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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 February 1932 to October 1939.
The City's 40,000th council house, which was opened by Neville Chamberlain on October 23rd 1933, was part of one of the city's largest estates - it was begun in 1929, completed in 1934, and comprised 2,718 homes. Following appeals from residents, the Bank sought to open a branch, and negotiated with the Estates Department for a suitable site at the centre of the estate. A temporary wooden building was opened as an Evening Branch on January 3rd 1936. Plans to erect a purpose built permanent branch were interrupted by the Second World War, but in due course, an economical one-storey design by E C Bewlay was opened on March 7th 1941.

Bank Committee (Special): February 29th 1932

 

The General Manager submitted a lay-out of the proposed development of the Weoley Castle Farm Estate, and stated that the General Manager of the Estates Department had requested to know whether a site would be required by the Bank in connection with the development of the shopping centre in Castle Square.

 

4360   RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to arrange for the members of this Committee to visit the Weoley Castle Farm Estate on Monday next, the 7th March, departing from the Bank Head Office at 11am.

 

Bank Committee: March 21st 1932

 

4371 The following reports of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Proposed Site - Weoley Castle Farm.

 

Your Sub-Committee, after considering the plan of the lay-out of this Estate (which will be available for inspection at the meeting), are of opinion that the site suggested for a branch bank is a suitable one, and they recommend that, subject to satisfactory terms being agreed upon with the Committees concerned and to the confirmation of the Council, transfer of the site in question be approved.

 

4374   RESOLVED:- That subject to satisfactory terms being agreed upon with the Committee concerned, and to the confirmation of the Council, the proposed transfer of a site on the Weoley Castle Farm Estate for branch bank purposes be approved.

 

Bank Committee: October 17th 1932

 

On Minute No 4374 it was:

 

4527   RESOLVED:- That the Minute relating to the acquisition of the proposed site on the Weoley Castle Farm Estate be referred back to the General Purposes Sub-Committee for re-consideration.

 

Bank Committee: December 19th 1932

 

4589   The following report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Weoley Castle Estate.

 

The District Valuer has placed a value of 1 per sq. yard on the site proposed for a branch bank, and Mr Frank Wilde values the same at 14/- per sq. yard. Your Sub-Committee understand that 1056 houses have already been erected and contracts are let for a further 1662, making 2718 houses in all. The City Surveyor does not expect any further developments by the Corporation.

 

With a view to deciding whether or not it will be advisable to secure a site, your Sub-Committee propose to visit the Estate on Monday morning next and hope to be in a position to express their opinion at the meeting of your Committee.

 

4590   With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing report relating to a site on the Weoley Castle Farm Estate, the Committee were informed that members of the General Purposes Sub-Committee, together with the City Surveyor, had inspected the proposed site and as it was considered that the same was not suitable for Bank requirements (at any rate at the present time), it had been arranged that for the present the site should be held by the Public Works and Town Planning Department on the understanding that should the latter desire to let the site, the Bank should be given an opportunity of making a final decision in the matter. The Committee acquiesced in the arrangements made.

 

4591  RESOLVED:- That the foregoing report of the General Purposes Sub-Committee, as supplemented, be approved.

 

Bank Committee: September 13th 1933

 

4893   The General Manager reported that an offer had been received from Dr R H Pearce of 108, Bunbury Road, Northfield, of a freehold site at the corner of Shenley Fields Road and Bushwood Road, on the Weoley Castle Estate. The situation was not considered suitable for Bank purposes and therefore no action was taken in the matter.

 

Bank Committee: January 21st 1935

 

The General Manager submitted a letter from the Weoley Castle Community Association, enquiring whether the Bank would be prepared to establish a branch on the Estate or make arrangements for a Savings Club on the lines adopted by the National Savings Association. The Committee were reminded that this matter had already received consideration, and representatives of the Committee who had visited sites in this area had come to the conclusion at that time that a branch was not necessary.

