Media Watch – July 25

By on 25/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the USA and Jamaica pre-Olympic training camps.

Top cops set for council leader talks (Birmingham Mail, BBC, BBC WM, Free Radio) Senior police officers are due to meet the leader of Birmingham City Council to discuss community relations after eight men were cleared of murder during last year’s riots.

Park repairs to get going (Birmingham Mail) Work to repair the churned up lawns on Cannon Hill Park following the Torch relay event and persistent rain is finally set to begin on Friday.

Market bid for former museum (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The former home of Aston Manor Transport Museum could become the base for an indoor market under plans submitted to the council.

New £4.3m scheme to revive empty properties (Birmingham Mail, Inside Housing, 24dash, Housingnet) Scores of homeless or overcrowded families could soon get newly-refurbished affordable homes in Birmingham under a £4.3million scheme to revive empty properties launched next week.

Student flats approved (Birmingham Mail) Plans to convert an Erdington town centre shop building into student flats have been approved despite complaints from neighbours.

Lord Mayor’s park bench is pinched (Birmingham Mail) A wooden bench placed as a tribute to a much-loved former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Harold Blumenthal, has been stolen – despite being cemented into the ground.

City council pledges power shift (Birmingham Mail) The citizens of Birmingham are being promised a ‘real shift’ in political power to local communities under the Labour council’s devolution policy.

Birmingham City Council consulting on new tenant engagement structure (West Midlands Housing News) A consultation has been launched for a new structure to truly engage the role of Birmingham City Council tenants in their neighbourhood and services.

Regional Headlines

Jaguar to create 1,100 new jobs
Luxury car company Jaguar Land Rover says it will create 1,100 new jobs at its Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands.

Roads remain closed after blaze
A number of streets in Walsall remain closed after a “suspicious” fire at a former leather factory building.

National Headlines

Olympics kick off with football
The first sporting event of London 2012 takes place later with women’s football in Cardiff, as Games Lanes open on the roads and the government tries to block a border staff strike.

UK to release data on recession
Gross domestic product figures released on Wednesday are expected to confirm that the UK economy has contracted for a third quarter in a row as the recession continues.

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