Media Watch – Jan 12

By on 12/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Head suspended after ‘affair’ with school governor (Birmingham Mail) Article states headteacher of Dame Elizabeth Technology College has been suspended pending the outcome of a council investigation into claims he conducted an affair with the chair of governors during class time. The chair of governors, who has since resigned, has denied the claims. The headteacher declined to comment when approached by a reporter.

Sir Albert’s Kerslake action plan ‘ignores councillors’ (Birmingham Mail) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has been accused of ignoring backbench colleagues as efforts are made to repair the city’s reputation following the Kerslake Review. Cllr Carl Rice and Cllr Mike Leddy both quoted.

Capital of the Midlands leads a charge for entrepreneurs (Sunday Telegraph) In depth feature on Birmingham’s changing economy – tracking the move from the metal-bashing past to entrepreneurship. Council Leader Sir Albert referenced as saying innovation and the offer of skilled jobs is driving the economic recovery.

Hello petal (Sunday Mercury) The idea of turning Birmingham’s ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ into a flower bed has been suggested by a reader of the newspaper – prompting an article in which a council response that the idea is ‘speculation’ is construed as the local authority not ruling the idea out.

Pensioner: I’ll sue council over bhangra music fine (Birmingham Mail) A partially-deaf pensioner convicted of playing music at her Kings Heath home too loudly has said she will take legal action against the council for bringing the prosecution against her.

Friends plan wake to mark demise of city’s Central Library (Birmingham Mail) The Friends of Birmingham Central Library are holding an event in Chamberlain Square on January 31 in honour of the building – which they have fought to save.

Thousands of free bikes herald cycling revolution (Great Barr Observer) Further coverage of Raleigh being named as the supplier of bicycles for the Big Birmingham Bikes project – which is part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution initiative.

Council urged to ‘revisit’ greenbelt plans (Sutton Observer) An interim review of the Birmingham Development Plan has led to the planning inspector asking the city council to provide more details on aspects of its proposals.

Residents up in arms after school starts to build new hall without permission (Sutton Observer) Residents have voiced objections after work was started on an extension at the Bridge School’s Longmoor Campus before a ruling on planning permission.

Park visitors may be charged for parking (Great Barr Observer) New parking charges may be introduced at Perry Park as part of measures by the council to balance its books.

Drug laws debate (Heart FM) Birmingham Public Health’s Ricky Bhandal interviewed about the risks of ecstasy use and the general drugs control debate.

Regional Headlines

Residents, community leaders and other observers have roundly condemned comments made by a Fox TV terrorism expert in the USA, who said Birmingham was a city that non-Muslims did not go to.

Jaguar Land Rover says it will create 1,300 new jobs to build Jaguar’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Indonesian divers have retrieved the flight data recorder of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, say officials. They believe they have also located the cockpit voice recorder, the second part of the so-called black box, but divers have not yet managed to reach it.

Over 1,000 British farmers will not be paid for their milk on Monday because of a financial crisis at the dairy co-operative First Milk.  First Milk told farmers that Monday’s cheque and all subsequent payments – will be delayed by a fortnight.

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