Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Trojan Horse school staff could face life ban (Birmingham Mail – Tuesday) Scores of teachers and support workers linked to the Trojan Horse scandal could be banned from working in schools for life after being investigated by professional watchdog the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
City councillors set for pay cut (Birmingham Mail – Monday) A 40 per cent pay cut for the city council’s 10 district chairs is set to be approved at a full council meeting on April 12.
Bedsit block is branded a troublespot (Birmingham Mail – Monday) A planning application to add four rooms to a pair of converted detached homes in Gravelly Hill has been refused by city council planning committee members following police objections. Quotes Cllrs John Clancy and Bob Beauchamp.
£18m free school set to open on old uni campus (Birmingham Mail – Monday) The Perry Beeches chain of free schools has revealed it will house its sixth and final school in the buildings that currently form Birmingham City University’s city north campus. References fact Birmingham City Council is lobbying the Department for Education over its decision to allow the fifth Perry Beeches school to open in Small Heath in September.
Hard-hitting new film warning pupils of child groomers (Sunday Mercury) Piece on launch of ‘Bait’ film about child sexual exploitation. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted.
Brum recycling is wheelie good (Birmingham Mail – Saturday) Recycling rates in Birmingham have soared by up to 18.5 per cent following the introduction of wheelie bins in parts of the city. Cllr Trickett quoted.
Jewellers fined £6,500 at court (Birmingham Mail – Saturday) The Gold Centre, in Sparkhill, has been fined after pleading guilty at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court to 134 offences under the Hallmarking Act 1973 relating to unhallmarked items. References fact this is a Trading Standards case.
Showpiece £189m library to close doors on Sundays (Birmingham Mail – Friday) The Library of Birmingham is to shut on Sundays and will open for just six hours every Saturday due to budget cuts.
Councillor slams NHS bosses over GP surgery closure (Birmingham Mail – Friday) Councillor Waseem Zaffar has called on NHS England and the Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG to keep the Finch Road Primary Care Centre, in Lozells, open.
Tobacco display ban (Big Centre TV – Friday) Interview with Jacqui Kennedy about the enforcement of the ban on displaying tobacco products in shops.
Girls head to London for national Poetry Slam (BBC Midlands Today, Free Radio, Global Radio, Switch Radio – Thursday) Collaborative project between council’s youth service and police interventions team at council’s Lighthouse Youth Centre in Newtown.
A mosque has collapsed in Walford Road, Sparkbrook, leaving roads closed and emergency services working to make the area safe.
Police have been given more time to question six people – four of whom are from Birmingham – arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.
Staff shortages are making it harder to tackle Islamic radicalisation in England’s prisons, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has warned.
The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”.