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Notes from Town Council Minutes

These are not full transcripts of the Minutes. They are my own notes.

1942-43       (November 1942 - November 1943)       Source: Newport-on-Tay Council Minutes, B79-1-42

Council: Ward 1: Frank Howard Fairweather, elected 1936, Provost; Arthur S Cram, elected 1938; Thomas Ferguson, co-opted 1940, senior bailie. Ward 2: Kenneth C Hayens, elected 1937; J Douglas Lawson, co-opted November 1941; John Dunn, co-opted November 1941. Ward 3: William Ramsay, elected 1936; John Wilkie, elected 1938; William Buchan Hutton, co-opted November 1940, junior bailie.
Mr Archibald S Cram appointed Senior Fire Guard, a full-time post.
Provost of Newport elected an ex-officio manager of the Dundee Savings Bank. Hopes for a branch in Newport in future?
January 1943. Retiral of Mr John Strath as headmaster of Newport School. He was 30 years at the school, 25 as head. Mr Muir to succeed him.
15 Mars Gardens: vacancy - offer to Arthur May.
Purchase of Austin 7 car, 1937 model (van), 45.
? Upgrade of Newport School to enable education to university entrance levels?
Resignation of Councillor Wilkie - leaving the district.
February 1943. Railings would be removed soon. They will include gates, despite Council objections.
Removal of railings commences 8 March 1943.
Co-option of John David McBeath Ross, D.Sc., 4 Hill Crescent, Wormit.
School sign at Robertson Place knocked down by a motor cycle ridden by a Norwegian.
Book drive - for salvage or use as replacements in blitzed libraries. Newport's suggested quota was 6000.
Unused Morrison table shelters to be sent to Worthing Council.
Water supplies: supplementary storage for supplies for fire service - Scottish Home & Health Dept. propose building them at the Council's yard at King Street & at the west side of the surface shelter in Newburgh Road - 2 x 11000 gallon tanks on concrete bases.
Street lighting has not been permitted in Newport.
Mr Newell is head fire guard.
June 1943. Use of a shop tenanted by A K Williamson, owned by Mrs Forbes, Lydbrook - to be let as a house to a member of the Air Force. This requires Dean of Guild permission as it has not previously been used as a house. Plans required.
Well at Bellevue has collapsed. Not a Council matter. Referred to owners. House unoccupied for some considerable time.
Thomas G Duncan's house, Newburgh Road: an eyesore. Could Council purchase for use as an open space?
Book drive: contribution far in excess of quota.
Mr William B McLaren, chief pharmacist to GPO, London, has been awarded BEM. He came from a family well-known in Newport.
Condition of gardens of requisitioned houses which aren't being used.
3 August 1943. Death of ex-councillor J Percy Sturrock. One result of his labours was the public park; connections with Boys Brigade in Newport; benefits gained by Councillor Cram while in BB under Mr Sturrock's leadership.
Dept. of Health requires Council to identify sites for post-war housing. At present, at the disposal of the Council is enough land for 16 additional houses. Defer consideration.
T Duncan's house: request by T Johnston, Dundee to use as a garden and the old house for storage. Council - 'rates would be as assessed'. Anyway, the Council have own plans for the property.
Gas statistics.

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