Media Watch – July 18

By on 18/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Desperate council looks to sell NEC to pay debts (Birmingham Post) The NEC Group could be sold to help pay Birmingham City Council’s giant equal pay bill – but board members are agreed the venue needs investment

City centre ‘chugger’ ban moving one step closer (Birmingham Post) A ground-breaking by-law to ban ‘chuggers’ is set to be introduced in Birmingham after councillors agreed to back a recommendation banning them from city centre streets

Tunnels closure – BBC WM – Amey and Centro took part in a phone-in to continue to raise awareness of the imminent closure of the A38 tunnels

Bears to get payment holiday on £20m loan (Birmingham Post) Warwickshire County Cricket Club has been granted a further six repayment holidays on the £20m loanit received from Birmingjam City Council three years ago

How Her Majesty had city planners going round in circles (Birmingham Post) Feature on the tunnels closure and the ‘legend’ about the Queen mistakenly naming the entire ring-road ‘Queensway’

Four square behind new library (Birmingham Post) Four of Birmingham’s busiest public squares will come alive with arts and culture to celebrate the opening of the Library of Birmingham in September

Birmingham hotel houses over 40 London homeless families (West Midlands Housing News) Further coverage of the situation at Bailey’s Hotel in Hagley Rd  where Newham council has placed families. Cllr Bedser quoted

Regional Headlines:

Shops braced for major EDL rally (Birmingham Post) Retailers are bracing themselves as thousands of English Defence League protesters are expected to converge on Birmingham City Centre

Jobs to go in control rooms merger (BBC online) Twenty-five posts are to go when West Midlands and Staffordshire fire authorities merge control centres

National Headlines:

Hospital inspections ‘to be tougher’ – The new chief inspector of hospitals in England promises more robust and broader inspections

Nelson Mandela turns 95 in hospital – South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday as the former president remains in hospital

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