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The Minutes reproduced below have been extracted from the records of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period up to July 1930
including the early years of the Bank
as a branch network was being established.
 

Sparkbrook branch was initially established in a Butcher's shop on September 1st 1919, and then extended into a greengrocer's shop next door. These two properties were converted to form the Bank's first permanent branch - opened July 25th 1921.

 
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Sparkbrook
 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 21st 1919

 

73        RESOLVED:- That the Chairman of the General Committee and the Manager be instructed to deal with the question of the needed alterations for the purpose of improving the security of the Branch Bank premises at Small Heath, Ladywood, Lozells and Sparkbrook, reporting to this Sub-Committee thereon.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

Special Report of the Manager to the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

The "hold ups" which have recently been reported at various Banks compel me to draw your urgent attention to the unsatisfactory condition of several of your premises, and to urge that immediate steps be taken to secure the safety of both money and staff.

 

In accordance with your previous decision, I have supplied each Branch Superintendent and the Chief Cashier at Head Office with a revolver and the necessary ammunition, and instructions to its use have been given by Mr Carver, one of the Superintendents and an ex-officer of His Majesty's Forces. I have further thought it advisable to provide police whistles.

 

With regard to the premises, I have thought it advisable to report upon each one separately as follows:

 

Sparkbrook. The premises here are the front shop only. We are sub-tenants only on a monthly tenancy, and no agreement exists. The tenant will not sign the agreement prepared by the Town Clerk, and the tenant is not satisfactory to the landlord, who is trying to get rid of him. The Bank Staff could have access to the rooms behind in case of emergency, but the approach is bad. This is the most successful branch, and there are always three officials present. Little more can be done with the tenancy as it exists.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 2nd 1920

 

[Extract from Report of the Assistant Chief Constable, regarding the security of premises, on a visit of inspection that had been made to

branches on December 17th 1919]

Sparkbrook. Protection cannot be improved.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 30th 1920

 

The Manager reported that, in view of the inadequate accommodation at the Sparkbrook Branch he had caused enquiries to be made for more suitable premises. He submitted particulars of freehold property at the corner of Stratford Road and Ladypool Road, consisting of 7 shops, which, with one exception, were let on annual tenancies.

 

120    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to request the Housing and Estates Committee to take the necessary steps to purchase the block of property Numbers 195, 197, 199, 201, 203, 205, and 195a, Stratford Road at an approximate sum of 3000, plus reasonable costs.

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920

412 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was received:

 

Premises at Sparkbrook.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that they have had under consideration the question of the Branch Bank premises at Sparkbrook. For some time past, it has been found that the present premises (No 163 Stratford Road) were inadequate to meet the growing requirements of the Bank in this locality, and it is felt that the time has arrived when it is essential to obtain more commodious and suitable premises; otherwise it is feared that the cramped condition under which the business of the Bank is carried on there, may have a detrimental effect on the progress of the Branch, which up to the present has met with considerable success.

 

Enquiries have accordingly been made as to freehold property at the corner of Ladypool Road and Stratford Road, consisting of 7 shops Nos 195, 197, 199, 201, 203, 205 & 195a Stratford Road. These premises are let on annual tenancies, with the exception of No 205, in which case there is a three years' agreement expiring in 1922. It is thought that it may be possible to acquire the property for 3,000, plus reasonable costs; and should the purchase be carried out it is suggested that one of the shops be utilised as a Branch Bank until it is possible to obtain possession of No 205, which is now used as a garage, and appears to be highly suitable for the purposes of a large Branch Bank. The remainder of the property could either be re-sold or let, as may seem most desirable.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion for the reasons above stated, that it would be desirable to acquire the block of property referred to, and recommend that the Housing & Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to carry the purchase into effect.

 

413 RESOLVED:- That the Housing & Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to purchase the shopping in Stratford Road referred to in the foregoing Report at an approximate sum of 3000 plus reasonable costs.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 20th 1920

 

Security of Branch Banks. Members of the Committee have, since the last meeting, visited the Branch Banks with the view of adopting measures for the safe custody of the cash and the better protection of the staff. The reports of the Manager and Assistant Chief Constable been considered and certain directions given thereon as follows:

 

Sparkbrook. More adequate premises to be obtained.

