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The following Minutes have been extracted from the records
of the Bank's General Committee and its Sub-Committees.
 
The Minutes cover the period from July 1924 to November 1938.
The Bank's Management Committee took an interest in establishing a branch in the Selly Park area when the Corporation announced plans to develop an estate of 1,100 houses in the district. The General Manager was doubtful that the nearby Stirchley branch (located in a very restricted office) could co-exist with a daily branch at Selly Park - but  both became permanent branches alongside Bournville Works and Cotteridge (opened 1931). Very substantial premises were constructed that included two shops and two large flats, with the branch at the centre of a corner site.
The architect was the City Surveyor and the building
was constructed by C Bryant & Son Ltd.

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 14th 1924

 

The General Manager reported that the Estates Department had called his attention to certain premises at Hall Green and Selly Park, neither of which, however, were suitable to the requirements of the Bank.

 

579    RESOLVED:- That no action be taken with reference to the premises referred to.

 

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:

 

1. On the Pershore Road near to Dogpool Lane, in the immediate neighbourhood of which about 1,100 houses are to be erected by the Corporation.

 

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:

 

PROSPECTIVE SITES FOR BANKS.

 

STIRCHLEY DISTRICT. 56 Houses to be erected near Moor Green Lane.

                                         1038 Houses (approx.) to be erected between Cartland Road and Dad's Lane.

 

Site: Corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road.

 

The development on Pine Apple Estate is met by the existing Stirchley Branch.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 13th 1925

 

On Minutes Nos 611 and 669 (Sites for Branches) the General Manager reported that there was a plot of land available belonging to the Corporation at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road, and submitted a plan thereof. The site in question was one which had been recommended by the Special Sub-Committee on Bank Sites as being in a suitable position for a branch.

 

765    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to endeavour to arrange for the transfer of this land to the Bank, and in the event of arrangements being made accordingly, to submit proposals for a branch Bank to be built in due course.

 

766 The General Manager stated that he was of the opinion that it would be well, in addition to having the Branch at the Dogpool Lane Corner of Pershore Road for the use of the Selly Park and Stirchley people, to arrange for another branch at the Cotteridge to serve the residents of the Cotteridge and Kings Norton. He pointed out that the present Stirchley Branch lay between these two points, and did not attract either the Selly Park or Cotteridge people to any appreciable extent.

 

In the event of these two Branches being set up, it is not anticipated that much difficulty would be experienced in disposing of the present Stirchley premises.

 

In connection with Cotteridge Mr Councillor Appleby suggested that the Gas Department might have surplus accommodation at their depot.

 

Bank Committee: July 20th 1925

 

Site: corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road.

 

Your Sub-Committee have instructed the General Manager to endeavour to arrange for the transfer to the Bank of a piece of land belonging to the Corporation at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road and he has also been directed to submit proposals for a branch bank to be built thereon at the opportune time.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 12th 1925

 

On Minutes Nos 611/669 (Sites for Branches), 746 (Site for Hall Green Branch) and 765 (Land at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road) the General Manager presented the following reports:

 

1. Site at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road was desirable, and a separate report is submitted thereon to this meeting.

 

786     RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to negotiate with the Public Works Department with a view to the Bank taking over the required land at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road.

 

Bank Committee: December 21st 1925

 

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

 

Purchase of Site: Dogpool Lane.

 

With reference to the land at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road, belonging to the Tramways Department, the Tramways Committee have now approved of the transfer to the Bank subject to the sanction of the City Council, of about 1289 square yards of land, a portion of which is to be allocated to the Public Works Department for widening purposes.

 

The Chairman of your Committee and the General Manager have been authorised to arrange terms of transfer with the Tramways Committee, and subject to satisfactory arrangements being arrive at your Sub-Committee recommend that the transfer be arranged.

 

2206   RESOLVED:- That, subject to the approval of the City Council, and providing suitable terms can be agreed with the Tramways Committee, the transfer to the Bank, in conjunction with the Public Works Department, of about 1,289 sq yds of land at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road be approved, and the General Manager be authorised to negotiate for a suitable allocation of such land between the Bank and the Public Works Department.

 

Bank Committee: January 18th 1926

 

On Minute No 2206 (Land, corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road) the General Manager presented the following report:

 

Land, corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road.

 

The Tramways Committee have considered the report of the Bank Valuer to the effect that the value of the land is 21/-d. per square yard, and also the report of Mr Humphries, City Surveyor, that the land was worth 50/-d. per square yard.

