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Introduction to this website
Whether you are a resident - current or prospective, a local business person, someone employed in the neighbourhood or a visitor from elsewhere, we hope you will find the website informative, useful and interesting.
This HOME PAGE: Sections - News and information; What's On;
Local flood risk information (for quick access please click HERE); About this website including technical and copyright information.
The LOCAL NEWS page carries an archive of previous significant local news stories which the site has published.
The FEATURES PAGE - One of the most important local events of recent years has been the rebuilding of Dogpool Lane Bridge over the River Rea in 2012 - 2013. A detailed illustrated report of the entire project can be found on this page.
The LOCAL INFO page: Sections - All about Selly Park (which includes a map of our neighbourhood); Information for newcomers; A concise history of our neighbourhood.
The LOCAL LINKS page: This page contains information about important local websites and links to them, for example Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, local churches, local schools, local health facilities, a variety of local organisations, etc.
The YOUR FORUM page: Sections - Aims and Objectives; The backgound of the Forum; Area covered; Membership and finance; The work of the Forum; Our public open meetings; Helping to make our neighbourhood look good; The Management Committee.
The CONTACT US page: To contact us by email or post.
News and Information
Travellers move on to Selly Park Rec - and then move on to Rowheath Playing Fields
We have received this urgent message from Councillor Karen McCarthy:
You will probably have heard that some of the travellers who were on Selly Oak Park have moved to Selly Park Rec (Raddlebarn Road).
In both cases, the police have said the criteria haven't been met for them to use their power to move them on in 24 hours, so the council have to give three days notice. We will continue to argue this, but can you please help to get three messages out:
All incidents of ASB etc need to be reported and a log number obtained.
Please don't pay anyone who knocks the door to take away rubbish or cut hedges . It may well end up in the park for the council to have to clear.
Once the travellers have moved on , the council will clear the big items and "clinical waste" but community volunteers for litter-picking will be very much appreciated.
Massive clean up operation after 40 traveller caravans leave Selly Oak Park - to read report from the Birmingham Mail please click HERE.
LATEST (Updated Friday 22nd) Travellers quit Selly Park - and move straight onto Rowheath Playing Fields. To read report from the Birmingham Mail please click HERE.
River Rea lifebelt
The lifebelt from the fitting situated near the bridge across the River Rea half way between Kitchener Road and First Avenue has been taken twice in the last month.
at the river most of the time the provision of a lifebelt might seem to be unnecessary. As we have seen though, the river can
rise dramatically in a couple of hours and in the past children have been drowned in the river. If you see anyone messing with the lifebelt, please point this out them and report it to the police using the 101 number.
Flooding returns to Selly Park South
On the evening of Thursday 16th June torrential rain resulted in the flooding of some roads in Selly Park South on a similar scale to the floods of 2012 although thankfully not as severe as the
more extensive flooding on 6th September 2008.
Birmingham Selly Oak Weather Station situated in Selly Park South recorded a record 78mm (approx 3 inches) of rain for the 24 hour period ending at 08:30 BST the following day and most of this fell during 6 hours on the Thursday evening.
This is more than the average total rainfall for the whole of June
in Birmingham (66mm). The River Rea at Selly Park Gauge upstream from Dogpool Bridge reached a peak of 1.745m at 20:30BST.
This is the highest level the gauge has reached since it was installed following the 2008 flood.
The roads affected by flood water were Moor Green Lane to the immediate east of Dogpool Bridge (surace water flooding), Dogpool Lane between Cecil Road and Fashoda Road and Fashoda Road as far as Hobson Road (river and surface water flooding).
Residents assisted by the volunteers of Selly Park South Flood Action Group and by City Council contractors with sandbags worked together to successfully defend houses from being flooded.
The situation was made worse at times, particularly on Moor Green Lane, by vehicles being driven too fast through the flood water, creating waves which washed up against the frontages of the houses.
By 23:00BST the worst of the rainfall had passed and the river level was falling so it was possible to bring the operation to a close, leaving the defences in place. By the morning the flood water had completely drained away and the river had returned to a safe level.
