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 A recent planning application for late night opening was withdrawn in the face of objections from people living nearby.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 karen.cheney@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 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 stirchleyforumb30@gmail.com if you wish to join a meeting on 8th or wish to contact us for any other reason.

Special General Meeting for March

We’ve got a bit of a different meeting for March, in fact it is a Special General Meeting. This means it is a meeting “called to discuss business usually considered at the Annual General Meeting or issues seriously affecting the Neighbourhood Forum such as a change to the Constitution.” It will take place on Monday 9th March 2020.

For anyone coming to the Forum meetings for a while, these won’t be a surprise; they’re mainly around making sure the Forum covers the whole Stirchley Ward (which changed since the Forum’s constitution was introduced), and a few other bits around how we tell people what’s going on.

You can read the constitution, with the proposed changes here.

    1. 1. From ‘outlined on the attached map’ to ‘of Stirchley Ward’
    2. 2.c Remove ‘Ward Advisory Board’
    3. 4. Management Committee to have power to co-opt members between Annual General Meetings, those co-opted not to make up more than 30% of the total and those co-opted to stand down at the next AGM
    4. 4. Remove references to Ward Committee and Ward Advisory Board and insert Stirchley Ward Forum
    5. Committee to meet a minimum 4 times a year
    6. 5. Annual General Meeting. Notice shall be given ‘using the most appropriate methods to ensure the greatest public involvement’
    7. 7. Special General Meeting. Notice shall be given ‘using the most appropriate methods to ensure the greatest public involvement’

Please note, due to Easter Monday there will be no April meeting, but we’ll be back the month after on Monday 11th May.

Stirchley Ward Forum meeting

We wanted to help advertise the upcoming Stirchley Ward Forum meeting. This is not the monthly neighbourhood forum, instead it’s a meeting run by Birmingham City Council and Councillor Mary Locke.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th February at 7pm at The Grace Church, Dell Road B30 2HZ.

Residents are invited to come and meet our local councillor and join in discussions with the cabinet member for street scene & parks. There will also be an update on the ward plan.

A reminder again that this isn’t the our neighbourhood forum meeting (that’s Monday 10th February), but an additional meeting. Hopefully we’ll see you at both!