Media Watch – 3 April 2014

By on 03/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Shambles as library staff unable to reach books (Birmingham Post):  Academics have blasted ‘farcical’ situation which has left Library of Birmingham staff unable to reach reference books. Director of Library of Birmingham, Brian Gambles quoted.

Warning as Sahara sand sweeps over Brum (Birmingham Mail):  Health chiefs have warned people to stay indoors as Birmingham braced itself for thick air pollution, swarming in from the Sahara Desert. Director of Public Health Adrian Phillips quoted.

Trojan horse latest: BBC Online report that Ofsted inspectors have returned to Nansen Primary and Golden Hillock (both Park View Education Trust schools) , while The Times reports that Birmingham City Council  is to appoint extra staff to investigate the allegations of a Muslim extremist plot, after teachers, parents and governors raised fresh concerns.

Profits fall at NEC Group as city puts it on the market (Birmingham Post): Accounts posted by the NEC Group show the up-for-sale operation enjoyed rising revenue but falling profits last year.

‘Pothole crisis’ as backlog of repairs may take 10 years (Birmingham Post): It would take ten years to clear the backlog of repairs to roads across the West Midlands, according to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey. Amey and BCC spokespeople quoted.

Senior city Tory resigns as local elections loom (Birmingham Post): Birmingham’s opposition Conservative deputy leader has claimed that the group is in rude health and ready to take on the Labour leadership, despite the sudden resignation of a senior colleague. Cllr Parkin and Cllr R Alden quoted.

NHS users should pay, says council troubleshooter (Birmingham Post):  The troubleshooter parachuted into Birmingham to sort out its crisis hit children’s social services department has already been engulfed in a political storm on the eve of his arrival. Former Labour health minister Lord Norman Warner has stepped into a row as a co-author of a controversial report proposing a £10 fee for NHS Services.  Story also touches on the Legrand report into children’s social services and includes a joint quote from Cllrs Sir Albert Bore, Mike Whitby and Paul Tilsley on the report.

Birmingham tackles takeaways in obesity fight (BBC WM):  Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about planning measures in Birmingham to limit the number of fast food takeaways.

Tributes to ex-councillor known as ‘Mr Perry Barr’ (Birmingham Post):  Tributes have been paid to former city councillor Ron Whitehouse, known as ‘Mr Perry Barr’, who died following a long illness. Quotes from Cllr Linnecor and Cllr Leddy.

Advert for ‘alcohol antidote’ banned (Birmingham Post): An advert for a tablet claiming that a ‘clever little ingredient’ prevented the absorption of alcohol has been banned after an investigation by Birmingham’s trading standards department.

Youth club closure due to cuts (Birmingham Mail): A Birmingham City Council-run youth advice centre, Base KS in Kingstanding, will close its doors at the end of May as a result of funding cuts. Cllr Linnecor quoted.

Regional Headlines

Air Ambulance buys first helicopter (BBC Online): An air ambulance charity, which says it covers the largest geographic area in England, has unveiled its first fully-owned helicopter. The Midlands Air Ambulance previously leased its three helicopters.

National Headlines

Clegg and Farage in EU battle (BBC Online):  Nick Clegg says UKIP peddles “fantasies” but Nigel Farage accuses him of “lying” about the EU, as polls suggest the UKIP leader came out top in the ill-tempered TV debate.

Nurseries not preparing children for school – Ofsted (BBC Online): Too many nurseries are failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary school, Ofsted’s chief inspector says.

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