Media Watch – October 7

By on 07/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Plans ‘put jobs and land at risk’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham jobs and its green belt are at risk if the Government’s new planning policy is pushed through without a severe overhaul, city planning chiefs have warned.

BBC jobs cuts (BBC Midlands Today) Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby critical of the plans to cut jobs and programming at the Mailbox.

New red route ‘to ease A45 hold-ups’ (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s major commuter routes into the city centre is to get a £2.7 million upgrade.

Campaigners’ fury at window ‘blight’ (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s most protected areas has been ‘blighted’ by a decision to install uPVC windows and doors in hundreds of homes, conservationists claim.

Fire safety fears as sofas are seized (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards officials have found a warehouse full of potentially life threatening sofas and suites during a raid on a city warehouse.

Anger over allotments rent increase (Birmingham Mail) Gardeners are claiming Birmingham City Council is putting money before healthy living for bringing rent increases on allotments forward by 12 months. The council has defended the increases and a spokesman said: “The price of a standard plot is still just 20p a day which drops to 10p a day for the over-60s.” Over 50 per cent of allotment holders are over-60.

Hotel bid to boost Brum (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a 300-bedroom hotel are likely to be brought forward in a fresh attempt to kick-start Birmingham’s £400 million Arena Central scheme.

Big Society bid for city (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham Civic Pride award could be set up in a bid to encourage the growth of grassroots activism, volunteering and the Big Society in the city.

Stuart to stand for Mayor (Independent, Birmingham Mail) Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart has announced her intention to run for Mayor of Birmingham.

£70m town centre restoration (Building for Leisure) The £70m redevelopment of Longbridge’s town centre will be delivered in three stages after receiving unanimous approval from Birmingham City Council.

Knock-off vodka poisons punters (Retail Newsagent) Poisonous bootleg vodka has already made two people ill in Birmingham and trading standards officers are warning independent retailers in the city to beware of cheap bottles of counterfeit Arctic Ice.

HS2 criticism is branded ‘nonsense’ (Railnews) Protesters opposing HS2 claimed that rail passengers will suffer a ‘triple blow’ if the London-Birmingham line is built. But pro high speed rail group Go-HS2, which includes the NEC, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands PTE has branded the claims as nonsense.

Children’s service still £5m off target (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council’s children’s service department is about one-quarter short of the £21.5m savings target it was set for this financial year, a report to watchdog councillors said.

Green light call for controversial plans (Insider Media) Two controversial planning applications including 87,300 sq ft of proposed offices, houses and takeaways and 492-bed student accommodation are being recommended for approval. Birmingham City Council’s planning officers have called for the plans to pass despite objections from West Midlands Police and the Regulatory Services.

Regional Headlines

Community celebrates new centre
Residents of a Birmingham ward celebrate winning a £300,000 grant to create a new community centre.

Trial for liver disease injection
A trial is announced by scientists in Birmingham to treat cirrhosis of the liver with a daily injection.

National Headlines

UK banks hit by Moody’s downgrade
Moody’s downgrades the credit rating of 12 UK financial firms because it believes the government is now less likely to provide support.

NHS bosses urge honesty over cuts
Health service managers have called on the government to be more honest with the public about the financial challenges facing the NHS in England.

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