Media Watch – Jan 15

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Centenary Square as you’ve never seen it before (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail and ITV Central) Two Birmingham-based architecture practices are on a five-name shortlist for a competition to transform Centenary Square. Atkins and Broadway Malyan were chosen from a 185-name longlist.

CSE case – council and hotel in agreement (Extensive local coverage) The High Court has approved an agreement between Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Hotel in Golden Hillock Road with an agreed protocol to protect children. The proceedings arose as a result of the council seeking to protect a child in their care from possible child sexual exploitation. The case is believed to be the first involving a venue. Peter Hay, Director of People, quoted/interviewed.

Longbridge job hopes ‘dashed by developers’ (Birmingham Post) City planners have accused Longbridge developer St Modwen of compromising its vision for the former MG Rover site by replacing industrial development with housing and retail. Comments made by Cllrs Barry Henley, Peter Douglas Osborn and Peter Griffiths.

MBO firm is set to clinch NEC Group takeover (Birmingham Post) The sale of the NEC group is just days away, according to the article.

‘Reprieve’ as green belt wrangle delays housing (Birmingham Post) Green belt sites to the north of Sutton Coldfield could be earmarked for new housing – unless the council can justify sites to the east instead, it has been claimed. Article based on interpretation of planning inspector’s interim report into the Birmingham Development Plan. Andrew Mitchell MP quoted as saying the council had not yet won the argument that there was any initial need to use the green belt.

Travel chaos: ‘We warned you’ (Birmingham Post) Coverage of recent traffic difficulties in and around the city. A council spokesperson quoted as saying advance warning had been issued by the likes of the council and Highways Agency – but the long-term nature of some current projects meant they could not be scheduled to run at separate times. Also featured in Birmingham Mail – with Khalid Mahmood MP demanding “actionâ€.

Bore: Solihull is ‘logjam’ to combined force (Birmingham Post) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has said Solihull Council does not wish to make any early decisions relating to a combined authority.

Tributes to first female Lord Mayor of the city (Birmingham Post) The first female Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Marjorie Brown, has died aged 95.

Islamic base given a year to prove it is no nuisance (Birmingham Post) An education centre (at the site of the old Curves Gym on Stratford Road) has been given a year to prove it will not cause traffic problems in the local area. The application attracted concerns from Cllrs Carol Jones and Bob Beauchamp, but the fears were dismissed by Cllr Mohammed Fazal.

City in top 20 business destinations in Europe (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has made it onto a new list, bumping Berlin off in the process. Emma Gray of Marketing Birmingham quoted.

City is ahead of London as a great place to invest (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has been named as the UK’s most investable city and sixth-best in Europe according to a new survey by the Urban Land Institute. Neil Rami of Marketing Birmingham quoted.

Store to go ahead as others bite the dust in Tesco financial crisis (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of last week’s announcement from Tesco about future plans. A new store in Stirchley is set to be built as planned.  Cllr Tim Huxtable quoted.

City accident blackspots to get 20mph speed limits (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Neighbourhoods with some of the highest accident traffic rates in the city are the next in line to get 20mph speed limits. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted on the 20 is Plenty scheme.

Affair probe head promoted ‘virtues of marriage’ on video (Birmingham Mail) A headteacher being investigated by the council over allegations relating to claims that he had an affair with the chair of governors during work time had previously made comments on the virtues of marriage in a video on his school’s website. The video, featuring Richard Tattersfield, was on the Dame Elizabeth Cadbury website in October 2014.

‘Nowhere to hide for false Brum claims’ (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of comments made by Council Leader Sir Albert Bore in an article in the Huffington Post following recent comments made by a “terror expert†on Fox News.

Bid for more hi-tech health monitors in obesity battle (Birmingham Mail) Health bosses plan to increase the number of hi-tech health monitors in Birmingham – the £3,000 devices measure height, body mass index and blood pressure. They were initially installed in eight locations, but the plan would see the number at least doubled. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Birmingham a melting pot (Arab Times) Further coverage of the comments made by a “terror expert†on Fox News. Reference made to the council inviting the TV network to visit the city.

Regional Headlines

A plan to ensure chocolate production continues at Bournville for 25 years has been agreed – with 200 voluntary redundancies likely as part of the proposals put forward by the owners of Cadbury.

Calls for a referendum on whether taxpayers should contribute to the cost of HS2 are set to be debated in Parliament.

National Headlines

New pensioner bonds paying an annual interest rate of up to 4 per cent are now on sale with experts predicting a surge of interest.

Staff in BP’s North Sea operation are expected to be briefed later about plans for significant job cuts.

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