Media Watch – August 3

By on 03/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fury as historic hall goes on the market (Birmingham Mail) Pype Hayes Hall is set to be sold to the highest bidder – story states incorrectly this is because the council cannot afford to run the Erdington building.

Structural work to begin on A38(M) Viaduct (BBC WM) Plans for major strengthening work to one of the busiest stretches of road in Birmingham could move a step closer this Tuesday (2nd August) when Birmingham City Council's Cabinet is asked to approve exploratory work on the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct.

£500k boost saves farm (Birmingham Mail) The future of one of Birmingham’s oldest buildings has been safeguarded with a £530,000 restoration project.

Bins switch going well (Birmingham Mail) City binmen have reported few problems from a massive change in household rubbish collections in two city neighbourhoods this week.

Traders set for a battle (Birmingham Mail) Angry market traders vowed to fight any attempts to ‘run them out of’ Birmingham city centre.

Kids failing in school basics (Birmingham Mail) Report looking at improved Key Stage 2 Sats results in Birmingham – the figures show the city is in line with other Core Cities.

Fighting the jaws of debt (Trading Standards Today) On April 1 trading standards launched a national crackdown on illegal money lenders. The Birmingham City Council based England Illegal Money Lending Team is bringing these criminals to justice.

Boost M42 capacity says LEP (Local Transport Today) Congestion on the M42 in the West Midlands has been identified as a key constraint to new economic development by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

£15 million cut from charities (Birmingham Mail) Almost 200 different groups have had their funding cut as Birmingham City Council attempts to save £212 million in the current financial year.

Regional Headlines

Petition over city’s bus changes
More than 2,500 people sign a petition at changes to bus services in Wolverhampton just two weeks since the opening of a new £22m bus station.

Man accused of killing ex-partner
A West Midlands man appears in court charged with the murder of his former partner, who was stabbed.

National Headlines

Cuts ‘risk failing armed forces’
Cuts to the UK’s armed forces may leave them unable to fulfil required tasks after 2015, a Commons committee warns.

Pull plug on NHS e-records – MPs
Ministers should consider pulling the plug on the central part of the NHS IT programme in England, MPs say.

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