Media Watch – Sept 17 (am)

By on 17/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

High speed rail must go in to city - report (Birmingham Post)
Report and analysis on the Greengauge 21 report which was published yesterday and concludes, among other things, that HS2 should run to Birmingham New Street with a possible way station at the airport. Quotes included from Cllr Whitby in support of the conclusion.

Birmingham in running with bookies to be city of culture (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham is the second favourite with bookies to be the UK's European City of Culture in 2013. Outline bid expected to be submitted in October.

Six firms shortlisted for meals-on-wheels contract (Birmingham Post)
Ahead of change from in-house to external provision of service it is revealed at scrutiny that six firms on shortlist to take on meals-on-wheels service. Cllr Clark quoted pointed out this is not uncommon as most councils have already outsourced.

Graduates join Amey scheme (Birmingham Post)
Amey take on new graduates into employment in Birmingham. Article also highlights their work alongside BCC and its economic recession taskforce with quotes from Cllr Summerfield.

Speedway decision day (Midlands Today, Radio WM)
Planning committee is today to decide whether to approve palnning permission for the continuation of speedway in Birmingham. Resident groups and environmental health officers are recommending it is refused due to noise nuisance.

Regional Headlines

Karen Brady to leave Birmingham City
Commentary and speculation following the news that Karen Brady is leaving Birmingham City.

Takeover of LDV by Weststar is 'still alive'
Comments made by solicitors representing Weststar denies claims their attempt to take over LDV from administrators have ended. Spokesperson for the Pheonix Four also quoted suggesting operation would be better moved to Longbridge than overseas if Chinese are interested - as rumoured.

Broad Street BID to link up city transport system
Further details of proposals to establish a new rapid transport system as part of plans for the second generation of the BID - which is set to be voted on next month.

National Headlines

Postal workers to vote on further strikes

GP catchment areas to be ended

Integrity of Afghan elections defended

US to cut missile defence plans

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