Media Watch – July 20  

By on 20/07/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Half of Brum kids living in the country’s poorest areas (Birmingham Mail and BBC WM): Research by Birmingham Child Poverty Commission reveals nearly 137,000 under 18s live in some of the most deprived parts of the city – including Sparkbrook and Nechells. Birmingham city councillor,  Jess Phillips MP quoted.

Man facing a lifetime ban as governor in city schools (Birmingham Mail): Report that Tahir Alam, former chairman of Park View Educational Trust, is due to be handed a ban by the Department of Education, following recommendations made in Peter Clarke’s report into the Trojan Horse allegations.  Cllr Matt Bennett quoted.

Sutton Coldfield votes ‘yes’ to new town council (widespread local coverage): Report that Sutton citizens have voted to set up their own town council, in a move to become more independent from Birmingham. Leader Sir Albert Bore, Cllr Paul Tilsley and Cllr Anne Underwood all quoted.

Residents threatened with fines for placing recycling in wrong bin (Sutton Observer): Report that residents in Sutton and Erdington, as part of the wheelie bin roll out, have received letters stating they will face fines if paper and cans are put in the wrong bins in future.  Cllr David Barrie quoted.

Councillors call on Britain to fight human rights injustice (Birmingham Mail):  More than 100 city councillors have signed a letter to Foreign Secretary Brian Hammond, calling for him to lead the fight for human rights in Burma.  Cllr Mariam Khan quoted.

Family jailed for ‘clocking’ 4 million miles off cars (BBC Midlands Today and BBC News online):  Four members of the same family were jailed for total of 12 years and nine months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.  Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

60,000 people celebrate Eid at Birmingham park (Guardian website and local coverage): Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan with a free festival at Small Heath Park over the weekend.  Lord Mayor was in attendance.

Council looks into hole on busy road – but finds nothing wrong! (Sutton Observer): Report based on complaints about a large pothole on Hillwood Road, Four Oaks which council roads contractor Amey did not consider to be dangerous, when inspected on 30 June.

Failure to keep dogs on leads sees duo fined by magistrates (Great Barr Observer):  Report on dog owners from Great Barr and Handsworth who received fines for not keeping their pets on leads

Don’t waste waste food, say greenies (Tyburn Mail): Report on the launch of Friends of the Earth campaign to cut food waste, Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Regional headlines

Mother of murdered rapper Joshua Ribera reveals she has helped thousands of young people as a tribute to her son.

A parliament of owls has landed in Birmingham as part of The Big Hoot city-wide art installation, which is raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

National headlines

Prime Minister David Cameron will vow to tackle “failures of integration” when he unveils a five-year plan to combat home-grown Islamist extremism during a speech in Birmingham later today.

Rescue workers searching for three men and one woman following a blaze at a Bosley mill locate one body at the site.

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