MEDIA WATCH – AUGUST 13 (am)

By on 13/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Collapsed 'Monarchy' festival refund inquiry (Bham Post 13 August, page 1) Fans who bought tickets for a music festival at Ragley Hall are having difficulties getting their ticket money refunded after the concert was cancelled at short notice.  BCC spokesperson says that if people paid by credit card, and it was over £100, they should contact their credit card company, if unsuccessful they should contact Bham Trading Standards who would see what they could do.

Eight months of night closures for flyover as engineers tackle salt corrosion (Bham Post, 13 August, page 15) Lancaster Circus flyover will be closed overnight for eight months to enable vital joints and supports to be replaced and improved.  The work is part of the council's bridge strengthening programme.

Villagers gathering to save estate farm family from eviction (Bham Post, 13 August, page 14) BCC plans to sell off land entrusted to the city council pre the second World War have angered residents in Whittington, near Tamworth.  BCC spokesperson said that the Trusts & Charities Sub-Cttee had agreed that Woodhouse Farm, part of the Eflord estate,  should be sold, but welcomed a suggestion that the residents be asked to put their proposals for the future management of the farm to a future meeting.

Council prepares for effects of rise in jobless/Council will be at sharp end of recession (Bham Post, 13 August, page 18, page 2) An Audit Commission report called on local authorities to prepare for the impact of rising unemployment, which it said could provoke a surge in mental illness and social problems such as domestic violence. BCC spokesperson says that that city council has already recognised that it is vital to remain focused on the future of the local economy and opportunities ahead, whilst also helping people get through the recession, and highlighted measures already taken. Comment says that it seems BCC has already been active in taking action.

Airport's new call for rail link (Bham Post, 13 August, page 19) John Morris, BIA, has written to airport 'stakeholders' to insist there is no reason high speed trains can't stop both in central Birmingham and at a hub station close to the airport.  BCC spokesperson said the authority backed calls for both the city centre and the airport to be included on the high speed line.

Regional Headlines:

Region's jobless figures rise again

Bham City FC announce that  Carson Yeung has again made a takeover approach

National Headlines:

Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is likely to be freed on compassionate grounds next week

Barnardo's report says children are being wrongly imprisoned in England and Wales

Alan Duncan MP is criticised by the former sleaze watchdog for saying MPs have to 'live on rations'

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