Media Watch – March 2

By on 02/03/2015 in Media Watch

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It’s a heavenly inspiration for Chelsea show (Birmingham Mail) The 300th birthday of Birmingham’s St Philip’s Cathedral will provide the inspiration for award winning city council gardeners at the Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Education is police weapon (Birmingham Mail) Alison Cope, the mother of Joshua Ribera, a Birmingham man stabbed to death in 2013, has spoken of her disappointment after new figures showed a rise in violent knife crime. She is quoted as saying that knife bins will not make a difference. A West Midlands spokesperson quoted as saying the council was a partner in a knife surrender launched last year.

Brum voters elect to ignore postal option (Birmingham Mail) New figures suggest the city has one of the lowest postal vote rates for the country. So far just 16.7 per cent of people have asked for a postal vote for the upcoming local and general elections – against a national average of 29.5 per cent.

City homeless pledge ‘should inspire others’ (Birmingham Mail) Howard Sinclair, chief executive at St Mungo’s Broadway, has thanked the city council for signing its health charter.

More rough sleepers as Birmingham targets homeless health (BBC WM) Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, interviewed as Birmingham signs the St Mungo’s Broadway Homeless Health Charter.

Fly-ing start for council’s dump squad (Birmingham Mail) The city council’s new Waste Enforcement Unit has dealt with 900 fly-tipping complaints since being set up four months ago. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Celebration of active women (Birmingham Mail) A programme of events is planned for International Women’s Day on March 8 as part of the This Birmingham Girl Can initiative. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Big push for cycle showpiece (Birmingham Mail) Attempts to find a new mass cycling event for Birmingham have been stepped up by the council following the appointment of Sportcel to bring in commercial sponsors for the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project.

BID charges ‘put our high streets at risk’ (Birmingham Mail) The city’s Business Improvement Districts are at risk of extinction if the council goes ahead with plans to charge them for certain services, it has been claimed. Comments come from Kate Cross, manager of the Kings Heath BID. It has also been claimed by Julia Chance, manager of the Southside BID that two council members on her group’s board had not attended meeting in at least 18 months.

Rated 0 for food hygiene (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at fact 85 city outlets have been awarded the lowest-possible hygiene ratings by council food safety inspectors in the last year.

Huge tower could get go-ahead despite objections (Birmingham Mail) A 23-storey tower on the Arena Central site in the city centre is set to be approved by councillors despite objections from conservation groups. The plan has been recommended for approval by planning officers when the item goes before committee later this week.

Holocaust Memorial Day (Birmingham Jewish Recorder) Two articles covering recent event, both expressing concern over cuts to the council’s events budget.

Road to ruin (Partnerships Bulletin) Article looking at recent scrutiny committee meeting, during which Cllr Tahir Ali said that the council was in discussion with Amey over its performance on its contract for highways services with the council.

Brothers are cut from the same mould (Business Quarterly) Feature on Kidderminster-based Quantum Mouldings, which received £100,000 from the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme – administered by the city council in what is described as a “slick processâ€.

Group given extra time to save historic town hall (Sutton Observer) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has given campaigners a six month stay of execution for Sutton’s Town Hall, giving them extra develop a business case for its future operation.

Town council ‘tantalisingly close’ as official consultation launched (Sutton Observer) A consultation on the proposed town council in Sutton Coldfield has been launched alongside a wider review of governance in Birmingham. Cllrs Rob Pocock and Anne Underwood both quoted.

Council makes u-turn over patrols (Sutton Observer) Further coverage of the council’s budget plans, which will see school crossing patrols protected after it was initially suggested that funding should be cut. Cllr Robert Alden, leader of the Conservative group, quoted.

Regional Headlines

A new University of Birmingham study suggests children are failing to develop values like courage, fairness and gratitude at school due to a relentless focus on exams and results.

West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth is leaving to take up the post of Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police.

Dozens of parents across the region have been caught faking their addresses to improve the chances of getting their children into their preferred schools.

National Headlines

Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons – four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria – will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.

The head of the US Army says he is “very concerned” about the impact of spending cuts on the UK’s armed forces. Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno voiced his reservations about the falling proportion of the UK’s national wealth being spent on the military. He warned it could see British units operating within US ranks, rather than divisions working alongside each other.

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