Media Watch – Jan 2

By on 02/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Misery Monday as city drivers face gridlock (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s commuters face gridlock on the city’s roads as the big return to work coincides with the start of a series of major repair works.

Councillors told ‘stop rambling’ (Birmingham Mail) City councillors are being urged to be more spontaneous when hosting public meetings with residents – amid claims that long-winded presentations and rigid agendas put many people off. Cllr Waseem Zaffar quoted.

Devo-max for Birmingham call as city council leader gets radical (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s council leader has called for more radical thinking on devolution and urged ministers not to become “sidetracked†by the English votes for English laws debate.

Birmingham bikes deal helps plans to create cycle-commuter city (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is in good shape to become a haven for cycling commuters, according to the councillor leading the city’s bike revolution (Cllr Lisa Trickett).

Number of kids in care soars in parts of the region (Birmingham Mail) Two Midland local authorities (Wolverhampton and Dudley) have among the highest number of children in care in England. Birmingham saw its number of youngsters in care reduce from 2,025 four years ago to 1,800 in 2014.

Photographers’ petition to halt Library of Birmingham cuts (Birmingham Post) Some of the Midlands’ most influential photographers, who gave their finest work to the Library of Birmingham, have launched a campaign to halt cuts which will see opening times slashed. The group has started a petition calling on Birmingham City Council to reverse its decision, claiming it will damage the city’s global reputation.

Birmingham jobs warning as city ‘welcomes the world’ in 2015 (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is poised to “welcome the world†in 2015 according to city leaders – but it must translate to jobs for city youngsters.

Microscopic sculptures to make it big at library (The Guardian) Tiny artworks made by a world-renowned micro-sculptor are to go on display in his home city of Birmingham. Part of the proceeds from the exhibition of pieces hand-crafted by Willard Wigan will support community programmes operated by the Library of Birmingham.

Brazen fraudsters made thousands from fake UGG boot shop after conning shopping centre bosses (Birmingham Mail, Mirror) Brazen fraudsters pocketed thousands of pounds after setting up a fake UGG boot store in one of the UK’s busiest shopping centres. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Regional Headlines

Six people stabbed at The Belfry’s New Year celebrations
Three men have been arrested after six people were stabbed during New Year celebrations at The Belfry resort in Warwickshire.

Baljit Singh: Murder probe begins after basement death
Two people are being questioned over the murder of a man whose body was found in a basement. Baljit Singh, 50, from Meadow Road in Harborne, Birmingham, was last seen on 23 December when he left his home to collect a birthday cake for his son.

National Headlines

Rail fare rises come into effect
Rail fares in England and Wales rise by an average of 2.2%, with trade unions complaining the increase continues to outstrip average wage growth.

Balls: Tories cede ‘centre ground’
The Conservative Party has “lurched to the right” and ceded the “centre ground” of politics to Labour, claims shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

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