Media Watch – April 4

By on 04/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

PM backs Ofsted probe into 'Trojan Horse' plot (Birmingham Mail) The prime minister has backed Ofsted to deal with the 'Trojan Horse' school probe, following coverage of the allegations

Library books 'left out of reach' in staff safety row (Birmingham Mail, Mirror, Times, Sun, Metro) Further coverage of a story about some books at the Library of Birmingham being out of reach. The books affected are those borrowed infrequently and kept in high storage

Ten years to clear backlog of potholes in Midlands (Birmingham Mail) It could take ten years to clear the backlog of repairs to roads across the region, according to a study carried out by the Asphalt Industry Alliance. A BCC spokesperson said the partnership between the council and Amey continued to deliver a higher level of investment than could have been achieved previously

Birmingham joins growing network of greener cities (Guardian) The city has joined the likes of San Francisco, Wellington and Oslo in a global network of biophilic cities - urban centres celebrated for their green centres. Cllr James McKay quoted welcoming the status

Regional Headlines:

HS2 debate set to begin this month - Legislation paving the way for HS2 will be debated by MPs for the first time on 28 April

Police staff quit new call centre after four months - Staff are being moved out of a new West Midlands Police call centre installed at a cost of millions just four months after it opened

National Headlines:

Storm damaged train line reopens – The main railway line through Dawlish reopens to passengers after part of the track was destroyed during winter storms

Underwater search begins for MH370 – The underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane begins in the Indian Ocean – with a locator searching for flight recorder signals

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