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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 June 1926 to May 1937.
 
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Following large housing developments on the Alcester Road south of Kings Heath, the Bank's Committee began to look for a site for a branch in the area of Alcester Lanes End in the late 1920s. Eventually, a large plot with two houses thereon was purchased in 1931. It appears that only one of these houses fronted on to the main road, the second being behind the first. It was initially proposed to reconstruct one house as a branch and convert the second property into flats. This proposal was deemed to be too expensive and only the front house was reconstructed and the second demolished. The reconstructed premises were opened as a daily branch on May 20th 1933.

June 21st 1926

 

The following communication :from the Public Works and Town Planning Committee was received:

 

27th May 1926

 

22227 RESOLVED:- That the Bank Committee be informed that this Committee will be prepared to negotiate with them for the land required for the future widening of Alcester Road South so far as the premises No 299, Alcester Road South are concerned when the existing house has been demolished.

 

2387   RESOLVED:- That the Public Works and Town Planning Committee be informed that this Committee do not propose to take further action with regard to the purchase of premises No 299, Alcester Road South.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 14th 1930

 

The General Manager referred to negotiations which had taken place with regard to the property at Alcester Lanes End but stated that the price required for the freehold was 5,000 and it was:

 

1568   RESOLVED:- That no further action be taken.

 

Bank Committee: May 18th 1931

 

The Committee were informed that the freehold houses Nos 257 and 259 Alcester Road South were for sale with vacant possession at the price of 1500.

 

4096   RESOLVED:- That the question of the acquisition of this property for Bank purposes be referred to the Chairman and General Manager, with directions to obtain a report upon the property from Mr Frank Wilde, and if such report is satisfactory to negotiate for the purchase, reporting thereon in due course.

 

Bank Committee: June 15th 1931

 

4115   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Property 257 and 259 Alcester Road South.

 

In accordance with Minute No 4096 of your Committee further enquiries have been made with regard to this property, which has been inspected by the Chairman with the General Manager and Mr Frank Wilde, who are of opinion that the property is suitable for adaptation to the requirements of the Bank. Mr Frank Wilde has accordingly been authorised to continue negotiations for the purchase of the property at a price not exceeding 1250 on the understanding that there are no restrictive covenants on the property. Your Sub-Committee recommend that the action taken in the matter be confirmed. 

 

4119   RESOLVED:- That the action taken in authorising Mr Frank Wilde to continue negotiations for the purchase of property Nos 257 and 259, Alcester Road South, at a price not to exceed 1,250, on the understanding that there are no restrictive covenants on the property, be confirmed.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 20th 1931

 

Purchase of Property - 257 & 259, .Alcester Road South.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that Mr Frank Wilde has now been able to conclude negotiations for the purchase of this freehold property at the sum of 1,200. The Town Clerk has examined the deeds, which do not disclose any restrictive covenants in regard to the property. Your Sub-Committee therefore recommend that the Council be asked to approve the purchase and that, subject to their consent, the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and seal the necessary documents.

 

Report to the City Council: July 28th 1931

 

PURCHASE OF PREMISES, NOS 257 AND 259, ALCESTER ROAD SOUTH.

 

For some time your Committee have been anxious to secure premises which would serve the purpose of a Branch Bank near Alcester Lanes End.

 

An opportunity has now arisen of securing the freehold property Nos 257 and 259, Alcester Road South at the price of 1,200, which your Committee are professionally advised is a reasonable figure. The property comprises an area of 1,416 square yards of land upon which are two large dwelling-houses. These premises, which could satisfactorily be adapted for Branch Bank purposes, would enable your Committee to meet the requests of the depositors in the neighbourhood for more convenient banking facilities. The nearest existing Branches are situate in High Street, King's Heath, and at Yardley Wood.

 

The approval of the Council is accordingly asked to the purchase of the above-mentioned property, the cost of which will be met out of the funds of the Bank.

 

It was moved by Alderman Sir Percival Bower, seconded, and Resolved:

 

30,343. That the proposed acquisition of the freehold property, Nos 257 and 259, Alcester Road South, at the price of 1,200, such property being required for the purposes of a Branch Bank, and the purchase money being met from the funds of the Bank, be approved and confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: February 15th 1932

 

The General Manager submitted plans prepared by Mr Horsburgh, Architect, for the reconstruction of the Freehold property Nos 257 and 259 Alcester Road South. These plans provide for suitable accommodation for Bank purposes together with provision for four small flats, at a total cost of 3,050.

 

4353   RESOLVED:- That the plans submitted for the reconstruction of Nos 257 and 259 Alcester Road South, be approved, and that the General Manager be instructed to obtain tenders for the carrying out of the work for submission to the General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Bank Committee: May 3rd 1932

 

Tenders were submitted for the reconstruction of the Lanes End premises, but in view of the quoted prices being much in excess of the estimate of the Architect for carrying out the work, it was:

 

4425   RESOLVED:- That the tenders be referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration and report, after consulting the Architect thereon.

 

Bank Committee: May 23rd 1932

 

With reference to the proposed reconstruction of the Alcester Road South premises (tenders for which were considered at the last meeting but in view of the discrepancy between the amount of such tenders and the Architect's estimate were referred to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for consideration), the Committee considered a letter from Mr Horsburgh (the Architect in question) indicating certain modifications in his plan whereby he could reduce the cost by 500. Such modification included the omission of forecourt boundary walls, paving and lighting, together with cupboards and fittings. He pointed out that a further considerable reduction in cost could be effected by demolishing the building at the rear and dispensing with the provision of the two rear flats. The General Manager submitted a further report from Mr Frank Wilde, who, after an inspection of the roof of the premises, was of opinion that it would require stripping and re-tiling, which he estimated would cost 80.

