Media Watch – April 17

By on 17/04/2014 in Media Watch

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Expressway at risk of collapse, says report (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP claims £26million of work is needed on the Aston Expressway to avoid a situation similar to that experienced in London in 2012 when the Hammersmith Flyover had to be closed for urgent repairs.

Lamb meat food fraud (Extensive local and national coverage) A survey by consumer group Which? claims that 16 of 30 takeaways and restaurants selling lamb dishes in Birmingham contained some meat other than lamb. Jacqui Kennedy interviewed for the council on BBC WM and Heart FM.

ASBO for tenant who drove at council staff (Birmingham Mail) A Rednal woman has been issued an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction after assaulting a member of council staff and driving at other employees. Note: The paper's headline states she received an ASBO, when she in fact received an ASBI.

Solihull snubs plan to create 'Greater Birmingham' authority (Birmingham Post) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has said that Solihull Council does not want to consider a combined authority, adding consideration needs to be given to whether Coventry had a part to play in any such organisation.

'Benefits Street' plot proves a bargain after notorious TV show (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of the upcoming auction at which the council will be selling a plot of land on James Turner Street. With a guide price of £20,000, it is expected the plot would be suitable for use as parking or storage.

All roads lead to Birmingham… (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has been ranked as 51st in the Mercer Quality of Living Report 2014, meaning the city is the highest ranked UK location outside of London. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Fears of tension as former terror chief appointed to probe 'Muslim school plot' (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of the Trojan Horse allegations, with a focus on the Government's appointment of Peter Clarke to lead a review into the issue. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Residents oppose 110 new homes (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of Sutton Coldfield residents have raised formal objections to plans for homes on the former Hardy Spicer Sports Ground. Cllr David Barrie quoted, saying the development would increase traffic congestion significantly.

New library sweeps the board at regional architecture awards (Birmingham Post) The Library of Birmingham won three of the four awards on offer at the Royal Institute of British Architects West Midlands Awards.

Deputy leader vows: We'll keep promises (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Ian Ward has launched a 'Birmingham Promise' which will guarantee residents set response times to deal with benefit applications, missed refuse collections, housing repairs and other complaints.

Councillor slams 'pathetic' report into obesity crisis (Birmingham Mail) Conservative member James Hutchings criticised a new report prepared by the council into childhood obesity. Comments made during a recent Full Council meeting. Cllr Alan Rudge also quoted along with Cabinet Member Cllr Steve Bedser, who defended the report, stating there is no single solution to the problem.

Cyclists get back in the saddle after 40 years..! (Birmingham Mail) Feature on cycling sessions being offered to residents at the Hagley Road ExtraCare Village. The sessions are being provided as part of deal struck by the city council through the planning process. Cllr James McKay quoted.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police's head of HR has said that the organisation will have to start cutting staff numbers almost as soon as it takes on the last of 450 new recruits, due to budget pressures.

The new president for the UK and Ireland division of Cadbury's owner Mondelez International says talks are going well with the Bournville workforce over how to cut costs in the future.

Four bids for Birmingham City FC are set to go to the club's board in Hong Kong next week, and the favourite is thought to be a £32million British-based package.

National Headlines

Ships and divers continue to search for nearly 300 people unaccounted for, a day after a ferry carrying more than 470 sank off South Korea.

Three people are killed in a raid on a base in eastern Ukraine, the country’s interior minister says, as the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine hold crisis talks in Geneva.

Motorists are braced for what is set to be the busiest day of the year on the roads so far, with up to 16m cars expected to be used over Easter.

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