Media Watch – October 12

By on 12/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Former Lord Mayor is appointed to city cabinet (Sunday Mercury pge 24) A former Lord Mayor of Birmingham (Cllr Shafique Shah) has been appointed to the city council’s Labour cabinet taking over responsibility for community safety and social inclusion.

Neighbours have their say on new planning policies (Birmingham Mail pge 29 lead) Birmingham’s first vote on a new planning policy has resulted in a resounding ‘yes’ from the residents of Balsall Heath. Cllr Victoria Quinn quoted.

Police called in as students stage sit-in protest at Library of Birmingham (Birmingham Mail web) Police Police called in as students stage sit-in protest at Library of Birmingham. Cllr Penny Holbrook quoted.

Joint effort to tackle homelessness (Express and Star pge 11) Birmingham City Council has launched the Homeless Outreach Accreditation Scheme, bringing together around 25 voluntary organisations in Birmingham with a shared commitment to helping homeless people.

Top architect accuses McCloud of ‘southern imperialism’ (Birmingham Mail (pge 4 lead) Birmingham’s rejuvenated New Street station has been dubbed “tawdry, dull and dirty” by Grand Designs TV host Kevin McCloud. But a top Birmingham architect has hit back at Mr McCloud’s comments, calling the TV personality a “southern imperialist.”

Locked up for clocking millions of miles off cars (Birmingham Mail pge 20 lead, Express and Star pge 5) A crook who masterminded a four million mile car clocking scam involving four of his relatives has been jailed for more than five years.

Third apartment complex for Jewellery Quarter street (Birmingham Post web) Almost 100 new flats could be built in a Jewellery Quarter street – the third residential project to be brought forward this year in the same road. Plans have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

Hotspots for rogue traders targeted in police operation (Sutton Observer pge 8) Rogue trader alert has been issued to Sutton Coldfield banks, building societies and post offices after the area was identified as a hotspot for vulnerable victims to be targeted.

More than a million shoppers visit Grand Central in its first two weeks (Express and Star pge 11) More than a million people have visited the shops and restaurants in Birmingham’s new Grand Central in the first fortnight of trading and some are already taking on extra staff to cope. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Councils brace themselves for wave of super-size schools (Telegraph, BBC Web) The “titan” secondaries will have nearly 3,000 students each in some cases, the Times Education Supplement revealed. Article references Birmingham.

Ten things we have learned about local government this week (The Guardian Web) Devolution deals aren’t a true negotiation between equals. Mark Rogers, president of Solace and chief executive of Birmingham city council, pointed out in a session on devolution that this isn’t about a conversation between equals.

Regional headlines

Perry Beeches chain of schools in “financial irregularity” probe
Government officials are investigating allegations of “financial irregularity” at a chain of Birmingham schools. The Department for Education has launched the probe after the allegations were made about Perry Beeches Academy Trust.

Teenager Connor Smith was ‘shot dead’ in Birmingham
A teenager killed in Birmingham died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, a post-mortem examination has revealed. Connor Smith, 19, was shot in Forde Way Gardens, Hawkesley, at about 21:30 BST on Thursday and was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived. He died a short time later.

National headlines

RAF helicopter crash: Five Nato staff die in Afghanistan
Five people, including two RAF personnel, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Two dead in ‘wrong-way’ crash on East Midlands M1
Two people have died in a crash on the M1 reportedly involving a car travelling the wrong way along the carriageway.


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