Media Watch – November 24

By on 24/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tourism ‘revolution’ promises Olympic pot of gold for city (Birmingham Post) Sport and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised Birmingham ‘a revolution is domestic tourism’ as the city bids to cash in on the Olympic Games.

Arts cuts threaten ‘dumbing down’ (Birmingham Post) The most popular arts centre in Birmingham (the mac) may have to cut its opening hours and ‘dumb down’ artistic output if it loses out in the city council’s next spending review.

Ruling leaves social services in the red (Birmingham Post) Adult social services in Birmingham are likely to end the year in the red after a cuts plan was declared unlawful, a senior city council official has admitted.

City to roll out next generation of broadband (Birmingham Post) The country’s biggest IT companies are lining up to bid for a £125 million city council contract to provide Birmingham with faster broadband services.

Mosque plan for city’s busiest road (Birmingham Mail) City planners have condemned their predecessors’ decision to give the green light to a mosque and Islamic Centre on Birmingham’s busiest road.

Parents ‘cynical’ on home future (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham mums and dads who grilled a leading city councillor over possible cuts hitting a children’s home (Charles House) said they remained ‘cynical’ about the facility’s future.

Key agencies join forces to promote city from new hub (Birmingham Post) Some of Birmingham’s key business organisations are set to create a nerve centre for economic development and investment as it rises to the challenges of the difficult landscape.

Encouraging interest in opera (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Opera Company, in part funded by Birmingham City Council, is aiming to switch the city’s business community on to arias as it gears up to stage one of its most ambitious productions yet.

Birmingham’s £189m creates ‘more than a library’ (NADFAS Review) The last piece of concrete at the highest point of the new £189 million Library of Birmingham has been laid and the library will open in 2013 as a performance and exhibition centre as well as a library.

Birmingham welcomes new housing strategy (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council has welcomed the Government’s new housing strategy.

JV partner sought for Birmingham Science Park Aston’s £35m digital plaza (Construction Now Daily) Birmingham Science Park Aston, which is wholly owned by Birmingham City Council, has issued a formal tender notice on the Official Journal of European Union website to seek a joint venture partner to undertake development of the proposed £35 million digital plaza.

Birmingham City Council sets out its business (Housing) A new council-owned company has been launched to provide services to the local authority as well as other public and private sector organisations.

Regional Headlines

Fatal stabbing victim identified
A Warwickshire man who died after being stabbed in a Solihull street is identified by police.

Fire plan to ‘share’ call service
Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Services look at plan to share control service.

National Headlines

Civil servants ‘to staff borders’
Civil servants from across Whitehall are being lined up to act as border staff at UK ports and airports during next week’s public sector strikes.

Super Puma fault ‘not recognised’
An indication of a fault that led to a North Sea helicopter crash in which 16 men died had not been picked up on a week earlier, a report finds.

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