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Police updates and information / Good News
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:32:13 PM »
Good News

Dear residents.
Just a quick WMNOW message to keep you updated regarding some recent activity in our ward.

A male was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a business premises in Stirchley on 19th Jan 2019 and was later charged with this offence and remanded in custody to appear before the court this morning. He has then been given a custodial sentence.

We will give you more information when we can but for now, a quick update re the on going work and arrests in our area.

PS 2042 Sam Bonehill
Bournville Neighbourhood Sergeant
Selly Oak Constituency
Bournville Police Station

Police updates and information / Crime Up-Date
« on: January 21, 2019, 01:58:59 PM »
Crime Up-Date
Good morning to you all there is just one crime to up-date you about overnight there has been a shed break in on Charlotte Road offender(s) unknown have entered a garden shed that was not locked and have stolen a pedal cycle. Please make sure that sheds and outbuildings are locked and secure as we have started to see an increase in shed break ins. In the winter people tend to not go in to sheds and out buildings so in some cases we have no idea exactly when the offences have taken place.

Message Sent By
Paul Blackford (Police, PCSO, Selly Oak)

Police updates and information / Crime Up-Date
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:37:38 AM »
Crime Up-Date
    Good morning to you all I have some crimes to up-date you about over the last four days there has been two burglaries one in Midland Road offenders have gained entry through a rear UPVC door that was not locked and have stolen a 50 inch TV and other items total value of items stolen £700 pounds. The second one was in Lomaine Drive offenders have forced the lock off a shed and have stolen a lawn mower and a box of tools. There was also an attempted burglary in Newlands Road offenders have attempted to gain entry through a garage door no entry gained.

 There has also been two theft from motor vehicle one in Wyndham Gardens and one in Oak Farm Road the the reason that i mention these together is the method is the same on both vehicles the rear glass on the passenger side has been broken and a search of the vehicles has been made. If you have any information regarding these offences please contact the police on 101 or you can message me on this system or as ever my e-mail address is   
Message Sent By
Paul Blackford (Police, PCSO, Selly Oak)

Local events / Tree planting workday on the 26th of January
« on: January 18, 2019, 11:26:22 AM »
Saturday 26th January
10am to 3pm.
Meet at the far end of Ten Acres playing field,
off River Brook Drive, B30 2SH.
We will also be carrying out work restoring the
'Lost orchard', a stone fruit orchard planted in
Ten Acres over 30 years ago.(From 1pm we will
move further down the river to work there - Just
before the next footbridge).
Free food provided by
The Real Junk Food Project

Local events / Birmingham St Maryís turns 40 this year
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:19:53 PM »
Birmingham St Maryís turns 40 this year and to celebrate we're hosting a night of dinner, entertainment and celebration!

Doors will open at 6.30pm where youíll be welcomed with a drinks reception whilst you peruse our silent auction. From 7pm our CEO Tina Swani will walk you through how far weíve come over the last 40 years, the amazing thing that have been achieved and what the future looks like for palliative and end of life care in Birmingham. Dinner will be served at 8pm with entertainment, raffles and games throughout before our live auction is held. Weíll finish with live comedy from brummie Queen of Fun Barbara Nice and musical entertainment before carriages at midnight.

Dress Code:
Black tie

Individuals - £79.00
(shared table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)

Two People - £150.00
(shared table of 10 welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)

Bronze Table of 10 - £750.00
(table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)

Silver Table of 10 - £850.00
(table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal, drinks package and entertainment included)

Gold Tables of 10 - £950.00
(table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal, VIP drinks package and entertainment included

Police updates and information / Residential Burglary
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:05:01 PM »
Residential Burglary

 Between  02:45  and 04:00hrs on Monday 14th January there was a burglary on Fordhouse Lane

Access was gained by lifting fence panels to the garden.

If you have any knowledge of this incident please call 101 and quote 20BW/  10908V /19

If your property backs onto a gated alleyway please ensure they are kept locked at all times.

Consider installing a house alarm to your property, keep an eye on your neighbours houses and your neighbourhood in general, if you see any suspicious activity please report to Police on 101.

Police updates and information / Burglary prevention advice
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:17:21 AM »
Burglary prevention advice
With the evenings still turning dark early, criminals are taking advantage of the low visibility and are targeting homes.
With this in mind, we would like to take a moment to remind you of the importance of making sure your property is secure and ensure youíre not giving burglars any opportunity.
Most burglars are opportunist and therefore simple measures can often be enough to prevent them.
Here are some simple tips:

    Make sure your windows and front, back and side doors are locked Ė especially when heading out.
    Donít leave your keys in a convenient location such as by the front door
    When youíre out, leave a light on to give the impression someone is in
    Use a burglar alarm if you have one
    Never leave a spare key in a convenient location, such as under the mat
    Secure your doors. Check the condition of the frames and glass panels. Fit devices such as chains and door viewers.

