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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; 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 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

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.

Work ongoing during second week of January: The area of parkland adjacent to Moor Green Lane and lying between the River Rea and Ashbrook Road has been fenced off temporarily while work is taking place. A grass covered flood defence embankment (called a BUND) will be built around the edge of this area and will temporarily hold flood water for a few hours at the peak of a severe flood until the water naturally drains back to the river once river level falls. To view an image of the fenced off area image please click here. The Rea Valley cycle way and footpath has been tempoarily diverted around the fenced off area. Some initial preparation of the land within the fenced off area has been taking place - for an image of this please click here. Meanwhile on the west bank there has been vegetation clearance to allow the creation of an access route for the building of a flood defence wall which will prevent flood water from the river flowing through and around the factory unit to Dogpool Lane, Fashoda Road and Cecil Road. To view an image of the west bank work please click here. Removal of vegetation and trees in particular has been kept to the absolute minimum necessary and the whole site underwent a detailed ecological survey to ensure the safeguarding of wildlife before the work started. New and indeed more diverse habitat will be created as part of the scheme.

Further information: 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. For archived material on the construction phase please see the FEATURES page of this website. To read about LOCAL FLOOD RISK in Selly Park South please refer to the relevant section lower down this HOME PAGE.

Birmingham City Council - Budget Consultation 2017+

Please read this important message from Birmingham City Council:

Birmingham City Council's vision for the future is for a city of growth in which every child, citizen and place matters. And, in planning our budget for 2017–18, every view matters. We need to make big savings as well as big plans because of the unprecedented financial challenges we face. So we want to know if we're making the right choices for you and your family. The council faces reductions in government grant, an increase in costs and increased demand for services especially for adult social care and care for our children. Our budget consultation paper sets out the proposals we have come up with to meet this challenge.

To take part in the online consultation please click HERE.

Proposed development by St Andrew's Healthcare at Dogpool Lane and associated Flood Risk Management Scheme

The planning applications for these developments submitted by St Andrews Healthcare and the Environment Agency were approved by the Planning Committee of Birmingham City Council on Thursday 18th August 2016.

Further news about the developments will be published here as it becomes available.

LATEST: An Environment Agency Drop-in Event was held at Christ Church Selly Park on Tuesday 1st November with information for residents about the construction phase of the scheme which is expected to start by the end of this month.

To learn more about the consultation and preparatory work that has already taken place, please see the LOCAL NEWS page of our website.


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:

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 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th JANUARY: 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 4th and 18th JANUARY: Please put out BLUE LID wheelie bins on the edge of the footway for cans and plastic and glass bottles and containers. POD INSIDE wheelie bin for paper and cardboard. For details of what can be recycled please click here.

GREEN WASTE COLLECTIONS for subscribers: Taking their winter break and will resume in February.

Garden waste collection - ordering for 2017 service NOW OPEN:
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. The annual subscription charge is £40 for 20 fortnightly collections from early March to early December - with an earlybird discount of £5 for all orders (online or phone) made during December 2016, reducing the cost to just £35. As standard, subscribers will use a 240 litre bin with a brown lid. Residents can make multiple orders if they need more than one bin for their garden waste. 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.

Opening hours at the City's five Household Recycling Centres November to February - including Lifford Lane

Weekday opening hours 8am-6pm.
Weekend opening hours 8am-4.30pm.

For further information please click HERE



What's On

Birmingham Bulletin

Compiled for you by Birmingham City Council.

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition that we have received (dated 6th January 2017) please click HERE.

What's on at the mac

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

Selly Oak Film Society

The Selly Oak Friends have organised a showing of 'I Daniel Blake' at St Francis Church hall, Bournville, on Saturday 21st January at 7 p.m. It's free, but donations(£5) will go to Charity. It's a really good film about the impact of the Benefit System on the lives of people using it. To view poster for the film please click here.

What's on in Stirchley

To see the events calendar for Stirchley including some other nearby neighbourhoods as well, please click here.

Whats on in South Brum!

Events and activities for children and young people. For full information please click here.

Selly Manor - Tudor history in the heart of Bournville Village Trust

We offer a range of talks and tours at Selly Manor, including an hour-long guided tour which examines the history of the buildings and their beautiful period. For further information please click here.

Christ Church Luncheon Club

The Lunch Club is open to local community members of all faiths and we meet on Wednesdays, 11.30am to 2pm during the school term times. Cost: £4.00 per week.

We provide a two-course hot meal and opportunities to make friends, chat and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other festivals. Light exercises are led by a qualified physiotherapist. Transport to and from Christ Church can be arranged using the Ring and Ride service.

For further information: E-mail lunchclub@christ-church-selly-park.org.uk OR visit the website www.christ-church-selly-park.org.uk OR phone 0121 471 2379 OR simply call in on any Wednesday morning and speak with us! Christ Church Selly Park, 953 Pershore Road Birmingham B29 7PS.

Saturday Afternoon Tea Dances at Christ Church

For details of Saturday Afternoon Tea Dances at Christ Church please click HERE.


Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields - News and Activities

Further information about activities will appear here.

For background information about the Fields 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 28th February 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.

Selly Oak Police Community Meetings

Details of the next meeting will be published here when they are known.
For more information about Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police please copy and paste this link into your browser:
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-local-police/birmingham-south/your-neighbourhood/index.aspx?id=32

Advocacy Service

Have you received poor service? Don't know where to go to for help?
Financial difficulties and need advice?
Feeling distressed or vulnerable?

Billesley Advocacy offers a friendly ear in a calm, safe environment and help point you in the right direction. For further details please click here.

This information has been provided via Birmingham City Council.

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

This important section now has its own page. To see it please go to the LOCAL LINKS page.


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 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. 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.

Links to pdf files: Many of the click-on links on our site are to pdf files. Your need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to read these files. If you don't have this you can obtain it free off charge from the Internet. Just enter Adobe Reader on a search engine such as Google. Please be aware that the pdf files may take a few seconds to load up once you have clicked on the links. In order to return to our website page once you have read the pdf, please press the BACK TO button on your browser. If you simply close the pdf file you will also close the website window.

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

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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