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This website was most recently updated on Monday 21st April 2014

IMPORTANT! GREEN WASTE RECYCLING IS NO LONGER A FREE SERVICE - YOU MUST RENT A WHEELIE-BIN FROM THE CITY COUNCIL FOR GREEN RECYCLING. IT IS NOW AN OFFENCE TO PUT GREEN WASTE OUT IN BAGS - IF YOU DO, IT WILL NOT BE COLLECTED AND YOU RISK BEING FINED. Please see News and Information section below for further details.

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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 carries: Latest local news and information; Listings of forthcoming events; Key reference items including links to other relevant websites; Local weather forecasts and warnings; Local flood risk information; Acknowledgements and thanks; Technical and copyright information about this website.

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 RECENTS YEARS HAS BEEN THE REBUILDING OF DOGPOOL LANE BRIDGE 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: Over 80 telephone numbers of local organisations and businesses.

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 phone, email or post.


 

Local news and information

Chippy opens specially for a beautiful charity

Published Saturday 19th April

Dad's Lane Fish Bar and Restaurant, normally closed on Sundays, will open specially between 3pm and 8pm on Sunday 27th April to raise money for charity. This is because Maria, the daughter of the shop's owners, Petros and Yiola Petrou, has reached the semi-final of the Miss England 2014 competition and entrants to this competition are raising money for Variety - The Childers Charity.

For the first round Maria raised £1328 and so far for the semi-final she has already raised another £1130. The takings through the shop till from the special Sunday opening will all be donated to the charity, aiming to push the total still higher. So why not come along, get yourself some cracking food and contribute to this good cause at the same time?

For more information about Variety please click here
For more information about Miss England 2014 please click here
Dad's Lane Chip Shop is located at 1 Dads Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham B13 8PG (0121 472 0017).

Domestic waste and recycling collections

Updated every week

NEXT DOMESTIC WASTE COLLECTION - TUESDAY 22nd APRIL: Please put out waste in tied black bags on Monday evening ready for collection early Tuesday morning.

NEXT RECYCLING COLLECTION - TUESDAY 29th APRIL: Green boxes for cans and plastic and glass bottles and containers. Blue boxes for paper and cardboard.

NEXT GREEN GARDEN WASTE RECYCLING COLLECTION - TUESDAY 22nd APRIL: Green recycling collections are no longer be 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. For full details please see the article below.

End of free household collections of green waste

Published November 2013

As a result of the City Council's need to make savings, they will no longer be able to provide green recycling collections free of charge. If you want to have your green recycling collected next year the Council will be offering a service to all residents where they will be removing garden recycling from a resident's property for an annual fee.

The service will include 20 fortnightly collections per year. The removal of the waste will be 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 using the form on this page you will be entitled to a £2 discount on the prices quoted. 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.

Recycle a wider range of materials via City Council kerbside collections

Published January 2013

Residents of Birmingham can now recycle a wider range of materials via kerbside collections thanks to a new arrangement between the City Council and its waste disposal contractor Veolia Environmental Services. For full details please click here.



Forthcoming Events

Events in Selly Oak District in April

To find out about a whole range of events which are taking place in Selly Oak District in March please click here. A wealth of information all packed onto a single A4 pdf page! You might wish to use the magnifier function on the pdf reader to read the detail.

School Easter Holiday Events at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

To find out about a whole range of events which are taking place at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre during the schools Easter holidays please click here. A wealth of information all packed onto a single A4 pdf page! You might wish to use the magnifier function on the pdf reader to read the detail.

Birmingham Bulletin - April 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 to big events! For your online copy, please click HERE.

What's on at the mac in April

To see what's on at the mac at Cannon Hill Park in April please click here.

And to find out about the great music coming to the mac this spring and summer please click here.

Music Unwrapped at The Highbury

Published Thursday 17th April 2014

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Cymbiotic play The Highbury, Dad's Lane, in support of St Mary's Hospice.

