Media Watch – August 5

By on 05/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City suburbs planning new business districts (Birmingham Post) Businesses in Moseley are planning to join forces in a bid to win back shoppers lost to other retail centres over the past few years.

£30m to build new city conservatoire (Birmingham Post) Leading Birmingham architect Glenn Howells has been appointed to draw up plans to replace the city’s conservatoire at an estimated construction cost of up to £30 million. The project would be funded either through the redevelopment value of Paradise Circus or by Birmingham City University. Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney backing a move to Broad Street.

Dining out on a culture of change (Birmingham Post) Comment piece on plans for three new high profile restaurants in Birmingham praises Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney for understanding the importance of culture in the city’s ongoing redevelopment.

Blow for bid to save old library (Birmingham Post) Campaigners fighting to save Birmingham’s Central Library have had their hopes dashed after the city council cabinet member for culture admitted he had changed his mind and no longer believed it was possible to keep any of the building.

The market for local food and a new sense of local pride (Birmingham Post) Article about Stirchley Community Market – a new venture from the South Birmingham Food Co-Op, Stirchley Happenings and Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships.

Birmingham schools snub academies plan (Birmingham Post) Schools in Birmingham have snubbed the Government’s flagship education policy of creating new academies. Just one school in the city has taken up Education Secretary Michael Gove’s offer to become an academy under a new fast-track process.

Time to make our own title (Birmingham Post) Helga Henry (Creative Director of Fierce Earth and Creative Republic) on why she believes missing out on the UK City of Culture title may be a blessing in disguise.

City residents told to clean up their act (Birmingham Mail) Warning notices have been dished out to residents in a Birmingham suburb caught leaving rubbish bags out days before the binmen were due.

Loos face the axe in cash row (Birmingham Mail) Spending a penny in Harborne High Street may soon no longer be an option – thanks to the latest round of public sector cutbacks.

‘Worst roads’ first in £2.7bn scheme (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Details of Birmingham’s new £2.7 billion road repair programme have been outlined.

Council commissions Birmingham group to design equalities survey (Pink Paper) Birmingham LGBT Community Trust has been commissioned by Birmingham City Council to design a survey to identify the real issues for gay people who live, work or socialise in the area.

Council wins victory over student landlord (Propertytalk) Birmingham City Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who failed to obtain House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licences from the Council.

Regional Headlines

Woman struck by lorry on M42 in West Midlands
A woman is in a critical condition after being struck by a lorry on the M42 in the West Midlands.

Sandwell Council challenges decision to axe school building fund
A council which was told it would not get funding to rebuild nine secondary schools is trying to get the education secretary to change his decision.

Cuts fear for future of West Midlands arts groups
An arts group has said it fears for its future if government funding is drastically cut. Black Country Touring, a theatre and dance group, is funded by the Arts Council England and local authorities.

National Headlines

Suspicious deaths of three children in Edinburgh probed
A mother is to be questioned by police over the deaths of her three young children at an Edinburgh flat.

TV broadcast by DEC for Pakistan flooding appeal
British charities are launching a radio and TV campaign to raise funds for victims of the devastating floods in north-western Pakistan.

Barclays profits hit £3.95bn on investment banking
Barclays has reported pre-tax profits of £3.95bn for the first half of 2010 – up 44% on the same period last year.

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