committee recommended that this committee recommended the Team Labour Committee to purchase a horse for the highways department subject to veterinary examination, and that the present horse be sold.

It was resolved on the motion of Mr James Ackroyd seconded by Mr James Riley that the War Bonus to work men employed in the highways department be increased in the case of men paid by the hour, from a half penny per hour to 1 penny per hour.

That this committee recommend the Team Labour Committee to purchase a horse for the scavenging department, subject to a veterinary examination, and that the present horse he sold.

On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr John A Murgatroyd, it was resolved that the Team Labour Committee be empowered to exchange cart used in the scavenging department, or purchase a more suitable one if they so desire.

That the Gas Manager be instructed to turn on gas at 5-30 o'clock in the morning, after an air raid, provided that he has received a message to resume normal conditions.

December 5, 1916
Mr John A Murgatroyd Chairman of the Highways Committee, reported the results of an interview which he and the Clerk had had with the Superintendent of Police with respect to proposed restricted system of public lighting. He could not permit a general system of lighting of the public highways, but he was quite agreeable to one suitably shaded lamp at Cross Roads and one at Lees, near to the Trackless Trolley terminus, and for a few lamps to be lighted commencing at Ebor Lane top and on towards Station bridge. Under the circumstances Mr Murgatroyd moved and Mr James Ackroyd seconded that no further action be taken.

The Clerk reported receipt of a communication from the Board of Trade enclosing a copy of new regulations made on the 25th stating that Trolley Vehicles driven or propelled along the routes shall not exceed the rate of 12 miles an hour in Hebden road, except on the curves through Royd House Wood where the speed shall not exceed the rate of 8 mph.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the West Riding County Council with reference to Scotch and Irish seed potatoes. It was resolved that particulars be distributed amongst members of the Council and a few posters which had been received exhibited in shop windows advertising the details of the particulars supplied viz: that seed potatoes may be obtained by Small Cultivators, Allotment Holders and Gardeners at 14/6 per plot in bags at nearest railway station.

Mr John A Murgatroyd, in accordance with a request made at the last meeting of the Council, reported on the question raised by the Decimal Association drawing the attention of the Council to the efforts they are making to decimalise to coinage and weights and measures of the country. On the motion of Mr John A Murgatroyd seconded by Mr Duerden, it was resolved that in the opinion of this Council it is of supreme national importance that prompt steps be taken to secure the maximum of trade with foreign countries when the war is over. To this end the Council considers it is not only desirable but absolutely essential to adopt the decimal system of coinage, weights and measures throughout the British Isles and thus enable our manufacturers and merchants to compete more easily and successfully with rival nations having that system, and that copies of the resolution be forwarded to the Decimal Association, the Board of Trade, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister, and the Members of Parliament for the Council's District.

The Clerk reported that the results of the canvass for subscriptions in the Council's District for the Army Christmas Pudding Fund, had resulted in the sum of ?5-8-9 been collected.

A communication was laid before the Council from the Central committee for National Patriotic Organisations with special reference to the organisation of a Roumanian Flag Day. It was resolved that a flag day in the Council's District be arranged.

1917

January 2, 1917
That a letter of sympathy be sent to the family relations of Garnett Walton, a member of the Council's Fire Brigade who has been killed in battle in France.

That the County Council be asked to delegate to the Council the powers of the County Council with reference to piece of ground adjoining infants school at Lees with a view to the land being put under cultivation.

That the communication received from the Board of Agriculture dated December 12, 1916 in closing order under the Defence of the Realm Consolidation Act 1914, with the object of increasing the food supplies of the country by extending the existing powers of providing land for cultivation be referred to the War Agricultural Committee for consideration.

That the War Agricultural Committee be requested to look into the question of the field behind part of Barcroft farm, behind the Bar House at Cross Roads being brought into cultivation and report to the Council thereon.

Mr George Rushworth moved and Mr Ineson Taylor seconded that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable in the national interest that the traffic in alcohol should be suspended during the war and demobilisation after the war. The Chairman explained that unless the consent of the Chairman and majority of the members present be first obtained, the resolution in accordance with the standing orders could not be put to the meeting. The Chairman gave his consent, when Mr James Riley moved and Mr Ineson Taylor seconded that the resolution be considered at this meeting. On being put to the meeting, 4 voted for and 6 against. The Chairman consequently declared that the original motion could not be considered at this meeting. Mr Rushworth thereupon gave notice in accordance with the standing orders that he would bring his motion forward for consideration at the next monthly meeting of the Council.

February 6, 1917
That one half of the pasture land at the Council's sewage farm be ploughed and prepared for growing oats by the Council, during the ensuing year.

That the piece of land behind the Gasworks premises be let to the Gasworks Manager, on behalf of the employees at the Gasworks, for the purpose of potato and vegetable growing, at a nominal charge of 1/-per annum.

