Media Watch – Aug 17

By on 17/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Traders call on Mail readers to back the markets (Birmingham Mail) The Birmingham Mail has joined forces with traders at Birmingham's markets to launch a petition to “Save our markets”. Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley is quoted as saying the retail markets will be retained in the city centre and that traders will be aided in the search for a new wholesale markets site.

Business support line is launched (BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today) The city council has opened a business recovery helpline following last week's disorder, as part of a wider recovery plan.

The shutters coming down after the riots (Birmingham Mail) After last week's disorder, Cllr Paul Tilsley has said that all businesses can now install shutters straight away as long as standards set out in the local authority's shop fronts design guide were followed - removing the need for planning permission.

Cut price homes at old machete works (Birmingham Mail) The revamped Crocodile Works site in Newtown has been re-opened as housing following a £25million renovation project. Cllr John Lines amongst those featured at the official opening.

Speedier web drive gets a £15m boost (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands councils will share a fund of £15m to improve broadband speeds in the area.

Cofton Park travellers (BBC WM) A feature on traveller site provision across the region, after a group based at Cofton Park moved on from the location.

Council helps to find new jobs for 126 people (Birmingham Mail, publicservice.co.uk, publictechnology.net, computing.co.uk) People who had previously struggled to find work have found roles at the council's contact centre following a project created by the local authority and Service Birmingham.

John Bull on sign mission (Birmingham Mail) City campaigner John Bull, aka Ray Egan, has urged citizens to clean up their rusting street signs, stating that “it is not so much the big society as the Brum Society”.

Regional Headlines

Derek Webley, chair of West Midlands Police Authority has hit back at claims made by Home Secretary Theresa May that the chairman and authority members had been “invisible” during the recent disorder.

Roads around a former leather factory in Walsall, gutted by fire on Monday, will remain closed for several days over fears the building could collapse.

National Headlines

Some of the sentences given to those involved in last week’s riots in England are criticised as too harsh by MPs and campaigners.

A British man on his honeymoon dies in the Seychelles after a second shark attack off one of the country’s islands in just over two weeks.

Newly announced Enterprise Zones around England could create 30,000 new jobs by 2015, the government says.

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