Media Watch – June 6

By on 06/06/2013 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council could close or sell leisure centres (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC Midlands Today) Birmingham leisure centres and swimming pools could be sold off, contracted out or even closed under a major review of leisure services in the city.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

£50m investment in Mailbox 'could ruin' old shopping area (Birmingham Post) Retailers in Birmingham's traditional shopping heartland fear a major investment in the city's exclusive Mailbox could be another nail in the coffin for them.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

State of emergency as Midland hospitals reach breaking point (Birmingham Post) Hospitals have called for urgent systemic changes to the NHS after figures revealed the crisis currently hitting Midlands A&E departments.  Quotes Cllr Steve Bedser.

Edgbaston's Asian grudge match just Champion for city (Birmingham Post) Insatiable demand from Indian and Pakistani cricket fans has meant the ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in Birmingham this week, will boost the city by a greater-than-expected £15.5 million.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

City's electric billboards are a sign of the times (Birmingham Post) The first of Birmingham's money-spinning electric billboards has been unveiled over Broad street in a bid to raise at least £1.3 million a year for the city council.  Quotes Cllrs Ian Ward and Peter Douglas Osborne.

New data reveals school absence (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) More than 22,000 pupils across the West Midlands missed at least 11 days off school during the autumn term, Government figures revealed.

Train hopes derailed by developers (Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) BCC's economy, jobs and skills scrutiny committee backed the cabinet's decision to sell land near the Camp Hill Chords rail link.  Quotes Cllrs Ian Ward, Tahir Ali and Timothy Huxtable.

Full marks for Four Dwellings (School Building) dRMM worked with Lend Lease as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and Primary School Capital Programme to deliver one of the largest BSF programmes in the country.

Website launched for tunnel closures (Roadway) A new website has been launched to help Birmingham residents, business and visitors plan ahead for the closures of the A38 tunnels through the city centre this summer.

Question of trust (Human Resources) Interview with Raffaela Goodby, head of OD, engagement and well being at BCC, about tech and social media.

Innovation by design - supporting transformational change in service delivery (National Health Executive) Gill Terry from BCC explains how the NHS could learn from the council's experience of transformational change to realise substantial efficiencies and achieve effective improvements in service delivery.

 

Regional Headlines:

West Midlands Police pay out to bereaved mum Abby Podmore
A mother arrested on suspicion of murder after her son died of natural causes has accepted an undisclosed settlement from the police.

Birmingham taxi drivers strike over station rank space
Some taxi drivers are striking over a “lack of spaces” for them near Birmingham’s New Street station.
Gurkiren Loyal death: Parents ask for Foreign Office help
The parents of a girl whose organs were taken from her body after she died in India are due to meet with a Foreign Office minister later.

National Headlines:

Mau Mau case: Hague to express regret and detail compensation
The UK government is to express regret and announce compensation for thousands of Kenyans who were tortured during the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s.

Ed Miliband: Labour would cap social security spending
Ed Miliband is to promise to cap spending on social security so that a future Labour government can “turn the economy around”.

Local communities offered more say over wind farms
Local communities are to be given more powers to block onshore wind farms, but also offered greater incentives to accept them, the government says.

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