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Vehicle crime alert

Over the past week there have been a number of reported incidents of vehicle crime and attempted vehicle crime in Selly Park South.

These have included a vehicle being broken into and items left in view being stolen. A similar incident where a vehicle had been left unlocked. Several overnight incidents of thieves being seen going along the streets trying the doors of vehicles to see if they have been left unlocked. There have also been instances of thieves entering homes, stealing car keys left downstairs and then taking and driving away the owner's car parked outside.

The messasge is clear - always make sure your vehicle is locked and windows shut and don't leave anything of value in it, especially on view! Always make sure that your house doors are locked and that downstairs windows are shut overnight and when you are out, and do not leave car keys in the house unattended.

PLEASE REPORT ALL INCIDENTS OF THIS NATURE TO THE POLICE ON 101 OR IF A CRIME IS IN PROGRESS CALLING ON 999.

Encampments banned from city parks for two years

Published July 2017

A High Court judge issued injunctions covering Perry Park and Alexander Stadium, and Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recreation Ground and Hazelwell Park in Stirchley on 17th July 2017. The ruling, made by the Honourable Mr Justice Morris sitting in the High Court in Birmingham, came into effect immediately and bans households from setting up or joining encampments on any of those four sites. It is the first time Birmingham City Council has used injunctions to tackle unauthorised encampments on council-owned land. Anyone who breaches the orders covering these parks and recreation grounds may be arrested, will be guilty of contempt of court and may be fined, have their assets seized or face imprisonment.

Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health at Birmingham City Council, said: 'We have succeeded in getting two High Court injunctions which ban any encampments from moving onto four of the city’s parks and recreation grounds for two years, until July 2019. This is a new tool for us to use to prevent anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping associated with unauthorised encampments. We will monitor the impact this has on the four sites and may look at taking similar action on other locations affected by repeat incursions.' The council's Environmental Health department applied for the injunctions after a series of traveller incursions in Perry Park and Selly Oak, during which residents reported incidents of anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

The injunctions ban people from entering or remaining on any part of the parks and recreation grounds covered to establish, join or be part of an encampment.

General Election Result for Selly Oak Constituency

Published Saturday 10th June 2017

Steve McCabe (Labour) has been re-elected as the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Parliamentary Constituency in the General Election held on Thursday 8th June 2017.

RESULTS:
Steve McCabe Labour 30836
Julien Pritchard Green 876
David Radcliffe Lib Dem 1644
Sohpie Shrubsole Conservative 15629
Majority: 15207

Travellers move onto Selly Park for seventh time in less than year

Published Monday 8th May

To read BIRMINGHAM MAIL news story please click HERE.

Birmingham City Council - Budget set for 201-18

Birmingham's budget for the financial year 2017-18, starting in April, was set at Full Council Meeting held on 28th February 2017. To read about this please click HERE

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

Published March 2017

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 closed on 24th March.

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

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 - Friday 23rd December: Harborne Lane remains closed except for a single lane 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 is because of the complexity and difficulty of the repair work to the water main, including gaining access to it as it some 10 metres below road surface level. Please continue to use alternative routes.

LATER NOTE: The road was eventually re-opened in March 2017.

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.




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.

Tragedy as biker dies in Pershore Road crash

Published September 2016

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal accident which saw the Pershore Road near Pebble Mill Roadroad shut in both directions on the afternoon of Thursday 8th September. To read the BIRMINGHAM MAIL report on this please click here.

Proposed development by St Andrew's Healthcare at Dogpool Lane

Published Summer 2016

St Andrew's Healthcare is a charity providing specialist care for people with complex mental health needs. St Andrew's Birmingham, situated in Dogpool Lane, is one of the charity's four sites across the UK and provides care for men and women with mental illness and autistic syndrome spectrum disorders. This comprises of medium and low secure units with a total of 128 beds.

The development is proposed next to the existing hospital site to meet St Andrew's need to help treat more patients across Birmingham. The charity owns the land and has outline planning permission from Birmingham City Council for an extensive new healthcare development which will broaden the range of services offered by providing facilities for expert care for people with Huntington's disease and complex dementia.

The development will also require the construction of a flood risk management scheme working with the Environment Agency through the Rea Catchment Partnership As well as benefitting the site this will also help to bring much needed flood protection to the residential streets to the north of Dogpool Lane. To learn more about the Rea Catchment Partnership and the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme please click here.

LATEST NEWS: The detailed planning applications for both the St Andrews development and the Flood Alleviation Scheme were submitted on the dates below:
St Andrews Development Submission - 20/05/2016 - Ref 2016/04369/PA
Flood Alleviation Scheme Submission - 27/05/2016 - Ref 2016/04625/PA
To view the applications and to make comments please click HERE to access Birmingham City Council's planning portal. The consultation period closed on Thursday 7th July 2016.

To learn more about St Andrew's Healthcare please click here.

FURTHER UPDATE: 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.

Flooding returns to Selly Park South

Published June 2016

On the evening of Thursday 16th June torrential rain resulted in the flooding of some roads in Selly Park South on a similar scale to the floods of 2012 although thankfully not as severe as the more extensive flooding on 6th September 2008.

Birmingham Selly Oak Weather Station situated in Selly Park South recorded a record 78mm (approx 3 inches) of rain for the 24 hour period ending at 08:30 BST the following day and most of this fell during 6 hours on the Thursday evening. This is more than the average total rainfall for the whole of June in Birmingham (66mm). The River Rea at Selly Park Gauge upstream from Dogpool Bridge reached a peak of 1.745m at 20:30BST. This is the highest level the gauge has reached since it was installed following the 2008 flood. The roads affected by flood water were Moor Green Lane to the immediate east of Dogpool Bridge (surace water flooding), Dogpool Lane between Cecil Road and Fashoda Road and Fashoda Road as far as Hobson Road (river and surface water flooding).

Residents assisted by the volunteers of Selly Park South Flood Action Group and by City Council contractors with sandbags worked together to successfully defend houses from being flooded. The situation was made worse at times, particularly on Moor Green Lane, by vehicles being driven too fast through the flood water, creating waves which washed up against the frontages of the houses. By 23:00BST the worst of the rainfall had passed and the river level was falling so it was possible to bring the operation to a close, leaving the defences in place. By the morning the flood water had completely drained away and the river had returned to a safe level.

Dogpool Bridge, rebuilt since 2012, undoubtedly helped to mitigate the flooding by allowing free flow of water and thus preventing the river from backing up and overflowing more. The previous bridge, because of its structure, used to act as a trap for river debris creating in effect a dam which prevented the flood water from flowing downstream effectively. The planned Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme, described further down this page, will eliminate the threat of river flooding and substantially reduce the amount of surface water flooding once completed.

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Flooding in Fashoda Road - further along the road residents, Flood Group volunteers and City Council contractors were working to further defend homes against the flood water.



Exercise of the Selly Park South Flood Action Plan

Published April 2016

Following the serious flooding of parts of the neighbourhood in September 2008, Selly Park South Flood Action Group was formed by local residents in 2009 to help on occasions when flooding is threatened or actually happens.

When the Environment Agency issues Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings, the Flood Action Group works with the Agency and Birmingham City Council in trying to assist in the protection of homes. Flood Action Group volunteers attempt to warn residents of the danger by making loud hailer announcements, and support residents by distributing flood defence equipment, working with Birmingham City Council to get sand bags delivered to the neighbourhood and generally trying to advise residents and keep them informed of the developing situation.

