Media Watch – June 17

By on 17/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Government talks to Birmingham City Council over school academy costs (Birmingham Post) Education Ministers are in talks with Birmingham schools chief Les Lawrence over claims that the city council is being forced to pay hidden costs for the establishment of academies.

Stars honour ‘unsung heroes’ (Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anita Ward made the presentations as three ‘unsung heroes’ were honoured on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars.

Government urged to act on Kashmir (Birmingham Mail) Foreign Secretary William Hague has been told by Birmingham City Council to make more effort to deal with the conflict in Kashmir.

‘Tolkien’ bog’s £250,000 revamp  (BBC) A nature reserve that Lord of the Rings author, JRR Tolkien, visited as a child undergoes a £250,000 lottery-funded revamp. Moseley Bog is owned by Birmingham City Council and managed by the Friends of Moseley Bog and the Wildlife Trust.

Sink your teeth into Midlands metal (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Homer of Metal exhibition.

Persistence pays off with centre (Birmingham Mail) Pupils at Aston Manor School who were left disappointed when a school building scheme was scrapped are celebrating the opening of their new £300,000 sixth form.

Display wins Gardeners’ World prize (PA Newswire) Fresh from success at last month's Chelsea Flower Show, Birmingham City Council's display highlighting 'The Plight of the Gorilla' has won a gold award at the prestigious Gardeners' World Live Show.

Adult shop is ordered to be coy about products (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee has told a sex shop chain not to mention what it sells in its store windows.

Eating out with a clear conscience (Birmingham Mail) The city’s most sustainable and environmentally-aware places to eat out have been honoured at the second Birmingham Green Restaurant Awards.

Birmingham announces its backing for High Speed 2 (Rail) Birmingham City Council and Centro ‘unanimously welcome’ the plans to build a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands.

Family help needs new funding (Local Government Chronicle, Community Care) Early intervention programmes to help problem families will have a minimal impact if they are not backed by payment-by-results structures to tap new funding streams, Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes has warned.

Regional Headlines

Alex McLeish confirmed as Villa boss.

EDL blames police over protests
An English Defence League (EDL) spokesman claims it was the police’s fault there were violent demonstrations in the West Midlands last year.

National Headlines

Public sector pension ‘due at 66′
The government is detailing for the first time plans to link the public sector retirement age to the state pension age, which is rising to 66.

Parents ‘influence teen drinking’
Children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves, a new study of young teenagers suggests.

Explosions reported in dockyard
Emergency crews are dealing with a large fire at Falmouth Docks in Cornwall where there have been reports of explosions involving gas cylinders.

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