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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 February 1926 to May 1936.
An 'Evening Branch' was opened to the east of the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham on September 4th 1926, utilising a wooden hut placed on land owned by the city's Allotments Department.
 
Council houses were built between 1924 and 1927 on the Batchelors Farm Estate which lies to the east of the location chosen by the Bank. The Batchelor’s Farm Estate was one of Birmingham's earliest large estates completed – with a total of 1,360 houses – and, at three miles’ distance, one of the closest to the city centre, its design typifying the garden suburb ideals of the day.
 
Although the Bank was anxious to purchase the plot it rented from the Allotments Department, the latter Department only agreed to sell it when the Bank built a permanent building, which was opened (right) on June 8th 1929.
 
 

Bank Committee: February 15th 1926

 

The General Manager submitted the following report as to certain vacant land in Bordesley Green under the control of the Allotments Committee:

 

Land at Bordesley Green

 

The Allotments Committee have land fronting the thoroughfare known as Bordesley Green, situate on the left hand side of the road past Churchill Road and adjoining the "Era" Picture House. Councillor Cooper drew the General Manager's attention to this land, and accompanied the General Manager to the site on Friday last.

 

As a result of this, and after viewing the locality, the General Manager is satisfied that it is desirable to establish a Branch Bank in this area, which is sufficiently far away from the proposed Branch at the corner of Cherrywood Road. There has been rapid development in this area and for some considerable distance beyond the district is very thickly populated. The road is being continued right through to Stechford, and further housing development is contemplated.

 

In the General Manager's opinion it would be a suitable site on which to place one of the portable wooden buildings, to be conducted as an Evening Bank until such time as a permanent erection would be justified.

 

The General Manager understands that the Allotments Committee would prefer to charge a rental for the land required, rather than transfer the land to the Bank.

 

2288   RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the Chairman and General Manager with authority to make arrangements with the Allotments Committee for renting a portion of the land.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 12th 1926

 

917 The Sub-Committee were informed that the Allotments Committee had passed a resolution agreeing to the letting to the Bank Committee of 500 square yards of land fronting Bordesley Green East at 9d. per square yard, and the General Manager had made arrangements to view the same with Mr Lawton, the Assistant Surveyor, and Mr Phipps, with a view to putting on the land a portable wooden building. The Minute was continued.

 

P575/6, P580, P584: Bank Committee: April 19th 1926

 

2331 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Land - Bordesley Green East.

 

The attention of your Committee was called at their last meeting to certain vacant land in Bordesley Green East under the control of the Allotments Committee. The latter Committee have been approached on the matter, and have decided to agree to let to the Bank Committee an area of approximately 500 square yards of land at a rental of 9d. per square yard. Your Sub-Committee recommend that this arrangement be approved, and that authority be given for one of the portable wooden buildings to be erected on the site for use as a Branch Bank.

 

2332  RESOLVED:- That the arrangement with the Allotments Committee for the letting to the Bank of approximately 500 square yards of land in Bordesley Green East at an annual rental of 9d per square yard be approved and that the General Manager be authorised to have erected on the site a portable wooden building for use as a Branch Bank.

 

A506: General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 10th 1926

 

938 On Minute No 917, the Sub-Committee were informed that the Public Works Committee had approved of portable wooden buildings being placed on the sites secured by the Bank at Brookvale, Stechford and Little Bromwich, and were prepared to issue licences for three years in each case.

  

General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 10th 1927

  

Little Bromwich Branch.

 

Correspondence has taken place between the Allotments Department and the Bank with regard to the terms under which the Bank has possession of the land on which a wooden building has been erected.

 

It was suggested that a lease of 99 years should be prepared, but the Town Clerk has pointed out that the Corporation cannot grant a lease because it would be conveying land from itself to itself.

 

A suggestion, I understand, has been put forward in the Allotments Committee, that a minute should be passed giving a tenancy to the Bank of 99 years on payment of the ground rent of 9d. per square yard. It has been the practice, in dealing with other Committees, for the Bank to purchase the freehold at 15/-d. per square yard, which is the equivalent of 9d. per square yard leasehold, and this would have been submitted to the Allotments Committee but for Councillor Cooper, who thought it desirable that the Allotments Committee should retain the land and their loan charges should not be disturbed.

 

The Branch at Little Bromwich is doing very well indeed, and I am confident that it will not be many years before we have to put up a new building; and I think it would be very much more satisfactory if the Bank purchased the land outright, which would result in the Treasurer making the necessary financial adjustments on the loan charges to the Allotments Department.

 

I do not see that a Minute of the Committee agreeing to a tenancy of 99 years is quite a satisfactory way of dealing with the situation, when the probability of our having to put up a permanent Bank is taken into account.

 

The City Treasurer stated that he proposed to report to the Allotments Committee proposing that the land in question should be transferred to the Bank, as no financial advantage would accrue to the Allotments Department if the suggestion to grant a 99 years' tenancy were adopted.

 

1038   RESOLVED:- That the forgoing report be approved and that the General Committee be recommended to inform the Allotments Committee that the Bank are prepared to agree to the transfer of the land in question at the price of 15s. 0d. per square yard.

 

General Manager's Annual Report for the year ended 31st December 1926

 

NEW BRANCHES.

