Media Watch – Sep 26

By on 26/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sutton plans ‘breakaway’ referendum (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A referendum over the political future of Sutton Coldfield could be triggered when a 10,000-name petition is presented to the city council early next month.

Mike is magic on two wheels (Birmingham Mail) South and City college Birmingham principal Mike Hopkins took on Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy over a mile-long exercise bike course to generate cash for the Help Harry, Help Others charity.

Town Hall to host Style Birmingham event The city’s historic town hall is to host the 2013 Style Birmingham event, run by Retail Birmingham, as it cashes in on the major success of previous years.

Party that blinks first on HS2 ‘will not be forgotten’ Labour’s commitment to high speed rail was thrown into doubt as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls defied colleagues and spoke out against the project. Article claims Birmingham City Council received assurances that the party still supported HS2.

Regeneration ‘gives city edge’ on Northern rivals (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has edge over competitors that could attract more inward investment, according to an influential US-based investor touring city as guest of Business Birmingham. Also described city’s Big City Plan as ‘ very refreshing’.

Police ‘too stretched’ for 20mph limit (Birmingham Post) Police officers will struggle to enforce 20mph limits in Birmingham after the city council decided to impose them on 90 per cent  of the city’s roads. Cllr Quinn quoted.

Investors in apprentices honoured at city event (Birmingham Post) West Midlands Apprenticeship employers honoured at regional National Apprenticeship Awards 2013 in event part-sponsored by council.

Retirement village is ‘Center Parcs’ of care for elderly (Birmingham Post) Extra Care Charitable Trust’s Hagley Road Village in Edgbaston opens next month and  will mark half-way point of £200m scheme in partnership with city council.

End of an era for man who ran city for Bore and Whitby (Birmingham Post) Interview with council chief executive Stephen Hughes who has announced his retirement.

Cycle Show launches at NEC (Birmingham Post) 4-page cycling special also hails £24 Birmingham Cycle Revolution, council’s successful bid for investment to become one of UK’s leading cycle cities.

Regional Headlines

A doctor who was sacked after emailing Bible quotes to colleagues has lost a tribunal appeal.

Firefighters in England and Wales have staged a four-hour strike in a dispute over pensions

National Headlines

The way broadband has been rolled out to rural UK areas is criticised in a report by MPs, but BT says it is “disturbed” by their “wrong” assessment

Prosecutors in Peru are objecting to the guilty pleas by two women from the UK caught trying to smuggle cocaine, saying they must give more details.

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