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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 1933 to June 1939.
Under the provisions of Sections 56 and 57 of the Birmingham Corporation (General Powers) Act, 1929, it became possible for the Bank to establish branches outside the city boundaries. Following agreement with Solihull Council to the principle of opening branches in the borough, a temporary office was opened at 306 Stratford Road on February 14th 1934. Finding a site for permanent premises proved difficult and a number of options were considered. Eventually, a plot of land was purchased and a purpose built branch designed by W N Twist, FRIBA, was opened on January 18th 1940.

Bank Committee: June 19th 1933

 

The Chairman of the General Purposes Sub-Committee reported that the Chairman and the Chairmen of the three Sub-Committees, with the General Manager and Mr Frank Wilde, had that morning visited certain sites in the Shirley district, and after consideration, were of the opinion that one of the shops being erected near to the Saracen's Head Hotel, on the Stratford Road, which could be secured at a rental of 90 per annum, plus rates and cost of internal repairs, would meet the position at the present time, having regard to the uncertainty of the future development of this district. It was accordingly:

 

4790  RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to make arrangements to obtain a lease of the premises for a period of seven years, at an annual rental of 90 per annum, plus rates and cost of internal repairs, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into any necessary documents, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto if required.

 

Bank Committee: July 17th 1933

 

4823  The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Branch at Shirley.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the owner of shops in Stratford Road, Shirley (opposite the Saracen's Head Hotel) is not prepared to let a shop to the Bank, and Mr Wilde has therefore been instructed to secure, if possible, one of the shops at the corner of School Road and Stratford Road. It will accordingly be necessary for the instruction contained in Minute No 4790 to be rescinded.

 

4825   RESOLVED:- That the instructions contained in Minute No 4790 relating to the lease of a shop at Shirley be rescinded.

 

In connection with the negotiations for obtaining suitable premises at Shirley, the General Manager read a letter from Mr Wilde regarding shopping premises, owned by Mr Sealy of "Coniston", School Road, Shirley. The owner was willing to lease the property for a period not exceeding seven years at a rental of 75 per annum, plus rates.

 

4830   RESOLVED:- That arrangements be made for obtaining a lease of the shop in question, on the terms above mentioned and that the Town Clerk be instructed to enter into any necessary agreement, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

Bank Committee: September 13th 1933

 

The Committee were informed that the Town Clerk had completed the agreement for the lease of premises at Shirley and that the Lessor had paid the agreed sum of 10 towards the cost of decorations to the premises. The General Manager stated that most of the furniture and equipment could be found out of stock. The question of hours of business for this Branch was raised by the General Manager, and it was:

 

4904   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager consult the Clerk to the Solihull District Council as to the most convenient days of opening for the proposed Shirley Branch on the assumption that there would ultimately be a branch in Solihull and that the same staff would work the two branches.

 

Bank Committee: October 16th 1933

 

4923   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Branch at Shirley.

 

The General Manager communicated with the Clerk to the Solihull Urban District Council intimating the intention of the Bank to open this branch on three days per week, and asking for his views as to the best days for such opening, having regard to the future requirements of the Solihull Branch proposed to be established when suitable premises are secured. The Clerk had replied that the most convenient days for opening the Shirley Branch would be Thursday, Friday and Saturday in each week.

 

Your Sub-Committee have accordingly instructed the General Manager to take the necessary steps for opening the Branch in the near future on these days and to confer with the Clerk to the Solihull Urban District Council regarding the arrangements for the opening ceremony.

 

4924  RESOLVED:- That the proposed arrangements indicated in the foregoing report for the opening of the Shirley Branch be approved.

 

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.

 

Finance Sub-Committee: March 19th 1934

 

Letting of Flat.

 

The following arrangement has been made for the letting of the flat at Shirley branch:

 

To let this flat to Mr W R Campbell for a period of one year at a rental of 30 per annum, less an allowance of 3/- per week in respect of the use of kitchen and domestic accommodation by the staff. The tenant to be responsible for rates and internal repairs.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: April 10th 1934

 

The Agreement for Tenancy with Mr W R Campbell of the flat at Shirley for one year certain from the 25th March and thereafter quarterly, at a rent of 30 pa, has been completed. The Agreement provides for facilities for meals for the Bank Staff, on payment by the Corporation to the tenant of 3/- per week.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 21st 1935

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the following arrangement has been made for the tenancy of the Shirley flat:

 

Miss M Capell: 30 - the tenancy to be for one year certain and subsequently determinable by one quarter's notice, expiring on any of the quarter days except Christmas, the tenant to be responsible for rates and internal repairs.

