Regulations for the use of Drones ( Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

If you see a drone being flown within the Brandwood area and are concerned that the pilot is in breach of the regulations below, then please contact 101 and get a log number. If you are able to then please try and locate the address which the drone is being flown from. The local Brandwood police team will then be able to ensure the pilot is aware of some of the issues involved with flying these objects within a residential area.

Drones or ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) are aircraft that can be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously using in built software and controlled flight plans. 

Over the last few years drone technology and popularity has increased with people purchasing them for recreational use. Unfortunately not all pilots have an understanding of aviation safety or of when and where they can be legally flown. This is due to some people considering drones to be toys rather than aircraft.  Regardless of if a drone is purchased as a toy or as an aircraft they may still breach regulations if flown incorrectly and illegally. 

This page will hopefully give some information and guidance for te public and for police officers who encounter UAVs  being flown. 


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles( DRONES)  Regulations is as follows: –

·         A UAV must not be flown above 400 feet in altitude or further than 500 metres away from the pilot unless permission is sought from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

·         Over or within 150 metres of a congested area 

·         Over or within 150 metres of organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons

·         Within 50 metres of vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the pilot

·         Within 50 metres of any person (30 metres during take-off or landing). This does not apply to pilot or people under control of pilot.

Any UAV used for aerial work is subject to a requirement to have a permission for Commercial Operations (Previously known as a Permission for Aerial Work) which is issued by the CAA.

Any breaches of the regulations are offences under Articles 94 or 95 of the Air Navigation Orders (ANO) 2016.

ANOs are Summary Only offences although consideration can also be made for the use of the UAV at the time of the flight and whether other offences have been committed i.e. Public Order, Harassment, Offences Against the Person, Offences Against Property, etc.


Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+ HAVE YOUR SAY by 10th January 2018


We’ve launched our Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+.

Our plans for allocating the total budget we have to spend on services for 2018 have been published and we want to hear your views on them.

The consultation runs until 15 January 2018. Please have your say and help shape the future of the council here

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) and Community Trigger

Anti-social Behaviour – The new ASB Bill

The way we tackle ASB in Birmingham has recently changed. Anti-social behaviour powers were reformed in October 2014 meaning changes to the powers available to us to assist victims of anti-social behavoour . The new powers ensure that the victim is at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour and that professionals have the flexibility needed to deal with the many different situations that ASB presents.

As well as new powers, the reform includes the introduction of a new measure called ‘The Community Trigger.’

What is the Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger gives victims the ability to hold statutory agencies to account for the way they have tackled ASB.

When can you use The Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger can only be used when the threshold has been met. The threshold is:

  1. If an individual has reported anti-social behaviour to the council, police and/or a registered provider (previously called registered social landlord) three timesabout seperate incidents in the last six months; or
  2. If five individuals in the local community have reported similar incidents of anti-social behaviour separately to the council, police/registered social landlord in the last six months, and they consider no action has been taken; or
  3. If an individual has reported one incident or a crime motivated by hate* in the last three months to the council/police or registered social landlord and no action has been taken.

Definition of hate crime:

*Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their actual or perceived disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation, which is a factor in determining who is victimised. A victim does not have to be a member of a group and in fact, anyone could be a victim of hate crime.


Discover more about Anti-social Behaviour:

Birmingham Connected- cycling, HS2, Bus stops etc

Topics in this update:



Midland Metro extension

Work continues on the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street Station towards Edgbaston. This involves changes for traffic on Hill Street, Brunel Street and Paradise Street. Click for further information.

To enable tram extension works on Broad Street, inbound buses are diverted via Bridge Street and Holliday Street. Outbound buses will follow their usual route.

Bus route 126 will no longer serve the markets area of the city and will instead terminate at Colmore Row.  Click for more information about changes to this route.

A pedestrian diversion is in operation following the closure of the ramp from Fletchers Walk to Broad Street. Access is maintained via the stairs or the lift from Easy Row. An alternative accessible route to Broad Street can be taken via Holliday Street and Bridge Street. Click for further information and a map.


Paradise Circus re-development

Following completion of the stone paving work, Chamberlain Square pedestrian route is due to re-open on 20 October. The main entrance to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will again be accessible via Victoria Square – just in time for some spooky half term activities!

Paving work is also progressing on the Centenary Way pedestrian route, which will link Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. This walkway is scheduled to open in November at which point Fletcher’s Walk will close.  Click for further information about the Paradise re-development.


Holloway Circus works

One lane is closed on the Holloway Head approach to the Holloway Circus junction between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays and some weekday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. This lane closure is expected to be in operation 24/7 for a four week period starting in November (dates to be confirmed).  We recommend travellers use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible to minimise delays. Click for more information and a map.

