Media Watch – October 13

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£20m NIA plan is welcomed as economic boost (Birmingham Post) A £20 million makeover has been promised for Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. City Council leader Mike Whitby said the investment would deliver a significant boost.

Mixed bag for city but still a top 20 place for business (Birmingham Post) Birmingham still trails Manchester as a location to do business, according to an influential international survey – although the city has made strides in tackling pollution and transport.

Aston Hall by candlelight (Birmingham Post) Visitors to Aston Hall can see how Christmas would have looked for its Jacobean inhabitants with its grand room bathed in candlelight.

Drivers letting council get away with unfair tickets (Birmingham Post) Only one in ten aggrieved motorists successfully challenge Birmingham City Council over parking fines.

International interest in eco village (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s first eco village has been hailed a success and has attracted international interest from countries looking to mirror the scheme.

Jobs danger as council forced to make additional £65m savings (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC) The financial crisis at Birmingham City Council has taken a turn for the worse, with the local authority looking to make a further £65 million in savings.

Lottery would raise cash for city services (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham lottery could be launched to try and raise cash for local services.

Labour canvasses city’s top thinkers for policy ideas (Birmingham Post) The Labour Party is promising to recruit ‘the best brains in Birmingham’ to help draw up a populist manifesto for next May’s city council election.

‘Greatest runner of all time’ heads for city half marathon (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) One of the world’s greatest ever runners has confirmed he will be competing in Birmingham’s half marathon later this month.

Jamaican market plan (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is to follow the success of the German Winter Market with a Jamaican Summer Market in the city centre next year.

Backing for city million trees plan (Birmingham Mail) A proposal to circle Birmingham with a million trees as a defence against green belt development has won fresh backing.

Final ride at bus museum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham popular transport museum will close for possibly the final time at the end of this month.

Tory chief slams councillors’ strike boycott (Birmingham Mail) Labour councillors have been accused of dereliction of duty after they failed to attend a crucial meeting due to strike action.

Birmingham PFI roads deal ‘not set in stone’ (Local Transport Today) Birmingham City Council and its highways private finance initiative provider are examining the scope for efficiency savings on the £2.7bn contract following ministerial demands for costs of existing PFIs to be reduced.

Regional Headlines

Basic elderly NHS care ‘alarming’
Failings in basic elderly patient care is causing a serious problem in two hospitals in the region, inspectors say.

Three saved from restaurant blast
Three people are rescued as a fire and gas explosion tear through a restaurant during the early hours in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Most private rents ‘unaffordable’
Private rents are now unaffordable in 55% of local authorities in England, the housing charity Shelter says.

Riot burglars face longer in jail
Judges are being told to take rioting into account when jailing people who break into shops, under new sentencing guidelines for England and Wales.

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