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EARBY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL MINUTES
The following are transcripts of photocopies of Earby Urban District Council minutes held at Barnoldswick Library.
Research and notes in italics by Stephanie Carter.
The Ranch – North Holme Estate
22nd January 1941
Billeting of war workers
Compilation of a local register of lodging accommodation.
20th March 1941
Billeting officer stated that it was proposed to billet 1,500 transferred workers within the Earby district. The workers were expected early May and it was now necessary to make a further survey of accommodation.
Held 7th May 1941
Present – Councillor Payne (in the chair) and Councillors Bishop, Bond, Clegg, Cross, Firth, Foster, Oates and Shaw.
ROVER COMPANY LIMITED (AERO ENGINES)
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS
The Clerk and Accountant reported on an interview he had had (together with the Surveyor) with two members of the Rover Company, and an official of the Air Ministry. The Clerk stated that the Air Ministry proposed to requisition land opposite the Punch Bowl Inn, and at the top of Salterforth Lane, Earby, for the
purpose of erecting hutments to house employees of The Rover Company Limited.
(1) That this Council approve the temporary erection of the proposed
Hutments for the period of the emergency, which was the occasion of the
passing of the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, 1939.
(2) That in view of the temporary nature of the project, the Council do not
Incur any expense in continuing the existing Electricity, Sewage and Water
services to the sites concerned.
The land at the top of Salterforth Lane on the right was owned by Shuttlesworths of North Holme Farm,to the left by Harrisons of White House.
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS SALTERFORTH LANE 2nd July 1941
The Clerk read a letter from Messrs. E. & W. Shuttleworth, of North Holme Farm, Earby, complaining of the action taken by the Air Industry in connection with the proposed erection of hutments in Salterforth Lane.
184. Resolved:- That the Clerk be instructed to send a suitable reply.
The land on the Northolme side was called Howgill. There was a big dip in the middle – leveling and drainage would be difficult
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS SALTERFORTH LANE 9tt July 1941
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS SALTERFORTH LANE – SEWERS 30th July 1941
The Surveyor reported that the Air Ministry did not propose to provide for a separate surface water sewer in the layout of the proposed hutments at Salterforth Lane.
201. RESOLVED – That the Surveyor be instructed to write to the Air Ministry
requesting that provision be made for a separate sewer for surface water.
Air raid precautions comm.
TRANSFERRED WAR WORKERS REPORT OF MEETING 30th July 1941
The Chairman and Clerk reported on the proceedings of a meeting held in the Council Offices, Earby, on the 29th July, 1941, which was attended by the following persons:-
Councillor A. H. Clegg, the Clerk and Billeting Officer, representing the Earby Urban District Council.
Mr. J. McCree, of the Ministry of Health.
Miss E. G. Spatchet and Mrs. J. Caldwell Brown, representing the Ministry of Labour.
The Chairman stated that approximately 300 workers had been billeted on a voluntary basis, and as saturation point had almost been reached, the Ministry of Health had given instructions for the compulsory powers to be put into operation if other voluntary billets were not forthcoming. The Chairman also explained that the Welfare Department of the Ministry of Labour was prepared to give assistance wherever possible, and that steps had been taken to recommend to the appropriate authority, that extra stocks of unrationed foods be made available in the district.
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS, SALTERFORTH LANE, EARBY. 27th Aug. 1941
Further to Minute No. 201 the Surveyor reported on the negotiations he had had with officials of the Air Ministry in connection with the sewers on the new site.
296. Resolved – That the Surveyor be instructed to inform the Air Ministry that
the Council require provision to be made for a separate surface water
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS, SALTERFORTH LANE – ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
The Surveyor reported on negotiations to date in connection with the supply of electricity to the above hutment site. The Chairman also reported that he had authorized the attendance of the Electrical Engineer in London to confer with representatives of the Air Ministry with a view to reaching agreement on matters outstanding.
322. RESOLVED- (1) That the report be received and approved.
(2) That the action of the Chairman be approved. Aug 1941
ERECTION OF HUTMENTS, SALTERFORTH LANE - SEWERS
10th Sept 1941
Further to Minutes Nos, 201 and 296 the Surveyor reported on further meetings he had had with representatives of the Air Ministry and that it had now been agreed to provide a separate sewer for the conveyance of surface water from the roadways and roofs of the hutments.
