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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; Links to other websites; 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The LOCAL LINKS page:This page is no longer active - pleasr see Links to other websites on HOME PAGE

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

Summer crime prevention advice

For the latest crime prevention advice from West Midalands Police on keeping your home, your vehicle and your property safe this summer please click here and here

THE NEXT NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE TASKING MEETING: Monday 28th September 7pm to 8pm. Elim Church, Exeter Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6EU. Join officers from the Selly Oak neighbourhood policing team as they share the latest crime figures for the area and to discuss your concerns.

For the latest advice from Trading Standards on avoiding summer scams by rogue tradesmen this summer please click here

The Big Hoot swoops into Birmingham 20th July - 27th September

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Presented by creative producers Wild in Art working in partnership with Birmingham Children's Hospital, The Big Hoot has brought businesses, artists, schools and the local community together to create a public art trail of stunning owl sculptures on display across Birmingham from 20 July until 27 September.

With 89 giant owl sculptures to see - each one individually and intricately created by artists from Birmingham and beyond - this 'owl-spotting' experience is inspiring fun for everyone and is completely FREE.

Follow the trail from the City Centre to Sutton Coldfield; Winson Green to Bournville and many places in between and enjoy beautiful open spaces; inspiring buildings and Birmingham's cultural heritage along the way.

All the giant owls have been sponsored by companies and organisations and at the end of the trail they will be auctioned to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Children and young people from Birmingham's schools have also been busy creating over 120 owlets. These are displayed in 'parliaments' across the city as part of The Little Hoot education programme.

To visit The Big Hoot website, find out more and go owl-spotting please click HERE.

The new Birmingham Community Flag

After six weeks of voting, the people have decided - the winning entry in the competition to create a new cummunity flag for Birmingham was designed by 10 year old Thomas Keogh and David Smith.

To see the flag design and read the story please click HERE

Major road work schemes in central Birmingham

Updated for commencing June 2015

Paradise Circus: Further traffic diversions and road closures associated with the redevelopment of Paradise Circus are in operation from 10th May until November. There are access changes affecting the Paradise Circus gyratory, Broad Street and Summer Row. Diversionary routes for road traffic are be signed and in place. These road measures mean that there is no longer be a complete circular road system around Paradise Circus. For further details plaese click here.

Ring Road improvement works move forward: The next phase of a works programme designed to improve traffic flow and boost safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Birmingham's Ring Road is underway in June with ontractors beginning construction operations at Bordesley Circus and Curzon Circle at the start of the month. The works are part of a £14.05 million programme of improvements to busy junctions on the Ring Road partially funded through a Department of Transport initiative aimed at tackling some of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country. A condition of the funding is that the project must be delivered by the end of this financial year. For further details please click HERE.


Domestic waste and recycling

Please help to keep our neighbourhood tidy

Please DO NOT: Put out black bags for collection earlier than Monday evenings - animals and birds break into them, scatter the contents and encourage rats.

Please DO NOT: Put out loose, unbagged waste for collection - it creates a mess and often the waste collection team will not take it unbagged.

Please DO NOT: Put out green garden waste in green or clear bags - the Council no longer collect it unless you hire a green wheelie bin from them.

WARNING: People contravening these regulations can be fined up to £2500.

Residents of Birmingham are reminded that the city's three 'super' Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) are open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week during the summer season. For full details please click here.

DOMESTIC WASTE COLLECTIONS IN AUGUST - TUESDAY 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th: Please put out waste in tied black bags on Monday evenings ready for collection early Tuesday morning.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS IN AUGUST - TUESDAY 4th and 18th: Green boxes for cans and plastic and glass bottles and containers. Blue boxes for paper and cardboard. For details of what can be recycled please click here.


GREEN GARDEN WASTE RECYCLING COLLECTIONS IN AUGUST - Tuesday 11th and 25th. Green recycling collections are no longer free and will only be made from properties subscribed to the new paid-for wheelie-bin collection service. Please do NOT put out garden waste in plastic sacks.

