Media Watch – October 27

By on 27/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hotel guests could pay for cultural rebirth of city (Birmingham Post) A tourism bed tax could be introduced in Birmingham to help fund a huge investment programme in the city’s cultural sector.

Birmingham-to-Chicago flight ‘should be re-introduced’ (BBC) Representatives from Birmingham have pressed for flights to be reintroduced between the city and Chicago. Bosses from Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Airport have met with senior managers from United Airlines and the Chicago Aviation Commissioner.

New Ikon gallery to be part of arts village (Birmingham Post, BBC) Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery is to launch a second venue at the heart of a new city centre creative industries village.

No quarter given over plan to redevelop factory (Birmingham Post) A £2 million project to restore a Victorian factory that has remained derelict for 15 year and create 40 jobs in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has been rejected – because the plan does not fit council conservation policy.

Legal bid by traders to halt demolition of city market (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Traders from Birmingham’s wholesale market have launched a legal challenge against council plans to demolish the Pershore Street site.

Campaign to stop ‘power freak’ mayor (Birmingham Post) Opponents of an elected mayor for Birmingham launched their campaign this week, under the slogan ‘vote no to a power freak’.

Council consolidates in £38m office block (Birmingham Post) More than 3,000 staff at Birmingham City Council are preparing to move into a new £38 million office block in an effort to consolidate numerous bases all over the city.

Golf course plans land in the bunker (Birmingham Post) Plans to lease Birmingham’s seven municipal golf courses to a private operator have hit a hiccup over who owns the land.

National Trust balks over responsibility for Chamberlain home (Birmingham Post) The National Trust has turned down an invitation to take over responsibility for running Birmingham’s Highbury Hall.

Birth rate mix-up halts school expansion plans (Birmingham Post) Proposals to extend a cramped inner city primary school (Anderton Park, Balsall Heath) have been mothballed because of confusion over statistics projecting school places – prompting one school governor to resign.

Opposition to ‘urban village’ on hospital site (Birmingham Post) Ambitious plans for a new 700-home ‘urban village’ in Birmingham are to be submitted by the end of the year, according to the NHS trust behind the scheme – but the project is already facing opposition from councillors.

One in four city primaries failing Gove school test (Birmingham Post) Almost a quarter of Birmingham primary schools are in danger of failing to meet tough new performance standards.

Olympics race for business comes to city (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham businesses can join the race for the next wave of valuable London 2012 contracts at finditinbirmingham’s next breakfast meeting.

Proposals announced for next Birmingham ExtraCare retirement village (Care Management Matters) The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council have announced proposals to develop a retirement village on a 5.8 acre site in Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green.

Housing 21 open new retirement housing complex (Care Management Matters) Birmingham City Council and Housing 21 have officially opened Westhall Court, a £10 million extra care retirement complex in Yardley.

Regional Headlines

Teens die after falling in canal
Two teenagers, a man aged 18 and a 17-year-old girl, die after being found in a West Midlands canal.

Mum ‘left burned toddler to die’
A two-year-old girl died after being burned in the shower by her mother and left to die from her injuries, a court is told.

National Headlines

More serious offenders face life
The government sets out plans for mandatory life sentences for crimes other than murder for the first time in England and Wales.

5,000 criminals avoid deportation
More than 5,000 foreign criminals who should have been deported remain in the UK, including almost 4,000 who are not in custody, says a report.

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