Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
‘We want to be where entrepreneurial Britain is strongest’ (Birmingham Post) Interview with HSBC Bank chief about the decision to move the HSBC head office to Birmingham. Double page spread also quotes Sir Albert Bore.
Tower must stay put until new one gets the go-ahead (Birmingham Post) Developers of a major scheme on Birmingham’s NatWest Tower site have hit out at council planners after an application to demolish the John Madin-designed building was refused. Quotes Cllr Barry Henley and Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn.
Trojan Horse school to be rebranded in overhaul (Birmingham Post. Birmingham Mail) A school at the centre of the Trojan Horse scandal is set to be renamed in a bid to improve its image (refers to Park View Academy, an academy school)
Trojan Horse interim head sacked after two months (Birmingham Post) The interim head of a Birmingham school embroiled in the Trojan Horse scandal has been sacked after less than two months in the job. (Article refers to Dr Rashida Sharif, the head of Nansen Primary, an academy school.)
Outsourcing firm to run council pools (Birmingham Post) Outsource company Serco has secured the contract to run Birmingham City Council’s leisure centres and swimming pools for the next 15 years. Quotes assistant director for sport and events Steve Hollingworth and council spokeswoman re the contract to operate and manage nine leisure centre and design and build four brand new modern pools.
‘Shoppers’ tax’ scrapped – for now (Birmingham Post) A proposed charge for town centre Business Improvement Districts, dubbed the ‘shoppers’tax’ has been scrapped after fears it would push some of them into the red. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Robert Alden.
Give backbench councillors a say, authority is told (Birmingham Post) Backbench councillors from all parties must have a say in reforms in Birmingham city council, while the authority itself must do more to boast of tis successes it has been told. Refers to the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.
City centre tunnels to be shut again for repair work (Birmingham Mail, ITV.com BBC online) The Queensway tunnels are set to close again for further repairs and maintenance – refers to night time closures from 10pm – 6am, 1 April to 8 May, apart from 2 May in preparation for the Great Birmingham 10k run on 3 May.
Pupils ‘taken out of school’ over head’s alleged affair (Birmingham Mail) Parents have pulled their children out of a school after its headteacher was accused of having an affair with his chair of governors during class time, it has been claimed. Refers to Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College. Quotes council spokeswoman explaining investigation ongoing.
Teen attack bar has licence suspended (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham bar where a 17-year-old was attacked with a metal bar has had its licence suspended until the tenant and licence holder are removed from the lease. Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring.
Almost 70,000 Birmingham voters have dropped off the electoral register since a strict new system was introduced.
Father-of-two from Wolverhampton killed in Alps crash – A 50-year-old businessman from Wolverhampton was among the British victims of the Alps air crash that killed 150 people.
‘No convincing case’ for £50bn HS2 – The UK government has not shown why it needs to spend £50bn building the HS2 rail link, says a House of Lords committee
Germanwings plane crash: Pilot ‘locked out of cockpit’ One of the two pilots of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports.
MPs warn on growing numbers of British jihadists – Not enough is being done to prevent people leaving the UK to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a group of MPs has warned.
Richard III: Leicester Cathedral ready to rebury king – King Richard III’s body is due to be laid to rest at Leicester Cathedral later at a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.