On the morning of Saturday 16th April 2016, 14 members of the Flood Action Group, supported by an officer from the Environment Agency, successfully carried out an exercise to test the working of the Flood Action Plan and to raise public awareness of the risk of flooding in the area.

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Five members of the Flood Action Group on the exercise. To view further images of the exercise please click here.

Although it has not been necessary to fully mobilise the Flood Action Group since 2012, the danger of flooding remains. The most recent Flood Alert was on 9th March 2016. Fortunately the heavy rainfall on this occasion did not result in a full Flood Warning having to be issued and the event passed without incident. However, the level of the River Rea at Calthorpe Park Level Gauge reached 1.36 metres, whereas the maximum level reached during the flood of September 2008 was 2.20 metres. There is no doubt that if a level of this magnitude was reached again, a number of our local streets would be flooded, which is why the Flood Action Group and Plan and public awareness of the risk remain necessary, until the planned Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme (FRMS) is built. Further information about Local Flood Risk and the FRMS can be found on our Home Page.

New flood insurance scheme to cut bills for house owners

Published April 2016

Homeowners living in high flood-risk areas of the UK should now be able to save significant sums on their insurance premiums. thanks to a new scheme called Flood Re which has been designed to cut bills for those whose homes are in danger of flooding.

The Flood Re information sheet for England is available by clicking HERE. This lealet is in printable pdf format.

To read a BBC News report about this, please click here.

Note from Website Editor: Living in a flood risk zone as I do, following the flood of 2008 my insurance company kept on increasing my annual premium each year, even though my own property had just escaped flooding. When they doubled the premium from £2000 to £3000 a year I spent a long time trying to find an alternative insurer, but none of the big insurance companies would cover me. Eventually I found an specialist company who arranged house and contents insurance for me for under £800 a year. So rather than saving me hundreds of pounds as suggested in the report, it would potentially have saved me thousands, had I not been able to secure the better deal. However, this was only possible because my house wasn't actually flooded. The Flood Re scheme, which has taken years of negotiation between the Government and the insurance industry to establish, should overcome problems like this and make affordable insurance available to people living in flood risk zones, including those whose houses have actually been flooded.

Proposed development by St Andrew's Healthcare at Dogpool Lane

Published March 2016

Most people in the local community will be aware that St Andrew's Healthcare, already having outline planning approval, are proposing to seek full planning permission to extend their existing care facility on Dogpool Lane. This will also involve, in partnership with the Environemnt Agency, the development of the Selly Park South Flood Risk Managment Scheme.

A public exhibition was held from 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 31st March at Christ Church Selly Park, 953 Pershore Road, to which local residents and others in the community were invited. All of the comments from the exhibition will be considered before the plans are finalised and a planning application is submitted to Birmingham City Council later this spring.

Boundary Commission's proposals for Birmingham

Published January 2016

CONSULTATION CLOSED ON MONDAY 8th FEBRUARY.

Updated Thursday 28th January with SELLY PARK DESERVES ITS OWN COUNCILLOR.

These proposals would significantly change the electoral/administrative areas of the Birmingham including locally, where our current Selly Oak Ward will cease to exist and be replaced by a new Bournbrook - Selly Park Ward to the east of Bristol Road and a new Weoley Ward to the west if the proposals go through.

We all have an opportunity to give our views on the proposals and comments are required to be submitted by the 8th February 2016. The Neighbourhood Forum also held a consultation meeting with residents about the proposed changes on the evening of Tuesday 19th January at Christ Church. Although only 19 people attended, the majority of those present were in favour of there being a separate Selly Park Ward with its own councillor rather than the combined Bournville Selly Park ward with two councillors. The Forum Management Committee will use the comments and discussion from the meeting to help formulate the Forum's response to the Boundary Commission. Individuals are of course totally free to submit their own comments directly and we would encourage this in addition to the representative response from the Forum.

SELLY PARK DESERVES ITS OWN COUNCILLOR Campaign: A resident of Selly Park is now campaigning for the above alternative proposal for a Selly Park ward with one councillor. He has written an open letter to residents along with a suggested template for residents to make their submission to the Boundary Commission. To see these documents please click HERE.

This link leads to details of the Electoral Commission's proposals for Birmingham - please click here. The details for our area of Birmingham are on pages 26 to 29. Details on how to respond are on page 36. You will notice that the Boundary Commission is based in the London Borough of Westminster.


Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme - Riverside vegetation clearance

As part of the preparation for the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme (SPS-FRMS), from Monday 18th January there will be some vegetation removed on the left bank of the River Rea (adjacent to the BH Leake and sons factory). This clearance will include some trees but is necessary to allow Environment Agency contractors the room to undertake ground condition survey and collect the information needed to inform the future design of the flood defence. The works will be supervised by an ecologist to ensure that anything removed will not do damage to the environment or any local species, and any trees removed now will ultimately be replaced within the area.

Topographic surveys are also ongoing in connection with scheme.

More about the SPS-FRMS can be found on the Rea Catchment Partnership website. To access this, please click here.

To learn more about flood risk in Selly Park South please see the HOME PAGE of this website.

Mike Adams, Environment Agency Lead Officer for the Rea Catchment Partnership, will also be at the Neighbourhood Forum's Open Meeting at Christ Church, Pershore Road, Selly Park, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th February to update us on the scheme and to answer questions.

St Andrews Healthcare - New Planning Appilcation

St Andrews Healthcare have submitted a new outline planning application for class C2 and D1 health care development (including demolition of some existing buildings) with associated parking and external works, including flood defence works, in relation to their existing site on Dogpool Lane. The planning application reference number is 2015/07356/PA. To see the detailed application please copy and paste this number into the apllication number search facility after clicking here.

LATEST INFORMATION: The outline planning application was approved, subject to conditions, by the City Council Planning Committee on 26th November 2015.

Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme

Published January 2016

The Environment Agency, as part of the Rea Catchment Partnership invited local residents and businesses to discuss proposals for the Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 22nd January at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS. Some 40 local residents visited during the six hour period.

For further details please click here.

To find out more about the Rea Catchment Partnership please click here.

To learn more about flood risk in Selly Park South please see the HOME PAGE of our website.

Flood defence scheme survey work

Published November 2015

Surveyors working on behalf of the Environment Agency's partners will be carrying out a ground investigation survey during week commencing Monday 30th November in the parkland area adjacent to Moor Green Lane and situated between the River Rea and Ashbrook Road. This is associated with proposed flood defence scheme works.

The surveyors will be collecting a series of soil and ground samples to determine what the underlying ground conditions are like in the park area. To do this they will need to dig a series of trial pits using a JCB to enable logging of underlying ground conditions and collection of soil samples for testing.

All trial pits will be backfilled but will be left slightly mounded to allow for settlement. The survey is scheduled to take place on Tuesday or Wednesday next week and should take no longer than one day. The Agency have also asked the contractors to ensure that, when not in use, any machinery is turned off to try and minimise disturbance.

As with a ground level survey that was undertaken the previous week, this will help build up a very clear picture of the current conditions in the area so that ongoing works to investigate a flood defence scheme in this area are better informed.

For further information on the proposed scheme please click here or to raise any questions please email sellyparksouth@yahoo.co.uk.

Proposed development by St Andrew's Healthcare at Dogpool Lane and associated Flood Risk Management Scheme

Published November 2015

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.

