Media Watch – March 25

By on 25/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

50 apply - but £153k city regeneration job still vacant (Birmingham Post)
BCC confirms that none of the candidates who applied to take up the role of Strategic Director of Development were deemed suitable following final shortlisting and interviews, leading to speculation head-hunting may now mean it takes at least a year to fill the post

New £1.7m Target for Hoard (Birmingham Post)
With funs secured to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands, focus must now switch to securing funding for a full clean, restoration and research into the artefacts says Cllr Mullaney.

Social workers vote with their feet (Birmingham Post)
Social work vacancies at BCC still run at far higher rate than other regional and national cities, despite an improvement in the rate over past 18 months.

Custodian of City's Heritage Retires (Birmingham Post)
Retiring Head of Conservation, Chris Hargreaves, says while city has some real gems, and impressive track record with flagship projects, not enough is being done to protect lesser historical buildings, especially those in the suburbs.

Funding row scuppers Mailbox link (Birmingham Post)
Planned improvements to Navigation Street to improve link between New Street and Mailbox to be deleted from the Big City Plan, after Council and Mailbox fail to agree how much each should contribute toward the scheme.

£3m cost of tower block demolition (Birmingham Mail)
Critics accuse BCC of wasting taxpayers money as total bill for securing and now demolishing Bromford tower blocks – empty for past 20 years - is said to have totalled more than £3 million. Cllr Line says we can now work with HCA to develop new housing in the local area.

Council house dream starts to take shape (Birmingham Mail)
New era of mass council house building has begun after Cllr Lines lays first brick in 129 homes – £15m - housing scheme in Kings Norton.

£3m needed to fix our roads (Birmingham Mail)
Total cost of pothole repairs in West Midlands was £3m higher than 2008/9 following this years' cold snap.

Regional Headlines:

Doc stabbed bus passenger in the neck (Birmingham Mail)
Curt hears how doctor stabbed a Birmingham bus passenger in the neck.

Top city barrister to stand for BNP (Birmingham Post)
City centre barrister, Robert Grierson, to stand for BNP in General Eelection.

Edgbaston holds sway in poll reckoning (Birmingham Post)
Feature on the battle for Edgbaston Parliamentary seat, what the local issues are, and why its result could indicate overall outcome of the entire poll.

National Headlines:

Debate about budget continues

US vote on health care will have to be re-run due to procedural 'violations'

Call for all terror laws to be reviewed

Talks to avert rail strike

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