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

 

102     RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to negotiate for suitable premises at Ward End, with a view to the establishment of a Branch Bank.

 

Bank Committee: January 5th 1920

 

Report of Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Washwood Heath and Ward End.

 

[Your Committee] have instructed the Manager to endeavour to obtain suitable premises for a Branch Bank at Ward End, as it appears that the present Branches at Saltley and Duddeston are difficult of access for a large number of inhabitants in Washwood Heath and Ward End.

 

Bank Committee: March 29th 1920

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Committee:

 

Ward End Premises.

 

Arrangements have been made for a tenancy to be entered into for premises at the corner of St Margaret's Road and Washwood Heath Road, Ward End. The agreement provisionally entered into is for an annual tenancy, to be extended to three years or more at the option of the Bank, as from Midsummer Day 1920. The rental is to be 32 per annum plus rates with the exception of Water Rate, and the dwelling house to be sub-let to the son of the landlord at a rental of 26 per annum plus Water Rate.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into the necessary Agreement.

 

451 RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into the necessary Agreement for tenancy  of premises at the corner of St Margaret's Road and Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, on the terms indicated in the foregoing Report.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 4th 1920

 

The Manager reported that there was some difficulty getting possession of No 600, Washwood Heath Road for the purposes of the Bank. The Co-operative Society, whose notice expires on the 24th June 1920, are unable to get into other premises they have purchased, and their employee is in residence at 600, Washwood Heath Road. Under these circumstances they intend to avail themselves of the Rent Restrictions Acts, and it may be that the Bank will be unable to complete the agreement with Mr Cutler.

 

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

 

The Manager submitted the following Report:

 

Washwood Heath Premises.

 

The Manager has been in communication with the Birmingham Industrial Co-operative Society regarding the premises which the Bank intended to lease from Mr Cuttler, at No 600, Washwood Heath Road.

 

It appears that the Co-operative Society have acquired certain shops in Washwood Heath Road, but several of them cannot come into their possession for a considerable time; and in their opinion it is unlikely the Society will vacate the premises during the present restrictions. The Manager has notified Mr Cuttler accordingly.

 

Bank Committee: July 5th 1920

 

On Minute No 451, the Manager reported that the premises, 600 Washwood Heath Road, were tenanted by the Birmingham Co-operative Society, who were not in a position to vacate the same, as arranged. The preparation of the lease from Mr Cuttler could not, therefore, be proceeded with.

 

525 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 451 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Committee: February 14th 1921

 

The Manager reported that an opportunity had arisen of leasing premises No 674 Washwood Heath Road. The owner was prepared to enter into a lease for 14 years at a rental of 42 per annum or to sell the property for 550. On the authority of the Chairman the offer to lease was accepted and an arrangement was made with Mr Jones (the owner) to put in a new shop front at a cost to the Bank of 100. It would be possible to let off the living accommodation.

 

410 RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to confirm the action taken in regard to the above premises and to instruct the Town Clerk to enter into and seal the requisite lease.

 

Bank Committee: February 21st 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Premises - 674 Washwood Heath Road.

 

An opportunity having arisen of leasing the above premises, on the authority of the Chairman, an arrangement was made with Mr Jones (the owner) to lease the same to the Bank for a period of 14 years at an annual rental of 42. It was also agreed that Mr Jones should put in a new shop front at a cost to the Bank of 100. It will be possible to let off the living accommodation.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the action taken in the matter be confirmed and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into the requisite Lease and affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

740 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in regard to premises No 674, Washwood Heath Road, referred to in the foregoing Report, be confirmed and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into and affix the Corporate Seal to a lease of the said premises for a period of 14 years at an annual rental of 42.

 

Finance & General Purposes Committee: April 11th 1921

 

445 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be authorised to open the new Branch at Ward End (674 Washwood Heath Road) on Monday next, the 18th instant.

 

Bank Committee: May 23rd 1921

 

On Minute No 740, the Town Clerk reported as follows:

 

May 3rd 1921

 

Report with reference to Minute No 740

674, Washwood Heath Road.

Jones to the Corporation.

 

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

 

I have paid 5. Lessor's charges, and 15/- Stamp Duty.

 

812 RESOLVED:- That Minute No 740 be discharged.

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 23rd 1921

 

The Ward End Branch was opened on May 2nd, and arrangements have been made for the business of this Branch to be conducted on Mondays and Saturdays in each week between the hours 6pm and 8pm.

 

Bank Committee: July 18th 1921

 

Report of the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee:

 

Hut at Ward End Park.

 

The Committee will recollect that this hut was purchased some months ago with the intention of utilising the same at Erdington but as other premises became available after the purchase, the hut was not required and was stored at Ward End Park. Your Sub-Committee are now of opinion that the hut should be disposed of on the best terms available, and they therefore recommend that the Manager be instructed accordingly.

 

875 RESOLVED:- That the Manager be instructed to dispose of the Hut, at present stored at Ward End Park, on the best terms obtainable.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 9th 1922

 

7         RESOLVED:- That Minute No 513 (Hut, Ward End Park) be continued.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: February 13th 1922

 

The Manager stated that the Sub-Tenant of 674, Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, was in arrear with his rent.

