Anyone who has been through Knowle Park lately and paid any attention to the playground, especially if you had a child with you, must have been aware of the very poor state of the area and especially the equipment.
A community led initiative has been started seeking to refurbish and upgrade the Park Playground.  The project team want to hear your hopes, fears and ideas.  Open the link below to see more of the initial thoughts and complete the short anonymous survey:-
Who should fill in the survey…
>Residents with Kids (your own or borrowed)
>Children / Youths who want to register what they want
>No Children but love the park and want a say in how it is developed
>Residents backing onto the park with an interest in any development proposals.

The Survey will take no more than 5 Minutes to complete.  Open the link below to complete the survey. The more people who complete it, the better the project and the more likely is success.

Complete the survey here.


The Library service is anxious to allow borrowers to return and be able to take out books.  They have organised more time slots for people to safely drop their library books back.
These time slots are:

  • 10am – 1pm on Wednesday 15 July at Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Hobbs Moat and Knowle Libraries.
  • 2pm – 4pm on Friday 24 July, and every Friday afternoon thereafter, at The Core, Chelmsley Wood and Shirley Libraries.

They have started issuing books through the new Click and Collect scheme at The Core. This will be followed by similar schemes at Chelmsley Wood Library and Shirley Library starting on 20 July. The service is available in 30 minutes slots – just submit your requests for books via the online booking system on the Library Service web pages.

Forms will also be available for collections from Chelmsley Wood and Shirley Libraries from Monday 13 July. Anyone unable to use the online form can place an order by phoning 0121 704 8001.

Please don’t visit libraries yet other than to drop off your books for safe reissue or to collect books using the Click and Collect scheme.


Now that most shops are open and the car parks are getting busy, the Council has decided that parking charges will resume in Knowle car parks on Weds July 1st with the new rates, including 2 hrs free:-

Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 18:00
Up to 2 hours – free
(a valid “free-stay” ticket must be displayed).

2-3 hours – £1.20
3-4 Hours – £2.20
4-6 hours  – £3.20
Over 6 hours – £4.00


These have now returned to the normal schedule and the West Midlands ‘Older Persons’ and ‘Disabled Persons’ passes extension for travel before 9:30 am has been withdrawn from all busses and trains.


We regret that the continuing restrictions on gatherings and the closure of Knowle Library mean that we will be unable to run our usual programme of events until at least the end of September.  Look out for updates through this email service for our re-launch arrangements.