Media Watch – August 1

By on 01/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Parking charges net council £16m 'profit' in 3 years (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Birmingham City Council is raking in millions of pounds in profits from motorists who park in the city centre, new figures show. A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “This information was already publicly available in our annual parking report. The report also states that the surplus from parking is reinvested in the service, improving roads and car parks as part of a five-year plan. This is not about making a profit but about maintaining a quality parking service.”

Neighbourhood Force (Radio 4, ITV, GMTV, Radio WM) A fly on the wall documentary aired on ITV 1 yesterday (31st) about multiple service areas delivered by Birmingham City Council.

Bye Bye Babu (B'ham Mail) The Red Panda, Babu, that escaped from Birmingham Nature Centre in 2005 has died.

Call to Charge EDL for cost of policing protests (B'ham Post) Pressure is growing for the English Defence League to be made to foot the bill for future protests in Birmingham. Cllr Waseem Zaffar, chairman of the council's community safety watchdog committee, said serious questions were being asked about why police chiefs should foot the bill as resources were drained in a programme of cuts.

Doorstep campaign to get on your bike (B'ham Mail) Around 20,000 homes in Birmingham and Solihull will receive information encouraging people to help cut congestion in the city and reduce the number of car journeys they make. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Bore 'talking down city' says leader's ex deputy (B'ham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has been accused of talking down the city by one of his former deputies Hugh McCallion. Mr McCallion's accusation relates to the leader's comments re: phrases such as “the end of local government as we know it” when discussing budget cuts. A source close to Sir Albert said the follow-on point from the end of local government comment, is the chance to change the way we do things.

How should HR be more involved in high pay decisions (Employee Benefits) Raffaela Goodby featured along with other senior managers who work in the public sector.

Regional Headlines

Arrest over mosque blast tattoo seen at Birmingham EDL rally
A man photographed at an English Defence League rally with a tattoo on his ribs of a mosque being blown up has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.

Christopher Philips in court over mock golliwog hanging
A man accused of carrying out a mock hanging of a life-sized golliwog doll while wearing a Klu Klux Klan costume has appeared in court.

National Headlines

Drink-drive deaths show 25% rise
The number of deaths in drink-drive accidents on Britain’s roads in 2012 soared by 25%, provisional figures show.

Lloyds Banking Group back in profit in first half
Lloyds Banking Group has returned to profit, after announcing it made £2.1bn ($3.2bn) in the six months to the end of June.

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