 

The Chief Constable has notified the police covering the whole areas to pay particular attention to the Bank premises and has issued a full list of Police Stations with telephone numbers.

 

Having regard to the continued raids on banks and Post Offices, it might be desirable to fix a bell outside each daily Branch, which can be operated from inside by the foot.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 27th 1920

 

On Minute No 120 the Deputy Manager reported that the negotiations in regard to the premises at the corner of Stratford Road and Ladypool Road had not materialised, and the price required had now risen considerable. In view of the possibility of the property being put up for sale by auction it was:

 

137     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to obtain a Report from Messrs Shaw, Gilbert & Carver as to the actual value of the property, before taking further steps in the matter.

 

137a On Minute No 132 the following communication was received from the Housing and Estates Committee:

 

February 10th 1920

1925. RESOLVED:- That the Council be recommended to purchase the properties in Stratford Road and High Street, Kings Heath, for branch bank purposes, the Bank Committee to pay by way of rent all outgoings in connection therewith until such time as they are in a position to take the properties over and that the difference, if any, then remaining be credited to the Bank Committee.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 26th 1920

 

The Manager presented the following Reports:

 

Sparkbrook Premises.

The tenant of these premises who sub-let the shop front to the Bank, gave notice increasing his terms from 10/- to 30/- per week.

 

The tenant has refused all along to sign any agreement as regards the tenancy, but the Manager was able to secure a signed agreement to an extended tenancy at an increased rental of 5. 0. 0d. per annum, and the Town Clerk, on the authority of the Chairman, has now secured a signed agreement in the matter.

 

Premises at Corner of Ladypool Road.

The Manager submits a report from Messrs Shaw, Gilbert & Carver upon these premises, which were advertised to be sold by auction on the 25th instant.

 

Bank Committee: March 29th 1920

Report of the Town Clerk:

 

Branch Municipal Bank. 163 Stratford Road.

I have to report that, at the request of your Bank Manager made on the instructions of your Chairman, I have completed an Agreement with Mr Berkley Wright for tenancy of the above premises at an annual rent of 31.

I shall be glad if you will kindly confirm the action of the Chairman.

(Sgd) F H C Wiltshire. Town Clerk.

 

440 RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved and the action of the Chairman therein referred to confirmed.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 23rd 1920

 

On Minutes Nos 120 and 137, the Manager reported that the property in Stratford Road had been put for auction, but had not been sold.

 

179     RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman of the General Committee and the Manager with authority to make a firm offer for the acquisition of the premises Nos 195, 195a, 197, 199, 201, 203 and 205, Stratford Road up to the sum of 4,500 and that the General Committee and the Housing and Estates Committee be asked to confirm any arrangement they may come to on the lines indicated.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 30th 1920

 

196 On Minute No 179, the Manager stated that an offer had been made to Messrs Grimley & Sons (the owner's Agents) to purchase the Stratford Road property for 4000, and they had agreed to advise the owner to accept this offer. A further communication would be received in due course.

 

Bank Committee: May 3rd 1920

 

475 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

Stratford Road premises.

Your Sub-Committee have had under further consideration the question of acquiring the 7 shops Nos 195 &c Stratford Road. The Committee will recollect that it was originally thought possible to acquire the property for 3000, plus reasonable costs, but the negotiations did not materialise. The property was recently put up for sale by auction, but as the reserve price was not reached the premises are still on the market.

 

Your Chairman and Manager have on the authority of your Sub-Committee made a firm offer of 4000 for the acquisition of the premises in question and the confirmation of your Committee is asked to any arrangement that may be made at or near the price mentioned.

 

477 RESOLVED:- That the action of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee in authorising the Chairman and Manager to make a firm offer for the acquisition of the shopping in Stratford Road, on the lines indicated in foregoing Report, be confirmed.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 4th 1920

 

On Minutes Nos 179 & 196, the Manager reported that the premises Nos 195 &c, Stratford Road, had now been disposed of to another party.

 

220     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to instruct Mr Wilde to make enquiries as to the possibility of leasing or acquiring a portion of the above premises for Branch Bank purposes.

