Media Watch – Dec 4

By on 04/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Brothers banned from own home (The Sun, Birmingham Mail) Two brothers from Handsworth Wood have become the first people to be banned from their own home under new laws clamping down on neighbours from hell. References Birmingham City Council and police compiling dossier on brothers for magistrates.

Apartments plan sparks fears for city’s oldest cinema (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The owner of the Electric Cinema in Birmingham says he fears it could be forced to shut down if plans for apartments next door are given the go-ahead. Quotes owner Tom Lawes saying that he believes a current Facebook campaign will lead to Birmingham City Council being ‘swamped’ with objections.

Five more years of misery for councils (Birmingham Post) Local authorities face at least five more years of dramatic spending cuts, according to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Quotes Sir Albert Bore from earlier this year, warning that Birmingham City Council is sitting on ‘a ticking time bomb’ and could have to lose 6,000 staff by 2018.

Glimpse at the future for city Conservatoire (Birmingham Post) The future for the new £40 million Birmingham Conservatoire has become clearer with new images showing how the Millennium Point building will look. References fact plans have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

Decision to sell library building is challenged (Birmingham Post) A decision by Birmingham City Council to sell a community library building in Sparkhill which dates back to 1900 has been formally challenged by opposition councillors. Quotes Cllr Jerry Evans saying the sale threatens the future of Sparkhill Library.

Give votes to 16-year-olds, says councillor (Birmingham Post) Birmingham – as Europe’s youngest city – should lead the way in securing the vote 16 and 17-year-olds, a city councillor has claimed. Quotes Cllr Brett O’Reilly, who is backing a campaign to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

Early payment offer on city green scheme (Birmingham Post) Payments are now open for the second year of Birmingham City Council’s green waste collection service, with a price cut for those who sign up in December. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

‘Muncher’ makes light work of station project (Birmingham Post) The demolition of parts of Birmingham’s 1960s New Street Station is a success story for West Midlands business, according to the project’s director, with Birmingham-based demolition firm Coleman and Company and digger giant JCB making a concrete ‘muncher’ specially designed to squeeze between New Street’s levels. Quotes Sir Albert Bore saying that this is a momentous occasion in this project.

Hunt: Combined councils could help prevent Trojan (Birmingham Post) Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has welcomed moves to create a combined authority for the West Midlands, saying it could link well with Labour’s proposed regional schools commissioners. References combined authority deal agreed between Birmingham and Black Country councils.

Sir Albert in fair funding plea ahead of key report (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has challenged the Department for Local Government and Communities to issue a ‘fairer’ share of funding to the city ahead of a key report from the National Audit Office.

Just one left in race for traffic warden deal (Birmingham Post) Just one company is left in the race to win a £21 million deal to run Birmingham’s army of traffic wardens over the next five years, after 10 other firms walked away. Quotes Cllr Robert Alden voicing concerns about the process, and a city council spokesperson clarifying that while there may only be a single tender, there are accepted professional benchmarks in place to establish that a single submission is reasonable and provides value for money.

Regional Headlines:

A huge £65 million service station is planned for the M42 at Solihull, which would create 300 new jobs.

West Midlands Fire Authority has warned that it would face a crisis if a blaze on the scale if yesterday’s Smethwick inferno broke out during a strike period.

National Headlines:

George Osborne has dismissed “totally hyperbolic” coverage of future spending cuts following his Autumn Statement.

British Gas will pay an £11.1m penalty for failing to meet energy efficiency targets on time, Ofgem has said.

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