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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; Links to other websites; 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The LOCAL LINKS page:This page is no longer active - pleasr see Links to other websites on HOME PAGE

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

Roadworks in South and Central Birmingham

Linden Road Bournville (A4040 Outer Circle): Severn Trent Water are to carry out works on Linden Road at the junction of Cadbury World with three way temporary traffic lights on from Monday 30th March 2015 for approximately 2 weeks.

A38 Bristol Road Corridor developments: For information please click here.

A38 City Centre Tunnels closures: Overnight closure of the Queensway and St Chad's tunnels from 1st April to 8th May 2015. For information please click here.

New traffic management for two major city junctions: New traffic signals, modifications to existing crossings and remote control systems are being installed to manage the flow of traffic at two major road junctions in central Birmingham. The works are designed to manage and improve traffic flows on the A457 Dudley Road, A456 Hagley Road and Birmingham's A4540 Ring Road. They will support major changes to Birmingham city centre over the next three to five years including the extension of the Metro tram network to Centenary Square and the Paradise development. For information please click here.

Middle Ring Road junctions roadworks and further information on Paradise Circus work: - Please see the LOCAL NEWS page of this website.

New debt advice centre for South Birmingham

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has opened a new debt centre in Birmingham covering postcodes B29, B30, B31, B14 and B38.

CAP offers a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background. Every client is visited in their own home, the charity does all the negotiating with creditors, and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free.

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Centre Manager Judy Ward writes: "The Church has always been about offering hope and we're really pleased to be able to give more people a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free debt agencies in the area. There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so six churches have joined together to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track. These churches are Christ Church (Selly Park), Selly Park Baptist Church, Stirchley Community Church, Selly Oak Elim, St Stephen's (Selly Park) and Christian Life Centre (Selly Oak)."

For further information and help with debt please click HERE or call 0800 328 0006.

B30 Foodbank news

Providing emergency food for people in crisis. To read the latest newsletter update please click here.

Crime prevention warning from South Birmingham Police

Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the Kings Heath and Selly Oak areas, who've been stung by a "courier scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

The ruse involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked...and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions. We have seen this scam used in the past - it's cowardly and designed to scare elderly residents into handing over sensitive information. Often the bogus police officer will advise the person to hang-up and contact their bank - but the tricksters jam the line so when they believe they're speaking to bank staff it's actually still the initial caller, or an accomplice, on the line.

Police officers or genuine bank officials would never phone and ask you to divulge PIN numbers over the phone or send couriers round to collect cards - if you receive a call requesting this then hang up and contact police.

If you've got elderly relatives or neighbours, please make sure they are aware of this scam and remind them never to disclose their bank details or hand over their cards to anyone who they're not sure is legitimate. To help us stop these criminals in their tracks, we're asking for your help to spread word of this scam among your friends, family and colleagues.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:
Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards.
Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number.
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.
Always be wary of any unsolicited callers - if in doubt, hang-up the phone or close the door and call us.

If you've been a victim call your bank and cancel your cards immediately - try to call from a different phone if reporting it immediately after being contacted by someone you believe was a scammer - and report it to West Midlands Police on 101.

To find out more search "courier scam" on our website: www.west-midlands.police.uk

ALSO - TWO MORE PIECES OF CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE FROM SOUTH BIRMINGHAM POLICE:

On vehicle safety please click here.

On garden shed safety please click here.

Great Birmingham 10km Run

Charity runners and elite athletes alike will be taking part in The Great Birmingham 10km Run on Sunday 3rd May which takes in several city landmarks along its course. Starting from Eastside the route comes south to Cannon Hill Park and then returns to the finish in Broad Street and Centenary Square. For further details including registration for entry please click here.


Domestic waste and recycling

Please help to keep our neighbourhood tidy

Please DO NOT: Put out black bags for collection earlier than Monday evenings - animals and birds break into them, scatter the contents and encourage rats.

Please DO NOT: Put out loose, unbagged waste for collection - it creates a mess and often the waste collection team will not take it unbagged.

Please DO NOT: Put out green garden waste in green or clear bags - the Council no longer collect it unless you hire a green wheelie bin from them.