That notices be placed on the undermentioned plots of ground asking for applications from persons willing to cultivate the whole or portions of the plot viz:- the Council's land on each side of the road at Crag Bottom near Cross Roads, the piece of land at Lees belonging to the County Council opposite Lees Council school. The piece of land at Moor End and also the vacant plot of land at lower part of Cemetery. Applicants to communicate with the Clerk, names and addresses.

In accordance with notice of motion given at the last meeting, Mr George Rushworth moved and Mr Harry Binns seconded that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable in the national interest that the traffic in alcohol should be suspended during the war and demobilisation after the war, and that copies of the resolution be sent to the Prime Minister, and the Local Members of Parliament. On being put to the vote Messers Ineson Taylor, Enekiel Littley, John A Murgatroyd, Harry Binns, Charles P Ross and George Rushworth voted for, Messers Joseph Gott, Alfred Wood, William Bannister, Thomas Binns, James Ackroyd and Dr Maggs voted against. Neutral. Messers Joseph Mitchell, James Riley, Thomas Duerden, and Luke Helliwell. The Chairman gave his casting vote against the resolution and declared it not carried.

March 6, 1917
The Clerk reported having received from the Board of Agriculture a communication dated 24th of February 1917 enclosing copy of Cultivation of Lands Order 1917 (No2). It was resolved on the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr Mitchell that the form of application for allotments under the Cultivation of Lands Order 1917 (No2) as submitted by the Clerk be approved and adopted.

March 27, 1917
That tenders for work required in connection with the erection of 20 WC's in Lorne and Albert streets as follows, be accepted.

That the tender of Mr G H Hall for removing of excreta by land for the whole of the Council's District for the year ending March 31, 1918, in the sum of ?60 be accepted, no excrement to be deposited in the Council's District, unless with the consent in writing of the Council.

That the action of Mr Mitchell in purchasing 3 cwts of King Edward seed potatoes at ?1 per cwt, be confirmed.

That an appeal be lodged to the West Riding of Yorkshire Appeal Tribunal against the decision of the Local Tribunal in withdrawing Exemption Certificate in the case of Osman White. That the Council Solicitor be instructed to conduct the case before the appeal Tribunal.

That the circular received from the Local Government Board with reference to collection of waste food, waste paper etc be referred to the War Savings Association.

April 3, 1917
on the motion of the Chairman, Mr Thomas Duerden, seconded by Dr Maggs it was unanimously resolved that a vote of congratulations be sent to Sir Arthur Newsholme K.C.B on the recent honour conferred upon him by the King. The Chairman remarked that some of the older members of the Council would remember Sir Arthur as a boy and the young man in Haworth. He had done great credit to his native place, and they were happy to find that one of their own young men had risen to such heights in various fields of activity in the country. Dr Maggs in seconding said it was a well merited honour and reflected credit upon the place of Sir Arthur Newsholme’s birth. He was to be congratulated on the splendid work throughout the country and especially at Brighton.

The Clerk reported that the War Savings Committee had recommended the Council to undertake through their scavengers the collection and sale of refuse of a marketable value. It was resolved that the matter be referred to the sanitary committee for consideration and report.

Arising out of the notice signed by two Councillors drawing attention to the fact that there are two vacancies in the number of Councillors now holding office. It was resolved that Mr Herbert Oliver Pickles of 3 Baden Street, Haworth, Designer, be appointed a Councillor for the North Ward in place of the late Mr Stephen Hey Holdsworth. That Mr James Smith of Prince Street, Brow, Haworth, Insurance Agent, be appointed a Councillor for the West Ward in place of the late Mr John Heaton Pickles.

April 17, 1917
The Chairman reported that Mr Joseph Gott, a member of the Council, had lost a son on the battlefield in France. It was unanimously resolved that a resolution of sympathy be passed with him in the great loss which he had sustained.

Arising out of the minutes of last meeting the Clerk reported that he had received a letter from Sir Arthur Newsholme K.C.B in the following terms "I appreciate very highly the kindness of the Urban District Council of Haworth in sending me their congratulations. It is a great pleasure to me that they should have thought of doing this, and I am more than proud to be thus remembered by them".

May 1, 1917
That the application of Mr Fred Shuttleworth for a supply of water to photographic studio, West Lane be granted on the usual terms and charges.

That the Council appoint a committee to raise funds in aid of the Keighley and District Military Hospital Extension Scheme for the further increase of accommodation for wounded soldiers.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from Lord Rhondda and Mr Neville Chamberlain with reference to national service and the formation of local committee for obtaining Substitution Volunteers dated 25th of April 1917. It was resolved that Mr Duerden, Dr Maggs and Mr R M Bailey be appointed provisional committee to act as they may decide.

A communication was laid before the Council from the National Anti Vaccination League with reference to regulation permitting Medical Officers of Health to vaccinate such cases as are willing to be vaccinated. It was resolved that the communication lie on the table.

That the letting of the land immediately below the cemetery be left in the hands of the War Agricultural Committee, the terms for letting as already fixed by the Council.

June 5, 1917
It was reported that a difficulty had arisen in connections with obtaining supply of lead pipe etc for WC's at Cross Roads owing to the war.

