Media Watch – September 2

By on 02/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Travellers leave Kings Norton Park (Birmingham Mail) A group of travellers has left a Birmingham park after pitching up there over the Bank Holiday weekend.

£1.8m rebuild for fire-hit school (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Council chiefs are set to give the go-ahead to rebuild the city primary school (Harborne Junior School) severely damaged in a fire earlier this year.

‘Criminals in cabs’ inquiry (Birmingham Mail) Council chiefs are to probe claims that private hire passengers are being ferried around Birmingham by ‘criminals on wheels’ involved in drug and prostitution rackets.

Oasis for riot-hit  Brum community (Birmingham Mail) A group of young volunteers has helped to create a new community playground (sponsored by Birmingham City Council and Sita) in Newtown.

Top head: Council is failing our schools (Birmingham Mail) Liam Nolan, head teacher of Perry Beeches School has said he has ‘no faith’ in the city’s ability to lead Birmingham schools. His comments are rejected by Cllr Les Lawrence who says suggestions of ‘failure’ are no borne out by any facts. A council spokesman added: “We have no experienced any difficulty with other schools seeking to convert to academy status, with head teachers working co-operatively with the same staff dealing with Perry Beeches.”

Council boss loses £6k as bonus cut over performance (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes suffered a £6,000 paycut last year after a bonus based on his performance was reduced.

Council challenge to fill toughest social care role (Birmingham Mail) One of the toughest jobs in local government is about to be advertised – head of Birmingham’s social services and the city’s schools.

Brum broadens its Green Deal remit (Construction News) Birmingham City Council is to include non-domestic public building in its Green Deal scheme, which is set to spend £1.2 billion on retrofitting buildings over eight years.

City turns to Nectar to boost recycling (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council is to offer supermarket-style reward card points if residents put their recycling points out for collection.

Regional Headlines

Two in court over explosion death
A woman from Birmingham and a man from London appear in court over the death of a worker killed in an explosion in a kebab shop in Leicester.

Evening charges at Wolverhampton car parks could end
Councillors will discuss the proposals on 7 September Free evening parking could be brought in at five Wolverhampton city centre car parks under proposals to be discussed by councillors.

National Headlines

Child sex abuse convictions rise
The number of people convicted of sex offences on children aged under 16 in England and Wales increases by nearly 60% in six years, new figures show.

Primaries short of male teachers
One in four primary schools in England still has no male registered teacher, despite more men entering the profession, statistics show.

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