Media watch – January 17

By on 17/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Plan to limit lap dancing clubs in city (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses want to limit the number of lap dancing clubs in Birmingham to stop the city turning into “another Soho”. Quotes from Cllrs Majid Mahmood, Habib Rehman and head of licensing Chris Neville.

Library hours are extended (Birmingham Mail) Four community libraries across Birmingham will be getting extended opening hours to meet demand for services following the partial closure of the Central Library. (Spring Hill, Ward End, Erdington and Handsworth.)

Colmers Community Leisure Centre (BBC WM) Interview with local campaigners who fear the leisure centre will close to save BCC money. Also interviewed Richard Burden MP re central government cuts in funding.

Cost of ornate lamps slammed (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Victorian lanterns and Edwardian street lamps for Birmingham's 30 conservation areas are costing the council taxpayer 70 per cent more than standard modern lampposts, it has emerged.

Council slams move to speed up planning (Birmingham Post) Government proposals to speed up the planning process and get Britain building again have been rubbished by council planning chiefs. Quotes from Cllrs John Clancy, Bob Beauchamp and the director of planning and regeneration Waheed Nazir.

Big screen switch-off but now council can't afford to take it down (Birmingham Post) The Birmingham 'big screen' in Victoria Square is to be removed.

MP threatens court action over council's 'poor' tax (Birmingham Post) John Hemming MP threatening to ask for judicial review unless BCC provides detailed figures explaining its decision to send council tax bills to unemployed residents.

Council contracts boss warned not to create red tape (Birmingham Post) Cllr Stewart Stacey warned not to create too much red tape for small and medium enterprises in his new Charter for Social Responsibility by Cllr Philip Parkin. Both councillors quoted.

Shopping centre row is heading to High Court (Birmingham Post) coverage of New River Retail's second legal bid to overturn council's decision to award planning permission to Sainsbury's in Erdington.

Birmingham's Big City Plan comes together (Birmingham Post) Double page spread on round table event with local developers about what the schemes mean for the future of the city. Cllr Sir Albert Bore quoted.
Law centre facing 'tragic' end as funding runs dry (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Law Centre facing closure. Centre's chief exec says best hope for centre is if BCC intervenes.

Adopt a different position please (Daily Express) Accuses BCC of insisting that one parent give up their job if a couple wants to adopt. (Note – we don't unless a child has specific needs.)

The workplace equality index 2013 (The Times) puts BCC 45th in country, down from 39th in 2012.

Regional Headlines:

Shoplifting offences in city under-recorded for years, it is claimed.

Just one in 12 Midlands company directors are women - Business leaders call for urgent action but reject quotas.

Midlands set for 14 hours of blizzards.

Local Government Pension Scheme will be closed to councillors from next year.

National Headlines:

Algeria troops besiege kidnappers. Security forces in eastern Algeria surround a gas facility occupied by militants holding foreign and Algerian nationals, amid reports 30 Algerians have escaped.

Most Dreamliner planes grounded. Airlines have grounded the majority of Boeing's flagship 787 Dreamliner airliner amid continuing safety fears.

Opening 2014 Tour stages revealed. The 2014 Tour de France will feature a stage that will visit the London 2012 Olympic Park and ends on the Mall after two stages in Yorkshire.

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