Media Watch – July 13 (pm)

By on 13/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Floozie fountain springs new leak (Birmingham Mail) Report on Victoria Square fountain being switched off to carry out repairs. Council has allocated £70,000 for the work. Spokesman quoted saying full investigations will take place and stressing need to take action to safeguard long-term future.

Leaders split on rail link (Birmingham Mail) Report claims difference of opinion on whether new high-speed rail services should come straight to city centre or serve NEC and Birmingham International Airport. Maintains Cllr Whitby and AWM advocate city centre while airport and Birmingham Forward say should link to NEC and airport.

Site back on track (Birmingham Mail) Claims BCC's new website will be up and running next month. Glynn Evans quoted saying extra management staff and technical have been brought in to put the project on track in wake of reports that it had been delayed due to technical problems.

Quiet man who's a Lib-Dem national treasure (Birmingham Mail)  Columnist Mike Olley glowing tribute to Cllr Paul Tilsley.

Anger over road plans (Birmingham Mail) Campaigner against the Selly Oak New Road vows to take his opposition to the £63 million new highway to the Government. Dick Rodgers says road should be dual carriageway but BBC says single carriageway is sufficient. BCC spokesman quoted.

Outrage at waste firm (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners and councillors against a waste disposal company claim the firm is continuing to break up rocks and rubble despite being ordered not to ten months ago.

Regional Headlines

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central/Birmingham Mail: Grief of the families of four Midland soldiers killed in Afghanistan. New Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth expected to face tough questions in Commons over policy and resources to troops.

BBC Midlands Today: Six members of a Dudley family plead guilty to arranging fake marriage ceremonies.

BBC Midlands Today: Plans to spend £2.5 million on upgrading Birmingham's swimming pools likely to be approved today.

BBC Midlands Today: Jacqui Smith talks about the pressures that led to her resigning as Home Secretary.

 ITV Central: Milkman who was 17 when he attacked one of his customers is accused of murder following her death three years after the incident.

National Headlines

No 10 hits back over Afghanistan
Girl's death takes flu death to 16
Funds due for more primary places


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