Media Watch – August 17

By on 17/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Top grade dip but still A-level smiles (Birmingham Mail). In line with national reports, early indications show Birmingham schools' A-level results have shown a slight decrease in 2012.  But it's anticipated that nearly all candidates will have achieved at least one pass and that most will have achieved one or more higher grade at A*-B.

Tower set for a huge revamp (Birmingham Mail). Plans to transform city centre office block, Metropolitan House, into apartments with a new hotel or student accommodation next door look set to be given the seal of approval.

Plan to reject shisha bar goes up in smoke. The Birmingham Mail reports planning chiefs have decided against objecting to a new Birmingham shisha bar after being warned the move would lead to a costly defeat.

Council calls in third sector experts to investigate local youth unemployment (The Municipal Journal). The city council has commissioned the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) to study how local organisations are tackling youth unemployment in the city.

Keep Brum's baths open (Birmingham Mail). Interview with Olympian Rebecca Adlington about the importance of keeping council-run swimming pools open amongst fears of budget cuts.

Hotel gets go ahead (Birmingham Mail). Plans for a new 39-bedroom hotel and banqueting hall in Digbeth have been approved. Members of the city council planning committee said the scheme would help rejuvenate the area.

Saddle up for bike ride (Birmingham Mail). Article about how the Olympic games have helped spark interest in cycling and Sky Ride Birmingham.

Regional Headlines
Selly Oak’s Bristol Road still shut one way after burst pipe. A busy road in Birmingham remains shut in one direction after being closed for two days because of a burst pipe.

The Cube development in Birmingham city centre is to be sold. The 23-storey building, which was completed in 2010 at a cost of £100m, was designed by Ken Shuttleworth who is renowned for the “Gherkin” in London.

National Headlines

Ian Brady ‘may have revealed’ Keith Bennett burial place.

Moors Murderer Ian Brady may have revealed information about where one of his victims, 12-year-old Keith Bennett, is buried, detectives believe.

Plane crash near Chester killed two men
Two men were killed when a light aircraft crashed near Chester, police have confirmed.




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