Media Watch – Dec 22

By on 22/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

£100m budget cuts will hit our funding further – Bore (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Birmingham City Council is facing a £100 million budget cut next year – the worst of any major UK city. Quotes Sir Albert Bore saying he is extremely disappointed that the Government has not responded to the council’s proposals for a fairer distribution of grant cuts.

Apology as flats rubbish not collected for month (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Council bosses have apologised to residents of Mark House, Moseley, after rubbish went uncollected for more than a month. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson clarifying that three of the four bin cupboards at the block had been emptied, but a fourth had been overlooked. This had now been collected with apologies offered to residents for the error.

Resident looks for light in council battle of the bulb (Birmingham Mail, Monday) A pensioner says a blown lamppost bulb in Orchard Rise, Yardley, has left him unable to even see to put his key in his front door. Quotes city council spokesperson clarifying that lamppost is on private land, rather than a public highway, making it the responsibility of the landowner, which in this case appears to be the developer.

Move over Boris… Brum’s 5,000 hire bikes are here (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Article on launch of Big Birmingham Bikes, part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Faith groups and council sign landmark covenant (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Faith groups in Birmingham have been promised closer working with the city council after signing the first deal of its kind in the UK. Quotes Cllr James McKay.

200 apply to redesign city Centenary Square (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Almost 200 architects from around the world have offered to redesign Birmingham’s Centenary Square in a major competition. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Historic front of cinema to be restored (Birmingham Mail, Monday) The front of the fire-ravaged Kingsway Cinema, in Kings Heath, is set for a new lease of life as a shop and apartments after plans were approved by Birmingham City Council. Quotes committee members Cllrs Peter Douglas Osborn, Fiona Williams and Martin Straker Welds.

Care home plans approved at second attempt (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) City planners have backed the conversion of a family house in Handsworth Wood into a residential care facility for mental health patients. Quotes Cllr Barry Henley.

Festive council refuse service (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Short reminder on Christmas bin collections in Birmingham. There will no collections on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but collections on other days of the week will go ahead as usual.

Council fined after worker crushed by bin lorry (BBC WM, Friday) Report on Birmingham City Council being fined £10,000 after a street cleansing officer suffered leg injuries at the Tyseley fleet and waste deport.

This grotto’s a load of rubbish… we love it! (Birmingham Mail, Monday) The Lifford Lane recycling centre at Kings Norton has created a Christmas treat from discarded decorations dumped throughout the year.

Regional Headlines:

An online petition has been launched calling for the parents of tragic Solihull toddler Levi-Blu Cassin to face a retrial over his death. Danielle Cassin and Mark Piper were convicted of causing or allowing the child’s death, but cleared of murder and manslaughter.

A man has been shot in the stomach after three masked raiders burst into his home in Tipton. The 22-year-old’s condition is described as stable.

National Headlines:

Dozens of child abuse survivors have urged the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body. In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, they called for a new inquiry with the power to “compel witnesses to give evidence under oath”.

A new genetics project could help “unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases”, the NHS says. Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

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