Media Watch – August 6

By on 06/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City chief defends move to change parking fees (Birmingham Mail) New parking fees introduced in Birmingham city centre will raise an additional £37,000 per month a council committee has heard.

Brum’s free gym scheme set for Olympic rush (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s get fit for free gym and swim scheme is ready for a flood of new members following the London Olympics.

Planners refuse to back ‘free school’ (Birmingham Mail) Council planners have decided they would rather risk costly legal action than approve a school without a playground at a busy Birmingham shopping centre.

Protecting most vulnerable (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy reveals an initiative helping children with learning disabilities become savvy shoppers.

Birmingham children’s homes closure consultation starts (BBC, Birmingham Mail) A consultation period has begun over plans by Birmingham City Council to shut five children’s homes.

City sheesha lounge plan thrown out (Birmingham Mail) Plans to open a city centre sheesha lounge have been thrown out by councillors amid fears over health risks to customers.

Fury at wheelie bin report leak (Birmingham Mail) Liberal Democrats have been accused of undermining a multi-million pound bid for wheelie bin funding by leaking details in a confidential report.

Gateway: Employing Birmingham's lost youth (Rail.co) Birmingham is suffering more than any other major city in the UK to get its young people into work, with one in 10 claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. But within the rail and construction sector there is a ray of light - the Birmingham Gateway Project.

Hc Urges Jamaicans in Birmingham to Get Involved In Political Process (Jamaica Information Service) Jamaica's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has delivered a strong message of encouragement to the Jamaican community in Birmingham to become involved in the political process of their city.

Bin collection revamp is announced after streets become ‘slums’ (Waste management World) In the wake of a group of Four Oaks residents having to wait almost three weeks for their bins to be collected, the city council has announced it is revamping its waste services.

Regional Headlines

Man hurt tackling roof intruder
A homeowner in Birmingham is stabbed with pliers after climbing out of a window to tackle a suspected burglar on his roof.

Seventh arrest after club murder
A seventh person is arrested by police investigating the murder of a 16-year-old boy outside a Smethwick club.

National Headlines

School sports provision ‘patchy’
School sports provision is “patchy” and ministers want to boost participation on the back of Britain’s Olympic success, the culture secretary says, as Team GB seeks to increase their medal haul.

Kidney care ‘needs to improve’
An NHS report has called for better detection and earlier treatment to help tackle chronic kidney disease.

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