Media Watch

Today’s Birmingham City Council news from a variety of sources.

Media Watch – August 28

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Super council will not be as radical as Manchester’s (Birmingham Mail, Express and Star) The man spearheading talks over the region’s new ‘super council’ says the political shake-up is unlikely to be as deep as that of Greater Manchester. City chiefs to face public grilling over performance (Birmingham Mail) The […]

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Media Watch – August 27

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Top Birmingham City Council stories: ‘Summer is no time for green belt consultation’ (Birmingham Post) MP Andrew Mitchell has criticised Birmingham City Council for holding the second round of consultation into plans for 6,000 homes on the Sutton Coldfield green belt during the summer. Quotes Cllr Ewan Mackey, plus council spokesperson saying that the consultation […]

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Media Watch – August 26

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Friends and family in final farewell to tragic sisters Lily and Shelley (Birmingham Mail, ITV Central, BBC online) A grieving community gathered to say farewell to two little girls who died after being struck by a car. Cllr Waseem Zaffar quoted in Mail and BBC Brum’s biggest nightclubs shut after […]

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Media Watch – August 25

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Club closed for good after shootings and a stabbing (Birmingham Mail) A city centre nightclub (the Electric in Hurst Street, formerly the Oceana) has been closed permanently after two men were shot in the legs and a third stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.  Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring. Go-ahead […]

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Media Watch – August 24

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Town halls blow £1.2m checking Twitter (Mail on Sunday, Daily Star) Articles looking at total amount spent over last five years by local authorities on media evaluation. Reference to Birmingham City Council, though the article does not mention that the council’s spend has reduced by 84 per cent. Full response […]

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Media Watch – August 21

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories GCSE results round-up (Birmingham Mail) A look at results from schools across the region, including Birmingham. The city’s interim director of education, Colin Diamond, quoted – congratulating the efforts of everyone involved. Funeral date set for tragic sisters killed in car smash (Birmingham Mail) The funeral for sisters aged six […]

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Media Watch – August 20

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: 2,800 new places ‘created in failing schools’ by city (Birmingham Post) The New Schools Network, a charity which advises on how to set up free schools, has criticised Birmingham City Council for creating 2,800 new places in failing or below average schools. Quotes council spokesperson saying the authority has created […]

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Media Watch – August 19

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Taylor Wimpey in payments battle over Calthorpe Estate project (Birmingham Post website): The construction firm has challenged the financial agreement, known as a Section 106, to pay £180,000 towards affordable housing as part of its plans to build 43 homes on a site in Highfield Road, Edgbaston. The company claim […]

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Media Watch – August 18

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Councils’ data breaches top 450 in 4 years (Birmingham Mail) Councils in the West Midlands have lost or disclosed the public’s sensitive data more than 450 times. Sandwell council had the highest level with 187 incidents, with Birmingham last-but-one at 7. The axe falls on our trees (Guardian) An article […]

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Media Watch – August 17

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Youth footy hero to return MBE in disgust (Sunday Mercury) Leroy Richards, who runs youth football teams in Birmingham, says he is handing back his MBE over Birmingham City Council pitch hire charges. Quotes council spokesperson pointing out that Mr Richards is using pitches without having booked them first. Chippie […]

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