Media Watch – July 7

By on 07/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bring on the big city (Commercial Property Register) The Government has given the city a regional growth grant of £15.7 million.  Part of the money will be used to improve the A45 road near Birmingham.  Council Leader, Mike Whitby, said the upgrade will bring significant transportation and economic benefits to the region.

Schools won't suffer as building debts mount (B'ham Post) Shareholders of a Birmingham company set up to build the next generation of city schools have said it's projects will not be left 'high and dry' despite a warning it may not be able to pay its debts. 

High speed rail will help attract new firms (B'ham Post) The Post reports that the city council will formally respond to Government plans for HS2 by saying high speed rail will reshape the economic geography of the UK, help to close the north south wealth gap and create new economic prosperity.

Bar drops disciplinary hearing (B'ham Post) Misconduct allegations against Cllr Ayoub Khan have been withdrawn by The Bar Standards Board.  The complaint was bought by Cllr Muhammad Afzal.

Respect leader steps down (B'ham Mail) Salma Yaqood, the leader of Respect Party and city Cllr for Sparkbrook is stepping down due to ill health.

Glyn Evans leaves the council (B'ham Post) The official responsible for spearheading the council's business transformation programme is leaving the council after eight years.

Council plans £1.3bn green deal work (H&V News) Birmingham City Council is set to launch a tender that could lead to £1.3 billion of green retrofit work for 200,000 local homes and commercial buildings.

Council contract extension for housing repairs (Construction Now) Birmingham City Council's Homes and Neighbourhoods directorate has negotiated two major contracts with construction and building giants Willmott Dixon Partnerships ltd and Mears Group plc to continue to carry out repairs and maintenance work for the south side of the city. 

Regional Headlines

Blind Dave Heeley wins taxi dog ban equality case

Blind marathon runner Dave Heeley has won a legal victory after his guide dog was barred from a taxi.  The offence happened in Sandwell within a week of the Equalities Act coming into force in October 2010.  The taxi driver was ordered to pay a total of £665 in the case, brought with the help of Sandwell Council.  He admitted barring a disabled person from his cab, despite a booking confirming Mr Heeley had a guide dog.

Court likely over woman’s burns in curry pot’

The case of a woman who received severe burns when she slipped into a cooking pot containing chicken curry is likely to go to court, solicitors said.  Sudesh Bala received burns to her back, groin and buttocks in the town in October 2010. Ms Bala is seeking compensation

Model retirement village on show (West Midlands Housing News) Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, and John Payne, Partnership Director of Extra Care Charitable Trust, have unveiled a model version of the City's Hagley Road Retirement Village where construction work will begin in October.  

National Headlines

Dead soldiers’ families ‘hacked’

Mobile phones owned by relatives of UK soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were allegedly hacked by the News of the World.  The Daily Telegraph claims the phone numbers of relatives of dead service personnel were found in the files of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.  This comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said he would set up a public inquiry into alleged phone hacking.

Ex-ballerina loses night carer appeal

A former ballerina from west London left disabled by a stroke has lost her Supreme Court case to get an overnight carer to help her use a commode. Elaine McDonald, 67, had challenged Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea after she lost her case at the Court of Appeal in London last October.

Tags: , , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.