Media Watch – August 13

By on 13/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Binmen in Birmingham could strike (Birmingham Post.net) Binmen in Birmingham look set to follow strike action planned by refuse workers in Sandwell.

Hoardings – the new gallery of the streets (Independent) Article about art on hoardings references Adam Magyar’s work on the Library of Birmingham hoardings.

Told to turn the noise down (Birmingham Mail) Organisers of a Birmingham urban music event where four people were shot  have been banned from playing loud music outdoors at the Custard Factory. B9 Events and Soul Factory have been handed noise abatement orders.

It’s D-Day for illegal camp (Birmingham Mail) Travellers who have caused a storm by pitching an illegal camp at the centre of a picturesque conservation area have been ordered to leave today – or face court action.

Six-figure bill for new library spin doctors (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is set to spend a six-figure sum on hiring spin doctors for the new Library of Birmingham to replace the Central Library.

Nursery is shut by droppings (Birmingham Mail) A children’s nursery in Sparkbrook has been temporarily shut down by Birmingham City Council environmental health officers after mouse droppings were found inside.

Rare silver will stay in Brum (Birmingham Mail) A rare collection of communion silver with pieces dating back more than 500 years has been added to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery collection. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12063

Library to open after 2-year wait (Birmingham Mail) A city library that was closed for repairs in September 2008 will reopen to the public later this month after a £665,000 refit.

Regional Headlines

Holiday firm Sun4U collapses stranding 1,200 people
Birmingham based travel firm Sun4U has collapsed, leaving approximately 1,200 customers stuck abroad.

Thieves raid children’s cancer ward in Birmingham
Computer games and money were taken by raiders during a break-in at a new rest area for teenagers with cancer in Birmingham.

Severn Trent urges people to use less water
A senior manager at Severn Trent is urging people to use less water as supplies are threatened by the driest winter and spring in 80 years.

National Headlines

Fears over £65bn ‘NHS mortgage’
The NHS in England faces a total bill of £65bn for new hospitals built under the private finance initiative (PFI), figures obtained by the BBC indicate.

Liam Fox – ‘Radical reform’ planned for MoD
Defence Secretary Liam Fox is due to set out plans to overhaul the Ministry of Defence, in a speech in London.

Student debt ‘to reach £25,000′ for 2010 intake
Student debt levels are projected to rise to £25,000 for those starting university this year, research suggests.

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