Media Watch – May 9

By on 09/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Car sharing scheme hits Birmingham streets (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Cllr Tahir Ali launched a pioneering car sharing scheme with 250 'green' smartfortwo vehicles to hit Brum's streets. Cllr Ali said: “We want to develop a range of green transport initiatives reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions…”

More than £1000 tap in to city emergency fund (B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council has received 1,980 applications for Discretionary Housing payments in the first two weeks of April - 50% more than for the whole of the first quarter of the previous financial year. Cllr John Cotton said: “These shocking statistics speak for themselves… The council will work with partners to ensure we have a coordinated response to these enormous changes.”

Dense housing obstructs city's' cultural aspirations (Birmingham Post) Plans to build thousands of new houses in Birmingham will put an end to those who enjoy the city's mature garden suburbs, according to B'ham's Conservative deputy leader, Robert Alden.  His comments are on the back of the draft Birmingham Plan which includes sites on the green belt.

Bore to stand down from controversial NHS trust job (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore is to stand down as chairman of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust according to reports. He is set to leave the role in November.

Premier Foods may need to raise additional equity (British Baker) Premier Foods, the company behind the Hovis brand, may still have to raise further equity despite the work it has done to restructure its bread business according to a city analyst.  The council has enlisted a task force to assist workers.

Tacking cannabis farms (24 Housing) An article discussing cannabis farms highlights the case of Birmingham City Council v Ashton.  The feature uses the council case where the onus was shifted to the tenant to provide cogent evidence that the anti-social behaviour would be unlikely to reoccur.

Budget increase called to provide 10% of trips by bike (Local Transport Today) A parliamentary inquiry has urged the Prime Minister to get behind a national cycling action plan backed up with a five-fold rise in spending in England. Cllr James Mckay, who opened the Cycle City Expo said: “I'd love a bigger cycling budget but we haven't got access to £20m a year.”

Regional Headlines
The Public arts centre in West Bromwich ‘to become sixth form’
The Public arts centre is to become a sixth form college, a local authority has said. Sandwell Council said The Public would become a college to “satisfy booming demand” for places at Sandwell College.

Jaguar F-Type: First models leave Birmingham factory
The first Jaguar F-Type sports cars for customers will leave the Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham later.

National Headlines
We are grappling with childcare-ratio plan – Nick Clegg
The deputy prime minister has raised concerns about plans to allow nursery staff to look after more children.

Payment-by-results plan for offender supervision comes under fire
Senior probation officers have attacked plans to offer private companies and charities payment-by-results for supervising people released from jail.


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