Media Watch – May 23

By on 23/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

'City needs a 10-year transport vision' (Birmingham Post) An exclusive interview in which Council Leader Sir Albert Bore outlines proposals for an urban mobility plan, which will form part of the policy pledges for the second year of his administration. Sir Albert cites the likes of French city Lyon as places where an integrated transport model operates successfully.

Parks plan aims to help people beat the bulge (Birmingham Mail) Details of upcoming events being staged as part of the council's Active Parks initiative, which is aiming to improve the health of citizens by utilising the city's many outdoor spaces. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted in support of the scheme.

From Curzon Street to the Continent (Birmingham Post) It has emerged that the proposed HS2 station near Birmingham Airport would have a platform for both domestic and international services. Article also covers ongoing dispute over the proposed location for a maintenance yard at Washwhood Heath - with city MPs Liam Byrne and Andrew Mitchell both quoted as saying that element of the scheme needs to be reconsidered as it puts a risk a separate proposal to create 7,000 jobs at the site.

Pride now a firm favourite (Birmingham Post) Feature looking at the evolution of Birmingham Pride in recent years. Festival director Lawrence Barton quoted as saying the event's relationship with the city council has improved in recent years.

BAM bags rebid NIA revamp for £24million (Birmingham Post) National construction company BAM have been named the preferred bidders for the proposed revamp of the NIA by the NEC Group. Comments made by Cllrs Sir Albert Bore and Paul Tilsley in support of the project at a recent Cabinet meeting are included, along with a comment from Cllr Robert Alden, calling for full financial details to be made public as soon as possible.

Borrowing freeze ends tunnel vision (Birmingham Post) Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills says that central government funding cuts mean a plan to link up the Queensway and St Chad's Tunnels in Birmingham cannot proceed at present. Comments made during a tour of the tunnels ahead of their upcoming summer closure for essential refurbishment work.

£4.4m debt 'created by benefit cut' (Birmingham Post) Benefit cuts are expected to increase rent arrears in Birmingham and lead to greater homelessness, according to a city council submission to a judicial review launched by campaigners against under-occupancy charges, widely known as the “Bedroom Tax”.

Big quest to create a revolutionary city icon (Birmingham Post) Double page spread on the Birmingham Civic Society's plan to create an iconic piece of public art, a proposal backed by the city council.

Cleanest place to eat in Brum? Try Castle Vale…(Birmingham Mail) A survey by Which? has revealed that food hygiene standards at restaurants, takeaways and other establishments in the B35 postcode area are the best in England. Local councillor Lynda Clinton is quoted.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Airport has been named as Airport of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards.

A new survey reveals that residents of Birmingham have one of the lowest average income tax bills in the UK, paying around £3,520 per year - below the national average of £4,398.

The Amateur Swimming Association has released data, which it says shows that half of children in the West Midlands are unable to swim to the standards laid down in the National Curriculum.

National Headlines

A man killed in a suspected terrorist attack in south-east London was a member of the armed forces, senior Whitehall sources have confirmed.

King Edward VIII was bugged by the government at the height of the 1936 abdication crisis, files released by the National Archives show.

Nissan has said it plans to recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide due to a faulty steering wheel. In the UK, the recall will affect 133,869 models of the Nissan Micra, built between 2002-2006 in Sunderland.



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