Media Watch – January 11

By on 11/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Community sports hubs feature (BBC WM Breakfast Show) A live feature from the Holford Drive site in Perry Barr which will be home to Birmingham's first community-led Sports Hub - which it is hoped will act as a blueprint for others in the city. Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed.

Council apologises to tenants (BBC WM) Approximately 400 letters have been incorrectly sent to city housing tenants, stating they are incorrectly using their properties. An investigation has been launched, and an apology issued by the council.

Treasury shows faith in regions (Daily Telegraph) Steve Hollis, deputy chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has said that he is beginning to see the “first signs of trust” building between Whitehall and the LEPs following their recent formation.

HS2 projected officially backed by Government (extensive coverage locally and nationally) Widespread coverage of yesterday's announcement by Transport Minister Justine Greening that the Government intends to go ahead with plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham. Council Leader Mike Whitby featured in several articles and items running over the last 24 hours.

Xmas rubbish still piling up (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of yesterday's Full Council meeting in which politicians from all parties criticised the refuse collection service offered to citizens over Christmas. Cabinet Member Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted as saying the council was a victim of its own ambition to maintain a normal service over the festive period, adding that an investigation was now underway.

Council's call centre slammed over delays (Birmingham Mail) Labour Group Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward has offered renewed criticism of the council's contact centre operation. Deputy Council Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley defended the centre, saying progress has been made.

Market may be world's biggest (Birmingham Mail) The Frankfurt Market could be now the world's biggest according to Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley, commenting on unconfirmed figures that more than five million visits were made to the attraction in 2011.

It's big bother! (Birmingham Mail) A CCTV system at The Glebe and Lea Village has not been operational for two years due to funding shortages - but local residents are now hopeful they will be switched on again, using money from the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Prison's Independent Monitoring Board has criticised the way in which the facility was privatised last year.

Dave Heeley, the charity marathon runner best known as “Blind Dave”, will become Sandwell’s 11th honorary freeman at a ceremony scheduled March.

West Midlands Police Authority has been given a grant of £11.2million to cover the costs of policing the summer riots.

National Headlines

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has said his government has a mandate to hold a referendum on independence in the autumn of 2014.

US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has taken another step towards his party’s nomination after a victory in New Hampshire’s primary.

One of the UK’s largest energy suppliers, EDF Energy, has said it is to cut its gas bills by five per cent from next month.

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