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Bank Committee: August 29th 1919

 

A letter from the Agent of the premises at 299, Monument Road, Ladywood stating the terms for premises to be let as a whole on lease or yearly tenancy was considered, and the Manager was instructed to deal with the matter and arrange the best terms he can.

 

The Manager reported that ....

 

Domestic repairs will cost about 12, Jones instructed to do same. Town Clerk to draw up an agreement for tenancy of entire premises.

 

310 RESOLVED:- That the Acting Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and complete agreements for the tenancy of premises at Ladywood, Erdington and Balsall Heath, for Branch Bank purposes.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 27th 1919

 

47 The Manager reported that the Ladywood branch had now been established as a daily branch and the hours of opening adjusted accordingly.

 

Bank Committee: November 3rd 1919     

 

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

 

Branch Bank Premises.

 

Arrangements have now been made for the Ladywood branch to be established as a daily branch from Monday, 3rd November, and the hours of opening have been adjusted accordingly.

 

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

 

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:

 

Ladywood. These premises consist of a shop front and living accommodation behind. The Bank use only the shop, and the Rents Acts prevent any disturbance of the sub-tenant. As the counter is placed there is no protection or cover for the staff. This sub-tenant here is a very difficult person to deal with. The cellars underneath are not satisfactory from a protection point of view, and I recommend the City Engineer looking into this question.

 

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]

 

Ladywood. Window facing Icknield Port Road should be dulled at the top. Cellar will be reported upon by Building Surveyor. Protection here lies in the excellent police patrol. It is at the meeting place of three beats.

 

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

 

The following Report of the Manager was received:

 

Ladywood Branch Premises:

 

In September last an offer was made to the Bank to buy the existing premises and the shop and dwellinghouse next door for the sum of 800. I am informed by the Agent that the offer remains good to-day.

 

Our present premises are let on an annual tenancy of 52, and there is a sub-letting by the Bank to a tenant at 9/7d. per week clear. The shop next door is let on an annual tenancy of 50. The ground rent is 8. 9/-d. per annum for the two shops, and the lease has about 36 years unexpired.

 

The Public Works Department report that the roof of the premises occupied by the Bank is in a very bad condition and requires to be stripped, re-lathed and re-slated, and the cost thereof would be 20. They ask for instructions.

 

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:

 

Ladywood. Safe to be built in counter. Window to be frosted. Iron plate to be fixed over door.

 

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.

 

124    RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to cause enquiries to be made as to the acquisition of the freehold interest in the property Nos 299 - 300 Monument Road (Ladywood Branch) referred to in his Report

 

125     RESOLVED:- That the question of repair of the roof of the Ladywood Branch premises be deferred. 

 

Bank Committee: February 2nd 1920

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

299-300 Monument Road.

 

Enquiries are being made as to the acquisition of the freehold of the above property, a portion of which is now used as a Branch Bank, and your Sub-Committee will report later on the matter.

 

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

 

139 On Minute No 124, a communication from Mr Wilde was submitted stating that the Birmingham Dispensary were the owner of the freehold of Nos 299 and 300, Monument Road, and that at the request of Messrs Stone, Hooper & Pickard he had put the enquiry with regard to the sale of the Ground Rent into writing. He will report further when the necessary information has been received.

 

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

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

 Ladywood Premises

 

The Manager has approached Messrs Stone, Hooper & Pickard with reference to the purchase of the ground rent of the premises at Ladywood. He is informed that if the Bank are prepared to make an offer of 435 therefor, they would recommend their client to accept.

 

It will be remembered that in September last Mr Frank Wilde offered No 299 and 300 Monument Road to the Bank for the sum of 800. No 299 is let to the Bank at 52 per annum, and the living accommodation is sub-let to Mr Jordan at 9/7d per week. No 300 is let to Mr Johnson on an annual tenancy at 50 per annum, the tenant paying the rates.

 

The ground rent of the two shops is 9. 9/-d per annum, and the lease has 36 years to run.

 

The Manager is of opinion that unless it is possible to get rid of the present sub-tenant of No 299, it would be inadvisable for the Bank to purchase these premises. The conditions are very unsatisfactory, and until the tenant is out of the way there would be little opportunity of making the premises suitable for the purposes of the Bank. The Manager therefore asks that the matter may be left to the Chairman and himself to deal with should there be an opportunity of getting the sub-tenant away.

