Estates Committee: December 31st 1928
Land corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road.
The Bank Committee have erected a temporary Bank on the site of land in Yardley Wood Road (abutting upon Park land), having a frontage of 10 yards to Yardley Wood Road and an approximate depth of 50 yards, the area being about 500 square yards.
In view of the development of Haunch Lane Estate, the erection of a Picture House and Licensed Premises nearby, the Bank Committee consider that the land they hold is in the wrong position for Bank premises. They wish to surrender this holding and have transferred to them a plot of land situate at the corner of Yardley Wood Road and Brigfield Road on terms to be agreed.
The Chairman of the Bank Committee and your late Chairman discussed the advisability of utilising this site for the erection of a Branch Bank in conjunction with your Committee building retail shops, when it was provisionally agreed that Mr Harold S Scott, Architect, who has designed several Branch Banks, be requested to submit suggested plans for the development of the site.
From Mr Scott's suggested layout it will be observed that the proposals are:
(1) For the Bank premises to occupy the corner position.
(2) The remaining portion of the Yardley Wood Road or Brigfield Road frontages to be utilised for the erection of three retail shops with dwelling house accommodation and two lock-up retail shops on the land directly at the rear of Nos 820-826 Yardley Wood Road, fronting to Brigfield Road.
It is considered that shops in this position - which is within a few yards of the Bus Terminus and the New Hotel - would attract tenants. Mr Scott considers the best development would be with the three shops and houses facing Yardley Wood Road; which he estimates would cost £785 each, and would readily let at 30/- per week, tenants paying rates in addition.
The two lock-up shops on the Brigfield Road frontage he estimated would cost £350 each and would let at 15/- per week each, tenants paying rates.
There is a pressing need for shops in this district and your Sub-Committee accordingly recommend that the Bank Committee be informed that the Estates Committee is prepared to co-operate with them in the proposal.
7531 RESOLVED:- That the Bank Committee be informed that this Committee is prepared to co-operate with them in connection with the erection of Bank and shopping premises at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, as indicated in the report of the Estates Sub-Committee.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: January 21st 1929
Land at corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road.
Your Sub-Committee have considered the question of price to be paid for the land which it is proposed to transfer to the Bank Committee in connection with the erection of a Bank and dwelling house at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, such erection forming part of a joint scheme with the Estates Department, who also propose to erect shops and houses on the adjoining land. The area which it is proposed to transfer to the Bank is approximately 1,490 square yards, but owing to the fact that the building line is set back 40ft. from Yardley Wood Road and 20ft. from Brigfield Road, there is only approximately 600 square yards available for actual building purposes.
The usual price which has been charged for land transferred by the Estates Committee to the Bank Committee has been 15/- per square yard, but in view of the fact that such a large area cannot be built upon, the General Manager of the Estates Department has suggested that the price for the 1,490 square yards should be 10/- per yard. Your Sub-Committee, after taking into account all the circumstances, are of opinion that the suggested price for the land is reasonable, and recommend that this arrangement he agreed to, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health and the City Council to the transfer on these terms, and to the confirmation of the Estates Committee, who have already intimated their approval of the joint building scheme.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 11th 1929
1372 On Minute No 1332 (Land at corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road) the General Manager reported that he had discussed with the Architect, Mr H Scott, the question of a reduction in the estimated cost of the erection of Bank premises, viz: £3,850, and the Architect was of the opinion that it would be possible to modify the Bills of Quantities thereby reducing the cost to about £3,500.
The Sub-Committee were also informed that the Estates Committee has agreed to the transfer of the land and would ask for the Council's consent thereto.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 8th 1929
1387 On Minutes Nos 1332 and 1372, (land at corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road) the Sub-Committee were informed that the Estates Committee had agreed to the transfer of the land in question, subject to the approval of the City Council; but that the approval to co-operate with the Bank in the building scheme was deferred pending settlement with the Public Works and Town Planning Committee of this question.
Bank Committee: April 15th 1929
On Minutes Nos 3197 and 3300 (Land at corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road), the following communication was received from the Estates Committee intimating that they were unable to co-operate with the Bank in the erection of shops on this site:
Yardley Wood Road and Brigfield Road site.
