Media Watch – May 17

By on 17/05/2013 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

‘Cult’ HQ given green light by city planners (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Planning Committee has approved an application allowing the Church of Scientology to open £6million headquarters in Moseley. Cllr Henley quoted.

Lord Mayor in waiting is taken ill (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor in waiting, Cllr Mike Leddy, has been taken ill and will not be able to take up the chain of office next week. The Annual Meeting of the City Council, which includes the 'Election of the Lord Mayor 2013/14', due to take place on Tuesday 21 May 2013 will be postponed until the next scheduled meeting of the full council on Tuesday 11 June 2013.

Lottery grant to bring free sport sessions to reservoir (Birmingham Mail) Free cycling, canoeing, jogging and rowing sessions are going to be on offer at Edgbaston Reservoir following a £63k National Lottery windfall for the sports venue, secured by the city council. Cllr Bedser quoted.

Top restaurant is ordered to clean up its act (Birmingham Mail) A top Michelin-starred restaurant in Birmingham just crowned Good Food Guide Midland restaurant of the year has been ordered to make ‘major improvements’ to its hygiene standards by city council environmental health officers.

Council planners rule ‘no removal vans in back garden’ (Birmingham Mail) A removal firm has been told not to park its high-sided vans in a back garden by city planners. Cllr Beauchamp quoted.

Fear new store wars battle may blight centre (Birmingham Mail) Planning permission has been granted for a new superstore and shopping centre in Erdington High Street. Cllrs Henley and Linnecor quoted.

Birmingham and Solihull councils warn on ‘Bedroom Tax’ (West Midlands Housing News) The councils warn they don’t have the homes to cope with the impact of the changes. Cllr Cotton quoted.

Regional Headlines

The economic benefits of the HS2 high-speed rail project are unclear, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

Walsall Council has started a recruitment drive to hire more social workers after the service was heavily criticised by Ofsted.

National Headlines

Fire and rescue services in England need to be “transformed” to become more efficient and effective, a review commissioned by the government says.

Dedicated traffic courts are to be set up in England and Wales to prosecute minor motoring offences such as jumping traffic lights or speeding.

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