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SITE MOST RECENTLY UPDATED on WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 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

20mph - Slower is Safer, speed limits in Central South-West Birmingham

Consultation is taking place about changes to speed limits in all or parts of Edgbaston, Harborne, Selly Oak (including Selly Park) and Bournville wards.

To find out about the proposals and have your say please click HERE

The consultation closes on Friday 30th September.

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.

Friends of The Fields - Conservation activities

Report on Conservation Sunday activities - Sunday 4th September: With guidance from Alf the Ranger at the start, our group of seven organised ourselves to cut back one of the clumps of willow that were planted in 2010 and in need of coppicing. The idea is that this area, on the fringes of the woods should not be overtaken by them. Instead the scrubland, which is an entirely different habitat with its own flora and fauna, should be preserved if possible. Next year we will tackle a different grouping of the willow and allow this group to regrow. Richard, Zeb and Pete concentrated on felling the trees and cutting the straight trunks into 6 foot lengths that can be used for stakes, posts and fencing. The remainder of the group: Fiona, Carey, Gemma and Helen concentrated on removing the small leafy branches and bundling for the Nature centre to use, and collect and bundle up smaller straight branches for use in the woodland craft groups, led by the rangers. We felled and processed about 6-7 trees during the two hour slot and felt some sense of achievement to have created some space, where the area has become cramped and to have gathered together the useful elements of the trees to be used at a later date. At all times we were careful of each others safety and that of the general public. Stopping work when anyone came nearby. We hope to complete this task next month. Many thanks to all for the hard work. Good job as always!

The next Conservation Sunday will be on the 2nd October. New volunteers always welcome!

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.

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

Telephone scam - online fraud and malicious damage

Beware of calls purporting to come from BT about your internet service. The person tells you that BT have detected a problem with your router, which they will replace free and give you compensation for the inconvenience. They try to persuade you to give them remote control of your computer then 'test' the router before your eyes using convincing looking software with BT's name on it, which of course confirms the fault. Here's the crunch. They next say the compensation has to be paid directly to your bank account and ask you to open your internet banking account. They still have control of your computer, even if they say otherwise. If you open your internet banking they will rob you! If you refuse, they threaten to destroy all of your files and software and if you still refuse they carry out their threat.

If you receive a call like this, hang up and try to get the calling number using 1471. Call the police on 101 and they will tell you how to report the attempted fraud.




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Domestic waste and recycling

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 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th OCTOBER: 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 12th and 26th OCTOBER: 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 WEDNESDAY 5th and 19th OCTOBER:: Please put out GREEN 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

Garden waste collection - subscribe to Birmingham City Council's 2016 service here

For residents who have subscribed, the garden waste collection service started in Selly Park on Wednesday 24th February and 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 NOW subscribe to Birmingham City Council's 2016 service.

The annual subscription charge is unchanged from this year at £35 for 20 fortnightly collections from February to November - with an online order discount of £2 for all orders made during reducing the cost to £33.

New for 2016 is an expansion to the types of waste people can put into their garden waste bins. Uncooked vegetables, spoilt fruit and used tea bags will all be accepted as part of the expanded service.

To place your order please click here.

Alternatively you can take your green recycling to the household recycling centre at Lifford Lane - for details please click here

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

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



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 (dated 16th September) please click HERE.

Selly Oak Film & Cultural Society - ‘Rafifi’

At the Elim Church Community Room, Exeter Road, Selly Oak, B29 6EU at 7.00pm on Thursday 29th September 2016. Admission 3.50. Refreshments, coffee and cake available. All welcome.
For more details ring 0121 472 6671 or email sellyoakculture@gmail.com

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote the film was the ‘benchmark all succeeding heist films have been measured against... It’s a film whose influence is hard to overstate, one that proves for not the last time that it’s easier to break into a safe than fathom the mysteries of the human heart.’

What's on at the mac

For listings of EVENTS IN OCTOBER 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.

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 11th October 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.

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 CALL 0121 415 5088 or use the email address on 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

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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