Media Watch – September 17

By on 17/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Poor council leadership ‘putting £8bn devolution deal at risk’ (Birmingham Post front page lead continued on page 5) A historic £8 billion devolution deal for the West Midlands could be put on hold because of government concerns about Birmingham City Council, it has warned. Local government Secretary Greg Clark told a Commons inquiry the city’s leadership had failed to make improvements quickly enough. Quotes Sir Albert Bore saying the council had been working hard to make significant and sustainable progress.

Councillor opens heart on family’s persecution (Birmingham Post, page 2 lead, Birmingham Mail, page 5 lead) Article about confirmation that Birmingham will welcome at least 50 refugees under the Government’s official resettlement programme. Main focus of article is an extract of Cllr Claire Spencer’s speech about her own family’s experience of fleeing persecution in Iraq in the 1960s.. Also quotes Cllr James McKay saying 50 was realistic and achievable.

Muslim burials (BBC Midlands Today, BBCWM) Coverage concerning petition about the quality of service Birmingham provides for Muslim burials. Petition was presented by Liam Byrne MP on behalf of his constituents.

Town residents to choose their new council next May (Birmingham Post page 2 second story) Report on plans to set up a new Sutton Coldfield town council after full council accepted proposals put forward following the community governance review and Sutton Town Council consultative ballot. Quotes Cllr Rob Pocock.

Plan to rid city street of buskers is scrapped (Birmingham Post, page 5, Birmingham Mail page 18 lead) Plans to ban buskers from Birmingham city centre have been dropped by council chiefs who agreed it was like ‘using a sledgehammer to crack a nut’. Follows the consultation of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Quotes Cllr James McKay welcoming the decision and suggesting targeted action against other activities.

Council closing in on news energy deal (Birmingham Post, page 7, short piece) Birmingham City Council is weeks away from announcing a new energy company scheme to offer low-cost gas and electricity to residents. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Transport expansion plans go on show throughout region (Birmingham Post, page 12, short article) Massive plans which could transform public transport in Birmingham are set to on show to the public. References public consultation show which will be at the Council House tonight between 6pm and 7pm.

The new vision for Chamberlain Square revealed by planners (Birmingham Post, page 12 lead story) New images showing the future for Chamberlain Square have been revealed as long-awaited plans for the first phase of the Paradise scheme are set for the go-ahead.

Sports hall protest gathers pace (Birmingham Post, page 18, small article) Article about the petition to scrap plans for changes to Cocks Moors Leisure Centre in Kings Heath by Serco who now manage the centre on behalf of Birmingham City Council. Quotes Jason Holtom from Serco explaining a large multi-use sports hall will be retained.

Shearing expands programme (Coach Monthly) Shearing Holidays has expanded its UK and European coach holiday programme and tours now include Birmingham Christmas Markets.

Regional Headlines:

New Street Station – On Sunday, New Street Station’s transformation to a light and airy modern transport hub will be complete.

Hunt for white van man after drugs haul – A white-van man is sought by investigators in connection with a multi-million pound drug-smuggling racket.

National Headlines:

MI5 boss describes UK terror threat – The head of MI5 Andrew Parker has described how technology is increasing the challenge faced by the security service in monitoring terror suspects.

Migrant crisis: UN ‘shocked’ over clashes in Hungary – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “shocked” after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon to force migrants back from its border.


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