Media Watch – May 22

By on 22/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

School-run parents pay penalty for bad parking (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) Birmingham City Council has declared war on selfish parents blocking roads around schools by handing out almost £140,000 in fines in just 12 months. Quotes council spokeswoman.

£100m for high-tech jobs and research (Birmingham Post) A fund set up to encourage research and development in the automotive and aerospace industries has been boosted with a further £100 million from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

City digs deep for the Chelsea Flower Show (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's Chelsea Flower Show entry was pronounced blooming great by judges as it struck gold. Quotes Darren Share, head of parks.

'Gove has failed Trojan Horse schools' (Birmingham Post) The Labour leader Ed Miliband said schools are paying the price for going without 'proper oversight' following allegations of a hardline Muslim plot in Birmingham.

Council pension posts 'should be invested locally' (Birmingham Post) The shadow work and pensions secretary has promised to look into proposals to invest billions of pounds in local government pension pots locally.  Quotes Cllr John Clancy.

Ex-city leader Whitby bows out of council (Birmingham Post) Lord Whitby said he was proud to have served 17 years as councillor for Harborne and vowed to carry on fighting for Birmingham in the house of lords after an emotional farewell to Birmingham City Council. Quotes Lord Whitby.

Green belt 'may be only answer' in housing crisis (Birmingham Post) The man charged with leading Birmingham's regeneration has urged neighbouring authorities to look at their green belt land for development and 'wake up' to a major housing crisis.  Quotes Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration.

City hands list of HS2 demands to Parliament (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's demand for new rail and tram lines and high quality stations from the high speed rail developer has been handed to Parliament.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore. 

Villa's European heroes honoured (Birmingham Post) Aston Villa's European Cup-winning heroes of 1982 enjoyed a civic reception in Birmingham hosted by ardent fan Lord Mayor Mike Leddy.  

Police to patrol more than 100 polling stations (Free Radio) The Electoral Commission has identified 16 areas as being at 'high risk' for vote-rigging and bullying.  Birmingham is one of them.

Council clean-up rapped as 'bribe' (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been accused of dragging its feet over allegations that a clean-up of dumped garden waste is an 'election bribe'. Quotes Cllr Deirdre Alden and police spokeswoman.
 
Pride festival gears up for record-breaking weekend (Birmingham Mail) Organisers of Birmingham Pride are expecting record-breaking crowds this weekend - with advance tickets sales already 65 per cent higher than last year.

Regional Headlines

University plan for historic hall – Wolverhampton University announces plans to use Stafford Shire Hall by running some courses there and providing information for prospective students.

Council and European polls open – Voting is under way across Birmingham and the Black Country for local authority and European elections.

Joshua Ribera: Football match in memory of murdered rapper – A football tournament has been held in memory of Joshua Ribera, an 18-year-old rapper who was murdered last year.

National Headlines

Attack on Chinese market kills 31 – Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say.

Debris found in ocean yacht search – Debris has been found in the Atlantic near where the UK yacht Cheeki Rafiki disappeared, a catamaran captain taking part in the search says.

Voters heading to polls across UK – Millions of people are voting on Thursday in the European elections and for local councillors in England and Northern Ireland.

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