Media Watch – Aug 13

By on 13/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

£24m cycling boost for city welcomed by campaigners (Birmingham Mail) News that £24m is to be spent on improving facilities for Birmingham’s cyclists has been greeted with delight by the city’s biking community

Further widespread coverage of the Cycle City bid across national and local broadcast media, including ITV national news. Cllr McKay featured

Attack over payday loan ban delays (Birmingham Mail) The council’s Labour leadership has been accused of dragging its feet over plans to block payday loan company websites from its computers. Cllr Cotton said he has instructed officers to assess the implications

Former mint building to be converted into flats (Birmingham Mail) The historic factory where coins were once minted in Birmingham is to be converted into flats following a meeting of city planners

The used-car buyers who haven’t a clue (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham trading standards found more than half of buyers failed to check the history of a vehicle before they bought it

Regional Headlines:

Children’s hospice gets £200k revamp (Birmingham Mail) A £200,000 refurbishment of a Acorns children’s hospice in Selly Oak hospice has been completed through community fundraising

Plea for festival-goers to avoid causing chaos (Birmingham Mail) Police have warned that only people with tickets should travel to this weekend’s V festival at Weston Park

National Headlines:

Housing pick-up ‘spreads across UK’ – Activity among home buyers is injcreasing fastest in parts of the UK where prices have been depressed

Protests as rail fare rises expected – Millions of commuters are braced to find out how much regulated rail fares will increase by next year as unions call for renationalisation

Skywatchers enjoy meteor shower peak – The Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky as the annual display reaches its high point

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