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.

Wheelie bins come to Selly Park as part of a city-wide programme

Published November 2015

WHEELIE BINS COME INTO USE IN SELLY PARK FOR COLLECTIONS STARTING WEEKLY FROM WEDNESDAY 18th NOVEMBER FOR HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND FORTNIGHTLY DROM WEDNESDAY 25th NOVEMBER OF HOUSEHOLD REYCLING. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN COLLECTION DAYS. PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE INFORMATION WHICH COMES WITH THE BINS AND KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

Please see DOMESTIC WASTE AND RECYCLING section below for further details

Residents will already be aware that as from this autumn Birmingham City Council is introducing wheelie bins in Selly Oak Ward (including Selly Park) for dometic waste and recycling. Following a successful trial in Brandwood and Harborne wards, the council is rolling out 240-litre wheelie bins for dry recyclables - including metal, glass and plastic, with a separate insert pod for paper and card (collected fortnightly) - to all other city wards. The bins will replace the two 40-litre recycling boxes (one for paper and card, and one for all other dry recyclables) that are currently collected every fortnight. Residual waste will continue to be collected on a weekly basis, although the current black bag system will be replaced with a 180-litre wheelie bin (equivalent to around two to three black sacks).

The move has been funded through a £29.8 million grant awarded to the city by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of its Weekly Collection Support Scheme to protect weekly refuse collections. Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: 'The pilot project (in Brandwood and Harbouirne) has shown that wheelie bins can work in Birmingham and I am encouraged by the results we have achieved. Overall residents are happy with the scheme, recycling tonnages are up, and the waste we have to incinerate or send to landfill is down - helping save the taxpayer money, also benefitting the environment in the process. This project is a one-off chance to do things in a better way and we are now at the stage where we can begin to roll-out bins across the city so households in all wards can benefit from the cleaner, modern and efficient system which residents in Brandwood, Harborne and 82 per cent of the country already enjoy."

For further information please click HERE and click HERE.

The Great Birmingham Run 2015

Published October 2015

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Spectactors lining the sides of Pershore Road outside Christ Church in Selly Park to watch the runners pass by on the morning of Sunday 18th October. The church, as it does each year, provided free drinks and food and for the spectators and runners.

For full details of the event please click here.

The Big Hoot swoops into Birmingham 20th July - 27th September

Published July 2015

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Presented by creative producers Wild in Art working in partnership with Birmingham Children's Hospital, The Big Hoot has brought businesses, artists, schools and the local community together to create a public art trail of stunning owl sculptures on display across Birmingham from 20 July until 27 September.

With 89 giant owl sculptures to see - each one individually and intricately created by artists from Birmingham and beyond - this 'owl-spotting' experience is inspiring fun for everyone and is completely FREE.

Follow the trail from the City Centre to Sutton Coldfield; Winson Green to Bournville and many places in between and enjoy beautiful open spaces; inspiring buildings and Birmingham's cultural heritage along the way.

All the giant owls have been sponsored by companies and organisations and at the end of the trail they will be auctioned to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Children and young people from Birmingham's schools have also been busy creating over 120 owlets. These are displayed in 'parliaments' across the city as part of The Little Hoot education programme.

To visit The Big Hoot website, find out more and go owl-spotting please click HERE. Please note although this story is being archived on our Local News page this link may not remain active after the event closes.

Police station front office closures

Published June 2015

Several more police station front offices for access of the public closed during May and Kings Heath front office closes on 9th June. Only 10 front offices will remain open across the West Midlands Police area and these are:
Birmingham Central (Steelhouse Lane, City Centre) - open 24 hours a day.
Open daily between 8am and 10pm - Bloxwich, Bournville Lane, Brierley Hill, Coventry Central, Solihull, Stechford, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich,and Wolverhampton.

Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes speaking on the closures said: "The decision to close front offices has not been taken lightly and followed a year-long review speaking to our communities to gain a detailed understanding of the service we provide and thoroughly analysing footfall. The simple fact is front offices are hugely underused and cost the taxpayer millions each year to keep open. Nothing will change to the local delivery of policing - local neighbourhood teams will continue to patrol and be very much a part of their local community. Like all other forces, we have to continue to reduce spending and ensure taxpayers' money is spent on the services which matter to them most. We need to ensure we offer a service that is relevant to people in their daily lives. The closures follow analysis which showed there was little demand from the public during the evening and overnight and most people wanted more modern ways of contacting the police.

Maria's beautiful charity success continues

Published May 2015

Maria Petrou, the daughter of Petros and Yiola Petrou, the owners of Dad's Lane Fish Bar and Restaurant, who was crowned last year as Miss West Midlands 2014, is continuing her success this year. Maria has been crowned Miss Coventry 2015, which takes her forward to the finals of Miss England 2015. Maria explains, though, that this is 'beauty with a purpose' as through these competitions she continues to raise large amounts of money for charitable causes.

Maria has written an article explaining this - please click here. to read the article and to see photos. Also there are reports and photos of Maria's successes last year archived on the Local News page of this website.

Maria raises money for Acorns Hospice

Published December 2014

Miss West Midlands 2014 Maria Petrou, the daughter of Petros and Yiola Petrou, the owners of Dad's Lane Fish Bar and Restaurant, is pictured outside Acorns Children's Hospice in Selly Oak, presenting £630 of donations for the hospice. The money was raised during November through the sale of cupcakes and raffle tickets both at the Dad's Lane fish and chip shop and in Coventry where Maria is a university student. Earier in the year Maria and her family also raised a large sum of money for charity as part of the Miss England competition - please see our Local News page for details.

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Maria with Chris Reed from Acorns Children's Hospice. To view another photo of the presentation please click here. To find out more about Acorns Hospice please click here.

It's all change for rented accommodation in Selly Oak

Published December 2014

On 30 November 2014 Birmingham City Council (BCC) brought into force an Article 4 Direction covering parts of Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston. After this date properties in the area covered cannot be converted from domestic residences (use class C3) to small HMOs or houses in multiple occupancy (use class C4) without planning permission. BCC have set a threshold of 10% of properties within a 100m radius beyond which they will be inclined to reject applications for C3->C4 conversions.

There is a need to be vigilant in the affected areas otherwise HMO densities might increase to a point where the direction cannot be defended. If a house near you converts (or is being converted) to a C4 Small HMO you can check to see if it has permission. You can comment on applications for conversions on the planning website. You can report it using the form at the bottom of the council's planning enforcement page. All of this is explained with links to the relevant sources when you click here.

Local students learn about World War 1 with the help of centenarian Daisy

Published June 2014

Kings Norton Girls' School students held a Cross Curricular Day on Wednesday 25th June to create an immersive Great War experience and local Selly Park South residents Daisy Glenn (101 years old!) and her daughter Jeanne took part.

To read about this event and view photo of Daisy and Jeanne with the students please click here to be taken to Bournville News.

Maria at the Miss England Finals raises £ thousands for charity!

Published June 2014

Dad's Lane Fish Bar and Restaurant, normally closed on Sundays, opened specially on Sunday 27th April and Sunday 8th June to raise money for charity. This was because Maria, the daughter of the shop's owners, Petros and Yiola Petrou, reached the Semi-finals and then the Finals of the Miss England 2014 competition and entrants to this competition are raising money for Variety - The Children's Charity. For more information about Variety please click here


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Petros, Maria and Yiola

All of the money taken through the till on those Sundays, and contributions to raffles, raised over £8000 for the charity.

