Media Watch – September 24

By on 24/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council demands right to prosecute bad drivers (Birmingham Post front page lead continued on page 2) Cllr Tahir Ali is calling for the city council to be given new powers to tackle moving traffic offences – such as motorists disobeying no-right turn or U-turn signs – following a string of catastrophic accidents at major junctions. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Grand unveiling of a shopper’s paradise (Birmingham Post, front page, and double page spread on pages 4 and 5; Express and Star, page 23 lead story) Article about Birmingham New Street and Grand Central. Both quote Sir Albert Bore.

Council to consider park in markets site revamp (Birmingham Post page 8 lead story) Piece about CityPark4Brum’s campaign to create a green oasis in the heart of the city as part of the redevelopment of the wholesale Markets. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Lisa Trickett in their responses to the group.

Search is on for team to restore historic city hall (Birmingham Post, page 18 lead story) Article about Highbury Hall in Moseley and the decision to set up a Highbury Heritage Trust to run the Grade ll listed mansion. Quotes Cllr Phil Davis.

Green light for Paradise phase one (Birmingham Post, page 40, lead article) City planners have given their backing to the first three phases of construction work on the £500 million Paradise development in central Birmingham.

£10k funding to boost pedal power in city (Birmingham Post, page 43, quarter page) Innovation Birmingham has been awarded £10,000 of funding from Birmingham City Council’s Cycle Revolution Scheme. The funding has been spent on infrastructure improvements to encourage more of the 750 people who work at the Innovation Birmingham Campus to cycle to work.

City comes alive with the arts for an amazing weekend (Post Life, Birmingham Post, Front page lead and double page spread on pages 2 and 3) Extensive coverage of the Birmingham Weekender.

Birmingham Sports Awards (Birmingham Mail, 16 page supplement) Full coverage of the Birmingham Sports Awards. Volunteer of the Year award sponsored by Birmingham City Council.

Stoptober Roadshow comes to Birmingham (BBC Midlands Today, Big Centre TV) With Stoptober just a week away the campaign roadshow was in Birmingham yesterday. Public health officials and Cllr Paulette Hamilton interviewed.

PRicy signing (Daily Star, page 2 short article) Further coverage of James Flynn’s appointment. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

Councils willing to take in refugees (Halesowen Chronicle, page 4, small piece) Article about councils across the West Midlands offering places to Syrian refugees.

Regional Headlines:

School crime reports topped 30,000 in 2014 - West Midlands schools have one of the highest rates of alleged crimes reported to police in 2014

HS2: George Osborne urges China to pitch for £11.8bn contracts – Chancellor George Osborne has urged Chinese investors to bid for contracts to build HS2, as he opened the bidding process for the high-speed rail line. Speaking in China, he urged firms to bid for seven contracts worth £11.8bn in total – covering the first phase of HS2, from London and Birmingham.

National Headlines:

Saudi Hajj crush kills 100 – At least 100 people killed and 390 injured in crush during Hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca, Saudi officials say.

Migrant crisis: EU to boost aid to agencies – European Union leaders have pledged another €1bn (£700m, $1.1bn) to help UN agencies support Syrian refugees in the Middle East, as part of renewed efforts to tackle the EU’s migrant crisis.


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