March update

There are a couple of items of information that were raised at our meeting on 8th March and a Licensing application that has been brought to our notice – see below.

See also information and joining instructions for Cllr Locke’s Ward Forum meeting which is tomorrow (17th) at 7pm.

Baby Aid Birmingham is based in Stirchley but covers the whole city. Further information can be found at 

PCSO Blackford very much hopes that he or a colleague will be able to attend Neighbourhood Forum meetings in the future. He has sent through the following information for contact;

For a crime at the time it is always 999, if not an emergency 101 or go on line web chat, this means that the matter you are reporting is recorded and gets a log number  and the team will then know about it. If you just want to contact the team the other way is the team e-mail address and it is


Date: 17 March 2021

Start Time: 7pm


  1. Welcome & Notice of Recording – Chair of the meeting to advise residents listening/participating in the online meeting that a recording will be available for future record.
  2. Covid Update – Dino Motti, Public Health, will provide the latest information and answer questions
  3. Green Champions Programme – Hamira Sultan, Public Health, will explain about the Programme
  4. Clean Air Zone Update – Peter Edwards & Gemma Callow will provide the latest information and answer questions
  5. Ward Plan
  6. Local/ Councillor Updates including Dementia Ward Update

Link to Join Meeting

Contact: Karen Cheney, Head of Service NDSU

Applications made under the Licensing Act 2003

Received between 01/03/2021 and 07/03/2021
Ward: Stirchley

Application ref: 118704
Type of application: Premises
Sub type of application: Variation
Trading name: Stirchley Tap House
Type of premises: Bar
Trading address: Unit 3R1, 29b Maryvale Road, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2DA
Licence application received on: 05/03/2021 Last day for comments: 02/04/2021

Licensable activity and trading times:
Recorded music
12:00 22:30 Sunday
12:00 23:00 Monday
12:00 23:00 Tuesday
12:00 23:00 Wednesday
12:00 23:00 Thursday
12:00 23:00 Friday
12:00 23:00 Saturday
Licensable activity and trading times:
Sale of alcohol by retail (both on & off the premises)
12:00 22:00 Sunday
12:00 23:00 Monday
12:00 23:00 Tuesday
12:00 23:00 Wednesday
12:00 23:00 Thursday
12:00 23:00 Friday
12:00 23:00 Saturday
Licensable activity and trading times:
Hours premises are open to the public
11:30 22:30 Sunday
11:30 23:30 Monday
11:30 23:30 Tuesday
11:30 23:30 Wednesday
11:30 23:30 Thursday
11:30 23:30 Friday
11:30 23:30 Saturday

November update

See information about our new committee, Forum December meeting, a survey to take part in, latest COVID-19 guidance and a wordsearch!


Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Committee was elected at our November meeting (a big thank you to all who took the time to attend) and the following officials have been appointed;
Chair – Rob Morris
Vice Chair & Planning Officer – Sandra Cooper
Treasurer – Paula Aubrey
Secretary – vacant for the time being
Publicity Officer – vacant for the time being
Other Committee members are;
Julie Saunders
Marg Walker  
Heidi Murphy  
Stacey Witcomb 

Two people can be co-opted in-year so contact us If you are interested in joining the committee.

We will be holding our usual Forum meeting on Zoom on Monday 14th December at 7.30, unfortunately you’ll have to supply your own mince pies this year!


We have been asked to bring to your attention this survey. It concerns digital advert hoardings across the city. The community interest group Adblock Brum are planning to collate the findings in responding to the Council over the Local Enforcement Plan for the new Planning Laws.  


A quick reminder of Government Guidance currently in place. Full details can be found here.

Public spaces

In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.

You can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, 1 person from another household

Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care, are not counted towards the outdoors gatherings limit.

There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.

Public outdoor places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

Face coverings are required by law to be worn in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport.

Word search

As a special treat this month why not try a Stirchley word search available at this link.

The committee look forward to seeing you at our meeting on 14th December. A link will be sent nearer the time.

