Media Watch – Mar 13

By on 13/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Youth centre given stay of execution as council plans long-term future (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham youth club (Malcolm Locker youth centre) has been given a six-month stay of execution while council bosses sort out a long-term future for the site.  Quotes Cllr Penny Holbrook.

Pregnant smokers still risking harm to babies (Birmingham Post) The percentage of pregnant women smoking in Birmingham continues to fall and is lower than the national average. But Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, admits there is still much work to be done.

Garden tax a 'shambles' as families wait for bins (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham's new garden tax was branded a 'shambles' - amid complaints that hundreds of households had not receive the wheelie bins they had paid for.  Quotes Cllr Jon Hunt and Cllr James McKay.

£1.6m road plan backed (Birmingham Mail) Plans to improve the busy A41 Warwick Road through the centre of Acocks Green are set to be approved by council bosses next week.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Make a change and learn for life (Birmingham Mail) Interview with Liz Stearn, head of business and learning at the Adult Education Service.

Coverage of MIPIM conference (Birmingham Post) Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

'Bullied' council fights to save land searches service (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's planning department has accused the national Land Registry of trying to create a monopoly on local land charges which could cost developers dear.  Quotes Cllr Barry Henley and chief planning officer Richard Goulborn.

New 'Greater Birmingham' local authority could happen (Birmingham Post, BBC) The region may finally create an over-arching local authority but the North will get there first.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

City congestion charge is a no go with commuters (Birmingham Post) Birmingham commuters have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of a congestion charge as the city sets out a vision to get cars off the roads.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

15-storey city office block gets green light (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's office sector has been given another shot in the arm after a key city centre scheme was given the go-ahead.  Quotes Cllr Barry Henley.

First 20mph limit areas to be named (Birmingham Post, ITV, BBC) The first roads in Birmingham to have a 20mph speed limit imposed are to be revealed within days, despite most residents opposing the plans.  Quote Cllr James McKay.

Free wi-fi access to be extended across the city (Birmingham Post) Free wi-fi could be installed in more than 150 public buildings and spaces in Birmingham, from health centres to parks, following the award of a £1.5million rant to improve broadband access.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

City is model of good value - Commons (Birmingham Post) Local authorities across the country should follow Birmingham's example to help them get better value from the billions of taxpayers' money they spend each year, a national inquiry has concluded.

Arts school to breathe new life into old theatre (Birmingham Post) Academy to take over Old Rep as council looks to save running costs.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Tributes to former Lord Mayor and true comrade (Birmingham Post) Tributes to former Birmingham Lord Mayor Ken Barton who passed away on Saturday aged 83.

Regional Headlines:

UKIP rejects Farage ‘affair’ claim – UKIP says claims by West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire leader Nigel Farage had an affair with one of his assistants are “beneath contempt”.

PC jailed for selling victims’ data – A police officer who stole accident victims’ details and sold them to solicitors’ firms with her lover from Birmingham is jailed.

Staffordshire Hoard finds together for first time – All 4,000 pieces of the UK’s largest find of Anglo-Saxon objects have been brought together for the first time since their discovery.

National Headlines:

China ‘will not give up’ on plane – China’s premier vows to continue search efforts for missing Flight MH370, as one report suggests the plane could have flown for hours after its disappearance

Children’s heart surgery unit ‘safe’ – A children’s heart unit closed temporarily due to fears over numbers of deaths is safe, but some families of sick children received poor care, a review finds.

Morrisons losses force restructuring – Supermarket Morrisons reports a £176m loss, announces a major restructuring plan and warns of lower profits to come

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