Media Watch – January 17

By on 17/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Petition for road crossing (Birmingham Mail) A petition has been submitted to Birmingham City Council calling for a crossing to be installed on a busy street used by schoolchildren (Dyas Rd, Old Oscott).

Birmingham elected mayor’s powers to be decided after referendum (Birmingham Post) Ministers will ask Birmingham whether it wants a directly-elected mayor or not without revealing what powers a mayor will receive, the Government has admitted.

Immigrant school has to move (Birmingham Mail) A school for recent immigrants must find a new home after being refused planning permission to operate from the first floor of a disused house in Langley Rd, Small Heath.

School size set to double (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham Church of England primary school (St Mary’s, Selly Oak) will double in size after proposals were approved by the council’s cabinet.

Old shop to be new cafe (Birmingham Mail)
A Kingstanding businessman has been given the go-ahead to turn his empty shop into a cafe.

Global recognition for Birmingham’s retrofit (Sustain)
Birmingham has been recognised for excellence in green building city policy alongside San Francisco, New York, Mexico City, Tokyo and Singapore in the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban. Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Poor local transport links ‘could hinder HS2′ (Surveyor)
Concern has been raised about the impact on local transport links of High Speed Rail Two following Transport Secretary Justine Greening’s approval of the scheme. Birmingham City Council is planning a fully integrated public transport system around HS2.

Regional Headlines

Third arrest over couple’s death
Police arrest a third man on suspicion of murdering the parents of a serving police officer in their Birmingham home.

Gypsy protesters offer to council
Protesters camped outside an illegal Gypsy site say they will leave if the courts take legal action to move the people there.

National Headlines

Labour ‘being led to destruction’
Ed Miliband has set Labour on a path towards destruction and election defeat with his public sector pay stance, the head of the UK’s biggest union warns.

Ofsted planning tougher language
Education watchdog Ofsted wants to toughen the language of inspections in England – changing the “satisfactory” rating to “requires improvement”.

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