Media Watch – July 6

By on 06/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City wins control of £1.5bn fund (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Guardian, Independent, C4 News) Birmingham is given control of a £1.5bn investment fund under a deal to give more powers to cities.

Birmingham steps up the smoking fight (Free Radio) Figures released today show Birmingham is leading the fight against smoking, with public health campaigns helping a record 10,000 people kick the habit over the last 12 months. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed)

Health boss in call to control sheesha clubs (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham public health chief (Cllr Barry Henley) has called for the licensing and strict control of sheesha lounges which are springing up throughout the city.

Office block school plan to be rejected (Birmingham Mail) Planners are set to reject controversial plans to open a school for ‘disengaged’ teens in a disused office block next to one of Birmingham’s busiest shopping centres (Swan Shopping Centre, Yardley)

Council in green belt build row (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s new Labour leadership has refused to rule out building on the city’s green belt to meet the demand for new housing.

Filthy cafe put diners at risk (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a cafe that was littered with mouse droppings has been fined for breaching food safety rules.

Regional Headlines

‘Costly mistakes’ warning for HS2
The “costly mistakes” of HS1 must not be repeated with HS2, a report by a committee of MPs says.

PCSO powers ‘need to be greater’
An independent candidate for the West Midlands police commissioner role wants community support officers to have greater powers.

National Headlines

UK braced for more severe floods
Forecasters warn of floods in many parts of the UK, with some regions set to suffer a month’s rainfall in 24 hours.

Police chief in misconduct probe
Sussex Police Chief Constable Martin Richards is investigated by the police watchdog over an allegation of misconduct.

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