Media Watch – March 10

By on 10/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Plot to oust school heads’ (Extensive national and local coverage) Further articles on an alleged plot, dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse”, in which it is claimed groups with strict Islamic beliefs want to control city schools.

Asylum seeker refuses council flat because she's scared of heights (Daily Mail) The council has been ordered by the Court of Appeal to review its decision to offer a tower block flat at Cadbury House to a Somalian woman who was fearful of heights, despite the fact she signed a form explaining she would not get another offer if she refused the property.

Picking up top racing tips from a wheel world champ (Birmingham Mail) Feature on activities at Birmingham's BMX Club, after the Perry Barr track was named as the host of a major European event. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Council blocks plan to put up 'obtrusive' billboards (Birmingham Mail) Plans for 13ft billboards either side of the Lancaster Circus flyover have been refused by the council's Planning Committee.

More local shops selling fresh produce (BBC WM) Birmingham Public Health lead on healthy eating Eleanor McGee interviewed about a report that almost 13,000 stores have seen an increase in sales of fruit and vegetables in the last five years.

Hospital could step in to house town’s register office (Sutton Observer) Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has approached NHS bosses to see if the Sutton register office could be re-located to Good Hope Hospital in light of the council’s decision to close the existing facility. Reference made to a letter from Council Leader Sir Albert Bore to Mr Mitchell, in which he explains the closure will improve the productivity of the city centre office, and save money in response to central government funding cuts.

Please talk! How a fake bottom will be used to discuss a real man killer (Sutton Observer) Feature on the work of the John Taylor Hospice as it attempts educate and inform citizens, particularly from the African-Caribbean communities about the issue of prostate cancer. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Green belt housing – MP says let’s wait 10 years and see then (Sutton Observer) Andrew Mitchell has submitted a formal objection to proposals that could see 6,000 homes built on the Sutton green belt.

Boost for Birmingham (Building magazine, MJ, Local Transport Today and Passenger Transport magazine) Further coverage of the proposals for a Birmingham Curzon HS2 station.

Birmingham has greater plans (Sunday Telegraph and BBC WM) Coverage of plans unveiled by the LEP to create jobs and traineeships. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted. Reference also made to the new strategy proposing to rebrand the region “Greater Birmingham”, the point forming the focus of the local BBC coverage.

£6million scheme will make life safer for cyclists (Birmingham Mail) Work to improve the city’s canal towpaths for cyclists has started. Cabinet Member Cllr James McKay quoted in support of the scheme.

Power List (Estates Gazette) Sir Albert Bore is ranked 18th in a “top 50” list of influential figures by the property magazine.

Regional Headlines

Campaigners attempting to bring the Birmingham pub bombers to justice have staged a protest outside Downing Street.

A “significant” fire broke out at a large recycling plant and scrapyard in Tipton yesterday, the latest in a string of similar incidents across the West Midlands.

National Headlines

The fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remains “a mystery”, says Malaysia’s civil aviation chief, with hijacking not ruled out.

Labour commits to fund a “jobs guarantee” for the long-term unemployed for the whole of the next parliament, if it wins power at the General Election.

The size of the UK’s overall economy will surpass its pre-recession peak by this summer, says the British Chambers of Commerce.

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