Media Watch – August 21 (pm)

By on 21/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Homes in Birmingham set to receive help to tackle flooding (Birmingham Mail) Hilary Benn, Env. Sec. has unveiled a £300,000 funding package to tackle surface water flooding in Bham.  BCC spokesman quoted.

Eddie Fellows, BCC Highways Mgr, interviewed (on Ed Doolan’s programme, BBC WM) about potholes.  Eddie Fellows explained that BCC is currently spending £5.5m per annum on repairing potholes and that the one referred in Ed’s programme today was currently being repaired.

Huge rise in attacks on cabbies: (Birmingham Mail 21 Aug)  BCC & WM Police are looking at ways of protecting drivers from violent and drunken passengers. Figures show there’s been a five-fold increase in 9 years.  There has also been the recent murder of private hire driver Mohammed Arshad.  Figures also show that, so far this year there has been 79 attacks on taxi drivers, 23 robberies, 79 thefts and 113 incidents of criminal damage.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City Football Club to be bought by Carson Yeung (BBC Radio WM news, also Birmingham Mail Front Page story) The Hong Kong based owner previously owned 29.9 per cent of the club.  The club is valued at  £81.5million. 

Midland Taxpayers to foot £70,000 bills blunder: (Birmingham Mail 21 Aug)  Redditch Borough Council today admitted that it had lost financial records, resulting in lost of payments totalling £70,000 which taxpayers will now have to pay.

Let the Games commence (Birmingham Mail 21 Aug)  To celebrate the countdown to the 2012 Olympics,  3 leisure centres – Burntwood , Friary Grange,  and King Edwards VI,  are offering free swimming, badmington, squash, tennis, table-tennis and basketball  on Bank Holiday Weekend and Monday.

National Headlines

Two more bodies of soldiers flown back to Britain today

Afghanistan’s election hailed a victory for democracy as millions voted

Storms hit Ontario in Canada

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