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General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 10th 1923

 

On Minutes Nos 246 and 389 (Purchase of new premises for Lozells Branch) the Sub-Committee were reminded that the full Committee had approved the purchase of premises Nos 116, Villa Road, Handsworth, subject to the approval of the City Council.

 

It was accordingly:

RESOLVED:- That Minutes Nos 246 and 389 be discharged.

 

Report to the City Council: January 8th 1924

 

PURCHASE OF PREMISES AT LOZELLS.

 

Since the Bank was established in September, 1919, the business of the Lozells Branch has been conducted in premises at No 270, Lozells Road. These premises consist of a lock-up shop, with unoccupied rooms above, to which there is no access. The peculiar construction of the building and the manner in which the rooms have been separated render the premises most unsuited for the purpose of the Bank, both in regard to the convenience and security, and the accommodation could not be increased even if it were desirable. Your Committee have, for three years, been endeavouring to purchase a block of property of which these premises form part for the purpose of conversion into a more suitable Bank than the present premises. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to acquire the block owing to legal difficulties which involve this and other property. The solution of the difficulty has for a long time given great concern to your Committee who felt it incumbent to obtain as soon as possible other premises which would give adequate accommodation.

 

The progress of this Branch has been very satisfactory, and your Committee feel convinced that the Branch is in the right area.

 

An opportunity has now occurred of acquiring freehold premises consisting of a double-fronted shop and dwelling house, situate at No 116, Villa Road, and quite near to the present temporary premises. The property (which is coloured pink on Plan "D" annexed to this Report) comprises a shop having a frontage of 27 feet and a depth of 16 feet; dining room 18ft. by 15ft. exclusive of bay; kitchen 15ft. by 12ft.; box room; w.c., etc. Electric light is installed throughout. Vacant possession of the whole property can be obtained, and the same is at the heart of an important shopping centre, and is capable of adaption to meet the needs of a permanent Branch.

 

As a result of your Committee’s negotiations, the price at which this property can be acquired has been reduced to £2,250. After having consulted a Valuer and considered his opinion, your Committee has confidence in recommending that the property should be acquired at the price of £2,250; and, in accordance with Bank Rule No 10, they ask that the consent of the Council be given to the acquisition of the property, the purchase price of which will be defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

 

Bank Committee: January 21st 1924

 

1617 The following Minute of the City Council, passed at their meeting on the 8th January last, on presentation of the Committee’s report was received:

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Appleby, seconded by Mr Councillor Cooper, and

Resolved: 26,653. That the proposed purchase of the freehold property Nos 116 Villa Road, for Bank purposes, at the price of £2,250, be approved, and the cost defrayed out of the funds of the Bank.

 

On Minute No 1561, the following report of the Town Clerk was received as to the completion of the purchase of property No 116, Villa Road, Handsworth:

 

January 18th 1924

 

Smith to the Corporation.

116, Villa Road.

 

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

I have made the following payments:

           Purchase Money     £2,250. 0. 0.

              Less deposit                 225. 0. 0.              £2,025. 0. 0.

            Stamp Duty                                                     £22. 10. 0.

 

The Vendor has allowed the sum of £13. 8. 8. on the apportionment account.

 

1620 RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and Minute No 1561 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 10th 1924

 

With reference to premises No 116 Villa Road, Handsworth, recently acquired for Bank purposes, the General Manager stated that he had been in communication with the City Surveyor on the question of the alterations to the premises to meet the Bank's requirements, and submitted a plan thereof, which had been approved by the Chairman. The estimated cost of the alterations was £1,325.

 

508     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the work, under the supervision of the City Surveyor, and to submit same to this Sub-Committee in due course.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 14th 1924

 

On Minute No 508, the General Manager presented the following report as to tenders received for the required alterations to premises No 116, Villa Road, Lozells:

 

Alterations to Villa Road, Handsworth.

 

Tenders are submitted for the alterations to the premises recently purchased for the Lozells Branch according to plans approved by the Chairman. The tenders are as follows:

 

           R Fenwick Ltd                     £2599

            P W Cox                               £2647

            W Sapcote & Sons             £2680

            T Elvins & Sons                  £2690

            F J Briley                              £2715

            W & J Webb                         £2795

 

The estimate of the City Surveyor for these alterations was given a £1325.

 

Mr Ballard of the Public Works Department attended and explained that the apparent discrepancy between the estimate of the City Surveyor and the Contractors' Tenders was mainly owing to the fact that the City Surveyor's estimate was for structural alterations only, and the specifications sent to the Contractors included provision for furniture and fittings, heating, lighting etc.

 

He also explained that all the Tenders were subject to variations or deductions found necessary and were on a measure and value basis.

 

515     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended, subject to any deductions that may be made in respect of furniture and fittings, heating and lighting if considered desirable to place this work elsewhere, to accept the Tender of Messrs R Fenwick Ltd for the carrying out of required alterations at 116 Villa Road, Lozells, at the sum of £2599 and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and affix the Corporation Seal to the necessary contract.

 

Bank Committee: April 28th 1924

 

1727 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Alterations - 116 Villa Road, Lozells.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that tenders for the required alterations to the premises at No 116 Villa Road, Lozells, have been received, the lowest tender being that of Messrs R Fenwick Ltd, at £2,599. The tenders include the provision and fixing of furniture and fittings, and the installation of heating and lighting. It has not been the practice to include these items in previous contracts for alterations to Branches, and your Sub-Committee therefore recommend that the tender of Messrs R Fenwick Ltd, be accepted subject to the condition that if considered desirable such items should be dealt with by your Committee in the usual way and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and seal a contract on the basis of measure and value of the work actually ordered to be done and completed.