 

Bank Committee: June 7th 1920

 

514a The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was received:

 

Shopping 195 etc Stratford Road.

The Committee will recollect that the Chairman and Manager were authorised to negotiate for the purchase of the above premises, but your Sub-Committee regret to report that the property has now been disposed of to another party.

 

In view of the urgency of obtaining suitable premises in the locality for Branch Bank purposes at an early date, your Sub-Committee have authorised instructions to be given to Mr Wilde to make enquiries as to the possibility of leasing or acquiring part of the above premises for this purpose.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 2nd 1920

 

On Minute No 220, the Manager reported that the Bank's Valuer had made enquiries as to the leasing of a portion of the property at corner Ladypool and Stratford Roads, but nothing could be arranged in the matter.

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Stratford Road Premises.

 

The Manager heard that two shops were to become vacant on the Stratford Road, just beyond Ladypool Road, and after communicating with Messrs Stone, Hooper & Pickard, he saw the Chairman, who accompanied him to the premises, and saw Mr Heath, the owner of the same.

 

The rental of the two shops with dwelling accommodation is 150 per annum

 

There is some dispute as to possession at the present time, in which matter the Official Receiver is interested, and the Chairman is in touch with both the Agents and the Official Receiver.

 

The Manager recommends that the matter be left to the Chairman and himself to obtain possession of these premises at the figure mentioned, and that they be authorised accordingly.

 

250    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to empower their Chairman and Manager to obtain a lease of the two shops in Stratford Road, referred to in the above Report, or alternatively to negotiate for other suitable premises in the District.

 

243    RESOLVED:- That Minute No 220 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Stratford Road premises.

Endeavours have been made to lease a portion of the property at Corner of Ladypool Road (which your Committee recently sought to acquire) but without success.

 

Other enquiries have been made for suitable premises in Stratford Road and the Chairman and Manager have been in communication with Messrs Stone Hooper & Pickard as to renting 2 shops on the main road a little distance from the existing Branch Bank premises.

 

The matter is held up at present owing to the possession of the property being in dispute. The question of providing adequate accommodation for this Branch being of an urgent nature, your Sub-Committee recommend that the Chairman and Manager be empowered to secure these premises if possible when available, or to negotiate for other suitable premises in this district.

 

540 RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Manager be empowered to if possible obtain a lease of the 2 shops in Stratford Road, referred to in the foregoing Report, or if considered more desirable to negotiate for other suitable premises in the District.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

556 With reference to the Sparkbrook Branch the Manager reported that the owner of Nos 161-163, Stratford Road was prepared to accept 1,800 for the property. It would only be possible, however, to obtain early possession of one of the shops, and this would be insufficient for the purposes of the Bank. The question of obtaining suitable premises in this locality was left in the hands of the Chairman and Manager as authorised by Minute No 540.

 

Bank Committee: August 30th 1920

 

572 On Minute Nos 540 and 556, the Manager reported that the negotiations with Messrs Stone, Hooper and Pickard with reference to the acquisition or leasing of certain premises in Stratford Road had now fallen through. The question of securing the premises at present utilised as Branch (No 163) and the adjoining premises (No 161) was now under consideration, but the matter was held up owing to the difficulty of obtaining possession of No 161.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 1st 1920

 

The Manager reported that, on the authority of the Chairman, arrangements had been made for the purchase of the freehold premises Nos 161, 163, Stratford Road, for the sum of 1800, plus 25 for fixtures.

 

291    RESOLVED:- That a General Committee be recommended to request the Housing & Estates Committee to purchase the premise above referred to at the sum mentioned, and to authorise the obtaining of such professional advice as may be necessary for carrying out any required alterations.

 

292     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to arrange with the Poor Law Authorities for the storage of furniture etc of Mr Wright, former tenant of No 161, Stratford Road, but that the request for payment of rates and rent on behalf of this man be not complied with.

 

 

Bank Committee: October 4th 1920

 

603 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Premises at Sparkbrook.

