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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:

 

Handsworth.

 

Nothing needed here. Ordinary fire available.

 

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 agreement 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.

 

Bank Committee: January 17th 1921

 

On Minute No 515, the Clerk reported that the purchase of the land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, by the Public Works Committee had now been completed.

 

705 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 515 be discharged.

 

Finance & General Purposes Committee: April 11th 1921

 

The Manager states that he had obtained an estimate from Mr R Hunt for the cleaning and decorating of the Handsworth Branch at a sum of 5. 10. 0.

 

440 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to have the work carried out at the sum mentioned.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Land at Handsworth.

 

An Account was submitted from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee for the proportion payable by the Bank towards the joint purchase of freehold land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, and the expenses incurred by the Public Works Department in the matter.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the Account referred to, amounting to 713, be passed for payment.

 

846 RESOLVED:- That the Account of the Public Works and Town Planning Committee amounting to 713 in respect of the purchase of freehold land at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, be passed for payment.

 

Bank Committee: September 19th 1921

 

906 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to terminate the existing agreement with the Bill Posting Company relating to the hoarding at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, by one month's notice and that the Manager be instructed to arrange for a fresh Agreement to be entered into for the letting of such portions of the hoarding as would not be required for the use of the Bank, such agreement to be subject to short notice.

 

Bank Committee: October 14th 1921

 

On Minute No 906, the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

September 27th 1921

 

Grove Lane and Soho Road.

Bill Posting Station.

 

I have to report that the existing agreement for a Bill Posting Station has been terminated, so far as it affects the Corporation property, by arrangement with The Birmingham Bill Posting Company limited.

 

The Manager reported that he had now received an offer of 30 per annum for the use of the portions of the hoarding space not required for Bank advertisements.

 

928 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to let off the hoarding space referred to for a period of 6 months at the rate of 30 per annum and the Town Clerk authorised to prepare and seal any necessary documents.

 

929 RESOLVED:- That the Housing & Estates Committee be invited to prepare and submit a plan for the building of suitable Branch premises at the site at corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth and the Manager instructed accordingly.

 

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

 

544 The Manager reported as follows:

 

Handsworth Premises.

 

In view of the urgency of dealing with other Branch premises, the Manager advises the Committee to postpone the proposed erection of a Bank for six months.

 

The Handsworth & District Football League apply for offices over the proposed new premises. It is recommended that they be told the premises to be erected will not admit of offices being provided.

 

564 RESOLVED:- That the consideration of the question of the erection of premises on the site at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, be deferred for a period of six months.

 

565 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to inform the Handsworth and District Football League that their application for offices over the proposed new premises at Handsworth cannot be entertained.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1921

 

On Minute No 928 the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

November 18th 1921

 

Grove Lane & Soho Road.

Birmingham Billposting Co, Ltd.

 

I have to report that an Agreement has been completed with the Birmingham Billposting Co, Ltd, for the letting to them of this hoarding at 30 per year, the Corporation retaining the use of principal panel at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road.

 

The Agreement is terminable after the first six months at one calendar month's notice to expire on the first day of any month.

 

The Company have paid the legal charges and stamp duty.

 

979 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 928 be discharged.

 

On Minute No 929 (Proposed erection of premises, Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth) it was

980 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report at a favourable opportunity.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 13th 1922

 

With regard to the vacant site on the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, the Manager reported that he had been notified by the Town Clerk that at the time of purchase it was arranged for the hoarding rent to be divided between the Corporation and Mr Clark, and that under the terms of Purchase a widening of the footpath was to take place within 12 months, which period had now expired.

 

47       RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to arrange with the City Surveyor as to the widening of the footpath and the division of the hoarding rent referred to.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 13th 1922

 

With reference to the land at the rear of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, the Manager reported that at the time the land was purchased it was agreed that until the buildings were erected and as long as the hoarding remained up, the rental received therefor should be divided between Mr Clarke, the Vendor, and the Corporation. The Manager had seen Mr Holt, the Solicitor acting for Mr Clarke, and it was arranged that the rental should be divided until such time as the buildings were erected or the hoarding taken down.