GREEN REYCLING SERVICE:The service will provides 20 fortnightly collections per year from Spring to the end of Autumn. The removal of the waste is via a wheelie bin (or garden waste sacks, only if property is assessed as unsuitable for a wheelie bin). The wheelie bin (or sacks) will be supplied as part of the paid service. The annual fee for the green recycling collection service is £35. If you purchase this service online you will be entitled to a £2 discount on the prices quoted. There is also a discount for subscribing before the end of December 2014 for the 2015 season. To find out more and to sign up for the service please click here to visit the green recycling website by where you will find more information and further guidance on how to register and pay for this service.

Alternatively you can take your green recycling to the household recycling centre at Lifford Lane - for details please click here


Residents of Birmingham are reminded that the city's three 'super' Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) are open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week during the summer season. For full details please click here.



What's On

Weekly multi sports activities provided by Active Parks

Where? PEBBLE MILL FIELDS, near the Kitchener Road entrance
When? Friday afternoons from 3.00 - 5.00 pm, from 24 July 2015
Who? Children and the child in all of us!
Cost? Absolutely nothing.
So, get out on Friday and enjoy the fun and games. Children must be accompanied by a familiar adult.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MANY SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN BIRMINGHAM'S PARKS please click HERE.

Birmingham Bulletin - July Edition

At the time of updating the website the August bulletin has not been received. We hope to publish it at the start of next week.

From Birmingham City Council - Leisure Sport and Culture - Tourism - City News and Information - Jobs - Recycling and Environment - Plus great competitions to win free tickets for big events! For your online copy, please click HERE.

Whats on in South Brum!

Events and activities for children and young people. For full information please click here.

Birmingham Park Ranger Events

A downloadable 25 page booklet listing a wide variety of events, organised by the Ranger Service, which are taking place in Birmingham Parks and Country Parks in April, May and June. To browse or download a copy please click here.

Events at the mac in July

For listings of EVENTS at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park please click here.

Mac CINEMA listings - For latest cinema listings at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park please click HERE.


ANNUAL COURSE PROGRAMME at mac is on sale from Wednesday 24th June. For full details please click HERE.

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 at 7:30pm on TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER 2015 at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS.

If you need to get in touch with the Forum between meetings then please use the CONTACT US page of this website.

Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Tasking Meetings

Ward tasking meetings are a monthly meeting where members of the public are invited to raise issues in the area that they live. There will always be a police representative and where possible a member of the local council present. This is a real opportunity to influence policing in the area that you live. Local issues and priorities are discussed and agreed at these meetings. They are then recorded on the West Midlands Police website where all updates of action taken are also available to be viewed.

To find out when and where the next meeting will be held please click HERE and select YOUR LOCAL POLICE from the top menu, then BIRMINGHAM SOUTH from the drop down menu, then SELLY OAK and then MEETINGS.

To read a police news release about conflict resolution in disputes between neighbours please click here.

To read a police news release about new powers over anti-social behaviour please click here.

MP's and City Councillors' Advice Centres

For details of the times and locations of the Advice Centres for speaking with Steve McCabe the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Constituency please click here.

For details of the times and locations of the Advice Bureaux for speaking with the City Councillors for Selly Oak Ward please click here.

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


We are now on Streetlife!

What is Streetlife? It is a British social network for local communities, which has a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours and sharing practical information, advice and resources.

To go to our Streetlife page please click HERE
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Birmingham City Council (BCC)

For BCC HOME PAGE please click here.

For BCC SELLY OAK DISTRICT AND WARD pages please click here.

For BCC PHONE NUMBERS please click here.

City Council services reporting guide

An alternative directory for reporting issues to the correct department of the City Council, preceded by a summary of crime prevention advice.

Please note that some of the phone numbers have changed since the guide was published, as follows:
Animal Welfare and Dog Wardens - the phone number has changed to 0121 303 6007.
Street lighting - the phone number has changed to 0121 303 6644.
Traffic light faults - the phone number has changed to 0121 303 6644.

