Media Watch – July 13

By on 13/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

A dangerous place to be a child? (BBC online, BBC WM) Preview of tonight’s BBC Inside Out programme on Birmingham children’s services. Peter Hay, director for people at the city council, interviewed on WM saying there are signs of improvement

Kids’ home resident lived in 39 places by age of 16 (Birmingham Mail, Monday and BBC online) Interview with a former children’s home resident, taken from the BBC Inside Out programme

First owners fined for not keeping dogs on lead (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Three women have become the first dog owners in Birmingham to be prosecuted for failing to keep their dogs on leads in a public place. Birmingham City Council brought the separate cases against the women

Anger as last 8 residents moved out of care home (Birmingham Mail, Monday) The final eight residents have moved out of an ‘outdated’ private care home following a critical report. Birmingham City Council spokesperson quoted saying they have allocated social workers to work with residents

The ‘Trojan Horse’ school opening pupils’ eyes to the brutal realities of Islamic State (The Guardian) Feature on the Open Your Eyes national campaign visiting Saltley school

Get transport right…or it will be a black September (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Report from the city council’s transport scrutiny committee where preparations for the opening of Birmingham New Street station and Grand Central, and two Rugby World Cup fixtures at Villa Park, were discussed

‘Cut food going to landfill’ says waste boss (Sutton Observer) In response to a campaign to introduce food recycling, Cllr Lisa Trickett has said the council’s primary goal is to reduce the amount of food waste in the first place

Leave verdict in no doubt plea after fears of ballot ‘threshold’ (Sutton Observer) Fears have been raised that an arbitrary threshold might be set on the size of the majority needed to approve a town council for Sutton. However, a city council spokesperson confirmed that no arbitrary cut-off had been set and the ballot is part of a wider consultation

Moving city’s wholesale markets could create 620 jobs across the area (Great Barr Observer) A strategy to bring the city’s wholesale markets to Perry Barr have been submitted to the city council

Landlord fined £19k for letting out shoddy bedsit (Great Barr Observer) A landlord has been prosecuted by Birmingham City Council for failing to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence. Cllr John Cotton quoted

Saddened head: school anything but inadequate (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Interview with Liam Nolan following the announcement that Perry Beeches 3 free school has been put into special measures

Greenbelt house-building (BBC WM) Interview with a campaigner to stop development on greenbelt land in Sutton, part of the wider Birmingham Development Plan

Regional Headlines:

Crashed car lands on parked car – A car lands on top of another car parked on a driveway, injuring teenage passengers

National Headlines:

Eurozone ‘agreement’ on Greece debt – Eurozone leaders have reached a unanimous agreement over a third bailout for Greece

PM urges bigger spend on drones – The prime minister asks for increased funding for the SAS and drones to combat the threat from Islamic State

Protests shut Heathrow airport runway – Airline passengers are warned to expect delays after protesters cut through a fence to get on to the runway


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