 

1730   RESOLVED:- That the tenders of Messrs R Fenwick Ltd for alterations to premises at No 116, Villa Road, Lozells, at the total sum of £2,599 be accepted on the basis of measure and value of the work actually ordered to be carried out and completed and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to the necessary contract.

 

Bank Committee: June 16th 1924

 

On Minute No 1730 (Alterations to 116, Villa Road, Lozells, the Committee were informed that the Chairman and General Manager on visiting this property had found that the front wall was in an extremely dangerous condition, and, in view of this fact, had authorised the necessary repairs to be carried out at an approximate cost of £98.

 

1777   RESOLVED:- That the action above referred to be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: July 25th 1924

 

On Minute No 1730, the Town Clerk reported as to the completion of Contract with Messrs R Fenwick Limited, for alterations at premises 116, Villa Road, Handsworth.

 

July 7th 1924

 

Premises at No 116, Villa Road, Handsworth.

 

I have prepared, completed and affixed the Corporate Seal to a Contract with R Fenwick Limited, for the carrying out of alterations at the above premises.

 

1819  RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1730 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 8th 1924

 

The General Manager informed the Sub-Committee that he had intimated to the Agents of premises 270, Lozells Road, which had been used since 1919 as a Branch Bank, that the Bank would vacate the premises on or before March 25th next.

 

627     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager's action be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: December 15th 1924

 

1931 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Termination of Tenancy, 270 Lozells Road.

Your Sub-Committee are informed that the General Manager has intimated to the agents of these premises, which have been used since 1919 as a Branch Bank, that the Bank will vacate the premises on or before the 25th March next. Since the original agreement of tenancy expired the agents have allowed the Bank to remain in possession pending fresh premises being obtained.

 

1942 The following report of the Finance Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Terms of Tenancy No 226, Witton Lane.

Your Sub-Committee report that on the advice of Mr Wilde the rental of the dwelling accommodation of the above premises has been fixed at 9/6d per week, inclusive of rates, and a suitable tenancy arranged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 9th 1925

 

The General Manager stated that it was probable that the Lozells Branch would be ready for opening in three weeks' time and the Hay Mills Branch in four weeks. The Head Office would probably be ready at the end of April.

 

676    RESOLVED:- That the Lord Mayor be invited to open the Lozells Branch and the Lady Mayoress the Hay Mills Branch, and the General Manager instructed to arrange suitable dates and make the necessary preparations.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: February 9th 1925

 

326 The General Manager reported that arrangements had been made to let the dwelling accommodation at the undermentioned Branches on the terms stated:

            High Street, Six Ways        15/- per week Bank paying rates

            Alum Rock                           £28 per annum, tenant paying rates

            Lozells                                  £40  "        "           "          "         "

 

Bank Committee: April 20th 1925

 

2044 The following report of the Finance Sub-Committee was received:

 

Tenancy of Dwelling Accommodation, Lozells Branch.

 

Arrangements have been made to let the dwelling accommodation at No 116, Villa Road, Lozells, to Mr R J Ball at a rental of £40 per annum for three years, the tenant being responsible for rates and inside repairs. The Town Clerk has been authorised by the Chairman of the General Committee to enter into the necessary Agreement, and your Sub-Committee now ask that the necessary confirmation to the preparation and sealing of the document be given.

 

2045  RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman in authorising the Town Clerk to enter into the required Agreement for Tenancy of the dwelling accommodation of No 116, Villa Road, Lozells, on the terms set out in the foregoing report, be confirmed, and that the Corporate Seal be affixed to such document.

 

Bank Committee: May 18th 1925

 

On Minute No 2045 (Dwelling accommodation - No 116, Villa Road, Lozells) the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the granting of a lease to Mr R F Ball of the flat at No 116, Villa Road:

 

April 29th 1925

 

Minute No 2045 - 116, Villa Road.

 

In accordance with the instructions contained in the above Minute, a Lease has been granted to Mr R F Ball of the flat at No 116, Villa Road, Handsworth, for the term of 3 years from the 20th April 1925 at the yearly rent of £40, the lessee to pay all outgoings and to keep the interior of the premises in repair.

 

The lessee has paid my costs amounting to £5.

 

2064   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2045 be discharged.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: May 9th 1927

The General Manager reported that the tenant of the Lozells premises was desirous of surrendering his lease, and had submitted the name of the prospective purchaser of his business as the new tenant.

80        RESOLVED:- That the General Manager and Mr Frank Wilde be instructed to go into the matter and submit their recommendations.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: June 13th 1927

 

On Minute No 80 (Lease of Shop, Lozells Branch) the Sub-Committee were informed that Mr Frank Wilde had arranged for a 7 years lease to be entered into in this case instead of for the term of three years as reported to the Bank Committee at their last meeting. The Town Clerk had been notified to this effect and it was:

 

91        RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to amend the instructions contained in Minute No 2705 accordingly.

 

The General Manager reported that the new tenant of the Lozells Branch had asked for permission to make a door-way through the boundary wall at the back so as to give him access to buildings at the rear used by him as workshops etc. This request was in the opinion of Mr Wilde a reasonable one and should be granted provided the adjoining landlord raised no objection and on the understanding that the work would be done to the satisfaction of the Bank's Agent (Mr Frank Wilde) and an undertaking given to replace the door and reinstate the wall when called upon to do so.

 

92        RESOLVED:- That permission be given to the tenant of the Lozells premises to carry out the alterations above proposed in a manner satisfactory to Mr Frank Wilde.

 

 

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