Media Watch – August 5th

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City Housing ‘on the slide’ (Birmingham Mail) Audit Commission report see housing service drop to one star rating. While report praises work tackling anti-social behaviour it identifies failures to deal with complaints and exaggerations on performance of repairs service as major issues. Council spokesperson says they are disappointed.

The Stars Shine…At a Price (Birmingham Mail) Story based on FOI highlights various occasions over the last 5 years when BCC has paid celebs to attend/front events and promotions. Total cost over £100,000. Council spokesperson says on many occasions costs are covered through sponsorship and their attendance fee is more than repaid by the extra value they bring to the event/campaigns.

Gun Quarter name ‘should be scrapped’ (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM) Marcia Shakespeare, mum of Birmingham shooting victim Letisha Shakespeare, calls for the name of Gun Quarter to be scrapped all together due to prevalence of gun crime in neighbouring Newtown.

First look at Fresh Jewel in the Crown (Birmingham Mail) New visuals released of plans for Jewellery Quarter’s Golden Square as £700,000 ERDF funds are confirmed. Cllr Huxtable quoted on the importance of promoting the area and using the Square as the catalyst for growth.

Council Calls for Clamping Law Action (BBC WM, Midlands Today) 12 months after Government says it will outlaw clamping on private land BCC expresses frustration at no legislation having come in yet. Cllr Eustace writes to Government.

Regional Headlines

The 11 wonder of the world (Birmingham Mail) No 11 bus route identified as one of Europe’s ‘Hidden Tourist Gems’ in travel magazine. author says riding the whole route is like witnessing a 2.5 hour feature film taking in the whole range of Birmingham’s diverse culture.

Heart Tests Save Babies Lives (BBC) A quick and cheap test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, doctors say, following a study of more than 20,000 babies born at West Midlands hospitals

National Headlines

European shares continue to slide

Greek crisis pushes RBS into loss

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