Media Watch – Feb 6

By on 06/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Perry Beeches V school will put others at risk (BBC online and BBC WM) A £10m new free school in part of Birmingham will cause an excess of pupil places and put other schools in the area at risk, Birmingham City Council has said. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted and interviewed

DfE rapped for interval review of Trojan Horse allegations (Municipal Journal) Cllr Brigid Jones expressed her disappointment that the department’s review was internal, undertaken by the DfE’s permanent secretary

Conservatoire design passed after changes (Birmingham Mail) City planners have approved the new £40m ‘cheese grater’ building and hailed it as a ‘handsome building’

Bus-only lanes will remain despite ongoing roadworks (Birmingham Mail) City transport chiefs rejected calls to suspend bus-only lanes in a bid to get the city moving following a spate of road repairs. Cllrs Tahir Ali and Robert Alden quoted

Brum bids to get an extra 250,000 registered to vote (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners have set a target to register 250,000 new people to vote as part of a drive to improve turnout at the elections

Bullring Burger King shut after infestation by mice (Birmingham Mail) City Council environmental health officers found an infestation on a routine visit and then went to court to get an order to keep it closed until appropriate work was done

Councillors’ no to giving up free parking (Birmingham Mail) Councillors threw out a proposal to get rid of their complimentary city centre car park, put forward as a means to set a healthy example. However, they did back a report to encourage more activity

Regional Headlines:

Long wait for local television station is almost over… – The long wait for a local television station for the Birmingham area is nearing an end with the imminent launch of Big Centre TV

Jobs go at loss-hit building firm – A building firm in West Bromwich (Anglo Holt Construction) goes into administration with 52 of its 67 workers made redundant

National Headlines:

EU leaders to press Putin on Ukraine – The French and German leaders are due to meet Russia’s President Putin to try to halt an escalating offensive by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine

Radical NHS changes ‘disastrous’ – Huge changes to the way the NHS in England works have been “disastrous” and distracted from patient care, a damning report by a think tank says

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