On Minute No 7521 it was:
7694. RESOLVED:- That in view of the ruling of the Town Clerk mentioned in the preceding Minute the Bank Committee be informed that this Committee are unable to co-operate with them in the erection of shops on the above site.
3389 RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report in due course.
(Your Sub-Committee recommend the approval of these terms outlined above, the actual transfer having already been approved by the City Council.)
Extract from Notes of Interview on the 22nd March between Alderman Gregory, Councillor Dalton and Town Clerk.
The Town Clerk informed the meeting that he had received a letter from the City Surveyor dated 19th instant, asking for his decision as to the effect of Resolution 28651 passed by the City Council.
It appeared that - whilst the Public Works Committee were of the opinion that the powers under Section 107 of the Housing Act, 1925, for the erection of shops which had been delegated to them by the Council remained unaffected by the resolution in question, beyond the fact that the building was to be done in conjunction with the Estates Committee - the Estates Committee, on the other hand, considered that the effect of the resolution was to entitle them to actually build the shops either themselves or by contract.
The Resolution No 28561 is as follows:
28561 RESOLVED:- That the report of the Estates Committee be approved, and that the Committee be, and they are hereby, instructed to arrange for shops to be erected on housing estates, in conjunction with the Public Works and Town Planning Committee.
The Town Clerk stated that in his opinion the resolution in question committed the Council to the policy of building shops on housing estates but did not take away from the Public Works Committee their delegated functions under Section 107 of the Act of 1925 of being the Committee charged with the actual building of the shops.
The Estates Committee, were to be the Committee responsible for the selection of the sites, and the type and cost of the shops which they required to be erected, and accordingly, they would act in conjunction with the Public Works Committee.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 13th 1929
On Minutes No 1332 and 1372 (land corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road) the Sub-Committee were informed of the interview which had taken place between representatives of the Bank Committee and the Town Clerk and City Surveyor in regard to the proposed joint building scheme on the site in question. The Sub-Committee were of opinion that it was highly undesirable that the building of the Bank and shops should be two separate schemes involving two Architects and possibly two Contractors, and with the object of endeavouring to secure the co-operation of the Public Works Committee in the joint scheme, it was:
1399 RESOLVED:- That arrangements be made for a Conference to take place between the Chairmen of the Bank, Estates and Public Works and Town Planning Committees and the three principal officers of the Departments concerned to further consider the desirability of a joint scheme being adopted.
1403 The General Manager stated that his attention had been called to a Housing site at Yardley Wood and submitted the following report:
The City Surveyor has drawn attention to the fact that on the Daisy Farm Estate, Yardley Wood, 732 houses are to be erected, and requested to know whether a site is desired on this Estate for the Bank.
Having regard to the fact that it is proposed to move the temporary Bank on Yardley Wood Road (opposite Trittiford Road) to a site at the junction of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, I am of opinion that this Bank will meet the requirements of the Daisy Farm Estate, as well as other Estates in Yardley Wood.
1404 RESOLVED:- That the foregoing report be approved and that no action be taken with regard to the site above mentioned.
Bank Committee: May 15th 1929
On Minutes Nos 3917 and 3300 (land at corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road) the Chairman stated he had discussed with the City Surveyor the desirability of proceeding with the work as originally contemplated, and in accordance with the accepted plans of Mr Harold Scott, ARIBA, who had been instructed by both the Bank and Estates Committees. It appeared, however, to be the intention of the City Surveyor to act as Architect for the erection of the shops, which would mean that on this particular site there would be two architects engaged, and possibly two Contractors. The Chairman did not view such a possibility with favour and considered that criticism would be levelled against Members of the Council for permitting such an arrangement to be made.
Inasmuch as the shops would be erected by a Contractor and not by direct labour, and that the City Surveyor would merely act as Architect, the Chairman considered that the objection to Mr Scott acting in respect of both jobs was trivial, and as the outlay of the Bank Committee in this joint scheme was much greater than that of the Estates Committee, he was not prepared to advise the Bank Committee to cancel the engagement of Mr Harold Scott for the purpose.
