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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: Latest News and information for Selly Park; the Birmingham Bulletin with with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council; Birmingham Connected with latest travel and transport news, planning and strategy; 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 Two of the most important local developments of recent years have been the construction of the Selly Park South Flood Alleviation Scheme in 2017-18 and the rebuilding of Dogpool Lane Bridge over the River Rea in 2012 - 2013. Detailed illustrated reports of these projects can be found on the FEATURES PAGE along with a section on LOCAL FLOOD RISK.


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

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Active Streets Event - Cecil Road closure

We are informed that residents of Cecil Road assisted by the Active Streets team will be holding a community event between 2pm and 4pm this Sunday 24th June. Cecil Road between Dogpool Lane and Hobson Road will be closed to traffic. (Official City Council road closure). Neighbours from nearby roads are welcome to attend.

FloodCitiSense Workshop

The FloodCitiSense project is working to develop a warning system for surface water flooding caused by very heavy rainfall (not river flooding). A workshop will be held at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium at 1.30pm on Friday 6th July, repeated at 4.30pm. Members of the community who are interested in finding out more about this should contact us using the Forum email address sellyparksouth@yahoo.co.uk and we will send you the necessary details.

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin (published fortnightly by Birmingham City Council) with the latest news, information, have your say, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read this latest edition dated 15th June 2018 please click HERE.

Friends of the Fields Conservation Activity Report

On the first Sunday afternoon of each month between 2pm and 4pm the Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields organise conservation work with the help of one of the Park Rangers. They meet at Holders Lane Car Park at 2pm and new volunteers are always very welcome.

Report for Sunday 3rd June:This month with guidance from Alf, the Ranger, we continued cutting back along the pathways as there has been a lot of bramble growth over the last month. We also litter-picked as we went. While cutting back along the side of Brockley, taking the left-hand path from the doctors leading into the football field, we cut back the broken Broom branches and dead hedged behind it. A winter job for us will be to cut down the 3-4 Brooms in this area and allow them to re-grow, as they have been neglected and are very out of shape, woody and with lots of dead limbs. Main task was, following another big spell of rain, to consider the area half way up the hill from the Doctors, towards the woods, where there is often a big lingering puddle. We dug a drainage ditch to hopefully carry the water away from this area. Looking forward to seeing this working next time it rains. The second path flood area, right at the bottom of the path, almost at the crossroads of Brockley Grove and the path from the Doctors needed more thought – this area floods badly and we noted that following the very heavy rain last month (70mm in an hour!), a lot of the gravel topping has been washed down to this spot. Will it solve some of the lying water issue? Thoughts on this area are about possibly building a board walk? Need to consider how we might do this and where to get support, guidance and funding from. Himalayan Balsam has not appeared in any great amount in its usual spots here on the Holders Lane site, (though we note along the cycle route from Dog Pool – Ten Acres, there is a lot). Therefore, not tackled this month. Many thanks to Phil, Jenny, Peter, Eva, Alf, Helen and Ian for their hard work.

Flash flooding Sunday 27 May

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The River Rea at its peak level at 18:45BST with the flood defence wall and bund on the right preventing floodwater from escaping towards Dogpool Lane and Fashoda Road.

In a period of around 3 hours in the late afternoon/early evening the Selly Park and Edgbaston areas received 82mm of rain. In just one hour between 5pm and 6pm there was 59mm of rain. To put this in context the long term average total monthly rainfall for here is 62mm. The rainfall on Sunday was a new record in terms of quantity and intensity. Also the level of the River Rea at the Calthorpe Park gauge which has been operational for half a century set a new record high. The Selly Park river level gauge which went operational in 2009 also recorded a new record high on Sunday.

Despite the very high river level there was NO river flooding in the Selly Park South neighbourhood. This was because of the new Selly Park South Flood Alleviation Scheme flood defences which became operational in December last year. The scheme is designed to safely contain flood water upstream of Dogpool Bridge and then release it downstream as the river level falls. This also controls the level of the Rea through Selly Park North protecting that neighbourhood from flooding from the Rea. The severe flooding in Selly Park North (Sir Johns Road and the Avenues) resulted from a combination of floodwater from the Bourne Brook and surface water flooding. A flood alleviation scheme to prevent flooding from the Bourne Brook is underway but not yet complete.

The flooding which occurred in Selly Park South on Moor Green Lane, Dogpool Lane, Fashoda Road, Cecil Road, lower Hobson Road and lower Kitchener Road was surface water flooding caused by the torrential rainfall overwhelming the drainage system. Very regrettably some properties suffered some incursion of water and despite the Flood Action Group requesting sandbags from Birmingham City Council it was not possible to deliver these in time because of the speed of the flooding and the traffic chaos which blocked many main roads including Pershore Road and Bristol Road. With further storms possible this week the City Council arranged a precautionary delivery of 200 sandbags to the locations in our neighbourhood most at risk, namely Fashoda Road between Hobson Road and Dogpool Lane and the Moor Green Lane houses by Dogpool Bridge. Also air brick covers were distributed in the same locations.

