Media watch – 21 April

By on 21/04/2011 in Media Watch

Council loses legal battle over cuts (National media, Central TV, BBC WM, Midlands Today, Birmingham Post/Mail) High Court rules plans to limit adult social care unlawful, after judge rules Council did not pay 'due regard' to the Disability Discrimination Act. BCC looking at judgement before deciding whether to appeal.

 Enterprise zone tipped to create 50,000 jobs (Birmingham Post) LEP outlines plans to make Birmingham City Centre a single enterprise zone with benefits to be felt throughout the entire region, as new look LEP board is also unveiled. 

 £100m developers hit out over planning deadlock (Birmingham Post) Mixed use Holloway Head development given planning permission twenty years after first being suggested- BCC disputes claim it is behind the long lead time pointing out it processed the application, when it finally arrived, within just 13 weeks.

 CPO option for council take over of Beorma land (Birmingham Post) Council set to use CPO powers to purchase land needed for the £200m mixed use Beorma regeneration after failing to come to an agreement with landowners.

 HS2 station sketched out (Birmingham Post) New images of the proposed high speed station at Curzon Street and use of land surrounding it release by Glen Howells architects - who has been commissioned by BCC to explore options for the development.

 Referendum explained (BBC WM) BCC election staff help Radio WM run mock 'election' of West Midlands landmarks to highlight how voting systems and results differ under First Past the Post and AV.

 Big three fast food chains snub obesity fight (Birmingham Mail) Mcdonalds, KFC and Burger King fail to take up invitation to join BCC healthier eating campaign after city writes to food firms operating in the city.

Regional Headlines

Airport to go out to tender for £65m runway extension

 Longbridge project 'threatened by AWM closure'

 Fears that 200 jobs could go as G4S take over Birmingham Prison

 BCU new campus in Eastside gets planning permission

National Headlines

Two British photographers killed in Libya

 Tributes paid to bomb disposal 'hero'

 More than 80,000 people are claiming incapacity benefits because they have alcohol, drug or obesity problems

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