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Bank Committee: June 21st 1926

 

2375 The following Minute of the City Council passed on the presentation of the report of the Bank Committee on the 1st June last was received:

 

It was moved by the Lord Mayor, seconded by Mr Councillor Daniels, and

Resolved: 27,690 That the purchase by the Bank Committee of an additional 120 square yards of freehold land at Birchfield Road and extension of Broadway, upon the terms and conditions referred to in the report of the Committee, be approved and confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 12th 1926

 

The Sub-Committee considered the question of obtaining the consent of the City Council to the proposed buildings at King's Heath, Nechells Park Road and Birchfield Road, and it was:

 

975     RESOLVED:- That steps be taken to prepare and submit a report to Council embodying the proposals and including the City Surveyor's estimates of the cost of carrying out the works.

 

Bank Committee: July 26th 1926

 

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

 

Tenders have been advertised for and it is proposed that the same shall be considered at the Meeting of your Committee.

The Committee proceeded to consider the following tenders, which had been received for the erection of premises at Birchfields ():

           

John T Harris

4098

E Crowder

3877

W & J Webb

4071

A Pearce & Son

4465

J Dallow & Sons

4459

J Johnson

4674

R Fenwick Ltd

4133

Francis H Smith

4135

G Webb & Son Ltd

4291

 

2425   RESOLVED:- That the tender of Mr E Crowder at the sum of 3,877 for the erection of bank premises at the corner of Birchfield Road and Broadway, be accepted, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into the necessary contract, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

Bank Committee: October 18th 1926

 

The Town Clerk presented the following report as to the completion of the purchase of land in Birchfield Road, Perry Barr:

 

Minute Nos 2250, 2305 & 2346 - Purchase of land in Birchfield Road, Perry Barr.

 

As instructed by the above Minutes I have completed the purchase from Mrs C M Banks and another of 600 sq. yds. of land for the purpose of a branch Bank, and have made the following payments herein:

           

Purchase money

600.  0. 0.

Stamp duty

      6.  0. 0.

Expenses of completion

     1. 15. 6.

 

I ask that these Minutes be discharged.

 

2457   RESOLVED:- That Minutes Nos 2250, 2305 and 2346 be discharged.

 

On Minute No 2425 (erection and completion of branch bank at the corner of Birchfield Road and The Broadway) the Town Clerk presented the following report as to the completion of a contract with Mr E Crowder:

 

Minute No 2425 - New Bank at Birchfields.

 

In pursuance of the above minute, I beg to report that I have prepared and completed a contract with Mr Edgar Crowder and his Sureties for the erection and completion of a branch bank at the corner of Birchfield Road and The Broadway.

 

The Corporate Seal is affixed to the contract.

 

2459   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2425 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 14th 1927

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that the progress of the contract for the erection of Bank premises at the corner of Birchfield Road and Broadway was unsatisfactory, and it was:

 

1054   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager in consultation with the City Surveyor, be instructed to consider the desirability of enforcing the penalty clause in the Contract entered into with Mr E Crowder.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 11th 1927

 

On Minute No 1054 (Birchfield - erection of premises), the General Manager reported that the progress of the Birchfield contract was very unsatisfactory and the work had been at a standstill on two recent occasions when he had visited the site.

 

1096   RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman of the General Committee and General Manager, with power to authorise the Town Clerk to enforce the Penalty Clause under the Contract with Mr E Crawford if possible.

 

Bank Committee: April 25th 1927

 

2661   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Birchfield - Contract for the erection of Bank premises.

 

The attention of your Sub-Committee has been called to the unsatisfactory progress of the work under the contract with Mr E Crowder, which was accepted in July of last year. Your Sub-Committee have therefore empowered the Chairman of your Committee to authorise the Town Clerk to take any necessary steps for the enforcement of the Penalty Clause under the contract entered into, if this course is possible.

 

With reference to the foregoing report relating to the contract with Mr E Crowder for the erection of Bank premises at Birchfields, the Committee were informed that the Chairman and the General Manager had had a conversation on the subject with the City Surveyor, who has called attention to some difficulty that the Contractor has had in obtaining delivery of certain stone specified in the contract, and had also submitted correspondence which appeared to substantiate the explanation of the Contractor. The City Surveyor had stated that this difficulty had now apparently been surmounted and the Contractor was proceeding with the work. The Committee being of opinion that the Chairman should be empowered to authorise any necessary action to be taken if justifiable, it was:

 

2663   RESOLVED:- That, should the Chairman consider such action desirable, the Town Clerk be instructed to take any necessary steps for the enforcement of the penalty clause in the contract entered into with Mr E Crowder for the erection of Bank premises at Birchfields.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 9th 1927

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that the City Surveyor had intimated that it would be desirable to remove the tree which was adjacent to the premises being erected at Birchfield. The owner had been approached on the matter and stated that he was prepared to agree to the tree being removed provided the expense of felling and removing was borne by the Bank.

