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General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 9th 1922

 

The Manager submitted a report from Mr Wilde with reference to premises 301 Birchfield Road, Perry Barr:

 

Premises at Perry Barr.

 

Mr A G Latham, Architect & Surveyor, of Bull Street, has offered to the Bank freehold shop and premises No 301 Birchfield Road, Perry Barr. The price asked is 1,250. Mr Wilde, on the instruction of the Manager, has inspected this property and presented a report which the Manager will submit to the meeting.

 

21       RESOLVED:- That no further action be taken with regard to the premises referred to.

 

Bank Committee: January 16th 1922

 

The Manager reported that enquiries had been made with reference to the property, No 436 Birchfield Road.

 

After considering the particulars submitted the Committee are of opinion that the premises were unsuitable for branch Bank purposes and it was:

1040 RESOLVED:- That no further action be taken in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: October 20th 1924

 

1862   On Minute No 1805 the General Manager reported that he had informally communicated with the Chairman or Treasurer of certain local authorities, with a view to ascertaining their attitude as to the suggestion to obtain power for the establishment of Branches for Savings purposes in areas outside the city. He informed the Committee that he had received replies in favour of the project from West Bromwich, Smethwick and Perry Barr. The Mayor of Sutton Coldfield had intimated that he did not consider the establishment of a Bank would have any attraction for the residents at Sutton. No reply had been received from the Borough Treasurer of Wednesbury. The Minute was continued.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 13th 1925

 

The Sub-Committee considered the question of the establishment of a Branch in the Perry Barr District, and in this connection the General Manager called attention to a communication he had received from a depositor drawing attention to a new road which was being cut at Perry Barr and suggesting that a Branch should be built with a frontage thereto.

 

780 On the suggestion of the Chairman of the General Committee, the General Manager was directed to get into touch with the Chief Librarian to ascertain whether anything could be done with the Perry Barr Institute now used as a Public Library, and Councillor Appleby and the General Manager were empowered to take such action during the vacation as they may consider necessary with a view to affording Bank facilities at Perry Barr.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 12th 1925

 

On Minute No 780 (Proposed Branch in Perry Barr) the General Manager reported as follows:

 

Premises at Perry Barr

 

The General Manager of the Tramways Department has intimated to me it is quite definite that the Bank cannot have any portion of the premises of the Perry Barr Tram Depot, which is required entirely for their own purposes, and it is impossible for the City Librarian to do anything in the way suggested of obtaining a fresh site for the library, and the Bank using the library portion of the premises.

 

A new road nearby (called Bragg Road) has been cut, and is at present being developed for a Housing Scheme. The corner sites have already been disposed of for shops and Picture Palace requirements, and there is no chance of obtaining anything here.

 

I understand that Broadway is being widened, and if a quick decision is arrived at on this matter it is possible that we may secure a corner site, and the price will be 1 per yard.

 

I have arranged that this matter should remain open until Tuesday, the 13th instant, but a decision will then have to be given on the matter.

 

There is undoubtedly great competition to get possession on the Birchfield Road or adjacent to the Birchfield Road at the present time, and if we are to secure anything at all it will have to be by quick action.

 

I am convinced that a Bank would do well in this area, and there is a demand for one. I have no hesitation in recommending the opening of a Branch in this area, which is one of the positions I have always advocated.

 

792     RESOLVED:- That Councillors Appleby and Barrow with the General Manager, be requested to negotiate with a view to securing a suitable site in Broadway, Perry Barr.

 

On Minutes Nos 611/669 (Sites for Branches) the General Manager presented the following report:

 

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. Another site which the Committee has in mind relate to:

Perry Barr, near the Station (which is the subject of a special report).

 

Bank Committee: November 16th 1925

 

The General Manager presented the following report with reference to land at the corner of the proposed extension of Broadway, Birchfield.

 

Land at Perry Barr

 

Since the last meeting of the Committee, the question of whether or not the Bank should take advantage of purchasing a site at the corner of the proposed extension of Broadway Road, Birchfields, has had to be decided, and the Chairman after careful consideration of the whole matter has given instructions to Mr Wilde to secure 500 square yards of land at the junction of the new Birchfield Road and the new Broadway Road at a price not exceeding 1 per square yard.