Neighbourhood Forum AGM & updates

This is a reminder that our AGM will be next Monday (9th November) at 7.30pm online. We will send the link to you nearer the time so please look out for it.

We need 32 Stirchley residents to attend to be quorate and ensure that we get our annual grant which pays for room hire, etc. Hopefully we will soon need to pay room hire when we can meet in person.

Minutes of the AGM 2019 and SGM 2020, Annual Report and Annual Accounts will appear on our website.

The committee would love to welcome new committee members so please volunteer. We need an email from the person nominated and one from the person nominating them, giving their name and address (both need to live in Stirchley Ward) by 5pm on Friday (6th) sent to

COVID Community Champions

Given the recent changes to COVID regulations please consider becoming a COVID Community Champion. It is a great way to find out what can and can’t be done and gain information that you can share within your networks (road, family, groups, etc). Further information can be found here 

Selly Oak Constituency Online Mini Conference – HMO’s & the Private Rented Sector

You are invited to join an online mini conference around the Private Rented Sector organised by Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes & Neighbourhoods. There will be guest speakers along with representatives from other partner agencies to provide information and answer questions.

The event will be taking place on Thursday 5 November at 6.30pm – 8.30pm via Zoom and the link to join is below. Please feel free to share these details with anyone else you know who might be interested in joining the conference.

Link to join the conference;
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 976 4709 9343
Passcode: 835605
Find your local number:

A few updates

Message from BCC – Garden waste subscriptions re-open

Anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle their garden waste can now subscribe to the city council’s paid-for service as it re-opens to new customers following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Residents wanting to now sign up can do so at the reduced rate of £30, which will cover the remainder of the 2020 collection season (a fortnightly service which ends in late November/early December). However due to the way in which the council’s contact centre is working remotely, only online bookings will be possible.

An alternative to the garden waste subscriptions and the HRCs is the city council’s bulky waste service, through which up to 20 bags of waste will be taken for a fee.

To subscribe to the garden waste service, visit: and for bulky waste collection, visit: To book a slot to visit one of our HRCs, visit:

Stirchley High Street Footfall Survey

We are told by the High Street Task Force that we will be expected to conduct another footfall survey as we did back in March. If you took part in the earlier survey I am keen to hear your thoughts on how social distancing can be achieved and how we can improve on the March experience. If anyone would be willing to consider taking part in the next survey please do get in touch.

Hazelwell Park BMX Track

As you may be aware BCC contractors leveled parts of the BMX Track at the top of Hazelwell Park. Normally we would invite all parties to our monthly meeting but of course this is not yet possible.

Cllr Mary Locke has arranged a meeting with BCC officers to which the Forum has been invited. Do you have any thoughts or comments you would wish us to put forward?

Planning Applications

Traditionally this is a quiet time of year but this is not an ordinary year! If any further information comes our way we will send out another Newsletter and put details on our website.

If you know of anyone who would wish to receive these newsletters please ask them to contact me on to be added to the mailing list

Latest news

Former District Office for rent

We have been informed this evening that the former District Office has now been advertised for rent as D1 Community Centre use at a rent of at least £25,000pa for a term of 3 or 5 years full details are here.

Sub-post office for Stirchley

Is anyone interested in opening a sub-post office in Stirchley? As the High Street has now lost it’s last bank this could be a good opportunity. You can lodge your interest here The post office at Dogpool has been closed since March and we understand that there are plans afoot to redevelop that corner and the former telephone exchange.


There have been two recent planning applications that relate to the High Street

  • 2020/03996/PA is proposing work that would result in a 6 bedroom House of Multiple Occupation at 1511 Pershore Road.
  • 2020/04099/PA is proposing to turn a current HMO & supermarket storage space into flats. It is Hazelwell House, Hazelwell Road. People living in Warren Road should take a look.

Both applications can be seen on Birmingham City Council Planning Online.

