Media Watch – August 21

By on 21/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympic stars in fast lane for Brum games. The Mail reports that the A34 Walsall Road towards the Alexander Stadium has been set up with Olympic style VIP pass holders' only signs.

Increased demand, fewer staff and less funding (Third Sector).  Article about the difficulties the third sector faces with reduced or non-continuation of funding from city councils across the country.  Brain Carr, chief executive of BVSC, said his organisation has seen cuts in the funding it receives from the city council.

City wrecking Olympic legacy. An Olympic flame torchbearer has accused Birmingham leaders of wrecking the city's Olympic legacy with plans to tear down the Aston Arena. A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Aston Arena is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, which is working with the city council to develop Advanced Manufacturing Hub, due to launch in the autumn.

Regional Headlines

Monarch airline passengers back in Birmingham after delay
Passengers stranded in Tenerife after problems with a plane on Saturday have now arrived back in Birmingham.

Scrapyard fire in Nechells ‘could take days’ to put out
A fire at a Birmingham scrapyard could take days to be fully extinguished as 100 tonnes of scrap metal caught fire in Nechells on Monday.

National Headlines

NHS hospital trusts invited to expand abroad
High-profile NHS hospitals in England are to be encouraged by the government to set up profit-making branches abroad to help fund services in the UK.

Leeds hit-and-run probe: Man held after two children hurt

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a hit-and-run incident in Leeds that left two children seriously injured.

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