Media Watch – July 28

By on 28/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Regeneration in Birmingham (BBC Breakfast) National television feature on the benefits that regeneration projects can bring to cities like Birmingham. Piece filmed on location at the Grand Central site in the city centre.

Tornado: Ten years on (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) A look back at the Birmingham tornado, that hit the city a decade ago today. Cllr Tony Kennedy interviewed on BBC WM, concluding that the area is now thriving.

Call to use land for Brummies – not travellers (Birmingham Mail) Two new traveller sites are set to be developed in inner city Birmingham to ensure the council meets the necessary requirements as laid out in its emerging development plan. Opposition housing spokesperson Cllr John Lines says the site should be used to build homes for local people, but Cabinet Member Cllr Tahir Ali responded by saying the entire development plan could be thrown out by the Government’s planning inspector if they were not included, adding they were both in his own local ward.

1,000th home handed over in council scheme (Birmingham Mail) The 1,000th home for rent built through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust has been handed over to tenants. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Banned teachers back in classroom (Birmingham Mail and ITV Central) Further coverage of the allegation that two teachers banned from the profession after being accused of being part of the Trojan Horse affair are now back at Park View School. A spokesperson from the school quoted, explaining the two teachers are attending school in accordance with understanding and authorisation from the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

Curzon Masterplan (ITV Central News) Cllr Tahir Ali interviewed after Cabinet approved a report on the future of the land earmarked for the HS2 development in Birmingham. Cllr Ali quoted as saying the project is not just about shorter journey times to London, stating it is about the wider regeneration and future prosperity of Birmingham.

Electric taxi study for eight cities (Local Transport Today) Birmingham is on an eight-strong shortlist as plans to develop cleaner vehicle technologies are considered.

Westside BID financial support (BBC WM) Mike Olley interviewed about the financial support offered by the council for the emerging Westside BID earlier this year. Mr Olley explains the delay in creating the new BID was the result of the council needing to do work on re-shaping the boundaries of the various BIDs in operation. Mr Olley added the package of support had gone through the council’s Cabinet and Scrutiny processes and also revealed that more than 99 per cent of votes have been cast in favour of the BIDs creation from organisations within the new Westside area.

Birmingham Baptist Church Backs Anti-Knife Campaign (The Voice) A Baptist church in the heart of Birmingham is taking a leading role in the fight against knife crime by installing a knife collection bin outside its front door. Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, supporting the ‘Lives Not Knives’ campaign.

Regional Headlines

Police Community Support Officers in the West Midlands are set to hear details about their future during a meeting later today, amid rumours there will be sweeping cuts as a result of reduced funding from central government.

The company that owns the Alton Towers theme park has issued a profits warning following the recent roller-coaster accident at the attraction.

National Headlines

Lord Sewel has resigned from the House of Lords after recent tabloid allegations about his private life.

Foreigners must be stopped from buying UK homes with “plundered or laundered cash” as part of a “global effort” to defeat corruption, David Cameron is expected say later today.

A public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales is to be formally opened today.



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