 

The Agents who had the matter in hand were not disposed to delay taking action in the matter, and Mr Wilde was convinced that as soon as it became generally known that the road was to be extended, there would be keen competition to get corner sites. Mr Wilde was also of opinion that it was unlikely that any reduction in the price would take place, as the figure asked could easily be obtained today.

 

Negotiations are pending and the result will be communicated to the Committee in due course, but in the meantime approval of the Chairman's action is asked.

 

2186   RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman in authorising negotiations to take place for the purchase of 500 square yards of land at the junction of Birchfield Road and the extended Broadway, at a price not exceeding 1 per square yard, be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 14th 1925

 

820 On Minutes Nos 780/792 (Site at Broadway, Perry Barr) the Sub-Committee were informed that Mr Wilde was conducting negotiations therefor.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 11th 1926

 

843 On Minute No 755 (premises in outside areas) the General Manager stated that he had written to the Town Clerk with regard to approaching Oldbury and Perry Barr to join in further discussion on this question.

 

Bank Committee: January 18th 1926

 

The General Manager reported that in accordance with the instructions given by Minute No 2186, the purchase had been arranged of 480 sq yards of land having a frontage to Birchfield Road of 12 yards with a depth of 40 yards.

 

2250  RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, the Town Clerk be instructed to complete the purchase of 480 sq yards of land in Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, at the price of 480 and to enter into any necessary agreement affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

Report to the City Council: February 2nd 1926

 

PURCHASE OF LAND AT BIRCHFIELD.

 

Your Committee have endeavoured, hitherto without success, to secure land or buildings in the Birchfield area to serve the purpose of a Branch Bank. The opportunity has now arisen of acquiring a freehold site at the corner of Birchfield Road and the proposed extension of Broadway, which area is in course of development. Plan C attached to this report indicated by pink colouring the site in question, which contains an area of 480 square yards, with a frontage to Birchfield Road of 12 yards, and this land can be purchased for the sum of 480.

 

As in other certain cases, it is proposed to place on this site a temporary building, and to develop the Branch until the erection of a permanent structure can be justified.

 

Your Committee accordingly ask the approval of the City Council to the purchase of the site in question, at the price named, which will be defrayed out of Bank funds.

 

Bank Committee: February 15th 1926

 

The following Minutes of the City Council passed on presentation of the Report of the Bank Committee on the 2nd February 1926 were received:

 

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

Resolved: 27,541. That the proposal of the Bank Committee to purchase for Bank purposes the piece of freehold land at the corner of Birchfield Road and the proposed extension of Broadway, at the price of 480, such land containing an area of 480 square yards, be approved and confirmed, the purchase money to be defrayed from the funds of the Bank.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 8th 1926

 

The General Manager reported that an intimation had been received from the owners of the land agreed to be purchased by the Bank at the corner of Birchfield Road, that they are only prepared to complete the sale subject to the condition that any buildings to be erected by the Bank thereon should be of not less cost than 1,000.

 

894     RESOLVED:- That Councillor Appleby and the General Manager be requested to consider the desirability of erecting a permanent building on the land in question, and to fix the amount which it would appear to them desirable to expend thereon, if possible reporting to the full Committee on the matter at their next meeting.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 15th 1926

 

The following report of the General Manager was presented with reference to the land in Birchfield Road agreed to be purchased by the Bank:

 

LAND AT BIRCHFIELD ROAD.

 

The Draft Contract for Sale to the Corporation contains the following restrictions:

 

"Not to erect or permit to be erected on the said land any building costing less than 1,000 in net prime cost of labour and materials."

 

The Town Clerk has given his opinion that such a restriction includes a temporary wooden building standing on the land.

