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The monthly meeting of this Council for sanitary business was held yesterday
(Tuesday) when there were present:

J. BARNES, of the Woodlands in the Chair)

W. WILLIAMSON (vice-chairman)












Mr. J. F. W. RITSON, the clerk

Dr. BRIGGS, medical officer of health

Mr. W. BROWN, Inspector

Mr. J. SIBSON, Surveyor.


       Dr. BRIGGS reported that very little sickness had prevailed during the month, and no notification had been received.


Two samples of drinking water had been forwarded to the doctor from Rosley, one taken from the school well and the other from an adjoining spring. Both were found suitable for domestic purposes.


The medical officer stated that fourteen deaths had been registered during July - an annual rate of mortality of 12.7 per 1,000. One was the result of whooping cough, at Hesket-New-Market. There were 27 births for the like period - 13 males and 14 females - an annual birth rate of 24.6 per 1,000.


The Inspectors report stated that he had received a complaint from Ireby, with reference to a manure heap, which received the refuse from a slaughter house. it was in a filthy state when he made his visit. It was too near a dwelling, and should be removed. The Inspector said he had seen the responsible party, who promised to abate the nuisance.


The Inspector said he had got instructions from the agent of the property at Kirkland to carry out the necessary drainage, and hoped to have the nuisance abated this week. The Clerk said the summons taken out against Mr. PARKIN would be withdrawn.


The sough which ran from Fingland to the river Wampool, near Laythes, was in a bad state, the inspector reported, and required cleaning out. The matter was brought before the Council early in the spring, but was left over until the summer, for more suitable weather.

It appeared that some of the owners interested had been trying to get the
work done amongst them but failed. He would suggest that this improvement be pushed on, and notice be sent to each owner to take steps to have it done at once or otherwise that the Council do it for them and charge them with the cost as the autumn floods would soon be here, and the work would be postponed again for another 12 months. The Clerk was instructed to send a preemptory notice to the parties, ordering the instant abatement of the nuisance.


The inspector reported the insanitary condition of a cottage at the Beck. It
was resolved to serve a notice.


       Mr. Archibald SMITH, Wheat Sheaf Inn, Caldbeck, wrote stating that he was in want of a good supply of water within a reasonable distance of his house. If steps were not taken he would report the matter to the Local Government Board. The Inspector said that was the second letter he had received. He took no notice of the first seeing that the water scheme was under consideration.


Mr. W. H. IVINSON, clerk to the Caldbeck Parish Council, wrote stating that the Council had decided to postpone proceeding further with the water scheme until January next for the following reasons:

1) the ratepayer's meeting recently held, which approved of the scheme by a
small majority, was informal owing to certain omissions in the current register of electors.

2) The school board were compelled to incur an extraordinary expenditure in building an addition to Upton School immediately. By the time stipulated the parochial register would be in order and it was also expected that the
extraordinary expenditure on the school would have been defrayed.


Mr. W. H. IVINSON wrote saying that the letter from the Clerk to the District Council had been duly considered by the Parish Council, and he was directed to state that they did not consider the provision of tanks at all necessary, as the quantity of sewage to be dealt with was  of such small extent, consisting entirely of   slop and surface matter. There was a good supply of water for domestic purposes independent of the river, at the lower end of the village below the outlet of the pipe already laid, into which it was proposed to carry one of the outlets of the sewer, and as a matter of fact he didn't think any person now used the water of the beck for cooking purposes. He had also to point out that the water supply of Upton would at once be proceeded with on the expiration of the time mentioned in his last letter.


in carrying out the work was owing to the unusual combinations of circumstances, and not to any desire on the part of the Parish Council to retard the scheme. Proper arrangements for flushing the sewer would be made when the water scheme was proceeded with. The Parish Council could not find any foundation for the report made by the inspector that the emptying of the sewer into the river was likely to be objected to. The inspector said a man told him that he would object to the sewage going into the river. There would probably be an inquiry by the Local Government Board, and there might be some


before the inspector. He thought in the face of that it might be well to mention it before they went further. He did not think it would harm the river, but it seemed against the wishes of the Local Government Board.

The Clerk: If anybody else was going to do it, we would stop them. You should hardly do it.

The Medical Officer: It is an act you should not countenance.

Mr. WILLIAMSON: All our other sewers go into the streams and why we should pick this out for condemnation I cannot understand. But as soon as ever we get a Local Government Board inspector into the district this will all be


The Inspector: I think we having been doing rather too much in that way. We are spending money now in running sewage into streams that the parishes at some future time will have to spend money to take out again, although I don't think it will make this river worse than it is at present.

Mr. WILLIAMSON: If the sewage matter is what the Parish Council speaks about, I don't see what harm it will do to the stream.

Mr. William IVINSON: The Parish Council was unanimously against the septic tanks, which were unnecessary and a waste of money. The sewage would discharge into the river at the same point as it did now, and there were 200 yards laid
with sewage pipes with which the inspector could make a connection.


Mr. IVINSON said the rumour about their being an objection to the sewer emptying into the river was only a rumour. A person was asked about it at the meeting and he denied telling the inspector he would object. It was a good sized river, and besides that all the inhabitants of Caldbeck Low had a good supply of spring water. There were two or three stand pipes from which they could get a good supply for domestic purposes, and if there should be the slightest pollution they had the well to fall back upon.

The Chairman: Do you agree to the sewerage scheme being carried out?

Mr. IVINSON applied in the affirmative and said most of the money was collected for it and the inspector had ordered some of the materials. The Inspector said the tanks could put in at very little expense. It was decided to carry the sewage into Caldew.


Waverton Parish Council petitioned the District Council against the expense of sewering Park Gate being done out of the rates, considering that it was a private concern, and ought to be done by the owners of the property to be sewered. The Council felt they had no option but to carry out the work according to law.


       The Hayton Vicarage nuisance came up in the minutes, and the septic tank system was mentioned as a possible remedy, and its principle was explained as a process of purification by microbic influence. Mr. WILLIAMSON said he had heard the microbes were worse than the Kilkenny Cats. For after destroying all the sewage matter, they went for each other until there wasn't a vestige of them left. (Laughter.)


A communication from the Sebergham Parish Council stated that they couldn't see their way to sanction the sewerage scheme, on account of the large expense which would fall upon the parish, and there not being sufficient water for flushing purposes; but a committee was appointed to further consider the matter. (Laughter)

The Chairman: I think it is right about and as you were.

Mr. RIDDELL: It was going to be such an awful amount of money for anything there is to take away.

The Inspector: It could be done for £130 out of current rates.

Mr. RIDDELL said if the sewage were taken down to the low end of the village and emptied into a ditch there, he did not think Mr. HESKETT would object.

The Inspector: If they do that the nuisance is abated.


Mr. J. SIBSON asked for ten days or a fortnight's holiday as his health had
got down below par. Work was well forward, and his son would attend to any
pressing demands. On the motion of Mr. WILLIAMSON, seconded by the Chairman, it was decided to grant him a fortnight's holiday. Mr. IVINSON asked if it wasn't usual to procure a certificate of ill-health. (Laughter.)

The Medical Officer: I will give him one. (Laughter.)


Mr. John ROUTLEDGE, of Sebergham, wrote asking the Council to accept his resignation, as he was leaving the district at Candlemas and thought the parish should be represented by someone with more abiding interest in it than he could have.

The Clerk said they could scarcely accept the resignation until the member went away; then it would be time to appoint his successor.

The Chairman asked is a member couldn't resign when he liked, on payment of
the resignation fee of a shilling?

The Clerk replied that they had to satisfy the Local Government Board that the resignation was for a reasonable cause, and there was no end of bother.