Media Watch – July 6

By on 06/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The bright Brum future heading down the track (Birmingham Mail, BBC) The long-awaited opening dates for Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central have been confirmed.

London’s 2012 sporting legacy disappearing into the wasteland (Guardian) Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, quoted in article about how Government spending cuts are making it tougher for councils to fund sport and physical activity.

Campaign to stop academy (Birmingham Mail) Parents are set to join forces to stage a campaign to stop a failing Birmingham school from being turned into an academy, teaching unions have claimed.

Proposal for super-council takes a step closer to reality (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Plans for a new West Midlands super-council servicing four million people will be officially launched today.

Governors to be removed from Trojan Horse school (Birmingham Mail) The governing body of a Birmingham school investigated during the Trojan Horse scandal (Springfield Primary) is set to be removed after it was plunged into special measures when Ofsted found a series of failings in a new inspection.

Gary goes electric in drive to save cash (Birmingham Mail) A caretaker from Longbridge has been selected to test out electric cars for the whole of Birmingham City Council.

Plans unveiled for site of new wholesale markets (Birmingham Mail) IM Properties has revealed blueprints for a building covering more than five acres at The Hub, in Witton, to allow the council to relocate the markets out of town. The Open, Indoor and Rag Market will remain in the city.

Birmingham gives away 5,000 bikes (Bike Biz) Birmingham City Council has begun to give away 5,000 bicycles to locals as part of its Cycle Revolution project.

Regional Headlines

West Bromwich factory gutted by fire
West Midlands Fire Service was alerted to the factory blaze at Howard Street Industrial Estate in Hill Top shortly before 22:00 BST on Saturday.

Two West Bromwich police officers hurt in crash
Two police officers were hurt when their car was involved in a crash while responding to reports of an assault.

National Headlines

Dementia: GPs say patchy services fail patients
Doctors have raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers get from the NHS and social services in the UK.

Key London Olympic legacy ‘a failure’, says Tessa Jowell
The opportunity for the London Olympics to inspire a generation of children to participate in sport has been squandered, Tessa Jowell has said.


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