Media Watch – August 27

By on 27/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Islamic school is given go-ahead (Birmingham Mail): Report that the council's planning committee has approved plans for a new Islamic free school on the former IMI site in Perry Barr. Cllrs Barry Henley and Bob Beauchamp quoted.

Tunnel closures have 'no impact' on markets (Pete Morgan Breakfast Show, Radio WM): Bullring market trader – butcher Alan Doherty – says the A38 tunnel closures have not impacted on trade during the summer, and that Birmingham is open for business.

Brompton bike hire scheme launched at Moor Street Station (www.birminghamupdates.com): Report on the launch of a Brompton dock outside the station where rail travellers can hire the folding bikes on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Profits up, ticket sales down for NEC Group (Live UK): Report on the NEC Group's report for the financial year 2013/14 in which it made an operating profit of £22.3 million.

Birmingham New Street Redevelopment (Environment Industry Magazine): In depth feature on the redevelopment of New Street station, focusing on its sustainable design.

Birmingham to host HS2 HQ (Local Government Executive): Report on the recent announcement that HS2's construction HQ will be sited near Curzon Street, creating 1,500  jobs and deliver a £1.3m boost to the local economy.  Leader, Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Regional headlines

A baby boy who suffered three cardiac arrests over three days was 'brought back from the dead' by staff at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service called 661 times to one Birmingham home between July 2013 and June 2014, according to new figures.

National headlines

Calls growing for South Yorkshire's Police Commissioner, Shaun Wright, to resign in the wake of the report into child abuse in Rotherham, where 1,400 children were victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.

Research by the Local Government Association reveals a £1 billion shortfall in funding for school places, forcing many schools to borrow money and cut back on repairs or building projects.

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