Media Watch – June 16

By on 16/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

City parking fears as new hospital gets extension OK (Birmingham Mail) City council planning committee members have warned of further parking problems in Edgbaston after giving the green light to an extension of Birmingham Dental Hospital, which is currently under construction on the former BBC Pebble Mill site. Quotes committee members Cllrs Martin Straker-Welds and John Clancy, both expressing concerns that the new building will eat up 15 parking spaces.

Teachers set to strike at failing city school (Birmingham Mail) Teachers at Small Heath School are set to stage fresh strike action over fears that it could be converted into an academy. Quotes city council spokesperson expressing disappointing at the proposed action and saying that the council is working with the Interim Executive Board and leadership in the school to improve standards. The council has previously said there are no current plans for Small Heath to become an academy.

Bowls club’s £25k plan (Birmingham Mail) Erdington Court Bowls Club is looking to raise £25,000 to improve its heating system and upgrade the members’ lounge – and has been given the backing of the Lord Mayor. Cllr Ray Hassall quoted as saying he was here to show support and urge Birmingham businesses and individuals to support the club.

Regional Headlines:

Birmingham’s historical Nautical Club, based in Bishopsgate Street, is looking to reunite 1,000 pieces of naval memorabilia with their owners before it closes its doors for good due to dwindling membership. Items on display at the club include a cannon-style gun outside the front of the premises.

A company which owns 14 public phone boxes vandalised in Birmingham City Centre during a weekend crime spree has announced that it is offering a £400 reward for information leading to the culprits being caught. The reward is being offered by InFocus Public Networks Ltd after £11,000 damage was caused between May 28 and June 1.

National Headlines:

A referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union will not take place on May 5 next year, the Government has said. A Downing Street spokesman said the move was a concession to MPs’ concerns.

Children should be tested for fitness, as well as maths and English, to reduce inactivity, say health campaigners. Campaign group ‘ukactive’ says the UK faces a “ticking time bomb” of health problems due to lack of exercise.


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