Media Watch – March 18

By on 18/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Wiping away a stain on our fair city (Birmingham Mail) BCC's Anti-graffiti Unit has spearheaded a strategy to tackle the blight uniting city workers, police, railway chiefs, probation, youth offending teams and schools in the fight against those behind the vandal attacks. Hasan Wasir, of the Anti-Graffiti Unit quoted.

City bids for slice of £23m (Birmingham Mail) Schools secretary Ed Balls pledged an extra £23 million for frontline social work- but it was not immediately clear if Birmingham will share in the handout. BCC's children's services director Tony Howell quoted.

Creating a new chapter in the history of the city (Birmingham Post) Simon Dingle, Carillion's Operations Director who is responsible for delivering the Library of Birmingham on time and on budget, gives his personal account of the project from its beginnings.

Investment challenge for city leaders (Birmingham Post) The city's investment and property professionals have called on the Birmingham delegation at MIPIM 2010 in Cannes to fight tooth and nail for inward investment and the billions that is still needed to beef up the region's attractiveness to global companies. Council leader Mike Whitby has hailed the next ten years as the Decade of Delivery.

The wrath of the chain gang (Birmingham Post) Paul Dale's opinion piece suggests former Lord Mayors are in open revolt over council leader Mike Whitby's 'downgrading of the 114-year-old Lord Mayor office'.

Backlash begins as rail route heads for trouble (Birmingham Post) MPs across the West Midlands have launched campaigns to change the planned route for high speed rail service, after the Government's high profile announcement last week led to fears of tumbling house prices and noisy trains tearing through the countryside.

Longbridge fight goes on (Birmingham Post) A legal tussle in Birmingham could determine how much councils can force developers to pay for infrastructure improvements in return for planning permission.

Calls to scrap £15,000 NEC payments to councillors (Birmingham Post) Controversial £15,000 payments handed to BCC leaders as a reward for being members of the NEC board could be scrapped.

Barrister in misconduct tribunal after smears (Birmingham Post) Birmingham barrister Ayoub Khan, a leading Liberal Democrat city councillor, is facing four counts of professional misconduct over claims he smeared a Labour opponent while giving evidence in court. Cllr Khan said he was confident of clearing his name. Sir Albert Bore, leader of the opposition, quoted.

Birmingham’s New Street station to get a shiny new look (BBC Birmingham online) Transport chiefs have revealed what the outside of New Street station in Birmingham could look like after its multi-million pound revamp.

Regional Headlines

Plans to extend the Midland Metro tram service from its current finish in Birmingham is expected to get the go-ahead later today.

Villa striker John Carew does not expect the team to fade away like they did last season.

Police have released a picture of a youth wanted over the death of a 24-year-old Birmingham man Sarfraz Khan, who was fatally stabbed with a screwdriver.

National Headlines

Three quarters of England’s universities are facing real-term budget cuts – for the first time since Labour came to power.

Nissan is to build its new electric car, the Leaf, in Sunderland, safeguarding hundreds of jobs, the Japanese firm announces.

Sahil Saeed, the UK boy kidnapped in Pakistan two weeks ago, has been reunited with his father in the capital Islamabad.

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