Virtual Hazelwell Station presentation and Q&A

There will be an online public meeting on 22nd July from 6 – 7.30pm about the Hazelwell train station.

Join the meeting online at Teams, the link is here.

A few things to be aware of

  • Teams Live Events can be accessed by downloading the Teams app to your laptop, smartphone or tablet or you can join the meeting via a browser session
  • The public  will be able to see and hear the Councillor and presenters but you will not actually be audible or visible.
  • You are able to write Questions whilst viewing OR send any questions by e-mail to me or   prior to the date of the meeting.
  • This is new technology to us all and has been a steep learning curve so please be patient with us.
  • The live virtual meeting will be recorded and then be accessible to the public.

Please feel free to pass on the e-mail to others in Stirchley who you think would like to attend and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.


We understand that Morrisons is on track for opening on 9th July. It is now possible to take a look through the side window, by the cafe, tables and chairs have now been delivered.

Leaflet – Stirchley together through COVID-19

By now all households in Stirchley Ward should have received a leaflet giving COVID-19 related information. It was very much a collaborative effort and we would welcome your feedback.

June – Planning, licensing, meetings and other things

Well, it’s June already. Not quite ‘sizzling June’ but give it time.


A planning application has come in for 1456 Pershore Road (opposite Stirchley School – used to be a newsagent) to turn from retail to hot food take away. Application no. 2020/01992/PA accessible on Planning Online.

The Forum policy is currently to oppose any such application, particularly as this is so near the school and the City Council has a policy of supporting healthy eating. Unfortunately the Planning Officer has given the impression that they will have no objection which seems a little strange. Please take a look and let us (and Planning) have your thoughts. Consultation ends 22nd June.


There has been a new application for an alcohol license for 1469 Pershore Road (near Stirchley School currently Stir Stores) which has planning permission for use as a cafe during standard retail trading hours. A recent planning application for late night opening was withdrawn in the face of objections from people living nearby. Maybe those of you who did such a good job in putting together objections to the Mary Vale Road licensing application would take a look and let us know your thoughts? Closing date for comments is 17th June.


Many of you will have noticed that building work has restarted on the site. We are told that, subject to any changes in government advice, the proposed opening date is 9th July. They have had over 1,000 applications for 80 jobs.

Meetings – virtual ward forum meeting

Karen Cheney has informed us that there will be a virtual Ward Forum meeting on 10th June (please note that this is the Council meeting not Neighbourhood Forum meeting). 

Items on the Agenda include;  

  • Birmingham Transport Plan
  • Update from Kier on Roads (taken over from Amey)
  • Covid-19 Response and Experience in Stirchley 
  • Bournville Lane – Lorries Update
  • Any Further Q&A

She says, ‘We are starting a trial of holding virtual ward forum meetings and Stirchley Ward is one of the wards within the pilot. The Stirchley virtual ward forum meeting will be held on June 10th 6.30pm- 8pm 

The virtual meetings  will be run on “Teams Live Events” and in order to join the Stirchley Ward Forum meeting you need to use the link below

Link for joining Virtual Stirchley Ward Forum Meeting

A few things to be aware of

  • Teams Live Events can be accessed by downloading the Teams app to your laptop, smartphone or tablet or you can join the meeting via a browser session
  • The public will be able to see and hear the Councillor and presenters but you will not actually be audible or visible.
  • You are able to write questions whilst viewing OR send any questions by e-mail to me prior to the date of the meeting.
  • This is new technology to us all and has been a steep learning curve so please be patient with us.
  • The meeting will be recorded.

Please feel free to pass on my e-mail to others in Stirchley who you think would like to attend and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Neighbourhood Forum Meeting

Monday 8th June should have been our June meeting.

We now have the facility to hold meetings using Google Meet. If you are interested in attending such a meeting please let us know and we will arrange a meeting and send you an invitation. This is very much in the nature of experiment but could be a bit of an adventure!

Likewise if anyone would like to take minutes it would be greatly appreciated!