 

During the year the re-constructed premises at Bordesley Green were opened as a Daily Branch, while Evening Branches have also been opened at Brookvale, Little Bromwich and Perry Common, and a one-day Branch at Rednal.
 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: February 14th 1927

 

On Minute No 1038 (land - Bordesley Green East) - the Sub-Committee reviewed the circumstances in connection with the land rented from the Allotments Committee in Bordesley Green East, which matter had been referred to the Sub-Committee by the General Committee for further consideration in view of a proposal which had been submitted by the Allotments Committee that the land in question should be rented to the Bank for a period of years.

 

1052   RESOLVED:- That this Sub-Committee being of opinion that the procedure laid down in the Standing Order to Committees No 31 with reference to the transfer of land etc from one Committee to another should not be departed from in this case, recommend the General Committee to request the Allotments Committee to transfer to the Bank, with the approval of the City Council, the land in question at the price of 15/- per square yard.

 

Bank Committee: February 21st 1927

 

The following Minute of the Allotments Committee, passed at a meeting on the 10th February, with reference to the land in Bordesley Green East at present rented by the Bank, was submitted:

 

1449. RESOLVED:- That this Committee would prefer that the present arrangement for letting the land at Yew Tree Farm should be continued, and that the matter should be further considered when the Bank Committee desire to erect a permanent branch.

 

The Committee were informed that the Minute in question had been received by the Clerk to the Committee after the last meeting of the General Purposes Sub-Committee, when the matter had been considered and a minute passed recommending the Bank Committee to represent to the Allotments Committee their view that the land in question should be transferred in accordance with the Standing Orders to Committee laid down by the City Council. After the Committee had considered the minute of the Allotments Committee, it was:

 

2595   RESOLVED:- That the Allotments Committee be informed that the Bank Committee, while considering that the Council's General Instruction to Committees No 31 should be observed, are prepared to agree to the transfer of the land in Bordesley Green East being deferred and to the present arrangement for letting the land being continued, on the understanding that when the erection of a branch bank is decided upon, the Allotments Committee will raise no objection to the transfer of the land to the Bank at the price of 15s. 0d. per square yard.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 14th 1927

 

1081 A letter was submitted from the Town Clerk to the affect that the Allotments Committee would be prepared to transfer the land in Bordesley Green East at the price of 15/- per square yard when the Bank Committee desired to erect a permanent branch on the site.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1927

 

The General Manager presented the following report as to Little Bromwich branch:

 

Little Bromwich Branch.

 

In September 1926 a Branch of the Bank was opened in a wood building on land fronting Bordesley Green East, the Branch being open on Monday and Saturday evenings.

 

The land is rented from the Allotments Committee at 9d. square yard, and it was agreed that it should be transferred to the Bank at 15/-d. per square yard when it was desired to erect a permanent building.

 

The progress of this Branch has been such as to warrant the Committee considering the provision of increased facilities - in fact, the depositors and prospective depositors are entitled to more banking facilities. To provide daily facilities in the wood building would entail much expense in the provision of domestic facilities and adequate accommodation for safe custody of cash, and it would be very difficult at a later stage to carry on the work of such a Branch during the erection of a permanent building. Experience has proved that to conduct a daily Bank in temporary premises during alterations is expensive and unsatisfactory.

 

The transactions at this Branch average 82 per evening, and the development of the Branch will be seen from the following monthly figures: 

 

Month

 

 

 

Amount

deposited

 

£

Amount

withdrawn

 

£

No of new

Accounts

opened

No of

Transactions

Water

A/c's

dealt

with

Gas

A/c's

dealt

with

Electricity

A/c's

dealt

with

Sept 1926

1,169

146

232

522

-

-

-

Oct

1,153

56

150

632

23

24

3

Nov

1,039

155

69

558

18

57

14

Dec

359

369

25

282

1

-

-

Jan 1927

1,933

404

127

877

5

19

-

Feb

1,629

317

64

735

3

67

23

Mar

1,000

238

51

692

-

-

-

April

1,358

359

37

618

44

32

1

May

1,485

463

58

680

26

78

31

June

1,154

686

35

553

1

-

-

July

900

1,071

25

636

-

27

9

Aug

1,174

650

48

608

3

47

14

Sept

1,193

635

48

696

-

1

2

Oct

1,511

496

64

921

46

26

9

 

The amount standing to credit of depositors at the 31st October 1927 was £14,697, and the number of open accounts totalled 917.

 

It will be seen from the foregoing figures that there is now a satisfactory depositorship to justify proceeding with the erection of a permanent building, and I recommend that application be made to the Allotments Committee for the transfer of the land at the price agreed, and that instructions be given for plans to be prepared for the erection of a suitable building.

 

1194   RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to arrange for the transfer from the Allotments Committee to the Bank of the land fronting to Bordesley Green East at present rented to the Bank, at the agreed price of 15/- per square yard, and that the General Manager be instructed to arrange for plans to be prepared for the erection of a suitable building.

 

The General Manager called the attention of the Sub-Committee to certain properties which were for sale at King's Norton and at Bordesley.

 

1197   RESOLVED:- That no action be taken with regard to premises at King's Norton but that the Chairman and the Chairman of the General Committee with the General Manager be requested to inspect the premises referred to at Bordesley reporting their observations thereon to this Sub-Committee in due course.
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