Media Watch – July 31 (pm)

By on 31/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

School meals cash warning (Birmingham Mail) Council budgets in Birmingham being put under pressure as more children qualify for free school meals. Cllr Les Lawrence quoted saying extra funds from central Government needed. Birmingham already has more than twice the national average of pupils on free school meals.

Exclusions fall 45 per cent in two years in Birmingham (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Permanent exclusions down more than 45 per cent. Introduction of new initiatives including school behaviour partnerships. Tony Howell quoted.

City stars in disaster flick (Birmingham Mail) New DVD produced by BCC showing how emergency services would respond to a major disaster and gives advice to citizens how to prepare in the event of fire, floods, terror attacks and tornadoes. Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Early closing at noisy bar (Birmingham Mail) Repeat of Birmingham Post story this morning about  city centre bar Mechu in Summer Row losing late night opening licence forcing it to close at 2am instead of 3am. Story put in context of noise abatement order row between Rainbow pub in Digbeth and BCC.

Regional Headlines

BBC Midlands Today: Coverage of funeral of 18-year-old rifleman Henry Aldridge from Herefordshire who was one of four British soldiers killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He is one of the youngest soldiers to have died.

BBC Midlands Today: Investigators want to question and anonymous caller and two people who were seeing acting suspiciously around the massive fire in Wednesbury earlier this month.
BBC Midlands Today: Political activist Mark France who has been campaigning against Julie Kirk-Bride over expenses is facing losing his own job because his employers are not happy with his activities.

 BBC Midlands Today: Nearly a quarter of shops in Wolverhampton city centre are empty. It's one of the worst affected areas in the country, according to the report (21 per cent vacant lots compared to 12 per cent nationally).
 BBC Radio WM, Ed Doolan: Residents at Willows Road in Moseley complaining about parking arrangements. Cllr Len Gregory interviewed saying lessons will be learned.

National Headlines

Legend Sir Bobby Robson, 76, dies



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