Media Watch – Nov 21

By on 21/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Restaurant fined £12k after rancid food discovered (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of prosecution brought by the council against Nathaniel’s, in St Mary’s Row, Moseley. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted, saying she hoped the case sent a warning out to other establishments.

Report backs budget fears (Birmingham Mail) A report from the National Audit Office says that council are at risk of failing to meet their budget plans as a result of central government cuts. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted – saying the report confirms what Birmingham has been saying on the issue.

City ‘promises’ youth jobs or training (Birmingham Mail) Unemployed youngsters will be guaranteed a job, education or a training place under the new £1million Birmingham Youth Promise. Cllr Penny Holbrook quoted.

Wheelie bin cleaning leaflets warning (BBC WM) A firm offering a wheelie bin cleaning service has started issuing sales leaflets to households bearing part of the city council’s logo – without permission. Kevin Mitchell interviewed on Danny Kelly Show to warn/inform listeners that the council doesn’t endorse any bin cleaning firms.

Call to protect Black Country (Birmingham Mail) UKIP MEPs are planning to stage a protest at Dudley Council House on December 1 against proposals for a combined authority including Birmingham and the Black Country’s councils.

City councillors: ‘Industrial’ flats are ugliest ever (Birmingham Mail) Flats at a development branded ‘utterly monstrous’ by Birmingham planners have gone at sale at £675,000 each. Cllr Barry Henley quoted about the Concord House development.

Student landlord wins sauna row (Birmingham Mail) A landlord has won his fight to keep part of an extension at his Tiverton Road property – which will include a sauna. Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn quoted against the plan.

City’s planning award branded ‘complete joke’ by MP (Birmingham Post Online) Steve McCabe MP has criticised a decision to give Birmingham City Council a Smarter Planning Champion award for its swift and efficient handling of applications. Committee chair Cllr Mike Sharpe counters, saying the award is recognition for the efforts of one of the nation’s busiest planning departments.

Regional Headlines

Ex-ATV presenter Mike Prince has been awarded the licence for local TV in Birmingham after the previous approved consortium’s plans failed to materialise.

A memorial service and vigil are set to be held later to mark the 40th anniversary of the Birmingham pub bombings.

Rail commuters face a fourth day of misery following signalling problems on the line running from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-upon-Avon.

National Headlines

Mark Reckless becomes UKIP’s second elected MP after winning the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,920 votes.

Millions of immigrants living illegally in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits under a major shake-up unveiled by President Barack Obama. They include immigrants living in the US for five years who have children staying legally in the US. Overall up to five million are expected to benefit from a package of changes forced through using executive orders that allow Mr Obama to bypass Congress.

Highly critical reports on seven east London schools, including six Muslim independent faith schools, are set to be published by Ofsted. The reports are expected to criticise “safeguarding” in the schools, with each set to be given an action plan to be implemented within weeks.

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