Dogpool Bridge, rebuilt since 2012, undoubtedly helped to mitigate the flooding by allowing free flow of water and thus preventing the river from backing up and overflowing more. The previous bridge, because of its structure, used to act as a trap for river debris creating in effect a dam which
prevented the flood water from flowing downstream effectively. The planned Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme, described further down this page, will eliminate the threat of river flooding and substantially reduce the amount of surface water flooding once completed.
Flooding in Fashoda Road - further along the road residents, Flood Group volunteers and City Council contractors
were working to further defend homes against the flood water.
Proposed development by St Andrew's Healthcare at Dogpool Lane
St Andrew's Healthcare is a charity providing specialist care for people with complex mental health needs.
St Andrew's Birmingham, situated in Dogpool Lane, is one of the charity's four sites across the UK and provides care for men and women with mental illness and autistic syndrome spectrum disorders. This comprises of medium and low secure units with a total of 128 beds.
The development is proposed next to the existing hospital site to meet St Andrew's need to help treat more patients across Birmingham.
The charity owns the land and has outline planning permission from Birmingham City Council for an extensive new healthcare development which will broaden the range of services offered by providing facilities for expert care for people with Huntington's disease and complex dementia.
The development will also require the construction of a flood risk management scheme working with the Environment Agency through the Rea Catchment Partnership
As well as benefitting the site this will also help to bring much needed flood protection to the residential streets to the north of Dogpool Lane. To learn more about the Rea Catchment Partnership and the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme please click here
LATEST NEWS: The detailed planning applications for both the St Andrews development and the Flood Alleviation Scheme were submitted on the dates below:
St Andrews Development Submission - 20/05/2016 - Ref 2016/04369/PA
Flood Alleviation Scheme Submission - 27/05/2016 - Ref 2016/04625/PA
To view the applications and to make comments please click HERE
to access Birmingham City Council's planning portal. The consultation period closed on Thursday 7th July 2016.
To learn more about St Andrew's Healthcare please click here
To learn more about consultation and preparatory work that has already taken place, please see the LOCAL NEWS page of our website.
Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum supports the Love your neighbor campaign.
Over many generations people have made the UK their home, built it up and found they can belong here. But we cannot take our diversity for granted. It is no use sharing a street or a suburb with people from different backgrounds if we do not know them. Loneliness is at epidemic levels, prejudice threatens to pull communities apart.
We cannot love our neighbour if we do not know our neighbour, understand them, their culture and identity. We all need to build friendships that cement our society together, crossing differences that can become barriers such as age, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and faith - working for peace alongside all people of goodwill.
Love your neighbor started in Birmingham - a city blessed with a great diversity of people - but the need to love one another and stand against discrimination of any kind remains the same across the country. The love your neighbor campaign is owned by us all and seeks to draw people together and to believe the very best for our cities and regions.
We must meet hate with love, confusion with hope, anger with peace and fear with joy. So go… know your neighbour… love your neighbour.
To visit the Love your neighbour website please click here.
Telephone scam - online fraud and malicious damage
Beware of calls purporting to come from BT about your internet service. The person tells you that BT have detected a problem with your router, which they will replace free and give you compensation for the inconvenience.
They try to pursuade you to give them remote control of your computer then 'test' the router before your eyes using convincing looking software with BT's name on it, which of course confirms the fault.
Here's the cruch. They next say the compensation has to be paid directly to your bank account and ask you to open your internet banking account. They still have control of your computer, even if they say otherwise.
If you open your internet banking they will rob you! If you refuse, they threaten to destroy all of your files and software and if you still refuse they carry out their threat.
If you receive a call like this, hang up and try to get the calling number using 1471. Call the police on 101 and they will tell you how to report the attempted fraud.
Holders Lane Fields Sports Pavilion
For important news of developments regarding this building please click HERE.
If you have any questions or comments about these details please email via the address on our CONTACT US page.
Stirchley Baths Bike Hub
Stirchley Baths Bike Hub will open on Wednesdays, starting on June 1st. This will be staffed by Big Birmingham Bikes staff who will start with led bike rides in the afternoons at 1.30pm. Over coming weeks then the bikes will be available for free hire in the mornings as well as learning to ride courses etc.