With reference to the negotiations which have been taking place for some time past as to the acquisition of premises for a Branch Bank at Sparkbrook, your Sub-Committee have now arranged for the purchase of freehold property Nos 161 and 163 Stratford Road, for the sum of 1,800 and a further charge of 25 for the fixtures. It will be recollected that the shop portion of No 163 has been used as a Branch Bank since the opening of the Bank in September of last year.

 

In view of the urgency of the matter, your Sub-Committee have authorised the Town Clerk to enter into a firm Contract in the matter, and they now recommend that their action be confirmed and that the Housing and Estates Committee be asked to complete the purchase on behalf of the Bank as in other cases.

 

Alterations to Sparkbrook premises.

Your Sub-Committee are giving consideration to the question of the structural alterations necessary to be made to these premises for the purposes of the Branch, and recommend that they be empowered to obtain such professional advice on the matter as may be necessary.

 

608 RESOLVED:- That the Housing and Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to purchase Nos 161 and 163 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, referred to in the foregoing Report at the sum of 1,800, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal any necessary documents in the matter.

 

609 RESOLVED:- That the Finance and & General Purposes Sub-Committee be authorised to obtain such professional advice as may be necessary in connection with the required structural alterations to 161-163 Stratford Road.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 22nd 1920

 

311 On Minute No 292, the Manager reported that the furniture and stores belonging to Mr Wright and Mrs Wright had been removed to the care of the Guardians in accordance with the signed authority of Mr Wright. On the  advice of the Guardians' officers, the premises had been stoved by the Public Health Department.

 

An application had been received from Messrs J H Leeson & Sons for the rent due to Mr Wright to be paid over at the time of completion of the purchase of these premises. The Sub-Committee saw no reason to depart from the decision contained in the above Minute.

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

The Chairman and the Manager have discussed with Mr McMichael, Architect, Colmore Row, the alterations to be effected at Sparkbrook premises to make them more satisfactory, and they have instructed the Architect to at once prepare specification and obtain tenders for decorating and repairing the living accommodation behind No 163, Stratford Road, so that the same can be tenanted, and also to put a fencing, giving the right of way to the tenant of No 161, Stratford Road. The Manager asks that the acceptance of this tender and the carrying out of this work should be left to the Chairman and himself.

 

It is proposed to sub-let the premises at a rental of 10/- per week, plus the proportion of rates, to be decided by the Rating Authority.

 

The larger scheme involving the making of the two shops into one for the purposes of the Bank will be brought forward at a subsequent meeting, with plans etc for the consideration of the Committee.

 

Mr Henry Goodyear, the tenant of 161, Stratford Road, has seen the Manager regarding continuing his tenancy. It appears that besides Mr Goodyear, his wife and two children who occupy certain rooms, there is a Mr Johnson, his wife and two boys occupying other rooms. Goodyear has been paying a rental of 40 plus rates to the previous tenant, Mr Barnes. The Manager has told Mr Goodyear that if he remains on these premises, the sub-tenant must be got rid of as the Bank cannot allow any sub-tenancies. The Manager asks that this matter of arranging terms and conditions of the tenancy of 161, Stratford Road, should be left to the Chairman and himself.

 

312     RESOLVED:- That the Chairman, Mr Councillor Appleby, and the Manager be authorised to accept the most suitable tender for decorating and repairing the living accommodation at No 163 Stratford Road and for constructing the required fencing, referred to in the foregoing Report; also that the Manager be instructed to sublet such accommodation, when available, at a rental of 10/- per week, plus proportion of rates.

 

314     RESOLVED:- That the Chairman, Mr Councillor Appleby and the Manager be authorised to arrange the terms and conditions of the tenancy of the living accommodation, No 161, Stratford Road.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

632 On Minute No 608, the following communication was submitted from the Housing and Estates Committee:

 

2476 RESOLVED:- That the Council be recommended to approve the purchase of Nos 161 and 163 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook for Branch Bank purposes at the sum of 1,800, the Bank Committee to be responsible for the whole of the outgoings in connection with the property, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and seal any documents in the matter.

(The Clerk reported that the approval of the Council to the purchase had now been obtained.)

 

636 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

161-163 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook.

