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SITE UPDATED WEDNESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2017.

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For important information on disruption to domestic waste collections please click HERE.

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For latest update on the construction of the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme please click HERE.

The LOCAL FLOOD RISK information section, which has been recently updated and expanded, is towards the bottom of this Home Page. For quick access please click HERE

For information about this website including technical and content issues please click HERE





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 - the latest News and information for Selly Park and the Birmingham Bulletin with with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council; 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. Ahead of that is another major construction project, in progress since the start of 2017, the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme.


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

New SwingTrain fitness classes have launched at Selly Park Technology College. Anyone quoting the 'Selly Park South' website will get their first class free! For this and notices of other forthcoming LOCAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES please click HERE.

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 17th September 2017 please click HERE.

Crime Alert - Assault and knifepoint robbery

APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AND INFORMATION: On Friday 1st September at approx 15:45 a male was injured after being robbed at knifepoint on the Rea Valley Cycle Path between Cannon Hill PARKand Cecil Road. For further information please click here.

Crime Alert - Burglary and Vehicle Crime

Over recent days and nights there have been several incidents of burlary and attempted burglary in Selly Park South, including groups of offenders seen on CCTV going along testing car doors, house doors and house windows during the night to see if they have been left unlocked. Residents are urged to ensure that their houses and vehicles are as secure as possible. Anyone who sees a crime in progress should dial 999 to call the police.

Selly Oak Police Community Neighbourhood Meeting

Day/Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Classroom 2, Tally Ho, Pershore Road, Birmingham, B5 7RN
Entrance via rear of building. A PC or PCSO will meet you and take you to the room.
Residents can come along and discuss areas of concern in their neighbourhood/community.

Bus lane enforcement cameras set to go live

The next phase of bus lane enforcement cameras are set to go live in Birmingham – with a clear warning to motorists: cross the line, pay the fine.   Bus lane cameras will be located along the B4128 in Bordesley Green, A5127 and A38 Lichfield Road and Tyburn Road, and on the A441 Pershore Road. Bus lanes keep the city moving, giving priority to buses so they can avoid traffic congestion.

For further details please click HERE.

Current problems with City Council waste collections

The indutrial dispute between council waste collectors and the City Council continues with widespread disruption to waste collection services across the City. The City Council has an ongoing reduced schedule for collections (see below).

For latest updates on the situation from Birmingham City Council (BCC) please click HERE.

Please note that residents can still take waste and recycling to the BCC-Veolia Lifford Lane depot. Hours of opening have been extended as follows:
Monday to Friday 07:00 to 21:00
Saturday and Sunday 07:00 to 21:00 (no vans after 16:00)
To view the webcam image in order to monitor the queue at the depot entrance please click HERE. The image can take a while to load so please be patient.

Friends of The Fields - Conservation work report

From the Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields

Sunday 10th September 2017: This month was a quiet one. Just three of us on the task set, but we still completed within the time, so all good! We had been asked to work on the 10th, near the cycle path, to be visible to a cycling event going through the park on its way to the city centre. Sadly we didn’t see any bikes at all! We decided to cut back the laurel to the side of the cycle path and bridge, which crosses the Rea on its way to Kitchener Rd. There is a bench there that is quite hidden and attracts a reasonable amount of rubbish dropping. Perhaps by opening up the area it will make it more attractive to others to use and sit in the sunshine and less likely for people to hide their unwanted rubbish there? We shall see. Lots of sawing, lopping and dead hedge making, has cleared the area well. The river path is now blocked fully at this end, though it was fairly impassable due to overgrown vegetation anyway. Next month we will tackle re-shaping the willow arch down by Second Avenue bridge. With expert guidance from Dean the Ranger, we feel confident we can have it looking good again, ready for the winter. Many thanks to Carey, Ian and Helen for the work completed this month.

Next month activity is back to 1st Sunday, which is 1st October.

Work is underway on the Environment Agency's £2.4 million flood risk management scheme in Selly Park South

To read the press release on this issued by the Environment Agency on 7th December please click HERE.

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To view a larger version of this image please click HERE.

Please note that completion of the project is now likely to be at the end of 2017.