  

Bank Committee: November 12th 1937

 

The General Manager submitted a plan of land available for sale at Shirley and it was:

 

6078  RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be directed to authorise Mr Frank Wilde to make further enquiries with regard thereto.

 

Bank Committee: March 21st 1938

 

6165   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Premises at Shirley.

 

The attention of your Sub-Committee has been drawn to a vacant shop in Stratford Road, known as Crown Buildings, which is advertised to rent at 150 per annum, plus rates. The shop has a frontage of 20 feet and a depth of 40 feet.

 

The present premises at Shirley are on lease expiring in June 1940 and comprise a shop with a frontage of 21' 6" and a depth of 13 feet, the rental being 75 per annum plus rates. Your Sub-Committee discussed the question of the most suitable site for a permanent branch, and came to the conclusion that whilst the shop in question is situate in the shopping centre of Shirley at the moment, it is possible in view of housing developments on the south side, that the ultimate shopping centre would be further away from Birmingham. It was felt that further enquiries should be made in the matter and the General Manager was directed accordingly.

 

6170   RESOLVED:- That the action taken in causing further enquiries to be made for a suitable site or premises at Shirley for branch bank purposes, as indicated in a foregoing report, be confirmed, and that the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee be empowered to arrange a lease of suitable premises should they consider it desirable.

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: May 16th 1938

 

Branches at Solihull and Shirley.

 

Arrangements have been made for opening the new Solihull Branch Bank premises on the 20th July next. The new premises will open 6 days each week, and it is, therefore, proposed as from the same date to extend the opening of the present Shirley Branch Bank premises to 6 days per week, so as to afford uniform facilities at both Branches.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that instructions be given accordingly.

 

Bank Committee: June 20th 1938

 

6250   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Sites or premises at Shirley.

 

Your Sub-Committee have considered the result of enquiries made with regard to various sites in the Shirley area and have given the following instructions to the General Manager in the matter:

 

(1) That as regards land adjoining No 135 Stratford Road, owned by Mr Wheeler, the proposed purchase be not entertained.

 

(2) That negotiations be continued with the Warwickshire County Council with a view to the purchase of land fronting Stratford Road now used as a depot; and that providing suitable terms can be mutually agreed such purchase be arranged with the object of a new building being erected on the land to take the place of the present branch, which is conducted in rented premises.

 

(3) That in the event of the land referred to in No 2 above not being obtainable, steps be taken to acquire one of the houses now being erected in Stratford Road, Shirley, belonging to Mr Tay.

 

(4) That Mr Frank Wilde be authorised to continue negotiations for the purchase of land at the corner of Stratford Road and Blackford Lane, Shirley, with a view to its possible future use as an additional Branch for Shirley, and that if suitable terms can be mutually agreed the purchase of such land be undertaken.

 

Your Sub-Committee recommend that the instructions above mentioned be confirmed.

 

6252   RESOLVED:- That the instructions given by the Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee with regard to the sites at Shirley as indicated in the foregoing report be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: July 25th 1938

 

6268   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Sites at Shirley.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the negotiations in respect of the site in Stratford Road at present used as a depot by the Warwickshire County Council are proceeding, and the matter is now before the Roads Sub-Committee of that authority.

 

With regard to the site at the corner of Stratford Road and Blackford Lane, having a total area of 2,783 square yards, the owner, Mr Archer, requires a sum of 1,600, which works out at 11/6 per square yard. According to a plan showing the construction of a new service road and the improvement lines affecting the site, it appears that after these requirements are provided for there would remain for development an area of approximately 867 square yards, sufficient for the erection of a bank and two shops, and for this ultimate net area, the price of 1,600 above referred to would represent approximately 1. 16. 11. per square yard.

 

Your Sub-Committee are of opinion that the site in question is very favourable for future bank purposes, having regard to the development already taking place and contemplated, and that it would be wise to secure the site and hold it until the time is ripe for making further Bank provision. They, therefore, recommend your Committee to authorise the purchase of the site at a price not exceeding 1,600, subject to the sanction of the Council, and to vacant possession being given on completion of the two cottages now on the land, which are let at 15/- and 12/6 per week respectively.

 

6270  RESOLVED:- That authority be given for the purchase of the site at the corner of Stratford Road and Blackford Lane, Shirley, as indicated in the foregoing report, at a sum of not exceeding 1,600, subject to the sanction of the City Council and on the understanding that on completion vacant possession is given of the two cottages now on the land; also that subject thereto the Town Clerk be authorised to prepare any necessary document, affixing the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

 

 

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