Media Watch – Aug 21

By on 21/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Busy city road closing for a year for bridge repairs (Birmingham Mail) A section of Electric Avenue in Aston will be closed for 52 weeks from September 2 to allow for essential maintenance works. John Sunderland of council highways partner Amey quoted.

Staffordshire Hoard story to go on tour (Birmingham Mail) Community venues across the West Midlands will host an exhibition tracing the discovery of the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard.

Smash-hit Brum Pride raises £75k for charity (Birmingham Mail) The largest sum in Birmingham Pride's 17-year history has been raised for good causes. A funding awards board including Cabinet Member Steve Bedser is being formed to manage the fund.

Birmingham to get free public wifi (Computer Weekly) Feature looking at the council's recently-agreed partnership with Virgin Media Business, which will lead to free wifi being made available is key public spaces in the city centre. Cabinet Member Cllr James McKay extensively quoted.

Birmingham Energy Savers relaunches its website ( The council's energy-saving scheme, delivered in partnership with Carillion Energy Services, has relaunched its website as it seeks to engage with more residents.

Regional Headlines

Campaigners and ambulance staff in Solihull have expressed fears after it emerged that the town's ambulance station may close as part of a region wide plan to improve services.

“Boy racers” have started returning to roads between Birmingham's Star City and Spitfire Island for late-night contests.

National Headlines

A Brazilian man held for nine hours at Heathrow airport under anti-terror laws has said he was forced to divulge email and social media account passwords.

Two women from the UK arrested in Peru on suspicion of drug smuggling have been charged and face a maximum sentence of 15 years if convicted.

Japan’s nuclear agency wants to raise the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale.



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