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Bank Committee: May 15th 1926

 

On Minute No 2251 (Lease of second floor flat, Erdington Branch) the following report of the Town Clerk was presented with reference to the completion of the Lease to Mr E W Surplice:

 

Minute No 2251 - Municipal Bank Premises, Erdington.

Second Floor Flat.

 

As instructed by the above Minute I have completed a lease to Mr E W Surplice of the second floor flat at the above premises for a term of three years from the 25th March 1926 at the yearly rent of 50, the lessee paying rates and other outgoings and being responsible for interior repairs and decorations; the lease gives Mr Surplice an option for the renewal thereof for a further term of three or five years at an increased rent of 10 per annum.

 

2351   RESOLVED:- That the report be approved and Minute No 2251 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: June 21st 1926

 

The following report of the Town Clerk was submitted with reference to the surrender by Mr Surplice of the lease of the 2nd floor flat at the Erdington Branch:

 

Minute No 2251 - Municipal Bank Premises - Erdington.

Second Floor Flat.

 

With further reference to my report of the 28th April last that a lease had been granted to Mr E W Surplice of the above flat, Mr Surplice subsequently expressed a desire to surrender the lease as he had obtained other accommodation. I consulted with your General Manager who agreed that as there would be no difficulty in letting the flat to another tenant the request should be complied with. The lease has accordingly been cancelled, and I am informed that your Committee's Agent is negotiating for a lease of the premises to the tenant of the first floor flat, Mr Haines.

 

I ask for confirmation of my action.

 

The General Manager stated he was informed by the Town Clerk that in connection with the surrender above referred to, costs amounting to 7. 8. 4. had been incurred on behalf of the Bank.

 

2388   RESOLVED:- That the action taken by the Town Clerk in cancelling the lease to Mr Surplice of the second floor flat at the Erdington Branch be confirmed, and that the amount of 7. 8. 4., being costs incurred in connection with the surrender, be passed for payment.

 

Bank Committee: July 26th 1926

 

2429 The Following report of the Finance & House Purchase Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Tenancy of Flat, Erdington

 

Your Sub-Committee report that arrangements have been made for the second floor flat at the Erdington Branch to be leased to Mr Brockenshaw, for a period of three years, at a rental of 50 per annum, plus rates.

 

They recommend that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary document.

 

2430   RESOLVED:- That the arrangement made for the leasing of the second floor flat at the Erdington Branch to Mr Brokenshaw for a period of three years at a rental of 50 per annum, plus rates, be approved, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare and affix the Corporate Seal to any necessary document.

 

Bank Committee: October 18th 1926

 

On Minute No 2430 the Town Clerk reported as follows with reference to the completion of a lease to Mr E Brockenshaw of the second floor flat at the Erdington premises:

 

Minute No 2430 - Municipal Bank Premises Erdington.

Second Floor Flat.

Lease to R L Brockenshaw.

 

As instructed by the above Minute I have completed a lease to Mr R L Brockenshaw of the second floor flat at the Municipal Bank Premises, Erdington, for a term of three years from the 24th ultimo at the yearly rent of 50, the lessee paying rates and being responsible for interior repairs.

 

I ask that this Minute be discharged.

 

2460   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 2430 be discharged.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: December 13th 1926

 

Attention was called to letters which had been received from the Managers of Small Heath and Erdington branches asking if more convenient arrangements could be made for banking and obtaining moneys in their respective areas. The Sub-Committee were in favour of such arrangements being made, and the matter was referred to the City Treasurer and the General Manager to take the necessary steps.

 

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

 

STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS AND NEW BUILDINGS.

 

A very busy year has passed in connection with extending existing branches, and new erections. The new buildings at Erdington and at Northfield, and the altered premises at Ward End were opened during the year, and the enlargements at Aston Cross and Bearwood completed.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: January 10th 1927

 

On Minute No 18a (banking of monies from Small Heath and Erdington branches) the Sub-Committee were informed that satisfactory arrangements had been made in the matter.