With reference to your Committee's Minute No 609, arrangements have now been made for plans to be prepared of the required internal alterations necessary to combine the two shops for the purpose of the Bank, and the same will be submitted to your Committee in due course.

 

Instructions have also been given for a Specification to be prepared and Tenders obtained for decorating and repairing the living accommodation behind No 163 Stratford Road, so that the same can be tenanted, and also for putting up a fence giving right of way to the tenant of No 161.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: November 19th 1920

 

On Minutes Nos 312 and 314, the Manager reported as follows:

 

The Manager has accepted, on the authority of the Chairman, the tender of Mr Richard Hunt, amounting to 217 for repairs and decorations to the internal accommodation behind No 163 Stratford Road, the construction of the new right of way for the tenant behind No 161, and certain outside repairs required at both premises. The whole of the work will be done under the supervision of Mr Gerald McMichael, Architect.

 

As regards the tenancy of No 161 Stratford Road, this matter is to be continued.

 

The premises behind No 163 Stratford Road have been let to Mr H Atkinson, an ex-soldier, at 10/-d per week plus proportion of rates. Mr Atkinson will also act as evening branch Clerk at Sparkbrook on Monday and Saturday evenings.

 

The fixtures at 163 Stratford Road have been sold by Mr Wilde for the sum of 16. 10. -d. and a cheque paid into the Bank.

 

342     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to confirm the action of the Chairman and Manager in accepting the Tender of Mr R Hunt for the repairs etc, above referred to at the sum of 217.

 

Bank Committee: November 22nd 1920

 

673 The following Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Sparkbrook Premises.

As authorised by Minute No 609, your Sub-Committee have engaged Mr Gerald McMichael, ARIBA, of Colmore Row, to advise them as to the alterations needed to adapt the shopping 161/163, Stratford Road to the Bank requirements.

 

Mr McMichael attended the last Meeting and explained to the Sub-Committee his proposals, submitting also plans and specifications and the following Tenders:

           Mr F J Briley              1,421

           Baker & Sons            1,482

              Sparkbrook

 

Your Sub-Committee carefully considered the same, and now recommend that the Tender of Mr F J Briley at 1,421 for the carrying out of the alterations to the 2 shops Nos 161 & 163, Stratford Road be accepted, subject to adjustment in detail, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary Contract and affix the Corporate Seal thereto. The cost of the alterations to be met out of the funds of the Bank, if possible.

 

With reference to the required repairs and decorations to the living accommodation at the rear of 163 Stratford Road, the construction of a new right of way through the land behind No 161, and certain outside repairs required to both premises, your Chairman and Manager have accepted the Tender of Mr R Hunt amounting to 217, for the carrying out of the work, which will be done under the supervision of Mr McMichael.

 

Arrangements have now been made to let the living accommodation at the rear of No 163 to Mr H Atkinson (an ex-soldier) at a rental of 10/- per week, plus proportion of the rates. Mr Atkinson will also act as Evening Branch Clerk at Sparkbrook.

 

With reference to alterations to shopping 161 and 163 Stratford Road mentioned in the foregoing Report, Mr McMichael, Architect, attended before the Committee and submitted plans of the alterations proposed.

 

676 RESOLVED:- That the tender of Mr F J Briley at the sum of 1421 for the carrying out of the alterations to the 2 shops Nos 161 and 163 Stratford Road in accordance with the plan and Specifications submitted, be accepted, subject to such adjustments as may be necessary to bring such tender into conformity with the Corporation Conditions; that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary Contract and affix the Corporate Seal thereto; and that subject to the approval of the Finance Committee, the amount of 1421 referred to be defrayed from Revenue.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1920

 

On Minute No 354 the Manager presented the following Report:

HEATING & LIGHTING OF BRANCHES.

 

This matter has been carefully looked into by the Chairman, Councillors Gelling and Ward, who have visited the various branches. The position is summarised below with the recommendations:

 

Sparkbrook.

These premises very cold owing to their construction and the position they occupy. The present electric radiator gives out only sufficient heat to warm the lower part of the premises in its immediate vicinity, and the constant opening and closing of the door to admit the public nullifies the effect of the radiator. In view of the alterations at this Branch, it is recommended that the architect be requested to advise upon the matter, and that, in the meantime, suitable oil stoves be obtained to carry over the winter. To introduce gas radiators at the moment would cost 21. 19. 6d.

