Street Lighting -Parish Council

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1853 March 18th LINCOLNSHIRE CHRONICLE POLICE OFFICER – The effect of having a police officer located amongst us, is very apparent, by the cessation of the burglarious and other acts of depredation with which this town and neighbourhood had been subjected by a lawless and desperate gang of thieves. The old adage of “Prevention is better than cure” has been fully demonstrated here, since the arrival of the police office. The want of gas to lighten the darkness of our streets is becoming more and more apparent; the lighting of the streets would confer a far greater boon to the town, than that of placing a clock in the church steeple.

CAISTOR – The funeral of G M Porter Esq Surgeon of this town took place on Friday. The corpse was conveyed to Clixby for internment. A large number of spectators assembled to witness the departure of the funeral cortege. A new lamp has been placed on the church porch greatly to the convenience of churchgoers as the light inside the porch was insufficient for the purpose of lighting the path leading to the porch.

1895 August 19th ….. Mr. Brown called attention to the irregular method of conducting the Lighting Act …. “That the Clerk of the Parish Council act henceforth as the Clerk of the Lighting Inspectors, and obtain from the late Clerk the documents relating to the business of the Inspectors.”…..

1895 September 16th …. the Council contract with the Gas Company for the lighting of the street lamps for the ensuing year on the following terms:-
To light 38 lamps at 5/9 per lamp per month
Payments to be made quarterly.
The lamps to be lighted at dusk each day and to continue lighted until eleven o’clock on each night (except the lamp in the centre of the Market Place of Caistor aforesaid, which shall remain lighted until daylight in the morning) except during five nights immediately preceding the night on which the moon is at the full, on that night, and on the night immediately succeeding on which nights the lamps shall be lighted only as occasion may require on the written request of two members of the Lighting Committee of the Council.
On Sunday nights the lights to be extinguished at ten o’clock instead of at eleven o’clock…

1932 November 15th An account amounting to £55 : 13 : 3 for Street Lighting to 30th November 1932 was received, examined and passed on to the Council with a recommendation for payment.
A letter was received from the Caistor Gas Company stating they would be prepared to undertake the Street Lighting for the period commencing 1st December on similar terms to those at present in force viz.:- 12/2 per lamp per lunar month, and after consideration it was unanimously resolved to recommend, that at the Parish Meeting … a Precept for £166 be asked for this to provide for the lighting of the whole of the lamps viz. (42).
….. the Parish Meeting be notified that consideration had been given by the Parish Council to the question of lighting all lamps for the period to coincide with the Daylight Saving instead of from 1st October to 31st March and as it was found that this would probably cost as much asw about £12 per annum more it was decided to ask the Parish Meeting for their opinion on the matter. Caistor Parish Council

1933 November 21st ….. Caistor Gas & Coke Coy. ….. would be prepared to undertake the street lighting for the year commencing on 1st December on similar terms as at present in force viz. 12/2 per lamp per lunar month and also stating the Company intend making certain alterations to improve the lighting at dangerous corners viz. Town Hall, Butter Market, South Dale, Cherry Holt, and have gone to considerable expense in purchasing high power lamps …… Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1934 March 27th … agreed with the Gas Company to a reduction for street lighting for the ensuing year of 5d per lamp per month which was considered very satisfactory. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

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Gas lamp in the Market Place

1934 September 18th Letters were received from the Lincolnshire and Howdenshire Electricity Company asking as to wheter the adoption of electricity street lighting may be considered ….. [The Council] ask if it would be possible ….for a representative to attend before this Council and explain their scheme ….. . Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1934 November 1st … this meeting had been called to meet representatives from the electricity company with a view to ascertaining as far as possible details with regard to considering the question of street lighting by electricity when same is laid on at Caistor. The Representatives stated they could not say how soon Caistor would be connected up, it depending on consents and wayleaves, but it would be in the near future. When laying mains in Caistor, these would be more numerous if the question of street lighting proved satisfactory in their favour, but the Company could not undertake street lighting until 1935, and if they entered into a contract for this it would have to be for a period of twenty years. They proposed to come from Market Rasen via Walesby, Normanby and Nettleton. The approximate figure for lighting the streets 8½ months during the year, not to be extinguished before 11 o’clock p.m. each evening would be £180 per annum. The Company would submit a quotation and hoped the Council would come to a decision before the completion of the Company’s work at Caistor……

…. The Clerk see Mr. Marrows (Clerk to the Caistor Rural District Council) and go into the question of the Lighting and Watching Act as to its abandonment and bringing street lighting under the Public Health Act ….Special Meeting of Caistor Town Council – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1934 November 13th A tender was received from the Caistor Gas & Coke Company for street lighting for the year 1934-35 at 11/6 per lamp per lunar month for the period from the 1st December 1934 to the 31st March 1935 and from the 1st October 1935 to the 30th November 1935 …. Price accepted

A tender was also received from the Lincolnshire and Howdenshire Electricity Coy. Quoting a price for the street lighting to commence on the 1st day of October 1935 on a twenty year contract ….. to be referred to the next meeting for further discussion.

