Premises - Saltley
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. In the case of Saltley, a branch was opened on September  1919 in the very basic facilities provided by a wooden hut. These crude premises had to suffice until a permanent branch was opened at 156 Alum Rock Road on May 16th 1925.

Bank Committee: August 29th 1919


The Manager reported that he had secured the renting of a Fire Brigade Hut for either Small Heath or Saltley at 10/- per week with option to purchase in twelve months.


Fire Brigade Shelter fixed at Saltley on land owned by Ansells Brewery who had given consent. City Surveyor asked to move Shelter and re-arrange railings and provide a gate.


309 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to express the Committee's thanks to Mr Edward Ansell for his services in connection with the use of piece of land at Saltley owned by Messrs Ansells Brewery Ltd.


441 The Manager informed the Sub-Committee that the ground adjoining Saltley Branch was in an untidy and bare condition and he had approached the Parks Superintendent with a view to the surroundings of the Branch being improved by means of the planting of bushes, etc.


Bank Committee: March 29th 1920


Report of the Finance & General Purposes Committee:


Saltley & Duddeston Branches.


Your Sub-Committee have considered a Report of the Manager as to the desirability of giving greater facilities to the public at these Branches and as to securing greater efficiency in the management. They recommend that the Saltley Branch be opened on Monday and Duddeston on Saturday, and that the bookkeeping of these two branches should be placed in the hands of a good male Clerk acting under the general control of Mr Crump; also that the Chairman and Manager be empowered to make such other arrangements in connection therewith as they may consider desirable.


457 RESOLVED:- That arrangements be made for opening the Saltley Branch on Monday and the Duddeston Branch on Saturday; that the book-keeping of these Branches be placed in the hands of a good male clerk acting under the general control of Mr Crump; and that the Chairman and Manager be empowered to make such other arrangements in connection therewith as they may consider desirable.


Bank Committee: July 5th 1920


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


Premises at Saltley.


The Manager has been in communication with the Fire Brigade Department relating to the shelter now used as a Branch Office at Saltley. The Fire Brigade Committee are prepared to sell the shelter to the Bank for the sum of £150 less the rent which has already been paid for it.


Your Sub-Committee recommend that the shelter be purchased on the terms referred to.


539 RESOLVED:- That the offer of the Watch Committee to make over to this Committee  the shelter at Saltley for Branch Bank purposes on the terms referred to in the foregoing Report be accepted.


Bank Committee: October 25th 1920


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


Saltley, Duddeston and Hay Mills Branches.

Arrangements have been made for opening Saltley and Duddeston Branches as daily Branches on the 1st November next.

The Hay Mills Branch opened daily as and from the 22nd inst.


Bank Committee: December 20th 1920


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


Saltley Branch - Extension of Hut (corner Bowyer Road).


As the accommodation at the converted Fire Brigade Hut at Saltley is found to be inadequate for the needs of this Branch, consideration has been given to the best manner in which the same can be extended. A plan was submitted at your Sub-Committee's last Meeting showing a proposed extension together with an estimate from Mr R Hunt for carrying out the work at £150, and they recommend that the work be carried out on the lines indicated therein.


The necessary permission for the carrying out of the extension has been obtained from Messrs Ansells Brewery Co, and your Sub-Committee have given instructions that this firm be heartily thanked on behalf of your Committee for the kindness shown by them on this and other occasions.


693 RESOLVED:- That the extension of the Saltley Branch be carried out on the lines indicated on the plan submitted and that the Tender of Mr R Hunt for executing the work at £150 be accepted.


Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 18th 1921


Saltley Branch. (corner of Bowyer Road).


In view of the untidy state and the bare condition of the grounds surrounding the Hut used as a Branch Bank at Saltley, the Parks Superintendent has been approached with a view to improve the appearance of the surroundings by the planting of bushes etc


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


544 The Manager reported as follows:


Saltley Branch.


A Sub-Committee consisting of Councillors Gelling and Higgins have looked into the question raised by the Manager as to custody and transit of cash. They agree with the Manager that it is unreasonable to transfer the cash from Saltley to Duddeston and vice versa, and that such transfers  constitute a personal risk to the officers concerned. The Sub-Committee are of opinion that one of the large safes - 12 corner bent steel - should be fixed in position under the counter at Saltley, sufficient to meet the needs of the Branch for cash and books, in place of the present safe, and the present safe be returned to the makers in accordance with the agreement made to take such back at market rates. The Guarantee Society have been informed of the Sub-Committee's views, and requested to cover liability in the ordinary way, and the Manager is now informed that the Company is prepared to fall in with the Committee's desires to a limited extent, which in the Manager's opinion is satisfactory.


563 RESOLVED:- That the arrangement made by the Manager with reference to the custody of cash at Saltley Branch, and with regard to the guaranteeing thereof, as set out in his report be approved.

Bank Committee: January 15th 1923


The Committee were informed that the Chairman, Councillor Higgins and the General Manager had inspected property at 11 & 13 Alum Rock Road near junction of that thoroughfare with Washwood Heath Road, and they considered that this situation was an excellent one for Branch Bank purposes. The property which was leasehold, having 44 years unexpired, was up for sale by auction on 23rd January, and Mr Wilde had been asked to furnish a complete report with reference to the property.


1326 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman, Councillor Higgins and the General Manager, with power to act.


Bank Committee: February 19th 1923


On Minute No 1326 (Property, 11 & 13, Alum Rock Road), the Committee were informed that this property had been disposed of by private treaty before the date fixed for the sale by auction.


1349 RESOLVED: That Minute No 1326 be discharged.


General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 11th 1923


366 The General Manager stated that enquiries had been made regarding premises 219 and 221 Alum Rock Road. Particulars of the premises referred to were submitted to the Sub-Committee from which it appeared that the premises were not situated in the most favourable position, and it was decided no further action be taken in the matter.


