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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 up to December 1929 including the early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
 
Rotton Park branch was initially opened on a part-time basis on September 1st 1919.The location was 368 Dudley Road, the offices of the Screw, Nut, Bolt and Rivet Trade Society. Premises at 155 - 159 Dudley Road were acquired and a daily branch was opened at No 157 on July 9th 1920. From December 28th 1922 to June 1923, temporary premises were occupied at
7 Heath Street whilst 155 and 157 Dudley Road were amalgamated and reconstructed.The branch transferred to the refurbished, permanent premises on June 16th 1923.
 
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Rotton Park
 

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

The Manager reported that a tender for structural alterations & provisions of a counter for Rotton Park Branch from Mr J Hardeman was accepted.

 

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:

 

Rotton Park. The premises used for this evening Branch are an office belonging to the Screw Nut & Rivet Trade Union. There is reasonable access, and frequently members of the Union are in other rooms during Bank hours.

 

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:

 

Rotton Park. Larger signs and better lighting.

 

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.

 

101    RESOLVED:- That, in view of the increased business at the Rotton Park Branch, the Manager be instructed to make arrangements for opening the same on Saturday afternoons.

 

Bank Committee: January 5th 1920: Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee

 

Rotton Park Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that, in view of the increase of deposits at this Branch, the Manager be instructed to make arrangements for opening the same on Saturday afternoons.

 

397 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to make the necessary arrangements for opening the Rotton Park Branch on Saturday afternoons.

 

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

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Premises at Dudley Road.

 

Since your last meeting an opportunity has presented itself of purchasing premises situate at 155, 157 and 159 Dudley Road. The premises are shops and dwelling houses, and possession of the middle shop can be obtained. Your Chairman has visited the site with the Manager and Agent. They are situate in the middle of a busy shopping centre, and appear to be quite suitable for Bank purposes.

 

The property was offered to the Bank at 2,000, and Mr Wilde was instructed to negotiate, and authorised to go to the extent of 1,750. On Saturday, the 13th March, the Owner came down in his price to 1,850, and further negotiations proceeded, with the result that he declined to move below 1,800, and that unless a decision was given forthwith he should accept another offer which had been made to him. After careful consideration the Chairman authorised the purchase being arranged at that figure, and Mr Wilde has concluded the same.

 

The Owner is prepared to enter a three years' agreement to rent No 155 at 30 per annum, and No 159 at 45 per annum.

 

The whole of the property is freehold.

 

It is recommended that the Housing & Estates Committee should be asked to purchase this property on behalf of the Bank; and that until the Bank funds are in a position to enable the Committee to take over the same, the Bank should be charged a rent on the same lines as other property purchased by them.

 

It is further recommended that an agreement be entered into for the sub-letting of the two premises No 155 and 159.

 

160     RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman and Manager in regard to Nos 155, 157 and 159, Dudley Road, be confirmed, and that the General Committee be recommended to request the Housing & Estates Committee to take the necessary steps to purchase the premises referred to at the sum of 1800, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare the necessary documents in the matter

 

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

 

On Minute 160 the following communications were received from the Housing and Estates Committee:

 

On Minute No 2035 the following report of the Town Clerk was received:

Premises 155, 157 and 159 Dudley Road, Winson Green.

I have to report that the Vendor's Solicitor informs me that the reason of his client's selling this property is that he is leaving Birmingham for Cheltenham. His client has been negotiating for the purchase of other premises in Cheltenham but is unable to complete the contract until he has entered into a firm contract for the sale and Purchase of the above property. He cannot see his way therefore to wait until the matter has been before the City Council, and I shall accordingly be glad to receive your instructions.

 

2067. RESOLVED:- That the Report of the Town Clerk be referred to the Bank Committee for consideration.

 

2035. RESOLVED:- That the Council be recommended to approve the purchase of premises Nos 155, 157 and 159, Dudley Road, for the purposes of a Branch Bank, 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 same over, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and seal any documents necessary in the matter.

 

187     RESOLVED:- That, in view of the necessity for completing the purchase of the Dudley Road property immediately, and having regard to the fact that the Housing and Estates Committee have not yet obtained the sanction of the City Council to such purchase, this Sub-Committee hereby agree to indemnify the Housing and Estates Committee against any liability in this connection, and that the General Committee be asked to confirm the above arrangement.

 

The Manager stated that the taking over for Branch Bank purposes of the Dudley Road property would be a favourable opportunity of transferring the business of the Rotton Park Branch to these premises. Mr Garner, the Clerk in charge had now secured another appointment and his resignation had been accepted.

 

183     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps to transfer the business of the Rotton Park Branch to the new premises in Dudley Road, when practicable, and to make such arrangements as to the staffing of the Branch as he may consider desirable.

 

Bank Committee: May 3rd 1920

 

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

 

Rotton Park Branch.

 

The taking over of the Dudley Road premises, when available, appears to your Sub-Committee a favourable opportunity for transferring the business of the Rotton Park Branch to the said premises and they have instructed the Manager to take steps accordingly.