 

80       RESOLVED:- That the action of the Manager be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 12th 1922

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that the Public Works Committee were prepared to carry out a widening scheme at this corner at the same time as the Bank premises were proceeded with, and that it was understood at the time of purchase a work would be commenced within 12 months, which time has expired. The Sub-Committee were of opinion that the time was now opportune for the erection of a Branch bank on this Site, and it was:

 

114     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be directed to instruct Mr McMichael to prepare a plan in the matter and submit the same to the next meeting of this Sub-Committee.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: September 5th 1922

 

On Minute No 114 (Site, corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth) a plan of the proposed new Branch premises prepared by Mr McMichael, Architect, was submitted, the cost of the proposed buildings, as shown, being approximately 3,300. The Manager reported that Mr Clark was still in possession of a piece of land adjoining the site, and it might be possible to acquire this extra land.

 

135    RESOLVED:- That the plan above referred to be generally approved but that, in view of the possibility of acquiring an additional piece of land, no further steps be taken by the Architect until the Sub-Committee have definite information in the matter, and that the Manager be authorised to confer with Mr Clark's Solicitor thereon and report in due course.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 9th 1922

 

With reference to Minute No 135 (Additional land, Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth) the Manager reported that there was no likelihood of such additional land being bought at anything approaching a reasonable figure, and also that the Public Works Committee did not require any of the land.

 

174     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to instruct the Architect to proceed with obtaining tenders for the proposed buildings in accordance with the plan already approved.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 12th 1923

 

On Minutes Nos 114 and 174, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Architect had invited six tenders for the erection of the new Bank at Handsworth, but they were of the opinion, having regard to the probable cost of this building, that an advertisement should be issued in the usual way inviting tenders.

 

247     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed accordingly.

 

(Manager's notes re above Sub-Committee meeting: There is no likelihood of this land being bought at anything approaching a reasonable figure, and the present leaseholder does not wish to sell. Public Works Committee do not want it, and have no power they can exercise in the matter. The land in question adjoins our land where it is proposed to build a Bank, and is used for storing boxes skips and the like. Mr McMichael should be instructed to proceed with obtaining tenders for the Bank to the plan already approved.)

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 26th 1923

 

With reference to the proposed building of Branch Bank premises at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth, the General Manager submitted the General Conditions prepared for the use of Corporation Departments in obtaining tenders for works.

 

The question was considered of whether a clause should be included providing for rise and fall in cost of labour, materials, etc, during the progress of the work. After discussion it was

 

269     RESOLVED:- That a period of 6 months from the date of the order to commence the work be fixed as the period within which the work must be completed; and that clauses be inserted in the General Conditions providing for rise and fall in the cost of labour, materials, etc.

 

270     RESOLVED:- That a Special Meeting of this Sub-Committee be held on Monday, the 19th March, at 11am to consider tenders for the proposed building of Branch Bank premises at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 19th 1923

 

On Minute No 276, the Sub-Committee considered the following tenders for the erection of Branch Bank premises on the site at the corner of Grove Lane and Soho Road, Handsworth.

 

Tenders for erection of New Bank at Handsworth.

 

Name of Tenderer

Amount of Tender

()

Archer, W B & F F

3,959

Batsford, J H

4,534

Briley, F J

4,120

Collins & Godfrey

4,408

Cox, Percy W

4,177

Crowder, E

3,877

Crump, H H

3,800

Elvins, T & Sons

3,697

Favell, W E

3,650

Fenwick, Richard Ltd

4,200

Green, C & Sons

3,879

Harper, J & Sons

4,365

Jackson, William

3,891

Kendrick, W & Son

4,100

Maddocks & Walford

4,290

Moffatt, James & Sons

4,095

Morgan, Henry

4,557

Rowbotham, Thomas

4,225

Sapcote, William & Son

4,146

Smith, F H

3,790

Surman, S & Son

3,890

Webb, George & Son Ltd

4,138

Webb, W & J

=

Woodward, E

4,130

  

297    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to accept, subject to the consent of the City Council, the Tender of Mr W E Favell of Waterloo Road, South Yardley, amounting to 3,650 for the carrying out of the work, providing the firm's credentials are found satisfactory, failing which they be recommended to accept the Tender of T Elvins & Son amounting to 3,697. 

 

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