 

The General Manager of the Tramways Department informs me that the land was purchased ten years ago for the sum of 1,765, which works out at 1. 4. -d. per square yard, and after consideration the Tramways Committee are prepared to agree to the transfer of the 1,289 square yards to the Bank Committee on the basis of 1. 6. -d. per square yard.

 

2226   RESOLVED:- That the terms of transfer above mentioned be approved, and that the necessary steps be taken to obtain the approval of the Council to such transfer in the Committee's next report.

 

Bank Committee: February 15th 1926

 

On Minute No 2206 (land at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road) the following communication from the Tramways Committee approving of the proposal to transfer the site in question was received:

 

6076. RESOLVED:- That the Bank Committee be informed that, subject to the approval of the City Council, this Committee will be prepared to transfer to them 1,289 square yards of land at the junction of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road, at the sum of 26/- per square yard, making a total of 1,675. 14. 0. and that the Bank Committee be requested to make their own arrangements with the Public Works Department with reference to the land required by them.

 

2261   RESOLVED:- That, in view of the negotiations at present taking place with the Public Works and Town Planning Committee with reference to the property, the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report.

 

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, and Resolved:

27,688 That the proposed transfer from the Tramways Committee to the Bank Committee of an area of land, totalling 1,289 square yards, and situate at the junction of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road be approved and confirmed.

 

On Minute No 2206 (land corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road) - in view of the City Council having approved the transfer from the Tramways Committee of this land to the Bank, it was:

 

2377   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2206 be discharged.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 12th 1926

 

With reference to the land taken over from the Tramways Committee at Dogpool, and the site purchased at Hall Green, the question was considered of whether temporary buildings should be put up on the land in the first instance or whether steps should be taken forthwith for the erection of permanent structures.

 

983     RESOLVED:- That the matters be referred to the Chairman of the General Committee and the Chairman of this Sub-Committee, with the General Manager to consider and report their recommendations at the next meeting of the full Committee.

 

Bank Committee: July 26th 1926

 

The Chairman presented the following report containing recommendations as to the utilisation of sites at the corner of Pershore Road and Dogpool Lane, and at Stratford Road, Hall Green:

 

Report to Committee

 

The Chairman and General Manager considered the question of erection of Branch premises on the land purchased at the corner of Pershore Road and Dogpool Lane, and at Stratford Road, Hall Green, and they are of opinion that in both cases it would be desirable to erect premises rather than place on the land temporary wooden buildings.

 

With regard to the expenditure of these buildings, the Chairman and General Manager suggest that the Committee should fix the cost they are prepared to go to. The figure of 3,500 in each case is put forward.

 

2438   RESOLVED:- That the recommendations contained in the foregoing report be adopted, and that the General Manager confer with the City Surveyor thereon and submit proposals to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for the erection of new buildings on the sites at Selly Park and Hall Green, the estimated cost in each case not to exceed 3,500.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 11th 1926

 

The following communication from the General Committee with reference to the erection of new buildings on the sites at Selly Park and Hall Green were submitted:

 

The Chairman presented a report containing recommendations as to the utilisation of sites at the corner of Pershore Road and Dogpool Lane, and at Stratford Road, Hall Green:

 

2438. RESOLVED:- That the recommendations contained in the report be adopted, and that the General Manager confer with the City Surveyor thereon and submit proposals to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for the erection of new buildings on the sites at Selly Park and Hall Green, the estimated cost in each case not to exceed 3,500.

 

Mr Stevens of the City Surveyor's Department attended the Sub-Committee and submitted a plan of the proposals for the erection of premises on the Hall Green site.

 

996     RESOLVED:- That the City Surveyor be asked to submit to the next meeting of this Sub-Committee a statement showing the approximate cost involved by the provision of the flat accommodation over the Bank premises in order that the Sub-Committee may be in a position to consider whether it is desirable to institute one-storey branch bank buildings.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1926

 

On Minute No 996 a plan was submitted for the erection of premises on the site at the corner of Dogpool Lane and Pershore Road, the scheme comprising in addition to the building of suitable branch Bank premises and two flats, the erection of two large shops, the one facing Pershore Road and the other Dogpool Lane, the Bank premises occupying the centre position. The estimated cost of carrying out the entire scheme (Exclusive of bank fittings) was 6500 and the Sub-Committee considered that the figure was reasonable in view of the fact that the shops and flats would command substantial rentals.

 

1023   RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to approve the plan above referred to and to instruct the General Manager to obtain tenders for the erection of the proposed premises.

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