Media Watch – May 18

By on 18/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New Labour group orders Service review (Municipal Journal) The incoming Labour administration at Birmingham City Council has called for an independent health check on its Service Birmingham joint venture with Capita.

Fostering from within (Municipal Journal) Recruiting from within generates many benefits for local authorities and is something that the award winning In-Source team at Birmingham City Council has excelled at.

Trouble-hit city school head quits (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham headteacher has announced his resignation from a crisis-hit city school (Castle Vale Performing Arts College)

Fields saved as estate bid fails (Birmingham Mail) City Council plans to concrete over playing fields to build a new housing estate have been thrown out by planners.

Green light for hotel (Birmingham Mail) A new 18-storey city centre hotel has been given unanimous support by city councillors.

Stay of execution for wholesale markets (BBC WM) Cllr Ian Ward interviewed about the decision to carry out £1 million in repairs to keep the current wholesale market site open for a minimum of three years.

Tombstone bid bites the dust (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The latest plans for a 23-storey skyscraper rising above the city’s historic Central Fire Station have been rejected.

Delay in schools funding hits kids (Birmingham Mail) Delays in fixing the city’s ‘crumbling school’ are undermining our children’s education, council chiefs warn.

Academies ‘forced on 30 schools’ (Birmingham Mail) More than 30 city primary schools are being ‘forced’ to turn into academies, unions have claimed.

Mayor backs Jubilee bashes to unite Brum (Birmingham Mail) Throwing street parties to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will galvanise communities and residents, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham has claimed.

Clowning around for library fun (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s newest library and community centre  (The Shard) opens its doors for the first time with a half-term spectacular on Friday June 8.

Construction starts on next phase at Park Central (West Midlands Housing News) Construction has now started on the central phase of the Park Central residential development in Birmingham City Centre.

Regional Headlines

Two bailed after pensioner attack
Two people are released on police bail after being questioned in connection with an attack on a 93-year-old woman.

GP denies spiritual healer claim
A doctor denies recommending a spiritual healer to a Birmingham teenager in the weeks before she died from tuberculosis.

National Headlines

Taxpayer ‘lost £2bn on Rock rescue’
The taxpayer could lose about £2bn once the assets of collapsed bank Northern Rock are wound down, the National Audit Office estimates.

Plaque to dead children stolen
Thieves steal a metal plaque erected in memory of two young boys killed by IRA bombs in the Cheshire town of Warrington.

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