Latest update of website - Tuesday 1st December 2015.

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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

St Mary's Hospice Treecycling is back for 2016!

Plan ahead and let St Mary's Hospice Birmingham collect and recycle your Christmas tree in January and help the hospice raisde much-needed fund by doing this!
For details please click HERE

Flood defence scheme survey work

Surveyors working on behalf of the Environment Agency's partners will be carrying out a ground investigation survey during week commencing Monday 30th November in the parkland area adjacent to Moor Green Lane and situated between the River Rea and Ashbrook Road. This is associated with proposed flood defence scheme works.

The surveyors will be collecting a series of soil and ground samples to determine what the underlying ground conditions are like in the park area. To do this they will need to dig a series of trial pits using a JCB to enable logging of underlying ground conditions and collection of soil samples for testing.

All trial pits will be backfilled but will be left slightly mounded to allow for settlement. The survey is scheduled to take place on Tuesday or Wednesday next week and should take no longer than one day. The Agency have also asked the contractors to ensure that, when not in use, any machinery is turned off to try and minimise disturbance.

As with a ground level survey that was undertaken the previous week, this will help build up a very clear picture of the current conditions in the area so that ongoing works to investigate a flood defence scheme in this area are better informed.

For further information on the proposed scheme please click here or to raise any questions please email sellyparksouth@yahoo.co.uk.

St Andrews Healthcare - New Planning Appilcation

St Andrews Healthcare have submitted a new outline planning application for class C2 and D1 health care development (including demolition of some existing buildings) with associated parking and external works, including flood defence works, in relation to their existing site on Dogpool Lane. The planning application reference number is 2015/07356/PA. To see the detailed application please copy and paste this number into the apllication number search facility after clicking here.

LATEST INFORMATION: The outline planning application was approved, subject to conditions, by the City Council Planning Committee on 26th November 2015.

Friends of the Fields conservation work

Next meeting: This coming Sunday, 6th December, we will be carrying out coppice work on the hedgerow between the cricket field and football fields on Holder's Lane side of the Rea. This will be led by one of the Rangers and is always a very interesting opportunity to learn more about woodland management. Please meet at Holder's Lane carpark by 2pm with suitable clothing to cope with rain and mud underfoot. Tools and gloves are provided, but should you have either don't mind bringing with you to use, that would be great. New volunteers will be very welcome!

Steve McCabe MP's Parliamentary Bill to tackle unauthorised building development

LATEST NEWS: BILL ACCEPTED UNOPPOSED FOR A SECOND READING - please see final paragraph for details.

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, writes: 'Over the last few years I have been contacted by many constituents with complaints about planning and unauthorised developments. This is why I am bringing forward a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons - The Protection of Family Homes Bill - to tackle the growing problem of rogue landlords and cowboy builders who ride roughshod over our communities. Selly Oak is particularly affected by unauthorised developments with rogue landlords tacking unsightly extensions onto family homes. This is why I have decided to bring a Bill forward to tackle these issues.'

As part of his preparation Steve wanted to give constituents an opportunity to contribute their experiences and ideas and so he held a meeting for Selly Oak residents on Saturday 7th November at Christ Church Selly Park. Some 70 residents attended and many told of their own experiences of the problem and expressed their views.

The Bill will was presented in the House of Commons on Tuesday 24th November with the support of a number of MPs from various political parties. It was accepted unopposed for a Second Reading to take place on Monday 29th January which means that it has begun successfully the first stage of its passage through Parliament

Latest information on major roadworks in central Birmingham

Updated November 2015

http://birminghamnewsroom.com/additional-changes-to-paradise-road-lay-outs/ As the extended Christmas season gets into full swing with the return of the Frankfurt Market, all indications are that the festive season in Birmingham is going to be very busy with heavy demands on the transport network.

Some important changes to walking and cycling routes, road lay-outs and public transport services need to be taken into account.

From Sunday 15 November, the eastern arm of Paradise Circus between Great Charles Street and Paradise Street will close. All traffic will be re-routed onto a new road layout.

An additional measure affecting a section of Broad Street will also come into operation. Traffic leaving the city via Broad Street will be restricted to buses, bicycles and Hackney Carriages as far as Bridge Street; added to current restrictions, this means Broad Street between Paradise and Bridge Street will be closed in both directions to all traffic bar buses, bicycles and Hackney carriages. This measure will remain in place throughout the Christmas period to support the safety of pedestrians. It will then be reviewed.

There are some changes to bus services from the city centre to destinations including Harborne, Dudley, Oldbury, Merry Hill and Stourbridge.

Elsewhere in the city, some changes will also be seen as the Metro extension works between Snow Hill and New Street Stations draw to a conclusion over the coming months.

Visitors and residents are advised to plan their journey carefully and to use public transport whenever possible.

Full details of measures affecting the city centre together with graphics showing access for road users, pedestrians and cyclists are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected - For LINK please click HERE

Household recycling centres winter hours

Residents are reminded that the winter opening hours at the City's five Household Recycling Centres - including Lifford Lane - come into effect from Sunday 1st November:
Weekday opening hours until the week commencing February 29 will be 8am-6pm.
Weekend opening hours until the week commencing February 29 will be 8am-4.30pm.

Are you concerned about crime in your neighbourhood?

A website called www.police.uk is a very user friendly website that enables you to enter your neighbourhood post code and enables you to see where recorded crime is located on a map of your area. To visit the website please click here.

Open Meeting of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum

The next Open Meeting of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum will take place at 7.30pm on TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS.

Keep informed - Discuss local issues - Raise your own concerns.

Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum - Your local community association - Working for the local community and environment.



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 2nd 9th 16th 23rd and 30th: Please put out GREY LID wheelie bins on edge of the footway on Monday evenings ready for collection early Tuesday morning. For details of what can be put in your wheelie bin please click here.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS WEDNESDAY 9th and 23rd: 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.

Further information is available on our LOCAL NEWS page.

GREEN GARDEN WASTE RECYCLING - NO FURTHER COLLECTIONS UNTIL FEBRUARY: 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 are being reminded that the winter opening hours at the City's five Household Recycling Centres - including Lifford Lane - come into effect from Sunday 1st November:
Weekday opening hours until the week commencing February 29 will be 8am-6pm.
Weekend opening hours until the week commencing February 29 will be 8am-4.30pm.

TRACKING THE EFFICIENCY OF BIRMINGHAM'S WASTE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING: For latest available info up to and including September 2015 lease click here

What's On

Birmingham Bulletin - December Edition

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.

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 lunchclub@christ-church-selly-park.org.uk 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 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 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. The next advice centre will be held on SATURDAY 5th SEPTEMBER. Future dates can be checked by clicking HERE.

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.

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.


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.

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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Copyright: All of the content on this website unless otherwise stated is
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Website Manager and Editor: John Clayton.

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