Top Birmingham City Council Stories
RACE FOR A SCHOOL PLACE: Trojan Horse academy among most sought after schools (Birmingham Mail) A school at the heart of the Trojan Horse scandal (Park View) has proven to be one of most sought after secondaries in the Midlands.
City devolution Devo Met (The Economist) Cities should be able to retain property taxes and business rates, to borrow from financial markets, be given more power over planning and the ability to reclassify poor quality green-belt land. Local councils are cheering. “It’s now the hottest topic we’ve got,” says Sir Albert Bore, the leader of Birmingham City Council.
Muslim pupils must study two religions under government plans to tackle extremism in schools after Trojan Horse plot (Daily Mail) Muslim pupils must study two religions under government plans to tackle extremism in schools following the Trojan Horse plot.
Former Hockley tower block demolished (BBC) A former residential tower block in Birmingham has been demolished. The Cornwall Tower, in Hockley, was knocked down earlier as part of the city council’s plan to get rid of properties which it says could need a lot of investment in the future.
Cracking Christmas venues (The Mail on Sunday) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market featured as one of the places to visit this Christmas.
Student landlord told to demolish â€˜Brazilian favelaâ€™ extensions (Mirror) A student landlord has been told to tear down extensions to a terraced house that were described as looking like ‘Brazilian fevelas’. Residents in Selly Oak are celebrating after inspector Nigel Burrows ruled large extensions to 223 Tiverton Road would overshadow neighbours and should be taken down within six months.
City pays tribute on Trafalgar Day (Birmingham Mail) Navy veterans joined by civic dignitaries and sea cadets to mark Trafalgar Day.
Youth clubs in rally over cuts (Birmingham Mail) Teenagers and youth workers from around the West Midlands gather in Birmingham City Centre calling for continued funding of youth services.
Floozie’s troubled waters (Mercury) Birmingham’s Floozie in the Jacuzzi is causing trouble yet again – for drinking far too much. The Victoria Square fountain is currently dry because of a waterworks problem.
Rowett to be named Birmingham boss
Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett is set to be confirmed as manager at Championship strugglers Birmingham City on Monday.
Robber James Delaney returned to prison
Warwickshire and West Mercia Police had been looking for James Delaney, 27, since he was recalled by the probation services for breaking the terms of his license.
‘HS3′ backed for north of England High-speed train
Plans for a high-speed rail link in the north of England dubbed “HS3″ move a step closer after a report on how to maximise the benefits of HS2.
Safety review after surfing deaths
Lifeguard cover at a beach in Cornwall is to be reviewed after two men and a woman got into difficulty in the sea and later died.