Media Watch – 16 April

By on 16/04/2015 in News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Stay away’ – drivers told to steer clear of traffic hell in Paradise (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail):  Coverage of the briefing on the next phase of Paradise Circus, as demolition work on the old Central Library is set to begin next month, with motorists being urged to avoid the area between May 10 and November.

Queues for library on last ever Sunday (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail): Campaigners claim more than 100 people queued to get into the Library of Birmingham on Sunday (12 April), which was its last Sunday before the new reduced opening hours came into effect.

Primary school places to be announced today (widespread local coverage):  The Birmingham Mail report – ‘Hundreds of city children to miss out on school places’ – states 13,375 children (84.7 per cent) were offered a place at their first preferred school, but The Birmingham Post claims a ‘Third of pupils to miss out on first choice primary’ – this does not include any statistics and focuses on a Birmingham law firm (Match) taking on extra staff to meet extra demand from parents appealing local authorities’ decisions.

Costing the Earth (BBC Radio 4):  Can Birmingham rival Amsterdam for bike lanes alongside canal boats?  John Carrigan, project manager for Big Birmingham Bikes, was interviewed.

Low-cost lampposts cast shadow over Bournville (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail): Concern expressed by residents over the style of lampposts being put up in Bournvillle Conservation Area by council contractor Amey.

Campaigners call for giant park at city Smithfield site (Birmingham Mail): Campaigner James Tucker is calling for the council to scrap its £500m redevelopment plans for the site in favour of a Central Park-style green space in the city centre.

Regional headlines

John Lewis announces it is to start recruiting for the 650 jobs at its new store at Grand Central, while the store’s manager says Birmingham shoppers will have no reason to go to London.

West Midlands Police have named the man who was found fatally stabbed in a bedsit in Compton Road, Wolverhampton on Monday night as 47-year-old Herman Simpson.

National headlines

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Irish student Karen Buckley, who went missing after a night out in a Glasgow nightclub, as police discover human remains at a farm six miles from the city centre.

Police officers in Durham have been training to spot tattoos, books and even clothing that could indicate someone is a paedophile – it is the first time UK police have taken part in the Intervene to Protect a Child programme.

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