Media Watch – August 18 (pm)

By on 18/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Beach moves to a tropical beat (Evening Mail) Coverage of last week's Indian Ocean themed event at the Monarch beach. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Team is aiming to clean up (Evening Mail) BCC teams up with West Midlands Police and the Fire Service to target rubbish and anti-social behaviour on the streets of Hodge Hill, Shard End, Washwood Heath and Bromford. Cllrs Shaukat and Khan pictured.

“Pay freeze” call as Council cash dries up (The Stirrer) “Birmingham Council's worsening financial position has led the city's Chief Executive Stephen Hughes to demand a pay freeze for the city's 40,000 staff - even though national negotiators for local authorities are suggesting a small wage increase.”

Camp Hill strike a chord? (The Stirrer) “Plans to revitalise a string of South Birmingham railway stations are being considered (The Camp Hill Chord), although the current public “consultation” seems somewhat lacking – so much so that details haven’t been sent to The Stirrer. Full marks to Birmingham councillor Tim Huxtable who has come to our rescue.”

Stairway to heaven (The Stirrer) “Are the lifts and escalators at Birmingham Central Library really so decrepit as to justify the development of a replacement building?”

Panel beaters (The Stirrer) “Campaigner Alan Clawley tries to establish just why the concrete panels used to clad Birmingham Central Library have proved to be so short-lived.”

Regional Headlines:

Mass DNA screening planned for Hawkesley Estate in Kings Norton following murder of cabbie Mohammed Arshad.

A Birmingham couple whose house caught fire after they left three children alone inside have been given suspended jail sentences.

Crossroads star John Bentley, who married Noelle Gordon in the soap's biggest storyline, dies aged 92.

National Headlines:

7 people killed and 51 injured in roadside bomb in Kabul.

High court accepts Lockerbie bomber request to drop his appeal against conviction.

2 British law graduates await sentencing in Brazil after admitting insurance fraud during backpacking trip.

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