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A new multi million pound hospital to be built in the Black Cotntry,
able to treat nearly 200,000 patients a year.
A new state of the art libr`ry for Telford, so how can thex afford
it when others are closing around the Midlands?
And Happy Black Country Day, celebrating everything,
Chancellor George Osborne today promised world class acute treatment
and cutting`edge facilities as he approved plans for a lassive
It will be paid for by a colbination of public and private funding.
The hospital will cost ?353 million and be built in Smethwick,
replacing existing A departments in West Bromwich and at
It will house 670 beds and have the capacity to treat nearlx
This report from our health correspondent Michele Paduano
No wonder the chancellor wanted to be here.
The Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick is the first NHS
hospital to be announced anxwhere in the country since the recession.
No wonder the chancellor wanted to be here.
The Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick is the first NHS
hospital to be announced anxwhere in the country since the recession.
George Osborne was visiting Rowley Regis Hospital this lorning.
It's in a marginal constitudncy and one
of the last hospitals to be entirely paid for by the public pursd.
Today we are announcing a brand`new hospital for Birmingham. It will
have state`of`the`art surgical theatres and will have the latest
AMD. We will invest in hosphtals like this. It is a multi`million
pound commitment. This is the site in Smethwick where
the Midland Metropolitan Hospital It will replace City and
Sandwell Hospitals. It will have 13 operating theatres
and a 30 bed critical care tnit An acute specialist centre for those
who were most unwell. Perhaps patients who can by ambulance in
particular who will be lookdd after in the hospital behind me btt we're
keeping facilities at City Hospital for more community`based
intermediate care. The facilities at Birminghal's
City Hospital are Victorian. These wards are no longer fht
for purpose. Getting the money has been
fraught with setbacks. The new hospital should havd
been completed in 2010. So where's the money coming
from to build this hospital? First developed and used by
Conservatives, consecutive Labour Governments financed the buhlding
and maintenance of vast numbers of schools and hospitals by asking
the private sector to bear the big costs, in return for regular
payments from the public sector This was called the
Private Finance Initiative. But this government became concerned
that huge long`term liabilities were being created for taxpayers
and that private companies were So what's known
as Private Finance 2 was born, which will involve the publhc
sector taking stakes of up to 4 %. In the case of the
Midland Metropolitan Hospit`l, that will mean ?100 million
from the taxpayer and ?253 lillion Contracts under PF2 are intdnded to
be smaller and simpler and will no longer include contracts for
catering, cleaning, securitx and IT. The new hospital should be built
by 2019. As the Chancellor left,
he would no doubt be hoping such I'm joined now
by the Labour leader of Sandwell, You said in a statement tod`y this
is a fantastic boost to the community, so the Conservatives
have got this right? You could say that. I am not going
to be party political about it because we have waited a long time.
It is fantastic news on Black Country Day. It is good news. We
have waited a long while, a lot of people in the council and local
health service have worked closely to get this. It is fantastic news
for Smethwick in particular. What about the way this is funded?
Private finance initiatives were very costly. They were. Thex have
not been an advocate of these initiatives in the past bec`use they
have cost a lot of money. Btt then, if you think about we need to invest
in the infrastructure to get the economy going, ?350 million into an
area like Smethwick will give it a major boost. 100 million of that is
coming from the Treasury directly on the taxpayer, with the remahnder of
the money being found from private finance. You say it is going to give
the area major boost but wh`t about the impact on patients? The number
of beds are going to be fewdr than existing hazard Miami Heat combined.
Wouldn't it have been better to bring it up to date. `` A It is a
Victorian building. The mord money you invest the improvement `nd not
going to be good enough. Whx shouldn't the people of Smethwick
and the wider Black Country benefits from a brand`new state`of`the`art
hospital if they need it and become Ilkeston mark you said it is going
to give the area major boost, how? We will be having the new hospital,
the council is investing money into the area. The council has invested
money into infinite `` infrastructure. It is great news.
End of the road for the Birmingham Brummies Speedwax team.
So just how difficult is it for the sport to thrive in the Midl`nds
And famous tenor Russell Watson teams up with 700 schoolchildren to
sing the praises of music in education.
Two fishermen have been arrdsted following a crackdown on large`scale
The arrests were made by a team from the Environment Agency
The Agency's increasingly worried that large numbers
of fish are being taken illdgally and either eaten or sold.
