Blues managing director Karren Brady said she was disappointed at the "illogical" decision by Birmingham City Council to withdraw from the super-casino race.The move meant that Birmingham City FC would be denied the opportunity to put forward its casino bid, which would have paid for a new #120 million stadium and sports village.Ms Brady said the council had attempted to explain its decision to back an alternative super-casino at the NEC by insisting that profits from the NEC scheme would be used to build the Blues' stadium."The future of the stadium is now in the hands of the NEC, so we will just have to wait and see what happens," she added.
A four-month-old boy died in Birmingham Children's Hospital after his ventilator failed and the heart and lung bypass machine he was subsequently linked up to was accidentally switched off, an inquest heard yesterday.Thomas Smith, who had Down Syndrome, was admitted to the hospital in December 2004 for a five-hour procedure for surgery to repair two holes caused by a congenital heart defect. He died five days later.The inquest was told that after a problem with the ventilator, Thomas was put on a bypass machine but a doctor lifted the lid of the machine, causing it to stop, and how when it was eventually restarted it was put in reverse mode and pumped oxygenated blood into the child.
A proposal to build the new Library of Birmingham on two sites was given the formal seal of approval by the city council's Tory-Liberal Democrat leadership yesterday.Cabinet members agreed to press ahead with the #147 million project, despite a warning that the scheme will be axed if Labour regains control of the council in May.Sir Albert Bore, leader of the Labour opposition, said his group remained committed to the #179 million Lord Rogers plan, which would have seen a far larger library built on a single site at Eastside.