When the Environment Agency issues Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings, the Flood Action Group works with the Agency and Birmingham City Council in trying to assist in the protection of homes.
Flood Action Group volunteers attempt to warn residents of the danger by making loud hailer announcements, and support residents by distributing flood defence equipment, working with Birmingham City Council to get sand bags delivered to the neighbourhood and generally trying to advise residents and keep them informed of the developing situation.
Five members of the Flood Action Group on the exercise. To view further images of the exercise please
Although it has not been necessary to fully mobilise the Flood Action Group since 2012, the danger of flooding remains.
The most recent Flood Alert was on 9th March 2016. Fortunately the heavy rainfall on this occasion did not result in a full Flood Warning having to be issued and the event passed without incident. However, the level of the River Rea at Calthorpe Park Level Gauge reached 1.36 metres, whereas the maximum level reached during the flood of September 2008 was 2.20 metres. There is no doubt that if a level of this magnitude was reached again, a number of our local streets would be flooded, which is why the Flood Action Group and Plan and public awareness of the risk remain necessary, until the planned Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) is built.
Further information about Local Flood Risk and the FRMS can be found on this Home Page.
New flood insurance scheme to cut bills for house owners
Homeowners living in high flood-risk areas of the UK should now be able to save significant sums on their insurance premiums.
thanks to a new scheme called Flood Re which has been designed to cut bills for those whose homes are in danger of flooding.
The Flood Re information sheet for England is available by clicking HERE. This lealet is in printable pdf format.
To read a BBC News report about this, please click here
Note from Website Editor: Living in a flood risk zone as I do, following the flood of 2008 my insurance company kept on increasing my annual premium each year, even though my own property had just escaped flooding.
When they doubled the premium from £2000 to £3000 a year I spent a long time trying to find an alternative insurer, but none of the big insurance companies would cover me.
Eventually I found an specialist company who arranged house and contents insurance for me for under £800 a year. So rather than saving me hundreds of pounds as suggested in the report, it would potentially have saved me thousands, had I not been able to secure the better deal. However, this was only possible because my house wasn't actually flooded.
The Flood Re
scheme, which has taken years of negotiation between the Government and the insurance industry to establish, should overcome problems like this and make affordable insurance available to people living in flood risk zones, including those whose houses have actually been flooded.
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
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 NEWS AND INFORMATION page of our website.
Warning from Police - Debt Collection Phishing Email
We have received the following alert and advice from West Midlands Police:
A new phishing email that purports to be from a debt collection agency has been brought to our attention. The message contains a link which may install malicious software (malware) such as Cryptolocker, which is a form of ransomware that will encrypt files on Windows-based computers and then demand a fee to unlock them. The emails are more convincing than those we're used to as they are written in good English and include detailed personal details such as full name, address and postcode. It is likely the information has been obtained from a hacked website.
Please advise anyone who may have received this email to delete it immediately. Under no circumstances should they click on the link or reply to the email.
For further information
please visit the Action Fraud website: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-fake-debt-collection-and-council-tax-emails-apr16
The story has also been picked up by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35977227 Please copy and paste these links to your browser if you wish to use them.
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 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th MAY:
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 11th and 25th MAY:
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 4th and 18th MAY:
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.