Media Watch – July 11

By on 11/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Bore draws opposition over Partnership plans (B'ham Post) Plans to forge closer links between the region's Local Enterprise Partnerships have been dealt a decisive blow, with one leader saying it will not happen under 'any circumstances'.  Sir Albert Bore said he believes the regional economy will only be successful if the Greater Birmingham and Black Country LEPs work as one.

Tories' doomed bid to save city leisure centres (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Tories have failed in a bid to block the feared closure of Birmingham's council-owned swimming pools and leisure centres.

'Festivals capital bid to boost tourism (B'ham Post) Birmingham's deputy leader, Cllr Ian Ward, has unveiled plans to sell the city as Britain's “festivals capital” in a new drive to attract more tourists to the blue riband events. Cllr Ward quoted.

£400m city scheme to bring slice of Big Apple back on track (B'ham Post) Work has restarted at a stalled £400 million Birmingham city centre scheme designed to echo the urban styles of New York's sky line and the Promenade Plantee in Paris. Cllr Ali featured.

Councillor's 'cover up' claim over damning report into disabled children's services (B'ham Post) A report exposing serious flaws in Birmingham City Council's services for children with disabilities was “deliberately” suppressed, former service head Tory councillor Matt Bennett, has claimed.

Boxing club fights back from ashes (B'ham Mail) A state-of-the-art gym and training facility in Digbeth has been unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy.

Alcohol abuse (Radio WM) A discussion about alcohol abuse where Dr Adrian Philips Director of Public Health, for Birmingham was interviewed.

Transport chief challenged on tunnel closure (B'ham Post) Cabinet member for Development, Jobs and Skills, Cllr Tahir Ali, was asked at full council to explain whether any steps are being taken to increase train capacity during the A38 Queensway and St Chads tunnels closure. Cllr Ali said: “If it does become a problem…we will raise this during our ongoing discussion with train operators.”

Be tidy and keep urban foxed out of your garden (B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader, Sir Albert Bore, has warned residents to keep their gardens tidy in deter urban foxes.

Summertime's in bloom for society judges (B'ham Post) Birmingham's flowers were basking in sunshine this week during a visit by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society were given a tour of the floral features. Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Heart of England judges pictured.

Regional Headlines
Pledge to keep A&E at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital in Trust takeover
A health trust in Birmingham has said it will keep A&E services at Redditch’s main hospital if a takeover is successful.

Baby Ella takes name from broken lift she was born in
Ella Nicola’s mother Melissa Cavanagh went through labour while trapped in the elevator in a block of flats in the Black Country on Friday afternoon. Paramedic Nikki Wildman was also stuck in the lift and delivered the girl.

National Headlines

NHS ‘heading for £30bn funding gap’
The NHS in England needs to take urgent decisions about reorganising hospital and GP care to avoid a growing funding gap, according to its leaders.

Greenpeace protesters climbing up The Shard in London.Six protesters are attempting to scale the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard.


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