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Morning all,

Just thought I would pass on a bit of good news for those who access the canal near Selly Oak.

I recently wrote to the Canal Trust to ask about the possibility of adding an access between Bournville and the entry way at Selly Oak station.

I set out the very helpful replies I received below and attach the map image I was sent:

"Dear ¤,

Thank you for your recent email to Canal & River Trust concerning access to the Worcester Birmingham Canal between Selly Oak and Bournville.

As part of the redevelopment of the former Selly Oak Hospital site off Raddlebarn Road, Persimmon Homes have an obligation to construct a new access to the canal towpath as part of their housing development.  This proposed new access will be constructed just to the north of the large railway bridge that crosses the canal between Raddlebarn Road and Bristol Road.

Canal & River Trust are currently awaiting contact from Persimmon Homes about the construction of the access, however I would expect that works would commence on this within the next year.  The sketch below shows the location of the proposed new canal access in yellow, and Raddlebarn Road showing in red, and the canal in blue.  To the best of my knowledge, this access will be available for the general public to use.

Separately, Canal & River Trust are currently in discussions with the charity SENSE, concerning the potential creation of a new ramped access between the towpath and Bristol Road adjacent to the new SENSE touchbase centre which has recently been constructed on the Bristol Roads."

A follow up email noted that

"If you require further information about the housing development and the obligations, the planning permission reference number is 2012/02303/PA  which can be viewed from Birmingham City Council’s planning website."

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Aren't there already two access points along there at Sturge Close and the Dingle?

If you look closely there used to be an access point next to the Bristol Road bridge but it is overgrown.  I think they are about to create a new access point North of the Bristol Road too. A & B below...

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