That a claim be made on the Railway Company (Midland) for loss of coal caused through a wagon being returned before it was properly emptied.

It was unanimously resolved, that the horse "Gipsy" be sold to Mr Sam Holmes for ?62. That the Council hire a horse from Mr Sam Holmes for one month at 15/0 per week, or until such time as the Council purchase another horse.

July 3, 1917
That a letter be sent to the Midland Railway Company asking them to make the workmen's ticket and weekly ticket available for return on Friday forenoon, commencing with the 11-20 train from Keighley, in view of the alteration in the time of ceasing work on that day, and further to draw the attention of the company to the insufficient accommodation provided for train which leaves Keighley for Oxenhope at 5-42 p.m.

August 7, 1917
The Clerk reported that the proceeds of effort made in the Council's District on 14 July last for France's Day had produced ?18-6-2, which had been forwarded to the Central Committee in London.

The Chairman reported having received from the secretary of the Local Government Board a circular enclosing a copy of a letter from the Ministry of Food with reference to a more systemic control of some of the food stuffs in the country and the establishment of local machinery with the object of cooperating with the Food Controller, the letter also enclosed particulars for the establishing of Local Food Control Committees and particulars of a scheme for sugar distribution, and a form for giving names and addresses of persons appointed as members of the local food committee.

August 12, 1917
The Clerk laid before the meeting communications which had been received from the Local Government Board with reference to a more systemic control of some of the food stuffs in the Country, and the establishment of Local Food Control Committees, they also enclosed sugar distribution scheme.

October 2, 1917
That the Superintendent of Police be asked to take an oversight of the allotments in the Council's District, in view of potatoes in stolen from the allotments, and that he be asked to prosecute the first offender.

The Clerk read a letter from the Borough of Rawtenstall with respect to the housing of the Working Classes, asking the Council to support them in the following resolution viz:- That this Council is of the opinion that in order to secure adequate housing accommodation for the Working Classes, the Government should be prepared to lend money free of interest to Local Authorities who are prepared to proceed with housing schemes, the repayment of the money to be spread over a period of 200 years, and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister, to the President of the Local Government Board, and to Local Members of Parliament.

November 7, 1917
The Chairman reported interview which he and the Clerk to the Council had had with the representative of the Midland Railway Company with respect to overcrowding of the 5-42 train from Keighley. The company stated that they had done all in their power to meet the difficulty, and were unable at present to make any improvement. It was resolved that the Clerk communicate with the company expressing considerable dissatisfaction that the company had declined to make adequate accommodation for passengers by the said train, and draw the attention of the company to the fact that first class compartments had been kept locked, that the compartments were comparatively empty when the train left Keighley, that under the circumstances this should not be done, also pointing out that there are two luggage vans in the middle of the train, that something might be done to dispense with these, and substitute them with accommodation suitable to passengers.

The Clerk reported that in reply to the Council's application to the Local Government Board for their approval to the purchase of 100 tons of house coal for sale to the poor during the ensuing winter, he had received a communication from the controller of coal mines, stating that the Council's letter had been forwarded by the Local Government Board to him. The controller pointed out that throughout the county organisation is being set up by means of local distributing committees and it is his wish that such a committee be established at Haworth.

November 14, 1917
The subcommittee appointed to consider a scheme of restricted lighting presented their report. It was resolved that the plan of 37 positions of lamps as arranged by this meeting be approved, for recommendation to the Superintendent of Police for his approval, and that Messers James Ackroyd and Thomas Duerden be appointed to lay the scheme before him. It was further decided to appoint 6 Lamplighters, to be in attendance three each alternate weeks, at the Sub Fire Stations in readiness to put out lights in case of notice of Air Raid being received. That the Highways Subcommittee, with the addition of Mr Harry Binns, be appointed with full power to put the foregoing scheme into operation, including appointments of 6 men as mentioned.

December 4, 1917
That the Special Lighting Committee have full powers to carry out modified lighting scheme as approved by the Superintendent of Police.

1918

January 1, 1918
That the request received from the Sailors’ Orphan Homes asking for permission to hold a flag day on any Saturday between February and October be granted.

The Clerk laid before the Council a communication which he had received from the Superintendent of Police with reference to Air Raid Warning, Day Time, giving notice to all householders and others. It was resolved that the same be adopted as from today as follows.

1. The Council has been requested by the authorities to notify residents what steps to take in the case of a Raid over the District by Hostile Aircraft during the Day Time.

2. If a raid is anticipated public notification will be made by sounding the buzzer at the Haworth Gasworks.

3. The warning will consist of blasts of 15 seconds duration with 10 seconds intervals for a period of three minutes.

4. On hearing such warning, you are requested to take the best available cover as experience shows that the risk of serious casualties is greatly diminished thereby. Gas should be turned off at the meter, and outside doors and windows closed to prevent the admission of noxious gases.

5. The "All Clear" will be notified by the buzzer sounding a blast of one minutes duration.

It was resolved that the foregoing particulars be circulated by handbill from house-to-house in the Council's District.