For more tips and advice on home security, visit our website at
27 Station Road
Sadly many people only review their home security after theyíve been burgled. Thatís why West Midlands Police have launched an interactive crime scene on their website where the public can play detective and learn crime prevention tips.
The fully interactive house gives you the experience of seeing the aftermath of being burgled without having to suffer the crime yourself.
As the viewer you can explore the property, learn more about how the burglar broke in and what the householders could have done to keep them out.
Visit our virtual reality house to place yourself in the burglar's mind-set and look at your home to see if there are areas where your home security could be improved:

Kind regards


Message Sent By
Stefanie Sadler (Police, Engagement & Consultation officer, Birmingham Partnerships)

New Topics / Re: Public Place Protection Order signs
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:27:37 AM »
Just noticed there is one outside our house top of Fordhouse Lane.

New Topics / Re: Public Place Protection Order signs
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:26:46 PM »
Where abouts are they John

Local events / Wassail Sunday 13th January
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:24:56 PM »
Hope you can join us this Sunday for the Wassail.

Meet at 4.30pm at the entrance to the Rea Valley cycle path on Dogpool lane. Just down from Dads Lane chip shop. The event will run until 6pm, and after you are invited to join us as we head to the British Oak pub in Stirchley where they will have Mulled cider for us, and a fire outside.

Wassailliing is an ancient custom of visiting orchards in mid-winter, originally developed in cider-making regions. People would normally recite incantations, make noise and sing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year. For our wassail we will visit various orchard sites in the area all the way up to Hazelwell park's Kingdom Forest Garden on Hazelwell road.

Local events / Love at the Baths 7pm Saturday 16th February
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:16:27 PM »
Love at the Baths
7pm Saturday 16th February 2019
Celebrate St Valentine's at Stirchley Baths

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
Minutes of the meeting held on 10th December 2018