PROGRESS REPORT - 7th September 2017 - one day after the ninth anniversary of the major flood of 2008:

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The image above shows the view from Dogpool Bridge, looking downstream, where work is now well underway constructing flood defence walls on both sides of the channel. The walls will rise to approx 1 metre above current bank top level and extend a few hundred metres downstream, protecting the properties on each side of the bank from being flooded by the river at times of extreme flow.

The image below shows the view from Dogpool Bridge, looking upstream, where construction of the western flood defence wall is nearing completion.

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Further information: For PREVIOUS PROGRESS REPORTS on the construction phase please see the FEATURES page of this website.For BACKGROUND INFORMATION on flooding in Selly Park South and the planning and consultation process for the flood risk management scheme and the associated St Andrews Healthcare Phase 2 development please see relevant articles on the LOCAL NEWS page. To read about LOCAL FLOOD RISK in Selly Park South please refer to the relevant section lower down this HOME PAGE.

Neighbourhood Forum Meetings

FORUM OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS are normally held in October, February, May and July (AGM). The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held successfully on TUESDAY 18th JULY 2017.

These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss local matters of interest or concern and to inform residents of developments affecting the local area.

The nest OPEN MEETING which will be be held at 7.30pm on TUESDAY 17th OCTOBER 2017 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.

Future dates can be checked by clicking HERE.


Domestic waste and recycling

COLLECTIONS SCHEDULE:

COLLECTIONS ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO DISRUPTION AS A RESULT OF AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE. Please click HERE.
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Summer opening hours at the City's Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre April to October:
Monday to Friday 07:00 to 21:00
Saturday and Sunday 07:00 to 21:00 (no vans after 16:00)



Local events and activities

NEW SWINGTRAIN FITNESS CLASSES HAVE LAUNCHED AT SELLY PARK TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE IN SEPTEMBER.

Anyone quoting the 'Selly Park South' website will get their first class free!

SwingTrain is an exercise to music class to the vintage vibes of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz – a marked difference to the electronic music that dominates the majority of cardio exercise classes. The fitness regime has been developed by Scott Cupit, the award winning dance teacher and entrepreneur whose pitch for Swing Patrol – the dance school and events company – secured investment on BBC Dragons’ Den. Duncan Bannatyne wanted to try swing in health clubs and Piers Linney was looking for ‘the Zumba of Swing’. SwingTrain launched this year under the guidance of investor Deborah Meaden, and local fitness instructor Carola Lange has been selected as the first SwingTrainer in South Birmingham.

The SwingTrain total body workouts are inclusive and suitable for all levels of fitness and coordination. No dance or fitness class experience is required whatsoever. Qualified SwingTrain fitness instructors lead participants through a series of fun, follow-along moves. The full body cardio workouts exercise legs, arms and core, as well as developing coordination and mental agility through memorable routines. SwingTrain session lasts for 30 minutes, or an hour, including warm-up and warm-down time, depending on whether you attend the full high-intensity work-out or the new gentler 30-minute 'Get Active' sessions.

To find out more and to take part please click HERE or to visit the SwingTrainBrum Facebook page 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 0345 988 1188. When you are asked if you know the quick dial number for your area to hear flood warning information enter 308112.

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 email or write to us via the CONTACT US page of this website.

TO ACCESS THE NATIONAL FLOOD FORUM DIRECTORY OF FLOOD DEFENCE PRODUCTS ('The Blue Pages') please click here.

To find out about accessible and affordable PROPERTY INSURANCE through the FLOOD-RE scheme please click here.


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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Some links on this website may be difficult to open using Internet Explorer but will open quickly using Google Chrome. Also if you find any problems with using the site or any errors then PLEASE DO LET US KNOW via our CONTACT US page.

Twitter disclaimer: Disclaimer: Some tweets and retweets from a personal account have uploaded into the SPS_Forum Twitter feed as a result of a technical problem. Where possible, which is in the majority of such cases, these items have been deleted, but any tweets remaining which might be interpreted as being of a political nature are due to the technical problem and have not been placed there intentionally by the Forum. December 2016.

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.

John Clayton - Communications Officer, Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum.



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