Media Watch – Sept 8

By on 08/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tot cheats death after swallowing e-cigarette refill (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham toddler could have died after swallowing nicotine contained in an e-cigarette refill, it has emerged. Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

£1.5 million street cleaning budget cut reversed (Birmingham Mail) A threatened £1.5 million cut to Birmingham's street cleaning service has been reversed following a rise in complaints and scenes of fly-tipped rubbish piled high on roadsides.

Birmingham city centre apartment block design labelled ‘utter monstrosity’ (Birmingham Mail) This 'utterly monstrous' design for a city centre apartment block (Concorde House) will add to Birmingham's reputation for eyesore architecture, a councillor (Cllr Barry Henley) has claimed.

Quinton developers win planning permission to build 121 homes on playing fields (Birmingham Mail) A two-year battle to stop a developer putting 121 houses on a school playing fields has suffered a major setback after planning permission was granted. Council planners voted to approve Persimmon Homes development of the Martineau Centre on Balden Road, Quinton despite turning down similar proposals two years ago.

Mother cleared over daughter’s absence after cancer battle (BBC, Telegraph, Mail, Mirror, Birmingham Mail) The mother of a seven-year-old girl who battled cancer has been cleared of failing to send her to school.

Firm fined for fake halal labels (BBC, Asian Image) A food wholesale firm that sold meat with counterfeit halal labels has been fined £7,500. Jacqui Kennedy, from Birmingham City Council said: “Advertising and supplying non-Halal Monitoring Committee products and passing them off as approved is a serious criminal offence, as it deceives consumers.”

Brum chief gets views heard (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive Maerk Rogers has given his views on the Trojan Horse plot to a cross-party group of MPs.

Rogers set to carry on in SOLACE role (Municipal Journal) Proposed changes to SOLACE’s governance – consultation on which has just finished – are expected to allow the president to remain in office.

Fetch the ice (Municipal Journal) One main topic has exercised Diary’s mind this week – the ice bucket challenge. By the time you read this, Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers may well have acted on being nominated.

Birmiingham role for McNally (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has appointed Bernadette McNally as executive director of children’s services, taking up her role in November.

New £40m fleet of trams hit the tracks (Birmingham Mail, BBC, ITV) Passengers got their first glimpse of the new service, which takes people between Snow Hill Station and Wolverhampton, as the ribbon was cut by Birmingham’s council leader Sir Albert Bore and leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper.

More than 2,000 Birmingham homes hit by bedroom tax (Birmingham Mail) More than 2,000 households in Birmingham have been hit by the controversial bedroom tax – raking in more than £9 million for the Treasury.

Local community meetings ‘tedious and bureaucratic’ (Birmingham Mail) Local community council meetings are tedious, bureaucratic, confusing and fail to cover the real issues which residents want to raise, Birmingham councillors have been told. The brutal assessment came as councillors discussed ways of getting more residents involved in grass roots politics and neighbourhood activities.

Muslim pilgrims warned against rip-off merchants (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs in Birmingham are spearheading a nationwide probe in a bid to stop fraudsters ripping off Muslim pilgrims. The city council has clinched £100,000 funding from the National Trading Standards Board to set up a taskforce to tackle crooks conning people booking religious Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia.

Regional Headlines

£82m to reduce isolation for elderly
Funding of £82m is being distributed to reduce social isolation of older people in 15 areas across England including Birmingham.

Arson-hit family jump from house
A family of five jump from a bedroom window to escape a fire at their home in West Bromwich, which police believe was started deliberately.

National Headlines

Darling denies No campaign ‘panic’
The head of the Better Together campaign denies plans to set out a timetable for giving more powers to Scotland are a sign of panic.

Call to cut number of police forces
The number of constabularies in England and Wales should be cut to save money, one of the country’s most senior police leaders says.

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