Media Watch – August 25

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Club closed for good after shootings and a stabbing (Birmingham Mail) A city centre nightclub (the Electric in Hurst Street, formerly the Oceana) has been closed permanently after two men were shot in the legs and a third stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.  Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring. Go-ahead […]

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Business grant scheme hailed a success

By on 24/08/2015 in Cllr Ali, News with 0 Comments

A grant scheme that helps businesses across the West Midlands invest in innovative new products has been hailed a success by an independent evaluation. Successfully managed by Birmingham City Council, the Business Innovation Programme (BIP) is an £8.7m programme of business support, part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is expected to […]

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Media Watch – August 24

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Town halls blow £1.2m checking Twitter (Mail on Sunday, Daily Star) Articles looking at total amount spent over last five years by local authorities on media evaluation. Reference to Birmingham City Council, though the article does not mention that the council’s spend has reduced by 84 per cent. Full response […]

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Media coverage evaluation – FOI response

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A national newspaper has requested information on the cost of how we evaluate the city council’s media coverage. Our full response and comment on the importance of tracking whether our messages are reaching residents is as follows: The total spend of the last 5 financial years on media monitoring is £108,915.16, broken down by financial […]

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Media Watch – August 21

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories GCSE results round-up (Birmingham Mail) A look at results from schools across the region, including Birmingham. The city’s interim director of education, Colin Diamond, quoted – congratulating the efforts of everyone involved. Funeral date set for tragic sisters killed in car smash (Birmingham Mail) The funeral for sisters aged six […]

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Motorist who fly-tipped garden waste due to ‘horrendous’ smell is fined

By on 20/08/2015 in Cllr Trickett, News with 0 Comments

A motorist who dumped plastic bags containing garden waste at the side of a Sutton Coldfield road has been ordered to pay more than £1,400. Paul Andrew McHugh, of Wheatmore Grove, Sutton Coldfield, was spotted by a Birmingham City Council employee as he removed the bags from his car and left them at the side […]

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Media Watch – August 20

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories: 2,800 new places ‘created in failing schools’ by city (Birmingham Post) The New Schools Network, a charity which advises on how to set up free schools, has criticised Birmingham City Council for creating 2,800 new places in failing or below average schools. Quotes council spokesperson saying the authority has created […]

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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park helps endangered bird

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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is helping to safeguard the future of the Waldrapp Ibis, one of the top ten endangered birds supported by zoos and aquariums. The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten birds benefitting […]

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New app for public notices launched

By on 19/08/2015 in Deputy Leader, News with 0 Comments

Anyone with an interest in browsing public notices can now access some of those issued by Birmingham City Council as part of a new smartphone app trial. Birmingham Notiz, developed in partnership with Trinity Mirror Group (parent publisher of titles including the Birmingham Mail), gives users the opportunity to examine a limited range of planning […]

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Media Watch – August 19

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Top Birmingham City Council stories Taylor Wimpey in payments battle over Calthorpe Estate project (Birmingham Post website): The construction firm has challenged the financial agreement, known as a Section 106, to pay £180,000 towards affordable housing as part of its plans to build 43 homes on a site in Highfield Road, Edgbaston. The company claim […]

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