I hope that you have found this of interest. Please contact us on if you wish to join a meeting on 8th or wish to contact us for any other reason.

May Forum meeting

This is the time in the month when Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum committee members and helpers are usually busy preparing for our monthly evening meeting (second Monday in the month 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church). Of course, for the time being, this isn’t possible.

We’re aware that you haven’t heard from the Forum for a while. At the beginning of the crisis, after an early flurry of information about changes to services, contact details, etc which we wanted to convey to you, things settled down. We didn’t want to bore you with reiterating the same information.


After speaking with city planning officers we understand that the proposed gin bar in Maryvale Road will not be going ahead, although the licensing application was approved.

Bournbrook Hotel will be opening when they are permitted to do so.

Work on Morrisons new store has temporarily halted (manager has been on paternity leave and staff temporarily redeployed). The Forum has been in contact about the increasing level of graffiti which is appearing on the building.  We will let you know when we hear anything further from Morrisons.


Amended plans have been submitted for the application for 1386-1392 Pershore Road which has extended the date for comments to be made until around 22nd May. 

Based on previous applications in the area, the Forum has concerns about the size and mass of the building (in particular the height), the lack of parking (except for 2 spaces for disabled parking) and the apparent use of wood on the elevations when red brick is more in keeping with the locality.

Take a look for yourselves and let us know your thoughts.
Application number 2019/10502/PA by Stirchley Cooperative Development.

West Midlands Police Update

Recent reports from PCSO Blackford suggest that there have been a number of thefts (mainly from sheds and garages) and thefts of and damage to cars in the area.

Many of you will also know that the container in the car park at Stirchley Baths has been broken into and all items within it have been stolen, this includes: a number of bicycles, tools and equipment belonging to Friends of Stirchley Park; gazebos belonging to the Forum; and equipment relating to Halloween and Christmas events held in the park.


Councillor Mary Locke cannot hold surgeries in the usual way but is keen that residents of the ward know that she is available by email or telephone if you have any issues that need her help. She hopes that residents are keeping safe and well. or 07703372981

Future Meetings

It appears that it is going to be a while until we can hold our usual meetings (with social distancing in place of course). We are looking at how we might be able to hold ‘virtual’ meetings if residents would find them helpful.

We’d be interested to hear from you if you feel that Zoom meetings (or something similar) would be of interest to you.

Written on behalf of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Committee
by Sandra Cooper – Vice Chair and Planning Officer

Thanks for attending January’s meeting

Thanks to everyone who braved the storm and came out to January’s meeting. There was plenty of information to be shared with the usual planning and police updates as well as questions from Stirchley residents and an update from Councillor Mary Locke.

The draft minutes for the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum January 2020 meeting will be up on the website soon. But if in the mean time you want to make any comments on planning applications mentioned in the meeting or any of the consultations that were discussed at the meeting, you’ll find the details below.

Live planning applications mentioned;

  • Land adjacent 1581 Pershore Road: application for the Magnet store area to become a car repair centre. It had been withdrawn, but is now back up – 2020/00350/PA on the council’s website
  • 1469 Pershore Road (the old recycling shop between Joshuaa Shaun and House of Kards): Variation of conditions, to allow opening hours between 1000 and 2200 hours Sunday to Wednesday and 1000 to 0000 hours Thursday to Saturday – 2019/09869/PA if you’re looking on the council’s website

Consultations that were mentioned in the meeting;

  • Development Management in Birmingham – consultation ends 21st February 2020. Think parking, HMOs, community development etc. Helps inform what gets planning permission etc. We’ll probably talk more about this at the next meeting.
  • Parking Supplementary Planning Document – consultation ends 21st February 2020. Includes revised parking standards for new developments which reflect new national guidance and the Birmingham Transport Plan.
  • Birmingham Transport Plan – consultation from 28th January until 27th March. Sets out Birmingham City Council’s vision for the future of transport in the city, which is a sustainable, green, inclusive, go-anywhere network.