 

The resignation of Mr Garner, the Clerk in charge at this Branch has been accepted, he having secured another appointment, and the Manager has been authorised to make such arrangements as to staffing the Branch as he may consider desirable.

 

478 RESOLVED:- That the action of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee in agreeing to indemnify the Housing and Estates Committee against any liability incurred in connection with the completion of the purchase of premises Nos 155, 157 and 159 Dudley Road, be confirmed.

 

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

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Dudley Road Premises.

 

Arrangements have been made by the Town Clerk for the Bank to obtain possession of No 157 Dudley Road; and Mr Hunt has received instructions to fix the necessary counter and do other repairs to the shop and living accommodation.

 

The Manager recommends that the living accommodation be sub-let at 10/-d per week plus rates.

 

It has been arranged for Mr Watkins to take possession of No 155 on a three years' agreement, at 30 per annum, and No 159 for the same term at 45 per annum. Messrs Restall, Round & Co, the Solicitors acting for Mr Watkins, state that their client has received an offer for the purchase of the business at No 155 Dudley Road, and that the applicant is desirous of having a new shop front fitted for the purpose of the business, for which he would pay a corresponding increase of rent; and further, subject to the Bank meeting the applicant in this way, Messrs Restall, Round & Co, ask whether there would be any objection to the intended lease of the premises being granted direct to the purchaser of their client's business.

 

The Manager recommends that the two requests of Messrs Restall, Round & Co, be complied with; and that the fixing of the rental be left in the hands of the Chairman and himself, as soon as an estimate of the cost is obtained.

 

245     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to comply with the request of Messrs Restall, Round & Co, referred to in the above Report, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare leases of Nos 155 and 159 Dudley Road in accordance with the arrangements indicated.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

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

 

Dudley Road premises.

 

Arrangements have now been made for the Bank to obtain possession of No 157 Dudley Road for Branch purposes and your Sub-Committee have authorised the Manager to sublet the living accommodation on suitable terms.

 

It has been arranged to lease to Mr Watkins No 155 Dudley Road at 30 per annum and No 159 at 45 per annum on a 3 years' agreement in each case. Messrs Restall Round & Co (Mr Watkins' Solicitors) now state, however, that their client has received an offer for the purchase of the business at No 155 and that the applicant is desirous of having a new shop front fitted for which he would pay a corresponding increase in rent. They also ask whether the proposed lease could be granted direct to the purchaser of their client's business. The desired alteration would involve an expenditure of about 156.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend to comply with the request of the Solicitors to grant the lease of No 155 direct to the purchaser and that subject to the purchaser agreeing to pay a rental of 45 per annum, the desired alterations to the shop be made, also that upon such agreement being confirmed the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the requisite documents in the matter and if necessary affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

537 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and if necessary attach the Corporate Seal to the leases of premises Nos 155 and 159 Dudley Road on the terms mentioned in the foregoing Report, and that, subject thereto the Manager be instructed to have carried out the alteration to No 155 Dudley Road referred to.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

With regard to the tenancy of the Rotton Park premises the Manager reported that an application had been received from the Chief Constable for the occupation thereof by a Police Detective Officer.

 

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

 

The Manager reported that certain repairs were necessary at the Dudley Road premises, including the demolition of a greenhouse and building a wall. A tender for carrying out the work had been received from Mr Hunt at the sum of 33.

 

265     RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to Councillors Gelling and Ward with the Manager, with power to obtain tenders for the carrying out of such work as they consider necessary and to accept the most suitable of such Tenders.

 

Bank Committee: August 30th 1920

 

On Minute No 453, the following Report of the Town Clerk was read:

 

155, 157 and 159 Dudley Road. Watkins to the Corporation

 

I have to report that in accordance with the above Minute, I have completed the purchase for the sum of 1800 from Messrs L C W & C J Watkins, of the freehold property Nos 155, 157 and 159 Dudley Road, required for the purpose of a Branch Municipal Bank.

 

568 RESOLVED:- That the foregoing Report be approved.

 

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

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Tenancy of 157, Dudley Road.

 

The Assistant Chief Constable has made representations on behalf of the tenant behind the Rotton Park Branch premises, with a view to the rent of same being reduced. The Manager recommends that the question of fixing the rental of these premises should be left to Councillors Gelling and Ward.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

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

 

Repairs to Branch Bank Premises.

 

In view of the urgent repairs required to Branch Bank premises at Great Lister Street and Dudley Road, the following tenders have been accepted for the carrying out of the work in accordance with Specifications prepared by Mr Wilde:

 

Great Lister St           Mr Richard Hunt       36. 10 . 0

Dudley Road             Mr J T Harris             110. 0. 0

 

The tender of Mr J T Harris is subject to any rise that may take place in the cost of materials or rates of wages during the carrying out of the work.

 

Your Sub-Committee ask that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

637 RESOLVED:- That the acceptance of Tenders for the carrying out of the necessary repairs to Branches in Great Lister Street and Dudley Road referred to in the foregoing Report, be confirmed.

 

 

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