Media Watch – May 22

By on 22/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fears of gridlock as tunnels set to close (Birmingham Mail) Feature on upcoming work to upgrade the St Chad's and Queensway tunnels in Birmingham City Council. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted, urging regular drivers to plan alternative modes of transport during the work. Issue also covered by BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online and ITV Central.

Cash boost for revamp of NIA (Birmingham Mail) City councillors have approved extra borrowing for the planned upgrade of the NIA after it emerged the final bill would rise above the initial £20.6m budget. Given that development contracts are yet to be signed, the exact figure has not been disclosed. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of the scheme.

Birmingham lands Chelsea Flower Show gold award (BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central) Extensive local media coverage of the award for Birmingham City Council's display, which features a floral representation of the new Library of Birmingham.

All working together to build for the community (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of a visit by Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, to a project in Aston which is seeing homes built by the Shahjalal Housing Co-operative.

More Free Schools for the city (BBC WM) The Department for Education has announced plans for more Free Schools across the country, of which eight will be in the West Midlands, with reports suggesting they include a “Perry Beeches 3” and “Perry Beeches 4” in Birmingham.

City’s new library aspires to be a palace of the people (Architects Datafile) Feature of the new Library of Birmingham, featuring extensive quotes from Terry Perkins, head of project delivery for the scheme.

Regional Headlines

Labour councillors in Walsall are to make a bid for control of the authority at its AGM this evening.

A Birmingham lawyer has criticised West Midlands Police after claiming its officers repeatedly refused to investigate the theft of his iPad, which he only retrieved after tracking the device down himself.

A new heritage trail has been launched by Lottery-funded Legacy WM in Handsworth and Lozells to highlight and promote the history of the areas.

National Headlines

The rescue effort after the Oklahoma twister that killed 24 people nears an end, as it emerges the storm was more powerful than thought.

Some 60 per cent of British animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years, and one in 10 could disappear, a stocktake of UK nature conducted by 25 wildlife organisations suggests.

David Cameron is set to urge EU leaders to back global action against tax evasion and “aggressive” tax avoidance that is causing nations “staggering” losses, it is reported.

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