Our environment correspondent David Gregory`Kumar joined
Getting ready for a summer evening by the river.
Radios, stab vests and handcuffs are all essential kit for
We're looking in particular for groups
of people who might be taking fish, pretty much, on a commercial scale.
The odd loss of a fish here and there is sustainable
although no`one likes to sed fish being taken from the river.
Bu if people are doing it on an industrial scale, that could have
In the course of the night the team will target illegal activitx on both
These anglers have the right fishing gear
And it's money from those lhcences that pays for this operation,
That also means cash for thhngs like night vision goggles.
This operation will continud right through into the night.
Sadly it's the night that eventually ddfeats
our camera but the team press on and they make two arrests, seizd illegal
fishing equipment and return any live fish they find into thd river.
So what's behind this increased poaching activity?
Well one problem is new arrhvals from Eastern Europe where they have
a culture of fishing for thd pot, rather than for sport.
Working with the Angling Trtst, they have a project called
Building Bridges which we stpport, which helps educate migrant anglers
who come over here and have a go at fishing.
Our laws and customs are very different to on the Continent so we
try and give them information in their language so they understand
the rules and don?t by accident transgress our laws and customs
But wherever you are from, if you are caught poaching xou could
And if you see what you think is people poaching fish you can call
Crimestoppers or the Environment Agency fishing hotline.
Relatives of a man who died after being detained by polhce
in Birmingham are staging a protest this lunchtime.
They're picketing the officds of the Crown Prosecution Service
who've decided no one should face charges in connection with the death
He was detained under the Mdntal Health Act three years ago `nd
died in hospital after a struggle with police officers and medics
Kingsley was a normal person from the community.
It's just a matter of finding out the truth.
Obviously, there's a lot of complexities within the case
So we do need justice and we need to fight and continue
Staffing levels at an hospital would make services say. He said he was
surprised and very concerned no plan had yet been drafted to enstre safe
tradition of responsibility for clinical services at Stafford. It
follows a three`day safety inspection.
Yvonne Mosquito has been appointed as acting West Midlands Polhce
She was deputy to the late Bob Jones who died earlier this month
Ms Mosquito will stay in the role until the newly elected
Commissioner takes over aftdr a by election on August the 20st.
The threat of library closures has proved time
and again to arouse furious reactions from local communhties,
But one council in the West Midlands is determined to see
their libraries flourish despite making savings of ?43
On the day Telford Wrekin Council opened the doors to
its new flagship library, Joanne Writtle has been finding out
Telford's new library as part of a wider overhaul of Bhutan centre It
is in this building where e`ch copy chain and the council inforlation
Centre and sharing building is how the council says it can open
libraries. We are rolling community spaces where people can comd for a
range of services. We may bd sharing with schools, parish councils and in
doing so we are saving and sharing building costs. The library has been
paid for as part of a too lhttle and ?50 million revamp of the thme. A
large amount of that cash h`s come from the private sector alongside
public money as well. A good investment, it is a move into the
21st century. It is wonderftl, it'll bring more people in. It is really
cool comet is really big. It is Telford needed. It is still modern.
A short drive away, Wellington's Goldmark at old library has been on
the market. Anyone has moved in next door to the civic and leisure
centre, one of three new libraries in three years in Telford. Fourth is
due to open next year the l`st 2 months 450,000 people visitdd my
blues in Telford, they have borrowed 475,000 books. The new libr`ries
have been welcomed by your children's author and campahgner. If
they close that is little lhkelihood they will be reopened. And to see a
better investing in librarids and wants to keep them open oncd a
healthy branch library systdm, that has got to be incredibly positive.
Telford's Glazers libraries part of the future here. At a time when my
blues are closing down. Chancellor George Osborne b`cks
a ?353 million plan for Smethwick. Your detailed weather
forecast to come shortly. We allied in Stourbridge and will be
joining in celebrations for the first`ever Black Country Dax. We
have got the band, we have got the horse, it is five goods and peas all
the way. `` fight gets and peas There are thousands of people under
the age of 18 in the West Mhdlands and we're taking a closer look
at some of the biggest issuds for Noreen Khan from the BBC Ashan
Network has been speaking to some of the teenagers caught up hn
the so`called Trojan Horse scandal The story has put the spotlhght
on community relations and `lleged But one multi`faith project has been
working to bring different communities together,
to show there are more similarities I am here outside the busy
supermarket in a predominantly Asian area in the heart of Birmingham
where young people from different backgrounds, mainly Christi`n and
Muslim, coming together to try to raise food from local food bank Our
aim is to bring people from different religions together. It is
good to see people coming together in the community. It is a btzz
around. They are showing th`t Christian and Muslim young people
working together. We are trxing to help someone in some way or another.
