Media Watch – May 15

By on 15/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City in fight for better HS2 deal (Birmingham Post) Business and community leaders are set to petition for more jobs and better transport links out of HS2. Sir Albert Bore, BCC leader and chair of HS2 strategy board, said the project must meet the needs of the region

Pedal power ahead with 15mph cycle streets plan (Birmingham Post) Government has begun consultation on proposals for 15mph streets to improve cycle safety. BCC has said it is considering its response to the consultation

Interactive: Birmingham's thriving arts scene suggests it's time we stopped writing the city off as a bad joke, says Rupert Christiansen (Daily Telegraph) A look at Birmingham's arts scene based on an interview with Val Birchall, assistant director, culture and visitor economy

Half of city primary schools still unable to provide free dinners (Birmingham Post) Almost half of city council-controlled primary schools are not yet ready to provide free school meals. A council spokesperson said there was a plan to ensure the remaining 74 schools will have any required work done by September, which could be as simple as providing extra tables and chairs

Council pensions pot and the Secret Wealth Garden (Birmingham Post) Radical reforms to the way local government pension schemes generate a £2.2b jobs boost have been outlined in a book by city councillor John Clancy

First World War designs for flower show (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) The city council and Royal British Legion have teamed up to design a first world war-themed display at the Chelsea Flower Show

Daughter's drastic measure after row with parents (Birmingham Mail) A mum glued her hands to a desk at Erdington housing office because she felt her father's housing application wasn't being dealt with appropriately

Muslim community 'very worried' about Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail) Sir Albert Bore has visited a mosque in Small Heath to acknowledge concerns within the Muslim community about the Trojan Horse allegations

Community sports centre gets a new lease of life (Birmingham Mail) A new community-based sports company is set to take over a Birmingham City Council leisure centre (Stockland Green)

Regional Headlines:

Stephen Sutton - tributes have poured in following the death of the teenager who raised millions for the Teenage Cancer Trust

Edgbaston chief relishing return of 'biggest ticket in world cricket' - Edgbaston's chief executive has predicted a record crowd after securing an Ashes test next year

National Headlines:

Turkish strike over mine disaster – Major trade unions in Turkey announce a one-day strike in protest at the country’s worst ever mine disaster, as a period of national mourning begins

Panel to investigate statin articles – Articles published by the British Medical Journal suggesting that statins could harm patients are to be investigated, the periodical says

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