Since its refurbishment last year, the Highbury Pub on the borders of Moseley, Kings Heath, Stirchley and Selly Park has already attracted many live bands to its beautiful function room and cosy bar, the Highbury Suite. Now a new kind of music event will be a regular monthly feature on Friday nights.

'The idea is not to put music into a particular box', says Dilys Garrod of Professional Music Events, the driving force behind the venture. 'One month it will be folk, another jazz, another light classical - just whatever is fun for a Friday evening.'

The name of these evenings Music Unwrapped, gives a further clue to what's in store. 'It will be a really informal setting where you can sit back and have a drink while interacting directly with the musicians,' Dilys explains. 'You'll come away having had a fantastic evening, and also understanding a bit more about the music.'

The series launched on Friday 11th April 2014 with Percussion Unwrapped. The prestigious Cymbiotic Duo, who played for Her Majesty the Queen at a glittering reception during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, were making a welcome return to South Birmingham and played an exciting set to (and with - because some of it was interactive!) a delighted audience of around 70 people. The concert raised £258 for St Mary's Hospice.

To view a series poster including details of how to book tickets 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.

The next meeting will be be held at 7:30pm on TUESDAY 13th MAY 2014 at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS.

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

Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Tasking Meeting

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 BIRMINGHAM SOUTH then SELLY OAK then MEETINGS.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ACTIVITIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS AND RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 28th APRIL.

Other local events

For details of other local events, for example on Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields and in Cannon Hill Park, please see the relevant linked websites in the section below.


Link to other websites


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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ACTIVITIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS AND RE-OPEN FROM MONDAY 28th APRIL.

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

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 BIRMINGHAM SOUTH.

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 BIRMINGHAM SOUTH then SELLY OAK.

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.

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.

Birmingham Community Alert Scheme

Residents can receive alerts of major emergency incidents and disruptions that are occuring in Birmingham by signing up for free to the Birmingham Community Alert Scheme. Alerts can be sent to land lines and mobile phones and by email, fax and pager. For further information 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 - Stichley 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.




Local weather forecasts and warnings

You will need to go to www.metoffice.gov.uk via opening a new window on your browser.
Unfortunately the new upgraded version of the Met Office website whilst providing superior information and graphics does not allow direct linking from other websites.
For WEATHER WARNINGS then navigate to West Midlands via the panel at the top of the Met Office Home Page.
For the LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST type your postcode into the CHANGE LOCATION box.

OR

Click here for the latest Birmingham weather forecast from the BBC Weather Centre.


Local flood risk

Residents living in some parts of Selly Park South are at risk of flooding. We strongly advise all residents that you check if your house is in a flood risk location and if it is to register with the Environment Agency’s Floodline Warnings Direct (FWD) service. 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 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 link to the Environment Agency for details. To read about important recent changes to the FWD system please click here and click here.

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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 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.

To access Report and recommendations relating to the Severe Flood Event in Selly Park South on 6th September 2008 commissioned by Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, please click here, and for Supplementary Report please click here

To read important information about the Selly Park South Flood Action Plan and the work of Selly Park South Flood Group Group, please click here. (Document awaiting updating).

To watch a short video of the SPS Flood Action Group Coordinator explaining the flooding of September 2008 and subsequent action taken, please click here


Birmingham Community Alert Scheme

Residents can receive alerts of ALL types of emergency incidents in Birmingham that are likely to affect them by signing up for free to the Birmingham Community Alert Scheme. Alerts can be sent to land lines and mobile phones and by email, fax and pager. For further information please click here.


Acknowledgements and thanks

This website went online in June 2009. It was designed, built and developed by the staff of Homegown Design and the Website Adminstrator of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum. The design and building of the site were funded by Grassroots Grants (managed by the Community Development Foundation and funded by the Government's Office of the Third Sector).

The website is hosted by BT Business - for more information on BT's website services please click here.

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.

John Clayton. Website Administrator, Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum.





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