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Report by General Manager re Evening Branches: November 20th 1929

 

Stechford Branch.

 

Opened 20th September 1921

 

Year ended

31st March

No of

depositors

Depositors'

balances

.  s.  d.

No of

transactions

dealt with

1922

55

1,185. 17.  8.

288

1923

99

2,486. 14. 10.

741

1924

137

3,046. 19.    -.

765

1925

172

5,508. 13.   4.

1,084

1926

245

6,220. 12.   3.

1,598

1927

426

11,702. 13. 10.

3,184

1928

736

19,335. 17.   9.

5,038

1929

890

24,505. 18.   5.

6,120

 

It was a condition at the time of purchase of the land on which the wood building is placed (May 1926), that a permanent building should be erected within five years. The development of this branch was slow up to 1927, but since that date it has shown marked progress, and would now appear to be ripe for building a permanent Bank and providing daily openings. Shopping development has taken place in the vicinity during the last few years, and still continues.

 

Special Bank Committee: November 25th 1929

 

3572   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was submitted:

 

Evening Branches.

 

Your Committee have given careful consideration to a report by the General Manager dealing with the progress and development of the evening branches, and recommend as follows [re Stechford branch]:

 

That having regard to the development of the Stechford Branch and the undertaking given to the Vendors when the land was purchased in May 1926 that a permanent building should be erected within five years, steps should now be taken to obtain plans for a suitable building, which plans would be submitted to your Committee in due course.

 

3574   RESOLVED:- That the recommendations of the foregoing report, relating to Evening Branches, be approved; and that the General Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps to carry out the following arrangements, reporting to the General Purposes Sub-Committee where necessary:

 

To direct Mr Andrews, Architect, to prepare plans and submit a scheme for the erection of a suitable building for a permanent Branch on the site acquired by the Bank at the corner of Station Road and Lyttleton Road, Stechford.

 

Bank Committee: December 16th 1929

 

The General Manager stated that Mr Andrews (Architect) had written asking for particulars of the Bank's requirements in respect of the lay-out of the site at Stechford. After consideration, it was:

 

3625   RESOLVED:- That the Architect be instructed to submit a Scheme for the erection of the Branch Bank (including flat) together with a shop, and dwellinghouse, and that the Chairman and General Manager confer with the Electric Supply Department as to their taking over the shop and dwellinghouse or, alternatively, purchasing the land which would be surplus to the requirements of the Bank and developing the same as they may desire.

 

Bank Committee: January 20th 1930

 

3647  The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Construction of Premises at Stechford.

 

Your Sub-Committee have considered plans prepared by Mr Andrews (Architect) for the construction of Branch Premises, including flat, together with shop and dwellinghouse on the site acquired by the Bank at the corner of Lyttleton Road and Station Road, Stechford. The total cost of these works is estimated to be 2,825 for Bank and Flat, and 1,200 for shop and house (including 75 for the provision of a concrete floor above the Bank premises should this be required). Subject to including provision for an interview office for opening new accounts, etc and other minor alterations, the scheme submitted was approved, and the General Manager was instructed to advertise for tenders for the carrying out of the work. A revised plan embodying the amendments will be available for the inspection of the Committee at the meeting on Monday the 20th instant.

 

On consideration of the paragraph of the foregoing report relating to the construction of  premises at Stechford, the Committee inspected and approved the revised plan of the proposals. and it was:

 

3648  RESOLVED:- That the action of the General Purposes Sub-Committee in instructing the General Manager to advertise for the carrying out of the work in accordance with the revised plan, as submitted, be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 10th 1930

 

On Minute No 1480 (building of premises at Stechford), the General Manager reported that tenders had been invited for the carrying out of the work and it was:

 

1507   RESOLVED:- That a Special meeting of this Sub-Committee be held at the Council House at 11:15am on Monday next, the 17th instant, to consider the tenders received for the carrying out of the work.

 

Special General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 17th 1930

 

On Minutes Nos 1480 and 1507 the Sub-Committee received, opened and considered the following tenders for the erection of bank premises at Stechford:

 

 

 

Time

(Months)

Total

Amount

()

Tenders

for Bank

and House

()

Tenders

for Shop

and House

()

Swift, S F & Sons Ltd

6

4,572

3,275

1,297

Brown, E G & Sons

6

4,467

3,230

1,237

Babb, Geo & Son Ltd

-

4,687

3,375

1,312

Mobbs, George

7

4,474

3,217

1,257

Morris, Jacombs & Sons Ltd

6

4,100

2,920

1,180

Dallow, John & Sons

8

4,655

3,360

1,295

Bryant, C & Son Ltd

6

4,285

3,048

1,237

Pearce, A & Son

6

4,300

3,050

1,250

Maddocks & Walford

4

4,308

3,089

1,219

Elvins, T & Sons Ltd

-

4,570

3,300

1,270

Webb, W & J

-

4,376

3,115

1,261

Fitter, Joseph I

5

4,368

3,148

1,220

Jones & Spencer Ltd

6

4,500

3,225

1,275

Bishop, William

-

4,277

3,037

1,240

Smith, Francis H

6

4,265

3,065

1,200

Twigg, Charles

6

4,850

3,472

1,378

Hemming, Arthur & Sons Ltd

5

4,495

3,306

1,189

 

