Media Watch – March 9

By on 09/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Vision appears of new golden era (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is heading into a new golden era after passenger numbers at the redeveloped new Street Station rocketed by more than 25 per cent – the busiest for almost 100 years.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

This Girl Can Small Heath Leisure Centre takeover (BBC WM) Feature about the city-wide day of free physical activities to mark International Women’s Day – including activities for homeless women at Small Heath Leisure Centre.

Cost of interpreters and translators (BBCWM) Cllr James McKay interviewed as part of programme looking at the cost to the public sector.

Jamieson joins calls for combined authority (Birmingham Mail) The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (David Jamieson) has joined calls to create a region-wide combined authority.

Top city restaurants given a zero rating for hygiene (Birmingham Mail) Some of Birmingham’s swankiest restaurants have been given zero ratings.

Spring is in the air (Birmingham Mail) Review of local parks – includes many of Birmingham’s finest like Cannon Hill Park. Edgbaston Reservoir and Kingfisher Country Park.

Birmingham sets £1bn goal for new site investment (The Daily Telegraph, The Times) A £1bn investment plan predicted to deliver 1,000 new homes, 3,000 jobs and generate £400m for Birmingham’s local economy every year is to be announced this week by the city council.  Coverage of MIPIM.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Chance to exchange places with truckers (Sutton Observer, Central News) A road safety event aimed at helping people to avoid cycling casualties in road traffic collisions in Sutton Park at the weekend.

Drivers could be charged to get into parks every day (Sutton Observer) Plans to introduce seven-day-a-week parking charges at two Sutton beauty spots and to cut the budget for five town playing fields have been criticised.  Quotes Cllrs David Pears, David Barrie, Rob Pocock and council spokesperson.

Parking chaos brings call for calm while playing fields car park closed (Great Barr Observer) A muddy car park is threatening to cause a war of the roads in Great Barr as parents and residents battle for parking spaces. Quotes Cllr Keith Linnecor.

Delight at cash boost to make city routes safer for cyclists (Great Barr Observer) A project to make cycling safer in Perry Barr and Kingstanding got a further boost this week after the government announced the area would get a share of an extra £22 million to achieve their goals.  Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Brum’s shady secret! (Sunday Mercury) The Fifty Shades series has been borrowed more than 2,300 times from the new Library of Birmingham.

Snow Hill station could be rebuilt (Railnews) Plans have been unveiled to rebuild Snow Hill station as part of a wider redevelopment scheme in Birmingham Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

NSL to pay Birmingham CEOs the National Living Wage (Parking Review) Civil enforcement officers in Birmingham have been given a 20% rise under the city council’s policy that all new contracts must guarantee that staff are paid at least the National Living Wage.  Quotes Cllr Stewart Stacey.

Rising star of Labour is accused of having two wives (Daily Mail) Allegations against Cllr Waseem Zaffar.  Daily Mail says he was unavailable for comment.

Birmingham’s Buzz (Building magazine) Interview with Sir Albert Bore about redevelopment and combined authority discussions.

Jailed for selling fake clothes (The Asian Today) Three Birmingham traders have been jailed for a total of three years and 10 months for offences relating to the possession of garments, for the purpose of supply, which bore registered trademarks without the consent of the proprietors with an estimated value of £1.5 million.  (Case brought by Birmingham City Council)

Gearing up for The Great Run (The Asian Today) Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Shafique Shah, will be swapping his chains for trainers again as he prepares for the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday 3 May.

Banned smoking in cars (The Asian Today) The ban on smoking in cars has been hailed a great victory for children’s health by Birmingham health boss Cllr John Cotton.

Regional Headlines:

FA investigating pitch invasion - The FA is investigating the pitch invasion by Aston Villa fans during their side’s home FA Cup win over West Brom.

Watford fan critical after Wolverhampton attack – A Watford football fan is in a critical condition after being attacked by a gang in Wolverhampton on Saturday.

National Headlines:

Cameron pledges 500 new free schools – The number of free schools in England will more than double to over 900 by 2020, if the Conservatives are re-elected, David Cameron is to say.

Anti-terror strategy ‘a toxic brand’ - The government’s “Prevent” strategy aimed at stopping violent extremism has become “a toxic brand”, a former senior Muslim police officer says.

‘No doubt’ Crufts dog was poisoned – One of the owners of a prize-winning dog says there is “no doubt” the Irish setter was poisoned at Crufts.

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