Media Watch – Oct 24

By on 24/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment  (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of data contained within the BCSP report – Road deaths and serious casualties, ethnicity of school students and unemployment rates.

Anger as clinical waste piles up outside home (Birmingham Mail) Parents of a disabled child are demanding answers after Birmingham Council allowed clinical waste to pile up outside their home for three weeks.  Quotes council spokesperson.

Brum hit by 14,000 fly-tipping cases – but only 14 fined (Birmingham Mail. Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has fined just 14 fly-tippers in the last 12 months – yet is hit by 38 incidents every day.  Quotes Cllr McKay and council spokesperson.

Golf course set to reopen after a £2.5m makeover (Birmingham Mail) The second Birmingham municipal golf course to get a make-over opens to the public in December following £2.5 million investment, it has been announced. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Tribute to woman who helped change face of Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Obituary for ex councillor Renee Spector. 

Child protection not just council issue – new chief (Birmingham Post) Childrens services failures are not just a city council problem the new head of service has claimed – and he called for an investigation into the role of health, police, education and other agencices.  Quote Peter Hay, and Cllrs Anita Ward and Barry Bowles.

£300m invested in firms managed by council body (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s lending arm Finance Birmingham has racked up £300 million under its management as work to balance out a tough funding climate continues.

Parks facing £4 million funding cut (Birmingham Post)  A £4 million funding cut could leave Birmingham’s 591 parks with long uncut grass and bowling greens, tennis courts and sports facilities closed and less litter collected, a council chief has warned.  Quotes Darren Share.

Regional Headlines:

No apology from ‘plebgate’ officers
Officers from the West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands police federations tell MPs they do not owe an apology to MP Andrew Mitchell

Council cuts ‘to almost double’
Dudley Council has to save £60m in the next three years – a further £32m than first predicted, councillors confirm.

Doctors pioneer cancer gene therapy
Doctors in Birmingham start a trial of a new gene therapy treatment they hope will help fight prostate cancer.

National Headlines:

Union set for Grangemouth concession
Union leaders from Unite are meeting with Grangemouth management to make concessions to try to save the petrochemical plant.

Clegg and PM at odds on green levies
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says he does not agree with the prime minister’s bid to “roll back” green levies pushing up energy bills.

Pilot dies battling Australia fires
A plane fighting bushfires in Australia’s New South Wales crashes, killing its pilot, as the military faces criticism for starting one of the major fires.

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