Media Watch – July 29

By on 29/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillor's plea for Palestinian flag to fly in city is refused (Birmingham Mail) A request from Cllr Majid Mahmood and Khalid Mahmood MP for the flag to be flown from the Council House as a show of solidarity for those affected by the Gaza conflict has been refused. A council spokesperson quoted - saying there is a long-standing protocol for which flags are flown from the building.

Extra acts added to bill of glitzy awards ceremony (Birmingham Mail) The council's choir has been named as a part of the line-up performing at the Pride of Birmingham Awards on September 26.

Families ready to swing as park mini golf opens (Birmingham Mail) Item on the recent opening of a 36-hole mini golf course at the city's Cannon Hill Park.

City launches hunt for housing developer (Birminghampost.co.uk) Plans for a major housing scheme in south Birmingham have taken another significant step forward after the city council cabinet agreed to open the tender process to build more than 300 homes. The £19.1 million project on the Primrose Estate is part of a wider scheme which will eventually see about 1,000 homes developed on land adjoining Foyle Road and Redditch Road.

Just 16 hours' notice before 40,000 flock to Eid festival (Guardian) Coverage of this year's Eid celebrations in Birmingham. Reference made to the city council granting the event licence over three days to cover the 72 hours most likely to mark the end of Ramadan.

5 local councils that get Twitter right - and 5 that fail spectacularly (Mirror.co.uk) Feature based on percentage of population following council Twitter feeds. Birmingham is cited as performing badly because “one in 63” follow the feed. Article suggests this “might be something to do with how much time it spends posting pictures of people talking at council meetings, which is pretty boring”.

Regional Headlines

Severn Trent Water has issued a fresh warning to people to stay away from its reservoirs as the current warm spell of weather continues.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman is calling for an end to the trials of new flightpaths over Birmingham Airport.

National Headlines

The UK is to cut the amount of time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits for from six to three months.

Israel’s prime minister has warned of a “prolonged” military campaign in Gaza, as it saw one of its heaviest nights of shelling since the conflict began.

Labour has called for the NHS in England to stop privatising services until after the general election.

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