For further details please click here.
Domestic waste and recycling
Please note that where households have been supplied with wheelie bins these MUST be used and that waste put out in plastic sacks is no longer acceptable.
DOMESTIC WASTE COLLECTIONS WEDNESDAY 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th JULY:
Please put out GREY LID wheelie bins on edge of the footway on Tuesday evenings ready for collection early Wednesday morning. For details of what can be put in your wheelie bin please click here.
RECYCLING COLLECTIONS WEDNESDAY 6th and 20th JULY:
Please put out BLUE LID wheelie bins on the edge of the footway for cans and plastic and glass bottles and containers. POD INSIDE wheelie bin for paper and cardboard. For details of what can be recycled please click here.
GREEN WASTE COLLECTIONS WEDNESDAY 13th and 27th JUNE:
Please put out GREEN LID wheelie bins on edge of the footway on Tuesday evenings ready for collection early Wednesday morning. For details of what can be put in your wheelie bin please click here
Garden waste collection - subscribe to Birmingham City Council's 2016 service here
For residents who have subscribed, the garden waste collection service started in Selly Park on Wednesday 24th February and garden waste will be collected fortnightly on the same day as your household waste but in the alternate week to your recycling.
You are reminded to present your Garden Waste bin before 6am on the scheduled collection day.
Anyone wishing to have their garden waste collected in a clean and convenient way can NOW subscribe to Birmingham City Council's 2016 service.
The annual subscription charge is unchanged from this year at £35 for 20 fortnightly collections from February to November - with an online order discount of £2 for all orders made during reducing the cost to £33.
New for 2016 is an expansion to the types of waste people can put into their garden waste bins. Uncooked vegetables, spoilt fruit and used tea bags will all be accepted as part of the expanded service.
To place your order please click here
Alternatively you can take your green recycling to the household recycling centre at Lifford Lane
- for details please click here
Opening hours at the City's five Household Recycling Centres - including Lifford Lane
Weekday opening hours 8am-8pm.
Weekend opening hours 8am-4.30pm.
Saturday Afternoon Tea Dances at Christ Church
For details of Saturday Afternoon Tea Dances at Christ Church from July to November please click HERE.
Events at the mac in July
For listings of WHAT'S ON at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park, please click here.
What's on in Stirchley
To see the events calendar for Stirchley including some other nearby neighbourhoods as well, please click here.
Whats on in South Brum!
Events and activities for children and young people. For full information please click here.
Selly Manor - Tudor history in the heart of Bournville Village Trust
We offer a range of talks and tours at Selly Manor, including an hour-long guided tour which examines the history of the buildings and their beautiful period.
For further information please click here.
Christ Church Luncheon Club
The Lunch Club is open to local community members of all faiths and we meet on
Wednesdays, 11.30am to 2pm during the school term times. Cost: £4.00 per week.
We provide a two-course hot meal and opportunities to make friends, chat and
celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other festivals. Light exercises are led by a
qualified physiotherapist. Transport to and from Christ Church can be arranged
using the Ring and Ride service.
For further information: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org OR visit the
website www.christ-church-selly-park.org.uk OR phone 0121 471 2379 OR simply call in on any Wednesday morning and speak with us! Christ Church Selly Park, 953 Pershore Road
Birmingham B29 7PS.
Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields - News and Activities
Further information about activities will appear here.
For background information about the Fields please click HERE.
Neighbourhood Forum Meetings
FORUM OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS are normally held in October, February, May and July (AGM).
These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss local matters of interest or concern and to inform residents of developments affecting the local area.
Next up is the OPEN MEETING which will be be held in October - date to be confirmed - at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS.
Please make a note to attend this meeting as it is the most important one of the year, with a good attendance essential to maintain our funding from the City Council.
If you need to get in touch with the Forum between meetings then please use the CONTACT US page of this website.
Selly Oak MP's and City Councillors' Advice Centre
Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak parliamentary constituency, and the City Councillors for Selly Oak Ward hold their monthly advice centre for local residents at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS on the first Saturday
of each month except when the first Saturday falls on the 1st in which case the date will be the second Saturday (the 8th). The MP and Councillors are in attendance from 10.30am to 12 noon and no appointment is required - residents are seen
in order of arrival.