Yiola Pertrou, speaking for Maria and the family said "We would like to thank everyone very much for their support and contributions and also thank the local businesses who helped us with the raffle prizes."

The Semi-final was held on Sunday 24th May at Kelhall Country Park in Nottinghamshire, Maria was selected as Miss West Midlands 2014 and progressed to the Miss England Final. The Finals took place on 14th to 16th June at The Imperial Hotel, Torbay, and although Maria didn't win she did very well. Our congratulations to Maria and her family on their achievemnt.

Dad's Lane Chip Shop is located just across the river from Selly Park at 1 Dads Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham B13 8PG (0121 472 0017).

Police launch innovative new student safety website

Published March 2014

West Midlands Police have launched an innovative new website aimed at keeping the students of the region safe. While the force has always had information and advice available to students, the new 'Safer Students' site conveys it in a fresh and exciting way which they are hoping will engage students and encourage them to take some time to learn how to keep themselves safe. The 'Safer Students' site is a stand-alone website affiliated to the main West Midlands Police site. For full details please click here.

New dog control orders come into force

Published February 2014

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DOG OWNERS: Following a full public consultation, Birmingham City Council is implementing Dog Control Orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. These new orders introduced on 1st March 2014 and are being seen as measures to tackle issues caused by irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their pets. Offences will be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice and fine of £80. For further details please click here.

For a very useful guide on help that you can get if your dog goes missing, or if you find a lost dog, please click here.

We are very grateful to Carey Baff, Chair of the Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields, for providing this information.

Tribute to the late Christine Dempster

By Jeanne Glenn, Forum Secretary, on behalf of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee and the local community.

Our community mourns the death of the late Christine Dempster, who died suddenly on the evening of 28th November, 2013.

Christine was a founder member of our former Residents' Association (from July 1985); from that time she held senior positions on the committee, over many years, of the Association and then the Neighbourhood Forum.
We owe a great debt of thanks to her for the time she spent on our behalf, not only in attending committee meetings, but in organising events and being present at City Council Constituency, Ward and other meetings. She was not reticent in speaking out on our behalf. She must have delivered many thousands of newsletters and notices of meetings over the years.

Christine was a founder member of Neighbourhood Watch in our area and she received a certificate for long service. She was a member of the team organising the security gating of the entries and passageways - this took a tremendous amount of time because every householder (and absentee landlord) needed to give permission for the work to be carried out. Christine also helped to campaign for the pedestrian traffic lights on Pershore Road, as well as helping with the campaign to save our local Post Office, when we needed to collect signatures from residents.

Many young people, and parents, will remember her for her work at Moor Green Primary School during the lunch-hour, where she held various posts - she remembered the names of all the children. Many will be grateful to her also for her work for Avon - collecting orders and delivering those orders. Christ Church members are grateful for all the work she carried out there - at the Toddler Group and getting to know the children and parents and for her leadership role and teaching support of various groups.
Christine, you have been a great friend to so many of us and as we mourn your death, our thoughts and prayers are with Ian and the family who, like everyone else, are coming to terms with this great loss. We owe a great debt of gratitude to you - thank you and every blessing.

Jeanne Glenn - December 2013.

Funeral: On Friday 20th December there was a thanksgiving service for the life of Christine at 11.00am at Christ Church Selly followed by the commital at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Selly Oak. Afterwards a reception was held at Christ Church Selly Park. Around 100 people attended the funeral.

Published December 2013

Selly Park based company Education Staffing Link is proud to be supporting The Acorns Children's Hospice

Published Thursday 28th November 2013

Education Staffing Link has announced that the company, which has offices in Selly Park South on Pershore Road, is delighted to be supporting The Acorns Children's Hospice in Birmingham. Jonathan Dakin from the company said: 'This is a fantastic charity that cares for patients and families in Birmingham, by offering day care, short breaks, emergency medical care and end of life care. We are really humbled to be associated with the hospice, and we are looking forward to helping the hospice with its fundraising activities in the future. We have also set up a JustGiving page, where you can make a donation to the Acorns Children's Hospice direct, and where you can also see what fundraising campaigns we are currently involved in. Please click on the link below to find out more information. To visit the page please click here.

About Acorns Children's Hospice: Acorns Children's Hospice offers a round the clock network of care and support to children and young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions. Acorns has three hospices in Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester, offering day care, short breaks, emergency medical care and end of life care. The hospices are designed to be a home-from-home environment to help children enjoy their stay and make the most of every day. Special adolescent wings ensure privacy for older children and a family flat on site enables families to stay close to their loved ones. A highly experienced and dedicated community team also give support to the family at home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It costs over £8 million a year to maintain the vital services Acorns provides. Every day £750 is needed for each individual child's care. The charity relies on voluntary donations, fundraising and community support to fund over 70% of its income. For every pound received, 88p is spent directly on providing care services. The other 12p goes towards raising the next pound. Acorns currently cares for over 640 children and 910 families, including the bereaved. There is no charge to families to use Acorns services. To find out more about the work of Acorns, and how you can help raise vital funds, please visit www.acorns.org.uk or call 01564 825000.

Official opening ceremony of the new Dogpool Lane Bridge

Published Wednesday 25th September 2013

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The official opening ceremony including the unveiling of a commemorative plaque took place at the Bridge at 6.00pm on Tuesday 24th September. The opening was conducted by Councillor Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills. Cllr Ali was most ably assisted by local resident, Daisy Glenn, who became 100 years old earlier in the year. Local residents turned out to watch the opening. The project was a model of good cooperation and working relationships between Birmingham City Council, their partners Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management PFI at Amey plc, the principle contractors R and C Williams Ltd, and local community organisations. Present athe opening were From Birmingham City Council Councillor, Tahir Ali (Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills), Councillor Dave Radcliffe (Ward Councillor for Selly Oak), John Blakemore (Director of Highways and Resilience), and Kamyar Tavassoli (Head of Infrastructure). From Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management PFI at Amey plc, Mark Winthorpe (Construction Manager Bridges, Structures & Tunnels), Eddie Fellows (Highways Network Manager), Mark Butler (Dogpool Bridge Replacement Project Site Manager), Jonathan Hendy (Dogpool Bridge Replacement Project Site Manager), Debbie Poynton (Customer Services Manager), Lara Thorns, Christina Sertaridou and Steve Ashley. From R & C Williams Ltd Civil Engineering, Nigel Drew (Managing Director). From Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, John Williams (Chair), Jeanne Glenn (Secretary), Daisy Glenn (Guest of Honour) and John Clayton (Flood Action Coordinator). From Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Peter Walker (Chair) and Margaret Walker. From Moor Green Lane Residents Association West, Fiona Tyson (Chair), Jacquie Dewsbury (Secretary), Michael Dewsbury. From Warwards Lane Neighbourhood Watch, Garry Sayers (Coordinator).

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Guest of Honour Daisy Glenn and Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills Councilllor Tahir Ali officially opening the new bridge.