 

24        RESOLVED:- That Minute No 18a be discharged.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: February 14th 1927

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that Mr J T Harris, the contractor for the alterations at the Erdington branch had made a claim for interest in respect of the retention money.

 

43       RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the City Treasurer to deal with in accordance with the Standing Orders of the City Council.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 9th 1927

 

The General Manager drew attention to the advertisement boards erected near to the entrance to the flats at the Erdington Branch, and of which the tenants of such flats had complained.

 

1120   RESOLVED:- That the matter be referred to the General Manager to discuss with the City Surveyor.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 8th 1928

 

The General Manager submitted the following report with regard to Corporation Housing Estates, particulars of which had been furnished by the City Surveyor:

 

Corporation Housing Estates.

 

The City Surveyor has furnished me with a plan and particulars of estates which the Corporate are about to lay out for house building purposes, with a request that I would inform him of any requirements of the Bank Committee in respect of branch Banks.

 

The estates in question are [extract re Erdington area]:

 

- Court Farm Estate, Erdington, on which 490 houses are to be erected.

- Marsh Lane and Streetly Road Estates, Erdington, on which 390 houses are to be erected

 

After careful consideration of these sites, the Chairman and I have come to the conclusion that .... the provision made for Erdington area is sufficient.

 

1313   RESOLVED:- That the report be approved, and that the General Manager be instructed to inform the City Surveyor that it is considered desirable that a suitable site should be secured for Bank purposes on the Warren Farm or King's Vale Farm Estates, Perry Barr.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 10th 1928

 

On Minute No 1320, the General Manager presented the following report with regard to the available use of land and buildings purchased for branch bank purposes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The General Manager presented the following report with regard to the land at the corner of Gravelly Hill North and Wood End Lane, Erdington.

 

After consideration, it was:

 

1329   RESOLVED:- That the foregoing report of the General Manager be approved.

 

The General Manager presented the following report with regard to the land at the corner of Gravelly Hill North and Wood End Lane, Erdington:

 

Land at Erdington.

 

In June 1923 the Bank Committee purchased two shops and houses in High Street, Erdington, with the intention of reconstructing same for the purposes of a Branch Bank. Before a scheme was prepared, however, the Chairman of the Public Works and Town Planning Committee (then Councillor Talbot) and the City Surveyor approached the Chairman of the Bank Committee (then Councillor Appleby) and the General Manager, with a view to the Bank Committee joining with the Public Works Committee in the purchase of buildings and land at the corner of Gravelly Hill North and Wood End Lane, which were in the market for sale by auction. The Public Works Department were desirous of securing this property and site in order to effect a widening at the junction of the six roads, but as they did not require the whole of the land, it was suggested that the Bank Committee might take a portion of the land and erect a Bank thereon. Councillor Appleby pointed out that the Bank Committee had recently purchased premises in High Street and that if the Bank were to join in the proposed purchase of the Gravelly Hill North site, the buildings in High Street would be surplus. Councillor Talbot undertook to purchase the High Street premises if the Bank would join in the large purchase. It was ultimately agreed to do so on the following terms, which are set forth in the Minutes of the General Purposes Sub-Committee for the 15th October 1923:

 

1. The approximate land available, after demolition of existing buildings for the purpose of a Bank, would be about 600 square yards, with a frontage to the main road.

 

2. For this land the bank would pay a sum equal to one-third of the purchase price of the entire site, comprising some 1800 square yards.

 

3. The Public Works Committee to take over the property recently purchased by the Bank, near Six Ways, at a price to be agreed by the two Committees.

