From our archives November 17 edition

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November 15 1910

FIGHTING: Frank Batchelor, labourer, Rugby, and William Hough, hay and straw dealer, Rugby were summoned for committing a breach of the peace by fighting at Rugby on October 29. Hough pleaded guilty and Batchelor not guilty.

PC Mighall stated that at 10.30 on the morning names he saw Batchelor push a truck against Hough’s legs while he was standing in Market Place. Hough struck Batchelor and three or four blows were exchanged on either side. Batchelor said he touched Hough quite by accident, and then he apologised. Defendants were fined 3s.

A FOUL Chimney: William Steed, grinder, 10 Rowland Street, Rugby, was summoned for allowing his chimney to be on fire on October 26. Defendant pleaded guilty and said he had only been in the house for three months. PC Miles proved the case and defendant was fined 6s 6d.

November 15 1961

A £4m order to supply two 350MW steam turbines for the Monmorah power station, Austrailia, has been awarded to the English Electrical Company.

The turbines will be the largest in the southern hemisphere and the contract to supply them was awarded by the Electricity Commission of New South Wales. The first machine is scheduled to go into commercial operation in November 1966 and the second a year later. They will both be made at Rugby works. The two 3,000rpm single line reheat steam turbine generators will be the most powerful to be installed in Australia. The Monmorah station to be built between Lake Munmorah and Luke Budgewoi, will be about ten miles away from the Vales Point power station. The site of the new station was chosen because of the vast coal deposits in the area and the ample supply of cooling water from Lake Munmorah. Steam pressure in the turbines will be 2,300 PSIG and the reheat temperatures will be 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas pressure in the alternator will be 45 PSIG. Electrical conditions are three-phase, 50 cycles, 17,500 volts.

November 20 1986

I HAVE now lived in the town centre for over two years and have seen at first hand the problems of car parking in our streets. From 8.30am to 9.30am those streets without restrictions fill up, much to the annoyance of residents. It is the cure of this problem that the borough and county council should address themselves to: more yellow lines or residents only parking bays, at £30 a year, will not cure it, those measures are only in response to the effect, not the cause.

The root is, of course, car parking charges, Those people employed within the town centre cannot afford all day parking five days a week. Their only alternative is the streets, therefore the problem. The control of car parking is in the hands of the borough council. Car parks are provided at ratepayers’ expense, those employed in the town are rate payers, so are residents. Why should they be expected to pay twice for the fact that they work or live in the centre?

Come on you borough councillors, you all have a privilege parking ticket for five days a week. Why not give all those employed in the town a fair crack of the whip?

Cllr M Adnitt