Media Watch – Jan 6

By on 06/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of nationwide refuse collection backlog.

Speed drop on city road (Birmingham Mail) Oscott councillor Keith Linnecor has revealed that council highway bosses are planning a new 30mph  speed limit on College Road in Kingstanding.

Rigby gives warning over LEPs (Insider Media) Local enterprise partnerships will only take off if they have good business leadership, Sir Peter Rigby has told Insider. Yet, the chairman of Patriot Aerospace Group and Coventry Airport alleges Birmingham City Council has not got much of a record of working with business, putting a question mark over whether the greater Birmingham LEP can succeed.

Tea with spirit (Birmingham Post) A look at the rise of ‘pop up’ tea rooms in empty shops across the city. The idea came about following a brief sent out by Birmingham City Council’s arts team.

Birmingham council in mail savings (PrintWeek.com) Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to sign up to a Royal Mail ‘Condition 9′ access agreement, cutting the cost of its mailing.

Regional Headlines

Nursery worker held in Birmingham child abuse inquiry
A male nursery worker has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

Secure Birmingham hospital exit ‘was left unlocked’
A “fundamental failure” in care allowed a man with severe schizophrenia to walk out of a supposedly secure hospital in Birmingham, an inquest has heard.

Injured ex-soldier from Tipton begins marathon feat
A former soldier hoping to raise money for a burns unit which treated him has completed the first of 52 marathons planned for this year.

National Headlines

No golden handshake for NI Water boss
The Stormont minister responsible for Northern Ireland Water has said the former chief executive will not receive a “golden handshake” severance package.

One in 10 schools now academies
More than one-in-10 state secondary schools in England are now academies, outside of local authority control.

Ashes: England close in on series victory in Australia 
England are on the verge of a crushing 3-1 Ashes victory and first series win down under in 24 years.

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