Media Watch – August 6

By on 06/08/2014 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

This seriously dents the Tories’ ‘inclusive’ image (The Independent): Comment piece by Oliver Wright on Baroness Warsi's resignation - references Trojan Horse.

Bin chiefs 'no' to big waste clean up (Birmingham Mail): Report on comments made by service director Tommy Wallace and assistant director Matt Kelly at the Connectivity and Sustainability Scrutiny Committee yesterday. Cllr Majid Mahmood quoted.

Ten council staff earn over £100k (Birmingham Mail): Report on a Taxpayers' Alliance survey of city council staff, which cites 10 council staff earn a basic salary of more than £100,000. Survey covered figures up to March 2013.

Approval to be given for £400m Arena Central (Birmingham Mail): Report that plans for the Arena Central development are set to be approved by the city's Planning Committee today.

Inactivity issue rivals obesity (Free Radio, Capital FM) Birmingham's new physical activity champion, Dr Ewan Hamnett has labelled inactivity an even bigger challenge to the city than obesity. Dr Hamnett plugged Be Active and Active Parks.

City roads shut as kids turn back clock to play in street (Birmingham Mail): Story previewing National Play Day events in Kings Heath and Stirchley. References Active Parks.

Should UK households pay for the waste that they throw? (Local Authority Waste and Recycling): Feature on the merits of pay-as-you-throw, based on inaccurate reports that Birmingham has introduced this system for its commercial waste services.

Historic manor hit by arsonists (Bromsgrove Standard): Report on the fire at Northfield Manor, which happened last Wednesday.

The Beautiful South (Midlands Business Insider): Feature looking at developments taking shape across south Birmingham, including the life sciences campus in Selly Oak and Longbridge ITEC Park.  Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.

Birmingham unveils Curzon Street regeneration (Rail): Feature on the launch of the Birmingham Curzon Masterplan, which sets out a number of developments to be delivered by the Birmingham Curzon Urban Regeneration Company.  Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Studying the bottom line (Midlands Business Insider): Item on the council considering bids from potential buyers for the NEC.

Library of Birmingham shortlisted for award (Brum Notes): Short piece on Library of Birmingham being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, which will be announced on October 16.

Rapide solution for Birmingham (Parking News): Report on council's plans to install 43 Parkeon Strada Rapide terminals in the city centre.

Regional headlines

Paramedic quits West Midlands Ambulance Trust after 25 years in shame following a 3am rant at a patient.

Protestors take to the roof of UAV Engines in Shenstone, near Lichfield, as part of a pro-Palestine demonstration.

National headlines

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling take part in the first televised debate on Scottish independence.

Prime Minister David Cameron faces fresh pressure on Gaza from their coalition partners, who are calling for a suspension of arms export licences to Israel.

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