Bus services 80, 80A, 98 and X64 are temporarily diverted on their journey towards Birmingham. Click for more information.


A38 cycle route update

The death of Suzanna Bull is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. We would urge any witnesses to contact the police with information to assist in their investigation.  Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycle way along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre.   Work to build the route was due to start this summer, but a legal challenge on whether we had followed the right processes when approving the legal orders needed before work could begin means we now hope to start work on the route in January 2018 and expect to finish by late summer 2018. As part of this scheme, new pedestrian crossings will be installed on all arms of the Bristol Road and Priory Road junction. At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians. This work is currently ongoing.  In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety.  Click for further information about the A38 cycle route.


HS2 preparatory works

To find out more about HS2 construction in the Washwood Heath area of the city, a drop in event is being held on Thursday 19 October from 4pm to 7pm. HS2 Ltd and their contractor (LM) will be sharing all the latest details about plans for traffic management, noise insulation, the depot, demolitions and more. The event will be at Leigh Primary School, Warren Road, B8 2YH.  HS2 Ltd is keen to work with those living or working along the route and their community engagement strategy can be viewed here.


New Street Station works

Improvement works to upgrade signals leading to smoother and more reliable services will take place between 21:30 on Saturday 23 December 2017 and 04:00 on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During this time a reduced service will run with replacement buses on some routes. Please plan ahead for travel and note that this may affect your journey if you are returning to work on Tuesday 2 January. More information about these works will be provided in our next update.


Road Safety Week (20-26 November)

Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to train staff and share information to help raise awareness of life-saving road safety messages. The theme this year is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ – find out how to get involved on the Brake website or click here for more information about the ‘Slower is Safer’ scheme in Birmingham.


Birmingham business survey: improving air quality

The deadline for responses to this survey has been extended until 31 October 2017. By sharing your views you will help develop an understanding of how Clean Air Zones could affect businesses in the city and the additional support which might be required. Click for more information and to complete the survey.

A toolkit is available to help businesses consider their delivery and service activities and how changes can be made to improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as reducing emissions. Click to download the Delivery & Service Planning toolkit.


Bus stop suspension trial

Transport for West Midlands are seeking feedback on the trial closure of bus stops on routes 8A, 8C, 45, 47, 50, 63 which began on 1 October. For more information and to share your views click here.


Smart Routing App

If you have an Apple iOS device and are a public transport user, you may be interested in taking part in a project to explore how Smartphones can act as a means of sharing transport data. If so click here or email for more information.


Re-surfacing works

Amey will be carrying out re-surfacing works on the following routes. Please plan your journey accordingly. Diversions will be in place.

–          Five Ways underpass into city 16-25 October, 8pm-7.30am

–          A452 Chester Road (from Kingsbury Road island to Tyburn Road island) ALL DAY 20-30 October

–          Lancaster Circus Queensway roundabout, 22 October-2 November, 8pm-7.30am


Events with traffic restrictions

12 November 2017 – Remembrance Sunday city wide events


Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.


We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.

–          British Transport Police text 61016

–          Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

–          In an emergency call 999


With kind regards,

On behalf of the Birmingham Connected Team

Part of the Economy Directorate of Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at

Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham
Facebook: @bham20mph or @BirminghamCycleRevolution


Save Allenscroft Childrens Centre Meeting 1.30pm 29th June 2017

 Allens Croft childrens centre is currently the target of many cuts in finances and services and possibly even closure. This would be devastating for our local community. Barnardos has favoured chinbrook centre over our outstanding centre. This will be an hours walk or two buses for brandwood residents to gain access to vital services. The consultation document is very misleading and we need many people to complete it and choose the centre to try our best to save it.
The initial meeting is today 29th June at 1.30 at Allens croft childrens centre.

There is an online document also that local residents have the opportunity to prioritise the centre.
There will also be a petition to follow.

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Brandwood Forum Meeting 21st June 2017

Birmingham has a shocking 10,000 homeless people, so I am delighted that Community Street Kitchen will be coming along to our next  meeting Wednesday 21st June  7- 8.30 at Monyhull Church.  This small charity  serves food Tuesdays and Saturdays to the homeless and those on low income.

Our meetings enable residents to raise issues or concerns about the local Environment, Police & Community Safety Issues, Planning Applications and find out about local events .

There will be tea and bsicuits and a warm welcome for all Brandwood Residents!

Brandwood Forum Meeting 24th May 7- 8.30pm

Our next Brandwood Forum meeting is Wednesday 24th May 7- 8.30 at Monyhull Church.

It is our regular meeting during which residents can raise issues or concerns about the local Environment, Police & Community Safety Issues, Planning Applications and find out about local events .

One of our  local Councillors should be in attendence so if you have any concerns to raise or praise then come along