Media Watch – August 27

By on 27/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

‘Summer is no time for green belt consultation’ (Birmingham Post) MP Andrew Mitchell has criticised Birmingham City Council for holding the second round of consultation into plans for 6,000 homes on the Sutton Coldfield green belt during the summer. Quotes Cllr Ewan Mackey, plus council spokesperson saying that the consultation runs until October 12, allowing plenty of time for people to give feedback. Article has refers to four public consultation events taking place during September.

Litter to be turned into cash in radical clean-up (Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post) A radical plan to combat piles of litter in Birmingham city centre will see cash donations to charity if bins are used. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Public notices being trialled on new app (Birmingham Post) Notiz, a new app which enables people to see public notices, is being trialled. The smartphone app is being used by Birmingham City Council to post selected public notices during the trial period. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Combined authority will not go as far as Manchester (Birmingham Post) Solihull council leader Bob Sleigh, who is spearheading talks over the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), of which Birmingham City Council is a part, has said that progress is being made but says the new authority is unlikely to go as far as Manchester in terms of devolving powers and funding.

Tram depot renovation derailed (Birmingham Post) Plans to renovate a former tram depot in Highgate Road, Sparkbrook, to create a restaurant, banqueting hall and three-storey car park will be resubmitted, despite being rejected by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee over a lack of parking. Quotes committee members Cllrs Peter Douglas Osborn and Gareth Moore.

City could score £56m boost from Rugby World Cup (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is set for a bumper payday from the Rugby World Cup, with the two matches taking place at Villa Park estimated to be worth £56 million to the city. Quotes Emma Gray from Marketing Birmingham, welcoming the figure.

Regional Headlines:

Birmingham computer hacker Junaid Hussain, named as number three on a US list of key Islamic State operatives, is reported to have been killed in a drone strike in Syria.

Police have lifted the licence suspension at the Gatecrasher nightclub, in Broad Street, which was imposed following outbreaks of violence. The club has now met interim steps and is due to re-open tonight. Police remain in talks with the Rainbow nightclub, which remains closed.

National Headlines:

Prime Minister David Cameron is “punishing businesses” by trying to fulfil promises to cut immigration, the Institute of Directors says. Figures due to be published on Thursday are expected to show net migration is more than three times higher than the government’s target. The Institute of Directors and thinktank British Future say radical policies to prevent migrants coming to the UK will damage the economy.

A host of air shows will take place over the weekend with alterations to their schedules following the Shoreham plane crash, but an event in County Durham has been postponed. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) banned vintage jets from carrying out “high-energy acrobatics” over land after a plane plummeted on to the A27.


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