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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 April 1933 to June 1938.
After Oldbury Urban District Council became the first local authority to agree to a branch of the Bank being opened outside Birmingham, Solihull Council followed by agreeing to two branches within the borough. Temporary branches were opened at 306 Stratford Road, Shirley on February 14th 1934, and at 20a High Street, Solihull on April 28th 1934. The agreement with Solihull Council was on the same basis as that made with Oldbury Council. A site for a permanent branch was identified in late 1936 in Poplar Road - a house set well back from the building line, allowing for a one-storey branch to be constructed in front of it. The 55th permanent branch of the Bank was opened on July 20th 1938.

Bank Committee: April 24th 1933

 

4717   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Branch Bank at Solihull.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the Solihull Urban District Council have agreed to the branch or branches of the Bank being established in their area on similar terms and conditions to those arranged with the Oldbury Urban District.

 

It is recommended that the Town Clerk be instructed to embody the terms and conditions in a suitable communication as in the case of Oldbury, and that the General Manager be instructed to take steps with a view to the establishment of a branch or branches of the Bank in the Solihull area.

 

4718   RESOLVED:- That the Town Clerk be instructed to intimate to the Solihull Urban District Council in a suitable communication that the Corporation are prepared to establish a branch or branches of the Municipal Bank in the area of the District Council on similar terms and conditions as apply in the case of Oldbury; and that the General Manager be instructed to take the necessary steps with this object in view.

 

Bank Committee: May 15th 1933

 

On Minute No 4718 (Proposed Branches at Solihull) the Town Clerk submitted the following report and correspondence as to the consent of the Solihull Urban District Council:

 

Report of the Town Clerk.

 

May 12th 1933

 

re: Minute No 4718

 

I have to report that, as instructed by Minute No 4718, I have communicated with the Clerk to the Solihull Urban District Council, who has forwarded me a copy of the Resolution of that Council consenting to the establishment of the Branch of the Bank in the area of the Urban District on the same terms and conditions as apply in the case of Oldbury. Copies of the letter and resolutions are annexed to this Report.

 

It will now be competent for your Committee to take steps accordingly.

 

Letter from the Clerk of Solihull Urban District Council to Birmingham's Town Clerk.

 

May 1st 1933.

 

Dear Sir,

 

Birmingham Municipal Bank

Branches in Solihull.

 

I am in receipt of your letter of the 28th ultimo with reference to the consent by the above-mentioned Council to the establishment by your Corporation of a branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank in the Solihull Urban District Council, and enclose herewith copy of the resolution passed by the Council at their last Meeting, from which you will observe that their consent has already been given upon the terms set out in your letter.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Chas H Cook

 

SOLIHULL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL

 

Extract from Minutes of a Meeting of the Urban District Council of Solihull held on the 4th April, 1933.

 

REPORT OF FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

 

The Report of the Finance & General Purposes Committee was submitted as follows:

 

(a) BRANCH OF BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL BANK.

 

Your Committee have had under consideration a letter which has been received from the Manager of the Birmingham Municipal Bank stating that the Secretary of the Birmingham Water Department has received a request from the Solihull and District Chamber of Trade for an office to be opened for the receipt of water rates or other facilities for payment of those rates locally, and he had no doubt that his Committee would be prepared to make the provision through the medium of the Branch Bank and that in accordance with the provisions of the Birmingham Corporation Act, 1929, Branch Banks can be established in the area of an adjoining local authority at the request or with the consent of such authority. After having had an interview with the Manager on the subject, and being of opinion that it would be in the best interests of the residents we recommend that the consent of the Council be given to the establishment of the Branch Bank upon the following conditions being observed with regard thereto:

 

1. A branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank to be provided in Solihull by the Corporation at their own expense and the security of depositors to be guaranteed by the Corporation. The depositors in every respect to receive treatment and facilities equal to those enjoyed in the Birmingham branches.