The Chairman reported that arrangements had been made for an operetta to be given by the Oakworth District Society in the Church Schools, Haworth, for the benefit of the Yorkshire Union of Young Men's Christian Association. It was unanimously resolved that the Council extend its patronage to the effort.

February 5, 1918
The Clerk reported having received duplicate notice served by the West Riding War Agricultural Executive Committee under the Defence of the Realm Act, upon JR Bancroft, Sowdens farm, requiring him to cultivate land No 453 on ordnance map, being a Meadow Field (1.310 acres) dated January 14, 1918.

The Chairman reported that the net result of the effort for Y MCA by the Oakworth Operatic Society was ?89, including subscriptions. It was resolved that the best thanks of the Council be given to the Rev JW Storey for use of room and personal assistants, and the Operatic Society and Mr Herbert Heaton for the performances given by them.

It was resolved that a communication be sent to Mr Barnett, of the 6th Battalion, Volunteer Regiment, Haworth Detachment, drawing attention to the fact that on the evenings on which a series of gardening lectures are appointed to be held, there are a number of men with Tribunal Exemptions who are compelled to drill with the Volunteers, although they desire to attend the lectures. It was resolved to ask the authorities to make such arrangements with the men concerned as will allow them to attend the lectures, these arrangements to concern men only who are engaged in gardening and allotments.

February 14, 1918
Mr John A Murgatroyd moved and Mr James Riley seconded that the Council to take the necessary steps for opposing in the present session of Parliament a Bill promoted by the Yorkshire Electric Power Company to confer further powers on the company, and to make further provision with respect to supply of electrical energy in the area of the company, and that the expenses of such opposition be charged upon the General District Rate. On the motion being put to the meeting Mr Rushworth voted against, the rest were in favour. Mr Gott had left the meeting when the voting took place.

April 9, 1918
Arising out of the resolution of the Council of 5 March last approving of supplementary scheme under the Naval and Military War Pensions act 1917, it was resolved that Mr George Herbert Wildman of Ashfield Terrace, Haworth, and Robert Holmes of Lorne Street, Cross Roads be added to the local committee appointed by the Council under the aforesaid act, as two disabled men who have been discharged from military service of his Majesty during the present war and also of Sarah Kilminster, Tulip Street, as the widow of a man in the said Naval and Military Service who has died from causes arising out of his service during the present war.

July 2, 1918
The Clerk laid before the Council a communication from the domestic saving committee dated June 22 with reference to the collection of bones and fats for the purpose of extraction of Glycerine.

August 6, 1918
The Clerk lay before the meeting a letter from the Early Closing Association asking the Council to co-operate with them in passing a resolution in favour of compulsory 7 o'clock closing of shops. It was resolved that the Council expresses its deep sense of satisfaction in the improved conditions of shop life since 1915, and its appreciation of the public's marked Corporation in shopping earlier. The Council is convinced that the time is ripe for a compulsory 7 o'clock closing order (with one late night and the usual half holiday) and urges the Government to see to this national desire from September 30 next.

The Clerk laid before the meeting a communication from the Local Government Board stating that fruit stones, including date stones and hard shells which are immediately required for urgent war purposes, and suggesting that with the consent of Education Authorities, schoolchildren might be urged to bring fruit stones and hard nut shells to some depot from which they could be dispatched.

September 3, 1918
That notices be posted on the fire station, Lees, warning persons against damaging the Council's fire station, Lees.

October 1, 1918
It was resolved, under the War Charities Act 1916, to register the following charities, viz:- Haworth Ambulance and Nursing Divisions Charity and St James Sailors and Soldiers Funds Charity.

November 5, 1918
That Jonas Wadsworth and John J Bland be appointed Lamplighters at 12/- per week and Frank Suggitt at ?1-1-0 per week, the latter to be in attendance at the Gasworks during the period the lamps are lighted and be responsible in case of Air Raid Warning to summons the other Lamplighters, to extinguish all lights within 30 minutes of the time of receiving the warning.

The Clerk reported that acting under the advice of the Medical Officer of Health, orders have been made authorising the closing of the Elementary Schools in the district up to 11 November 1918 in consequence of the prevalence of influenza among the pupils.

Resolved that a letter be sent to the executors of the late Mr J H Holdsworth drawing their attention to the unsatisfactory state of repair of two footpaths through fields in their occupation, in one case from Mill Hill to South View, and the other from Mill Hill to Mytholmes, and request that they will put the said footpaths into a satisfactory state of repair, and that a letter be sent to Mr Greenwood Waddington with respect to the unsatisfactory state of repair of footpath along Goit through land in his occupation, and request that he put the same into a satisfactory state of repair.

That the Chairman of the Council and the Council's Sanitary Officer be requested to interview the management of the local Hippodrome with a view to young people under 14 years of age being excluded from admission to the Hippodrome so long as the Elementary Schools are closed because of the prevalence of influenza.

