Media Watch – Nov 6

By on 06/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Super-tunnel idea to ease city traffic chaos (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) A radical proposal for a new underground motorway beneath Birmingham city centre is among a raft of new ideas to reduce congestion and improve mobility in Birmingham. Quotes transport policy manager David Harris. Post article also quotes Cllr Timothy Huxtable.

Twins tragedy sparks tower block safety fears (Birmingham Mail) Tower block tenants fear stopping night-time concierges will place them at risk by preventing emergency services from entering the buildings. Quotes council spokesperson clarifying that concierge service is being reviewed and a new system is being implemented.

£40,000 on fireworks? Council gets a rocket (Birmingham Mail) Chiefs at Birmingham City Council have been accused of sending taxpayers’ money “up in smoke†after spending £40,000 on a firework display for the city. Council was not approached by Mail for comment.

One conservation officer ‘not enough’ to save city heritage (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has just one official to care for its iconic buildings, despite 16 more landmarks being placed on an ‘at risk’ list. Quotes city council spokesperson reiterating commitment to conservation of buildings and pointing out that a second officer will be recruited.

Osborne: like it or not, it’s time for an elected mayor (Birmingham Post) Double-page spread looking at the potential impact of a directly elected mayor in Birmingham. Article speculates on potential candidates, including Sir Albert Bore and Cllr Robert Alden.

Outrage over call for fracking (Birmingham Post) Quotes Cllr John Lines calling for Birmingham to take advantage of a new round of licensing to begin fracking in the city. Also quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett saying that fossil fuels are an energy source of the past and that there is a need to promote and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.

I’ve wheely bin trapped (Metro) Story on 77-year-old woman with mobility problems who claimed two new wheelie bins were blocking the walkway into her Tyseley home. Story is actually out of date as matter has already been resolved – as reported in today’s Birmingham Mail, the resident will share wheelie bins with her neighbour.

Remembrance Day in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Details of Remembrance Day service and parade in Birmingham with reference to Lord Mayor.

It’s poppy love on streets of Brum (Birmingham Mail) Article on Birmingham Poppy Day which features Lord Mayor ‘signing up’ for World War One, plus references to events at the Library of Birmingham.

Gallery hits back in statue row (Birmingham Post) The Ikon Gallery has defended the Real Birmingham Family statue outside the Library of Birmingham depicting two single mothers and their children.

Regional Headlines:

Almost a third of Birmingham children living in poverty A report by Alan Milburn, the Government’s independent adviser on poverty, has made this claim.

Benefits St woman ‘in fake wedding con’ A James Turner Street resident has appeared in court to face an allegation that she helped arrange a £12,000 sham marriage.

National Headlines:

A full competition inquiry into the market for current accounts and small business banking has been launched by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Doctors have an ethical duty to prevent waste in the NHS, argues a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

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