After full discussion of the matter it was:
3417 RESOLVED:- That the Public Works and Town Planning Committee be informed:
(1) That the Bank Committee regret that after plans have been prepared and accepted by the Bank and Estates Committees for the Bank and shops on land at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, objection to Mr Harold Scott acting as Architect for the combined work should be taken.
(2) That the Bank Committee are of opinion that it is inadvisable to employ two Architects on such a small site, with the possibility of two Contractors, and that such an arrangement is likely to invoke public criticism.
(3) That in agreeing to the suggestion of the Estates Committee that a joint building scheme should be arranged, the Bank Committee did not contemplate that objection would be taken by the Public Works & Town Planning Committee to the engagement of an outside Architect, and are of opinion that as plans have been prepared and approved by both the Bank and Estates Committees, and in the case of the former's requirements Quantities have been got out, the objection should be waived and the work allowed to proceed as originally intended.
(4) That in the event of the Public Works & Town Planning Committee declining to waive the objection to Mr Harold Scott acting for both jobs, the General Manager be instructed to advertise in the usual way for tenders for the erection of a Bank according to approved plans.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 10th 1929
On Minutes Nos 1332/1372/1399 (Land, corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road), the Chairman of the General Committee informed the Sub-Committee that he had received an intimation from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee to the effect that that Committee had waived their objection to the proposed shops being erected in accordance with the scheme prepared by Mr Harold Scott.
1415 RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to make the necessary arrangements with Mr Harold Scott and the City Surveyor for the carrying out of the joint scheme for the erection of a branch bank and shops on this site, and that Minutes Nos 1332, 1372 and 1399 be discharged.
Bank Committee: June 17th 1929
On Minutes Nos 3197/3300/3417, the following Minute of the City Council approving the transfer of land at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road from the Estates Committee to the Bank, was received:
It was moved by Mr Councillor Dalton, seconded, and
Resolved: 29,070. That the proposed transfer of 1,135 square yards of land at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road to the Bank Committee at the price of 10s. per square yard, be approved.
With reference to the question of the erection of shops on the above mentioned site, the following communication was received from the Public Works & Town Planning Committee:
13th June, 1929
27121. RESOLVED:- That the action of the Chairman in agreeing to the request of the Bank Committee that the preparation of the plans and supervision of the erection of the shops in Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road should be undertaken by Mr Harold Scott, in conjunction with the adjoining Municipal Bank, be approved, and that the City Surveyor be instructed to make the necessary arrangements.
453 RESOLVED:- That Minutes Nos 3197/3300 and 3417 be discharged and that the General Manager be instructed to make the necessary arrangements with the Architect (Mr H Scott) and the City Surveyor in regard to the erection of shops in Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road in conjunction with the construction of branch bank premises.
October 21st 1929
3519 The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:
Erection of premises at Yardley Wood.
Your Committee will recollect that it was decided to invite tenders for the erection of Bank premises on the site at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, in conjunction with the erection of shops under the direction of the Public Works & Town Planning Committee. Accordingly, tenders were considered by your Chairman and the Chairman of the Public Works & Town Planning Committee. After careful consideration it was decided that the tenders of Mr E M Squire of Saltley for the carrying out of the building of both the Bank premises and shops should be accepted. The amount of the tender in respect of the Bank buildings is £3,689.
Your Sub-Committee now recommend that the action taken in accepting the tender of Mr Squire for the erection of Bank premises above referred to be confirmed; and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary contract affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.
3525 RESOLVED:- That the action taken in accepting the tender of Mr E M Squire at the sum of £3,689 for the erection of Bank Buildings on the site at the corner of Brigfield Road and Yardley Wood Road, be confirmed, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary Contract, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.
Report by General Manager re Evening Branches: November 20th 1929
Opened 30th April 1927
£. s. d.
7,238. 9. 4.
9,280. 6. 6.
The Committee having already decided on the erection of a building for which the contract has been let, no comment is called for. In about nine months this evening branch will be replaced by a daily branch.
Report of the Town Clerk: November 22nd 1929
I have to report that the following Contract ,is now duly completed:
E M Squire - Erection and completion of branch bank and dwelling accommodation at junction of Yardley Wood Road and Brigfield Road.
General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 13th 1929
1475 The General Manager reported that he had received from the Town Clerk the certificate renewing the sanction for the temporary building at Billesley.