Media Watch – May 8

By on 08/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Garden tax 'is only issue' on doorsteps for Tories (Birmingham Post) Election trail sees opposition hammering Labour on green waste. Quotes Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Paul Tilsley.

£10m plan to turn old council house into luxury apartments (Birmingham Post) The former council house in Sutton Coldfield is set for the biggest transformation in its 150-year history with a £10 million mixed-use scheme to start within months.  Quotes Cllr Anne Underwood.

Bill for Tory conference 'would fund 60 cleaners' (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A senior Birmingham Labour councillor has claimed that the cost to the city taxpayer of hosting the Conservative Party Conference this year could have paid for 60 street cleaners. Quotes Cllr James McKay and Lord Michael Whitby.

Plan to fix failing children's care in final stage - chief (Birmingham Post) Lord Warner, the Government-appointed children's services trouble-shooter, is close to finalising an improvement plan for Birmingham's crisis hit child protection department.  Quotes Cllr James Bird and director for People Peter Hay.

Fears HS2 could cut off city quarter (Birmingham Post) Business leaders in Digbeth have outlined concerns about pedestrian and cycle access to the city centre - and called for a major new promenade to be built now.  Quotes council spokesperson.

The street light slalom (Birmingham Mail) New lampposts put up in middle of the pavement (two streets in Northfield to avoid underground pipes and cables). Quotes Cllr Randal Brew and spokesperson for Amey.

Council slated over Trojan Horse probe team (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has defended its Trojan Horse investigation after being accused of 'shocking' appointments to its inquiry team.  Quotes Cllr James Bird, Cllr Brigid Jones and director for People Peter Hay.

Council gardeners mow verges - but avoid dumped bags (Birmingham Mail) Grass cutters who found dumped garden rubbish on a verge mowed around the discarded waste instead of picking it up. 

Lap dance club bosses and protesters are poles apart (Birmingham Mail) Lap dancing club bosses and protesters are set to go head-to-head after a decision to reject an application to open a fourth venue along Birmingham's Broad Street was quashed. 

2015 date finally set for city's first history week (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham History week will be launched in September 2015 - two-and-a-half years after councillors voted to set it up.  Quotes Cllr John Cotton and Cllr Gareth Moore.

Grassed up! (Daily Star) Binmen have been accused of behaving 'like the Gestapo' to stop families sneaking grass cuttings into their rubbish as they have to pay extra for green waste.  Quotes Cllr John Lines.

Some teachers are LGBT. Get over it! (The Independent, i) A speech by a transgender teacher about her struggle for acceptance prompted a standing ovation at the NUT conference last month.  Quotes BCC LGBT adviser Elly Barnes.

Employee Benefits Professional of the Year shortlist (Employee Benefits) Raffaela Goodby, head of organisational development, engagement and wellbeing at BCC shortlisted.

Brum school denies sacking governors (Free Radio) A primary school in Sparkbrook (Montgomery Primary Academy) has denied reports it has sacked governors, following a so-called 'Trojan Horse Plot' investigation.

Regional Headlines

Platform extension work commences  – Platforms at five stations between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street are to be extended to enable longer trains to use them

Officer ‘reckless’ over riot deaths – A detective who investigated the deaths of three men in Birmingham during the 2011 riots would have had a case to answer for gross misconduct if he had not retired, the IPCC says

Joshua Ribera memorial match held by Birmingham City – A tournament is to be held by Birmingham City in memory of Joshua Ribera, an 18-year-old rapper who was murdered last year

National Headlines

Barclays to cut 14,000 jobs in 2014 – Barclays says it will cut up to 14,000 jobs this year, while its investment bank will shed 7,000 jobs by 2016

Malala plea over Nigeria schoolgirls – Girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai says the world must not stay silent over the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria

Planetary scientist Pillinger dies – Professor Colin Pillinger, best known for his Beagle 2 Mars mission, dies in Cambridge aged 70

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