Media Watch – March 16

By on 16/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

£20m campus for Jewellery Quarter (Express & Star) University College Birmingham (UCB) is behind ambitious plans for a £20 million campus to be built on a four acre site bounded by George Street, Holland Street and Charlotte Street, in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.  Leader Mike Whitby announced the scheme at the MIPIM 2010 global property conference in Cannes, France.
 
Anger over university campus rail link blow (Express & Star) Bosses at Birmingham City University (BCU) said they are “hugely disappointed” by plan to build a new high-speed rail link through the proposed site for its new multi-million pound campus.  Bounded by New Canal Street, Fazeley Street, Bunbury Street and Bartholomew Street, the site is right in the middle of where the Government wants to build the link to a new station.  Leader Mike Whitby said the authority is already in talks to find an alternative site in the same area.
 
Chocolate chiefs under fire from angry MPs (BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC Radio WM, birminghammail.net) Executives from Cadbury and its new parent company came under fire from angry MPs this morning amid uncertainty over the company’s future in the UK.  Marc Firestone, executive vice-president of US food giant Kraft, and Cadbury’s president Trevor Bond were repeatedly challenged about their long-term commitment to Bournville as they appeared before the Commons Business Select Committee.

Papal visit to Midlands (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM) It has been confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will deliver a public mass in Coventry as part of a four-day visit to the UK in September.  It is expected that he will beatify the 19th century theologian and educationalist, Cardinal John Henry Newman, during his visit.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Battle of Hob Moor Road (Birmingham Mail) Council wins court order to evict families and demolish homes built in Hob Moor Road by developer who did not own all the land on which the properties were built. Council and landowner now in dispute over value of land and money that needs to be paid to BCC to resolve the situation.

Polished Face of New Street (Birmingham Mail) Mock-up of New Street's reflective façade unveiled in Small Heath by project funding partners. Cllr Whitby highlights how New Street will combine with High Speed Rail and Metro to revolutionise transport links in and to the city.

Jobs go as meals staff frozen out (Birmingham Mail) 69 jobs at risk as Council's programme of phasing out in-house meals on wheels service is due to be completed next month.

Fury over OAP home closures (Birmingham Mail) Families of residents in several care homes and day centres claim the first they knew of BCC changing the dates when residents are to move to new facilities, was when they read it in the media. BCC spokeswoman stresses dates are only proposed to be brought forward if suitable alternative accommodation has become available.

'Experts' bill is hacked by £30m (Birmingham Mail) Bosses at BCC have slashed £30m from their annual spend on consultants, but members of scrutiny committee still express concerns at £30m worth of consultants still hired per year.

Painting the town purple (LGA Magazine) Birmingham one of the first places to be awarded a 'purple flag' in national scheme to recognise tourist and visitor appeal of town/cities.

Regional Headlines

Top cop in death smash cleared (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands police Chief Inspector found not guilty of any charges following fatal collision involving car he was driving.

Foreign Ownership Select Committee (Radio WM) Kraft and Cadbury to speak in front of Select Committee today on foreign ownership

Man held over fatal stabbing (Birmingham Mail) Man held after death of man stabbed to death in Small Heath on Sunday.

National Headlines

EU warns British budget plans do not go far enough

Kidnapped British 5-year old found alive and well  in Pakistan

Brown attacks unions over BA strike

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