Media Watch – April 6

By on 06/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Culture win could ‘make city proud’ (Birmingham Mail) Clinching the Capital of Culture crown would ‘make the city proud’ according to the director of a leading Birmingham art gallery – Jonathan Watkins at the Ikon.

Super-size schools to aid baby boom (Birmingham Mail) Fifteen super-size primary schools could be built in Birmingham to cope with the city’s baby-boom crisis.

White boys still behind at school (Birmingham Mail) White working class boys from poor backgrounds are making little progress in learning basic reading skills at Birmingham primary schools, new figures showed.

Snappers’ night at the museum (Birmingham Mail, Post) Keen photographers fired up their flashguns for a unique night at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to help the city’s culture crown ambitions. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9090

£19m for housing kickstart (Birmingham Mail) Eight major Birmingham housing developments, stalled during the recession, have been given a £19million government boost to get them going again.

Chicken rush in ‘Good Life’Brum (Birmingham Mail) It may seem eggstraordinary (sic) but thousands of Birmingham families are opting for a taste of the Good Life by keeping chickens in their back gardens. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9019

Time capsule captures life in the year 2010 (Birmingham Mail) Pupils from five Birmingham city centre primary schools collected artwork, photographs and uniforms to give future generations a snapshot of life at school in 2010. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9001

Blooming good reasons to vote for Brum (Birmingham Mail) A new exhibition (In Our Backyard) hopes to paint a picture of why Birmingham should be crowned UK Capital of Culture 2013.

Taxpayers facing pensions burden as local government deficits hit £60bn (Telegraph) The depth of the funding crisis facing public sector pension schemes has become clearer after a new study found local authority deficits have soared to almost £60bn. The largest shortfall exists at Birmingham City Council, which saw the gap between its assets and liabilities grow to £1.06bn in 2009.

Half a million houses are lying empty, Guardian research shows (Guardian) Charities are demanding an urgent rethink of government housing policy after a Guardian investigation found that almost half a million homes are lying empty in the UK - enough to put a roof over the heads of a quarter of the families on council house waiting lists. Some councils are already grappling with the problem of empty houses. In Birmingham - the council with the biggest number of empty homes, at 9,000 - the council launched an empty property strategy in 2007, and vacancy rates are now down by 5,000 on their 2003 levels.

Birmingham battles to return Moseley homes to housing stock (Guardian) Derelict houses in Anderton Park Road are source of seven years’ frustration for Birmingham city council

Birmingham sex attacker faces the boot from victim’s tower block (Sunday Mercury) COUNCIL chiefs who allowed a convicted sex attacker to live in the same tower block as his victim are booting him out.

Call to ban cars from Birmingham’s Broad Street in peak hour (Birmingham Mail) Cars should be banned from Birmingham’s Broad Street at peak times in a bid to tackle congestion, travel experts said.

Birmingham City Council advice on cost-effective motoring (Birmingham Mail) Soaring fuel prices are hitting the motorist where it hurts – in the pocket. But Birmingham City Council claims it can save an average driver around £10-a-week by persuading them to adopt a few simple measures. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=8909

Regional Headlines

Evans helping with police inquiry
British Davis Cup player Dan Evans, from Birmingham, is “fully cooperating” with police over an alleged sexual assault in Bath.
 
‘Man hit by vehicle’ on garage forecourt in Wednesbury 
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after it is believed he was hit by a car during a fight at a West Midlands petrol station.

Six arrested over crack cocaine finds 
Six people have been arrested following discoveries of crack cocaine in two areas of Aberdeen. Two women, one aged 37 from Aberdeen, and another aged 47 from the West Midlands, were arrested following an operation in the Rosemount area.

National Headlines

PM to announce 6 May general election 
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing to announce that the general election will be held on 6 May.
 
Doctors to give ‘fit notes’ instead of sick notes 
Workers who are off sick for longer than seven days will from now on receive so-called fit notes instead of sick notes from their GPs.
 
Uncle due in court over death of Tia Rigg in Manchester 
A man is due in court later charged with the murder of his 12-year-old niece who was found strangled and stabbed to death. The body of Tia Rigg was discovered at a house in Manchester on Saturday afternoon.

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