Media Watch – March 17

By on 17/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Dealer jailed for 4 years in car clocking scandal (Birmingham Mail and Sunday Mercury) A Birmingham car salesman has been jailed for four years for clocking more than a million miles off used cars. He was prosecuted by Birmingham Trading Standards. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted

Angry councillors: Sort of bus lane shambles (Birmingham Mail) Angry Birmingham councillors have demanded a council transport boss restore public confidence after the 'shambles' of the city centre bus lane enforcement. Cllr Tahir Ali has been told by the scrutiny committee to come back with form proposals to refund more of those unfairly fined

School chief calls for greater council power (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Brigid Jones has backed calls for councils to be given more freedom and funding to set up schools as the city struggles to meet demand for places. This follows a report by the LGA in the work councils are doing to provide school places

20 mph proposals (BBC WM) Discussion of proposals to have 20mph speed limits in the city prior to a report going to cabinet today

City celebrates St Patrick's Day parade (BBC online, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Coverage of the city's St Patrick's Day parade, with 80,000 people said to nhave flocked to the city centre

Mum refuses a Brum move as council ships out families (Birmingham Mail) Families from Oxford are being offered accommodation in Birmingham, adding to pressures on services in the second city

Old Rep could be run by an academy (Halesowen Chronicle) A report will today go to cabinet proposing an academy runs the Old Rep theatre, after the plan was put out to tender

Zealous target four more schools (Sunday Times, Asian Voice) Further coverage of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations

Regional headlines:

Build HS2 quicker says project boss – HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins calls on the government to “accelerate” the northern section of the £50bn high-speed rail project

Teenage boy loses life in lake tragedy - A 15-year-old schoolboy who died after getting into difficulty in a Redditch park lake has been named by police

National headlines:

EU mulls Russia sanction over Crimea – EU foreign ministers are to discuss more sanctions against Russia after a Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea supported a split from Ukraine

Australia leads plane search south – Australia will control the “southern vector” search for the missing Malaysian plane, PM Tony Abbott says, amid scrutiny of cockpit communications

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