Media Watch – Oct 31

By on 31/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

HS2 'negativity' poses threat to city's vision for economic future (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of the plea from city political and business leaders to national politicians for them to continue backing the HS2 scheme. Extracts from Sir Albert Bore's recent letter to Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh are included. Letter also referenced in the London Evening Standard and Daily Mail.

Jobs threat as Dunlop fails to find new factory (Birmingham Post) The future of Dunlop Motorsport in Birmingham hangs in the balance with seven months to go until the lease on its Castle Bromwich plant expires. The firm has been working with the council and private developers to try and find a new site.

Care places for disabled set for axe in £52m cuts plan (Birmingham Post) Up to 1,000 people with learning disabilities could have care package plans reviewed as part of the council's effort to meet its savings targets in the future. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted as saying the aim was to help people live independently, with the right level of support, to improve their quality of life - with the added benefit of being less expensive for the taxpayer.

Big City Plan 'paying off' as new jobs gravitate to the centre (Birmingham Post) A report by the Centre for Cities thinktank states that 10.5 per cent of workers across the city are based in the city centre - up from 8 per cent in 1998.

City gritters stocked up for the first sign of winter (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's fleet of 25 gritters have been primed by contractor Amey for when the first cold snap hits the city. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted as saying maintenance teams do everything they can to keep Birmingham moving.

Europe's largest council in search for new chief (Birmingham Post) The recruitment process to find Birmingham City Council's next Chief Executive is now underway. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore and current postholder Stephen Hughes quoted.

Science park by-passed by city car share scheme (Birmingham Post) Members of Birmingham's business community have criticised the Car2Go car share scheme for not allowing motorists to park in private car parks such as at the one at Birmingham Science Park for free. A council spokesperson quoted as saying there were proposals to change on-street parking controls in the nearby area, which would help address the situation.

100 jobs at new centre for disabled (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) A state-of-the-art specialist centre for the disabled is set to be launched in Birmingham by national charity Sense. The centre is due to open in Selly Oak in 2016. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of the scheme.

250 new city homes bid to transform 'rat run' site (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Taylor Wimpey has unveiled plans for new homes on a golf driving range and waste ground in Great Barr, next to Booths Lane.

Campaign to save under-threat library (Birmingham Mail) Hall Green residents have set up a group - 4HGLibrary - in support of their local library after saying they were fearful for its future given central government funding cuts.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has unveiled a plan to use financial reserves to help fund the recruitment of new officers.

Workers were evacuated from New Street station after an asbestos scare last week - during which there was no danger to members of the public using the site.

National Headlines

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to unveil more details of a proposed review of competition in the energy market in a Commons statement later.

There are too many emergency admissions to hospitals in England, according to the government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.

Universities across the UK face disruption from a one-day walkout by lecturers and support staff who say their pay has failed to keep up with rising living costs.

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