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Finance Sub-Committee: December 8th 1924

 

On Minute No 284 (Hot Water Circulatory Heating System at Branches) the General Manager presented the following report:

 

Hot Water Circulatory Heating System at Branches

 

Correspondence has taken place between the Gas Department, Fire Brigade Department and the Royal Insurance Company who insure the premises against fire, the point having been raised by the Fire Brigade Department that some risk was being taken owing to the way in which the pipes were arranged at various Branches.

 

The Gas Department disagreed with the opinion of the Fire Brigade Chief, and submitted in support of their contention the opinion of the British Engine Boiler & Electrical Insurance Company who, in a very brief letter, state that "the idea that fire can be caused under the circumstances described therein is simply preposterous".

 

The Royal Insurance Company were given an opportunity of reading the whole of the correspondence, and were asked to inspect the Branches again in the light of this correspondence and to let me have a report on the matter. They state that their Surveyor has now visited nine of the Branches where this system is in force and that "as regards low pressure hot water pipes, we look upon this as a safe form of heating, and while it is our practice to recommend that these pipes should be exposed to view or kept free of woodwork or other combustible materials, we consider the conditions at the various Branches inspected by our Surveyor are reasonably secure, and we are quite content to recognise these conditions without prejudice to the insurance".

 

The Gas Department have also been making further inspections, and point out that wooden flaps have been fixed over the boiler pits at several Branches, which should be replaced by plate iron flaps so as to reduce any possible risk. This arises at five Branches. On receipt of this letter the General Manager wrote to the Architect in conjunction with the Gas Department and it was not a matter with which he, as General Manager, had had anything to do. Mr McMichael's report is not yet to hand.

 

292    RESOLVED:- That the matter be further considered when Mr McMichael's report is to hand.

 

The General Manager reported that additional adding machines had been found necessary for the needs of the staff, and a favourable offer has been received from Messrs Burroughs, who were prepared to supply the Bank with one new machine at the cost of 40 and two second hand machines at 30 each, with a guarantee in respect of each machine.

 

The General Manager stated that in view of the increased number of Branches, and the additional expenditure in respect of cleaning and other sundry charges, the amount authorised in respect of the Petty Cash Imprest Account was insufficient.

 

300    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to increase the amount of the Account referred to from 200 to 500.

 

Bank Committee: December 15th 1924

 

The following report of the Town Clerk was presented with reference to the completion of a contract with Mr F J Briley for alterations and additions at the Acocks Green premises:

 

December 13th 1924

 

CONTRACTS.

 

I have to report that the following Contract is now duly completed:

 

Minute No.    Contractor.               Particulars.

1910               F J Briley                  Alterations and editions, Acocks Green premises.

 

I ask that the Minute be discharged.

 

1925   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 1910 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 9th 1925

 

On Minutes Nos 611/640 (Sites for Branches) - the General Manager presented the following [part of his] report:

 

SITES FOR BANK PREMISES.

 

The special Committee consisting of the Chairman (Councillor Appleby) and Councillor Stephens have visited a number of sites, along with the General Manager, but have not completed their investigations. They have, however, come to the conclusion that steps should be taken to secure sites or buildings as follows:

 

5. On the Warwick Road near to Stockfield Road, or alternatively at the junction of Spring Road and Fox Hollies Road, so as to tap the area where over 3,000 houses are being built in the Acock's Green and Hall Green districts.

 

When your Committee have had a further opportunity of inspecting other areas, an additional report will be presented.

 

669    RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and the matter further considered on the investigations of the Sub-Committee being completed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 8th 1925

 

On Minutes Nos 611 and 669 (sites for branches) the General Manager presented the following report [re Acock's Green district]:

 

PROSPECTIVE SITES FOR BANKS.

 

ACOCK'S GREEN DISTRICT.

 

3,000 Houses (approx.) are to be erected from Shaftmoor Lane nearly to the boundary in an easterly direction and extending to the neighbourhood of Broom Hall in a southerly direction.