Future dates can be checked by clicking HERE.
Have you received poor service? Don't know where to go to for help?
Financial difficulties and need advice?
Feeling distressed or vulnerable?
Billesley Advocacy offers a friendly ear in a calm, safe environment and help point you in the right direction. For further details please click here.
This information has been provided via Birmingham City Council.
Christ Church Lunch Club, Toddler Group and Friday Coffee Mornings
During school term time - activities for the WHOLE community! LUNCH CLUB is each Wednesday. TODDLER GROUP is each Monday and Thursday.
COFFEE MORNING is each Friday. For further details please see or LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES section below.
Links to other websites
This important section now has its own page. To see it please go to the LOCAL LINKS page.
Local flood risk information
Click here for the latest Birmingham weather forecast from the BBC Weather Centre.
Residents living in some parts of Selly Park South are at risk of flooding.
The last serious flood occurred in September 2008 and prompted the Neighbourhood Forum to set up the Selly Park South Flood Action Group and in conjuction with the Environment Agency and Birmingham City Council to establish a Flood Action Plan for the neighbourhood.
The Flood Action Group is staffed by local residents who are volunteers who have been trained by Emergency Planning Officers from the City Council and by Flood Risk Management Officers of the Environment Agency.
In the event of a Flood Alert our volunteers act as first responders to the threat, backed up by the City Council and the Environment Agency and if necessary the Emergency Services.
In the event of flooding properties are at risk in the following roads:
All of Cecil Road
All of Fashoda Road
Hobson Road between Fashoda Road and Cecil Road
Kitchener Road between Fashoda Road and the river
Dogpool Lane from the river bridge to Manilla Road
Moor Green Lane adjacent to river bridge
RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE FLOOD RISK ZONE ARE URGED TO SIGN UP WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY FOR THE FLOOD WARNINGS DIRECT SERVICE. If the level of the River Rea starts to rise dangerously you will receive a call to your landline or mobile to warn you to be prepared IF YOU ARE SIGNED UP TO THE SCHEME. Please use the following link to the Environment Agency for details.
Click here to access the flooding pages of the Environment Agency’s website where you can check if your home is in a flood risk location, register for the FWD service if it is, check flood warnings in force at any time, learn about how to prepare against flooding and obtain advice on what to do in the event of a flood.
RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE FLOOD RISK ZONE NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE FLOOD ACTION PLAN. Please click HERE to access a copy of the plan and to print it so that it is easily available in the event of a Flood Alert.
FOR IMMEDIATE FLOOD WARNING INFORMATION call the Environment Agency Floodline number on 0845 988 1188. When you are asked if you know the quick dial number for your area to hear flood warning information enter 05212421.
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THREE DAY FLOOD RISK FORECAST please click HERE.
TO SEE THE CURRENT AND RECENT LEVEL OF THE RIVER REA AT CALTHORPE PARK, please click HERE.
This information is provided from the automatic reiver level gauge at Calthorpe. Please be aware that this gauge is downstream from the confluence of the Rea and Bourn Brook and so will not entirely relect the river level in Selly Park South. However it serves as a broad indicator of how the river is behaving.
The Selly Park river gauge whilst fully active will not be shown on Live River Levels for some time until suffient data has accumulated to allow full calibration.
TO ACCESS ENVIRONMENT AGENCY FLOOD RISK MAPS use the following link, go to Section, click on Go to risk of Flooding from Rivers and the Sea map and enter your B29 postcode
or if you are a visitor enter B29 7QQ which is located by Dogpool Bridge. Please click here.
WHAT IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION? To read about the River Rea Partnership please click here.
TO CONTACT SELLY PARK SOUTH FLOOD ACTION GROUP PLEASE CALL 0121 415 5088 or use the email address on the CONTACT US page of this website.
TO ACCESS THE NATIONAL FLOOD FORUM DIRECTORY OF FLOOD DEFENCE PRODUCTS ('The Blue Pages') please click here.
Please note that having been broken this link has now been restored.
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