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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 July 1924 to January 1938.
When the Bank asked adjacent Local Authorities in 1924 if they were interested in a branch being opened in their area, Sutton Coldfield declined such an approach. The Bank obtained the power to open branches outside the city in 1929, but it was not until 1935 that a formal approach on the subject was made to Sutton. The Minutes reproduced below do not include any reference to the strong opposition to the Bank's proposal to open a branch in the Borough. However, the necessary agreement was obtained and a plot of land was purchased on which a branch designed by H W Weedon was constructed. The construction did not go smoothly (the Committee of Management blaming the architect) and it was not until July 13th 1936 that the branch was opened.

Special Bank Committee: July 7th 1924

 

1805   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed to ascertain the views of the adjacent Local Authorities on the question of obtaining powers to establish branches for Savings purposes, in areas outside the City, with the consent of the Local Authorities concerned.

 

Bank Committee: October 20th 1924

 

1862   On Minute No 1805 the General Manager reported that he had informally communicated with the Chairman or Treasurer of certain local authorities, with a view to ascertaining their attitude as to the suggestion to obtain power for the establishment of Branches for Savings purposes in areas outside the city. He informed the Committee that he had received replies in favour of the project from West Bromwich, Smethwick and Perry Barr. The Mayor of Sutton Coldfield had intimated that he did not consider the establishment of a Bank would have any attraction for the residents at Sutton. No reply had been received from the Borough Treasurer of Wednesbury. The Minute was continued.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 13th 1930

 

The General Manager reported that he had been approached by Messrs F Matthews & Co with regard to a site at Sutton Coldfield and after consideration it was:

 

1594   RESOLVED:- That the Chairman (Councillor Gelling) be requested to ascertain the possibility of the establishment of branches in the area of Sutton Coldfield.

 

1595  In connection with an offer received from Mr J E Skuce in respect of land at Streetly no action was taken.

  

Bank Committee: May 18th 1934

 

5141   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Suggestion to establish branches in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion that the time is opportune to make an application to the Sutton Coldfield Borough Council for permission to establish a branch or branches within the area of the Borough. There is a substantial number of depositors in the Bank residing in Sutton Coldfield, and numerous enquiries are being made for the house purchase facilities of the Bank to be extended to properties within that district.

 

Your Sub-Committee have accordingly authorised the General Manager to send a suitable communication in the matter on the above lines to the Sutton Coldfield Borough Council, and to suggest that a conference take place between representatives of the Bank Committee and the Sutton Council, should the latter so desire.

 

5144  RESOLVED:- That the action of the General Purposes Sub-Committee in authorising an application to be made to the Sutton Coldfield Borough Council for their consent to the establishment of a branch or branches of the Bank within the area of the Borough be confirmed.

  

Bank Committee: January 21st 1935

 

5317   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Establishment of Branch Bank in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that a letter has been received from the Town Clerk of Sutton Coldfield stating that the following resolution was passed by the Sutton Coldfield Borough Council:

 

"That this Council as the Local Authority for the area of the Borough of Sutton Coldfield give consent to the Birmingham City Council for the establishment of a Branch Bank of the Birmingham Municipal Bank within the area of the Borough."

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the necessary steps be taken to establish a branch or branches of the Municipal Bank in Sutton Coldfield, and that the Town Clerk and General Manager be instructed accordingly.

 

5318   RESOLVED:- That the necessary steps be taken to establish a branch or branches of the Municipal Bank in the area of the Borough of Sutton Coldfield, and that the Town Clerk and General Manager be instructed accordingly.

 

The General Manager reported that in connection with the required branch premises at Sutton Coldfield he had received a communication from Mr Edge of Walsall offering certain property near "The Three Tuns" Hotel, High Street, Sutton. The Committee, considering that this property was unsuitable for the Bank's requirements, decided no action should be taken thereon.

