Media Watch – May 2

By on 02/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Confusion as Cable dismisses Heseltine’s LEP vision (Birmingham Post) Plans to hand over billions of pounds to be spent in the regions thrown into confusion after comments from Business Secretary. Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP chairman Andy Street quoted, disagreeing with Dr Cable.

Longbridge developer hits milestone in 7,000 jobs bid (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Workforce on former Rover site passes 3,000. Developers St Modwen aim for 4,000 further jobs over next two years, BCC and Homes & Communities Agency key partners in the regeneration of the 468 acre site.

Fury as ‘vital’ training centre faces city axe (Birmingham Mail) Angry parents and carers in desperate battle to save Forward 4 Work, a Birmingham skills centre for adults with learning difficulties.The council have met with service users and families and are seeking ways of offering a different service at the centre.
Council ‘needs to sell stake in NEC and NIA’ (Birmingham Mail) Cllr John Clancy claims that the council could invest money raised from major assets in creating homes and jobs.

Battle to secure future of Big Brum Open Top Buz (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s only open-top bus sightseeing tour has been backed by Leader of Council, Sir Albert Bore.
Extra dates for bin roadshow (Birmingham Mail) Residents of Brandwood and Harborne have the chance to learn more about the wheelie bin pilot schemes coming to their streets during a roadshow tour which starts next week.

City Science Park split into two (Birmingham Post) Major restructure of Science Park will see the site divided into two campuses, Innovation Birmingham and Science &Technology. Leader quoted.

New £600k cycle route launched(Birmingham Mail) Newly-completed three mile section of the Cole Valley walking and cycling route officially opened, funded by BCC and sustainable transport charity Sustrans. Cllr Ward quoted.

Policy to help firms win council contracts ‘could put them off’ (Birmingham Post)Council’s new Business Charter for Social Responsibility described as ‘unnecessarily bureaucratic’ by Cllr Parkin. The charter aims to boost the local economy by maximising the social value the council obtains from its £1bn purchasing power. Cllr Stacey also quoted.

‘Road works have killed businesses’ (Birmingham Mail) Shopkeepers on Bristol Road South are demanding compensation after claiming council highway improvements killed their trade.

Call for Artwork to rival ‘Angel of the North’ (Birmingham Post) £1m fundraising drive launched to commission ‘iconic’ artwork by Birmingham Civic Society with support of BCC

Call to arms to save city’s battalion (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor calls for support to save the Army unit most closely associated with the city, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Campaign to secure more Anglo-Saxon treasure (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A new campaign has been launched to secure newly-found Anglo-Saxon treasure for the people of Birmingham. Leader quoted on efforts to raise the money to keep the items with the original find.

Birmingham chief vows to improve inadequate services within a year. (Children & Young People Now) Peter Duxbury, BCC Strategic Director, Children, Young People and Families, talks about his strategy for improving the city’s children’s services

Challenge to Municipal Bank Plan (Birmingham Post) Council leadership faces a late challenge over plans to put the historic  former bank building on the market.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham shoe shop fire closes Harborne High Street

Region’s new crime commissioner Bob Jones highlighted serious difficulties facing the force in trying to meet government cuts.

National Headlines

More than a million people with interest-only mortgages face a financial crunch when they have to pay them off, the regulator warns..

The jury in the trial of a man accused of abducting and murdering missing April Jones is due to visit the five-year-old’s home town of Machynlleth.
Voters across England, and in Anglesey, are going to the polls to decide the outcome of council elections and a by-election in the Westminster seat of South Shields.

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