Media Watch – May 3

By on 03/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham city region LEP publishes strategy for growth (localgov.co.uk) The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new strategy, which aims to establish the city region as the major driver of the British economy. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

LEPs need more ‘government clarity’ about future funding (Municipal Journal) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) leaders have reiterated calls from MPs for more clarity from government about their future funding arrangements.

Realistic reform (Public Service Review – pge 13) Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, looks at the public health challenges facing local government.

Sutton Park cattle return after E. coli outbreak (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Cattle are to be returned to a Birmingham park associated with a string of E. coli cases after they were given a clean bill of health.

Villa Park chosen to host 2015 Rugby World Cup matches (BBC, ITV Central, Birmingham Mail) Football ground will be the venue for two pool matches at rugby’s showpiece event. Cllr Ian ward quoted.

Potter star’s outburst at city potholes (Birmingham Mail) Harry Potter star Oliver Phelps has gone potty over the potholes on Birmingham’s roads.

Advice to help avoid con of illegal money lenders (Birmingham Mail) Money advice will be dished out to families in Birmingham this month in a bid to stop them from turning to loan sharks.

Award for city highway deal (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s £2.7 billion highways contract with Amey has been given a regional engineering award.

Fine dining for residents at nature centre (Birmingham Mail) Butcher Peter Gumbley is the ‘pork of the town’ after scooping a contract to keep the exotic creatures at a wildlife centre well fed.

Neighbours at war over extensions (Birmingham Mail) The ‘bonkers’ relaxation of home extension planning regulations will set neighbours at each other’s throats and cost the taxpayer up to £200,000 a year to settle disputes, city planning chiefs have claimed.

“I need a champ before the bottom falls out of the open-top market!” (Birmingham Mail) Owner of the Big Brum Open Top Buz calls for funding help to keep tourist attraction on the road. Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has given his backing to the tour, saying it is a valuable asset.

New Birmingham drive to push car seat safety (Birmingham Mail) A campaign to highlight the dangers of wrongly fitted child car seats has been launched in Birmingham. Health visitors from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust have teamed up with officers at Birmingham City Council to deliver advice and training to people across the West Midlands.

Regional Headlines

Lorry fire closes M42 motorway
A section of the M42 in the West Midlands is closed after a lorry fire.

Shop arson attack shuts high street
About 70 firefighters tackle a suspected arson attack at a shoe shop on a Birmingham high street.

National Headlines

Extensive local election coverage.

Under-50s’ breast cancers top 10,000
The number of British women under 50 having breast cancer diagnosed has reached 10,000 annually for the first time.

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