Stirchley Community Church
Present:   41: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Members of the Forumís management committee, Cllr Locke
Apologies:   0
Peter Walker took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on 8th October 2018 were circulated and agreed as a true record.
Matters arising    
There were no matters arising from the minutes.   
Committee positions
Following last monthís AGM, all committee positions remain as before:
Chair: Peter Walker
Vice chair and Planning Officer: Sandra Cooper
Treasurer: Paula Aubrey
Secretary: Rowena Evans
IT: Mick Jones
Safeguarding: Dave Jee
Meet and greet: Marg Walker and Ann Newbold
Policing update
PCSOs Paul Blackford and Jenene Tandy updated the Forum on recent activity. 
Burglaries: burglaries for car keys remain a citywide problem. Burglars are now even lock-snapping front doors as access is gained so quickly. Patlocks and sash jammers are a cheaper alternative to anti-snap locks on patio and other UPVC doors or windows. WMP are disappointed that some new build homes in the area are being fitted with cheap door locks that can easily be snapped. PCSO Tandy has asked Taylor Wimpey what type of locks they have planned for the new homes on the Arvin Meritor site.
There has been some good news with the recent arrest of 2 prolific burglars: 1 has been jailed for 18 weeks and the other is due in court. Both were local and well known to WMP; disappointment was expressed at the length of the sentence. A suggestion that prolific burglars should have their names and photos published in local press will be passed on to WMPís communications team; this may not be possible as there are concerns this can encourage vigilante action. 
ASB: A group of 7 Ė 16 year olds has been causing distress to elderly residents of Queen Mother Court in Bournville; it is thought they may be from the Bartley Green area and could be the same youths local people have reported around Bournville Lane deliberately riding their bicycles in front of buses. WMP have CCTV images of the group.     
Local police are aware of the gang in south Birmingham who are filming themselves on social media carrying out crimes.
Car thefts: Fords are particularly susceptible to keyless thefts; steering locks, external security lights, a security post on the drive and Faraday boxes are all measures owners can take.
A local resident suggested WMP carry out checks on all cars being sold as cat D/E damage repairs, and request receipts for parts as many stolen cars are taken for spares. PCSO Blackford explained WMP carried out a warrant on a local chop shop in the spring and will carry out another if valid information is provided. 
Christmas crime prevention tips: donít leave packaging from expensive purchases outside the house.
Camp Hill Line consultation      
Scott Cooper, local resident and highway engineer in the private sector, has previously worked with other residents on proposals to reduce accidents around the Pineapple and Cartland Road junctions. Residents are now concerned about the impact of the new train station on car traffic and pedestrian safety. Scott wants to put together an alternative proposal for traffic calming and parking that could form the basis of a wider residential scheme for the area and pull in national funding.
Other residents raised concerns about the impact of the congestion zone on Stirchley, as this will encourage city centre workers and visitors to park in the area and take public transport into town.
Scott explained the aim of his plan was to encourage traffic calming measures across the neighbourhood rather than simply increasing capacity in the immediate area of the station; the upcoming Commonwealth Games might provide a further impetus to this proposal.   
SC suggested Scott comes to the Forumís January meeting as representatives of Transport for West Midlands will be discussing the new line; SC added local expertise was always greatly appreciated.
In response to Cllr Lockeís suggestion to take part in the online consultation, Scott explained he wanted to be more pro-active and develop a design guide for the junction.
Planning update      
1616 Pershore Rd: a new application for The Party Shop was received in October proposing ground, first floor and loft extensions. These will create an additional flat behind the shop. A local resident noted the works had already commenced. SC stated the Forum will not object if these plans will improve the appearance of the building. 
253 Cartland Rd: an application has been submitted for the conversion of the garage into a further residential unit; SC noted the existing property had already been extended. 
1403 Ė 1407 Pershore Rd: the application for student housing was approved by the planning committee with 16 conditions. These include a requirement for CCTV, an access control system, time limits on deliveries and the operation of the retail unit, a requirement that all residents should be full-time students, noise insulation, disabled parking and a parking management plan although there is no car parking on site. SC explained the scheme may be liable for a CIL (community infrastructure levy) payment although this could be offset against the existing floorspace being demolished.
SC will request clarification on the requirements relating to car parking.   
Urban Centres Plan: BCC are currently consulting on this plan which includes Stirchley along with 9 other local centres. SC noted many of the proposals were projects previously earmarked for funding through the Tesco 106 monies.
SC proposed setting up a smaller working group of interested individuals to look through the plan and make informed comments.
Clonmel Rd: SC confirmed no planning application has yet been submitted for the site off Clonmel Road.
Xmas Bash      
This is taking place on Saturday 15th December from 1.00 Ė 3.00 pm in Stirchley Park.
PW put out a call for volunteers to help set up from 10.00 am onwards and tidy away after.
The Forum has bought 2 new gazebos to replace those broken at Halloween.
Together with the Friends of Stirchley Park the Forum is supporting the Birmingham Christmas Shelter and will be collecting donations of socks, pants and sanitaryware at the event.
Flooding: Cllr Locke has contacted the Environment Agency and Parks department to arrange a meeting about the ongoing problems with flooding in Pitcairn Close.
Upcoming events
Camp Hill line consultation: Wednesday 12th December, 3.00 - 7.00 pm in The Hub, Hazelwell
The Stirchley Starlight Show: Friday 14th December and Sunday 16th December in SCC.
The Unexpected King: Saturday 15th December, Stirchley Baths
Collections for the B30 foodbank: Saturday 15th December around Stirchley
Date of the next meeting
Monday 14th January, 7.30 pm in Stirchley Community Church

Disclaimer notice on behalf of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
1. The Management Committee does not normally have prior knowledge of items which will be raised as Any Other Business, but the Management Committee will help facilitate such items where it does have prior knowledge, and which are in the interests of Stirchley.
2. The Forum is not aligned to any political party or one group and hence will hold a neutral stance in all political items which are raised at the meetings; the Forum may take a stance (positive/negative) on planning applications discussed at the meeting or on changes to community/neighbourhood services which affect the Forum area
3. The Forumís Management Committee will not allow a person or organisation to use the Forumís meeting as a means to any political end.
4. All residents and businesses within the Forumís area have the right to attend and speak at the meeting.  Business owners, not resident within the forum area, have a right to attend and speak at SNF meetings, but they cannot make up quorum.
5. The Forum or its Management Committee will not be held responsible for leaflets or other media which is handed out by third parties either at or following the Forumís meeting.  The views of any such leaflets or other communication are those of the distributor/publisher and not necessarily those of the Neighbourhood Forum.

Where to report; street cleaning, graffiti, rubbish, fly tipping.

Report fly tipping here: Link
Request graffiti removal: Link
Request street cleaning:Link
Report Dumped Rubbish: Link

Weekly list of received Planning Applications
Download weekly lists of received planning applications: Link

Planning application, issues, and updates / 1581 Pershore Road
« on: December 11, 2018, 03:20:36 PM »
1581 Pershore Road
B30 2JF
Demolition of the existing building and erection of a single storey building (1,585 sqm gross internal floorspace) for use as a food store (use Class A1) with associated vehicle parking, landscaping and staff facilities (ADDITIONAL RETAIL STATEMENT)

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