Media Watch – July 12

By on 12/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City pledge to support OAPs (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has announced that it will continue to support more than 400 elderly residents in care homes belonging to Southern Cross following the collapse of the company.

Museum entry fee idea ‘left open’ (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Council leaders have refused to rule out the possibility that free admission to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery could be scrapped. Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “We all agree we want to retain free entry. But we don’t know how the finances of Birmingham and the country will be in the next ten of 20 years.”

Bishop runs into row on chapel plan (Birmingham Mail) The Bishop of Birmingham is locked in an unholy row over plans to modernise his historic disused chapel.

Asda ‘tried to sway’ survey (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Nigel Dawkins) has slammed supermarket giant Asda for trying to ‘influence’ an independent survey over plans for a new store.

Newtown new homes development to begin this summer (West Midlands Housing News) Newtown’s north east side will undergo major improvements by becoming the development site for new council houses and a community public square.

St Mowden and Birmingham Council sign on the line for Longbridge youth centre project (Birmingham Mail, West Midlands Housing News) A development agreement has been signed between St Mowden and Birmingham City Council for a new £5 million youth centre, which will be built in the heart of the Longbridge regeneration project.

Local authorities recognised for tackling homophobic bullying (SecEd) Birmingham City Council named as one of the top 10 best local authorities for preventing and tackling homophobic bullying in schools.

Traders beat the strike in Birmingham (Market Trader and Independent Retailer) Both wholesale and retail market traders in Birmingham stood shoulder to shoulder to keep the city’s markets open during the one-day council workers strike.

Centre invests in new equipment (Work Out) Birmingham’s largest council-owned leisure centre has invested in the latest equipment from Power Plate, the Pro6 machine.

Regional Headlines

Council approves new pay system
Walsall Council passes plans to introduce a new Single Status pay agreement, equalling out staff salaries.

Boy in court over sexual assault
A teenage boy appears in court in Dudley charged with serious sexual assault and kidnap after a teenage girl was reported missing.

National Headlines

MPs set to quiz police on hacking
Two current and two former Metropolitan Police officers will be questioned by MPs in public later about inquiries into phone-hacking at the News of the World.

Stolen bus rammed at Belfast police
Seven police officers are injured ahead of July 12 parades in Northern Ireland.

A third of universities to charge standard £9,000 fee
More than a third of England’s universities have had their plans to charge £9,000 for every course officially approved.

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