 

After discussion, the Committee were of opinion that consideration should be given to the desirability of opening an evening branch in the locality, and it was:

 

5335  RESOLVED:- That the General Manager be instructed to look into the matter and report thereon to the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee.

 

Bank Committee: June 24th 1935

 

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

 

Site - Weoley Castle Farm Estate.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that, as a result of enquiries made in this locality, it is recommended that an area of 512 square yards of land situate in The Circle at Weoley Castle be transferred from the Estates Committee to the Bank, at the price fixed by the District Valuer, viz: 1 per square yard. It is also recommended that the wood building, at present used for the Rednal and Rubery Branch, should, on completion of the Longbridge Branch premises, be transferred to this site and utilised for branch purposes until such time as it is considered desirable to erect permanent premises. It is understood that the Public Works & Town Planning Committee and Estates Committee would not object to such an agreement.

 

Your Committee are therefore asked to approve the suggested arrangements, subject to the consent of the City Council to the transfer of the land in question.

 

5463  RESOLVED:- That, subject to the consent of the City Council, the proposed transfer from the Estates Committee to the Bank Committee of 512 square yards of land situate in The Circle, Weoley Castle Estate, at a price of 1 per square yard, be approved; also that, subject to the consent of the Public Works & Town Planning Committee, the proposal to transfer the wood building at present used for the Rednal and Rubery Branch to this site for Branch Bank purposes, as indicated in the report, be adopted.

 

Bank Committee: October 21st 1935

 

On Minute No 5463 the following Minute of the City Council was received approving the transfer to the Bank of land in The Circle, Weoley Castle Estate, and the Committee were informed that the formal approval of the Minister of Health had also been received:

 

It was moved by Mr Councillor Pritchett, seconded, and RESOLVED:

32,289. That, subject to the sanction of the Minister of Health the proposal to transfer approximately 522 square yards of land at Castle Square, Weoley Castle Estate, to the Bank Committee, at a transfer value of 1 per square yard, including road-making charges, be approved.

 

The Public Works & Town Planning Committee had also approved the erection of a temporary wood building on the site.

 

5503   RESOLVED:- That Minute No 5463 be discharged.

 

Bank Committee: December 16th 1935

 

5558   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Weoley Castle Site.

 

Your Sub-Committee report that the levelling of this site to enable the wooden building to be erected thereon for temporary Branch purposes has been carried out by the Public Works Department at a cost of 45, and a further sum of 36. 12. 9. has been expended in connection with drainage of the site.

 

The Public Works Department has also been authorised to deal with the forecourt in a satisfactory manner at a cost of 24, a further 3 being necessary for connecting rainwater downpipes to the drains.

 

5563   RESOLVED:- That the action taken in regard to the carrying out of the necessary works on the Weoley Castle Site, as indicated in the foregoing report, be confirmed.

 

Your Sub-Committee ask that the action taken in the matter be confirmed.

 

Bank Committee: January 16th 1939

 

6383   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Weoley Castle Branch.

 

In view of the substantial progress made at this evening branch, which is carried on in a temporary wooden building, your Sub-Committee are of the opinion that consideration might be given to daily facilities being afforded and with this object in view it is recommended that Mr E C Bewlay of 83, Colmore Row, be invited to submit a plan for a permanent building.

 

6390   RESOLVED:- That the proposal of the Sub-Committee to invite Mr E C Bewlay (Architect) to submit a plan for the erection of permanent branch premises at Weoley Castle be approved.

 

Bank Committee: March 20th 1939

 

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

 

Premises for Weoley Castle Branch.

 

Your Sub-Committee have considered three alternative schemes prepared by Mr E C Bewlay (Architect), two of such schemes being for Bank premises with flats, at the estimated cost in each case of 3,000, and the other scheme being for single-storey branch premises at an estimated cost of 2,400.