 

In this connection the General Manager referred to the sale by auction on the 31st instant of two houses on the main road between Wylde Green and The Parade, Sutton Coldfield, and it was:

 

5338   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be authorised to submit a report and valuation of the property, and that the Chairman, and the Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes and House Purchase Sub-Committees with the General Manager be authorised to consider such and should they consider it desirable, authorise attendance at the auction and be empowered to act.

  

Bank Committee: February 18th 1935

 

5345   On Minute No 5338, the General Manager reported on the enquiries which had taken place for acquiring suitable premises at Sutton Coldfield for branch bank premises, and the Minute was continued.

 

Bank Committee: April 15th 1935

 

5404   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Branch at Sutton Coldfield.

 

Your Sub-Committee have authorised your Chairman, with Alderman Gelling and the General Manager to negotiate for the purchase of certain land at the corner of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield for branch bank purposes. It is hoped to submit a report on the matter to the meeting of your Committee on Monday next. In the event of negotiations being successful your Sub-Committee are of opinion that Mr H W Weedon, ARIBA, should be invited to prepare and submit plans for suitable branch premises, with flat accommodation, on the site.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing report as to negotiations for suitable premises for the Branch Bank at Sutton Coldfield, it was:

 

5408  RESOLVED:- That the arrangements made for the Chairman with Alderman Gelling and the General Manager to negotiate for the purchase of certain land at the corner of Birmingham Road and Holland Road,  Sutton Coldfield, for Branch Bank purposes be confirmed; it being understood that in the event of such negotiations being successful, Mr H W Weedon, ARIBA, of 84, Colmore Row, should be invited to prepare and submit plans for suitable Branch Bank premises with flat accommodation on the site.

 

Bank Committee: May 27th 1935

 

5435  The following report of the Finance General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Premises for Branch Bank at Sutton Coldfield.

 

Arrangements have been made to secure an area of approximately 472 square yards of land at the corner of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, adjoining the proposed Cinema, at a price of 575 plus 25 costs. Your Sub-Committee consider this price, which represents 23 years' purchase of the ground rent, is reasonable, and that the site is suitable for branch Bank purposes. They accordingly recommend that the necessary steps be taken for the purchase of the property, and that the sanction of the City Council be applied for.

 

The General Manager has been directed to endeavour to secure suitable temporary accommodation for use until permanent premises are available.

 

5436  RESOLVED:- That the necessary steps be taken for the purchase with vacant possession of the freehold of 472 square yards of land at the corner of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, at the price of 575, plus 25 costs, and that the City Council be asked to sanction such purchase; also, that subject thereto, the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare any necessary documents affixing the Corporate Seal thereto; also, that Minute No 5338 be discharged.

 

The General Manager reported that it would be possible to secure temporary accommodation for the Bank in the Cloakroom at Maney Hall, Sutton Coldfield, at a charge of 1.  2.  6. per week.

 

5437   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to arrange accordingly.

 

 Bank Committee: June 24th 1935

 

Erection of Premises - Sutton Coldfield.

 

Your Sub-Committee have approved plans prepared and submitted by Mr Weedon, Architect, for the erection of branch Bank premises, with flat accommodation, upon the site at the corner of Birmingham Road and Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield, at an estimated cost of 3,000. Directions have been given for tenders to be obtained by open advertisement, such tenders to be considered at the meeting of your Committee fixed for July 22nd. It is recommended that Mr Bond be appointed Quantity Surveyor for this work.

 

Arrangements have been made for a temporary branch to be opened on Monday, the 24th instant, in St Peter's Hall, Maney, until such time as the permanent premises are erected, for which accommodation a weekly rental of 1.  12.  6. will be paid.

 

5464   RESOLVED:- That the action taken with reference to the approval of plans and obtaining tenders for the erection of premises at Sutton Coldfield, as indicated in the foregoing report, be approved, and that Mr Walter B Bond be appointed Quantity Surveyor for the carrying out of the work.

 

 

 

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