Media Watch – March 27

By on 27/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Relocated conservatoire will boost Eastside plans (Birmingham Post) The regeneration of the city's Eastside has received a second major boost in a month after £40 million plans for a new Birmingham Conservatoire were unveiled.

Chinese officials in town in bid to boost trade link (Birmingham Post) Top government official academics and business leaders from China are to visit Birmingham as part of a high-powered event to improve relations.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Buyers line up for NEC as city looks for best deal (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council says it has been inundated with enquiries and bids from investors following the decision to sell the NEC Group.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Suburban high streets targeted for 20mph speed limit (Birmingham Post, A number of Birmingham high streets are to be made 20mph zones in the first round of speed cuts. Quotes BCC transport policy manager Richard Leonard.

Takeaway clampdown begins to pay off in city (Birmingham Post) Health bosses desperate to drive down soaring obesity levels have barred almost half of all new takeaways from opening in Birmingham.  Quotes Cllr Steve Bedser.

£3.3m project to transform baths (Birmingham Post) Work has commenced on a £3.3 million project to convert the historic Stirchley Baths building into a community hub for residents of South Birmingham.  Quotes head of Selly Oak district Karen Cheney.

'Garden tax' leaves huge jams (Birmingham Post) Drivers have found themselves stuck in lengthy jams sparked by Birmingham's controversial 'garden tax'. Quotes Cllr Deidre Alden.

Purnell backs green foodie awards (Birmingham Post) Celebrity chef Glynn Purnell has urged all Birmingham restaurants to enter the city's annual sustainability and recycling awards.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

Competition to fly a new flag for city (Birmingham Post) Birmingham firms could soon get the chance to show some patriotic fervour for their home city with a new flag.  Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy is launching a competition.

Council chief's plea to fix city adoption crisis (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is facing an adoption crisis with almost 180 children desperate for loving new families. Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

Library has the blues for new campaign (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham landmark will turn blue when it takes part in a global campaign raising awareness of autism.  Quotes Cllr Steve Bedser.

Child service review report due out today (Birmingham Mail) A Department for Education-backed review of Birmingham's struggling children's services department is due to be published later today.

Regional Headlines:

Minister bars trusts from opening new academies - The sponsors responsible for 24 academies across the west Midlands have been barred from opening anymore because of serious concerns about the education being provided to children.

Striking teachers hit streets in pay and pensions protests - Hundreds of striking teachers hit the streets of Birmingham as they staged a noisy protest over pay and pensions.

Man arrested in murder investigation  -  A 22-year-old man is arrested in the investigation into Stephen Phillips’ murder in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines:

‘Big six’ face competition inquiry – Regulators will investigate whether the “big six” UK energy suppliers are preventing effective competition in the UK energy market.

Police ‘fail domestic abuse victims’ – Thousands of people are at risk of serious harm or even murder because of widespread failure by police in England and Wales to deal with domestic abuse, a report says.

Councils ‘divert’ public health cash – Councils in England are using public health budgets to fund other services, an investigation for the British Medical Journal suggests.

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