Media Watch – Jan 5

By on 05/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Grill councillors on £72m cuts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s top councillors will again face public questions over budget plans in a live internet broadcast on Wednesday evening.

Major roadworks get underway but Birmingham keeps moving as everyone returns after Christmas break (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham kept moving as the city crawled back to work during the early part of the morning rush-hour following the extended Christmas break. Feared traffic chaos failed to cause major jams for commuters as drivers braced themselves for the first day of months of disruption from extensive road works under Spaghetti Junction and the redevelopment of Paradise Circus.

Paradise Circus redevelopment road disruption warning (BBC) Road closures as part of a £500m redevelopment in Birmingham city centre will cause “significant disruption”, the city council has warned. Councillor Tahir Ali quoted.

E-cigarettes debate (BBC WM) Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, interviewed as part of a feature on the rising popularity of e-cigarettes.

Speeding fines drop by two thirds from 2010 (Birmingham Mail) The number of speeding fines dished out in the courts to West Midlands drivers has dropped by nearly two thirds since 2010. Birmingham City Council head of transport strategy Anne Shaw quoted.

Completion date due on NEC sale (BBC) The sale of Birmingham’s NEC Group is expected to be announced shortly, the city council has said. The council had originally hoped the sale would be completed by the end of 2014 but said an announcement was now expected in the New Year.

Time to join the fit club (Birmingham Mail) The Be Active Scheme featured in an article looking at fitness options in Birmingham for the New Year.

Planning in 2015 – Ten people to watch this year (Planning Resource) Waheed Nazir, Director of planning and regeneration, Birmingham City Council named as one of the planning figures who will step further to the fore in 2015.

Regional Headlines

Driver held after officers injured
A woman is arrested on suspicion of drink driving after two police officers are hit by a car and seriously injured in the West Midlands.

Teenager arrested over Dudley bus stabbing
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed on a bus, police said.

National Headlines

Miliband vows ‘house-by-house’ fight
Ed Miliband wants Labour activists to hold “four million conversations” with voters before the election – but the Conservatives attack his party’s spending plans.

Charity to probe UK Ebola nurse case
Save the Children says “no stone will be left unturned” as it investigates how a British nurse contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

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