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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 - 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

Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police

Selly Oak Police Community Neighbourhood Meeting

Day/Date: Monday 30th April 2018

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Elim Church, Exeter Road, Selly Oak

Residents can come along and discuss areas of concern in their neighbourhood/community

or you can email the team on: sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

SHED AND GARAGE BREAK-INS:

Recently there has 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.

BURGLARY BY LOCK SNAPPING:

Recently there has also 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.

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.

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 21st April 2018 please click HERE.

Birmingham Connected Spring Update

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful. For details please click HERE.

Friends of The Fields - Conservation activities - Change of dates

Just a reminder that the Conservation Activities in April and May are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month. This is to avoid clashing with Easter Sunday and May Bank Holiday weekend. So the dates are: Sunday 8th April and Sunday 13th May. Back to normal first Sundays from June. As usual we will meet at Holders Lane car park for just before 2pm, working 2-4pm on activities in the area, as agreed with the local park rangers. Such a shame to get snowed off the last couple of efforts we have made to meet up, however we remain positive that spring is in the air! We look forward to seeing you if you can make it. New volunteers always welcome!

REPORT ON SUNDAY 8th APRIL ACTIVITIES:
This month we worked with the Ranger – Alf, planting tree whips. Our focus was on enhancement of the area, working through the woods and down towards Brockley Grove. Consideration was given as to whether the area would benefit from additional mid height cover for animals, birds and plants. We were careful to consider not to put trees into areas that we want to keep open and meadowlike, but instead areas where trees have been removed or fallen, or there is a natural space that would suit the natural habitat. At the same time, we were able to litter pick through the woods and down to Brockley Grove, collecting 2.5 heavy bags of rubbish as we went. All the usual stuff. Carey and Dan separately worked on clearing an area in the woods where they had found huge quantities of dumped bedding, clothing and bags of discarded items. These items were then collected by the council the following day. Meanwhile, in the background, work has continued on raising the crown on the oaks along the path towards Brockley and eradicating invasive bamboo and laurel, also within the woods. Many thanks to Pete and Fiona for this. Big thank you to all: Pete, Fiona, Ian, Helen and Carey & Dan. And to Alf for leading and guidance. Good work!

Volunteers needed - can you help?

St Andrews Healthcare Birmingham, located in Dogpool Lane, is seeking volunteers in a variety of roles to help in enriching the lives of patients. To find out more details please click HERE.

Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme - Official opening event

With the construction phase completed and the scheme now operational and protecting over 200 homes and businesses in Selly Park South from flooding by the River Rea, an official opening event took place on Friday 19th February. A great example of the Environment Agency working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, St Andrews Healthcare and people in the local community.

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Above: A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Christ Church Selly Park. This will soon be placed on permanent display in the vicinity of Dogpool Bridge. Pictured at the unveiling (left to right) are Mike Adams (Environment Agency Senior Flood Risk Advisor, West Midlands Area), John Clayton (Coordinator, Selly Park South Flood Action Group), Steve McCabe (MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Parliamentary Constituency)and Councillor Karen McCarthy (Selly Oak Ward, Birmingham City Council).

Below: On site at the ramp where the Rea Valley cycle route and footpath cross the eastern flood defence embankment by Dogpool Bridge. Mike Adams explains the operation of the scheme to those who came along to the opening event and included members of the SPS Flood Action Group and residents of Selly Park South.

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Photographs courtesy of Ian Jones, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, West Midlands.

Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme is now operational

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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 reducing the risk of river

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.

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 the RCP website please click HERE. Further information specific to Selly Park South FRMS can be found by selecting the Current Projects menu. Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum and Flood Action Group is also a member of the Rea Catchment Partnership and has worked closely with the EA and main contractors, Team Van Oord, throughout the project.

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.


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 25th APRIL 2018 - BLUE LID RECYCLING BINS containing paper, glass and plastic recycling will be collected.

On WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY - GREEN GARDEN RECYCLING BINS. The first green waste collection of the new season for subscribers of this service. To subscribe please click HERE.

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). 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 15th MAY 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 Constituency Advice Desk

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.

Future dates can be checked by clicking HERE.



Local events and activities

WHAT'S ON AT THE MAC For details of what's on at the mac (Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park) please click HERE.

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


Local flood risk information

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THIS SECTION WAS CREATED IN THE YEARS BEFORE THE SELLY PARK SOUTH FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT SCHEME (FRMS) BECAME OPERATIONAL IN DECEMBER 2017. THE FULL SECTION IS ARCHIVED ON OUR FEATURES PAGE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES.

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.


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

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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