In case you missed it last week – Britannia ordered to tear down extensions in Bournbrook

Published in the Birmingham Mail on 25th March:

“A development firm has been ordered to tear down unauthorised extensions in a Birmingham suburb compared to a Brazilian favela because of its massively-enlarged homes.

Britannia Property Services was hit with a string of demands from Birmingham City Council following complaints about the size of extensions in Gristhorpe Road, Selly Oak.”

To read the full article visit – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/developers-ordered-tear-down-favela-8911850?ICID=FB-Birm-main

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A year in the life of “Love Selly Oak” – 2014

Here’s the headlines from our blog during 2014!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Car crash demonstrations and road safety event this coming Tuesday on campus

Road Safety 2This coming Tuesday, 7th October look for West Midlands Fire Service simulating a car crash and emergency response in the middle of the University campus.  The event will be taking place under the Clock Tower from 11am-3pm.  There will also be representatives from West Midlands Police and University of Birmingham to promote student road safety, offering a range of goodies and information from their stalls.

During the event one of the local Fire Crews from Bournbrook Fire Station will be doing a number of demonstration exercises to show how they respond to accidents, involving pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.  There are a number of brave student volunteers playing the victims and there will be a film to capture everything that happens.

Road Safety 3The event comes to remind students of some of the basics of keeping safe amongst the many hazards that a busy, bustling city like Birmingham can sometimes create.  This follows a student fatality last year, just off campus from a student walking across a busy road without looking and with their headphones on.

You can follow what’s happening on the day from the Bournbrook Blue Twitter account from Bournbrook Fire Station – https://twitter.com/bournbrookblue. 

Selly Oak Policing Team latest weekly round-up

Sergeant Simon Williams 5062.Once again hello from the Selly Oak Police Team and thanks for taking the time to read our blog, the past few weeks have been action packed with a real focus around the priorities set by local residents at our last community meeting.

The issues around anti-social behaviour (ASB) we have been seeing at an address on Oak Tree Lane resulted in two males being arrested for Public Order  last week, this has provided rest bite for those most affected and added new evidence that we can use in conjunction with the council to target the address and offenders associated to it. We have dedicated our patrols to the area during key times and have support from our neighbouring ward teams when we are on rest days. We will publish a separate article here the wrap up the robbery issues we saw in February and March in the next few weeks to give you a  flavour of the outcomes we achieved.

With the World Cup fast approaching we are working with our pubs and bars to understand what our demand could look like during England games, this is part of our response to the Force push on Public Place Violence offences and as you can imagine a busy area with so many licenced premises like Selly Oak has its fair share of offences linked directly to alcohol which end in violence and injury. The team are dedicated to patrolling the area to reduce the risk of this type of offence occurring and will be working with night time businesses to improve the way we work together to tackle this issue.

In relation to April and early May crime the figures in comparison to this time last year are looking very healthy. We are seeing a 50% reduction in Burglary for April into May, just three Robbery offences across the whole ward and vehicle crime down by 37.5%. Total recorded crime which covers all categories is showing a 12.5% reduction which is good news for everyone!

The really important thing to say before signing off is a plea to come along and support the family fun day at the Elim Church, Exeter Road, Selly Oak on Saturday 17th May between 12 and 4pm, there will be fun for everyone including; Aston Villa FC’s football cage, Raffle, Tombola, Bouncy Castle, BBQ, Police Cars old and new, face painting and many more traditional, fun stalls alongside some live entertainment. The aim of the day is to raise as much money as possible for your local charity charged with maintaining the communal gating scheme that keeps the rear of Bournbrook properties secure and safe from potential burglars; The Bournbrook Community Safety Partnership – Come along, have fun and help us raise much needed funds to keep the area safer!

For more information you can visit any of the following:

Next Saturday 17th May, get involved in Selly Oak Community Fun Day

On Saturday, 17th May, the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Police Team are working in partnership with a local charity,  businesses, partners and residents to put the fun back in fundraising by holding a Family Fun Day.  The proceeds raised on the day will go to a registered charity Bournbrook Community Safety Partnership that are responsible for improving and reinstating the existing gate around the Bournbook Community. 

Selly Oak Fundraising Poster

The event will be held at the Elim Church on Exeter Road, Selly Oak from 12pm-4:00pm with the day providing entertainment, stalls, raffles, food and fun activities for all ages.  Aston Villa’s Community Trust are providing a football speed cage while local vintage police vehicle enthusiasts will be bringing several of their classic cars.

For more information about the day or how to get involved contact the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Team via e-mail: sellyoak@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Police launch new Safer Students website

West Midlands Police have launched a new website aimed at keeping the students in the region safe.


While the force has always had information and advice available to students, the new ‘Safer Students’ site conveys it  in a fresh and exciting way which they are hoping will engage students and encourage them to take some time to learn how to keep themselves safe.


The ‘Safer Students’ site is a stand-alone website affiliated to the main West Midlands Police site.


It features short videos and information on how students can keep themselves safe in their homes, whether it be in halls of residence or private housing.   It also looks at personal safety while they are out and about, travel advice and specific information around hate crime and sexual assaults.


The site also features links to other student sites such as the Suzy Lamplugh personal safety website and cyber crime advice sites.


Sergeant Andy Gregory, force lead for crime prevention, said: “We have over 200,000 students in the West Midlands and I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for us to get our messages out to them in order to help them stay safe.  Students are often quite vulnerable, living away from home for the first time, often in unfamiliar surroundings.


“We are committed to doing all we can to keep them safe and this website is at the heart of that.   We have kept the information short and direct so it’s easy to digest and we are also looking at getting as much student generated content as possible on to the new site.


“We want this site to be the first place students go to if they need advice.  The contact details for all the university officers are on there so students can contact their local officer directly if they have a specific question or something which is worrying them.


“The site also features the @SaferStudents twitter feed and information about the twitter feeds for the different university officers.  We’ve got over 2,000 followers on Twitter for the student accounts and we use those accounts every day to tell students about events, give advice and promote drop in sessions with officers. “


Visit http://saferstudents.west-midlands.police.uk to view the site.