Media Watch – July 31 (am)

By on 31/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Licensing rules could change as bar loses unhappy hour/Picking up the inadequacies of the Licensing Act 2000 (Birmingham Post) Licensing Cttee reduce Meechu Club, Summer Row, hours of opening until 2 a.m. and insist on the introduction of a taxi marshalling scheme, following a noisy neighbour complaint. Cllr Dawkins calls for clear zoning of residential and entertainment districts. Comment piece says the licensing committees are in a difficult position, but must remember that the city centre is not primarily a residential area.

Top two can lead recovery (Birmingham Post)  Birmingham's Post Power 50 - a list of the region's top movers and shakers as decided by the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Forward, is published.  City Council members feature in list.

Row over control of jobs cash/Time to scrutinise the city region board  (Birmingham Post) Article says a furious political row has erupted after BCC agreed that the £500 million fund (Multi Area Agreement for Employment and Skills MAA) to fight unemployment and improve workforce skills in the West Midlands, should be placed in the hands of an unelected body.  Cllr J Evans quoted saying it is a backward step, but Stephen Hughes says that the MAA brings coherence to the tackling of worklessness.  Comment says it is difficult to overstate the importance of the MAA but that in order to gain credibility it should be subject to public scrutiny.

Regional Headlines

Further arrests over shooting of pub licensee in Bilston

Detectives want to trace two men in car seen near the site where a taxi driver was killed in Kings Norton

National Headlines

The Government says it will ban all private transplants of organs from dead donors in the UK

Right to die law to be clarified following Law Lords backing Debbie Purdy case

British Airways makes  £148m loss in the three months to end of June



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