 

1121  RESOLVED:- That the necessary steps be taken for the removal of the tree in question.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1927

 

On Minute No 2663 (contract with E Crowder for erection of premises at Birchfields) the Committee were informed that the contract in question was now proceeding and no action was at present necessary in the matter.

 

2711   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2663 be discharged.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: July 11th 1927

 

The General Manager reported that with reference to the required provision of a counter and other fittings at Birchfield a tender had been obtained from Mr R Hunt at the sum of 385. The Contractors (Messrs Crowder & Sons) had also submitted a tender amounting to 227. The General Manager stated that on comparing the latter tender for counter only with the cost of counters at other branches, it was improbable that the work could be satisfactorily carried out for the sum quoted. After consideration it was:

 

112     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed to obtain tenders from other firms, including Harris and Sheldon and Gaskell and Chambers, and that the Chairman and the Chairman of the General Committee be empowered to accept such tender as they may consider desirable.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1928

 

The report of the General Manager dealing with land surrounding the temporary buildings utilised by the Bank was submitted:

 

Land surrounding temporary buildings.

 

The enclosed lands surrounding wood buildings erected to serve the purpose of temporary Banks in several parts of the City, have for some time presented an untidy appearance owing to the presence of weeds, etc, and complaints have been made as to their condition.

 

No arrangements existed for keeping the grounds tidy and attending to the shrubs, and with a view to improving the appearance of the grounds, I approached the General Manager of the Estates Department on the matter.

 

Mr Wallace Smith had an inspection made of the particular grounds and gave an estimate of cost for forking out and removing weeds, cultivating and levelling the soil, trimming privet hedges, and keeping the gardens and hedges in a tidy condition for twelve months, as follows:

 

 

. s. d.

Billesley

15.15. -

Brookvale

15.15. -

Perry Common

15.15. -

Pype Hayes

15.15. -

Stechford

15.15. -

Bordesley Green

6. 10. -

Birchfield

6. 10. -

Sparkhill

6. 10. -

 

Mr Smith further stated that the grounds would receive attention once each month.

 

These prices were considered excessive, and Mr Wallace Smith agreed that they appeared unduly high, but explained that considerable labour would be involved in getting rid of the weeds and destroying same, but that after the grounds had been properly cleared it would not be so expensive to keep them tidy.

 

In view of the urgent need for something to be done, instructions were given to the Estates Department to proceed with the work, on the understanding that the question of cost would be settled between the General Manager of the Estates Department and myself when we could have before us particulars of the time spent on the work. At the end of twelve months, Mr Smith will be able to quote a more favourable price for attending to the grounds, which he thought would work out at approximately 7. 10. -d per year for the first five grounds mentioned above, and 1. 10. -d for the last three.

 

I ask for the approval of the Committee to the action taken in having the grounds attended to at once.

 

1315   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to communicate with the Secretary of the Parks Department with a view to obtaining a price for attention to the gardens for a period of twelve months.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: October 10th 1927

 

On Minute No 112 (Counter and fittings at Birchfields) the Sub-Committee were informed that the tender of Messrs Gaskell & Chambers Ltd at the sum of 379: 16: 0: had been accepted for the provision of a counter, screens and fittings at the Birchfields branch premises and the work had now been executed.

 

120    RESOLVED:- That Minute No 112 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: December 10th 1928

 

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

 

The following communication from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee, passed at a meeting on the 29th November last, was received:

 

26210. RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, the terms of the transfer from the Bank Committee of land at the corner of Birchfield Road and The Broadway, viz: 1 per square yard, be approved.

 

Report of Sub-Committee.

Land at corner of Birchfield Road and Broadway.

 

Your Committee recently agreed to the acquisition of an area of 297 square yards of land from Mr H Scott at the price of 1 per square yard. This land was required for road widening purposes and has been thrown into the highway. Immediately adjoining is the property of the Birmingham Municipal Bank, from whom an area of 110 square yards has been taken for a similar purpose.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the sum of 110 be paid to the Municipal Bank for this area.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: December 8th 1930

 

Tender for Painting at Birchfield Branch. 

 

Name

Tender

 

s

d

Breaknell, W

56

10

-

Broomfield, J & Sons

73

10

-

Dawkes, A J

70

10

-

Elvins, T & Sons Ltd

89

 

-

Simmons, J H

55

10

-

Bowen Bros

57

-

-

Seers, A & Sons

46

18

-

Sapcote, W & Sons

69

-

-

Gay, J H

64

-

-

 

The General Manager reported that the following tender for painting work at Birchfields branch:

A Seers & Sons - 46. 18. 0.

 

 
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