Media Watch – Nov 20

By on 20/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Seven men banned from approaching girls under 18 (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Star) Coverage of landmark injunctions granted against seven Birmingham men by the High Court, which also ruled that six of them should be named. Plus widespread local and national television and radio coverage.

Deadly ash tree disease found in city for first time (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Report on ‘ash dieback’ which has been found in a small cluster of ash trees in Rectory Park. Quotes city council spokesperson explaining what is being done to tackle problem.

Qatar ‘keen’ to invest in Birmingham HS2 station (Birmingham Post) Oil-rich Qatar has Birmingham in its sights – with the wealthy Gulf State targeting the city’s HS2 rail scheme. Quotes Sir Albert Bore (reuses an older quote from earlier in the year).

10-year plan for transport across region (Birmingham Post) Political leaders have agreed to commission a 10-year transport plan to help unlock the full economic potential of the West Midlands. References fact that this will incorporate Birmingham City Council’s own 20-year Birmingham Connected plan.

Osborne: we’re in talks to give region billions (Birmingham Post) Treasury officials have begun talks with Birmingham about agreeing a major funding deal similar to the £1.2 billion package agreed with Greater Manchester, Chancellor George Osborne has revealed.

‘Monstrous’ apartments on sale for £675k (Birmingham Post) Flats at a development branded ‘utterly monstrous’ by city planners have gone up for sale for up to £675,000 each. Quotes Cllr Barry Henley, as a planning committee member, criticising the design of the building.

Second conservation officer on cards as more buildings at risk (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is advertising for a new conservation officer in a move welcomed by the city’s Victorian Society.

Flu jab for council staff to cut absence (Birmingham Post) Hundreds of Birmingham City Council staff are to get flu jabs to cut time off work after a pilot saved the taxpayer £2.5 million last year.

Crumbling town hall needs £1.4m of repairs (Birmingham Post) Sutton Coldfield’s historic town hall faces closure or being sold off to developers unless a £1.4 million repair bill can be met. Quotes Sutton Coldfield District Chair Cllr Anne Underwood.

City sets the wheel in motion (Birmingham Post) Photo story on opening of big wheel and ice rink at Birmingham’s Christmas Markets. Quotes Lord Mayor.

Councillor who once slept on streets backs ‘BIG SleepOut’ (Birmingham Post) Article on Cllr Sharon Thompson, who is backing campaign by homeless charity St Basils.

Plea to clean up city’s ‘filthy polluted air’ (Birmingham Mail) Green campaigners have called on the Government to help clean Birmingham’s air following a ‘damning’ verdict from the European Court of Justice. Quotes Birmingham Friends of the Earth spokesperson saying the ruling should act as a ‘wake-up call’ to Birmingham City Council. In a separate Mail article, Friends of the Earth have also given a ‘cautious’ welcome to Birmingham Connected.

New obesity campaign launched (BBC WM) Director of Public Health Dr Adrian Phillips talking about childhood obesity initiative in Castle Vale.

Regional Headlines:

Aston Villa football bosses have refused to hold a minute’s silence for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings, while Birmingham City is discussing how to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1974 terrorist attack.

Figures have shown that 56 schools in the West Midlands are located within half a mile of fast food chain McDonald’s.

National Headlines:

Chemicals giant Ineos is to announce plans to invest up to £640 million in shale gas exploration and production in the UK.

The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

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