Your NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM- news, information and calendar
Mobile rubbish collections - the next scheduled mobile rubbish collections will be on 7 August (Woodside Avenue) 22 August (Dobbs Mill Road) and 4 September (Upland Road)
Pebble Mill Field construction project: - we're advised by the Environment Agency that the flood barrier construction project on Pebble Mill Field is now expected to start at the beginning of August 2023 with a duration of 12 months. The EA have now confirmed the start date as Monday 7 August. There will be a ramping up of activity starting with removing the existing fencing and gates at the end of Wallace Road for access and preparing the site. More information soon.
Events Calendar Upcoming events in our area
Tuesday 25 July - Ward meeting 7.00-8.30 pm Christ Church Pershore Road
Monday 7 August - mobile rubbish collection - Woodside Avenue
Tuesday 22 August - mobile rubbish collection - Dobbs Mill Road
Monday 4 September - mobile rubbish collection - Upland Road
Tuesday 17 October - SPS Forum AGM & open meeting 7.30-9.00 pm Christ Church Pershore Road
Next Forum Open Meetings
Open meetings of the Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum have been scheduled as follows:
Tuesday 25 April (held - minutes to follow)
Tuesday 11 July (held - minutes to follow)
Tuesday 17 October (AGM)
All at 7.30 pm at Christchurch Pershore Road B29 7PS
Further meeting dates to be announced in due course
Coronation bank holiday - we held a big lunch to celebrate the Spring bank holiday, the coronation, and the Birmingham half marathon
Over the weekend of Saturday 6/Sunday 7 May:
Christ Church showed the Coronation on TV on the Saturday
Sunday morning - residents supported the half marathon runners! Selly Park has a tradition of coming out to cheer on the runners in the half marathon and residents showed up in numbers this year!
Community Big Lunch - and after the half marathon, there was a BBQ at Christ Church - the weather was amazing and over 150 residents attended for great food and chat with our community!
Look out for more community events - or why not suggest something & get involved!
Flood Risk in Selly Park South
The parts of Selly Park South which have previously been at risk of
flooding by the River Rea are now protected by the Environment Agency
Selly Park South Flood Risk Management Scheme and so risk of river
flooding is low. A number of locations in our neighbourhood,
like many others in the country do, however, remain at risk from surface water
flooding if very heavy rainfall overwhelms the road drainage system.
Locations at risk of surface water flooding are: Fashoda Road, the sections of Hobson Road and Kitchener Road downslope from Fashoda Road, Cecil Road, the houses close to the river bridge in Moor Green Lane and some of the houses in Dogpool Lane close to Fashoda Road.
Advice to residents in these locations: Keep aware of weather forecasts online, on television or on radio and keep aware of Environment Agency (EA) flood warnings. For advice and to register to receive flood warnings direct from the Environment Agency please go online to www.gov.uk/check-long-term-flood-risk or phone 0345 988 1188. To check for current level of flood risk go online to www.gov.uk/check-flooding or phone 0345 988 1188.
Simple measures to protect against flooding include flood sacks or flood boards (to protect gateways and doorways) and flood protection air brick covers (to prevent flood water getting into the space under the floor). These items are available from DIY stores and online.
Road drains: If you notice a road drain near your house is blocked by debris beneath the grill or is not taking water away during or following heavy rainfall, then please report it to the City Council. A link for doing this online is on the Neighbourhood Forum website, or you can report by phone on 0121-303-6644.
