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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 - 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

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 21st July 2017 please click HERE.

Encampments banned from city parks for two years

Birmingham City Council has successfully gained two injunctions banning encampments from moving onto four city parks and recreation grounds until July 2019. A High Court judge issued the injunctions – covering Perry Park and Alexander Stadium, and Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recreation Ground and Hazelwell Park, in Stirchley on 17th July 2017. The ruling, made by the Honourable Mr Justice Morris sitting in the High Court in Birmingham, came into effect immediately and bans households from setting up or joining encampments on any of those four sites. It is the first time Birmingham City Council has used injunctions to tackle unauthorised encampments on council-owned land. Anyone who breaches the orders covering these parks and recreation grounds may be arrested, will be guilty of contempt of court and may be fined, have their assets seized or face imprisonment.

Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health at Birmingham City Council, said: 'We have succeeded in getting two High Court injunctions which ban any encampments from moving onto four of the city’s parks and recreation grounds for two years, until July 2019. This is a new tool for us to use to prevent anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping associated with unauthorised encampments. We will monitor the impact this has on the four sites and may look at taking similar action on other locations affected by repeat incursions.' The council's Environmental Health department applied for the injunctions after a series of traveller incursions in Perry Park and Selly Oak, during which residents reported incidents of anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. The injunctions ban people from entering or remaining on any part of the parks and recreation grounds covered to establish, join or be part of an encampment.

Travellers on Holders Lane Fields

Update Friday 21st July: The travellers who moved onto Holders Lane Fields on Monday have now left. Fortunately they did not leave behind as much rubbish and waste as is often the case and this has cleared up by the Parks Department and Environemental Health staff, so the fields are fully fit for public use. Grateful thanks go to the staff for carrying out this clean-up operation.

Current problems with City Council waste collections

An indutrial dispute is ongoing betweem the council waste collectors and the City Council leading to disruption of waste collection services across the City. However, some collections are being made on most days SO PLEASE PUT BINS OUT AS USUAL FOR WEDNESDAY COLLECTION DAY.

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

NEIGHBOURHOOD UPDATE Friday 21st July: Very few household waste and recycling wheelie bins have been emptied this week. We advise that the bins are left out ready for collection, whenever this takes place. Please leave them in a position which obstructs the footway as little as possible. Most household waste black bags from Kitchener Road and Dogpool Lane HAVE been collected this week.

Traffic restrictions and road and juction closures - Spaghetti Junction and A38(M) Aston Expressway

MAJOR REPAIR WORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT ON PARTS OF M6 JUNCTION 6 (SPAGHETTI JUNCTION) FROM 7 JULY TO 4 SEPTEMBER. This will involve weekday traffic restrictions, closure of certain slip roads, and overnight and weekend closures of the Aston Expressway. For full details and latest updates from Highways England please click HERE.

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 Friday 21st July: The two images below show different aspects of the flood defences being constructed upstream from Dogpool Bridge.

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The upper image shows work starting on building the flood defence wall on the eastern side of the river downstream from the bridge.

The lower image shows continuing work on the brick cladding of the flood defence walls upstream from the bridge. To view an image of the ramp which will take the cycle way and footpath over the flood defence embankment to the east of the bridge, please go to our FEATURES PAGE report for Monday 3rd July.

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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

WHERE HAVE THE STREET BOTTLE AND PAPER BANKS GONE? INFORMATION FROM BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL: With wheelie bins now in place across the City we cater for recycling of paper/cardboard/bottles. In addition, we can provide additional recycling bin if required. At Household Recycling Centre sites facilities for recycling are also available including clothes recycling, bottle banks etc. The decision to remove bottle/paper banks has been made to ensure streets of Birmingham are cleaner as the banks attracted fly tipping. Moving forward, we will be looking to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of the current street cleansing resource.

COLLECTIONS SCHEDULE:

COLLECTIONS ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO DISRUPTION AS A RESULT OF AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE. Please click HERE.
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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 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th JULY: 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 5th and 19th JULY.

GREEN WASTE COLLECTIONS for subscribers: WEDNESDAY 12th and 26th JULY.

Garden waste collection - ordering for 2017 service: Residents wishing to have their garden waste collected in a clean and convenient way can now sign up to Birmingham City Council’s 2017 service and have a wheelie bin supplied. The annual subscription charge is £40 for 20 fortnightly collections from early March to early December. Only households whose properties have been assessed as unsuitable for wheelie bins will be eligible for an alternative sack collection (clear sacks for 2017). To order please click HERE

Alternatively you can take your green recycling to the household recycling centre at Lifford Lane Kings Norton.

Summer opening hours at the City's Lifford Lane Household Recycling Centre April to October:

Weekday opening hours 8am-8pm.
Weekend opening hours 8am-6.00pm.

For further information 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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