Media Watch – 9 August

By on 09/08/2010 in Media Watch

 Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Muslims warned over Zam Zam holy water (Birmingham Mail) Trading standards issues warning over health risks due to high levels of arsenic and nitrates in bottled water being sold in the city as originating from Mecca.

Approved six years later (Birmingham Mail) Broad Street nightclub finally applies for planning permission to operate as a lap dancing club despite having a public entertainments licence and having being in business for six years already.

Gypsies set up camp in heritage spot (Birmingham Mail) Travellers set up camp in Old Yardley Park among fears of their impact from residents. Council confirms it has immediately issued them with seven days notice to leave or face court action.

£5m grant to build 200 council homes (Birmingham Mail 7th Aug) BCC secures £5m from the Housing and Communities Agency, which alongside £8.1m worth of land from the Council will enable 243 homes to built across seven city sites.

Regional Headlines

Papal visit may lead to policing cuts (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Times) Police warn that the number of police on the beat in Birmingham may have to be cut in order to fund policing for the Papal visit. Cost to taxpayer of the visit expected to total £20m.

Protests at Pakistan President Speech (various media) More reports of protests which occurred during an event at the ICC on Saturday, at which the President of Pakistan promoted the political future of his son.

Brum warned of IRA threat (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham warned city could be targeted by an IRA splinter group in the run up to the Tory Party Conference.

National Headlines

Charity Barnardo’s calls for time limits on courts in England and Wales to issue care orders, because children at risk of abuse are being “damaged”.

Councils in England are to be offered extra money for every newly-built home, as part of a government programme aimed at easing housing shortages.

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