Media Watch – July 28

By on 28/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Park View School headteacher suspended (Birmingham Mail) The headteacher of the Birmingham school at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot (Park View) has been suspended.

‘Muslim bullies forced me out of school’ (Sunday Express) A head teacher forced out of his school by Trojan horse extremists last night said he felt betrayed by the council which he claims did nothing to stop the plot.

Funding boost to improve child literacy in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Five city libraries are to share a £250,000 windfall to boost child literacy – including investment in iPads, ebook readers, projectors and 3D printers.

Residents fork out to remove dumped garden waste (Birmingham Mail) Residents stumped up £600 to clear 6ft piles of rubbish from their street - after claiming the council ignored their pleas for help.

Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme (Birmingham Mail) Controversial plans to redevelop the Sutton Coldfield Conservative Club alongside a care home have been approved - thanks to backing from Labour councillors.

Crime fears spell end for city shisha lounge (Birmingham Mail) A shisha lounge will be forced to close down because it has increased fear of crime in Digbeth. Birmingham Public Health also voiced concerns.

Important health advice for Hajj pilgrims (Free Radio, Noor TV) Birmingham Muslims planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage have been urged to check the latest health advice before making the journey.

Chance to nominate a ‘Local Hero’ in 2014 Chamberlain Awards (Sutton Observer) Unsung heroes who work for the city council are set to have their efforts recognised at an annual awards scheme.

Birmingham targets public sector deals (Property Week) Birmingham Council is seeking more public sector lettings in the city, following the announcement that the delivery body for High Speed 2 (HS2) is to relocate there.

Inaction boosted Trojan Horse bid (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council failed to spot concerns about some of the schools at the centre of the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair.

Brum backs education ‘fixer’ (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has welcomed the Government’s plans for an education commissioner in the city, and the appointment of top mandarin Sir Bob Kerslake to review the corporate governance.

Regional Headlines

Camping gas cylinder causes blast
A gas cylinder explodes inside a Black Country home, blowing its front window into the garden and a door off its hinges.

Man accused of Birmingham Airport security breach
A man has been charged with breaching Birmingham Airport security and boarding an empty plane.

National Headlines

Bidding starts for fracking licences
The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas – using the controversial process fracking – will begin later on Monday, the government announces.

Government ‘turns back’ on victims
Ministers are “turning their backs” on victims of domestic violence, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper will say in a speech later.

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