Media Watch – September 14

By on 14/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore: Leaders to back Mayor move if deal is sweet.. (Birmingham Mail Sat pge 19 lead) West Midlands council leaders will agree to a Metro Mayor in return for an unbeatable devolution deal from Chancellor George Osborne, it has been confirmed.

Super September for city centre sparks a warning to motorists (Birmingham Mail Sat pge 6 lead) Motorists are being urged to leave their cars at home during one of the biggest weekends in Birmingham city centre’s history.

Civil war breaks out (Birmingham Mail Mon pge 3 lead) Coverage of Birmingham Heritage Week’s Civil War re-enactment at Aston Hall.

Flower power’s a winner again for city’s Goldfingers (Birmingham Mail Mon pge 12 lead) Birmingham City Council’s parks staff have earned another gold for the city in the Heart of England in Bloom Awards.

Faith leaders will have to join a ‘national register’ and undergo security checks, leaked Home Office documents reveal (The Independent (Web), Times online) Imams, priests, rabbis and other religious figures could be made to enrol in a “national register of faith leaders” under new Home Office plans to counter extremism in the UK. Reference to Trojan Horse.

Cycling a hoot for little Imogen (Birmingham Mail Magazine pge 5 lead) Feature looking at family cycling in Birmingham that references the City Council’s Birmingham Cycle Revolution.

The route to healthy and fun lifestyle (Birmingham Mail Magazine pge 4 lead) Feature looking at the best family friendly cycle routes in Birmingham.

HS2 jobs hunt targets more than 100 engineering and management specialists (Construction News Plus pge 1) High Speed 2 will recruit more than 100 specialists to work on the design, engineering and construction of the £42.6bn project. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

‘Titan’ schools with 2,500 pupils to solve crisis (The Independent Sat pge 1, Times pge 18) The growing crisis over the shortage of school places could see “titan” secondary schools swell to cope with thousands of extra pupils, despite concerns over the impact on children’s education. Emma Leaman, the assistant director for education infrastructure at Birmingham City Council, quoted.

Election of 24 town councillors will take place in May next year (Sutton Observer, pge 12) Detailed plans for the personnel, budget and election date for the new town council in Sutton Coldfield have been revealed.

Buzzing Birmingham faces looming office shortage (Property Week pge 49) Birmingham is undergoing something of a boom, but grade-A office space in the city could reach an all-time low by 2017.

Regional Headlines

Wolverhampton fire damages industrial units
A fire has broken out at several car repair units in Wolverhampton, prompting fears gas cylinders inside the premises could explode.

Driver dies in lorry crash on A449 near Wolverhampton
A man has died after crashing into a lorry that was parked in a layby.

National Headlines

Jeremy Corbyn gives top jobs to John McDonnell and Andy Burnham
Jeremy Corbyn has announced most of the key jobs in his first shadow cabinet, with defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham becoming shadow home secretary.

David Cameron visits Lebanese refugee camp
David Cameron has visited a Lebanese refugee camp amid the crisis triggered by war in neighbouring Syria.


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