 

Smaller plots of 20, 68, 68, & 332 are in the district of Shaftmoor Lane and Spring Road.

 

Plots of 44, 74 & 470 are in the district of Stockfield.

 

Site:    (a) Fox Hollies Road

           (b) Spring Road

            (c) Shirley Road

 

There is a bus service along Fox Hollies Road to Chapel Lane, and a prospective bus service along Shirley Road down to Yardley Wood.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: July 13th 1925

 

The General Manager reported that arrangements had been made for the dwelling accommodation at Acocks Green to be leased to Mr Flavell of the Gas Department for a period of three years at a rental of 45 per annum, plus rates.

 

383    RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal the necessary document.

 

Bank Committee: July 20th 1925

 

2131 The following report of the Finance Sub-Committee was received:

 

Tenancy of Dwelling Accommodation, Acocks Green.

 

Arrangements have now been made for the dwelling accommodation of this branch to be leased to Mr Flavell of the Gas Department for a period of three years at a rental of 45 per annum plus rates. Your Sub-Committee recommend that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary document, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto, if required.

 

2134   RESOLVED:- That the arrangement for the leasing of the dwelling accommodation at the Acocks Green Branch to Mr Flavell for a period of three years, at a rental of 45 per annum, plus rates, be approved, and the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into any necessary documents, affixing the Corporate Seal, thereto, if required.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 12th 1925

 

Sites for Branches

 

A special Sub-Committee, consisting of the Chairman and Councillor Stephens, visited several sites, and have furnished reports to the Committee on their visits. Some of the sites are as follows:

 

5. Site near to Spring Road and Fox Hollies Road. A plan was submitted showing a site in what is known as Fox Hollies Crescent, and on examining this plan the Chairman objected to the site as not being the most suitable, and required another site which had once been marked on the plan submitted. The City Surveyor replied, however, that the Public Works and Town Planning Committee had agreed that the only site they approved of was the one facing Fox Hollies Crescent. This is, however, not suitable for the Bank purpose and there appears to be no reason why the Bank should not have as prominent a position in the block of suggested shops as any shop-keeper.

 

With reference to sites at Fox Hollies and Pype Hayes the following communication was received from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee:

 

20857. Resolved: That subject to the approval of the City Council and the Ministry of Health, the transfer to the Bank Committee of sites on the Fox Hollies Estate, Acocks Green, and the Pype Hayes Estate, Erdington, respectively, be agreed to upon terms to be settled by the District Valuer.

 

788    RESOLVED:- That Councillors Appleby, Barrow and Stephens, with the General Manager, be requested to reopen the question of a suitable site at Fox Hollies with the Public Works Department, the land on the Fox Hollies Estate suggested by the latter not being suitable for Bank requirements; also that they be asked to continue negotiations for the provision of a suitable site at Pype Hayes.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 14th 1925

 

On Minute No 788 (Site at Fox Hollies) the General Manager submitted a copy of the valuation and recommendation of the Acting District Valuer of the Ministry of Health in the matter. The value placed upon this site, which contained 770 square yards of freehold land was 883. 10. 0, and in addition to this amount there would be an estimated liability of 79, in respect of road widening.

 

821     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to approve the transfer of the land in question on the terms above mentioned, subject to necessary sanctions being obtained.

 

The General Manager reported that Mr F J Briley, the Contractor for the alterations at the Sparkbrook Branch, had offered to place securities to the value of 1,000 at present retained in respect of the Acocks Green Branch, as a security in respect of the alterations at Sparkbrook. The General Manager being of opinion that this offer was reasonable, it was:

 

830     RESOLVED:- That the arrangement be approved.

 

Bank Committee: December 21st 1925

 

On Minute No 2134, the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the completion of a lease with Mr Arthur Flavel of accommodation at 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green:

 

December 5th 1925

 

Minute No 2134

 

Lease to Mr Arthur Flavell - Accommodation at 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green.