The bridge replacement project involved the replacement of the existing road bridge linking Dogpool Lane and Dad's Lane to satisfy current highway loading requirements and reduce the risk of flooding in the area. The original concrete bridge, which was opened in 1907, was under capacity with intermediate propping which restricted the watercourse of the River Rea). The works were carried out in three distinct phases: Phase 1, commencing June 2012, the construction of a temporary footbridge adjacent to the original road bridge to maintain access over the river for pedestrians and cyclists, and for the temporary diversion of existing services. Phase 2, commencing August 2012, the temporary diversion of services (BT, Virgin Media, Severn Trent Water, Western Power Distribution and National Grid) from the original road bridge onto the temporary footbridge. Phase 3, commencing October 2012, the demolition of the original bridge and construction of a new bridge including incorporation of services. The road was closed to all traffic from Monday 22nd October 2012 and the new bridge re-opened to vehicle traffic on Monday 20th May, precisely on schedule. The construction site compound was cleared and the grassland re-instated in June 2013. Final snagging work was completed by the end of August 2013.

THE REBUILDING OF DOGPOOL LANE BRIDGE IN 2012 - 2013 HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LOCAL EVENTS OF RECENTS YEARS. A DETAILED ILLUSTRATED REPORT OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT CAN BE FOUND ON THE FEATURES PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE.

Daisy Glenn

Updated Monday 2nd March 2015

We are very sad to report that Daisy passed away on the afternoon of Friday 23rd January 2015. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Jeanne, her son John and his wife Mary, and by all of her loved ones and many friends. We extend our deepest sympathy and also give grateful thanks for Daisy's very long and happy life and for the fact she remained fully active in both mind and body right up to her very last day. Some 270 people attended Daisy's funeral which was held at Christ Church Selly Park on Wednesday 25th February.

Daisy's 100th birthday!

Published Thursday 21st March 2013


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Daisy on her 100th birthday with her greetings card from Her Majesty The Queen. Please click on the card to read the message inside!

Daisy Glenn, who lives in Kitchener Road, was born on the 14th March 1913 in Walsall, the eldest daughter of James and Emily.

The family moved to Brownhills and Daisy attended School at Walsall Wood - Daisy was the eldest of five daughters and one brother. They all enjoyed the countryside and walking the dogs.

On leaving school, Daisy worked in Station Street, Walsall, where she learned her trade of dressmaker, which stood her in good stead over the war years and beyond.

Daisy and Harold John (Jack) Glenn married in 1937 at the Church in Walsall Wood and moved to Cheltenham and then to Birmingham in 1938 where they first settled in our neighbourhood in Cecil Road. Jack trained at Monyhull Hall as a psychiatric nurse and during the war he worked nights and Daisy looked after John and Jeanne with the help of the neighbours. In 1956 the family moved "round the corner" into Kitchener Road where Daisy and Jeanne have lived ever since.

Her beloved Jack died when Daisy was 46 and this meant she had to give up her dressmaking and go out to work - first at Elizabeth Hadley House as cook, then to the Engineering Centre in Broad Street, and latterly until retirement at Rackhams, where she was Assistant Supervisor on the Coffee Bar.

She loved to travel and now loves her time at the caravan in the Mendips (on the same plinth for 36 years!), her tea dances, and helping Jeanne with her community and church activities as her unofficial PA! Daisy - a great treasure at 100 years! Celebrations continue all week. Many congratulations Daisy, we wish you the happiest of times!

To view of photographic collage of the celebration of Daisy's birthday please click HERE. Included are photos of Daisy with The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, John and Kathleen Lines (top row, centre); Steve McCabe , MP for Birmingham Selly Oak Constituency (bottom row, centre); The Reverend Geoff Lanham, Vicar of Christ Church Selly Park (top row, right); John and Jeanne Glenn, Daisy's son and daughter (middle row, centre and right); and John Williams, Chair of Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum (top row, left).

Pebble Mill and Holders Lane Fields

Published Monday 4th February 2013

At a public meeting held in Selly Park last week the Friends of Pebble Mill and Holders Lane Playing Fields was formally constituted and officers and management committee elected to serve for the next year. For further information and to read a letter from the Ward Chairs for Selly Oak and Moseley - Kings Heath clarifying the position of the City Council in relation to the Fields please see the Links to other websites section on our HOME PAGE.

St Andrew's Healthcare development plans approved

Updated Friday 30th November 2012

The outline planning application for the further development of the St Andrew's Healthcare facility in Dogpool Lane was approved (with conditions) on Thursday 22nd November by the Planning Committee of Birmingham City Council. The plans are explained on our LOCAL NEWS page and include a strong element of flood defence and attenuation which will in the coming years we hope eliminate the threat of river flooding in Selly Park South. Further news of these developments will appear on this website.

To view the outline planning consent document please click HERE.

St Andrew's Healthcare Birmingham Development Plans

Published Saturday 29th September 2012 and updated Wednesday 17th October2012

St Andrew' Healthcare (SAH) is the UK's largest Mental Healthcare Charity. The SAH Birmingham hospital is located on the southern side of Dogpool Lane and has been fully operational since 2009. It currently has 128 bed spaces and provides approximately 285 jobs. It has operated very successfully over the past three and a half years. The landholding of SAH Birmingham consists principally of the present hospital site, the former Kidderminster carpets warehouse, the site of the current Devon House (South Birmingham NHS Mental Healthcare Trust outpatients unit) and the undeveloped flood plain area extending eastwards to the River Rea.

The proposal is to masterplan the entire landholding of SAH with a view to phased development through an outline planning approach. This will include redeveloping the Kidderminster Carpet site, redeveloping parts of the existing hospital site, taking over and redeveloping the Devon House site and developing (constructing new buildings) on the flood plain area. This will raise the number of bed spaces to 250 over time with a proportionate increase in employment of hospital staff.

The proposal will necessitate flood mitigation work including flood defences and flood attenuation measures to protect the new development and to ensure that it does not have an adverse effect on river flow or local flooding. Indeed the flood mitigation work will reduce the risk of flooding of the local neighbourhood by the River Rea whilst not causing any increase in the risk of surface water flooding as a result of the new developments.

A wetland area will be created beyond the flood defence embankment alongside the River Rea and will comprise permanent ponds along with seasonal pools and swales, whilst retaining level meadow areas for access. This area will be beneficial in terms of the local ecology and will also provide flood attenuation.

The development will continue to improve the street scene along the southern side of Dogpool Lane for much of its length. This will be achieved by further tree planting and landscaping, the removal of the unsightly former warehouse and the undistinguished frontage of Devon House and the removal of the somewhat forbidding brick wall to the east of its car park.

To see a map showing the proposed developments please click HERE.

The above paragraphs consist substantially of extracts from the outline planning application document with some adaptations and clarification by the editor of this website. The planning application documentation can be accessed at www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline ref. 2012/06034/PA. Although the reuquested date for comments has passed there is still an opportunity to do so until the statutory public consultation period ends on Friday 5th October. Letters from Birmingham City Council advising residents of this were delivered to local residents earlier in September.

An exhibition of the proposals was held at Christ Church Selly Park on Monday 2nd July to which all local residents were invited in a letter from the City Council. Representatives from SAH were present to discuss the proposals.

The proposals were discussed at the meeting of the Selly Park South Forum Management Committee on Thursday 27th September. It was agreed that SAH Birmingham has proved to be a very good neighbour including its support of the local community (especially in storing our flood defence equipment for us and delivering it during flood alerts), improving the street scene of Dogpool Lane and providing local employment and trade all without any detriment to the neighbourhood. The expansion of the hospital will extend these benefits including providing the local neighbourhood with improved flood defences. Accordingly the meeting of the Management Committee voted unanimously in support of the proposals.