 

The Committee having considered these proposals, Mr Horsburgh appeared before them and was asked to prepare amended bills of quantities for the reconstruction of the Alcester Road South premises, and to include two flats only. Mr Horsburgh estimated the cost of the revised reconstruction would be 2,250.

 

It was:

 

4458   RESOLVED:- That the revised reconstruction of the Alcester Road South premises as above indicated at an estimated cost of 2,250; that the bills of quantities be amended accordingly; and that the General Manager be instructed to re-invite tenders for the carrying out of the work.

 

S222 & S235: General Purposes Sub-Committee: June 20th 1932

 

Reconstruction of Alcester Road South Premises.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that tenders were obtained from the previous tenderers for the carrying out of this work in accordance with the revised bills of quantities, and they recommend that the tender of Mr J Emlyn Williams, at the sum of 2,587 be accepted.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: October 5th 1932

 

Redemption of Land Tax.

Nos 257-259, Alcester Road South.

 

I have to report the completion of the proceedings in connection with the redemption of the Land Tax on the above property. The annual charge in respect of the two houses was 10/-, but for the purposes of redemption this was reduced to 5/-, and on this basis the consideration money amounted to 6.  5.  0d.

 

The property is exonerated from the charge from the 24th June last.

 

I have received the Certificate of Contract.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: October 17th 1932

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the following tender has been accepted for electric light installation at Brandwood branch:

 

Ellis and Ward: 63.  15.  6.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 19th 1932

 

Wall, Alcester Road South Premises.

 

Representations having been made by the Architect and City Surveyor with regard to the unsound state of the front wall of the Alcester Road South premises, arrangements have been made for the rebuilding of the wall at a cost of 75.

 

Letting of Flat.

 

Alcester Rd South: J A Duff - 35 pa. Tenant to be responsible for interior repairs and rates

 

Report of the Town Clerk: February 18th 1933

 

I have to report that as regards the proposed tenancy of the flat at Alcester Road South to Mr J A Duff, I have heard from the General Manager that the matter has gone off.

 

S352: General Purposes Sub-Committee: March 20th 1933

 

Your Sub-Committee report that arrangements have been made for the new premises at Alcester Road South premises to be opened on Saturday, May 20th by the Lord Mayor, with the Chairman presiding.

 

It has been decided to name the Alcester Road South premises the "Brandwood Branch".

 

Bank Committee: May 15th 1933

 

The General Manager intimated the arrangements that had been made for the letting of flats at the Alcester Road South premises, and it was:

 

4765  RESOLVED:- That the flat No 257, Alcester Road South, be let to Miss M A Mulroy of 22, Addison Road, King's Heath, for a period of three years at a rental of 35 per annum, the tenant to be responsible for rates and internal repairs; and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare any necessary agreement, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto if required.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: June 19th 1933

 

I have to report that I have completed Tenancy Agreements of Bank Flats as follows:

 

259 Alcester Road: C F Hughes - 3 years from the 24th June 1933 at a rent of 35

 

257 Alcester Road: Miss M A Mulroy - 3 years from the 24th June 1933 at a rent of 35

 

Bank Committee: August 23rd 1933

 

4870   The Assistant General Manager reported that instructions had been given to Mr Frank Wilde for the erection of a wood fence at a cost of approximately 8.  10.  0., on the eastern boundary wall of the land attached to the Brandwood premises. The adjoining owner (Mr Perkins) was anxious to have a brick wall, but so far he had only offered 5 towards the cost, which was estimated to be 21.  10.  0. The matter had been hanging over since May last, and the Committee decided that the proposed erection of a wood fence must proceed unless Mr Perkins was prepared to make a much more substantial contribution towards the cost of a brick wall.

 

Bank Committee: September 13th 1933

 

The General Manager reported that further representations had been made by Mr George Ward on behalf of the adjoining land owner, Mr Perkin, regarding the character of the eastern boundary wall of the Brandwood Branch premises and land.

 

4905   RESOLVED:- That Mr Wilde be instructed to proceed without further delay to erect a wood fence as already decided upon.

 

Bank Committee: March 18th 1935

 

5393  The Committee were informed that Miss Mulroy, the tenant of one of the Bank flats at Brandwood, desired to sub-let the premises, and had submitted to Mr Wilde the names of certain people desirous of occupying the premises, the one applicant being a widower and the other application being from a married couple.

 

Mr Wilde, who advised permission being given to sub-let the premises, recommended that the same be let to the married couple. The General Manager was authorised to arrange accordingly.

  

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: April 15th 1935

 

Letting of Flat at Brandwood Branch.

 

Arrangements have been made to let this flat to Mr L T Young of 56a, Geenhill Road, Moseley, for a period of three years from 24th June 1935, at a rental of 35 per annum, the tenant to be responsible for rates and internal repairs.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that these arrangements be approved and the Town Clerk instructed to prepare any necessary documents, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto if required.

 

Bank Committee: May 24th 1937

 

The General Manager reported that Mrs Young, the wife of the tenant of flat No 255 Alcester Road South, King's Heath, had notified their intention to vacate the flat in August next and applied for permission to sub-let the same to Mr George Webster of 12, Drayton Road, King's Heath, from 16th August for the remainder of the period of the tenancy agreement.

 

5967  RESOLVED:- That subject to the references of Mr Webster being satisfactory, consent be given to Mr Webster being the sub-tenant.

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