Media Watch – March 26

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The only rhino in the village (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is putting £10,000 towards the cost of a rhinestone-encrusted model of a rhinoceros to mark the entrance to the city’s Gay Village.

Parking: Must do better (Birmingham Mail) How the daily school run turns a quiet street into traffic mayhem… and how the city is fighting back.

Fury at homes plan for playing fields (Birmingham Mail) Plans to ‘pour concrete’ over a large city council-owned playing field (Martineau Centre in Quinton) have been put on hold following objections from residents and councillors.

No butts, put them in a bin (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy urges smokers to stub out the habit of dropping cigarette butts on the city’s streets.

What little Brummies are made of (Observer) Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Children’s Lives exhibition.

Da Vinci sketches drew 72,000 (Birmingham Mail) More than 72,000 visitors have queued up to see Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s da Vinci exhibition.

English in minority for 1 in 4 schools (Birmingham Mail) Pupils with English as their first language are now in the minority in more than one in four Birmingham schools, new figures have revealed.

Sports centre plan go ahead (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a pioneering new sports centre in Perry Barr have been approved.

Concern over biomass fuel boiler effect (Birmingham Mail) City planning bosses have called for an urgent investigation into the impact if biomass fuel boilers on communities.

Landlord fines for no licence (Birmingham Mail) A landlord who illegally let rooms in a Birmingham house has been fines hundreds of pounds.

‘We need more Olympics money’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham may not be getting the grassroots sporting spin-offs promised by Olympic organisers, it has been claimed.

70,000 new homes for city pledge (Birmingham Mail) A pledge to build 70,000 new houses by 2026 and introduce a Birmingham Baccalaureate school qualification tailor-made for the local economy are among new policies outlined in Birmingham Labour Party’s local election manifesto.

City looks abroad for project funds (Building Design) Birmingham Council leaders are targeting Abu Dhabi, China, Norway and Saudi Arabia to invest up to £1 billion as part of its Big City Plan.

Encouraging considerate contractors (Construction Industry News) With the development of the Considerate Contractor Streetworks Scheme, Birmingham City Council has looked to help improve standards across the city.

Four shortlisted for £1.5bn Birmingham Green Deal programme (West Midlands Housing News) Four firms, including three energy companies and one contractor, have been shortlisted to be Birmingham City Council’s delivery partner for its Green Deal roll out, which begins this autumn

Regional Headlines

Lorry driver dies after M5 crash
A lorry driver who was seriously injured when his vehicle crashed into a stationary bus on the M5 dies in hospital.

Cathedral hopes to woo sponsors
St Chad’s Cathedral plans to approach Birmingham businesses to service £700,000 debt.

National Headlines

PM will not reveal No 10 guests
David Cameron declines to reveal whom he has invited to dinner at No 10 – a request made in the wake of the donor row – saying it is “private”.

£66m pledge for dementia research
Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled to £66m by 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron is due to announce.

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