After careful consideration, and taking into account the previous experience of the Tenderers in connection with the building of bank premises, or premises of a similar nature, it was:

 

1517  RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to accept the tender of Messrs C Bryant and Son Limited at the sum of 4,285 for the carrying out of the work, the same to be completed within six months; and to instruct the Town Clerk to prepare and seal the necessary contract.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 14th 1930

 

1528   The General Manager reported that the Public Works and Town Planning Committee had extended the licence for the temporary building on the Stechford site, which it was proposed to utilise for the Yardley Branch, and the transfer had been approved by that Committee. The General Manager stated that until the proposal to erect a permanent building at Stechford had been advertised under the Town Planning Scheme, the Contractors were only proceeding with the stone work of the new permanent premises in Stechford.

 

The Chairman of the General Committee referred to a letter which he had received from Mr W Bishop one of the Tenderers for the construction of Bank premises at Stechford and the General Manager submitted the reply which had been sent to Mr Bishop.

 

1532   RESOLVED:- That the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: April 26th 1930

 

I have to report that the following Contract is now duly completed:

 

C Bryant & Sons Ltd: Erection of branch bank at Stechford.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 12th 1930

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that the plan on the Deed for the acquisition of the land at the corner of Lyttleton Road and Station Road, Stechford, had been found incorrect as regards the frontage to Station Road and as the Architect had prepared his scheme in accordance with the scale measurements shown on the plan and had not measured up the actual frontage, it had been necessary to revise his plans to allow for a reduction of 10 feet. The revised plan would not reduce the Bank space but would affect the width of the shop and side passage.

 

1539  RESOLVED:- That the action taken in the matter be approved and that the alterations in the plans for the erection of buildings at Stechford be approved.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 19th 1930

 

Erection of Branch at Stechford.

 

Your Sub-Committee are informed that the plan supplied by the Agents for the Vendors of the land at the corner of Lyttleton Road and Station Road, Stechford, and which was attached to the deed, has been found to be incorrect as regards the frontage to Station Road. Mr Wilde had the land correctly pegged out and fences were erected accordingly, but the Architect prepared his scheme according to the plan referred to and did not measure up the actual area of the land as indicated by the fences; consequently it became necessary to slightly revise the plans for the new buildings to meet the situation, and this has been effected without alteration of the Bank frontage.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 13th 1930

 

1591  The Sub-Committee were informed that the Estates Department had drawn attention to land in Stuarts Road, Bordesley Green East as a possible bank site but, in view of its close vicinity to the Stechford Branch, no action was taken in the matter.

 

1598  The Sub-Committee considered the question of decorating the flat at the Stechford Branch and came to the conclusion that it was undesirable to carry out decorations at the present time but that the same should be effected after twelve months had elapsed.

 

Bank Committee: October 20th 1930

 

3888   The Committee were informed that arrangements were being made for the opening of the Stechford Branch on November 8th, and the Lord Mayor had consented to perform the opening ceremony.
 

Finance Sub-Committee: February 9th 1931

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that Mr Wilde was of opinion that the rent of the flat and shop at Stechford Branch, which he had so far been unable to let (at the price fixed, viz: 100 plus rates) should be reduced to 85 per annum.

 

515    RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to empower Mr Wilde to arrange for a suitable tenant at the reduced rental now suggested.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: April 13th 1931

 

On Minutes Nos 515 and 524, the Sub-Committee were informed that Mr Wilde had not yet let the flat and shop at the Stechford Branch, although the rental had been reduced to 85.  0.  0d., per annum. The Sub-Committee deemed it advisable that the shop should be let as early as possible, even at a reduced rental, and further, that a notice should be displayed intimating that a shop front would be fixed to suit the needs of an incoming tenant. It was accordingly:

 

537    RESOLVED:- That Mr Wilde be directed to endeavour to let the premises on these terms and to submit any suitable offer to the General Manager for consideration by the Chairman of the General Committee.

 

Bank Committee: May 18th 1931

 

The following report of the Finance Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Flat and Shop - Stechford Branch.

 

Your Committee will be aware of the difficulty which has been experienced in letting these premises on reasonable terms. Mr Frank Wilde, however, has now received an offer from the Motor Replacements Ltd for the renting of this flat and shop for a period of three years at a rental of 80 per annum, plus rates and cost of interior repairs. The applicants propose to use the shop for the storing of motor parts, and the flat for occupation by an employee of the Company.

 

The present window of the shop is rather unsatisfactory, and the General Manager has been directed to make satisfactory arrangements with regard thereto.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the flat and shop be let to the Motor Replacements Ltd on the terms above-mentioned, and the Town Clerk instructed to prepare and seal any necessary documents.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the report relating to the proposed letting of flat and shops at Stechford to the Motor Replacements Ltd the General Manager reported that satisfactory references had been received and that as it was proposed that the Lease should be entered into in the name of a limited Company Mr Wilde had arranged for the rent to be paid quarterly in advance.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: June 8th 1931

 

175 Station Road, Stechford.

 

I have to report that I have completed a Lease with Motor Replacements Ltd, of the above premises, for three years from the 24th June 1931 at a rental of 80 per annum.

 

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