Media Watch – August 25 (pm)

By on 25/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham defends swine flu claims (Local Government Chronicle)
Birmingham City Council has rejected suggestions that local business communities are not being helped to cope with swine flu.  This article appeared as a direct consequence of Steve Grogan’s blog on www.birminghamnewsroom.com

No sinking in swim battle: Residents launch a campaign to get baths restored (Birmingham Mail) A new community group ‘Friends of Sparkhill Baths’  held a meeting last night, with the aim to spearhead  a fight to save the venue which has been closed for 13 months now.

New Eastside car park plan (Birmingham Mail) Architects have come up with fresh plans for a multi-storey car park in Eastside.  On completion the parking spaces in front of Millennium Point will be grassed over and landscaped as part of the new city park.

Gallery 37 at empty venues in Pavilion Shopping Centre (BBC TV Lunchtime News) 40 young artists have the chance to learn new skills in the Arts with Birmingham’s ‘Gallery 37′ .  Also double page spread in Birmingham Mail.

Birmingham students leave a mountain of rubbish (Birmingham Post 25) Students dumped more than 130 tonnes of rubbish after moving out of houses in Selly Oak this year.  Marcia Greenwood, Neighbourhood Manager for the area quoted.

Business as usual after top city bars bought up (Birmingham Mail) A hotel chain has acquired two upmarket city bars in Birmingham.  ‘Utopia The Bar’ in Church Street and ‘Epernay’ in The Mailbox have both been bought by Cotswold Inns & Hotels.

Birmingham Mail comment praises Birmingham City Council Leader Mike Whitby for his part in bringing Usain Bolt and the Jamaicans to Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Midland anti-bacterial technology company sees high rise in inquiries (Birmingham Mail) A Worcestershire company that makes door handles with an anti-bacterial coating has seen inquiries rise by a third during the swine flu epidemic.  ‘Dortrend’ has been working with businesses, schools and hospitals to help minimise the spread of the virus.

Solihull NHS Trust has opened a ‘One Stop Health Advice Centre’ free of charge for shopper to drop into – when at Solihull Shopping Centre (BBC TV Lunchtime News).

Chamber seeks business hopes before Election (Birmingham Mail) Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are being asked what they would like from the next government by the General Election.  The general election has to take place before June 3, 2010 and the Chamber of Commerce is surveying members to pass on opinions to Parliamentary candidates ahead of polling day.

Soured Tata’s commitment to JLR seen as strong as ever (Birmingham Mail) After months of delay, Tata Motors finally secured the finance it needed to keep Jaguar Land Rover afloat during the economic downturn.  This article highlights the fall-out from this ‘inglorious episode’.

National Headlines

PM writes tribute to war leader Bill: The Prime Minster, Gordon Brown, has devoted a chapter in a newly published book ‘Wartime Courage’ to a Bham man, Field Marshall Bill Slim, who fought in the Second world War.

Centrica gains controlling stake in Venture to secure gas supplies:  British Gas owner Centrica has secured a breakthrough in its £1.3 billion takeover battle for North Sea oil and gas firm Venture Production.

Three troops killed in Afghan attacks:  3 Nato troops including one American have been killed in attacks on southern Afghanistan.

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