Media Watch – September 23

By on 23/09/2015 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council stories

Broken promises on missed bins because of flaw in the system (Birmingham Mail, page 2 lead): Story based on a computer ‘glitch’ that does not allow residents who do not report missed bin collections within 24 hours to lodge a complaint with the council. Deputy Leader, Cllr Lisa Trickett and Cllr Robert Alden all quoted.

Agency earns £1,000 a day for council’s new PR man (Birmingham Mail, page 7 lead): Report on the appointment of James Flynn as an interim assistant director of communications, for which Birmingham-based agency Penna is being paid £935 a day.  Leader quoted, stating that this appointment has been made to improve the council’s communications and it’s being funded from a £4.3m Government grant.

More council houses sold than are built (Birmingham Mail, page 14 lead):    Story based on Department for Communities and Local Government figures, which reveals that over the past four years 1,798 council properties have been sold but only 971 new houses have been built. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Deadline dates for school places (Birmingham Mail, page 14): Short piece reminding parents of the deadlines for applying for school places for children entering Year 3, Year 7 and Year 10.

Try out heating plan to tenants (Birmingham Mail, page 14):  Council tenants being urged to test their central heating before the cold weather sets in, to ensure it’s working properly. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Brum’s Super September: At last… doors are ready to open at Grand Central (Birmingham Mail, page 27-31): Four-page pull out promoting Grand Central, which opens to the public tomorrow, including a store-plan and city centre map identifying Super September event venues.

Chambers team up to back combined authority (Chamberlink, page 6 lead): Three chambers of commerce – Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, and Greater Birmingham have issued a positive statement of intent to create a West Midlands Combined Authority.

Google offers free web services (Chamberlink, page 10 ): Coverage of services provided at the Digital Garage from Google, which has been developed in partnership with the Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham’s tallest office tower given green light by city planners (New Steel Construction, page 6): Report on the development of 103 Colmore Row, which will replace the former NatWest Tower.

Brum leaders claim change programme will progress at pace (The MJ, page 3): Coverage of the second Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel meeting, and quotes the Chief Executive and Leader stating that the current pace of progress will be maintained.

How should Birmingham be split up? (Tyburn Mail, p15 lead):  Call to action for residents to contribute to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s consultation on new council ward boundaries.

We need to pedal faster on recycling (Tyburn Mail, page 10):  Report based on Friends of the Earth figures, which cites Birmingham as being the worst local authority for recycling, after the city council missed its 35 per cent target – with less than 29 per cent of household waste being recycled.

Money for rubbish (Tyburn Mail, page 19): Coverage of the Bin It for Good anti-litter project, which is being delivered by the council in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, Retail Birmingham Business Improvement District and the Wrigley Company.

Saturday football looks bleak in Vale (Tyburn Mail, page 24): Report that not football teams have signed up to play at Castle Vale Stadium on Saturday afternoons after CVCHA took on the management of the stadium and pitches from Birmingham City Council in a 25-year lease.

Jag chops trees down so we can all see their videos (Tyburn Mail, page 19): Report that council engineers have been chopping down mature trees along the Chester Road so motorists get a clear view of videos played on the Jaguar factory wall.

Castle Pool users’ group (Tyburn Mail, page 20):  Photographic coverage of the Lord Mayor’s visit to Castle Pool in Castle Vale.

Regional headlines

Birmingham-bound passengers were ‘sleeping rough’ at Gran Canaria Airport for 18 hours after a Monarch Airlines was diverted 1,000 miles to Portugal following three medical emergencies.

Police made 28 arrests in relation to violent disorder and breaching banning orders, but otherwise the local derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City passed without major incident yesterday.

National headlines

Charities could be banned from using certain forms of fund-raising, such as cold calling, as a Government-commissioned review could also see the introduction of a register that could allow people to opt out of all charity contact.

Prime Minister David Cameron has called on European leaders to deport more economic migrants who don’t have a genuine claim to asylum, during a meeting with French President Francois Hollande last night.  Both will attend an emergency EU summit in Brussels later today.


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