WARNING: People contravening these regulations can be fined up to £2500.

DOMESTIC WASTE COLLECTIONS IN APRIL - TUESDAY 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th: Please put out waste in tied black bags on Monday evenings ready for collection early Tuesday morning.

RECYCLING COLLECTIONS IN APRIL - TUESDAY 14th and 28th: Green boxes for cans and plastic and glass bottles and containers. Blue boxes for paper and cardboard. For details of what can be recycled please click here.


GREEN GARDEN WASTE RECYCLING COLLECTIONS IN APRIL - Tuesday 7th and 21st. 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.

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




What's On

Easter at Christ Church Selly Park

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You would be really welcome at Christ Church this Easter. For full tetails of Easter services and activities please click here.

Friends of Coronation Road Aventure Playground

Holiday and after school club Easter Play Scheme, Coronation Road, Bournbrook. For details please click here.

Events in Selly Oak District in April

To find out about a whole range of events which are taking place in Selly Oak District and nearby in April please click HERE.

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 for big events! For your online copy, please click HERE.

Birmingham Park Ranger Events

A downloadable 25 page booklet listing a wide variety of events, organised by the Ranger Service, which taking place in Birmingham Parks and Country Parks in April, May and June. To browse or download a copy please click here.

Events at the mac in April

For listings of EVENTS at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park please click HERE.

Mac CINEMA listings - For latest cinema listings at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park please click HERE.

Mac MUSIC listings - For latest music listings at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park please click HERE.

CREATE, LEARN, PLAY at mac - Join in and learn something new this Summer Term at mac Birmingham. With hundreds of courses to choose from there is something for everyone, and all ages. To check out mac's Summer Term offering please click HERE.

Great Birmingham 10km Run

Charity runners and elite athletes alike will be taking part in The Great Birmingham 10km Run on Sunday 3rd May which takes in several city landmarks along its course. Starting from Eastside the route comes south to Cannon Hill Park and then returns to the finish in Broad Street and Centenary Square. For further details including registration for entry please click here.

Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields - News and Activities

For full details 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 12th MAY 2014 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 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.

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.


Links 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.

Friends of The Earth Let's Get Moving" Campaign

Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum is supporting Birmingham Friends of the Earth's Let's Get Moving campaign. The campaign is calling for for increased walking & cycling levels as a way of tackling the traffic that causes the city's high air pollution levels. To achieve this the campaign is calling for the city to invest at least £10 per person per year for at least 10 years in order to urgently tackle the city's air pollution problem. For full details 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.

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

Selly Park Baptist Church

Selly Park Baptist Church, 1041 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS, (0121 472 2513). For full details about the church, services and activities 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.

Activities for all on Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields For full details 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 YOUR LOCAL POLICE from the top menu, then BIRMINGHAM SOUTH from the drop down menu.

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 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.

Don't make 2015 a prosperous year for burglars!

For the latest crime prevention advice from West Midlands Police please click HERE.

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

A campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) launched in January 2015.

The regional See Me, Hear Me campaign features on buses travelling across the West Midlands as well as on radio to raise the profile of this abuse crime and help keep children safe.

Featuring the message 'Memories last a lifetime... Everyone has memories of their first love, but for some they won't be happy ones', it aims to highlight the horrific crime and its lifelong impact on victims.

People are directed to the campaign website www.seeme-hearme.org.uk for information on how to spot the warning signs of CSE and what to do if you are concerned about a child or young person. The site also features educational films to raise awareness of CSE, along with campaign posters for individuals and organisations to download and display.

The campaign was launched in June by Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull Councils, along with West Midlands Police and other partners, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

CSE is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background. It is child abuse and involves perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.

To connect to the 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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.


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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Access problems: We are aware that there are occasional problems in accessing our website. If the adverts and pictures column on the right of this page has not loaded, or if other images fail to load, please use the refresh button on your browser. Some pages contain a large amount of content and images and may take several seconds to load completely, depending on the speed of readers' Internet link and equipment. If access problems persist, then please contact us by email at sellyparksouth@yahoo.co.uk

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.

Website Administrator and Editor: John Clayton.

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