Media Watch – Nov 24

By on 24/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Dangerous low staff levels in Birmingham’s children’s services revealed (Birmingham Mail) Staffing levels at Birmingham City Council’s beleaguered children’s services have reached crisis point – with just over half of posts filled.

Rail, road and bus spending is the way to bridge the north-south divide (The Observer) While London provides a model of integrated investment, elsewhere growth is slowed by fragmentation and bottlenecks. The North’s grievances are felt in the Midlands too. Birmingham city council leader Sir Albert Bore says: “The spending per head is a fraction of London’s. The level of funding has been pitiful.†The city is struggling with traffic, he says: “It’s not just peak hours, it’s all-day congestion in some areas. Birmingham’s congestion could potentially throttle off economic growth – if investment doesn’t come, Birmingham will not be the economic honeypot that it looks to be becoming.â€

New sites unveiled for 7 speed cameras (Birmingham Mail) The proposed locations for seven new speed cameras in Birmingham have been revealed for the first time.

Cities demand more powers (Birmingham Mail) The leaders of ten of Britain’s largest cities, including Birmingham, met with former Tory Party leader William Hague to lobby for more powers.

Nine men told to keep clear of girls (Morning Star) Nine men were ordered to stay away from girls yesterday after social services bosses took “innovative” legal action to protect vulnerable children.

Three new tram lines and re-routing (Planning) Three new tram lines and re-routing the A38 through the city centre are among the proposals in a 20-year transport strategy for Birmingham. Birmingham Connected was launched last week by Birmingham City Council and aims to cut congestion, promote sustainable transport and foster community links and economic growth.

10 councillors sleep in cardboard box to help homeless in Birmingham (24 Dash) Ten Birmingham councillors will sleep outside in a cardboard box as part of St Basils 25th BIG SleepOut on 28 November.

City’s planning award branded ‘complete joke’ (Birmingham Mail) A national award handed to Birmingham’s planning department has been slammed as a “complete joke” by Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe following its failure to enforce planning conditions.

New scheme to tackle obesity in Castle Vale (BBC WM) Director of Public Health, Adrian Phillips, interviewed on Breakfast show about the Fit for the Future project in Castle Vale.

Regional Headlines

Two men burned in blast at flat
Two men are seriously burned in an explosion at a flat in south Birmingham while rescue dogs search the remains of the property.

‘Un-magical’ Christmas land closes
A Christmas attraction at the Belfry near Sutton Coldfield, designed by TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen temporarily closes after customers brand it a “rip-off”.

National Headlines

Ransom ban among anti-terror measures
Insurance companies are to be banned from covering the cost of terrorist ransoms under a raft of measures being unveiled by the home secretary.

Banker ruled fit for HK murder trial
British banker Rurik Jutting is ruled fit to stand trial for the murder of two women in Hong Kong, after undergoing psychiatric assessments.

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