Mr. Marrows, Clerk to the Caistor Rural District Council …. Presented a memorandum giving his views as to the abandonment of the Lighting and Watching Act 1833 under which the powers of the street lighting are now derived, and stating that lighting powers could be held under the Public Health Act 1875. If the Parish Meeting passed a resolution declaring the old lighting act abandoned, application could then be made to the Rural District Council asking for Section 161 of the Public Health Act 1875 to be put in force. Mr. Marrows also stated that delegation of powers could be given to the Parish Council under Section 88 of the Local Government Act 1933 should the Parish Council wish to continue to deal with the lighting.

… the Parish Meeting be asked to abandon the Lighting and Watching Act 1833, under Section 15, as and from the end of November 1935. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December

….. an application be made to Caistor Rural District Council for lighting powers to be obtained under Section 161 of the Public Health Act 1875….. such powers be delegated to this Council under Section 88 of the Local Government Act 1933. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1935 April 16th ….. tenders be asked for street lighting for ten and twenty year periods. Total number of hours to be lighted, 1200 each lamp, each year. The period for which the lamps must be lighted is from the 1st day of December to the 15th day of April and from the 15th day of September to the 30th day of November. Lamps to be extinguished at 11 o’clock p.m. during the lighting period. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

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Gas Lamp in the Butter Market / South Street

1935 June 25th Tenders were received and considered for street lighting for ten and twenty year periods, commencing on the first day of December 1935 as follows:
Lincolnshire & Howdenshire Electricity Coy. Ltd.
10 year period £172 per annum
20 year period £152 per annum
The Council to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the lamps.
The Caistor Gas & Coke Company Ltd.
10 year period £140 per annum
The Council to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the lamps and £150 per annum, the Company to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of lamps.
For a 20 year period the terms to be as per the 10 year period.
….. the Gas Company to be responsible for the lamps. [6 votes for gas and 1 for electricity]. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1936 February 4th A letter … from Mr. C. H. Cattermole making application for a street lamp to be placed on or near his property in North Street…. Committee cannot see their way clear to extend the lighting system at present. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

1938 November 28th A letter was received from the Caistor Rural District Council, asking whether if would be possible for the Parish Council (acting as the Lighting Authority) to arrange for an all night lighting service in the Market Place, Cornhill and Butter Market, if not all, any one of them, so as to enable the Rural District Council to make application for the registration of same as a parking place or places. The Clerk stated that the cost for an all night lighting in the Market Place, would amount to approximately £6 : 13 : 4 per annum …. recommend that arrangements be made for an all night lighting of the Market Place, providing the Rural District Council is able to obtain a Certificate of Exemption for the parking without lights, and that a reply be sent to this effect. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 –

1939 January 30th Letters from Caistor rural District Council:-
…. decided to make formal application to the County Council for the registration of the Market Place, Caistor as a parking place, and thanking … for the help given by arranging for an all night parking.
… enclosing a copy of the Chief Constable’s official exemption in connection with the lighting of vehicles on the parking place in the Market Place and asking … to arrange for all night lighting service to commence as soon as possible and also consider the question of erecting a suitable notice to motorists etc. informing them of parking without lights…. resolved no notice board be erected at present as it is thought the public would soon learn that parking without lights is permissible.

…. the lamp in the Market Place had become very dangerous and the removal was most urgent, …. arrangements were made to have it taken down, when it was found the plates at the base had broken and given way. By obtaining information and the probability of being able to purchase the town lamp from Market Rasen which was for sale …. went to inspect and came to the conclusion it was both suitable and cheaper to purchase and install than the repairing of the old lamp, or the purchase of a new one, finding the cost of the lamp being £3 plus removal and fitting we decided to purchase…. action be approved. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 –

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Gas lamp in the Horse Market

 

1939 March 27th Accounts …… from Messrs Lord & Sons for the erection of new lamp in the Market Place amounting to £10 : 17 : 3 ……. be left in the hands of Mr T. Lord to have the road signs replaced on the centre lamp in the Market Place. Caistor Parish Council Lighting Committee – Caistor Town Council Minutes 21st June 1932 – 12th December 1944

24th June 1939.
From the Home Office Air Raid Precautions Department asking for the name and address of the statutory undertaker supplying the means of street lighting and by whom the control of lighting etc. is carried out…. given all necessary information.

…. the Managers of the Caistor Senior Council School asking for consideration to be given … for the provision of additional street lamps near the entrance of the school on the Grimsby Road…. steps to have one erected as early as possible.

1939 September 25th …. Caistor Gas and Coke Company …. would be pleased to erect and maintain a lamp near the entrance to the new school on the Grimsby Road … would be in placed in position by the beginning of the lighting season. The yearly extra cost would be £3 : 12 : 0 ….

To see the Parish Council Lighting Committee Minutes for 1921 to 1925 click here 1921_1925-lighting-committee

To see the Parish Council Lighting Committee Minutes for 1926 to 1930 click here 1926_1930-lighting-committee

To see the Parish Council Lighting Committee Minutes for 1931 to 1935 click here 1931_1935-lighting-committee