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The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period when the Bank was establishing a branch network, mostly in temporary accommodation, but eventually in permanent premises.
 
Small Heath branch was initially opened on September 1st 1919 in Green Lane Baths. Shortly afterwards, the branch was relocated to 417 Coventry Road. A permanent site was then found at 479 Coventry Road that saw the branch opened there on September 25th 1922.
 
Premises
 
 
Small Heath
 

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

With reference to premises at Small Heath the Manager stated that he had seen Mr Hoggins, the Baths Department Engineer, and an arrangement had been made with him for the use of the Green Lane Baths in connection with the Social Institute Committee. Mr Hoggins was putting repairs in hand and arranging to provide temporary accommodation for the Bank, which would be satisfactory for the time being. With regard to the premises at the corner of Jenkins Street and Coventry Road the Manager reported that he had an offer of these at £1,600 freehold. He read letter from the City Treasurer with reference to the purchase of premises at Small Heath when the subject was previously under consideration. The Committee discussed the matter, and it was,

 

306 RESOLVED:- That subject to the approval of the Council, steps be taken to purchase the premises at the corner of Jenkins Street and Coventry Road for use as a Branch Bank, at the sum of £1,600.

 

Bank Committee: September 22nd 1919

 

Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

With regard to the decision of your Committee to acquire premises at the corner of Coventry Road and Jenkins Street for use as a branch bank, your Sub-Committee have given consideration to how this purchase can best be carried through, and the purchase money provided, and they have referred the matter to the Lord Mayor and Chairman to consider in conference with the Acting Town Clerk and City Treasurer.

 

On Minute 306, it was

 

324 RESOLVED:- That the Estates Committee be requested to purchase the old Bank premises at the corner of Coventry Road and Jenkins Street and to rent a portion of the same to this Committee for use as a Branch Bank.

 

Bank Committee: October 6th 1919

 

On Minute No 324, the Committee were informed that the premises at the corner of Coventry Road and Jenkins Street had been sold to another tenant but that other premises had been secured at 417 Coventry Road.

 

340 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 324 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: November 3rd 1919

 

The Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee presented the following report:

 

Branch Bank Premises.

With reference to Minute No 340, the premises at No 417 Coventry Road have been secured for branch bank purposes at a rental of £30 per annum clear. Certain necessary repairs are now being carried out and it is intended to open the branch on Monday 3rd November.

 

357 RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee be approved.

 

Bank Committee: November 14th 1919

 

368 [The Chairman] stated that shop premises in Coventry Road, Small Heath, had been secured for a Branch Bank, and that considerable development of business had taken place since the opening of this Branch.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 10th 1921

 

On Minute No 375, the Manager reported as follows:

 

The owner of the present premises is disposed to sell, and Mr Wilde has been instructed to negotiate for purchase with entire vacant possession.

 

While it is in the interests of the Bank to obtain possession of these premises, the Manager cannot advise the Committee to regard them as suitable for a permanent Bank, and is of opinion the Committee should consider the obtaining of a permanent site for a permanent Bank to be set up at a more favourable time.

 

392 RESOLVED:- That consideration of the matter be adjourned pending receipt of Mr Wilde's Report.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 14th 1921

 

On Minute No 375, the Manager reported that Mr Wilde had made enquiries as to the possibility of acquiring the Branch Bank premises 417 Coventry Road, but the price required (£675) was considerably above the value of the property.

 

407 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to make enquiries as to other premises suitable for a Branch Bank in this District.

 

Finance &General Purposes Committee: June 13th 1921

 

On Minute No 407, the Manager submitted a Report from Mr F Wilde on his inspection of a freehold house in Coventry Road, Small Heath, which property there was a possibility of being able to secure for Branch Bank purposes. The Chairman of the Committee (Mr Councillor Appleby) having visited the house with the Manager had instructed Mr Wilde to negotiate with a view to purchasing the property, which it was understood there was a likelihood of acquiring for about £1,000.

 

460 RESOLVED:- That the action of Mr Councillor Appleby be approved and that the General Committee be recommended to authorise him to negotiate for the acquisition of the property at a sum not exceeding £1,000.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1921

 

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

 

Small Heath Branch.

Your Sub-Committee have had before them a Report from Mr F Wilde on his inspection of a freehold house in Coventry Road, Small Heath which property there was a possibility of being able to secure for Branch Bank purposes. The Chairman of your Committee (Mr Councillor Appleby) having visited the house with the Manager had instructed Mr Wilde to negotiate with a view to purchasing the property, which it was understood there was a likelihood of acquiring for about £1,000. Your Sub-Committee have approved the Chairman's action in the matter, and now recommend that he be authorised to carry through the negotiations with a view to purchasing the property at the figure mentioned.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing Report relating to the freehold house No 479, Coventry Road, the Committee were informed that it would probably not be possible to acquire the property for the figure mentioned, viz, £1,000. A further letter was submitted from Mr Wilde stating that the price required was now £1,250.

 

840 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee for reconsideration, with authority to carry out negotiations for the acquisition of the property at such sum as they may consider reasonable, not exceeding £1,250.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 11th 1921

 

480 On Minutes Nos 407 and 460, the following communication from the General Committee was received:

 

With reference to the paragraph in the report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee relating to the freehold house No 479, Coventry Road, the Committee were informed that it would probably not be possible to acquire the property for the figure viz: £1,000.

