Media Watch – March 31

By on 31/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bob for mayor? (Birmingham Post) Legendary Central Television news anchor man Bob Warman is considering running to be Birmingham’s first elected mayor.

Business improvement district board announced (Birmingham Post) Representatives from the worlds of cinema, theatre and restaurants will rub shoulders with financial and property specialists on the board of Birmingham’s Southside business improvement district.

Council spent £1m on three housing project consultants (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s housing department has spent more than £1 million hiring just three consultants to manage ‘short term projects’ which ended up lasting six years.

Housing boss fighting to stop downgraded rating (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s housing boss Cllr John Lines is fighting a desperate battle to prevent his department from losing a good progress star.

Voluntary group cuts are ‘abuse of council power’ (Birmingham Post) A decision by Birmingham City Council’s cabinet to axe £1.4 million funding package for voluntary organisations has been described as ‘an abuse of power and manifestly unfair’ in a groundbreaking High Court case. The case continues.

The man selling a city to the world (Birmingham Post) Feature looking at the new head of Business Birmingham Wouter Schuitemaker.

Life’s tree-mendous (Birmingham Post) Abandoned orchards in inner city Birmingham are being restored for the community.

17 years on: Carnival is coming home’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s flagship Caribbean carnival could be set to return to its spiritual home in Handsworth after an absence of 17 years.

Stroke appeal the legacy of parent illness (Birmingham Mail) Lady Mayoress Gillian Gregory knows only too well the heartache that a stroke can bring as both her parents were struck with the condition. Now Lord Mayor Len Gregory is looking to prevent others from the same fate.

Anger at risk to kids claim (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s housing chief (Cllr John Lines) is demanding the resignation of a senior opposition councillor (Cllr Ian Ward) over his claims that red tape is stopping domestic violence victims from finding secure homes in the city.

Regional Headlines

Charges over Polish lorry driver death in Black Country
Seven men have been charged over the death of a Polish lorry driver in the West Midlands.

Woman, 45, charged after fatal house fire in Walsall
A woman has been charged over a house fire in which a man died and a 14-year-old girl was critically injured.

National Headlines

Follow Moussa Koussa and quit, UK tells Libyan figures
UK officials have encouraged other senior Libyan officials to abandon Col Gaddafi after his foreign minister fled to Britain and resigned.

Failings found at Ford open prison ahead of riot
Inspectors who visited an open prison a month before rioting broke out had “serious concerns” about the way it was being run, a report has revealed.

Universities in England get £10m lottery cash for sport
A total of 41 projects are to benefit from a £10m lottery fund to get more university students playing sport, it has been announced.

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