Media Watch – Nov 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham’s second retirement village opens (BBC WM) Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about the opening of Pannel Croft Village, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s second retirement village in the city.

Support for controversial new face on old JFJ mural (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham charity has backed a controversial decision to add the face of a former lord mayor to the city’s iconic JFK mural.

Fire station plan without ‘tombstone’ resurrected (Birmingham Post) New proposals for the rebirth of Birmingham’s former Central Fire Station as an urban village to house students have been resubmitted to Birmingham City Council – replacing previous plans dubbed ‘the tombstone’

Aspirational homes ‘needed’ to deter escape to country (Birmingham Post) Birmingham needs to build bigger, more ‘aspirational’ homes to stem the flow of families moving out to the country in search of a better life, councillors claimed.

Child services escape direct intervention (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s troubled child protection services escaped direct Government intervention because of sweeping changes at the top of the city council, it has been claimed.

Heseltine report: industry reaction (Regeneration and Renewal) The Core Cities Group, which represents England’s eight largest cities outside London: Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, has welcomed the review.

Regional Headlines

Lords debate train cancellations
A Labour peer says in the House of Lords that hundreds of train cancellations show London Midland is “not fit to run the franchise”.

Auditors of Blues’ owners resign
The auditors looking into the accounts of Birmingham City FC’s parent company resign from the job.

National Headlines

Jimmy Savile’s £4m estate frozen
The estate of television presenter Jimmy Savile is frozen by NatWest bank ahead of anticipated legal action by victims of alleged abuse.

Osborne: Real EU vote test ahead
The chancellor will “listen to” Tory rebels who helped defeat the government, but says the real test will come when any EU budget deal is put to MPs.

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