 

After inspecting the plans, which will be submitted to your Committee, it is recommended that scheme 'C' for a single-storey branch Bank, at an estimated cost of 2,400, be approved, and that the Town Clerk and General Manager be directed to take steps to obtain tenders for carrying out the work in due course.

 

With reference to the paragraph in the foregoing report with regard to the proposed single storey branch bank at Weoley Castle, the Committee considered the schemes prepared by Mr Bewlay, Architect.

 

6451   RESOLVED:- That the scheme submitted for the building of a single storey branch Bank on the site acquired at Weoley Castle at an estimated cost of 2,400 be approved and that the Town Clerk and General Manager be directed to obtain tenders for carrying out the work in due course.

 

Bank Committee: June 9th 1939

 

The Committee were informed that the Chairman and the Chairman of the two Sub-Committees in the presence of the Committee Clerk had opened the following tenders received for the erection of Branch Bank premises at Weoley Castle.

 

NEW BRANCH BANK PREMIESE   -  WEOLEY CASTLE.

(Single Storey).

 

ARCHITECT   -   MR E C BEWLAY   -   ESTIMATE - 2,400.

 

LIST OF BUILDING CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE PAID DEPOSIT FEES.

 

Name.

Address.

Time

(Months).

Amount of

Tender.

H Dare & Son Ltd

Alum Rock Road, (2)

Ward End, 8

5

2,470

T Elvins & Sons, Limited

Naden Works,

Soho Hill, 19

5

2,590

John T Harris, Ltd

Oakwood Road,   (1)

Sparkhill, 11

3

2,336

Henry Morgan

11, Birchfield Rd.,

               19

6

2,669

Parsons & Morrin, Limited

133, Belgrave Road, 5

                 (3)

4

2,515

Rudge Bros (Builders) Limited

Sun Building,

Bennetts Hill, 2

5

2,675 - 13 - 7

C L Smith

Oughton Road,

Camp Hill, 11

9

3,485*

S F Swift & Sons, Limited

200, Alcester Street,

Deritend, 12

6

2,646

J Emlyn Williams

163, Victoria Road,

Aston, 6

6

2,544

 

                                                                    *2,485 as per telephone conversation.

 

It was recommended that the tender of Messrs J T Harris Ltd at the sum of 2,336 be accepted for the premises at Weoley Castle, subject to the approval by the Town Clerk of the War Risk Clause annexed to the tender. It was accordingly:

 

6547   RESOLVED:- That Bank tender of J T Harris Ltd at the sum of 2,336 for the erection of Branch Bank premises at Weoley Castle be accepted, the work to be completed within a period of three months, subject to the approval by the Town Clerk of the War Risks Clause annexed to the tender; and that the Town Clerk be instructed to prepare the necessary contract and to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

 

Report of the Town Clerk: October 14th 1939

 

I have to report that the following Contract is now duly completed:

 

Minute No 6547 - John T Harris Ltd: Erection of a Municipal Bank at Castle Square, Weoley Castle Estate.

 

Bank Committee: October 16th 1939

 

6606   The following report of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee was presented:

 

Contracts.

 

Your Sub-Committee have received a communication from the Town Clerk as to the effect of the War upon current pre-war contracts and in this connection have considered the position as to the Smethwick and Weoley Castle Contracts.

 

In the case of Smethwick, where demolition work has been completed and foundations of the new building commenced, the Contractors are being asked to bring foundations up to the damp course level, and it is proposed that the Contract be then suspended. A wood building has been purchased for the sum of 250, which it is intended to place on the site and open a daily Branch therein as soon as possible.

 

In the case of Weoley Castle, practically no work has been done and the Contractor has expressed his desire to give seven day's notice terminating the contract in accordance with the War Risk Clause. Your Sub-Committee agree to this course.

 

6609   RESOLVED:- That the arrangements indicated in the foregoing report as to the suspension of the contract in regard to the building at Smethwick, and the termination of the contract in respect of Weoley Castle, be approved and confirmed.

 

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