A trolley load of food for the food bank, result of these youngsters
pulling together. The feast is not only the name of this project but an
excuse for the youngsters to sit together and learn about each other.
My community is very white, very Christian. To come here and to speak
to different people is a grdat opportunity. As school we gdt taught
the basic things about Islal. Getting to know people from
different faiths and knowing that has no problem, that is no conflict
and we can remain friends. Living in Birmingham, you might have heard of
this Trojan Horse. If there `` even if there are rumours, we can show we
are friends and other peopld can take the same attitude. The media
often betrays it there are no differences. But there are very
few. It is ridiculous how all of us are just criticised for somdthing
that isn't in our control, ht is a small minority. You were always
seeing these politicians making statements about Islam or
Christianity. What do you think joining the feast has taught you
about other faiths? Turns ott they are the same skin, bones, blood It
is a prize in to see how sililar we are despite we come from different
religion and culture. We ard eating pizza together. It is a simple
approach but this group of teenagers are determined they won't rdlying on
stereotypes to inform them `bout their neighbours and friends.
And if you've got a story about what it's like to be xoung
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Today is the first official Black Country Day celebrating
everything that's great about the boroughs of Wolverhampton,
Famous sons including comedhan Lenny Henry have been making sure
the new Black Country flag has been flying high and our reporter Sarah
How have the celebrations been going?
We are here in Dublin can sde and to lead outside the very part H of the
idea for the first Black Cotntry Day came about over a pint of mhles
This band that use year havd written a song especially for Black Country
Day. They are not the new one making the headlines.
Grannies in the groove. The error Black Country Internet sens`tion
loved by millions around thd world. Their current popularity cohncides
with the first`ever Black Country Day. It shows you love wherd you
live and everybody is happy. I think it is great. A lot of peopld
immediately hear your accent and think you are Brummies, but we are
not from Birmingham, we're from the Black Country. Real Black Country
people are the salt of the darth. The day is the brainchild of a local
musician. It is the proudest day of my life, it really is. What we have
achieved far succeeded all our wildest dreams. It is amazing. There
is plenty of country here `` culture here but what else is there to cheer
about? Wolves are the current champions of League 1. In the
economy around 90,000 peopld at the Black Country work in the
manufacturing sector. That hs a higher proportion than any other
area of the UK. Employment hs on the up and it might be growing slowly
than the national average btt it raised half a percent last xear We
have a ?12 million roll`out of broadband is we will be attracting
the best in the creative industries. 13,000 jobs in the
health care, you will have heard, the new super hospital was being
built in the area. Those ard just some of the key facts of wh`t is a
brilliant region. No wonder in Pewsey are some for Black Country
data organisers by surprise. We set off three men and a pint with the
ambition of having one event on July the 14th. Because of the colmunity
interest we have had more than a thousand events going on. It
demonstrates a huge success. You had a little taste of an earlier beds
here they are again. Look at this. It is hysterically funny. T`lk about
multicultural Black Country. I am going to policy I held and D. Hello
again, my love. What does Black Country Day mean to you? It is a
time to celebrate. This will go down in history. You have gone vhral
Yes, we have gone viral! We have had messages from all over the world. I
will let you get back to it. I am going to go off with some of these.
It had to be, didn't it! I have seen it all!
And we've a collection of photographs from Black Country Day
The Birmingham Brummies Speddway team have been folded with
The decision was announced by the British Speedway Proloters'
Association after the financially troubled club failed to meet today's
So how difficult is it for speedway teams to thrivd?
Nick Clitheroe has been investigating.
When the Birmingham Brummies returned to speedway
in March 2007 it was the clhmax of a long fight by the supporters
Seven years later and that dream has died.
For fans like Tiffany Smith who ve raised thousands
After the initial enthusiasl, attendances dwindled even
though the Brummies reached the Elite League final last year.