Updates on this story can be followed on our Twitter feed @SPS_Forum.

Birmingham Connected

Birmingham Connected brings you a wide range of information about latest local travel and transport news, plans and strategy. For details, including the late May/early June half term holiday week, please click HERE and then follow the READ OUR BULLETIN link.


Report from St Andrews Healthcare

Work to demolish the former NHS Ten Acres building commenced last week (Thursday 10 May)and this will be followed the demolition of the old Kidderminster Carpets warehouse. The project is scheduled to last 9 weeks. There are no further plans to develop the Birmingham site at present. Also St Andrews have allocated a smoking shelter onsite, so residents will no longer be inconvenienced by staff and patients smoking outside in Dogpool Lane.

Crime in the local neighbourhood

MUGGING IN THE PARK

On the evening of Weds 16th May a young woman was mugged in Pebble Mill - Holders Lane Fields on the bridge that's the closest to the football field. She was attacked from behind, grabbed by her throat, thrown onto the ground and held down by one on the attackers while the second went through her pockets and stole her phone. She could not breathe and was afraid they were going to kill her. The attackers, two young Asian males, ran off in the direction of Cecil Road where they were confronted by a jogger who stopped them and tried to get the phone back. The woman ran towards them and also tried the retrieve her phone. The older attacker, probably in his late teens, pulled out a knife forcing the jogger and woman to back off, and both criminals escaped back in to the park. The police were called and the woman was taken to A&E. She was not seriously injured but was in pain for some time afterwards badly shocked. Be very careful about going into the park, especially if you are alone and there are few people about.

BURGLARY BY LOCK SNAPPING:

Recently there has been a spate of burglaries or attempted burglaries in the local area by means of LOCK SNAPPING. This is when the protruding oval cylinder on a door lock is snapped off with a tool, which allows manipulation of the interior of the lock and thus allows the burglar(s) to enter the premises. You can have your lock cylinders changed to anti-snap locks to prevent this from happening by contacting a reputable local locksmith.

SHED AND GARAGE BREAK-INS:

Recently there has also been a spate of shed and garage break-ins in the local area. For advice on protecting against this sort of crime please click HERE.

You can email our local Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police on: sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

TO RECEIVE CRIME ALERTS WE STRONGLY ADVISE RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP TO THE WEST MIDLANDS POLICE WM NOW SERVICE. To sign up to this free service please click HERE.

20 mph speed limit introduced in Selly Park South

Dogpool Lane, Cecil Road, Fashoda Road, Hobson Road, Kitchener Road and Manilla Road are now included within the South Birmingham 20 mph speed restriction zone, as indicated by the large "20" road sign discs at the start of the zone and the small "20" repeater discs mounted on lamp posts at various places along the roads included.


Domestic waste and recycling

COLLECTIONS SCHEDULE:

Collections are on WEDNESDAYS. Please make sure that your wheelie bins (or rubbish sacks/boxes for addresses which do not have wheelie bins) are put out on the footway on Tuesday evenings ready for collection from early Wednesday morning. Do not put them out any earlier than Tuesday evening please.

Weekly collections of general waste and alternating fortnightly collection of general recycling and green garden waste recycling. Please ensure that recycling and household rubbish is separated and placed into the correct bins.

On WEDNESDAY 28th JUNE - GREEN GARDEN RECYCLING BINS. The first green waste collection of the new season for subscribers of this service. To subscribe please click HERE.

On WEDNESDAY 4th JULY - BLUE LID RECYCLING BINS containing paper, glass and plastic recycling will be collected.

For a reminder of the rules regarding suitability of materials for recycling please click HERE.

Residents can also take waste and recycling to the BCC-Veolia Lifford Lane depot. Summer hours of opening from the start of April are as follows:
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 08:00 to 18:00. No vans after 16:00)
To view a 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.

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 most recent meeting was the Open Meeting which was held on TUESDAY 15th MAY 2018.

The next meeting is the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING which will be held at 7.30pm on TUESDAY 17th JULY 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 Constituency and Birmingham City Council Bournbrook and Selly Park Ward Councillors' Advice Desks

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak parliamentary constituency has his monthly advice desk 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). Steve is in attendance from 10.30am to 12 noon and no appointment is required - residents are seen in private and in order of arrival.

Cllr Brigid Jones and Cllr Karen McCarthy, our local City Councillors, hold their advice desks at the samr time, dates and venue.

Future dates can be checked by clicking 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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