Selly Park South Flood Action Group liaises with Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency and aims to assist residents, where possible, at times of flooding. (Please note, the group is not able to provide a flood warning service – this is provided by the EA). The group is supported by local volunteers, is part of the Neighbourhood Forum and can be contacted via the Forum website www.sellyparksouth.com/contact-us
The forum - background and information
Your Management Committee
At the Forum open meeting held on 20 September 2022 a new committee was elected. The committee met on 15 November 2022 and elected a chair, secretary and treasurer. Following these elections the committee is as follows:
Chair: Jennie Price
Secretary: Matthew Brockington
Treasurer: Clare Lewis
Lydia Handy (Communications officer)*
Bobbie Frere (co-opted)
Malcolm Hancox (stood down May 2023)
*At a commitee meetig held on 1 August 2023, Lydia Handy was appointed Communications Officer
We would like to thank Malcolm for his invaluable contribution to the committee and the forum
New members can be co-opted at any time, and members can be elected at our AGM (next AGM - 17 October). Want to get involved? speak to a member of the committee at an open meeting
Our public open meetings
Our open meetings are held quarterly, generally around October, February, May and July. This year (2023) the first meeting of the year was held in January, with the next in April and further meetings scheduled for July and October (see the top of this page and the post on the home page for more details).
At the AGM members of the Management Committee and officers are appointed. Meetings are held at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, B29 7PS.
We are very grateful to the Church for the use of the building. Please note, however, that we are independent of the Church, and politically neutral.
Minutes of open meetings and committee meetings will be published on this website as soon as possible after the meetings
The area covered by our Forum extends from Priory Avenue in the north to Dogpool Lane in the south and from the western side of Pershore Road to the River Rea in the east, a total of over 700 households. See map to the right of this webpage.
Membership is free to residents and open to all people aged 16 and over who live within the neighbourhood. Free membership is possible thanks to an annual grant provided by Birmingham City Council. Our Forum also seeks funding for special projects through a range of discretionary grants.
Forum Aims and Objectives
The main objective of the Forum is to enhance and maintain the quality of the area in which we live, by:
Discussing and influencing issues affecting the local community
Informing the public of social developments
Undertaking research for public benefit
Advancing education and doing other such things that encourage people to show an interest in the area and to bring together residents and others on a regular basis in order to address community issues of common interest and concern.
Promoting the active involvement of residents in decision making.
The Forum’s background
The Forum came into existence at the start of 2006 following a decision by the officers and members of its predecessor, Selly Park Central Residents’ Association, to join the neighbourhood forums structure in Birmingham. Neighbourhood forums are community groups run by and for local people. There are more than 70 neighbourhood forums based throughout the City. Many forums, including ours, are affiliated to the Birmingham Association of Neighbourhood Forums (BANF). Each forum has a written constitution and copies of our constitution are available to residents on request.
The work of the Forum
Birmingham City Council has devolved much decision-making, many budgets and some services to local level. Neighbourhood forums and the local knowledge they represent can make a big difference by ensuring that the districts' and wards’ spending and priorities reflect the needs of local people. The Council’s local meetings are held regularly and are open to all members of the public. Our Forum Management Committee always ensures that we are represented at these meetings. Equally we always invite our local councillors to our open meetings. We are in regular contact with the councillors and officers of the City Council and thus provide a direct link between the community and the City administration. We also have direct links with other public agencies such as West Midlands Police and also with neighbouring community associations.
As a response to the flooding of part of Selly Park South in 2008 the Forum formed Selly Park South Flood Action Group as a satellite organisation. The Group operates the Selly Park South Flood Action Plan, has some 13 voluteers to assist residents in a flood situation and works closeley with Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency in managing the flood threat in the neighbourhood. The Group Coordinator is John Clayton
To get in touch with the Forum or the Flood Action Group please refer to the CONTACT US page of this website.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE FORUM, its work, its achievement and what being a member of the Management Committee involves please click here.
Your forum's meetings
Forum Open Meetings in 2023:
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Tuesday 11 July 2023
Tuesday 17 October 2023 (AGM)
All meetings held at Christ Church, Pershore Road B29 7PS
at 7.30 pm
Refreshments - tea, squash, biscuits - will be provided
Community Funding Policy
Do you have an idea for a project which would enhance our community? Do you need financial support to make it happen? We might be able to help. Read our community funding policy here