That the following applications under the War Charities Act 1916 be registered: West Lane Wesleyan Church and Schools Soldiers and Sailors Parcels Fund. Lees and Cross Roads Prisoners of War Fund. West Lane Baptist Soldiers Christmas Parcels Fund.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Early Closing Association pointing out that the Home Secretary had refused to make the present closing order 7 o'clock instead of 8 o'clock, and asking the Council to pass a resolution expressing disappointment at the Home Secretaries decision and still press for the 7 o'clock compulsory closing order. It was decided that the communication lie on the table.

December 3, 1918
That a letter be sent to Messers J Ogden and Company Ltd drawing their attention to the emission of black smoke from chimney, Fallwood Brewery, asking that they at once abate the nuisance.

That the Council open a fund for the provision of a public memorial to men who have fought and to those who have fallen in the war.

The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Haworth Nonconformist Sewing Guild, stating that it was proposed to retain out of the funds of the charity the sum of ?20, with the idea of giving it towards a proposed monument or memorial to the Haworth men have fallen in the war. It was resolved that the Clerk intimate that the Council will be pleased to receive the amount on behalf of the Memorial Fund which they have resolved to open.

The Clerk reported receipt of communication as follows from the Keighley and District Local Advisory Committee Employment Department with reference to arrangements which have been made for effecting the early release from the forces of men for whom employment is waiting, inviting the Council to forward to the committee the names of men and women now serving with HM forces to whom they are prepared to offer employment immediately upon discharge from the forces.

1919

January 7, 1919
That the Clerk draw the attention of Mr W Brown to the unprotected state of land adjoining the Salvation Army barracks, Sun Street, opposite Ducking Stool, and request that they will see that the land is suitably protected.

That the application of the Springhead Mills War Charity for registration under the War Charities Act 1916 be granted.

The Clerk laid before the Council application dated 6 January 1919 from they Standard Electrical Company for permission to take a supply of electricity for their works within the Council District from the Keighley Corporation supply. It was resolved that the application be granted subject to a satisfactory agreement being entered into safe guarding the Council's interests.

A communication was reported under the War Charities Act 1916 from the Charity Commission with reference to demobilisation of War Charities. It was resolved that the Clerk communicate to the churches registered in the Council's District such paragraphs of the communication as are of interest to them.

January 10, 1919
The Council considered the question of the provision of some suitable War Memorial to the men who have fallen in the war, and also to those who have participated in the war. It was resolved that the whole of the members of the Council form a committee to deal with the question of initiating a scheme of a suitable memorial, and that they have power to act in their number.

January 24, 1919
That 14 days notice be given to Mr Hartley Holmes 59 Hebden road to abate nuisance arising from the improper keeping of pigs at gable end of house, 21 Hebden road.

February 4, 1919
That closing orders under section 17 of the Housing, Town Planning act 1909, be served upon Mrs Hannah Thompson owner of house number 5 Halifax road, Cross Roads and upon Mr JD Sunderland's executors owner of house number 14 River Street, Haworth, on the ground that the said houses are unfit for human habitation.

That 20 copies of the Parasitic Mange in Horses Order 1911 and 1918 be obtained and distributed to horse owners in the Council's District.

March 4, 1919
That 2000 copies of the leaflet on Prevention of Influenza be printed and distributed from house to house in the Council's District.

On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr John A Murgatroyd it was resolved that in the event of the war hospital at Morton Banks being set apart for the purpose of treatment of influenza patients, the Council consider that the facilities provided should apply to the whole of the Keighley and Bingley hospital district.

That in the event of elementary schools in the Council's District being closed because of influenza the Council request the proprietors of the Picture House to exclude from attendance children under 14 years of age.

Special reference was made to the inadequacy of the postal arrangements in the Council's District. It was resolved that the Clerk communicate with the Postmaster at Keighley drawing his attention to the matter stating that there is general complaint throughout the district that there is only one postman for the whole district, that letters are delivered so late in the day, that replies cannot be given before the mail leaves for Keighley and suggest a dispatch of letters later in the evening, and that at least two deliveries be given per day.

It was resolved that the Council approach the Midland Railway Company with a view to obtaining better train service, and that the correspondence which took place with the company in July of 1917 be reopened. That the Clerk point out that there is great discomfort amongst passengers, and serious complaints of the inadequacy of the passenger train service between Keighley and Haworth, and that he ask for an interview with the company.

That the Clerk communicate with the executors of the late Hopson Bland, stating that a report has been made to the Council that the stones from the fallen portion of the wall in Sun Street, to which their attention has seriously been drawn, have been piled on each side of the gap, that children climb up these piles and the adjoining, and that these are in danger of falling at any moment possibly causing serious results to children, the responsibility for which would fall upon the owners of the wall in question, and request that the repair of the breach in the wall be attended to without further delay.