 

From the foregoing it will be seen that the general conclusions arrived at are:

1. That electric heating is not a satisfactory method, having regard to the nature of the business.

2. That it is necessary to give the impression that the Bank is open during business hours, and to do this the outer door should be opened and vestibules arranged.

3. That where the premises are only in the nature of temporary premises or are otherwise fairly satisfactorily heated, additional warmth should be procured by oil stoves.

 

A statement was submitted showing the comparative costs of electric lighting and heating and gas, and while it was found that during the Christmas and Lady Day quarters last year the electric lighting and heating cost 26 at Sparkbrook and 21 at Lozells, gas lighting and heating at Duddeston and Saltley combined only worked out at 3. 14. 0d. The hours of business at these branches during the periods taken were the same.

 

The electric wires and fittings are on the hire purchase system, the installation becoming the property of the Bank at the expiration of 3 years.

 

The electric radiators are on the permanent hire system, and the agreements are for 3 years. It is recommended that the Electric Supply Department be asked to consent to the cancellation of the agreements in the cases where it is advisable to substitute gas heating.

 

The gas radiators (except in the cases of Aston Cross and Bearwood) are on the permanent hire system and the agreements are for 2 years. It is recommended that Gas Department be asked to consent to the cancellation of the agreements in the cases now on the permanent hire system, and to substitute fresh agreements on the hire purchase system.

 

367     RESOLVED:- That the Report be approved and the General Committee recommended to adopt the recommendations therein contained.

 

On Minute No 314, the Manager reported as follows:

 

Tenancy of No 161 Stratford Road.

 

Councillors Gelling and Ward have had before them Mr H Goodyear, the present occupier, and told him he must get rid of his sub-tenant, Mr Johnson. He asked for a month in which to accomplish this, but the members were not disposed to give him any time, and told Goodyear they wished him to vacate also. Goodyear has really no intention of leaving and Johnson says he will not go unless he is found alternative accommodation. In the meantime no rent is being paid. Goodyear paid the former tenant 40 a year plus rates, and sub-let to Johnson certain rooms at 18/-d. a week including gas. Goodyear has returned the rate demand, as he contends he is not liable for the whole. Mr Lancaster has been asked to assess the rateable value of the premises between the Bank and Goodyear.

 

364     RESOLVED:- That the question of the tenancy and sub-tenancy of No 161 Stratford Road and the proposed renting of the stabling at rear, be referred to Mr Councillor Appleby and the Manager, with authority to take such action in these matters as they may consider desirable.

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

161 Stratford Road.

 

Application is submitted from Charles Thompson, Chemist, for the sale or letting of stable behind No 161.

 

General Purposes Committee: January 10th 1921

 

Sparkbrook Stabling. Mr Thompson, Chemist, has been asked to submit an offer for purchase of the stabling as it stands.

 

Bank Committee: January 17th 1921

 

On Minute No 676 (161-163 Stratford Road) the following Minute of the Finance Committee was received:

 

17899 RESOLVED:- That the Bank Committee be informed that subject to the amount being provided from the surplus earnings of the Bank, this Committee offer no objection to the alterations of two shops Nos 161 and 163 Stratford Road, as a branch Bank, at an estimated cost of 1421.

 

With reference to this matter, the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

December 31st 1920

I have prepared and completed a Contract with Mr Frederick J Briley, for carrying out alterations and additions required to 161 and 163 Stratford Road.

The Corporate Common Seal has been affixed to the document which is dated 8th December instant.

 

708 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 676 be discharged.

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 17th 1921

 

Tenancy of 161, Stratford Road.

Arrangements have now been made for Mr Henry Goodyear, the tenant of the living accommodation at rear of No 161, Stratford Road, to pay a rental of 10/- per week, plus proportion of rates.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 14th 1921

 

On Minute No 383, it was

420 RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Manager be requested to consider and report their recommendation as to the desirability of letting or otherwise disposing of the stabling at rear of 163, Stratford Road.

 

 

 

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