June’s Forum meeting and update from Councillor

It is that time of the month again. Here is the notice for the June Forum meeting which will be in person in Stirchley Community Church and online via Zoom.

The meeting will take place on Monday 13th June at 7.30pm. You can attend in person at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley or online using Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting, click here.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 9th May 2022 (minutes available here
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Commonwealth Games Marathon
    There will be a session at Stirchley Baths on 13th July where full updates will be given. Here is a link to the relevant page of the Commonwealth Games website for Marathon details.
  6. Police Update
  7. Planning issues
  8. Networking
  9. Any other business
    The next Stirchley Forum meeting will be on Monday 11th July 2022.

Councillor Mary Locke has sent her apologies for not being present at the meeting. She has requested if there are any questions, please email her, or the Forum (who will pass on the message). She has provided the following updates from previous meetings.

  • Enterprise still issues re parking I believe they have secured parking opposite near Balti Hut this will cause issues for flats above shops and businesses 
  • Wickes and parking this has been resolved 
  • Lyndworth cricket club:  it appears part of Seven Capital called Seven Homes are pursuing this. Earlier letters went to residents of Lyndworth road in regards to compulsory purchase.  It appears two are interested others not. The club have to find new play area in city that is bring pursue with Sport England.
  • Aldi site is progressing well 
  • Cooperative housing development also will be progressing soon also 
  • Jubilee Events: The events I attended here during Jubilee bank holiday were excellent Ascension church, Pitleasow close, stirchleycircle22 afternoon tea was excellent thank you to all who organised and the hard work involved 
  • Councillor advice surgeries will begin again on first Friday of month at Stirchley baths 10:30 -12 noon. Plus Third Saturday of month at Ascension Church on Pineapple Grove from 10:30-11:30
  • Mobile recycling centre 17th June Pineapple Road, opposite Ascension church Pineapple Grove 7am until 12 noon 
  • Mary’s councillor-led ward meeting is on 6th July at Stirchley baths 7pm  

Supplementary Information regarding resurfacing of Cartland Road

(This was received from the contractors, via the council)

Whilst there will be a Road Closure on the whole road, we will make every effort to allow residents and visitors including carers, deliveries etc to access addresses when possible and safe. Please speak to Traffic Management staff at the road closure points as they may ask you to wait or send you round another way. On some nights the below areas and junctions will be out of action for the reasons given in bold. We suggest you park elsewhere if possible, or leave/return before 7pm.

More information can be obtained by speaking to a site Supervisor who is identified by the wearing of a Black Safety Hat. Please use the below maps to work out if you can come & go, and if you need to turn Left or Right out of your address or Cul-de-Sac. Please do not park on the road in Cartland Road during the night. The service road is not being resurfaced, so you can park there. The road will be open as normal during the daytime. This work will continue at weekends – this is to reduce the length of time on this road.

Plane and Binder Course: 8 Nights
Nights 1 & 2 Thu 10th & Fri 11th = Red
Nights 3 & 4 Sat 12th & Sun 13th = Blue
Nights 5 & 6 Mon 14th & Tue 15th = Yellow
Nights 7 & 8 Wed 16th & Thu 17th = Purple

Civils: 9 Nights, Fri 18th to Sat 26th .
Surface Course & Lining: 4 Nights
Sun night 27th = Green
Mon night 28th = Red
Tue night 1st March = Brown
Wed night 2nd March = Blue

Anti-skid: 2 Nights – Thu 3 rd & Fri 4th Mar
Weekend: no work
Loops: 2 Nights Mon 7th & Tue 8th Mar

Descriptions of phases of road construction

  1. ‘Plane’ is the term used for grinding up the old road surface and dumping it into a truck via an elevated conveyor belt. This process is noisy, dusty and smelly, it is also when access to properties will likely be disrupted or delayed.
  2. ‘Binder Course’ is laying hot tarmac, which is then rolled flat, this then needs to cool before being driven on, usually an hour or so. This is always completed immediately after the road has been planed and in the same working day/night in order to provide a temporary road surface to drive on, often with raised ironworks that signs warn of. This process will also cause delays accessing properties and can be noisy and smelly.
  3. ‘Civils’ is the Civil Engineering of resetting or replacing ironworks such as rain gullies and manhole covers, kerbstone repairs and replacements. This process involves noise from diggers but causes less disruption to accessing properties.
  4. ‘Surface Course’ is laying the top surface of hot tarmac which is then rolled flat and must cool before being driven on, usually 2-hours or so depending on the air temperature and weather conditions. The process looks the same as Binder Course. Some noise and smells occur and access to properties will be delayed.
  5. ‘Lining’ this is when the white and yellow lines are painted back in, such as centre lines, junction markings, double yellow lines, disabled bays & H bars, pedestrian crossings etc. This is a silent process and the paint dries instantly. Access to properties is usually not affected.
  6. Anti-skid’ or ‘HFS’ is a High Friction Surface material applied over the Surface Course to prevent skidding in areas approaching junctions and pedestrian crossings. It is coloured red or buff depending on where it is used. This will involve a noisy heat treatment of the road surface prior to application and will cause disruption in these areas.
  7. ‘Loops’ are the detection pads that control traffic-lights, and these are cut into the finished Surface Course using a disc cutter which is noisy. This will cause some disruption close to light-controlled junctions and crossings.

Wickes planning application

1 Ash Tree Road, aka Wickes, has put in a planning application to make some changes to the outside space. The consultation is for “Alterations to car park including installation of covered trolley park, new fence, double doors and cladding to front elevation.”

If you want to make comments on this, please do so via Birmingham City Council’s planning website, www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline with the planning reference 2021/10882/PA.

January 2022 agenda

Happy New Year to all our fellow Stirchley residents. The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (Monday 10th January 2022) is available below, along with the minutes from the last meeting.

The meeting tomorrow will be online, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and problems with the IT at Stirchley Community Church. To join the Zoom Meeting, click here.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 13th December 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update 
  6. Planning issues, including Aldi application for retail store at Hazelwell Lane – Ref 2021/10881/PA
  7. Networking 
  8. The future of Stirchley Ward and High Street – follow on from December discussion
  9. Any other business

The next Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting will take place on Monday 14th February 2022. We will be monitoring the situation and advice in terms of whether it is safe to gather in person and will let people know if it will be online only or a hybrid meeting, as trialed last year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming Stirchley Forum meetings, please email stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com

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 https://runapostoffice.co.uk/ 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 karen.cheney@birmingham.gov.uk or Mary.Locke@birmingham.gov.uk   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.