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

Agenda for March 2021 Forum meeting

There will be a short presentation by Baby Bank Birmingham, which is based in Stirchley, and works a lot like a food-bank providing essentials to families with children 0 – 5 in Birmingham. There will an opportunity to ask questions.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 8th February 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – subject to operational and IT issues, PCSO Paul Blackford will be present
  6. Planning issues – a representative of Taylor Wimpey will be present to talk about their amended proposals
  7. Opening up from lock down
  8. Networking – including; Pioneer Places, High Street Fund and Stirchley Together
  9. Any other business

Next meeting Monday 12th April 2021

February 2021 meeting agenda

There will be a short presentation by Alison Brinkworth, census engagement
manager, about the 2021 Census with an opportunity to ask questions

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 11th January 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update
  6. Planning issues – a representative of Taylor Wimpey will be
    present to talk about their amended proposals
  7. Networking
  8. Any other business

Next meeting will be on Monday 8th March 2021

Stirchley Forum – January 2021 agenda

The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum is back for 2021! As last year, the Forum will be taking place online on Monday 11th January at 7.30pm.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 14th December 2020 (available here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update
  6. Planning issues
  7. Networking
  8. Any other business

If you would like to attend the meeting, please email and you will be sent a link.

Following the usual forum events, there will be a short presentation from Taylor Wimpey to introduce their new Stirchley development with an opportunity to ask questions.

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.

AGM 2020 agenda

There will be an AGM on Monday 9th November at 7.30 online. The agenda is below with links to the documents in blue.

If you would like to join the meeting, please email and we will add you to the mailing list.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of AGM 2019
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Minutes of SGM held 9th March 2020
  6. Matters Arising
  7. Presentation of Annual Report
    1. Annual report 2019 – 2020
  8. Presentation of Annual Accounts
    1. Financial written report 2019 – 2020
    2. Financial report income/expenses 2019 – 2020
    3. Fun Day Account 2019 – 2020
  9. Election of the Committee

After the meeting there will be a short presentation by Leaf Creative Arts about the Dementia Friendly Stirchley initiative

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:

Minutes from September’s meeting

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re not been able to hold our usual monthly forum meetings in public. But technology was worked out and we help our first virtual Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum recently.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting. Items arising from our last meeting (way back in March) were discussed, as well as some planning issues, antisocial behaviour and the issue with the trees in Stirchley Park that were accidentally removed by Morrisons. You can read the draft of the September minutes here.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 12th October, again online. If you would like to attend, please sign up to the news letter by emailing if you have not already done so.

Covid-19 Community Champions

Birmingham City Council is launching a a Covid-19 Community Champion initiative to help contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Based on a model developed by Newham Council, if you live or work in Birmingham, you can become a Covid-19 Community Champion. The council will keep champions informed of the latest advice and guidance so that they can help their family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus.

By having and sharing clear information, friends, family and wider community members will be able to make informed choices and champions will be able to feedback what they are hearing in communities and to discuss any questions they might have.  

The role of the Covid-19 Community Champion;

  • To be a point of contact within your community (a street, a place of worship, a community organisation, a neighbourhood)
  • To pass on key messages in appropriate ways, providing reassurance and an authoritative voice
  • To encourage others to become Champions
  • To help your community understand what it needs to do to stay safe
  • To provide feedback to the Council and let us know what is and isn’t working

Please note that being a Covid-19 Community Champion is not an enforcement or regulatory role. While we welcome and value your volunteering as a Covid-19 Community Champion, this does not constitute a contract of employment or eligibility for internal recruitment positions.

To find out more and to sign up to become a Birmingham Covid-19 Community Champion, visit the community champion page on the council’s website.

Councillor Locke’s next advice surgery

Stirchley’s representative, Councillor Mary Locke, will hold her next advice surgery online, via Microsoft Teams, on Friday 18th September 2020, between 12.00 noon – 1.00pm.

To attend, please use the link to join the Advice Surgery on this date to discuss your issues or concerns with Mary, Stirchley’s local councillor.