 

2. In the event of this Council or their successors acquiring or desiring to acquire powers themselves to establish and maintain the savings Bank the Corporation not to oppose the acquisition or execution of such powers, and any question of the transfer of branch bank premises in Solihull to be dealt with on terms to be mutually agreed, it being understood that the rights of depositors to withdraw their deposits or transfer the same to any other branch of the Municipal Bank not to be prejudiced.

 

3. A proportion of the deposits in the local branch to be available for loan by the Corporation to this Council or their successors by way of mortgage on favourable terms; the determination of the proportion of the deposits and of the terms of the loan to be agreed upon from time to time between the Corporation and this Council.

 

The Chairman of the Committee moved:

 

(a) BRANCH OF BIRMINGHAM MUNICIPAL BANK

 

That the consent of the Council be given to the establishment of a Branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank in this District upon the conditions enumerated therein being observed.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor F J Ward and upon being put to the Meeting 15 voted in favour and 5 against which was declared carried.

 

Letter from Birmingham's Town Clerk to C H Cook, Clerk to Solihull Council:

 

26th April, 1933

 

Dear Sir,

 

Birmingham Municipal Bank

Branches in Solihull.

 

I understand that your Council are willing to give their consent under the provisions of Section 57 of the Birmingham Corporation (General Powers) Act, 1929 to the establishment by this Corporation in the Urban District of Solihull of the Branch or Branches of the Birmingham Municipal Bank under the powers conferred by the before-mentioned Section, in which event the position represented by the following paragraphs will be observed and maintained by this Corporation:

 

1. A branch or branches of the Birmingham Municipal Bank in Solihull will be provided by this Corporation at their own expense, and the security of depositors will be guaranteed by this Corporation. The depositors in the Solihull branches will in every respect receive treatment and facilities equal to those enjoyed by depositors in the Birmingham branches.

 

2. In the event of the Urban District Council or their successors acquiring or desiring to acquire powers themselves to establish and maintain a savings bank this Corporation will not oppose the acquisition or execution of such powers, and any question of the transfer of branch bank premises in Solihull established by Birmingham will be dealt with on terms to be mutually agreed, it being understood that the rights of depositors to withdraw their deposits or transfer the same to any other branch of the Birmingham Municipal Bank will not be prejudiced.

 

3. A proportion of the deposits in the Solihull branch or branches will be available for loan by this Corporation to the Urban District Council or their successors by way of mortgage on favourable terms; the determination of proportion of the deposits and of the terms of the loan to be agreed from time to time between this Corporation and the Urban District Council.

 

The above-mentioned terms and conditions are the same in every respect as apply to the Oldbury Urban District Council, where a Branch of the Bank is already established.

 

In case you have not a copy I enclose herewith copy of Part III of the Birmingham Corporation Act, 1919, and of Part X of the Birmingham Corporation (General Powers) Act, 1929. I also enclose a print of the Regulations of the Bank.

 

No doubt you will agree that, in view of this letter, it will be sufficient for the purpose of recording the position if your Council pass a resolution of consent upon the understanding set out above.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Town Clerk. 

 

4739   RESOLVED:- That the foregoing report of the Town Clerk be approved and that the General Manager be instructed to obtain a report from Mr Wilde upon certain premises which the General Purposes Sub-Committee had that morning inspected.

 

General Purposes Sub-Committee: December 18th 1933

 

Branches in Area of Solihull UDC.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion that it would be desirable to rent suitable premises in the centre of Solihull with the object of opening a branch there early in the New Year, if possible simultaneously with the opening of the premises secured for the purpose of a branch at Shirley.

 

The General Manager has been instructed to cause further enquiries to be made for premises at Solihull accordingly and also to consult with the Chairman and Clerk to the Solihull Urban District Council regarding an official ceremony for the opening of the branch at Shirley.

 

The General Manager stated that he was not altogether satisfied that the days fixed for the opening of the Shirley Branch would be the most suitable for the district, and it was accordingly:

 

4984  RESOLVED:- That the Chairman and Alderman Barrow with the General Manager be requested to consider the matter and if thought desirable to interview the representatives of the Shirley district with a view to fixing the most convenient days and hours of business for both Shirley Branch and the prospective Solihull Branch.

 

 

 

Continued ....

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