Food Bank Collection

Councillor Mary Locke is organising a collection for the B30 Food Bank on Saturday 12th August.

Volunteers will be collecting donations of food from Bournville Lane and Lea House, Mary Vale, Charlotte, Clonmel, Elm Tree and Ash Tree roads from 1pm. If you live on one of those streets but won’t be in / able to answer the door, it will be fine to leave things outside your door and the team will collect.

Please ensure nothing contains alcohol and that donations are not over-sized. As much as the Food Bank appreciated the donations, they will not open packets so cannot break items down into smaller sets. Please also ensure that you do not donate anything that requires specialist equipment or is fresh/needs using urgently.

There is a list of what items are urgent or in lower stock at the B30 Food Bank on this page. But for ease, this is what B30 Foodbank have said they need most:

  • Rice
  • pasta sauce
  • tinned or packet soup
  • baked means
  • tinned spaghetti
  • jam and honey
  • instant coffee (not large jars)
  • ready made custard
  • chocolate and snack bars
  • gender-neutral shower gel
  • liquid / bars of soap
  • shampoo

For more information on the B30 Food Bank, visit their website.

Next Ward Forum meeting for June

Councillor Locke has arranged her next Stirchley Ward meeting and it will be taking place on Tuesday 20th June 6.30pm at Stirchley Baths Community Hub, Bournville Lane B30 2JT.

You do not need to register to attend, just turn up to the meeting. However if you have any questions please contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager, on

Please note these are NOT the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting; the next one of those takes place on Monday 12th June, 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church, as normal.

Specialty Minerals meeting to update on noise assessments

Specialty Minerals will be hosting a community meeting at 2pm on Thursday 30th March 2023. This is an opportunity to update residents on the noise assessments that have taken place and any new measures being introduced. They are also happy to take any questions about the site and operations, with plant manager Paul Smiles will be in attendance.

In July 2022, a BS4142 noise survey was done following a series of previous assessments and due to reports by residents. This exercise took place over two nights on the evenings of the 12th – 14th July 2022, to the early hours, to capture the quietest times at the noise receptor sites. The plant was systematically shut off and restarted to determine the contributions of each element of the plant, to the noise emissions reported. The survey also including measurements in their homes in order better to understand how noise generated at the site on Lifford Lane propagates into the community.

More information has been reported in the Speciality Minerals November 2022 newsletter available here.

Specialty Minerals intend to host the meeting onsite, so due to room constraints and health and safety records, they will be limited on space and will need names of attendees in advance. Please contact Phil Briscoe at or on 07968 807377 to confirm your attendance, if you have any queries, or if you would like attend on different date.

Meeting about Pineapple Road Station works

Wet Midlands Rail Executive and principal contractor, VolkerFitzpatrick, are hosting a meeting on Wednesday 22nd March to talk about the work on Pineapple Road Station.

Join WMRE and VolkerFitzpatrick from 6-7pm at Church of the Ascension (on Pineapple Grove, B30 2TJ) for a presentation on what will be happening during the extended hours of work. During 25th March and 3 April the closure of the railway line will allow for 24-hour working on the site of the new Pineapple Road station. There will also be an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

Pineapple Road station will provide faster, more reliable transport and reduce congestion and pollution. It will make it easier to travel for work, education, and leisure. The station will have 2 platforms, lifts, ticket machines, passenger help points, a pick and drop off area and secure cycle parking

Stirchley Ward quarterly meeting

Councillor Mary Locke’s quarterly ward meeting is due to take place on 8th February, online.

A packed agenda includes information on retrofitting and a route to net zero, presented by Tonia Clark, principal officer at Route to Zero Carbon. There will also be an update on Pineapple Station from Hayley Bradbury from Transport for West Midlands and Phil Edwards, Assistant Director Transport & Connectivity for Birmingham City Council. The last guest speaker will be Rachel West from the Council, who will provide an update on the projects within the ward that were successful in getting Community Infrastructure Levy funding. Finally Councillor Locke will provide a Ward Plan update and there will be a chance for any other business at the end of the meeting.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th February at 6.30pm on Microsoft Teams via this link.

If you require more information, please contact Kay Thomas, community governance manager, via email on