Media Watch – June 15

By on 15/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham lane closures planned for Paradise Circus scheme (BBC, Birmingham Mail) A major road through Birmingham will be reduced to one lane later this month as part of a £500m redevelopment in the city centre. The 10-year Paradise Circus project will see new offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel built.

Master planner Clive Dutton dies (Architects Journal) Tribute to former BCC Director of planning and regeneration Clive Dutton.

£35m Unite union scheme to build Birmingham hotel gets green light (Birmingham Mail) The UK’s largest trade union can start a giant scheme including a new hotel and conference centre in Birmingham’s Eastside after getting a green light.

City council says: Don’t rely on us (Birmingham Mail) The people of Birmingham need to lower the expectations of the city council and be prepared to look elsewhere for services as austerity cuts continue to bite.

£40m overhaul plan for children’s services (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses are preparing to launch a £40m radical overhaul of children’s services in the city.

Birmingham joins global cities for ‘hackathon’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham will join cities around the world this week for a 24-hour ‘hackathon’. The Climate-KIC Climathon 2015 is aiming to kickstart engagement with the most pressing environmental issues in major cities. Birmingham City Council said it had set a challenge for the day focused on what citizens, businesses and institutions would do in a city which did not waste anything.

March against cuts at £189m Library of Birmingham (BBC) Dozens of people gathered in Birmingham in protest against cuts at the city’s new £189m library.

Youth football teams face axe after 1,400 per cent rise in pitch fees (Sunday Mercury) ONE of the region’s biggest children’s football clubs is on the brink of folding after enduring a staggering 1,400 PER CENT hike in pitch charges. A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “Given the budget challenges we face, the Birmingham Parks Service has increased the prices for football pitch hire by 91 per cent over the last five years. This is to reduce the subsidy on parks football pitches to a 33 per cent annual subsidy. “Birmingham’s prices for football pitches this year are in line with other core cities and Birmingham Parks Service officers are in liaison with the FA and Birmingham Football League to move towards a full cost recovery on Birmingham’s parks football pitches including a further phased increases in prices.”

Regional Headlines

Man held after double stabbing in Wolverhampton
A man has been arrested after two people were stabbed in Wolverhampton.

JN Miller building safety concerns prompt road closure
Fresh concerns about the safety of a fire-ravaged steam mill have prompted a council to close a section of road on the outskirts of Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Dewsbury ‘in shock over UK’s youngest suicide bomber’
Community leaders in the home town of a West Yorkshire teenager who reportedly carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq have spoken of their shock at the news.

Labour leadership nominations closing
Nominations for those vying to be the next leader of the Labour Party close at midday.


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