To access the guide please click HERE.

Christ Church Selly Park

Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS, (0121 471 2379), is the Parish Chuch of the Neighbourhood and provides facilities for the local community including the meeting place for the Neighbourhood Forum.

Christ Church provides a variety of activities for the whole community. During school term time these include:
Toddler Club, for babies and toddlers up to the age of 4 years inclusive and their parents, grandparents or carers. It meets during school term time on Monday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Lunch Club, which meets on Wednesdays, for retired members of the community.
Friday Coffee Morning, open 10.30am to 12.00noon. Hot or cold drink and a teacake only £1. Other cakes and biscuits as available. Open to all - everyone welcome.

To view the Christ Church website which gives full details about the church and its activities and services please CLICK HERE.

New debt advice centre for South Birmingham

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has opened a new debt centre in Birmingham covering postcodes B29, B30, B31, B14 and B38.

CAP offers a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background. Every client is visited in their own home, the charity does all the negotiating with creditors, and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free.

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Centre Manager Judy Ward writes: "The Church has always been about offering hope and we're really pleased to be able to give more people a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free debt agencies in the area. There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so six churches have joined together to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track. These churches are Christ Church (Selly Park), Selly Park Baptist Church, Stirchley Community Church, Selly Oak Elim, St Stephen's (Selly Park) and Christian Life Centre (Selly Oak)."

For further information and help with debt please click HERE or call 0800 328 0006.

Selly Park Baptist Church

Selly Park Baptist Church, 1041 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS, (0121 472 2513). For full details about the church, services and activities please CLICK HERE.

Pebble Mill and Holders Lane Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields

Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields lie between Pershore Road and Moor Green Lane on either side of the River Rea. This is the hidden jewel of Birmingham's parks - for walking, running, enjoying the open air or a range of outdoor activities from having a picnic or exercising your dog to model aeroplane flying, the fields are the place to come and take in the diverse landscape of open grassland, woods, river banks heath and hedgerows. To find out more about it and what is going on there please click HERE.

Activities for all on Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields For full details please click HERE.

Cannon Hill Friends

For a wealth of information about our flagship local park and urban green space extending southwards along the Rea Valley please click HERE.

The River Rea Heritage Trail

To find out more and to explore the heritage and environment of OUR river and its valley please click HERE.

Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team

At the start of April 2010 a major reorganisation of the structure of West Midlands Police became effective. The force is now divided into 10 local policing units (LPUs), each headed by a Chief Superintendent who is responsible for the overall policing and management of the area. The 10 LPUs are divided into 171 neighbourhoods, each policed by a dedicated neighbourhood team consisting of police officers, police community support officers and special constables. Neighbourhood policing is supported by a range of forcewide specialist teams.

Selly Park now lies within the South Birmingham LPU, the headquarters of which is Bournville Lane Police Station situated at the junction of Bourneville Lane and Bristol Road. To find out more about Birmingham South LPU please Click here and select YOUR LOCAL POLICE from the top menu, then BIRMINGHAM SOUTH from the drop down menu.

Within the South Birmingham LPU Selly Park is now covered by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT), again based at Bournville Lane Police Station. For more details of Selly Oak NPT and how to contact them please Click here and select YOUR LOCAL POLICE from the top menu, then BIRMINGHAM SOUTH from the drop down menu, then SELLY OAK and then MEETINGS.

To read a police news release about conflict resolution in disputes between neighbours please click here.

To read a police news release about new powers over anti-social behaviour please click here.

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) launched in January 2015.

The regional See Me, Hear Me campaign features on buses travelling across the West Midlands as well as on radio to raise the profile of this abuse crime and help keep children safe.

Featuring the message 'Memories last a lifetime... Everyone has memories of their first love, but for some they won't be happy ones', it aims to highlight the horrific crime and its lifelong impact on victims.

People are directed to the campaign website www.seeme-hearme.org.uk for information on how to spot the warning signs of CSE and what to do if you are concerned about a child or young person. The site also features educational films to raise awareness of CSE, along with campaign posters for individuals and organisations to download and display.