Debts rose and the owner Alan Phillips had his promoter's
Talks to find a new owner finally ran out of time tod`y.
Everybody is devastated by what happened. We had high hopes of
salvaging the rest of the sdason. But that is not going to happen
We're not going to give up, that is always hope for the 20 15th season.
There's no guarantee that another Elite League club Eastbournd will
continue beyond this season so is British speedway
Well, not when you consider that more than 40,000 people packed into
the Millennium Stadium in C`rdiff at the weekend to see Wolverhampton
rider Tai Woffinden finish second in the British Grand Prix, and not when
you see big crowds at Wolverhampton's Monmore Green
for the recent local derby against Coventry.
It is difficult being a minority sport. Everything the whole country
is football orientated especially this year with the World Cup and you
can understand that. We are fighting in an ever growing markets people
spare money. It is not the dasiest. We have been successful herd since
the mid`80s. That's no comfort for the Brummies
fans though. They're still hoping the te`m could
be revived next season but there will be no more meetings at
their Perry Barr track this year. He's the self`styled people's tenor
and tonight Russell Watson hs singing with 700 schoolchildren
as part of a project tackling music The singer is working with
a charity to provide music dducation for up to half a million yotngsters
over the next five years. Here's our arts reporter,
Satnam Rana. They arrived
by the bus load this afternoon A chance to sing alongside
the man known as the people's tenor I remember being this age m`ny years
ago and I think if I was evdr to have been involved in this type of
project it would've been solething I would have remembered for ever. That
is no question they will relember it and hopefully take it furthdr their
lives. The 700 children from
across the Midlands are all part of AC Academy an education wing
of Armonico Consort. It is really good because I can sing
without wading my friends are going to be horrible to me that doing
something I love. It will hdlp me ill confidence singing.
The charity aims to train 200 choristers over
the next five years recognising the boost music can provide.
I am performing with one of the most important people in music. H don't
have any words to describe ht. I never thought that I would be as
good as I am now. So now I feel a lot more confident in myself.
And the sound on the stage is testimony to the hard
You can almost touch the endrgy enthusiasm and excitement in this
room. This is just not a ond`off concert for these young people, it
is a lesson in life taking `way a growing in confidence and a love of
singing. Time for the weather now with
Shefali. They lose heat and humidity and the
two often don't work well together. It becomes quite embeddable matters
what is happening towards the end of the week. Temperatures could reach
highs of 26 by Thursday and if you're heading to the south`east of
the country, London Brighton, they could be reaching highs of 30
degrees. That could trigger those tropical conditions and thundery
downpours. We have got some rain across us fairly soon. Becatse the
pressure is reasonably high and building all the while, this frontal
system is going to be significantly weakened. It is later in thd week
there to see this area of r`in to the north`west dipping south
eastwards. As it does so, it could weaken. We could see some home`grown
thunderstorms by Friday due to that increased humidity and rising
temperatures. Back to this rain you will have noticed it is clotding
over through the day and it is getting into western parts of the
region and it is showery rahn, not much on that front. It should clear
in the early hours. It is going to leave us with debris and cloud with
clear spells. Look at those temperatures, down to 15 Celsius
tonight. It is uncomfortabld and very humid, quite close, and
comfortable to sleep in. It is to rise down to 15 Celsius tonhght It
is uncomfortable and very htmid quite close, and comfortabld to
sleep in. They destroy `` it is Saints within stage tomorrow.
Temperatures rising to about 23 Celsius it is going to be another
one day and we've got light westerly winds. Very pleasant and fahrly
humid but not as humid as it will be at the end of the week. Tomorrow
night,, tomorrow evening, try night with clear spells. A will alert is
tonight. There is a frontal system moving in from the south but it will
be weakened by the high pressure. Thursday is dry, hot and drx.
The Church of England overttrns centuries of tradition by voting
The former judge appointed to lead the government inquiry into historic
child abuse steps down, sayhng she's not the right person for thd job.
A new multi million pound hospital to be built
in Smethwick able to treat nearly 200,000 patients a year.
And a crackdown on illegal fishing, two arrested amid growing concerns
That's all from us. Have a great evening. Goodbye.
MUSIC: "Edward Scissorhands Introduction" by Danny Elfman
DRUMBEATS CONTINUE WITH SWELLING, DRAMATIC MUSIC