Media Watch – July 9

By on 09/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Better deal bid for Brum (Birmingham Mail) The campaign to get a better deal for Birmingham is going to 10 Downing Street. Council Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has invited opposition party leaders and business chiefs to join him in talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on September 5.

10,000 give up cigs in a year (Birmingham Mail) A record 10,000 people in Birmingham have quit smoking over the past 12 months, it has been revealed. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted.

Library demolition is 25 years overdue (Birmingham Mail) A city prefabricated library (West Heath) which was only meant to last for 12 years is finally being replaced – just 25 years late.

Brum declares war on Canada geese (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is declaring war on what have been called the ‘most loathsome birds in Britain’.

City shows off energy project (Birmingham Mail) The Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change was in Northfield on Friday.

Consumer watchdogs in Birmingham win an award for stopping shoppers being ripped off by gold jewellers (Birmingham Mail) A campaign by consumer watchdogs aimed at stopping shoppers being ripped off by gold jewellers in Birmingham has won an award. Birmingham City Council's Trading Standards team has spent the last two years working to stop rogue gold traders from selling unhallmarked jewellery.

Karaoke bar shut down over attack (Birmingham Mail) Police have forced the emergency closure of a Chinese karaoke bar in Birmingham following a sustained and brutal gang-related attack on a customer.

Scheme to cut fuel bills (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s pioneering scheme to cut household fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions (Birmingham Energy Savers Scheme) has been awarded an extra £1.3 million European Investment Bank funding.

Don’t leave rubbish around for rodents (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice on how to rid our gardens of unwanted visitors.

‘Job fears' of bin lorry driver found hanged (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A dad was found hanged after discovering he might lose his job as a Birmingham dustcart driver, an inquest was told. (proceeding)

Tolkien restoration to go ahead (Birmingham Mail) Improvement work to historic Sarehole Mill, costing £315,000, is to go ahead, the council has confirmed.

Speed puzzle goes on as sign is axed (Birmingham Mail) Drivers have been left scratching their heads in confusion after Birmingham City Council axed a misleading speed sign – then insisted no signs were needed at all.

Tyson takes on Mario and Sonic (Sunday Mercury) America’s Olympians have asked a ‘wii’ favour of Birmingham City Council – they want a state-of-the-art games room in their hotel.

Birmingham to get significant new powers from ‘city deals’ (Insider Media) Birmingham is set to be given groundbreaking new powers transferred from Whitehall under the ‘city deals’ initiative.

Regional Headlines

BMW to invest £250m in UK plants
BMW is to invest £250m in its UK factories over the next three years to expand production of the Mini, the company announces.

Hospital death probe suspends 11
Four ambulance staff and seven hospital workers are suspended over claims they did not rush to help an ill man outside A&E.

National Headlines

Hosepipe bans ended by rainfall
The four remaining water companies with hosepipe bans end the restrictions following “abnormal rainfall” – a move affecting six million people.

Beaten Murray vows to bounce back
Andy Murray says there is no shame in losing to seven-time champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

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