328. RESOLVED – That the report be received and approved.
…the proposed scheme for supplying electricity to the hutments in process of erection at Salterforth Lane, and also reported on an interview he had had with Mr. Pike on Thursday, the 25th September, 1941, in the Council Offices, Earby
365. RESOLVED – (1) That the reports be received and approved.
(2) That, providing the Treasury grant the indemnity asked
for by the Clerk in a letter addressed to the Ministry of Aircraft Production,
dated the 16th July, 1941, the Council take no objection to the revised layout
submitted by Mr. Pike on the occasion of his visit to Earby on the 25th
(3) That the Council consider that it will be in the interest of
All concerned if a full comprehensive tender be obtained by the Ministry of
Aircraft Production for the whole of the work in connection with the provision
of a sub-station, cables, equipment, including all necessary material and
labour, and for the connection of a low tension cable to the existing low
tension cable in the vicinity..
(4) That the Nelson Corporation shall run high tension
services from their overhead line to the sub-station at the expense of the Air
(5) That the Chairman’s action in authorizing Mr. Stewart to
attend the Air Ministry in London, etc., be approved.
176 HUTMENTS, SALTERFORTH LANE 5th Nov 1941
The Clerk reported receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Aircraft Production requesting that the Council undertake the management of the 176 married quarters in course of erection, which would include:-
(a) The letting to incoming tenants nominated by the Rover Company, Limited.
(b) The collection of rents.
(c) Attendance and supervision of the necessary repairs and maintenance.
The Clerk stated that the repairs would be chargeable to the Ministry of
Aircraft Production and that the Council would be remunerated at the rate
of 5% of the actual net rents (exclusive of rates) collected.
439. Resolved:- That the Council agree to undertake on behalf of the Ministry of
Aircraft Production, the management of the 176 married quarters, on the
terms set out in the letter from the Ministry of Aircraft Production dated the
1st November, 1941.
SALTERFORTH LANE HUTMENT SCHEME-REPORT OF CHAIRMAN
12 Nov 1941
The Chairman reported that he had further considered Minute No. 365 and in view of the urgency for housing accommodation in the district, he had authorized the Surveyor to carry out certain duties which would expedite the giving of a supply of electricity to the hutments. The Chairman said that after a further consultation with Mr. T. Pike it had been agreed as follows:-
(1) The Surveyor to supply a plan for the proposed Sub-Station to be erected by Messrs, N. B. Bell and Co., as contractors to the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
(2) Nelson Corporation to supply and install all H.T, gear and apparatus at the Sub-Station, as subcontractors to the Council, who will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
(3) Messrs, Pollard & Co. to be responsible for the electric wiring of the hutments from the meter board stage.
(4) Messrs, N. B. Bell and Co, to excavate for and lay the whole of the H.T and L.T mains, under the supervision of the Surveyor, as contractors to the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
448. Resolved –
(1) That the report be received, and
(2) That the Chairman’s action be …
General purposes com.
SALTERFORT LANE ESTATE-STREET NAMES 10 Dec 1941
The Clerk submitted a letter from the Rover Company, (Aero Engines) Ltd. Suggesting certain names for the new estate, pursuant to Section 17(1) of the Public Health Act, 1925.
511. Resolved- That this Council approve the following street names for the
Salterforth Lane Housing Estate:-
1. Tyseley Grove
2. Kenilworth Drive
3. Chesford Drive
4. Moseley Avenue
5. Warwick Drive
6. Earlesdon Avenue
7. Churchill Avenue.
December Salterforth Lane site valuation officer rates – gross value £20
Rateable value £12
Finance com 18 Feb 1942
SALTERFORTH LANE HUTMENT SCHEME
The Clerk and Accountant reported that 14 married quarters had been completed, and that a considerable number were expected before the end of March and sought the Committee’s instructions on matters appertaining to the management of the estate, and the rent collection.
640. Resolved – (1) That upon the completion of the married quarters, all matters
connected with the management of such premises be referred to the
(2) That the Clerk and Accountant be and he is responsible for
the control and the supervision of the housing rent collection, and
(3) That the collection of rents in respect of the married quarters
and other Council properties be performed by Mr. J. Mosley.
25th March 1942
568 persons transferred war workers have been billeted in Earby to date.
Messrs E & W Shuttleworth, North Holme farm were paid by EUDC for the land in 1951.