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 and events 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

There is a Cricket World Cup match at Edgbaston Stadium on WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE. More traffic congestion than usual in the area can be expected and EDGBASTON ROAD in the vicinity of the stadium will be COMPLETELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 09:00 to 11:00 and 18:00 to 19:30 BST.

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 next meeting is the AGM and will be held at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS at 7.30pm on TUESDAY 23rd JULY 2019.

IMPORTANT NOTE: At the present time three members of the existing Forum Management Committee have stated that they will be retiring from the committee and will therefore not be seeking re-election at the AGM in July. New members of the committee will therefore be needed to join those existing members who will be continuing. From the new committee a new chair, secretary/communications officer and treasurer will need to be elected. This is essential if the Forum is to continue to operate. Residents wishing to join the Management Committee may put themselves forward at the AGM or may indicate that they wish to join by contacting us before the meeting, which would be helpful. Please use the information on the Contact Us page of the website to get in touch with us about this, including if you wish to make further enquiries.

Selly Oak New Road Phase 1B

Selly Oak New Road (SONR) Phase 1B scheme is the final section of the overall SONR project, routing the main A38 around the centre of Selly Oak. Phase 1A, the Aston Webb Boulevard between the Unversity South Gate and Harborne Lane was completed and opened in Summer 2011.

Phase 1B, now underway, consists of substantial highways improvements to the Selly Oak Triangle, made up of Bristol Road, Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane.
The principal changes involve:

Upgrading Harborne Lane (between the Bristol Road junction and the junction with Chapel Lane) into a two-way dual carriageway.
Re-configuring Chapel Lane to make it two-way and introducing a roundabout at the Battery Retail Park entrance.
Widening the footway along the north side of Bristol Road between the Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane junctions.
Upgrade of bus, pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
Birmingham City Council has appointed McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd to carry out the improvement works. Completion is scheduled for Summer 2020.

To view the relevant City Council web pages please click HERE.

Crime alerts

CRIME ALERTS FROM SELLY OAK NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE TEAM: To receive alerts and reports please subscribe to the WM-NOW service at West Midlands Police. For further information and to sign up please click HERE.

Please help our neighbourhood playing fields

From The Friends of The Fields (Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields): 20 people came to our litter pick in early April and collected 22 bags of rubbish. We have decided to make this a regular event, on alternate Saturdays, meeting at the bottom of First Avenue B29 at 10.30 am. Generally we've just done it for an hour, but people can stay for as long as suits them. Our next litter pick is this Saturday, 20 April, and then on 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 15 June and 29 June. Please do come along and help in this very worthwhile activity.

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin (published fortnightly by Birmingham City Council) with the latest news, information and events.

To read this latest edition dated 14th JUNE 2019 please click HERE.

Birmingham Connected

Birmingham Connected brings you a wide range of information about latest local travel and transport news, plans and strategy. For details, please click HERE and then follow the READ OUR BULLETIN link. Includes information about the CLOSURE OF PARADISE CIRCUS TO ALL ROAD TRAFFIC from 3rd September 2018 to Summer 2019.

To contact BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL please click HERE.

West Midlands Police

Selly Park lies within the area covered by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team which is based at Bournville Police Station situated at the junction of Bournville Lane and Bristol Road.

To contact the Neighbourhood Police Team please click on the link below which will take you to the West Midlands Police Home Page. Then simply enter your postcode into the FIND YOUR LOCAL POLICE input box. PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To contact the Police by phone call 999 IN AN EMERGENCY or 101 FOR NON-EMERGENCIES - the extension number for Selly Oak Police is 8223291.

To REPORT A NON-EMERCENCY INCIDENT ONLINE or to TRACK YOUR CASE ONLINE please follow the links on the West Midlands Police Home Page by CLICKING HERE.

LOCK SNAPPING BURGLARIES: There have been a number of lock snapping burglaries around the Selly Oak area recently. For crime prevention advice from the police Please click HERE.


Domestic waste and recycling

For details please click HERE.


To report fly tipping, missed waste collections or any other problems please call 0121 303 1112 or click HERE.

To subscribe to the Garden Waste Recycling Collection Service (fee applies) please click HERE. The next collection of green waste will be on WEDNESDAY 3rd JULY.

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.
Operating times:
Mon to Fri: 8am to 8pm
Sat to Sun: 8am to 6pm (No vans after 4:00 pm)
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.

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 same time, dates and venue.

Future dates can be checked by clicking HERE.

Flood Risk in Selly Park South

The Selly Park South Flood Alleviation Scheme, officially opened in January 2018, has already shown its effectiveness in protecting the neighbourhood from flooding from the River Rea. However, flooding which occurred on 27th May 2018 shows that a number of locations in Lower Moor Green Lane, Dogpool Lane, Fashoda Road, Cecil Road and Kitchener Road remain vulnerable to surface water flooding, when the sheer volume and intensity of rainfall overwhelms the drainage system. This is also known as flash flooding. Please see the report on the LOCAL NEWS PAGE which explains this further.

Residents living in these vulnerable locations need to remain vigilant and prepared to defend their homes against flash flooding and are advised to KEEP INFORMED of weather forecasts via the broadcast media and online. The Environment Agency (EA) Floodline is a free key source of local information. Call 0345 988 1188. The Quickdial numbers for the River Rea valley are:
208007 – Flood Alert, low-lying land and roads between Longbridge and Nechells on the River Rea.
308112 – Flood Warning, River Rea at Stirchley and Selly Park including Cartland Road, Dogpool Lane, the Avenues and Sir Johns Road.
Listen to the whole recorded message carefully to be fully informed.

Residents in vulnerable locations can also register for Flood Warnings Direct, a free phone, text and email service provided by the EA. Again call 0345 988 1188 or please click HERE.

During flood events volunteers from the Selly Park South Flood Action Group (SPSFG) will try to assist residents as far as is possible. To find our more information about SPSFG please see the CONTACT US PAGE of the website.

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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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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