The campaign was launched in June by Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull Councils, along with West Midlands Police and other partners, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

CSE is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background. It is child abuse and involves perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.

To connect to the website please click HERE.

Victim Support

Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. We were set up over 38 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world. Every year, we contact over 1.5 million people after a crime to offer our help.

We depend on thousands of specially-trained volunteers to deliver our services and although we work closely with the police and other parts of the criminal justice system, we are an independent charity.

We have offices across England and Wales and we run the Witness Service in every court. We also run the national Victim Supportline 0845 30 30 900.

To visit the Victim Support website please click here.

BRAVE - the Birmingham Residents Antisocial behaviour Victim Empowerment project

Part of Victim Support we are specifically funded by the National Lottery to support people living in Birmingham who experience persistent antisocial behaviour. Our service is independent, free and confidential.

What is antisocial behaviour (ASB)? It is intimidating or threatening activity that scares you or damages your quality of life. It needs to be caused by someone who does not live in your household and can include harassment, intimidation or aggression; some disputes between neighbours; loud music and noise at unsociable hours. There are many kinds of ASB - please contact us if you are not sure.

You can call us on 0121 236 3919 or email birminghamasb@victimsupport.org.uk You can also contact the Neighbourhood Forum who have copies of our information leaflet which explains the help which we are able to provide.

Warwards Lane Neighbourhood Watch

Warwards Lane and Darris Road Neighbourhood Watch are a very active group with a website which carries community news as well as crime prevention information. As they are our immediate neighbours to the south west and of course in common with us are part of Selly Oak you will find information on their site which is also relevant to our own neighbourhood. To visit their website please click here.

Selly Park Residents Community Association

The neighbouring community association to our north - Selly Park Residents Community Association (SPRCA) covers First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues, Sir John's Road and the east side of Pershore Road between Sir John's Road and First Avenue. To view their website please click here.


Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum

The neighbouring community association to our south - Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum covers a much larger area than our own Forum and includes the Pineaplle Road eastate. To view their website please click here.


Community Partnership for Selly Oak (CP4SO) regeneration campaign

CP4SO has been formed to protect Selly Oak from inappropriate and unsympathetic developments and promote the regeneration of Selly Oak for the benefit of the whole community. Its central interest at the moment is the controversial changes in the plans for the regeneration of the Battery Park derelict indiustrial site which lies between Bristol Road and the A38 Selly Oak New Road. Selly Park Neighbourhood Forum, along with other community groups across the whole of Selly Oak Ward, supports and has now affiliated with CP4SO. To find out more about this issue and CP4SO please visit their website by clicking here.

Friends of The Earth Let's Get Moving" Campaign

Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum is supporting Birmingham Friends of the Earth's Let's Get Moving campaign. The campaign is calling for for increased walking & cycling levels as a way of tackling the traffic that causes the city's high air pollution levels. To achieve this the campaign is calling for the city to invest at least £10 per person per year for at least 10 years in order to urgently tackle the city's air pollution problem. For full details please click here.


Local flood risk information

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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 if non-urgent please 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.


About this website

Thanks: We wish to thank those people who have contributed content and advertising to the site. Our further thanks go to Christ Church, Selly Park, the Parish Church of our Neighbourhood, which so kindly provides the venue for our various meetings and also our postal address.

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Access problems: We are aware that there are occasional problems in accessing our website. If the adverts and pictures column on the right of this page has not loaded, or if other images fail to load, please use the refresh button on your browser. Some pages contain a large amount of content and images and may take several seconds to load completely, depending on the speed of readers' Internet link and equipment. If access problems persist, then please contact us by email at sellyparksouth@yahoo.co.uk

Copyright: All of the content on this website unless otherwise stated is
Copyright © Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum. All of the photographic images on this website unless otherwise stated are Copyright © John Clayton. For permission to use any of the content and/or images please send an email request via the CONTACT US page.

Website Manager and Editor: John Clayton.

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