Media Watch – June 14

By on 14/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New food zone to dine out on blossoming culinary reputation (Birmingham Post) The city’s burgeoning reputation as a foodie’s paradise has been given a multi-million pound boost with a string of new restaurants – as the new council put the growing sector at the heart of its first manifesto.

Black entrepreneurs push for a boost to business (Birmingham Post) Access to funding continues to be a major hurdle facing aspiring entrepreneurs from the Midland Afro-Caribbean community according to a city councillor (Cllr Paulette Hamilton)

City first after £10m grant for ultrafast broadband (Birmingham Post, Techweek Europe) Birmingham has reinforced its claim to be Britain’s undisputed digital capital after being given the go-ahead from Europe to invest £10 million in bringing ultrafast broadband to the city.

Women’s enterprise hub central to Bore’s jobs plan (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s new Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has unveiled plans to turn the city into Britain’s enterprise capital including a bid to create the textile equivalent of the Balti Triangle.

City sets aside rivalry with Manchester (Birmingham Post) Birmingham and Manchester have set aside decades of rivalry and unveiled a new era of cooperation to secure a better deal for Britain’s major cities.

Harshest critic of council call centre joins the board (Birmingham Post) One of the fiercest critics of Birmingham City Council’s £1 billion Service Birmingham IT and call centre contract with Capita (Cllr Barry Henley) has been appointed to the board.

Sport scheme is extended (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s popular Be active scheme has been extended to take in new sports in a bid to cash in on Britain’s massive summer of sport.

Ground broken on metro line (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC, ITV Central) Work has finally started on a multi-million scheme to return trams to the centre of Birmingham.

£11.5m bid for youth places (Birmingham Post) Six Birmingham schools have submitted bids worth a total of £11.5 million to provide extra places to keep teenagers off the dole queue.

Free bus passes for faith school pupils could be axed (Birmingham Post) Free bus travel for faith school pupils and students over 16 could be axed by Birmingham City Council.

Brum asks neighbours to house overspill (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is to ask neighbouring boroughs like Solihull, Tamworth, Redditch and Bromsgrove to help house the city’s growing population, it has been revealed.

Challenge to council boss ‘2 jobs’ Bore (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new Labour council leader has refused calls to stand down from one of his two top public sector jobs.

Councillors in Question Time (Birmingham Mail) Members of the public have had their first face-to-face question and answer session with all of Birmingham's 120 councillors. See archived footage here:

Birmingham garden wins gold at Gardener’s World Live (BBC WM, B31 Voices) Fresh from a gold medal at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, the 'Best of Birmingham' display has won gold again and was named 'Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee' at the NEC show.

London 2012: Centre ‘crucial’ in attracting US team to Birmingham (BBC WM) As Birmingham prepares to host the US Track and Field team ahead of the Olympics, top UK Athletics (UKA) coach Aston Moore is stressing the value of the city’s “High Performance Centre”.

Regional Headlines

Extra cash for trainee teachers
Education Secretary Michael Gove is expected to announce plans to attract top graduates to teaching at a conference in Birmingham later.

Race ‘issue’ in stop and searches
Police looking for weapons are more likely to stop and search black, Asian and mixed-race people than white people in the West Midlands, research suggests.

National Headlines

Tagged offenders ‘break curfew’
Ministers will “look very seriously” at a report that suggests more than half of criminals wearing electronic tags break curfews, the Home Secretary Theresa May says.

Fletcher probe police visit Libya
Two British detectives have visited Libya as part of the ongoing investigation into the 1984 murder of Pc Yvonne Fletcher, the Metropolitan Police says.

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