Media Watch – August 19

By on 19/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Chauffeur-driven trips cause carload of trouble (Birmingham Post) A council leader has used thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash on chauffeur-driven trips to London in executive cars. (Cabinet member for housing Cllr John Lines)

Making sure restaurants in the city are fit for purpose (Birmingham Post) Consumer editor Emma McKinney spent a day with Birmingham City Council’s environmental health officers.

Tangled web for council as MP hits out over site (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) An MP has criticised Birmingham City Council after it set up a dedicated website to help it fill just one job vacancy. But the authority said the site (www.takeushigher.co.uk) was a cheaper way of advertising the post (Strategic Director of Children, Young People and Families) than the traditional method of taking out adverts in national newspapers.

Birmingham man guilty of selling fake university degrees (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham man who raked in thousands of pounds by selling convincing home-made exam certificates is facing jail after his racket was smashed by Birmingham City Council’s trading standards officers. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12271

Garden grabbing laws ‘not as good as advertised’ (Birmingham Mail) The Government’s new much-heralded clampdown on garden grabbing is not all its cracked up to be according to a top Birmingham  planning official. (Assistant Director of Planning John Culligan)

Market closure hits outdoor traders (Birmingham Mail) The closure of the Bull Ring Indoor Market due to a vermin infestation is impacting on stallholders directly outside the site, traders claim.

Birmingham City Council backed arts project Ballet, Birmingham and Me featured on BBC WM and BBC Midlands Today. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11881

Some Games gold for the Midlands (Birmingham Post) With USA and Jamaica set to train in Birmingham, businesses in the West Midlands fare better than many other regions in getting a slice of the Olympic pie.

Packed itinerary for the Pope in Birmingham (Birmingham Post) The Pope will say private prayers at a shrine for Cardinal Newman in Edgbaston, when he makes an historic visit to Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Poundland discount chain to create up to 2,000 jobs
Discount retailer Poundland plans to open 50 new stores in a move it says will create up to 2,000 jobs.

Car crashes into Winson Green house leaving it unstable
A family from Birmingham has had to leave their house after a car ploughed into it.

Three men in court charged with murdering Bloxwich man
Three men have been charged with murdering a man who died six weeks after an attack in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

A-level results out amid squeeze on university places
A-level students are finding out if they have made the grade amid a record battle for university places.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=3062

Kidney transplant policy change ‘could save hundreds’
The number of UK kidney transplants could be doubled and hundreds of lives saved by using more organs from those whose hearts have stopped, experts say.

Climate protest camp targets RBS headquarters
Climate change protesters have set up camp close to the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh.

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