Media Watch – Sept 16

By on 16/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Snap Ofsted inspections to be carried out (Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian) Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw is set to test out new powers by ordering snap inspections at 40 schools across the country, in light of concerns about their performance following the original Trojan Horse investigation in Birmingham.

City Centre retail strategy (BBC WM) Cllr Tahir Ali interviewed on the launch of a six-week consultation into the city centre's retail offer, as plans are made for a strategy to map out for future success.

Councillors urged to give thumbs up to chauffeur plan (Birmingham Mail) Elected members are being asked to approve a simplified licensing process for chauffeurs in the city following a successful pilot scheme. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Pool's slides are axed in revamp (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the council's new leisure strategy. Article focuses on the expected loss of Stechford Cascades' waterslides when a new pool is developed at the site. Cllrs Sue Anderson, Ian Ward and Robert Alden all quoted about aspects of the wider plan.

Extension 'victim' to help couple launch legal fight (Birmingham Mail) Londoner Helen Coughlin, who appeared on Channel 5's Nightmare Neighbours from Hell has offered support Moseley couple Gerard and Christine White - whose neighbours have built an extension just inches away from their home.

Breathing new life into city's old coffin factory (Birmingham Mail) Final preparations are being made for the re-opening of the Newman Brothers coffin works as a museum on October 24. Reference made to fact the council has partly funded the project.

Brum cyclists hit back in row over £23m funding (Birmingham Mail) Bike riders have hit back at recent criticism of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme by Cllr Deirdre Alden. Those backing the central-government funded scheme include Phil Jones, advising Transport for London on urban cycling, and Catherine Palgrave of Birmingham Friends of the Earth.

Regional Headlines

An NHS inquiry into the murder of schoolgirl Christina Edkins by paranoid schizophrenic Phillip Simelane has found that her death would have been avoidable if the relevant authorities had done their jobs properly.

Staffordshire cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton, who died earlier this year aged 19, raised a final total of almost £5million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, it has emerged.

National Headlines

Passport applicants who paid more than £30 extra for a “fast-track” service in an attempt to avoid processing delays should get refunds, MPs have said.

The US has carried out its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants under a new strategy to defeat the group. The US military said Monday’s strike had destroyed an IS fighting position south-west of Baghdad that had been firing on Iraqi forces.

Ukraine’s lawmakers are set to ratify a landmark EU association agreement – in proceedings simultaneous with a session of the European Parliament.

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