 

In accordance with the instructions given in the above Minute, I have completed a Lease to Mr Arthur Flavell, an employee of the Gas Department, of the flat at 1111, Warwick Road, Acocks Green. The Lease is for a term of three years from the 29th September last at a yearly rent of 45, the lessee paying all outgoings and being responsible for the interior repairs.

 

I ask that this Minute be discharged.

 

2198  RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2134 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 11th 1926

 

On Minute No 821 (site at Fox Hollies) the following communication from the General Committee referring the matter to this Sub-Committee for further consideration was received:

 

2207. Resolved: That the matter be referred back to the General Purposes Sub-Committee in order that Mr Frank Wilde may furnish the Sub-Committee with his valuation of the land in question, the Sub-Committee to report again in due course.

 

The General Manager submitted a report from Mr Frank Wilde containing an estimate of the value of the land in question at 15/- per square yard, as compared with the valuation of the District Valuer of the Ministry of Health at 1. 2. 11. per square yard.

 

845    RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman of the full Committee, Alderman Lovsey and Councillor Stephens, with the General Manager, to discuss the matter with the City Surveyor with a view to a more reasonable transfer value being fixed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 8th 1926

 

866 On Minutes Nos 821/845 (Site at Fox Hollies) the Sub-Committee were informed that in view of the fact that the Bank's Valuer had placed a lower valuation on the land than that of the District Valuer the proposal was now under consideration by the Public Works Department that a smaller area of land might be sufficient to meet the Bank requirements, but it was not anticipated that the Public Works Committee would consent to any reduction in the price per square yard fixed by the District Valuer.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 12th 1926

 

916 The General Manager reported that enquiries had been made with regard to premises in Warwick Road, consisting of two shops, but, as only one shop was available, which would be insufficient for Bank purposes, no action had been taken in the matter.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 12th 1926

 

With reference to the site at Fox Hollies Road to which reference has been made in the report of the Estates Committee to the City Council, it was:

 

984    RESOLVED:- That no further action be taken in the matter.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: July 9th 1928

 

The General Manager reported that the lease of the flat at No 1111, Warwick Road, Acock's Green to Mr A Flavell, an employee of the Gas Department, would expire in September next, and an application had been made by the Gas Department on his behalf for the renewal of the lease to him for a further period of 3 years, on the understanding that in the event of Mr Flavell leaving the service of the Gas Department, the lease would be automatically terminated.

 

232     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to authorise the renewal of the lease for a further period of 3 years from the 29th September next on the same terms as the expiring lease, with an additional clause to meet the point referred to above, and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal the necessary documents.

 

Bank Committee: July 16th 1928

 

Report of the Finance Sub-Committee:

 

Tenancy - Acocks Green Flat.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the lease of the flat at No 1111 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, to Mr A Flavell, an employee of the Gas Department, expires in September next, and an application has been made by the Gas Department on his behalf for the renewal of the lease to him for a further period of three years, it being understood that in the event of Mr Flavell leaving the service of the Gas Department the lease would be terminated.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the lease be renewed for a further period of three years from the 29th September next at a yearly rental of 45, the lessee paying all outgoings and being responsible for internal repairs; also that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and seal any necessary documents.

 

On Minute No 1320, the General Manager presented the following report with regard to the available use of land and buildings purchased for branch bank purposes:

Bank Committee: December 17th 1928

 

On Minute No 3167, the following Report of the Town Clerk with reference to the completion of a lease with Mr Flavell of the flat at 1111, Warwick Road, Acock's Green, was received:

 

November 28th 1928 

Minute No 3167

 

I have to report that in accordance with the above Minute I have completed a Lease to Mr Flavell of No 1111 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, for three years from the 29th September 1928 at the yearly rent of 45. The Lessee is responsible for the rates and for interior repairs.

 

The Lease also contains a proviso for determination if the Lessee shall cease to be employed by the Birmingham Corporation Gas Department.

 

3255   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 3167 be discharged.

 

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