Media Watch – July 16

By on 16/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pool reopens after £170k refurbishment (Birmingham Mail, BRMB) Newtown Baths will reopen to the public today following a £170,000 repair programme. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12179

Baths rescue fight goes on (Birmingham Mail) Protesters handed over a petition demanding that a pool (Sparkhill Baths) threatened with closure is re-opened as a council-run facility.

Group set up to monitor ‘terror’ cams (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A new group that will oversee the future of a controversial CCTV scheme in Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath has had its first meeting.

Yellow line workmen: We’re sorry (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have apologised to residents angry that workmen had left their road splattered in yellow paint.

Brum battles for partners (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is battling against Coventry to work with Solihull Council to improve the town’s economy.

Pope visit 2am start (BBC Online, Birmingham Mail) Pilgrims attending Pope Benedict’s mass at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Sunday 19 September will be allowed to assemble from 0200 BST, the city council has agreed.

Fury at debris left by traveller camp (Birmingham Mail) Gypsies have finally left the park they have plagued for more than a week (Old Yardley Park)  – but taxpayers now face a huge bill for the clean-up operation.

City binmen set for strike vote (Birmingham Mail) Binmen in Birmingham look set to follow strike action planned by refuse workers in Sandwell.

Repairs to Birmingham’s ‘floozy’ statue under way (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, BBC Online) Birmingham’s ‘Floozy in the Jacuzzi’ statue is being patched up and mended after being without water for many months. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12128

‘Transforming’ info management (publicservice.co.uk) Information on adult social care in Birmingham is to be better shared following Birmingham City Council’s decision to use a new electronic record management system.

Councils spending millions on website redesigns as job cuts loom (Daily Telegraph) Local authorities are paying for costly redesigns to refresh the appearance of their websites, on top of salaries and other external costs. Article features the Birmingham City Council launched last year.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham charity raises £2m for Pakistan flood relief
A Birmingham-based charity says it has now raised more than £2m for flood victims in Pakistan.

Manhunt in Thailand for British boxer
Police in Thailand have launched a manhunt for a British Thai boxing expert, believed to be from Birmingham, who is suspected of murder.

Prince Charles to go on national green projects tour
Prince Charles is to visit Birmingham as part of a five-day tour of Scotland, Wales and England to encourage sustainable living.

National Headlines

Pledge to end mixed-sex hospital wards by end of 2010
The coalition government is preparing to announce an end to most mixed-sex hospital wards in England by the end of the year, it has been reported.

Votes over housing schemes ‘could tear villages apart’
Government plans to hold local referendums on new housing schemes in England could tear village communities apart, rural campaigners have said.

Union and BAA set for talks to avert airports strike
Talks are due to begin later at the conciliation service Acas in an attempt to avert a strike that could close six UK airports later this month.

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