 

The Town Clerk has pointed out to the Vendor's Solicitors that the clause was not specifically mentioned in the negotiations, and that he could not agree to it; but their client refuses to allow any variation from the restriction. Mr Wilde was asked to discuss the matter with the Vendor's Surveyors, Messrs Couchman & Steeds, and endeavour to get the restriction waived so that a temporary wooden building might be placed on the land for a period of three or five years, but he has met with a like refusal, and they add that the new building must be commenced within a reasonable time of the Contract being signed. The Vendor's Surveyors further point out that the Corporation have insisted on an undertaking being given that the large house on the Estate would be demolished, and the rest of the land has been disposed of for the erection of substantial shops, several of which are already in course of erection.

 

The land purchased has a frontage to Birchfield Road of approximately 12 yards, and a depth of 40 yards, the total area being 480 square yards.

 

Having regard to the population covered by this area, and that the shopping area is being rapidly extended, it is recommended that the restriction might be agreed to, and the erection of a Bank and other suitable buildings proceeded with, and that the City Surveyor be instructed to prepare a plan showing how the site could be used to the best advantage, together with estimate of cost. It would, perhaps, be advisable for the Committee to give the City Surveyor an idea of the amount they are prepared to go to for new buildings.

 

898     RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to comply with the requirement of the vendors as to the erection of suitable bank premises, and to instruct the Town Clerk to complete the purchase accordingly; also to direct the City Surveyor to prepare a plan showing how the site could be used to the best advantage, the cost of the building to be approximately 3,000.

 

Bank Committee: March 15th 1926

 

The following Supplemental  Report  of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Land at Birchfield Road.

 

In view of the fact that the draft Contract for Sale of the land at the corner of Birchfield Road and the Broadway contains a restrictive covenant to the effect that no building is to be erected on the land costing less than 1,000, your Sub-Committee have given consideration to the erection of a permanent building thereon instead of a temporary wooden structure as proposed in the first instance.

 

Having regard to the population of this area, and in view of the fact that the shopping area is being rapidly extended, your Sub-Committee recommend that the erection of a Bank and other suitable buildings should be proceeded with at an estimated cost of 3,000, and that the City Surveyor be instructed to prepare a plan showing how the site can be utilised to the best advantage.

 

2305   RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to proceed with the completion of the purchase of the land at the corner of Birchfield Road and the proposed extension of the Broadway; and that the City Surveyor be instructed to prepare and submit plans to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for the erection of a building on the site to cost approximately 3,000.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 12th 1926

 

Land at Birchfield Road.

 

915 The General Manager stated the plans and proposals of the City Surveyor were not yet to hand, but as soon as ready would be submitted to the Sub-Committee.

 

Bank Committee: April 19th 1926

 

On Minutes Nos 2250/2305 (Plots of land - Birchfield Road, Perry Barr) the Committee were informed that the City Surveyor had advised that in connection with the proposals for the erection of a Branch Bank on the site it would be desirable in order to provide a better lay-out and an improved frontage to Birchfield Road, to acquire a small strip of additional land.

 

2346   RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman and General Manager in conference with the City Surveyor with authority to purchase such additional area of land as may be considered desirable, to form part of the Bank site in Birchfield Road, subject to the approval of the City Council and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into any necessary Agreement accordingly, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 31st 1926

 

On Minutes Nos 914 and 937, plans were submitted for the erection of premises at Kings Heath, Nechells Park Road and Birchfield Road, at the following estimated cost:

 

Kings Heath

3,500

Nechells Park Road

3,380

Corner Birchfield Road and Broadway

3,645

 

The Sub-Committee expressed the opinion that so far as possible in erecting and adapting premises for Bank requirements regard should be given to the possibility of making future enlargements to the premises if desired, and in this connection it was pointed out to Mr Stevens that it might be desirable to amend the plans as submitted so far as the position of the strong rooms were concerned.

 

960    RESOLVED:- That, subject to the considerations above mentioned, the plans be approved, and that the City Surveyor be instructed to prepare specifications and bills of quantities and that the General Manager be authorised to advertise for tenders for the carrying out of the work.

 

Premises - Birchfield
 
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 December 1928 - the Bank having sought to find a suitable site for a branch in the Perry Barr area in 1922; a district that was being urbanised in the 1920s. In due course, a site was obtained at the junction of Birchfield Road (the A34 highway to Walsall) and The Broadway. A purpose built branch was opened on this site on October 8th 1927
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