Media Watch – August 19 (pm)

By on 19/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City's new library cut down to size (Birmingham Mail, page 5): Architects to make new library smaller by one storey following complaints by the Rep and Baskerville House. Brian Gambles head of library services, quoted saying the change is in response to public consultation.

Fight hots up to save swim pool (Birmingham Mail, page 5): Friends of Sparkhill Baths call on BCC to reopen the pool which was closed after asbestos tiles fell from the roof. Cllr Martin Mullaney says the pool is part of a £104 million campaign to re-develop five pools and is seeking funding approval.

Fight goes on to rescue Ali centre (Birmingham Mail, page 7): Derelict Muhammad Ali community centre in Hockley will not be demolished, assures Cllr Martin Mullaney. Centre had been issued a demolition notice but Cllr Mullaney says it is a “very special building” and stresses opportunity for people to come forward to run it.

We're sorry for rubbish collection! (Birmingham Mail, page 15): BCC's rubbish collection department apologises for failing to collect clinical waste bags from home for three weeks.

Regional Headlines:

Friendly Brummies hit back at critics (Birmingham Mail, page 16): Birmingham residents defend themselves against claims by hotel chain Travel Lodge showing city is the second least friendly in the country. London is bottom, according to survey.

Postal drivers in new strike (Birmingham Mail, page 2): Weeks of postal chaos forecast in West Midlands following next 24-hour strike by Royal Mail HGV drivers.

Your say on the BBC (Birmingham Mail, page 12 and 13): BBC controller Mark Thompson answers questions put by readers of the Birmingham Mail about the corporation.

BBC Midlands Today/Birmingham Mail: Up to 180 jobs under threat amid plans to close Birmingham's forensic science lab in face of competition from private sector. Ladywood MP Clare Short speaks in defence of centre.

BBC Midlands Today: Feature on a café in Handsworth Park which has been reopened by locals and is proving a focal point among visitors to the park. Cllr Narinder Kaur interviewed.

National Headlines:

Dozens killed in Baghdad attack
Bank split over money injection
Brandon “death not predictable”

News Releases Issued:

Paws for thought: Sutton Coldfield dog owners are being asked to stop and think about the impact of dog fouling on the local environment


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