Media Watch – March 5

By on 05/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£1.7k to plant a sapling (The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail) Claims that Birmingham City Council is paying £1,700 for every tree planted by highways contractor Amey. In fact, no additional trees have been planted and so Birmingham City Council has not been charged for planting and upkeep of saplings. Rebuttal: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/03/cost-of-council-trees/

Lib Dem says go easy over bus lane use (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Lib Dem leader Paul Tilsley has called on the council to go easy on drivers who use bus lanes when the city centre is gridlocked.

Villa fans’ pub to face demolition (Birmingham Mail) The demolition of a landmark Birmingham pub, popular with Aston Villa fans on matchdays (King Edward VII on Lichfield Road), is set to be approved by city planners. We’re streaming Thursday’s Planning Committee meeting here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/98221

Data: We have to up our game (Public Servant) Article looking at the use of public sector data refers to Birmingham City Council’s ‘Jaws of Doom’.

Regional Headlines

Jaguar to create 700 jobs at plant
Jaguar Land Rover invests an extra £150m in its new engine plant in the West Midlands, to employ 700 more workers.

Authority backs council tax freeze
Dudley Council approves plans to freeze its portion of council tax for the next year.

National Headlines

UK ‘lagging in Europe health league’
The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill-health, research published in the Lancet suggests.

Top judge voices legal aid fears
The most senior judge in the UK, Lord Neuberger, says he fears cuts to legal aid could undermine the rule of law.

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