Media Watch – June 15

By on 15/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Game is up (Daily Mirror) More than £500,000 worth of illegally ‘chipped’ Xbox 360 consoles and pirated video games have been seized – in the country’s second largest haul of its kind.

New BMX bike track in Birmingham hosts European event (BBC) Just over a week after it was officially opened, Birmingham’s new state-of-the-art BMX track will host the sport’s European Championships.

New Brum council homes complete with countryside views (West Midlands Housing News) Cllr John Lines met tenants of the Birmingham City Council’s newest affordable housing scheme in Bartley Green.

Neighbour ‘a dirty town’ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor has accused Tamworth and students of being dirty during a heated council debate on weekly refuse collections and wheelie bins.

Council: We’ll use our clout in care home crisis (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s social services chief (Cllr Sue Anderson) has said that the city council will use its clout as a major purchaser of old people’s care to fight for residents in Southern Cross care homes.

Dromey attacked over post office campaign (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s newest MPs (Jack Dromey) has been accused of being a ‘hypocritical Johnny-come-lately’ by Cllr Mike Whitby over his campaign against post office closures.

Anger at ‘mega’ restaurant bid (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Martin Mullaney) is objecting to plans to turn a former landmark live music venue into a mega seater restaurant.

Call for ‘clean mayor contest’ (Birmingham Mail) The former MP (Sion Simon) who wants to become the first elected mayor of Birmingham has called for a clean and ‘comradely’ fight after his first rival (Sir Albert Bore) was announced.

Student anger at new parking plan (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham student says she will be forced to move out of her flat after the council imposed a new parking scheme.

Regional Headlines

Man killed in Smethwick flat fire in Loxley Road
A man has died after a fire broke out in a flat in the West Midlands.

Villa intend to interview McLeish
Aston Villa plan to interview ex-Birmingham boss Alex McLeish “imminently” for their managerial vacancy, with the Blues lodging a formal complaint in return.

National Headlines

Retail banks will be ring-fenced
The UK’s biggest banks are to be forced to ring-fence their retail operations from investment banking, Chancellor George Osborne is to announce.

Southern Cross in crisis meeting
Troubled care home provider Southern Cross is to hold a crisis meeting with landlords, lenders and the Department of Health on Wednesday.

Mass public sector strike warning
A union will announce the results of a strike ballot on Wednesday, amid fears hundreds of thousands of public sector workers could stage a walkout.

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