Media Watch – Jan 30

By on 30/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Cricket (The Daily Telegraph, Birmingham Post) Warwickshire made a loss of £2.4 million last year despite enjoying a repayment holiday on the £20 million loan they took out from Birmingham City Council.

10 poorest areas hit hardest by Tory cuts ( The Daily Mirror) Britain's 10 worst-off areas will suffer the biggest council cuts - as some rich Tory authorities get budget RISES, research show.  Says Birmingham will lose 23.3% funding.

Watchdog: Council bus lane signs may be illegal (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) Warning sign on controversial bus lane cameras which have issued more than 80,000 fines to drivers might not be legal, the country's traffic watchdog has warned. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Race on to save Dunlop Motorsport (Birmingham Post) The Birmingham Post today launches a major campaign to keep iconic tyre manufacturer Dunlop Motorsport in the city.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Tahir Ali. 

Plan for private sector group to help promote city (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is aiming to launch a new private sector-driven Business Improvement District to overcome potential widespread funding cuts in the promotion of hotels and tourism.

City displays its craft skills (Birmingham Post) French jewellery firm bosses from Lyon are visiting Birmingham as part of a European Union-funded skills programme.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Blueprint to tap into city heritage potential (Birmingham Post)  Birmingham ought to become the city of industrial heritage and needs to start planning now to celebrate the bicentenary of Birmingham steam engineer pioneer James Watt in 2019.  Article about Birmingham Heritage Strategy report to council.  Quotes Cllr Phil Davis.

Unemployed challenged to set up their own business (Birmingham Post) Jobless people in a Birmingham unemployment blackspot are being challenged to set up their own businesses and create their own work. Quotes Cllr Eva Phillips.

Searching for the art of a city (Birmingham Post) Ambitious plans to commission a world class piece of public art for Birmingham moved a step closer after the steering group charged with managing the five-year project met for the first time.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Should smoking in cars carrying children be banned (ITV.com) Labour is today (29/1) attempting to ban smoking in cars carrying children in England.  Mentions Cllr Steve Bedser.

Plea to stores on 'super-strength' booze (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's public health boss wants booze store bosses to stop selling super- strong beers and ciders - claiming some cost less than water. Quotes Dr Adrian Phillips.

Mum's fury as autistic girl, 6, 'left to wander out of school' (Birmingham Mail) An angry mum has demanded answers after claiming her autistic six-year-old was allowed to wander out of school and near to busy roads.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Nursery given a year to prove it's not a nuisance (Birmingham Mail) A children's nursery, which opened without permission in a quiet suburban street has been given a year to prove it is not a nuisance by city planners.  Quotes Cllr Maureen Cornish.

Queen's Baton Relay coming to Birmingham in June (BBCWM)

Regional Headlines:

Arrests at ‘violent’ university demo  -  Fourteen people have been arrested after violence erupted at a student demonstration, the University of Birmingham says.

Supermarket robbery gang jailed – Three men from Birmingham are jailed after robbing 15 Co-op supermarkets across England over 10 months.

Centro Ring and Ride service petition signed by 56,000  – More than 56,000 people have signed a petition to save a minibus service which helps people with mobility problems in the West Midlands.

National Headlines:

Terror suspects may lose citizenship  – The home secretary seeks new powers to strip terrorist suspects of their UK citizenship as the Immigration Bill is debated by MPs.

Mum and boy’s deaths ‘preventable’ – The killing of a pregnant mother and her son by a former partner could have been prevented, her partner says after a serious case review is released.

Peanut allergy treatment ‘a success’ – Doctors say a potential treatment for peanut allergy has transformed the lives of children taking part in a large clinical trial

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