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SITE MOST RECENTLY UPDATED on WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH 2017

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For latest update on the construction of the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme please click HERE.

For important information on domestic waste collections please click HERE.

The LOCAL FLOOD RISK information section, which has been recently updated and expanded, is towards the bottom of this Home Page. For quick access please click HERE

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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

FRIENDS OF THE FIELDS AGM - Wednesday 22 March 7.30 to 8.30pm - please click HERE.


City Council reverse planning decision for Stirchley Lidl store

We received the following statement from Stirchley Neighbourhoof Forum on Wednesday 22nd March:

You may have read the news on Twitter already but, for those of you who haven't, here is an update on Birmingham City Council’s planning decision to approve demolition of Fitness First/PSL Bowling in favour of a Lidl supermarket on the site. Thanks to ongoing free legal support from the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), a national UK charity that helps people use the law to protect and improve their local environment and quality of life, we have some good news to report. With ELF’s tremendous help in checking over the planning case, and a Stirchley resident and SuperStirchley supporter willing to be named as the person challenging the public body, we sent a Pre-Action Letter for Judicial Review to Birmingham City Council. Last night (20 March) SuperStirchley attended a public meeting at Stirchley Community Church called by Cllr Rob Sealey on the topic of Tesco’s withdrawal from its planned Stirchley site. Simon Turner (Planning Officer responsible for city south planning applications) and Ian MacLeod (Assistant Director of Regeneration and Planning) were in attendance. However, before the Tesco discussion began, Cllr Sealey made an announcement on the Lidl application.

Following a pre-action letter setting out grounds for a judicial review that was sent to the Council by ELF on behalf of local residents, BCC has accepted that the decision had been incorrectly decided. The council will therefore agree to quash the planning permission previously granted to Lidl. This will not prevent Lidl from making a further application but such an application will be treated as a new application.

Lidl could still submit another planning application - which would be their third - but it's possible that would be more difficult to approve following this consent to judgment. We don't want to raise false hopes if there are implications yet to come out - we are merely stating what was said at the meeting by council officials. We want to thank Environmental Law Foundation for their incredible help. Please consider becoming a member to support their work – without them we wouldn't have been able to do this. We hope this shows other locals that standing up for things that matter really can make a difference. And as we have always maintained: we are not against Lidl, we were opposing the loss of our facilities.

Peter Walker, Chairman, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum.

Work is underway on the Environment Agency's £2.4 million flood risk management scheme in Selly Park South

To read the press release on this issued by the Environment Agency on 7th December please click HERE.

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To view a larger version of this image please click HERE.

PROGRESS REPORT Tuesday 21st March - Work ongoing during the FOURTH week of MARCH: Work to realign the river channel immediately upstream from Dogpool Bridge is continuing. The channel will be moved a short distance to the east to create sufficient working space on the western bank to allow heavy machinery in to build the flood defence wall adjacent to the factory. The realignment will also improve the flow dynamics of the river approaching the bridge. In the image below the east bank reinforcments are be constructed using gabion baskets (steel baskets filled with rocks).

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Meanwhile, running parallel behind the houses in Ashbrook Road the foundations for a bund (flood defence embankment) are being created by infilling the previously excavated trench with impermeable clay. This prevents water from forcing its way under the bund.

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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.

Birmingham Bulletin

Compiled for you by Birmingham City Council.

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 17th March 2017 please click HERE.

New cycleway planned for Bristol Road from Selly Oak to City Centre

Birmingham Cycle Revolution is making cycling easier and more accessible, for transport and for leisure, in Birmingham. As part of this Birmingham City Council is planning to build 4km of two-way, fully segregated cycleway along the A38, linking Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham with the city centre. For full details including the consulation process please click HERE. Public consutation closes on 24th March.

To read a report from the Birmingham Mail on this please click HERE. Public consutation closes on 24th March.

Birmingham Bulletin

Compiled for you by Birmingham City Council.

Welcome to Birmingham Bulletin with the latest news, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 17th March 2017 please click HERE.


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 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th MARCH: 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 1st, 15th and 29th MARCH.

GREEN WASTE COLLECTIONS for subscribers: WEDNESDAY 8th and 22nd MARCH.

Garden waste collection - ordering for 2017 service: Residents wishing to have their garden waste collected in a clean and convenient way can now sign up to Birmingham City Council’s 2017 service and have a wheelie bin supplied. The annual subscription charge is £40 for 20 fortnightly collections from early March to early December. Only households whose properties have been assessed as unsuitable for wheelie bins will be eligible for an alternative sack collection (clear sacks for 2017).
To order please click HERE

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, information, events and competitions from Birmingham City Council. To read the latest edition dated 17th March 2017 please click HERE.

What's on at the mac

For listings of EVENTS at the mac (the Midlands Arts Centre) Cannon Hill Park, updated 17th March, 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.

Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields - News and Activities

FRIENDS OF THE FIELDS AGM - Wednesday 22 March 7.30 to 8.30pm - please click HERE.

CONSERVATION WORK: Takes place on te first Sunday afternoon of each month, meeting at Holders Lane Car Park at 2pm. New volunteers are alawys most welcome. An opportunity to help protect and improve the green gem of the Fields in our urban environment and to meet new people.

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 see the LOCAL LINKS PAGE of this website.

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.

To find out about accessible and affordable PROPERTY INSURANCE through the FLOOD-RE scheme please click here.


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

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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