Media Watch – Aug 15

By on 15/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council facing extra  £210m of cuts as Bore fears for the future (Birmingham Post) Leader Sir Albert Bore reveals council financial black hole set to grow to £825m a year by 2017, compared to £615m previously predicted and calls for National Audit Office to assess future viability of local government.

Tunnels closures (BBC WM) Focus on impact of closures so far. Bullring trader quoted claiming trade has been adversely affected. However John Lamb of Bham Chamber of Commerce said process had gone well and presenter Pete Morgan stated that 'expected “carmageddon” had not materialised'. Eddie Fellows of council's highways partner Amey interviewed.

Quarter of city's children overweight by age of four (Birmingham Post, Mail) The region is building up a health timebomb with a quarter of reception-age youngsters overweight or obese in Birmingham, according to British Heart Foundation research. Cabinet member for health and wellbeing Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Birmingham Baccalaureate (Times, BBC WM) Feature on proposed curriculum, including balti cooking skills for  Birmingham Baccalaureate. Baccalaureate is a BCC initiative, a certificate that pupils can work for alongside their GCSEs.

World on a plate at city food fest (Birmingham Post, Mail) The Birmingham International Food Fair in the city centre runs until August 26 and brings a taste of dishes from around the world to shoppers.

Children are unsafe in our care, council boss admits (Times) Peter Hay, BCC interim director of children's services said that immediate action needed to ensure concerns about protection of children acted upon.

NEC catering firm wins Town Hall contract (Birmingham Post) Retail and event caterer Amadeus, part of council-owned NEC group awarded contract.

£24m cycle boost must be 'just the beginning' (Birmingham Post) Campaigners calling for city to build on successful £24m bid to transform cycling in Birmingham. Chris Tunstall, BCC director of sustainability and transport quoted.

Brum naturist hotel granted booze licence (widespread local and national media) BCC licensing committee granted licence allowing live music and sale of alcohol to Erdington naturist hotel and spa.

Brum worst for diabetes (Bham Mail) Research from Health and Social Care Information Centre show city has highest rate of diabetes in the country. Cllr Bedser quoted.

Lord Mayor pledges £10 for each pound he gains in weight (Bham Mail) Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Cllr Mike Leddy, to donate £10 to his charities for every pound he puts on while in office.

Regional Headlines

A man is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer during a knife attack at a mosque in Birmingham.

The Public, arts centre that opened two years behind schedule and millions of pounds over budget does have “a long-term future”, Sandwell Council said.

National Headlines

The derelict Hastings Pier is to undergo a £14m restoration after the borough council formally took on its ownership.

A council in Mansfield bans the elected mayor from wearing his chains of office.

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