Media Watch – March 11

By on 11/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

High Speed Rail link announced (BBC News, ITN News, Sky News, BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC Radio WM, Express & Star, birminghammail.net) PM Gordon Brown visited Birmingham today to officially launch a White Paper on the future of High Speed Rail in the UK.    Confirming that the London to Birmingham leg of the network will be the first to be developed, and run to a new station in the Eastside area, Mr Brown said that it would bring great benefits to the city.  The public will be consulted on the route, with work unlikely to start until at least 2017.  See also: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=8112

Birmingham City Council Stories

All abroad for new Eastside Station (Birmingham Post)
Government White Paper on High Speed Rail to be issued today and is said to include details of a new station in Eastside linked to Curzon Street. Government plans will see route initially built between Birmingham and London, before being extended further north. Cllr Whitby quoted welcoming economic benefits that will come.

Link is Eastside’s ticket to Future (Birmingham Post)
Businesses and organisations working in Eastside hail proposals for a HS2 station as the key to unlocking regeneration of the area.

New Street and Runway herald new transport future (Birmingham Post)
AWM report highlights progress being made to improve city’s network connections and develop an integrated transport network. In future importance of New Street and Airport extension highlighted.

Heritage fears as Council Conservation Group Cut (Birmingham Post)
Fears over future of Birmingham’s architectural heritage as council cuts its conservation planning group.

Lonely pub reopens – for now at least (Birmingham Post)
The Woodman Pub in Eastside has re-opened despite question marks hanging over its long-term future as part of the revamp of that area of the city.

Trading Standards warning after HIPs deemed unsatisfactory (Birmingham Post)
A third of Home Information Packs tested by Birmingham’s Trading Standards team did not come up to scratch during a recent campaign.

Funding row threat to Longbridge jobs (Birmingham Post)
A dispute between the council and developers St Modwen over section 106 “planning gain” monies is set to be resolved through a public inquiry next week. The article asserts the dispute could cause the revamp of the former MG Rover site to grind to a halt.

700 social staff want to go (Birmingham Post)
More than 700 staff within the Children, Young People and Families directorate have expressed interest in voluntary redundancy but most bids have been rejected, raising fears that many employees could be forced from their jobs.

Warning on future of community libraries (Birmingham Post)
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has said that the city’s 51 community libraries should not be subjected to cuts as the city council attempts to manage its finances.

A&E failings blamed on bed-blocking crisis (Birmingham Post)
Hospitals in the city want to bill the council for £1.5million in penalty fees related to the delayed discharge of patients from their wards.

Whitby’s six-hour wobble (Birmingham Post)
Iron Angle column discussing the length of time it took the council leader to issue a statement in support of Tony Howell and Cllr Les Lawrence following the guilty pleas in the Khyra Ishaq trial.

Khrya killers face sentence (Birmingham Mail)
The mother and step-father of Khyra Ishaq are due to be sentenced later today

200 council homes plan (Birmingham Mail)
Plans have been announced which will see the council offer land worth £4.3million to developers to build 200 new homes. City housing bosses have earmarked land at Pype Hayes, Bournville, Newtown and Sheldon for the next phase of building under the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust banner.

Warning to parents over unsafe toys (Birmingham Mail)
Parents are being urged to check that toys, including dolls, cars and jigsaws, bought for children and babies are safe and labelled correctly. Chairman of the council's Public Protection committee Neil Eustace quoted.

Backing Birmingham feature (Birmingham Post)
Advertisement feature including input from Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration.

Regional Headlines

Up to 28,000 dogs are expected in Birmingham this weekend for the annual Crufts dog show.

Pupils at Lordswood Girls School in Harbourne have been making the news for BBC News School Report. They join hundreds of schools across the country on 11 March 2010 for ‘School Report News Day’.

A drunk bus driver crashed into parked cars as he took Birmingham passengers on a terrifying journey when he sent the double decker No.35 to Kings Heath smashing into parked vehicles.

National Headlines

MPS due in court
Three Labour MPs and a Tory peer are due in court later to face charges in relation to their expenses claims

BA staff consider strike dates
Union leaders representing British Airways cabin crew will meet later to decide whether to announce dates for a strike.

Police ‘losing public confidence’
Police failures to tackle anti-social behaviour risk public confidence, says the chief inspector of constabulary.

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