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For latest update on the construction of the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme please click HERE.

The LOCAL FLOOD RISK information section is towards the bottom of this Home Page. For quick access please click HERE

For information about this website including technical and content issues please click HERE

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

CHRISTMAS AT CHRIST CHURCH SELLY PARK 2017: For news and details of services and activities please click HERE. There's lots of different things happening to celebrate Christmas and everyone from the local community and from further afield will be made very welcome.

Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme

PROGRESS REPORT - 8th December 2017:


The image shows part of the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS), viewed upstream towards Dogpool Bridge. The building of flood defence walls between the rear of Cecil Road and Moor Green Lane is now completed which marks the end of the main construction phase of the FRMS, meaning that the scheme is fully operational.

Some remaining minor construction works will be completed in the coming weeks and during the first half of 2018 land restoration work on the southern side of Moor Green Lane will be carried along with ensuring that the grass seeding of the flood defence embankments has been successful. It is expected that there will be an official opening ceremony for the scheme early in the New Year.

The scheme has been carried out by the Environment Agency, working alongside St Andrew’s Healthcare and Birmingham City Council as part of the Rea Catchment Partnership. To visit their website please click HERE. Further information specific to Selly Park Soputh FRMS can be found by selecting the Current Projects menu.

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.

Friends of The Fields - Conservation work report

From the Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields

Sunday 3rd December 2017: It was a good turnout numbers wise, with seven of us, including the Ranger, Alf. The weather was also much kinder than forecast, which always helps! This month we were working in the far bottom corner of the football fields (Holders Lane side of the river), near the great oak. Here we continued with coppice work and cutting back that the Woodland Wednesday group had started earlier in the week. We managed to clear a reasonable area of dead wood and coppice several cherries, to encourage new growth. We also cut some of the hazel right back to the ground and dead hedged with the branches we cut off. This will allowed the space to breathe and let the light in amongst the remaining trees and shrubs. Again, the dead hedging will provide a great habitat to small hedgerow birds and mammals. The session was rounded off with a festive hot toddy and cookie, as we congratulated ourselves on completing four and a quarter years of the conservation group – started in September 2013. Here’s to continuing the good work. Well done and thank you to everyone who has worked with us over this time. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 8th December 2017 including news of the Christmas attractions in the City please click HERE.

Domestic waste and recycling


COLLECTIONS DISRUPTED MONDAY 11th to FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER BY SNOW AND ICE. For latest update from the City Council please HERE.

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

On Wednesday 20th December 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 HERE.

Residents can also take waste and recycling to the BCC-Veolia Lifford Lane depot. Winter hours of opening are now as follows:
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 18:00
Saturday and Sunday 08:00 to 16:30
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). 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 20th FEBRUARY 2018 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.

Local events and activities

THE BOARD GAME CAFE - Where is it? What is it? How does it work? The find out please click HERE


Tuesday evenings - 6.00pm to 6.45pm.

SwingTrain is an exercise to music class to the vintage vibes of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz – a marked difference to the electronic music that dominates the majority of cardio exercise classes. The fitness regime has been developed by Scott Cupit, the award winning dance teacher and entrepreneur whose pitch for Swing Patrol – the dance school and events company – secured investment on BBC Dragons’ Den. Duncan Bannatyne wanted to try swing in health clubs and Piers Linney was looking for ‘the Zumba of Swing’. SwingTrain launched this year under the guidance of investor Deborah Meaden, and local fitness instructor Carola Lange has been selected as the first SwingTrainer in South Birmingham.

The SwingTrain total body workouts are inclusive and suitable for all levels of fitness and coordination. No dance or fitness class experience is required whatsoever. Qualified SwingTrain fitness instructors lead participants through a series of fun, follow-along moves. The full body cardio workouts exercise legs, arms and core, as well as developing coordination and mental agility through memorable routines. SwingTrain session lasts for 30 minutes, or an hour, including warm-up and warm-down time, depending on whether you attend the full high-intensity work-out or the new gentler 30-minute 'Get Active' sessions.

To find out more and to take part please click HERE or to visit the SwingTrainBrum Facebook page please click HERE

Local flood risk information



Whilst the FRMS now provides substantial protect against the major threat of river flooding, our neighbourhood, like any urban area, remains vulnerable to surface water flooding if exceptionally intense rainfall overwhelms the highway drainage system. The locations at most risk in these events are the lowest section of Moor Green Lane, Dogpool Lane from the bridge to Fashoda Road, parts of Fashoda Road and the section of Kitchener Road close to the junction with Cecil Road. Unlike river flooding there is often very little warning of such events and therefore it is important to be vigilant when relevant Met Office weather warnings have been issued.

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.


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 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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