Media Watch – August 4

By on 04/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bells Farm in Druids Heath will be restored (BBC,, Birmingham Post) A 17th Century Birmingham farm will be restored for future generations after a project was given the go-ahead.

Strengthening check for Tame Valley Viaduct (BBC) Part of Birmingham’s 40-year-old motorway network is to undergo a £2.6m safety assessment.

Brum Council approves £20m Euro funds bid (Construction Now Daily) A proposal to bid for £20 million of European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) to help urban development in Birmingham and the West Midlands has been approved by Birmingham City Council’s cabinet.

Residents celebrate success of £17.2 million regeneration project (West Midlands Housing News) An ambitious £17.2 million six-year regeneration project, which has transformed a council estate in the shadow of the former Rover factory in Birmingham has been completed.

More cash to keep youth in education (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of young people in Birmingham have been thrown a financial lifeline by Birmingham City Council to help them stay in education – filling the void after the axe of the Educational Maintenance Allowance.

Council under fire over property disposals (Birmingham Post) A decision to sell a 17th Century former manor house (Pype Hayes Hall) to the highest bidder has raised questions about Birmingham City Council’s commitment to making vacant buildings available for community use.

Magic in the air (Coach World) Article looking ahead to Christmas features Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Struggling shops’ plea to keep town centres alive (Birmingham Post) Funding has been found to save the jobs of some of Birmingham’s town centre managers – but in other parts of the city shopkeepers are warning stores will go to the wall if action isn’t taken.

Wholesale shambles as market’s future in limbo (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s restaurant, hospitality and independent retail trade could be hit hard if Birmingham’s wholesale markets fail to find a new home, it has been claimed.

Enterprise zones will be more effective – Osborne (Birmingham Post) Enterprise zones form part of an era of more ‘tangible’ support for start-up businesses according to the Chancellor, despite cuts to business support groups.

Charities scramble for cash amid council cuts (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham charity which feared it may have to close due to pending cuts in grants said it has been able to stay afloat by planning ahead and finding new sources of income.

Professionals campaign for mayoral ‘yes’ vote (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A group of young professionals have teamed up to launch the official campaign for an elected mayor in Birmingham.

Health fears as bin bags pile up (Birmingham Mail) Residents in two Aston streets claim their bin bags have not been collected for weeks. Crews have struggled to gain access due to parking congestion but Birmingham City Council made a collection from one street last Friday and are looking at using smaller collection vehicles.

Council broke rules over tendering for consultant (Birmingham Post) An inquiry is under way after Birmingham City Council broke its own rules by failing to put a £254,000 contract with financial consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers out to tender.

City digs in on Gun Quarter name change (Birmingham Post) Political leaders of Birmingham City Council are fighting a rearguard action in an attempt to defend their decision to rename the Gun Quarter.

Old wounds re-opened by spending cuts tension (Birmingham Post) Politicians from across the party divide have expressed frustration at a lack of detailed information setting out exactly how Birmingham’s cabinet intends to tackle a potential £50 million budget deficit.

Regional Headlines

‘Heroin CEO’ jailed for 18 years
A business graduate is jailed for 18 years for masterminding a £7m heroin trafficking operation after being unmasked by his own book-keeping.

Low speed walk along HS2 route
The day after being made redundant, a man walks the route of the proposed HS2 rail link between London and Birmingham.

National Headlines

Groups ‘to shun torture inquiry’
Campaigners and lawyers say they will not take part in an inquiry into the alleged torture and mistreatment of British terror suspects.

Mis-selling costs push Lloyds into loss
The cost of paying for payment protection insurance mis-selling pushes 41% taxpayer-owned Lloyds Bank into a loss, as underlying profit also falls.

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