 

In communicating the decision arrived at, the City Surveyor was informed that the Bank Committee would join in the purchase to an amount not exceeding 1200, Councillor Appleby basing that liability on the opinion of Councillor Talbot that the land and buildings would probably fetch 2 per yard and 600 yards would therefore represent 1200. The purchase, however, was effected at a such less rate, and according to an apportionment account rendered by the City Surveyor, 2076 yards were purchased for the sum of 2000. The Public Works Department agreed to purchase from the Bank Committee the property in High Street for the sum paid by the Bank, viz 2125, which amount was duly received. Later, the Public Works Committee sold the premises to the Gas Department, who have since re-constructed same for showroom purposes etc.

 

After taking all the land required for public improvements, the City Surveyor informed the Bank Committee that the area to be transferred to them would be 904 square yards, and he rendered an account for this land on the terms originally agreed upon, viz approximately 1 per square yard. The land being more than the Bank Committee contemplated purchasing, the matter was submitted to Councillor Appleby who agreed on the 18th July 1924, to the transfer of the 994 square yards. The Bank Committee then proposed to develop this site by the erection of two small houses of the subsidy type on the land, and a plan was prepared with that object in view. The matter, however, was held over to consider another proposal for the erection of a number of garages on this land. From the correspondence on my files and from personal papers of the late Councillor Appleby, it would appear that consultations were taking place between Councillor Talbot and Councillor Appleby as regards the use to which this spare land might be put. Nothing appears to have been definitely decided up to July 1925, when the City Surveyor submitted proposals to the Bank Committee for the erection of public lavatories on apportion of the land. At first the Bank Committee rejected this proposal, but ultimately they decided to raise no objections, the City Surveyor explaining that he was prepared to take over the whole of the surplus land.

 

Public lavatories have since been erected on a portion of this land, but no payment has yet been made to the Bank Committee for the land. In drawing the attention of the City Surveyor to the matter, he has raised the question of price to be paid, contending that the land is not worth 1 per yard, but stating that he would be prepared to pay a fair price for it and would accept the value placed upon same by the Bank's Valuer.

 

While the contention of the City Surveyor may be correct as regards the present value of the land, it is surprising that the question should be raised at this stage. No question was raised as to varying values of different parts of the land when the Public Works Committee asked the Bank Committee to join in the purchase, and the latter honourably accepted the transfer on the original basis agreed. It is only equitable that the Public Works Department should take back the land at the same price as was charged to the Bank. Moreover, as the erection of public lavatories has taken away value the site possessed, so far as the Bank is concerned, and as the letting value of the flats has been reduced by 5 per annum per flat owing to the close proximity of the lavatories, the Bank Committee are fully justified in requesting the re-transfer to take place at the original price.

 

Certain Members of the Committee have seen the site and flats, and I suggest that the rest of the Committee should make an inspection, in order that they might better appreciate the position.

 

1330   RESOLVED:- That the General Committee be recommended to instruct the General Manager to inform the Public Works Department that the re-transfer of the land taken back from the Bank by that Department should be on the basis of the purchase price per square yard paid by the Bank to the Public Works and Town Planning Committee on the original transfer of the land.

 

The General Manager submitted the following report with regard to a nuisance which was taking place on the land adjoining the Erdington branch:

 

Nuisance on Land adjoining Erdington Branch.

 

As a result of the erection of public lavatories on land adjoining the Erdington Branch, a serious nuisance has been created owing to the close proximity of the lavatories to the buildings. Both tenants of the flats have complained, and on looking into the matter at the Branch I am bound to say they have serious cause for complaint, which is partially admitted by the Public Works Department.

 

The tenant of the top flat contends that he has been denied amenities which made the flat attractive, and has suggested that some enclosure might be arranged so as to give more privacy.

 

I suggest that the Public Works Department should be called upon to entirely cover in the passageway in such a manner as to obviate the nuisance.

 

1331   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to call the attention of the Public Works Department to the nuisance which exists in connection with the public lavatories on the land adjoining the Erdington branch, and to point out that to obviate the nuisance the entrance to the men's lavatory should be covered in.

 

 

 

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