Media Watch – Aug 4

By on 04/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Coalition’s brutal cuts of £71million spark leisure centre crisis (Mirror) Leisure centres are being closed, run-down or hiking charges pricing locals out of swimming and sport sessions, a shock survey reveals today. Moseley Road Baths mentioned.

Sir Albert Bore marries Birmingham councillor Victoria Quinn (Birmingham Mail) After a lifetime in politics, city council leader Sir Albert Bore has made thousands of key speeches. But none were as personal as the one he was delivering today – as he married fellow Labour Birmingham councillor Victoria Quinn.

Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Library set to close on Thursdays (Sutton Coldfield Observer) As part of the city-wide cuts across Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Library will now be closed on Thursdays from next month.

Kingstanding Library gets funding to boost children’s literacy (Great Barr Observer) Kingstanding library will get a share of £250,000 to help overhaul the children's section.

Secondary pupils to get flu vaccine as scheme extended (Great Barr Observer) Secondary school pupils across Birmingham and Solihull will be offered a free flu vaccination for the winter, as the successful child flu vaccine pilot programme launched in 2013 by Public Health England enters the second year.

Traffic calming at Birmingham death junction ‘is not working’ (Birmingham Mail) Residents have claimed that new safety measures put in place at a notorious accident blackspot (junction of Edward Road, Hallam Street and Lincoln Street, in Balsall Heath) have made no improvements.

Calls to stop Birmingham library demolition (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Campaigners trying to save Birmingham’s former library are asking the city council to scrap plans to demolish it.

Trader sold fake phone chargers (Birmingham Mail) A dodgy Birmingham shopkeeper has been fined for selling fake iPhone chargers that exploded when plugged into a socket. Birmingham City Council brought a case against Dalil Singh Bedi, 39, who runs Pound Plus Supermarket in Dudley Road, Winson Green, following a complaint from a customer.

Regional Headlines

Man, 63, dies in bungalow fire
A 63-year-old man dies in a fire at a bungalow in Walsall.

Teenager loaned violin worth £1m
A teenage boy is loaned a £1m Stradivarius violin by a musician touched by similarities in their lives.

National Headlines

Events to commemorate start of WW1
World leaders gather in Belgium for one of a number of commemorations marking 100 years since Britain joined World War One.

Phone calls ‘do not cut GP pressure’
GP consultations by telephone, rather than face-to-face, do not reduce the pressures on busy surgeries, a study shows.

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