May 6, 1919
The Clerk laid before the Council a letter from the Clerk of the Peace with reference to the treatment of Briggs Fletcher of 1 Acton Street, Haworth, for tuberculosis in a sanatorium. The Clerk was instructed to reply, stating that when Fletcher joined the Army in 1917, he held a medical board certificate, class A; that the military authorities sent him for sanatorium treatments, that the Council have made close enquiries with the circumstances of the case and clearly satisfied that they are not liable for any payments Fletcher may have received for treatment in the sanatorium.

That the application of the Haworth Working Men's Cycling Club for water for the club premises and one urinal, 3 Fallwood Street be granted on the usual conditions.

That the question of calling a special meeting of the Council to consider Peace Celebrations in the District, be left to the Chairman and the Clerk.

Reference was made to the new railway timetable issued by the Midland Railway Company for the Worth Valley line. Considerable dissatisfaction was expressed with regard to great inconvenience to persons using the system from Bradford and Keighley. It was resolved that the Clerk communicate with the Railway Company on the matter, and with the member of Parliament for the division, asking him, if necessary, to interview the board of trade.

June 3, 1919
That the application of Messers E Parker and Company for supply of water by meter to Brewery, Prince Street, be granted on usual terms and rent of meter at cost spread over five years with the continuance of yearly charge after five years.

That a public meeting be held in the Mill Hey School room on Wednesday evening June 4, 1919 at 8 o'clock, chair to be taken by the Chairman of the Council who will lay the Council scheme before the meeting. It was resolved to advertise the meeting by means of posters and handbills. That 50 posters be ordered from Mr John Moore, printer and 200 handbills from Mr A E Hall, both these to be distributed throughout the whole of the Council's District.

It was resolved that a communication be made to the Chief Goods Manager, Midland Railway Company, Derby, pointing out that all live cattle coming by train for Haworth are not allowed to be unloaded at Haworth station but must be taken to Oxenhope, and unloaded and then walked back to Haworth. The Council understand there are no pens at Haworth, but that the Butchers argument is that the cattle would not be put into pens at Haworth station, but taken straight away to slaughter. Nearly all the cattle come from long distances such as Driffield, and being in the waggons all night, they are not in a fit condition to be walked a long way, in fact cases have occurred where animals have dropped in the road between Oxenhope and Haworth in a quite helpless condition. That the walking of cattle in hot weather is detrimental to the meat and in the opinion of the Council it would be a public benefit if the loading was arranged for at Haworth.

The Clerk reported receipt of a communication from the Board of Trade Electric Power Supply Department, enclosing an order the Board had made, permitting the Corporation of Keighley to supply energy to the premises known as the Vale Mills, situate partly in the Urban District of Haworth, and outside the area of supply under the Keighley order. It was resolved that the solicitor to the Council be instructed to communicate with the Board of Trade and inquire on what grounds the Board have granted the order in question, saying that the Council have not given their consent and have not yet concluded an agreement with the Keighley Corporation on the matter.

June 30, 1919
That the application of Messers Smith and Robertshaw for licence to store 60 gallons of petrol at Dripping works, Cross Roads, be granted.

That the Gasworks Committee be empowered to purchase 1000 tons of coal at the best price possible.

That a committee be appointed to arrange Peace Celebrations in the Council's District, with power to add to their number.

July 5, 1919
The subcommittee appointed to arrange a meeting of the Council and representatives from outside bodies to discuss the carrying out of suitable arrangements for Peace Celebrations brought forward various recommendations, and the following resolutions where passed

That the Peace Celebrations take place in the Haworth District on July 19, 1919.

It was decided to arrange a procession and to invite the Public Bodies, Sunday schools etc to take part. That the Choirs of the District be invited to be present and have massed singing at a suitable centre.

That the Haworth Brass Band be engaged and also the Salvation Army Band be asked to join the procession.

In order to provide greater attraction it was decided to ask each Sunday School along with the 4 day schools in the district to arrange suitable tableaux and that the sum of ?2 to be granted to each school for the purpose, also that character representations be asked for.

It was resolved to hold a Gala, and it was decided that one site should serve for the whole of the district, and that a committee be appointed to recommend a place.

It was resolved to provide tea for all soldiers and sailors on? from this district, also demobilised and discharged soldiers and sailors, and old people who have attained the age of 70 on July 19, all children in the district of 14 years of age or under on July 19 that the sum of 2/-per head for the soldiers and sailors and old people be recommended, and 1/-per head for the children. The provisions of teas for children to be undertaken by the Sunday schools.

That our commemorative medal be given to each child or scholar eligible for a tea.

It was recommended to provide a bonfire in a suitable position.

That the church bells should be rung at intervals during the day.

That suitable short addresses be given during the intervals between the singing.

That nucleus committees be appointed to be completed from representatives of the public bodies to carry out the various requirements, and that the Bridgehouse Sunday school be obtained for said meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 1919 at 8:00 pm.

That the bonfire committee be the Gasworks Subcommittee.

That the people be asked to decorate the town with flags, bunting, streamers etc.

It was resolved that the Chairman and members of the Council along with the various officials attend the Peace Thanksgiving service at Haworth Parish Church on Sunday morning July 6, 1919, and also that they attend the Limited Thanksgiving Service at Cross Roads in the afternoon, and that they proceed in a body from the Council Offices.

