Media Watch – Dec 1

By on 01/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City’s refuse lorries ‘should be privatised’ (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Birmingham’s bin lorries should be privatised to save money, with the city facing financial meltdown, according to the authority’s district auditor. Quotes Cllr Tristan Chatfield saying that any outsourcing would have to offer value for money, while also referencing previous comments by Sir Albert Bore that contracting out is not necessarily cheaper.

£1m of taxpayers’ money ‘used for Pakistan school’ (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Birmingham City Council is investigating Al-Hijrah Trust, which runs Al-Hijrah School, in Bordesley Green, over claims it may have used taxpayers’ money to fund a new school in Pakistan. Quotes city council spokersperson saying the authority was concerned about the school’s severe deficit and where the money might have gone.

Child safety chiefs could ban abusers to keep girl safe (Sunday Mercury) Leicester City Council is considering following Birmingham City Council’s lead in taking civil court action against suspected abusers amid concerns about a 16-year-old girl.

Cops order licence review at Bar Risa after knife attack (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Police have ordered an urgent licence review of a controversial Birmingham bar after a man had his throat cut. References fact that police have written to Birmingham City Council licensing chiefs.

Trevor’s star still shining bright over St Andrew’s (Sunday Mercury) Article on Trevor Francis talking about his pride at receiving a star on Birmingham’s Broad Street Walk of Stars. Includes a photo of Francis being presented with his star by comedian Jasper Carrott and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Shafique Shah.

Leader in call for devolution deal (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has joined London Mayor Boris Johnson in demanding their own versions of Scotland’s landmark devolution deal, including tax raising powers.

Parking tax ‘will never happen’ (Birmingham Mail, Monday) A Birmingham council cabinet member has privately admitted the introduction of workplace parking fees or congestion charging was ‘highly unlikely’. Does not name councillor in question, although quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Robert Alden in relation to Birmingham Connected white paper being approved.

Millions more en route for Brum in cycling revolution (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Birmingham may get a further cash boost running into millions of pounds to boost cycling initiatives. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Councillors’ fears over betting shop (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Gambling firm Paddy Power has been given the go-ahead to convert a part of an industrial storage unit in Handsworth into a betting shop. Quotes Cllrs John Clancy and Peter Douglas Osborne.

Regional Headlines:

Police are hunting a masked gunman who shot a Small Heath barber as he cut a customer’s hair.

Television presenter Emma Willis has attended Birmingham Children’s Hospital to switch on the lights of its 25ft Christmas tree.

National Headlines:

A tunnel on the A303 at Stonehenge is among dozens of new road plans to be announced by the Government, as part of a £15bn “roads revolution” for England. The money – initially announced in 2013 – will involve 100 road improvement schemes and add 1,300 new miles of extra lanes to motorways and A roads.

Landlords in the West Midlands who fail to check whether prospective tenants are in the country legally will face a £3,000 fine, under a new rule expected to be rolled out across the UK.

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