Media Watch – July 9

By on 09/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Funding axed for another 57 city schools (Birmingham Mail) New claims about the true scale of the Coalition Government’s decision to axe the Building Schools for the Future programme. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11418

City school chief set to step down (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham’s director of children’s services (Tony Howell), who was heavily criticised in the wake of the death of Khyra Ishaq, has announced his retirement at the end of this year.

Photographic equivalent of the Mona Lisa (Birmingham Mail) Graham Young talks to world famous photographer Steve McCurry about his UK exclusive exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11310

There’s nothing plane about this Spitfire (Birmingham Mail) Brum is blooming all over with floral displays – including an eye-catching Spitfire in Victoria Square. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11426

Birmingham firm fined over illegal advertising placards (Birmingham Post) A company that illegally advertised its business on the streets of Birmingham has been fined almost £3,000. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11397

Birmingham Council hires Newcastle chief to replace Dutton (Property Week, Regen.net) Birmingham City Council has appointed Mark Burrows as its new strategic director of development.

Gay Village regeneration is making a real difference (Midlands Zone) Birmingham City Council’s regeneration scheme undertaken in Hurst Street is making a positive difference to the city’s gay village.

Blaming the Germans (Municipal Journal) Report on prosecution of Birmingham takeaway after German cockroaches were found on the premises. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11401

Regional Headlines

Police see man hit wall during ‘boy racer’ operation
A man has been charged with several driving offences after a car crashed into a wall in front of police talking to “boy racers”. Officers had just moved on a group of drivers on the Asda car park in Pearson Street, Brierley Hill, in the Black Country when the incident happened.

Mother and son held after drugs found at Shirley house
A mother and son have been arrested after several cannabis plants were found at a house.

Nine raids on homes in Black Country spark police hunt
Detectives are searching for two burglars after raids on nine Black Country homes in two months.

National Headlines

Public threat fuels search for Raoul Moat
The search for fugitive gunman Raoul Moat has taken on a new level of urgency after he made threats to the public as well as police.

NHS shake-up ‘hands funding powers to GPs’
GP practices could be handed responsibility for most health services under a radical shake-up of the NHS in England, under ministerial plans.

Michael Gove attacked for ‘cavalier’ school list errors
Education Secretary Michael Gove has been attacked for the “cavalier” way he released a list of axed school building schemes, which contained 25 errors.

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