 

A further letter was submitted from Mr Wilde stating that the price required was now £1,250.

840 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee for reconsideration with authority to carry out negotiations for the acquisition of the property at such sum as they may consider reasonable not exceeding £1,250.

 

Bank Committee: September 19th 1921

 

Report to Committee:

Coventry Road premises.

Messrs Grimley & Sons now offer the present Bank premises for sale at £900. The property is leasehold for 68 years unexpired. There are two other tenancies which expire September 1922.

Mr Frank Wilde has the refusal of two shops Nos 433 and 435 Coventry Road at £1,000 each freehold, now used for Labour Exchange purposes, and which are leased for a period of 18 years with options to determine early. [This second paragraph was deleted in pencil.]

 

911 RESOLVED:- That Messrs Grimley & Sons be thanked for their offer to sell the present Bank premises No 417, Coventry Road, but that they be informed that this Committee are not prepared to purchase the property in question.

 

Bank Committee: October 3rd 1921

 

The Manager reported that, acting on the authority contained in Minute No 840, arrangements had now been made for the acquisition of freehold property No 479, Coventry Road, Small Heath, for the sum of £1,100. Completion was due to take place on the 14th November next.

 

It was pointed out that the property was subject to a covenant not to use it for any purpose other than that of a private dwellinghouse and the vendor would require an indemnity against any future breach.

 

918 RESOLVED:- That the Council be asked to approve the acquisition of No 479, Coventry Road, Small Heath, at the sum of £1,100, such sum to be defrayed out of the Bank funds and that, subject to such approval, the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and attach the Corporate Seal to any requisite documents in the matter and that the vendor be indemnified against any future breach of the covenant above referred to.

 

Report of the Bank Committee to the City Council: October 18th 1921:

 

NEW PREMISES FOR SMALL HEATH.

 

Your Committee have been in negotiation for permanent premises to serve the needs of this district, and have been successful in securing property which they feel can be satisfactorily adapted for this purpose, and the same is shown coloured pink on the plan annexed to this Report. The property, which is situate at 479, Coventry Road, is freehold, and consists of a dwelling house with grounds attached which will admit of additions and alterations to meet the needs of the Bank, and in accordance with No 10 of the Bank Rules they ask for the approval of the Council to their action. The lease of the present temporary premises at No 417, Coventry Road, expires on the 29th September, 1922, and it is proposed to have the new premises ready for occupation by that date.

 

Bank Committee: November 14th 1921

 

957 The following Minute of the City Council passed on the 18th October last, on presentation of the Committee Report was received:

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Appleby, seconded by Mr Alderman Sanders, and

RESOLVED:- 25,607. That the Bank Committee be, and they are hereby, authorised to complete the purchase of No 479, Coventry Road, Small Heath, as premises for a Branch Bank, at the price of £1,100, such sum to be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 12th 1921

 

544 The Manager reported as follows:

Small Heath Premises.

The lease on the present premises expires on the 29th September next, and it is important that the new premises recently purchased should be ready for occupation by that date. The Manager recommends that Mr McMichael be instructed to examine the property and prepare a plan of his proposals in collaboration with Mr Wilde, who conducted the negotiations for purchase, and that the internal repairs promised to the tenant and which form part of the agreement for taking over two rooms be dealt with in the contract which will be subsequently decided upon.

 

The Manager further asks the Committee to recommend entering into an agreement of tenancy with Mrs Neale (the present tenant) for 7 years with option to renew for a further period of 7 years, at a rental of £30 per annum, plus rates, and that compensation for disturbance of business be paid to Mrs Neale, the amount of such compensation to be fixed by Councillor Appleby.

 

561 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to arrange for Mr McMichael, Architect, to examine the premises at No 479 Coventry Road, Small Heath in collaboration with Mr Wilde, and to prepare and submit a plan and particulars showing proposals for adaption as a permanent Branch to this Sub-Committee, the alterations to include the internal repairs arranged to be carried out to the portion of the premises to be occupied by Mrs Neale.

 

562 RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to enter into an agreement for the tenancy of Mrs Neale (tenant of portion of No 479 Coventry Road) on the terms referred to in the Manager's report, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare any necessary documents in the matter also to agree to such compensation being paid to Mrs Neale for disturbance of business as may be considered reasonable by the Chairman of the General Committee and Manager, in conjunction with Mr Wilde.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1921

 

On Minute No 918 the Town Clerk presented the following report:

November 15th 1921

479, Coventry Road.

Troman to the Corporation.

I have to report that the purchase of the above property has been completed in accordance with your instructions.

The property is at present let to Mr J H Neale at a rental of £49. 12. 0.

I have made the following payments:

    Purchase Money, less deposit     £990. 0. 0.

    Apportionments                               £1. 6. 0.

    Stamp Duty                                    £11. 0. 0.

978 RESOLVED:- That the Minute No 918 be discharged.

 

1004 RESOLVED:- That such sum as compensation for disturbance of business be paid to Mrs Neale (tenant of 479 Coventry Road) as the Chairman and Manager, in conference with Mr Wilde, deem reasonable.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1921

 

1005 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into, and if necessary attach the Corporate Seal to a tenancy agreement with Mrs Neale for the agreed portion of No 479 Coventry Road, on the lines indicated in the foregoing report.

 

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