Media Watch – Jan 31

By on 31/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Transport boss: bus lane scheme is within the law (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's bus lane scheme is legal, the city's transport boss Cllr Tahir Ali has claimed. Cllr Ali said: “We believe the signs are within the law. An independent traffic adjudicator has requested information before he makes a decision on whether the signs are within regulation.

Council liable after event injured man (Birmingham Mail) A security guard who was trampled during a  crowd surge at a Birmingham Christmas lights switch-on by JLS has won £7,000 by Birmingham City Council and Kingdom Security Ltd. A Birmingham City Council spokesman was quoted.

Green spaces and health (Free Radio) Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about report that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health. Birmingham is one of the UK’s greenest cities and our Active Parks initiative is using parks and open spaces to improve health.

Health Chief: speed up car smoking ban (Birmingham Mail) A Birmimgham Health Chief, Cllr Steve Bedser, has urged the government to introuduce legislation to ban smoking in cars carrying children as soon as possible. Cllr Bedser quoted.

Chinese New Year celebration (Birmingham Mail) Take Me Out TV star will co-present the opening of Chinese New Year.  The event will also be attended by Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy and Cllr Sir Albert Bore. The traditional ceremony will offer cultural entertainment between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.

Brum is the heart of industrial revolution, say councillors. (Birmingham Mail) A new strategy aiming to make Birmingham the centre of industrial heritage needs to start immediately councillors have said. Birmingham’s heritage Champion, Cllr Phil Davies, quoted.

£2m dream to put the art back into Brum (Birmingham Mail) A group including the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, are planning a major world class piece of art for Birmingham has met to set a target of raising a minimum of £2m

Regional Headlines

University of Birmingham protest: Man charged
A man has been charged with violent disorder following a demonstration at the University of Birmingham.

Inspector to rule on Birmingham bus lane fines
An independent traffic adjudicator is set to rule on claims by some motorists that they have been unfairly fined for using bus lanes in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Knox ‘sad and frightened’ by Meredith Kercher murder ruling
US student Amanda Knox says she is “frightened and saddened” after a court in Italy reinstated her guilty verdict for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher

UK floods: More weather warnings for south and west
More rain, high winds and high tides are set to hit the south and west of the UK, causing further flooding.

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