There was an opportunity for local residents to find out more and discuss the plans at the Open Meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum which was held on Tuesday 16th October, at which the Hospital Director, Lisa Powell, gave information and answered questions.

Neighbourhood resilience in the face of flood threat

Updated Saturday 29th September 2012

The Selly Park South Flood Action Plan was activated on Monday 24th September for the second time in three months when homes were again threatened by flooding. On this occasion the cause was flooding from the River Rea as a result of 57mm of rain falling in the 24 hour period starting from 1.00PM on Sunday. The long term average rainfall for September in Birmingham is 54mm, so more than a month's rainfall fell in just 24 hours. There had been good advance warning of the rainfall and flood risk. The Met Office issued a Yellow Alert for heavy rain on Monday at 1.04PM on Sunday and this was upgraded to an Amber Warning at 4.47AM on Monday. Likewise the Environment Agency issued a Flood Alert (Flooding is possible - be prepared) for Monday on the River Rea and River Cole at 5.23PM on Sunday and a Flood Warning (Flooding is expected - immediate action required) was issued for the Stirchley and Selly Park stretch of the River Rea at 9.03AM on Monday.

The volunteers of the Selly Park South Flood Action Group who were already on standby were then mobilised, flood defence equipment was ordered and delivered from out of its store place at St Andrews Healthcare and the Highways Drainage Department of Birmingham City Council were requested to deliver sand bags to the neighbourhood in accordance with the arrangement which SPS Flood Group has with the department. Many residents, especially in Fashoda Road, Cecil Road and Hobson Road, aware of the likelihood of flooding and alerted by automated phone and text warnings from the Environment Agency, if registered with the EA Flood Warnings Direct service, were already taking steps to defend their homes and were assisted by the volunteers of the Flood Action Group. Further warning and advice announcements were made by Flood Action Group volunteers via megaphones. The sand bags arrived and Flood Action Group volunteers assisted with distribution.

As expected, the River Rea overspilled its western bank up stream of Dogpool Lane Bridge and flood water flowed across the vacant flood plain land owned by St Andrews Healthcare, emerging via the factory unit car park and flooding Dogpool Lane. Some flow started into Fashoda Road but fortunately at this stage the river level peak and the flow of water along Fashoda Road stabilised without further threatening properties. Had the river level risen another 10cm or more then the flood defences which residents and Flood Group volunteers had put in place would really have been vital. At approx 1.30PM advice received from the Environment Agency indicated that the rain area was moving away northwards with no more threatened and that river levels were starting to fall. The Flood Group volunteers were stood down at 2.00PM.

The events of Monday demonstrated how effectively local neighbourhood resilience can work with residents and Flood Group volunteers acting together to defend homes and effectively supported by Birmingham City Council, the Environment Agency, St Andrews Healthcare and the Amey plc site staff from the Dogpool Lane Bridge construction site. However, the long term solution to our flooding problem would be the construction of a flood defence along the western side of the River Rea upstream from Dogpool Lane Bridge. Such a scheme, which would also include a strong flood attenuation element, is a key part of the current outline expansion plans, which have been proposed by St Andrews Healthcare.

On the morning of Saturday 29th September volunteers from the Flood Action Group delivered updated Flood Information Packs to residents in the flood risk zone. These packs have been produced jointly between SPS Flood Action Group, Birmingham City Council's Resilience Team (Emergency Planning Department) and the Environment Agency. They take into account experience gained and changes that have taken place since the original packs were produced in September 2009, including the flood event of 28th June 2012, although obviously they went to print before the event of 24th September 2012. Residents are urged to read the information thoroughly and keep the information packs in an accessible but safe place. If you live within the flood risk zone and are not registered with the Environment Agency Flood Warnings Direct service, please refer to the Local Flood Risk section lower down this Home Page to find out how to register.

The formation of The Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill (Kitchener Road) Fields organisation

Published Wednesday 12 September 2012

On the evening of Tuesday 11th September over one hundred residents from Selly Park South, the Selly Park Avenues and Sir John's Road, Moor Green Lane West and Elizabeth Road and Holders Lane and Gardens met at Christ Church Selly Park to form The Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill (Kitchener Road) Fields organisation. Also present were a number of South Birmingham residents from other locations who visit the Fields, Sarah Royal of Birmingham Open Spaces Forum in an advisory capacity and as observers Tony Fox of Cannon Hill Friends, Councillor Karen McCarthy and Councillor Dave Radcliffe (other local ward councillors having sent their apologies for being unable to attend).

The Acting Chair of the meeting was John Clayton, Communications Officer for Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, who firstly welcomed people to the meeting and outlined the purpose of the meeting and the proposed procedure to be followed. To read his opening remarks which set the scene for the meeting please click here.

The enabling motion to establish The Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields organisation was then put to the meeting, discussed and with minor amendments made it was formally proposed, seconded and approved unanimously. To read the enabling motion please click here.

An invitation was then offered to the residents present to put their names forward to become the Interim Chair of the organisation. Matthew Brockington of Selly Park South was the only person to come forward. He explained his ideas regarding the work of the Friends organisation, was formally proposed and seconded and elected nem con.

An invitation was then offered to the residents present to put their names forward to become members of the Interim Management Committee. Those standing were: Carey Baff (SPA/SJR), Linda Bailey (SPS), Katy Bennett (SPS), Peter Bloomer (SPS), Cath Clayton (SPS), Helen Grego (MGL/ER), Joseph Keating (HL/HG), Maggie Leaver (SPA/SJR), Bill Miller (SPS), Ben Pacey (MGL/ER). (KEY: HL/HG Holders Lane and Gardens, MGL/ER Moor Green Lane West and Elizabeth Road, SPA/SJR Selly Park Avenues and Sir Johns Road, SPS Selly Park South).r It was the wish of the meeting that all who put their names forward should be elected and this was accordingly done. The Interim Chair and Management Committee are elected for a the period until the end of March 2013 at the latest, when the draft constitution will be brought to another public meeting of residents for approval and a chair, officers and mananagement committee elected according to that constitution.

Matthew Brockington took over chairing the meeting and Sarah Royal of Birmingham Open Spaces Forum explained the steps that the Interim Management Committee would now need to take and the help that her organisation could give. There was then a period of open debate before the meeting closed at approximately 9.45pm.

Once fully constituted it is expected that the Friends organisation will develop its own website but meanwhile the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum website will host news and information from the Interim Management Committee which will be provided with space at the top of the LOCAL NEWS page. The forwarding contact details for the Friends Organisation are: Phone 0121 415 5088 and email sps.webeditor@yahoo.co.uk

A message from the Chair, Matthew Brockington: Mailing list - the emails provided at the meeting on Tuesday have been added to the mailing list and an update sent out. However some names remain impossible to resolve so it may that people who put forward their details have not received this update. If you know anyone which wishes to be on the mailing list but has not received a message, please ask them to send an email to me at matthew.brockington@btinternet.com. That is probably the surest way of ensuring that a valid email can be included on the list.

