Media Watch – Feb 5

By on 05/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Anger after station delay (Express & Star) Leader Mike Whitby has branded the delays in replacing Birmingham’s out-of-date New Street Station a “national disgrace.”  Cllr Whitby spoke out after planners gave the go-ahead to the £600m scheme, saying that the station would create a “world class, cathedral-like landmark.”
Councillors reject plan for solar panels on church ( City councillors have failed to see the light over an energy saving initiative proposed at an historic church, which would have seen 42 solar panels on its rooftop.  Church leaders, supported by community groups, argued that the move would secure the financial future of the parish as well as doing their bit for the environment; however, conservation officers decided that the panels would be an eyesore on the Grade II listed building.
Centre to open after £15m revamp (Express & Star) The Midlands Arts centre will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday 1st May, it was revealed today.  The venue has been closed for nearly two years in order to undergo a £15 million revamp.  It will reopen with a weekend of free shows and performances over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham New Street station plans approved  (BBC, Rail News,Birmingham Mail, Building Design) Plans to transform Birmingham’s New Street station have been given the go-ahead. The city council has approved final planning applications over the £600m gateway scheme, Network Rail said.

Anger over Kraft boob (Birmingham Mail) A letter from Cadbury’s new owners Kraft seeking to reassure locals has sparked fury after it incorrectly spelt the name of the historic village. The letter to Cllr Nigel Dawkins referred to Bourneville not Bournville.

Looks like Paradise – Circus  (Birmingham Mail) Sketches of how Paradise Circus could look following the expected demolition of the Central Library.

It’s the BEST in the business (Municipal Journal) Cllr Alan Rudge outlines the success of Birmingham City Council’s BEST (Belief, Excellence, Success and Trust) programme.

Birmingham proposes parks cuts (Horticulture Week) Birmingham City Council is consulting trade unions over proposals to slash £1.3m from its budget. The cost-cutting measures include reducing the number of constituency parks manager (CPM) posts from 10 to four and renaming them constituency parks and customer liaison officers.

John Lines highlights Birmingham’s housing success story in annual report (24-Dash) Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Housing John Lines has highlighted the city council’s key housing successes over the past 12 months in his annual report.

Short measures scam increases  (What’s Brewing – CAMRA) Drinkers are paying over the odds for beer, after a Birmingham City Council survey revealed almost 90 per cent of pub bought beers are sold short.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City legend Gil Merrick dies (Birmingham Mail, Radio WM)
Former Blues goalkeeper and manager Merrick dies at the age of 88.

English Defence League riots: Police arrest seven men in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Police have arrested seven men over violent clashes which exploded in Birmingham city centre twice last summer.

Starved Birmingham girl’s stepfather blames upbringing 
A man accused of starving his seven- year-old stepdaughter to death in 2008, told a court he had been brutally abused himself as a child.

Woman dies after burglary alert in Birmingham 
A 67-year-old woman reported a burglary to police and later suffered a heart attack and died. Prim Bonner had the heart attack at her home after alerting police to intruders at another house in Liddon Road, Birmingham, on 28 January.

National Headlines

DUP backs power-sharing deal with Sinn Fein 
The DUP has said it has agreed a deal with Sinn Fein over the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Northern Ireland.

DPP due to announce MPs’ expenses charges decision 
Prosecutors are due to reveal whether they intend to bring criminal charges against six MPs and peers over their expenses claims.

British Airways’ £50m loss smaller-than-expected 
British Airways has announced it made a pre-tax loss of £50m ($79m) in the three months to December 2009.

NHS trauma services in England ‘not good enough’ 
Hundreds of people who suffer serious injuries are dying due to poor care, according to the National Audit Office.

Anti-Semitic attacks against Jews ‘rise in the UK’ 
Attacks on Jews in the UK reached record levels in 2009, according to figures compiled within the community.

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