Media Watch – July 8

By on 08/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

School heads join in battle of bulge (Birmingham Mail) Headteachers are to be given the power to object to fast food takeaways opening near their schools under amendments agreed to local planning guidance policy.

Chippy scheme still wins backing (Birmingham Mail, Sutton News) A sixth takeaway in Mere Green has been approved by the city council despite objections including a 600-signature petition from residents.

Council “sorry” for man's year-long wait (Birmingham Mail) A homeowner who requested a dropped kerb for his property in Great Barr has had the work completed, a year after requesting it.

Visitors to get 3D preview of library (Birmingham Mail) A series of workshops and a 3D online interactive model of the new Library of Birmingham are to give people an insight into what the new facility will look like when open.

Stand up for track and field (Birmingham Mail) The new grandstand at the Alexander Stadium has been unveiled on the eve of the city's first-ever Diamond League meeting.

City looks to establish 4G network (eGov monitor, Plans to establish high-speed internet access in Birmingham have been unveiled by the city council.

Funding plan for green jobs (Construction News) A look at how private finance is set to back retrofitting of homes with energy saving measures. Reference made to Birmingham's Energy Savers Project, referred to as a “Sensible approach” by KPMG's director of corporate finance.

PM must push for private investment in early intervention (LGC) Labour MP Graham Allen has outlined his thoughts on how work with children and families should be delivered in a new report. Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes has supported his calls.

Move of the week (LGC) Glyn Evans' move to Warwick Business School, on a secondment from the city council, is detailed in the magazine's Move of the week column.

Children's social care feature (Central News) Part one of a two-part feature on the challenges faced by social workers in Birmingham. Episode included example of a positive outcome following social care intervention.

Regional Headlines

A Birmingham mother has criticised the police and NHS after falsely being accused of murder after her son died in February.

Carson Yeung's court case is nothing to do with  Birmingham City FC, a new statement from the club's parent company has reiterated.

National Headlines

Extensive coverage of yesterday's announcement that Sunday's News of the World will be the final ever edition of the newspaper, which was launched in 1843.

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