Media Watch – March 12

By on 12/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Edgbaston to be renamed in £4m deal (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s famous Edgbaston cricket ground is set to be renamed in a £4 million bid to take the city’s name around the world. Members of Birmingham City Council’s partnership and contracts committee are set to review the proposals in detail next week before passing them on to the council’s cabinet for consideration.

Catwalk contest exploits teen girls (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Jess Phillips has labelled the Junior Miss Birmingham competition ‘exploitative’.

Bid to slash energy bills hits deadline (Birmingham Mail) Brummies are being urged to band together in a bid to slash their energy bills.

Parking plan for uni site is needed (Birmingham Mail) A council planner (Cllr Barry Henley) has called for a full investigation into car park provision in Edgbaston.

Carruthers seeks to ‘raise the bar’ for reconfiguration referrals (Health Service Journal) Councils will need to provide “more convincing” evidence when they oppose NHS reconfigurations such as hospital closures, according to the health chief in charge of a review on the subject. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Named Top Location For Business Growth (Huffington Post)
Birmingham has been named as the new hotbed of business growth, following the analysis of the first 3,000 businesses who have worked with GrowthAccelerator.

Children’s hospice plans expansion
Hundreds more children and families could be supported as part of £4.2m expansion plans by a West Midlands hospice.

National Headlines

Respect Falklands vote, says Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of the Falkland Islands after they voted to remain a British overseas territory.

Police Savile ‘failings’ criticised
Police forces across the UK failed to “join the dots” and missed opportunities to stop Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse, a watchdog’s critical report says.

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