Residents living on land contaminated by arsenic, cadmium, lead and nickel have formed an action group in a bid to speed up the clean-up process.
The Priory Mill Action Group, consisting of homeowners from Willson Croft, Graith Close, Bach Mill Drive and The Launde, was formed after an announcement from the council last year stated their houses were built on top of a former industrial landfill site.
Volunteers have posted leaflets through doors urging other homeowners to sign petitions asking the council to make the land safe and they will be taking the petitions to Downing Street.
In a letter to Birmingham City Council, group chairman Roger Best, a Graith Close resident, said: "Our aim is to obtain a resolution to the contaminated land issues affecting residents as quickly as possible.
"The residents of the affected properties have been waiting 18 months for the council to resolve the situation and as yet no satisfactory recommendations or solutions have been implemented."
As well as hoping to speed up the clean-up process, the group are looking for answers to a number of related questions, including confusion surrounding a 'stay indoors' order for all young children under the age of six who were thought to be at risk of infertility problems in the future if exposed to the poisonous soil over many years.
When the problem first became apparent, the council's head of environment protection Gavin Tringham said: "There is a long-term risk to children playing in the gardens and they should stay out of them in case they eat any contaminated material. The risk is to very young children who may accidentally eat the soil."
But Health Protection Agency consultant in communicable disease control Dr Roger Gajraj disputed the claims, stating if precautions were followed, the risks would be reduced.
The Priory Mill Action Group is also hoping to find out why planning permission was given to the developer Bryant Homes to build the houses in the 1980s even though the council were aware the land was once a landfill site.
It also wants to know whether there were conditions in the planning application calling for remedial work to protect the homeowners from being poisoned.
Courier Mr Best, aged 43, who lives with his wife Kelly and two young daughters, said: "The residents' everyday lives are dominated by this situation and they cannot enjoy their homes and gardens as they should be able to.
"This was recently pointed out to one of the council's environmental officers who could not understand why residents felt they could not enjoy their garden even though they had been advised in previous literature that they should not touch the soil.
"Every single resident has their own reason for wanting this situation resolved now and they are entitled to do so.
"It is not for the council to leave the residents wondering from one day to the next what is going to happen so that they cannot get on with their lives.
"Not one single resident is responsible for this situation."