Media Watch – August 3 (pm)

By on 03/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

I QUIT - council manager resigns by email (Birmingham Mail, August 3, pages 1-2) An operations manager at the city council sent hundreds of colleagues an email explaining that she was leaving the authority after 38 years due to a disagreement over the direction the council is taking.

Revellers raise cash for roof (Birmingham Mail, August 3, page 5) More than 3,000 people attended a festival raising money to fund a new roof at the Rainbow in Digbeth at the weekend. A total of £30,000 is needed for the work, which will help insulate noise coming from the venue, which was recently given a noise abatement order by the council.

Our home hit by 9 floods in 3 years (Birmingham Mail, August 3, page 7) Further coverage of Harborne couple Paddy and Mary Coyne - whose home has been plagued by flooding in recent years. Council leader and Harborne Ward Councillor Mike Whitby is quoted as saying the council was committed to solving the problems.

A real taste of the Caribbean (Birmingham Mail, August 3, pages 8-9) Double page picture spread, rounding up the activities at this weekend's Birmingham Carnival.

Regional Headlines

Taxi drivers have pledged to work with the police after talks which followed the recent murder of a cabbie in Hopwood (Birmingham Mail).

Antiques are increasingly being seen as a solid investment during the recession, according to the region's auctioneers (BBC Midlands Today).

Underhill Care Home is set to close in Wolverhampton, despite the efforts of campaigners who submitted a 2,000-signature petition against the proposals (BBC Midlands Today).

A 17-year-old was due before magistrates, charged with the murder of a Wolverhampton landlord (Central News).

National Headlines

The NSPCC has seen calls about serious child abuse to its helpline rise by more than a third since the death of Baby Peter, the charity has said.

More than £8m will be spent over the next two years in a bid to reduce youth re-offending in England and Wales, the government has announced.

House prices in England will fall this year and next before recovering, the National Housing Federation forecasts.


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