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SITE MOST RECENTLY UPDATED on MONDAY 5th DECEMBER 2016

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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

Police warning issued following attacks on young women in Selly Oak

Police are warning Selly Oak residents to be on their guard after a series of attacks on young women during the last week in the early hours of the morning. For full details please click HERE.

Selly Oak burst water main sparks traffic jams and long delays

A large water main burst resulted in flooding and road closures at the junction of Harborne Lane (the Outer Ring Road) and Aston Webb Boulevard (the A38 Selly Oak New Road) on the afternoon of Wednseday 23rd November resulting in traffic delays and bus diversions around these roads, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the University of Birmingham and Bristol Road Selly Oak. To see Birmingham Mail reports, photos and video clips on this incident please click HERE.

UPDATE - Monday 28th November: Harborne Lane remains closed except for a single lanr towards Harborne using the slip road from the Aston Webb Boulevard roundabout acessible only from Selly Oak Triangle. There is no access from Aston Webb Boulevard (A38) on Harborne Lane and Harborne Lane heading from Harborne towards the roundabout is totally closed. This situation may last for a number of weeks. Please seek alternative routes.

November 21st Flood Alert

The Environment Agency issued a FLOOD ALERT for the River Rea at 16:02 GMT on Monday 21st November. This was precautionary given the prolonged rainfall and high river level. Dogpool Lane became partly flooded between Cecil Road and Fashoda Road but this was surface water flooding (not river flooding) caused by the volume of rain water Exceding to capacity of the road drains. The flooding subsided within a few hours of the rain ceasing and no properties were affected. Selly Park South Flood Action Group had been monotoring the situation all day but no action was required.

Road traffic collision closes Pershore Road Selly Park

Report courtesy of Birmingham Mail. Photograph sellyparksouth.org.uk

Three people were cut free from their vehicles and Pershore Road was closed for almost three hours following a collision which happened at around 7.45am Tuesday 15th November, at the with Kitchener Road, Selly Park. Three fire engines, including 15 firefighters, three ambulances and the air ambulance attended the accident, which involved a collision between a car and a van. Emergency services said three people, including a man in his 60s, had to be cut free from both of the vehicles. The three people involved suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at around 7.44am to a RTC at on the Pershore Road. The collision was between a van and a car. The driver of the van is a man in his 60s, who appeared to have suffered no major injuries. The passenger in the van suffered cuts to the leg. The driver of the car was trapped in their vehicle and had to be cut free. This driver suffered pelvic injuries. All three were taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.” A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said cutting equipment was used on both vehicles to release all three people involved. The road closure caused major problems during rush hour, affecting the surrounding areas of Selly Oak and Kings Heath.

Comment by Editor sellyparksouth.org.uk: Concern has already been expressed by residents about road safety and traffic policing on Pershore Road Selly Park following other accidents this year. These concerns have been communicated by Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum to our local City Councillors and Selly Oak Police. We hope that following this latest RTC a meeting can be held between residents' representatives, the police and the City Council to address these concerns and try to bring about improvements.

Boundary Commission review of Parliamentary constituencies - The Selly Oak and Halesowen constituency proposal

The Boundary Commission has the task of periodically reviewing the boundaries of all the Parliamentary constituencies in England. It is currentlyconducting a review on the basis of rules set by Parliament in 2011 which state that the Commission must make recommendations for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries in September 2018. The rules require a significant reduction in the number of constituencies in England (from 533 to 501), and require that every constituency – apart from two specified exceptions – must have an electorate that is no smaller than 71,031 and no larger than 78,507. The West Midlands has been allocated 53 constituencies – a reduction of six from the current number.

There will be a major change to our own Selly Oak constituency as it will lose the current Birmingham wards of Brandwood, Billesley and Bournville and consist of the Birmingham wards of Bartley Green, Selly Oak (including Bournbrook and Selly Park) and Weoley. It will include the Dudley Borough wards of Halesowen North, Halesowen South and Belle Valley to the west to form the proposed new parliamentary constituency of SELLY OAK AND HALESOWEN.

Editor's comment: Selly Park will be on the far eastern edge of the constituency and is, perhaps surprisingly, only 6 miles in a direct line from Halesowen town centre on the western edge of the new constituency, as calculated using Google maps, which also calculate the shortest road journey between the two places as 8.4 miles. Although traditionally very different areas and separated by the M5 and the high ground between Quinton and Frankley, maybe it is the geographical proximity of Selly Oak and Halesowen which has contributed the Boundary Commission's proposal for this pairing? Anyway, the people of both areas will now have their opportunity to make their comments to The Boundary Commission, as is explained below.

The Boundary Commission is required to consider all written representations made in the initial consultation within a statutory 12-week period commencing with publication date of the initial proposals which was Tuesday 13th September. To read the full details of the proposals and how to comment please click HERE and type your B29 postcode into the search box.

Boundary Commission final recommendations for revised ward boundaries in Birmingham

Following recent public consultation the Boundary Commission has published the final recommendations for revised ward boundaries in Birmingham. To view or download the report please click here.

To summarise: THe existing Selly Oak Ward will be split up and become part of three new wards. The area to the east of the A38 New Road and north of the railway and including our own neighbourhood will form Bournbrook and Selly Park Ward with two councillors representing us. The area to the east of the A38 and south of the railway, including the main crossroads at the junction of Bristol Road, Oak Tree Lane and Harborne Lane, which many would consider the heart of Selly Oak, will be in Bournville and Cotteridge Ward. The area to the west of the A38 and south of the railway will be in Weoley and Selly Oak Ward. These final proposals of the Boundary Commission are subject to approval by Parliament.

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 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th DECEMBER: 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 7th and 21st DECEMBER: 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 opening soon:

For residents who subscribe garden waste will be collected fortnightly on the same day as your household waste but in the alternate week to your recycling. You are reminded to present your Garden Waste bin before 6am on the scheduled collection day.

Anyone wishing to have their garden waste collected in a clean and convenient way can subscribe to Birmingham City Council's 2017 service. Pre-orders taken from 1st December 2016.

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 24th November) please click HERE.

What's on at the mac

For listings of EVENTS IN DECEMBER at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park, 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.

Messy Church at Christ Church Selly Park

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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 from July to November 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.

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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

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. November 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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