Commonwealth Games marathon route in Stirchley

The Commonwealth Games Birmingham marathon takes place on Saturday 30th July and athletes will be visiting Stirchley as part of the race.

From what we can see from the website, the runners will come up Pershore Road, turning onto Ribblesdale Rd, on to Bond Street and up Bournville Lane to Linden Road. They will skirt around Stirchley on the way back, taking in Rabblebarn Rd, Warwards Lane and St Stephens Rd. However it is worth keeping an eye on the website as this route may change.

These roads will be closed to motor vehicles during that day. We understand that motorists who usually park on these roads will need to remove their cars from the roads on the route – however we are awaiting more information.

To quote the website;

“The course and associated road closures are planned through a partnership of Birmingham 2022, Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands, Emergency Services, and other key agencies and organisations to design a course that delivers the requirements of the sport (it has been approved by World Athletics) and showcases the city.

“Local authorities that know the roads and the area well have provided detailed information to inform the planning process, and the course has gone through the formal Safety Advisory Group (SAG) process before receiving full approval from all partners and stakeholders.” 

To keep up to do on the marathon, visit the Commonwealth Games’ marathon website here.

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  

Work to begin on new station

Public to choose names of new Birmingham railway stations - BBC News

From 4th June 2022 work will start to prepare for the new Hazelwell / Pineapple Road / Stirchley station.

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) have advised the majority of the work will take place during standard working hours: Monday to Friday, 07.30am – 5.30pm. To ensure the safety of workers some work will need to take place on weekends and at night-time when the railway line is closed.

Out of hours work is due to take place:

  • 9pm on Saturday 4 June to 2pm on Sunday 5 June
  • 0.01am to 5.30am each morning from Tuesday 7 toFriday 10 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 11 June to 2pm on Sunday 12 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 18 June to 2pm on Sunday 19 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 25 June to 2pm on Sunday 26 June

Notice of works have been sent to residents in Pineapple, Cartland, Priory and Avebury Roads as well as Bloomsbury, Avebury and Spa Groves, as they may be impacted by the works. WMRE has said to expect noise from equipment, including chainsaws and strimmers. However, they will keep disruption to a minimum, minimising night-time working, noise and light pollution. Measures will be in place to monitor and reduce any noise. Task lighting will be directed away from neighbouring areas. T

The first stage of work will be carrying out surveys to inform the detailed design of the station. This will take approximately four weeks.

To access certain survey areas safely there may be a need to remove some vegetation. WMRE are working closely with an ecologist throughout the process and will only be removing vegetation if absolutely necessary.

To contact them, please call 0345 303 6760 or email

Help name the new station

Do you want to help decide what the new train station should be called?

Map of new station in Stirchley

West Midlands Rail Exec (WMRE) are calling on residents to take part in a survey to decide the names of two of the new stations, one in Moseley and the other in Stirchley.

From the 11 – 25th May, the public can choose their preferred name for the station by visiting the WMRE website. For the new station in the Stirchley Ward, the choice is between three options: the previous name of the station that closed in 1941, Hazelwell; Pineapple Road, where the station will be located; or Stirchley, the council borough where most of the station resides.

Visit the WMRE website here to vote.

Stirchley Ward meeting – 7th March

You are invited to the next Stirchley Ward meeting that is taking place as an in-person meeting on Monday 7th March, at 7pm, at Stirchley Baths Community Hub, 2-4 Bournville Lane, B30 2JT.

Please note this is not a Neighbourhood Forum meeting, rather one organised by the Stirchley Councillor, Mary Locke. The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting will take place as normal on Monday 14th March, this is a council-led meeting and a chance to hear from the councillor as well as updates from council officers.


  1. Welcome & Introductions from the Chair
  2. Update on New Train Station from Liam Brooker, West Midlands Rail Executive
  3. Great Birmingham Run Update from Garry Peal, Events Commissioning Manager 
  4. Commonwealth Games – Sarah Boundy, CWG Team will provide an overview of the Get Set for the Games programme, how partners will be working together, engaging local residents and businesses around the venues and road events routes
  5. Update on Dads Lane Community Centre from Steve Squires
  6. Update on the Fruit & Nut Village from Rob Tilling
  7. Local Issues/Updates

For more information, please contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager, on email