Media Watch – July 25

By on 25/07/2013 in Media Watch

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Vulnerable children still unsafe in city, says care boss (Birmingham Post) Coverage of an appearance by Peter Hay at a scrutiny meeting this week - his first since being appointed to run children's services on an interim basis for the council.

Tough talks in Birmingham following Doncaster report (LGC) Publication “understands” Birmingham City Council could be the next authority in line for a “radical news form of government intervention” for children’s services. Chief Executive Stephen Hughes quoted as saying the government had not given him any indication of the steps it could take.

Businesses welcome closer ties across region (Birmingham Post) Business leaders in the Black Country have backed proposals for closer ties with Birmingham, following a recent suggestion from Council Leader Sir Albert Bore that there should be a region-wide local enterprise partnership.

Personality test to help councillors 'avoid conflict' (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Proposals put forward by scrutiny chairman Cllr Carl Rice for a programme of tests to help improve decision-making by councillors has been criticised by opposition member Cllr Philip Parkin.

Battle over council plan for bohemian city suburb (Birmingham Post) Moseley needs to be 'more like Brighton than Bournville' according to campaigners opposed to the Moseley Supplementary Planning Document, drawn up by the council and the Moseley Community Development Trust.

Anger as council sinks pool restoration plans (Birmingham Post) Councillors have been accused of sounding the death knell for Moseley Road baths after refusing to discuss submitting a £5million bid for lottery funding at a District Committee meeting. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted as saying the baths are an important asset but it was a “no-brainer” to support funded plans for a £6million pool in Sparkhill over an unfunded £22million project in Moseley.

HS2 could create up to 50,000 jobs, claim bosses (Birmingham Post) Coverage of recent HS2 board meeting in Birmingham. Sir Albert Bore says that the city needs to identify the skills needed to fully benefit from the scheme.

Call for register of landlords to stop rogue operators (Birmingham Post) Landlords and letting agencies should be registered with councils to protect tenants from rogue operators, an inquiry of MPs was told in a submission from the city council.

Park and ride scheme for tunnel closures (BBC WM) Bosses at Centro are urging people to take advantage of a park and ride service being offered in Perry Barr after a slow initial uptake.

Councillors to vote on 12,000 new burial plots (Birmingham Mail) Plans to expand Sutton Newhall Cemetery are set to be considered by Cabinet next week. The £4.95million plan will be discussed on Monday. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted in support of the scheme.

Jobs created and saved by overseas investment (BBC Midlands Today and Birmingham Post) Up to 5,000 jobs have been created or safeguarded in the last year thanks to overseas investment, according to a new LEP report. Sir Albert Bore interview on Midlands Today.

Regional Headlines

A £44million plan to revamp Solihull town centre has been unveiled.

Children at a Birmingham primary school (Gossey Lane) have been labelled as an 'attention seeker', 'bullying' and 'slow' in a secret journal allegedly compiled by teachers.

The father of a Ukrainian man charged with the “terrorist-related” murder of 82-year-old man in Birmingham says he is in “complete shock” at the news.

National Headlines

At least 77 people are now known to have died and more than 100 injured in a train derailment at Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

Criminal justice could be jeopardised unless the UK government comes up with a coherent strategy for forensic science, MPs warn.

The Archbishop of Canterbury warns online lender Wonga that the Church of England plans to force it out of business – by competing against it.

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