Media Watch – April 10

By on 10/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Bore: Black Country must be on board if we are going to compete (Birmingham Post) The leader of Birmingham City Council has called for a redrawing of the region's economic geography to work more closely with the Black Country.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

City obesity policy 'too unambitious' (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham councillor has slammed a new obesity report on tackling the city's obesity crisis as 'pathetically unambitious'. Quotes Cllr James Hutchings and Cllr Steve Bedser.

I'm the man with the plan to fix city's failing children's services (Birmingham Post) Interview with chief executive Mark Rogers.

Homes boss under fire for heroes' policy (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's housing chief has strongly refuted allegations that he misled residents over his homes for heroes policy. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali and Cllr Bruce Lines.

Hundreds of new claims emerge in Trojan Horse quiz (Birmingham Mail, and further coverage of Trojan Horse allegations on BBC and BBCWM) Birmingham City Council has received 'hundreds' of allegations of school takeover plots and staff bullying dating back 20 years, it has emerged.  Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

Falling tiles force city library to close early (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's flagship library had to close early - after ceiling tiles fell to the floor.  Quotes Brian Gambles.

Tributes to ex-Lord Mayor (Birmingham Mail) A former Lord Mayor of Birmingham (Ken Barton) who died last month has been described as a 'most loved' colleague by council leader Sir Albert Bore. Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Randal Brew.

Council's extra time to solve match day parking trouble (Birmingham Mail) Consultation on plans which could lead to extra parking restrictions around St Andrew's has been extended.

Tunnel campaign up for top award (Birmingham Mail) The huge publicity campaign which kept Birmingham city centre on the move during last summer's A38 Queensway tunnel closures has been shortlisted for a national award.  Quotes Amey's Eddie Fellows.

Luxury living in a home from home for city OAPs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's first Florida-style retirement village in New Oscott celebrates its fourth birthday this month. Quotes chief executive Nick Abbey thanking good working relationship with Birmingham City Council.

Councillor a 'real firebrand' (Birmingham Mail) A former councillor who died last week (Ron Whitehouse) has been described as a 'real firebrand' during tributes from colleagues. Quotes Cllr Keith Linnecor and Cllr Jon Hunt.

Fears over rise in taxes if council is granted power (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's citizens and businesses could face further taxes if a council-backed campaign is successful, it has been claimed.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Robert Alden.

NEC show will be blooming lovely (Birmingham Mail) As the flower show season approaches, further details have been released of some of the highlights for this year's BBC Gardeners' World Live featuring the RHS Flower Show Birmingham.  Mentions  Birmingham City Council's World War One display.

St George's Day celebration to roll into city .. (Birmingham Mail, missed yesterday) St George will be swapping his sword for a 'Jagger' when the city celebrates the patron saint's day.  Quotes council spokesman.

Regional Headlines:

New HS2 compensation announced  – Homeowners near the HS2 line between London and Birmingham will be given up to £100,000, even if they decide not to move, under government proposals.

Forces ‘unprepared’ for cybercrime – West Midlands Police is one of only three police forces in England and Wales to have a comprehensive plan in place to deal with a large-scale cyber attack, a report finds.

Campaign to fund life-changing op for Walsall girl – The parents of a five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy say they have been amazed by the generosity of the local community in helping to fund a life-changing operation for her.

National Headlines:

Ex-minister Lord Myners quits Co-op – Former City minister Lord Myners quits the board of the Co-operative Group following criticism of his plans to reform the troubled mutual.

‘Millions wasted’ on flu drug – Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on Tamiflu, a drug for flu that may work no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis says.

Indians vote on key election day – Millions of Indians are voting on the first big day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.

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