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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

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.

Birmingham Bulletin

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, have your say, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read this latest edition dated 9th February 2018 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.

Friends of The Fields - Conservation activities

Report on Conservation Sunday activities - Sunday 4th February:

A bright and cold day on Sunday after a very soggy Saturday, we took our last opportunity before the nesting season to work on the oak trees lining and back from the path leading from the woods down to Brockley Grove (by the entrance to the doctors surgery in Moor Green Lane).

With five of us working we managed to tackle 4 oak trees, aking off the lower dead, diseased and crossing branches, and removing the stifling brambles from underneath and amongst the trees’ remaining branches. Hopefully we will tackle the remaining oaks here at the back end of the year.

One of our volunteers summed our activities up perfectly when she said she could hear the trees we had worked on giving and big sigh and taking a clear breath. No longer choked up with brambles, or surrounded by dead wood, they were ready to meet spring in good shape, in every sense of the word.

We also litter picked in our working area, a big bag full as usual. Sadly, lots of poo bags (why?) along with a clothes airer, plastic vegetable rack and several other odd bits of plastic. The usual plastic bottles and cans go without saying.

A big thank you to Ruth, James, Carey, Ian and Helen for their hard work today. Not forgetting Fiona and Pete who worked on the same patch the week before, as unable to attend on Sunday.

Next month we will hopefully be clearing around the small pond, removing some alien plants and considering a new swale further up to help with the wet and mud. We hope to see you then.

The next Conservation Sunday will be on the 4th March with advance details appearing here. New volunteers always welcome!


Domestic waste and recycling

COLLECTIONS SCHEDULE:

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 28th FEBRUARY 2018 - BLUE LID RECYCLING BINS containing paper, glass and plastic recycling will be collected.

On WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH - GREEN GARDEN RECYCLING BINS. The first green waste collection of the new season for subscribers of this service. To subscribe please HERE.

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

Taste some DUCK SOUP (Marx Brothers classic) at Selly Oak Film and Cultural Society! For details please click HERE

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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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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