Media Watch – July 14

By on 14/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Care home fees hike thrown out (B'ham Mail) An attempt to force Birmingham City Council to increase the fees it pays private residential and nursing homes to look after elderly patients has been thrown out by the High Court. 

Enterprise Zones downgraded (B'ham Post) An enterprise zone creating 50,000 jobs and raising £700 million for regeneration has been dramatically downgraded following a disagreement between the Government and civic leaders in the West Mids.  Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership set out ambitious plans with the hope that firms would be enticed into the area.

Connectivity is the key to keep businesses in the city (B'ham Post) Birmingham's bid to bring super-fast broadband to its Digital District must succeed otherwise companies may start turning their back on the city, according to Digital Birmingham’s, Raj Mack. 

City stadium set to be base for British Athletics (B'ham Mail) UK Athletics have confirmed their move to Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in October.  Cllr Martin Mullaney welcomed the news and the opportunities it could bring, such as, using the stadium for local football clubs reserve teams matches to generate money and usage throughout the year.

All party city support for HS2 (B'ham Post) The proposed high speed rail route has gained all-party support from Birmingham City Council.  Politicians dismissed protests over plans to cut by two-thirds the number of existing inter-city train services between Birmingham and London.

Council set to lease NEC casino (B'ham Post) A new multi-million pound casino and entertainment complex at the National Exhibition Centre will be leased to Birmingham City Council.  The council's cabinet agreed to take out a 25-year under-lease from the leisure centre's operators, Genting Stanley.

Regional Headlines
‘Chemical’ car deaths: Man arrested over internet images
One of two men found dead inside a car in Lincolnshire which had warnings about dangerous chemicals had previously been arrested over inappropriate images of girls.

Plans to cut more than 500 Royal Mail jobs in Midlands
More than 500 jobs could be lost in the Midlands if Royal Mail’s cost-cutting plans are approved. The company is planning to close the Leicester Mail Centre and downgrade the Derby and Worcester sites to delivery offices.

National Headlines
Five men dead in Boston industrial estate explosion
Five men have been killed and a sixth has been seriously injured in an explosion at an industrial estate in Lincolnshire.  Police are investigating claims the men may have been brewing illegal alcohol.

Phone hacking: MPs ‘could summon Rebekah Brooks’
MPs are to meet later to decide whether to summon News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to answer questions on the phone-hacking scandal.

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