Media Watch – August 30

By on 30/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Helping to beat the loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council team fighting loan sharks in Birmingham has helped victims of the callous villains to turn their lives around, according to new research.

More Brum schools hitting GCSE targets (Birmingham Mail) The number of Birmingham schools failing to hit national GCSE targets has halved, figures show.

Ongoing coverage of the Birmingham Wholesale Markets story. (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Wholesale markets - myth busting

Crackdown on parking (Birmingham Mail) Highways officers have promised to crackdown on illegal parking and rat-running on a busy Sutton Coldfield shopping parade.

Public pool won’t reopen until 2012 (Birmingham Mail) The date for the reopening of Moseley Road Baths has been put back until the New Year after large amounts of hazardous asbestos were discovered in the basement area.

Fears over behaviour in church plan (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a new evangelical church in the city centre have stalled following claims it might create antisocial behaviour.

City museum offers ‘were up to £900k’ (Birmingham Mail) Lucrative offers of up to £900,000 were received by Birmingham City Council for the building used by a historic transport museum.

Vow to keep library hours same as now (Birmingham Mail) Furious campaigners fear that politicians may cut Hall Green Library’s opening hours – but have vowed to fight to keep it open all week.

Four on £3bn West Midlands framework (Building, Construction Now Daily West Midlands) Willmott Dixon, Thomas Vale, Morgan Sindall and Mansell have won places on the £3bn West Midlands regional framework.

Rejected: Big Society group’s free-school bid (Times Educational Supplement) A school (St Paul’s, Balsall Heath) praised by David Cameron for its success in teaching pupils with severe behavioural problems has been rejected in its bid to join the free-schools programme.

Birmingham seeks bidders for £70m road and air scheme (The Construction Index) The tender process has started for two related schemes to extend the runway at Birmingham Airport and carry out improvements to the A45 at a total cost of up to £70m.

Regional Headlines

Retail park stores hit by ‘arson’
A large fire at a retail park in Wolverhampton destroys 75% of a furniture clearance store and damages two other stores in a suspected arson attack, police say.

Town revamp sees bridge torn down
Demolition work on a bridge takes place as part of the planned regeneration of Walsall.

National Headlines

Call for action on homes ‘crisis’
Home ownership in England is set to fall to its lowest level since the mid-1980s because of a shortage of new homes, higher prices and tighter mortgage lending, warns a body representing housing associations.

Police support staff start strike
A 24-hour strike by civilian support staff in Nottinghamshire, called in protest at cost-cutting measures, gets under way.

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