The future of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill (Kitchener Road) Playing fields

Published 27th June 2012 2012

128 residents from the communities around the playing fields packed the Main Hall of Christ Church Selly Park on the evening of Tuesday 26th June to discuss the future of this highly valued local green space following requests by two organisations to the previous Birmingham City Council Conservative Lib-Dem administration to significantly invest in the playing fields. These organisations were University College Birmingham (UCB) and Kingsbridge Community Sports. The new Labour administration has put the whole matter on hold for investigation and consideration but it remains the case that UCB put 'a further official written proposal to the City Council May 2012' which will have to be considered. Should the City Council decide to continue along the lines of the previous administration then proposals by other outside organisations would have to be considered in the procurement and leasing process which would further complicate the situation and possibly further endanger the current nature of the green space.

Presentations were made to the meeting by speakers from UCB, Kingsbridge Community Sports, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF), Cannon Hill Park Friends and three City Councillors from Selly Park and Moseley - Kings Heath Wards. In the debate that followed repeated and strong opposition was expressed to any plans which would substantially change the nature of the playing fields and there was a clear majority of residents wishing that the green space be left substantially unchanged with only small scale improvements. There was also a strong feeling that the area should remain for the recreation of the residents of Birmingham and under the sole ownership and administration of the people of Birmingham through the City Council. The meeting concluded with a suggestion from the floor that a Friends of the Playing Fields organisation should be established (similar to several other areas of parkland in South Birmingham) with representation from all of the communities around the playing fields to champion the future of this green space. A show of hands indicated strong support for this proposal. Over the coming weeks and months local residents will work with the assistance of BOSF to achieve this aim. A further meeting for residents will be convened as soon as is practical to set this process in motion.

THE BACKGROUND TO THE MEETING:

The previous Conservative - Lib Dem administration of Birmingham City Council was in the process of considering whether Holders Lane and Pebble Mill (Kitchener Road) Playing Fields should be leased on a long term basis to a suitable organisation for community and sports use, who would then improve the quality of the facilities including replacing the now derelict pavilion at Holders Lane.

Discussions had taken place with two interested parties namely University College Birmingham (UCB) and the Kingsbridge Community Sports organisation. Latterly discussions had concentrated on the UCB proposals although if the City Council had decided to proceed, the grant of the lease would still have been subject to normal bidding and procurement processes and planning consents would be required.

The UCB proposals were to develop the facilities on the Holders Lane side of the river principally for university use. The existing derelict pavilion would be demolished and a new, larger multi-purpose building would be built in a different location (see plans below). Crucially for Selly Park the proposals would also include development of the Pebble Mill Fields on the Selly Park side of the river for community use, particularly pitches which could be used by local schools. Changing rooms and a car park would be built on the flood plain with vehicle access opened up via Wallace Road. To see the UCB proposals please click here and click here.

The Kingsbridge proposals were to develop the facilities only on the Holders Lane side including improved pitches and a new pavilion and sports hall on the site of the current derelict building. The first draft of the Kingsbridge plans which were first published in October 2010, can be seen by clicking here and by clicking here, although please note further local consultations have since taken place and Kingsbridge are in the process of producing a second draft of their plans, which they expect to circulate later in the year.

Under both sets of proposals Holders Woods would be preserved intact and under both sets of proposals pitch hire for community use would be at 'affordable' prices.

Since the change in control of the City Council on 3rd May a halt has been put to all proceedings for the time being by the new Labour administration so they can reassess and consult.

Recent Flood Events - Putting the Record Straight (Again)

Published Sunday 8th July 2012

With reference to the article IT'S ANOTHER WEEKEND WASHOUT! IN THE Birmingham Mail Saturday 7th July, Page 5, para 2 'Residents in Fashoda Road....' the Selly Park South Flood Action Group Coordinator respectfully points out that there is a factual error, an inconsistency and an omission:

To read the article as published on the Mail's website please click here.

The sandbags which were provided for residents on Thursday 28th June were supplied by Birmingham City Council as Lead Local Flood Authority and NOT the Environment Agency.

The statement that "...they (the Agency) tried to take them back but we kept them" is contrary to all normal practice and I saw and heard no evidence of this. As soon as the City Council contractors had delivered the bags their lorries and vans left to recharge and supply other areas. No vehicles returned to try to collect the bags back, which would be impractical anyway because once made wet with flood water they are too heavy to transport and may be contaminated and therefore cannot be reused.

The article did not report the fact that a supply of 200 new sand bags was delivered to the neighbourhood yesterday morning ahead of any possible further flooding (which mercifully did not occur). As Fashoda Road was adequately defended with the bags from last week and other defences were still in place, these new bags were distributed to residents in other roads within the neighbourhood flood risk zone which did not receive bags the previous Thursday. The distribution was carried out by VOLUNTEERS from Selly Park South Flood Action Group who were on duty for much of the day to help residents if further flooding occurred, which thankfully did not happen.

Please see also related comment on newspaper reporting below: RESPONSES TO THE CRITICISMS OF THE FLOOD ACTION GROUP BY RESIDENTS OF FASHODA ROAD PUBLISHED IN THE BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY 3RD JULY 2012.

The Flood of Thursday 28th June 2012

Updated Wednesday 4th July 2012

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MINISTERIAL VISIT Saturday 30th June: From left to right - Steve Morley (Environment Agency), Government Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP, Jeanne Glenn (Secretary SPS Forum) and John Clayton (SPS Flood Action Coordinator) discuss the problem of flooding in Selly Park South.

THIS WAS THE FIRST SERIOUS FLOODING IN SELLY PARK SOUTH SINCE THE MAJOR FLOOD EVENT OF SATURDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2008. The roads most seriously affected were Fashoda Road south of Hobson Road and Dogpool Lane between Fashoda Road and Cecil Road. There was also some flooding in lower Hobson Road, Cecil Road and lower Kitchener Road.

