Media Watch – August 6th

By on 06/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

 Hotel La Tour given permission (Birmingham Mail) Council planning committee gives approval for a new 4* hotel in Eastside which will create 1000 jobs and potentially serve High Speed Rail station.

 Teens 'out on streets' in car cuts (Birmingham Mail) Unison claims vulnerable children could be forced out 'on to the streets' due to council plans to close children's homes. City Council says outcomes for children will be carefully monitored and it is hoped more will go to foster families.

 City nurseries closures plans sparks MP fury (Birmingham Mail) MP Steve McCcabe attacks council over plans to close 23 nurseries. Cllr Lawrence stresses at the moment we are consulting on the closures as part of wider remodelling of the entire service.

 Morrisons plan for Fiveways kicked out (Birmingham Mail) Planners defer decision on a new Morrisons superstore on site of former Edgbaston Shopping Centre saying design is uninspiring and not suitable for key 'gateway' to the city centre.

 Regional Headlines

 Violence fear at city speech (Birmingham Mail) Fears of unrest as radical groups pledge to protest outside ICC on Saturday, where Pakistani President will speak to invited audience.

CCTV Camera Row Continues (BBC National) BBC Breakfast and online feature the continuing tensions and issues arising fromt eh CCTV camera in Sparkhill, discussing ongoing public meetigns and calls fro the cameras to be removed.

 National Headlines

 Royal Bank of Scotland, which is 84%-owned by the taxpayer, reports a pre-tax profit of £1.14bn for the first half of the year

 Prime Minister David Cameron and President Zardari of Pakistan will try to patch up their differences during formal talks at Chequers later.

 A controversial database of children’s records designed to aid child protection in England is being switched off.

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