 

248     RESOLVED:- That the questions of arranging for a more suitable tenancy of No 299 Monument Road and as to the acquisition of the freehold interest in Nos 299 and 300 Monument Road be referred to the Chairman of the General Committee and the Manager.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

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

 

299 and 300, Monument Road, Ladywood.

 

Your Sub-Committee have had under consideration the purchase of the freehold interest on the above property, a portion of which is used for a Branch Bank.

 

They have authorised your Chairman and Manager to negotiate with Messrs Stone Hooper and Pickard in the matter with a view to acquiring the freehold interest in the premises above referred to if suitable terms can be arranged.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

The Manager stated that negotiations were in progress for the purchase of the leasehold interest in Nos 299-300 Monument Road for 800 and the freehold of the 4 hereditaments Nos 299, 300, 301 and 302 Monument Road for 435.

 

553 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to instruct Mr Wilde to enter into a provisional contract for the purchase of the freehold and leasehold interests in the Monument Road property above referred to on the terms mentioned, and that subject thereto the Housing & Estates Committee be requested to take the necessary steps to purchase the same and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal any necessary documents in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: July 23rd 1920

 

The Manager stated that he had made enquiries with regard to Mr Charles Machin, the prospective tenant of No 117 Great Lister Street, and it appeared that he would be a satisfactory occupant of the premises.

 

558 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to let the available portion of the above premises to Mr Machin at a rent of 10/- per week, no sub-letting to be allowed without the consent of this Committee.

 

The Manager reported that alternative accommodation in the Great Lister Street premises had been offered to the present tenant of No 299 Monument Road, but the arrangement had not up to the present been accepted.

 

564 RESOLVED:- That Councillors Ward and Gelling be requested to view the available premises in Great Lister Street and if satisfied that such premises offer good alternative accommodation to the tenant of Monument Road to instruct the Manager to take the necessary steps for the transfer to be effected.

 

Bank Committee: August 30th 1920

 

574 On Minute No 553, the Manager reported that Mr Wilde had entered into a Contract for the acquisition of premises in Monument Road. In this connection the following Minute of the Housing and Estates Committee was received:

 

2361. RESOLVED:- That subject to Mr Wilde entering into a provisional contract the Council be recommended to purchase the leasehold interest in Nos 299-300 Monument Road for 800 and the freehold hereditaments Nos 299, 300, 301 and 302 Monument Road for 435 - 0 - 0 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 and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and attach the Corporate Seal to the necessary documents.

 

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

 

The Manager presented the following Report:

 

Ladywood Tenancy.

 

The Manager reports that there appears no prospect of terminating the tenancy of these premises without legal proceedings, and asks for instructions.

 

324     RESOLVED:- That Mrs Jordan (the present tenant of the Ladywood premises) be given one month's formal notice to quit.

 

Bank Committee: October 25th 1920

 

On Minute No 553, the following Report of the Town Clerk was presented:

 

Monument Road Property.

Birmingham Dispensary to the Corporation.

 

I have to report that the Solicitors to the Dispensary in submitting a draft Contract carrying out the proposed sale of purchase require payment of the professional expenses incurred by the Dispensary, including the cost of obtaining the consent of the Charity Commissioners.

 

This condition is invariably adopted in dealing with Charity Lands, and I shall be glad of the Committee's instructions.

 

629 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be authorised to pay the reasonable professional expenses incurred by the Dispensary, as indicated in his Report.

 

On Minute No 564, the Manager reported that the tenant of No 299 Monument Road had been given one month's Notice to Quit, as authorised by the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

630 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 564 be discharged.

 

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

 

On Minute No 324, the Manager reported that Mr Jordan had now been given notice to terminate his tenancy and had been offered alternative accommodation at 118 Great Lister Street. An intimation had been received from Mr Jordan that such alternative accommodation would not be satisfactory to him and he was not prepared to vacate the Ladywood premises.

 

346     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to instruct the Town Clerk to take proceedings against Mr Jordan for recovery of possession of 299, Monument Road.

 

 

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Premises - Ladywood
 
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 November 1934 which include the
early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
 
In the case of Ladywood, the temporary premises utilised at 299 Monument Road from September 1st 1919 were demolished and replaced with a purpose built branch. These permanent premises
were opened on June 14th 1924.
 
Ladywood