  • A large photograph of Fashoda Road flooded covers the front page of the Birmingham Mail on Friday 29th June with further pictures and reports on the following three pages.
  • The rain storm which caused the flooding developed very rapidly as it moved towards Birmingham from the south. Whilst there was a Met Office Yellow Warning for possible heavy rain in Birmingham a storm of this magnitude had not been forecast.
  • The rain storm, accompanied by lightning and very loud thunder commenced at around 10:00BST and continued for approximately one hour at high intensity. The rain then eased and stopped during the early afternoon.
  • Birmingham Selly Oak Weather Station situated here in Selly Park recorded 41.1mm of rain during the storm. In comparison rainfall on 6th Sep 2008 was 46.0mm, although spread over a longer period. This time there had been hardly any rainfall in the preceding 24 hours and the river level was low at outset. On 6th Sep 2008 there had been 34.0mm in the preceding 24 hours and the river was bankfull at the outset of the rain storm.
  • On Thursday 28th June the River Rea at the Environment Agency (EA) Calthorpe Park level gauge peaked at 2.11 metres between 12:00BST and 13:00BST. In contrast the peak on 6th September 2008 was 2.20 metres. The Selly Park EA level gauge a few hundred metres upstream of Dogpool Bridge has been installed since 2008 in response to that flooding incident. This gauge peaked at 2.10 metres between 12:00BST and 13:30BST on 28th June. Flood warning level on the gauge is set at 1.46 metres. The automated Flood Warnings Direct messages were sent out to all residents on the system at 11:26BST. Prior to the rain storm the river had been running at a consistent level of 0.30 metres.
  • The first consequence of the rain storm was rapid surface water flooding in Dogpool Lane between Cecil Road and Fashoda Road and in Fashoda Road from Dogpool Lane to Hobson Road. Then as the River Rea approached and held at its peak, flood water overspilled the western bank 250 metres upstream from Dogpool Bridge and flowed across the open flood plain land owned by St Andrews Healthcare, emerged into the car park of Leake's factory unit, continued across Dogpool Lane and started flowing along Fashoda Road. (It should be noted that the rain water flowing from the St Andrews Healthcare buildings, car park and drive flows into an attenuation pool on their site which then stores the water during the flood and releases it slowly to the river once the flood has subsided. Therefore the building of St Andrews has actually reduced the amount of water running off that site during rain storms). From the water flowing along Fashoda Road there was some flowage down the alleyways of the Fashoda Road houses towards the rear of the properties in Cecil Road but the main flow of water turned down Hobson Road, along Cecil Road where it pooled at the corner of Kitchener Road and flowed towards the playing fields.
  • This is the same mechanism that operated in the September 2008 flood except mercifully the volume and depth were not as great. This is probably because the river started rising from a much lower level than on 6th September 2008 and because there had been very little rainfall in the previous 6 days (6.8mm) compared with 86.8mm in the 6 days prior to the September 2008 flood. Therefore whilst in September 2008 the ground was saturated before the rain storm on Thursday 28th June there was at least some storage capacity in the ground meaning that less overspill water from the Rea reached the streets of Selly Park South. However the main sewer was running at over capacity and blew inspection covers on the Kitchener Road Playing Fields, and because of the running at over capacity it meant the water could not drain effectively from roads such as Dogpool Lane and Fashoda Road for some time. During the afternoon as river and sewer levels fell the water on the roads started draining and by 18:00BST most of it had gone and the flood was over.
RESPONDING TO THE FLOOD - Reporting on the actions of residents, Selly Park South Flood Action Group, Birmingham City Council Highways Drainage Department, Birmingham City Council Resilience Team, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent plc, the Emergency Services:

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Distribution of sand bags by City Council contractors taking place in flooded Fashoda Road on Saturday 28th June

  • RESIDENTS in the affected and threatened locations: Those at home defended their properties with sand bags, boards, air brick covers etc. Those registered for EA Flood Warnings Direct came home where possible and did likewise. Residents helped neighbours in need.
  • SPS FLOOD GROUP: The Flood Action Coordinator came on-street shortly after the surface water flooding had begun, and put Flood Group personnel on Flood Action Plan Alert Level 1 (Standby). After a short evaluation of the situation including upstream at the point where the river overspills, the Coordinator escalated the Flood Plan straight to Level 3 (Call-out of personnel and eqyuipment). The Coordinator ordered a supply of sand bags from Birmingham City Council Highways Drainage Department. As soon as there were Flood Group personnel at area control points, the Coordinator ordered delivery of equipment (megaphones and air brick covers) from local storage at St Andrews Healthcare (SAH) which was then delivered by SAH staff. Flood Group personnel warned residents of the situation by loud hailer, where needed distributed air brick covers and provided other help and advice.
  • HIGHWAYS DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT: Ordered contractors to deliver a total of 375 sand bags. There was some delay in their arrival because the delivery lorries were caught in the city-wide traffic disruption caused by the storm. Thankfully the sand bags were delivered in time for residents to defend their properties. The contractor's workers gave a great deal of help in putting the sand bags in place, especially for vulnerable residents.
  • BIRMINGHAM RESILIENCE TEAM: Provided Flood Coordinator with information, advice and help throughout the incident and deployed an officer to give on-the-ground assistance.
  • ENVIRONMENT AGENCY: Provided flood warnings and river level gauge information and sent out officers to evaluate the situation on-the-ground.
  • SEVERN TRENT plc: Sent out an officer to evaluate the situation during the flood. On Friday, following the flood they sent out staff to replace blown sewer inspection covers on Kitchener Road Playing Fields but it was not until 16:00BST on Sunday that a clean-up team arrived to clear the sewage detritus from our playing fields, despite a number of requests to do so from the Flood Action Coordinator, Duty Officers of the City Council, Councillor Karen McCArthy and Steve McCabe MP. By 18:00BST on Sunday the site of contamination had been cleared of all but the finest paper debris and disinfected. It is now safe.
  • EMERGENCY SERVICES: 999 call to Fire Service by Flood Coordinator established that they were not attending incidents like ours. Calls to West Midlands Police were made by Flood Action Coordinator (999), Birmingham Resilience Team and Councillor Karen McCarthy for assistance in dealing with the traffic problems on Dogpool Lane and the side roads. No assistance sent by the police. Flood Action Group personnel and residents were left to try to deal with this issue themselves with some very valuable help given by Amey Birmingham Highways plc staff from the Dogpool Bridge Reconstruction Project and Selly Oak Constituency.
CONCLUSION: Damage to properties by flood water was very limited - it could have been so much worse. The support agencies, with the exceptions stated, worked very well. The Flood Action Plan tested for real for the first time did its job effectively although we will take on board improvements which could be made.

RESPONSES TO THE CRITICISMS OF THE FLOOD ACTION GROUP BY RESIDENTS OF FASHODA ROAD PUBLISHED IN THE BIRMINGHAM MAIL TUESDAY 3RD JULY 2012: Please HERE and HERE to read these. To read the article on the Birmingham Mail website please click here.



Selly Park Technology College for Girls 1911-2011 Centenary Celebration

Published October 2011

100 year ago in October 1911, the school in Selly Park first opened its doors. The school consisted of a Boys Junior, Girls Junior and an Infants Department. The first Headmistress of the Girls School was a Miss Helena Barnes and she had 260 pupils on her books. Now 100 years on, the school is celebrating the Centenary. Selly Park has enjoyed an eventful history and would like to share some of those events with you.

On Saturday 1st October the school opened between 11:00am and 3:00pm to past and present pupils, their friends and family and the community for its Centenary Day. There were exhibitions and displays as well as performances from the choir and musicians. The Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress were both be in attendance (The Deputy Lady Mayoress being herself a former pupil of Selly Park.)

To view a set of photographs of the event please click HERE.

Selly Oak New Road (SONR)

Published August 2011

THE NEWEST SECTION OF THE ROAD WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST 2011.

The newly opened A38 two lane, single carriageway road to relieve the Bristol Road through the Selly Oak Centre (Phase 2 of the sceheme) runs between the junction of Bristol Road with Edgbaston Park Road (University South Gate and Tesco site) to the roundabout on the previously opened section between Harborne Lane, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Medical School - University Station (Phase 1A of the scheme). Bristol Road through Selly Oak Centre has been reclassified as the B38. Phase 1B will eventually complete the scheme and entails Sainsbury's building a new store on the former Birmingham Battery site which would then release land in Harborne Lane for a widened road. To see a plan of this final proposed part of the scheme please click here. Many thanks to Selly Park resident who has very kindly provided us with the weekly updates on the progress of the New Road throughout its construction.

How do you think the opening of this latest phase of the New Road has affected traffic flow? How is it affecting your own journeys? If you have views on this, please do let us know via the Contact Us page of the website. We will publish shortly a summary of comments received.


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Photo above: The junction of the newly opened, latest phase of the A38 Selly Oak New Road and the Bristol Road (now the B38) taken on Sunday 21st August.

The Latest illustrated project newsletter was published by the contractors at the end of July with much more information and photographs connected with the project. To see this please click here. Please note that this is a large pdf file and may take a few seconds to download.

 


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