 

26       RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Manager in consultation with Mr Frank Wilde, with a view to suitable arrangements being made for the tenant to pay off his arrears.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 13th 1922

 

On Minute No 7 (Hut - Ward End Park) the Manager reported that this Hut had now been sold for 22. 10. 0. to the Handsworth and District Allotments & Co-operative Pig Society.

 

64        RESOLVED:- That Minute No 7 be discharged.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: July 10th 1922

 

On Minute No 26 (Sub-tenant's arrears of rent of 674, Washwood Heath Road) the Manager reported that satisfactory arrangements had now been made for paying off the arrears.

 

64        RESOLVED:- That Minute No 26 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 30th 1923

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that enquiries had been made from the owner of premises No 674, Washwood Heath Road at present leased to the Bank for a term of 14 years (as from the 25th March 1921) with reference to the possibility of extending the existing accommodation, or for alternative accommodation to be provided. The General Manager stated that the owner was not prepared to sell the property already leased or the adjacent shop, neither would he be prepared to lease the adjoining garage. He was, however, prepared to lease as an alternative to the present arrangement Nos 676 & 678,Washwood Heath Road on the same conditions as apply to No 674.

 

After consideration it was:

 

331    RESOLVED:- That the offer above referred to be not entertained, and that the General Manager be authorised, in conference with Mr Wilde, to make enquiries for more suitable premises in the locality.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1923

 

The following Report of the General Manager was submitted:

 

Ward End Premises.

 

An opportunity arose during the vacation of obtaining premises at No 686 Washwood Heath Road, and instructions were given to Messrs Frank Wilde & Glover to effect the purchase. This was arranged at the price of 725. The property is leasehold for a term of 75 years unexpired, and is subject to a ground rent of 7. 2. 0 per annum; it was valued at 750 with vacant possession. The accommodation comprises shop on the ground floor with a frontage of 15'0" and a depth of 12'0", with a room at the rear 11'6" wide and 13'0" deep which can be removed to enlarge the shop. There is a timber erected shed with concrete floor and galvanised iron roof, with a frontage to the street of 10'0", a back dimension of 20'0" and a total depth of 41'6" which can be demolished and the floor space ultimately placed in the shop. On the first floor there are three bedrooms and at the rear there are the usual domestic appointments.

 

Since the contract was arranged a point has cropped up with regard to the right of way. The Solicitors for the Vendors state that they are quite willing to accept the Bank's offer providing the property is purchased subject to the right of way. Nos 686 and 688 were originally purchased by the Vendor, but in 1920 No 688 was sold to Mr G W Payne, who agreed to remove the then party passage which passes over the land adjoining No 686, and to substitute another passage leading to Asquith Road, and also to obtain the consent of all parties concerned. The old passage has in fact been closed and the new one constructed, but at the moment no document can be found supporting such action. I informed Mr Wilde that the purchase must be complete in all respects, and that the property would not be purchased subject to the right of way. Mr Wilde has made further enquiries into the matter and finds that certain adjustments of fences have taken place at rear and the new right of way constructed, but no written documents were obtained by the Solicitor. It is possible that the arrangement as to closing the old right of way was not mentioned in the Conveyance, but the consent was obtained from the owners of Nos 690/2/4/6 in writing but on ordinary letter paper, and not stamped. Although the timber built shed stands on part of the old right of way there would not appear to be anything to prevent the adjoining owners from forcing its re-opening, although this would appear very remote.

 

If the Bank are not prepared to take the property subject to the condition with regard to indemnifying the Vendor as to any action relating to this right of way, it is possible the property will be sold to another party who will take it subject to all existing rights of way. The new right of way is in a more advantageous position so far as the adjoining owners are concerned.

 

408    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to make further enquiries with reference to the leasehold premises No 686 Washwood Heath Road, and to ascertain if the difficulty regarding the old right of way can be overcome, failing which he be authorised to make enquiries regarding other suitable premises in the district.
 

Bank Committee: October 15th 1923

 

1513 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was received:

 

Premises, Ward End.

 

An opportunity arose during the vacation of obtaining leasehold premises No 686 Washwood Heath Road for bank premises at a sum of 725. On negotiations being carried out for the purchase, however, the Vendor's Solicitors desired that the purchase should take place, subject to a right of way in respect of a party passage which formerly existed over the land adjoining No 686.

 

Your Sub-Committee cannot recommend the purchase of the property subject to a condition indemnifying the Vendor as to any future action taken in respect of this right of way, and further enquiries are being made in the matter.

 

The General Manager has also been directed to make enquiries regarding other suitable premises in the district.
 

Bank Committee: November 19th 1923

 

The General Manager reported that there appeared little prospect of the contemplated purchase of No 686, Washwood Heath Road being proceeded with as it had not been possible to secure an indemnity from the purchasers in respect of an old right of way on the property.

 

The General Manager reported that his attention has been called to adjacent property No 684, Washwood Heath Road, the owner of which was prepared to consider an offer for the purchase.

 

1576 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee, and that Mr Wilde be instructed to furnish a detailed report on the property valuation.
 
 

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Premises - Ward End
 
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 January 1937 which include the
early years of the Bank as a branch network was being established.
In the case of Ward End, temporary premises were occupied for five years before a permanent branch was opened by the Lord Mayor on April 10th 1926.