General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1923


The following report of the General Manager was submitted:


Saltley Premises.


During the vacation the question of purchasing property on Alum Rock Road, opposite Edmund Road, which was offered to the Bank on a previous occasion, has again cropped up. As a result of an inspection by Councillors Higgins and Gelling I have instructed Mr Wilde to negotiate with a view to obtaining the property with possession. The property in question comprises two shops and a dwelling-house, and is compact in itself. There is no doubt of possession being obtained of one shop, but it is doubtful with regard to the second shop. The property is leasehold, but I have instructed Mr Wilde to endeavour to get the freehold. At the moment Mr Wilde's instructions are to negotiate and to let us know what he is able to arrange, giving us his valuation of the property after he has had an opportunity of inspecting the same. As the matter may have to be dealt with as a case of urgency, I suggest that the Chairman of the General Committee be authorised, along with myself, to purchase the property for the best price he can.


409 With reference to property referred to in the foregoing Report, in Alum Rock Road, opposite to Edmund Road, the General Manager stated that he had now ascertained that the property in question was not available.


Bank Committee: November 19th 1923


The General Manager presented the following report with reference to negotiations which had taken place regarding property Nos 154 and 156, Alum Rock Road:


154 and 156 Alum Rock Road.


The question of obtaining suitable premises for the Saltley Branch, which has so often engaged the attention of the Committee, has been again under consideration since your last Meeting. The General Purposes Sub-Committee were hoping to report at your Meeting in October, but at the last minute the proposed purchase went off, neither party being willing to sell. Since then further efforts have been made by Mr Wilde, with the result that the property has been placed on sale at £2000.


The property comprises two retail shops and dwelling houses, is in a good state of repair, and is situate in the heart of a shopping centre near to the present temporary Branch premises. The property is leasehold, with 67 years to run, the ground rent being £7. 8. 0. per annum.


Having regard to the urgent need of permanent premises in this area, and to the fact that several Members of the Committee have on different occasions expressed their approval to the purchase being arranged, the Chairman and General Manager directed Mr Wilde to obtain the premises if possible for the sum of £2,000. This purchase is not easy to arrange, as two parties are involved in all the negotiations, and they will not act together. At present No 154 is offered with entire vacant possession. No 156 is subject to a sub-lease of about two years unexpired, but as the premises are not being used as sleeping accommodation it is possible that entire vacant possession may be arranged on terms.


The Committee are asked to approve of the action of the Chairman and General Manager, and provided the purchase takes place at the price named or a lower figure, to instruct the Town Clerk to affect completion, subject to the approval of the Council, and further, to authorise the Chairman and General Manager to secure vacant possession of No 156 on the best terms possible, and to negotiate for the purchase of the freehold.


1575 RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman and the General Manager referred to in the foregoing report be approved, and that, subject to the acquisition of the leasehold premises Nos 154 & 156, Alum Rock Road being arranged at a price not exceeding £2000 the Town Clerk be instructed to complete the purchase thereof, subject to the approval of the City Council being obtained, and to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary documents; further, that the Chairman and General Manager be authorised to secure vacant possession of No 156, Alum Rock Road on the best terms possible, and to negotiate for the purchase of the freehold interest in the whole of the property.

Bank Committee: December 17th 1923


On Minute No 1575 (Property - 154 and 156 Alum Rock Road) the General Manager reported that the owner of No 156 Alum Rock Road has withdrawn his offer to sell.


1589 RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed, in conference with Mr Frank Wilde, to endeavour to induce the owner to reconsider his decision.


General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 14th 1924


With reference to the proposed acquisition of premises Nos 154 and 156, Alum Rock Road, the following report of the General Manager was submitted:


Nos 154 and 156 Alum Rock Road, Saltley.


On the 19th November by Minute No 1575 the Bank Committee approved of the purchase of the above premises for a sum not exceeding £2,000. At this time it was anticipated the property might then be purchased, but suddenly the owner of No 156 declined to sell to the Corporation at all, and transferred his instructions from one Solicitor to another.


The Chairman (Councillor Appleby) and the General Manager made every effort to get the property placed on sale again through the offices of Mr Upton, Solicitor, into whose hands the business had been transferred, and were at last able to come to an arrangement that the purchase price of No 156 to be £1,000. This price added to the £1,050 already agreed upon in respect of No 154 brings the total price to £2,050 or £50 more than was originally authorised. It was felt, however, that the Bank could not risk the loss of this property, having regard to the conditions under which the Saltley Bank is conducted and to the fact that we have no tenancy. The Chairman and the General Manager therefore undertook to purchase at the price named. The contracts in each case have been signed, and the deposits paid in respect of No 154 by Mr Wilde who has purchased on the understanding that he will be reimbursed. So far as No 156 is concerned, the purchase has been effected in the name of the Chairman (Councillor Appleby) as the only possible way to get a definite contract entered into. The Committee are asked to sanction the steps taken, and to give directions for negotiations to be commenced for the purchase of the freehold.


So far as No 154 is concerned, possession can be obtained in six months' time, but so far as No 156 is concerned the purchase is subject to the present lease which expires in March 1926.


In view of the difficulties of altering one shop at a time, and the extra expense involved in such alterations, and as there would be a period of one year and nine months during which No 154 would be vacant, the General Manager recommends that efforts be made to come to terms with the present tenant of No 156 for earlier possession to be obtained, thus enabling the structural alterations to be made to both shops together.


463     RESOLVED:- That the report be approved, and that the General Committee be recommended to confirm the action taken in agreeing to the purchase of these premises at the sum of £2,050, and to amend their Minute No 1575 accordingly.





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