Media Watch – Feb 7

By on 07/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sneaky finers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham transport chiefs have erected new bus lane signs – days before a traffic watchdog rules on the controversial scheme.

Call for a masterplan as parking war erupts (Birmingham Mail) A parking masterplan must be drawn up for Edgbaston and Selly Oak in the wake of warfare breaking out between residents and motorists, a councillor (Cllr Barry Henley) has demanded.

New Birmingham Day to bring best of Brum to House of Commons (Birmingham Mail) The best that Birmingham has to offer will be showcased to the movers and shakers in the corridors of power at a special event. The second ever Birmingham Day will take place at the House of Commons in March, designed to inform the nation's leaders about city and the contribution it makes to the economy.

Councils and NHS plan huge rises in shared care budgets (Local Government Chronicle) Several councils are planning to pool their entire adult care budgets with the NHS under the government's better care fund programme, which could increase their spending pot by up to 849%, LGC can reveal. Birmingham City Council, Sunderland City Council and Oxfordshire CC have all developed radical proposals that would see them sharing their adult care funding with the health service, with CCGs adding to the shared pot.

Residents furious at plans to build 800 new houses on golf course (Birmingham Mail) Petition set up as North Worcestershire Golf Club, in Northfield, agrees sale to developers after 100 years. A petition opposing the move with 400 signatures was presented to Birmingham City Council this week by Councillor Andy Cartwright (Lab, Northfield), who said he was concerned about the lack of information for local residents.

Brum electric car charging network expands (Parking Review) Birmingham City Council now has a network of 36 electric vehicle (EV) charge points at 18 locations across the city in both on-street and off-street locations. The Evolt Street chargers

China Railway Group Interest grows in West Midlands rail link plan (Railnews) China Railway Group’s confirmation of its interest in a scheme to reopen a disused line in the West Midlands – and in other projects that would provide new and important links to existing transport infrastructure in the region – has been described as ‘a remarkable development’ by Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council.

Police thank ‘Magnificent Seven’ (The Voice) Seven community activists have been shortlisted for a Diamond Award by West Midlands Police for helping to make the region a safer place in the run up to a major protest organised by the EDL last summer. The group, which includes a city councillor (Cllr Waseem Zaffar) and senior officer Mashuq Ally) has been shortlisted for the Community Thank You category.

Jobs at risk as further cuts loom (Horticulture Week) Birmingham’s park keepers, rangers and woodland staff are facing redundancy as the city council aims to cut £10.4m from the service.

Regional Headlines

Retired PE teacher Marcus Marcussen charged with child sex assaults
A 90-year-old former PE teacher has been charged with the sexual assault of boys under the age of 16. The offences are said to have happened at Ilmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle, Birmingham.

‘Plebgate’ PC jailed for a year
A police officer who admitted lying about witnessing the “plebgate” row in Downing Street that led to the resignation of cabinet minister and Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell is jailed for a year.

National Headlines

Stay with UK, Cameron tells Scotland
David Cameron will urge Scotland to vote against independence in September’s referendum, saying: “We want you to stay.”

Health experts back car smoking ban
More than 700 doctors and other health experts put their names to a letter urging MPs to back a ban in England on smoking in cars with children.

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