Media Watch- 30 September (AM)

By on 30/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued coverage of the Staffordshire Hoard with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to the fore (The Times, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post)

Better services at less cost for Birmingham (The Guardian) BCC's chief executive Stephen Hughes is overseeing the city's role in the government's 13 Total Place pilot scheme, where total public spending is being mapped and agencies are looking at ways they can collectively provide better public services at less cost. Hughes calls for one set of performance criteria per area and a focus on outcomes.

My vision: A boulevard, a lake and a million trees (Birmingham Post) In the second part of the Mail's exclusive interview with former BCC regeneration director Clive Dutton, he talks about what the city has to do to be a world leader

Homes chief denies 'Tory plot' claim (Birmingham Post) The councillor responsible for Birmingham's housing has rubbished Labour claims of a secret Tory plot to drive residents out of council homes. Cllr John Lines described comments as “total rubbish”.

Awards for blooming marvellous city gardens (Birmingham Post) The wonderful efforts of gardeners and flower growers across the city were rewarded at a ceremony. Nearly a hundred council tenants and leaseholders gathered at the Council House yesterday for the eagerly awaited finals of Birmingham in Bloom 2009. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Probe into council's parks deal (Birmingham Post) Serious questions have been raised over the awarding of contracts for tree pruning and grass cutting in Birmingham's parks. Birmingham's Labour group is demanding a full independent inquiry.  Council leader Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Regional Headlines

A massive factory fire in the West Midlands (Smethwick) may have led to asbestos being released into the environment, fire chiefs said.

A DVD advising children about tackling swine flu is launched at a Birmingham school which was hit by an outbreak of the virus.

National Headlines

Gordon Brown shrugs off the Sun’s decision to back the Conservatives by insisting “it is people that decide elections”.

An investigation begins into the death of an Afghan girl who died when a box of leaflets dropped by an RAF aircraft landed on her.

A girl who died shortly after being given a cervical cancer vaccine had a “serious underlying medical condition”, an NHS Trust says.



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