August 5, 1919
That the application of Messers Merrall and Son Ltd for petrol licence for premises at Lees Mill, be granted.

It was resolved that the thanks of the Council be given to the following persons for loan of fields for Gala in connection with Peace Celebration on July 19 viz:

Mr Charles Gilson, for use of Bar Field, Mr Tom Hey for use of field in Butt Lane.

That the Clerk reply to the letter dated July 25 received from the Deputy Acting Returning Officer for Keighley Parliamentary Division stating that the Council are not prepared to fall in with the suggestion of the Local Government Board with reference to the loan of polling compartments and ballot boxes, free of charge, and that the Council do not see their way to withdraw from the charge of ?2-11-0 for use of voting compartments and ballot boxes at the last Parliamentary Election.

It was resolved that instructions be given to the Council's officials not to admit on to the Council's premises any representative of Trade Unions, without the sanction of the Council.

September 2, 1919
that Messers Ackroyd, Bannister, Maggs and Pickles be appointed to confer with the Mechanics Institute Committee on the question of provision of an institute in connection with the War Memorial Scheme proposed by the Council, and report to the Council the result of the conference with the Institute committee.

October 7, 1919
That the Clerk communicate with the Gasworks Manager of the Keighley Corporation calling attention to the unsatisfactory supply of gas to the Lees and Cross Roads District and ask if they will look into the matter with a view to remedying the complaint.

November 4, 1919
the Clerk laid before the Council a communication from the West Riding County Council giving notice that as from 31st of March the existing arrangements with the Council for the maintenance and repair of Toller Lane, Haworth and Blue Bell Main Road will be discontinued.

December 2, 1919
That the plans submitted by the Village War Memorial Committee of War Memorial Building for Lees, Cross Roads and Bocking be approved.

That what are known as the Barfield and the field immediately to the North West thereof be approved as a suitable site for the Council's Housing Scheme.

1920

January 6, 1920
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Council’s Solicitor, dated 6 January 1920, with reference to:

(a) Footpaths through land occupied by Mr Holdsworth to Green Field and South View.

(B) Vale Mill Lane. Want of repair opposite four houses.

(c) Road across railway, land near station.

(D) Small plot of land near the Sun Inn.

It was resolved that the Council accept the advice of their solicitor on each of the matters referred to and set out in the said letter.

That as soon as the Clerk receives a reply from Somerset House with respect to the value of land at Bar Field, that a meeting of the housing committee be called forthwith and that they be requested to bring up a full report to the Council without delay.

That the offer of the Haworth Lees & Cross Roads Gardeners and Allotment Holders Association of ?3 for sprayer and implements attached thereto be accepted.

That a railway waggon of lying be purchased for sale to allotment holders, and that the allotment committee be allowed the use of room for meetings at the Council's offices during the ensuring year.

March 2, 1920
That plans and estimates for sewering Prince Street from Apsley Street to Carlton Street, also Lord Street, Duke Street, Dean Street and Carlton Street, be prepared and submitted to the sewage disposal committee for consideration and report.

That the application of Messers Merrall and Son Ltd for supply of water for drinking purposes for their Ebor Mills and cottages at Ebor Lane, be granted.

That the application of Mr James Rushworth for supply of gas to gas engine at Ashmount Place be granted on condition that he pays the cost of laying on the service and that he pays the cost of the meter.

That Messers George Rushworth, William Bannister and Thomas Duerden be appointed to consider a suitable place in the district for the 3” field gun and carriage allocated to the Council by his Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the W. R of Yorkshire.

4 May 1920
That the Clerk reply to letter received from Messers Hattersley Sons and Co Ltd in which they asked if the Council are prepared to take over some portion of roads and suggesting that the first length for discussion should be the road from the Toll Bar to the top of Ebor Lane.

That the following plans be approved viz:

Buildings for gas engine at Ashmount, Haworth for Mr J Rushworth.

The Clerk laid before the Council a letter from the solicitor's of the Lees, Cross Roads and Bocking Recreation Ground Committee dated 28th of April 1920, with reference to drain which the committee had discovered across the ground and which interferes with the laying out the Tennis Lawn and Bowling Green, stating that the drain appears to serve certain cottages and other property adjoining the public highway at Lees and carries forward the drainage to the River.

July 13, 1920
The Clerk laid before the Council communication received from the Housing Commissioner. On the motion of Dr Maggs seconded by Mr James Ackroyd it was resolved that the Council having considered the Housing Commissioners letter of 15 June, adhere to their present scheme of erecting 20 new houses. The Chairman declared the motion to be carried.

It was resolved to consider other sites for the Council's housing scheme.

July 21, 1920
The Chairman explained that this was an adjourned meeting of the Council for the purpose of taking into consideration matters arising in connection with the Housing Scheme. He reported interviews which the Housing Subcommittee had had with the District Valuer who gave his report of negotiations with Mr R A B?, agent for Captain Emmott, owner of the Barfield Estate. The District Valuer stated that it was useless for him to continue negotiations for the estate, as he stated they were likely to prove abortive. It was resolved in view of the District Valuer's report with regard to Barfield estate that the Council seek alternative sites.

The Chairman reported that the subcommittee had viewed the site of Cold Street and Sun Street along with Mr Bates, housing inspector on the 20th inst. It was resolved that the site of Cold Street and Sun Street, and the site consisting of the field at the end of Prince Street and Merralls field down to the Police Station, be considered by the committee and report thereon to the Council.

October 5, 1920
The Housing Subcommittee appointed by the Council to negotiate purchase of land situated between Butt Lane, Bridgehouse Lane, and Belle Isle Road; 7.624 acres from Captain Emmott as per plan submitted by the Council, reported that the land in question had been offered to the Council for housing scheme re at ?300 per acre. It was resolved that the Council accept Captain Emmotts offer, subject to the consent of the Housing Commissioner.

That a communication be sent to the County Surveyor drawing his attention to the dangerous condition of Main Street by reason of its slippery state.

In accordance with notice of motion, Mr James Ackroyd stated that he would call the attention of the Council in committee to the necessity of an alteration in the highways department, of the inefficiency of control, lack of supervision, overstaffing in comparison with neighbouring Councils and extravagance in administration. It was resolved that the statement made by Mr Ackroyd be reported to the Highways Committee for consideration and reported to the Council.

October 22, 1920
A special meeting of the above Council was held this day at the Council chamber, Haworth.

The Clerk reported receipt of orders as follows:

Coal (Emergency) Order 1920
Coal and Gas (Emergency) Order 1920
Lighting, Heating and Power (Emergency) Order 1920
The Local Authorities (Gas and Coal) order 1920
Communication from the Controller of Coal Mines dated October 19, 1920
From the Coal Emergency Officer appointed for this District Coal and Fuel Emergency Order 1920

Communication from the Under Secretary for Mines dated October 21, 1920

That the Executive Officer be requested to get out a poster in the Council's gas supply district with regard to lighting, pressure and quantity of gas allowed to be used with other directions and information under the new emergency control.

That the public lighting of lamps be discontinued with the exception of the lighting of such lamps as may be ordered by the Superintendent of Police for the district during the period of emergency.

November 5, 1920
That no wages be paid to the Lamplighters during the time the lighting is discontinued, owing to causes arising through the coal strike.

That the plan of proposed garage, Old Hall, Haworth, submitted by Mr Charles Gillson, be approved.

That Mrs Eva Scott, of Railway Street, Nelson, be granted right of light overlooking the Council's property in John Street, subject to her paying a yearly acknowledgement of 6d per year.

That a lay out scheme for 20 houses under the Council's housing scheme be prepared.

That the Council become members of the Keighley and District Horse and Motor Vehicle Owners Association.

December 7, 1920
It was resolved that the Clerk communicate with the Gasworks engineer of the Keighley Corporation stating that very serious complaint has been made by several members of the Council, who spoke on behalf of a considerable number of gas consumers in the Lees and Cross Roads District, for lack of supply of gas and the poor illuminating power supply in that district between 5 and 10 o'clock at night. In some cases the light given being insufficient to enable tradesman to wait upon customers and that the Council would be glad if they would look into the matter with a view to the ground of complaint being removed.

That the Clerk reply to letter received from the Town Clerk of Keighley dated 8th November 1920 with regard to their Fire Brigade not attending in the case of fire in the Council's District, excepting firms in the area of the Council who contribute towards the Keighley Brigade in respect of their property, and further stating that the Brigade does not attend fires occurring in the area of the Council except in the cases mentioned, that a certain amount of discretionary power has in the past been left to the Chief Officer of the Brigade to attend in the case of an extensive fire upon certain guarantees for payment be given, that definite instructions have been given to the Chief Officer of the Corporation's Fire Brigade in future only to respond to calls for assistance from non-contributing authorities in the neighbourhood, in the event of an extensive fire occurring where such authority maintain a fully equipped Brigade and are unable to cope with the conflagration. It was resolved that the Clerk reply stating that the Council quite concur in the last clause but one of the Corporation's letters referring to instructions which have been given to their Chief Officer.

That a communication be forwarded to the Midland Railway Company drawing their attention to the very great inconvenience caused by their being only one exit from platform by passengers arriving at the Haworth station by train due from Keighley at 5. 5 pm. That the cause of complaint would be considerably remedied if both exits from the platform were used, and ask in the interests of the public that such an arrangement be made.

December 23, 1920
The Clerk laid before the meeting a communication received from the Ministry of Health dated 10 December 1920, approving the purchase of 3. 24 acres of land at Bridgehouse Lane for a site for the erection of working class houses. It was resolved that the Housing Subcommittee be empowered to continue negotiation with Captain Emmott for the acquisition of the farm and cottages in the occupation of Mr Magson at Mill Hill before proceeding with the acquisition of the 3.24 acres of land above mentioned.



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