Media Watch – June 18 (pm)

By on 18/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City’s golf revamp bid sparks fury (Birmingham Mail) Criticism of Cllr Mullaney’s plans to transform local golf courses, including pitch and putt or 3 and 6 hole courses. Only 2 courses will remain in their current form, Pype Hayes and Lickey Hills. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

£12m city centre park plan unveiled (Birmingham Mail) New artist’s impressions of Eastside City Park revealed. Cllr Tim Huxtable quoted as suggesting the park was likely to be nicknamed the ‘hockey stick’ due to its shape.

MP tries to stop Edgbaston Lights (Birmingham Mail) Roger Godsiff MP urges council to approve loan to Warwickshire CC only on the condition that the club have retractable floodlights, similar to those at Lord’s.

Pool facelift ‘top priority’ (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Mullaney on importance of getting Sparkhill Pool up and running again. Cllr Ian Ward also quoted.

Call for help with ArtsFest (Birmingham Mail) Volunteers sought for ArtsFest. Call 0121 464 5678 for details.

Let siblings stay in their family home (Birmingham Mail) ‘Heartless’ council housing directorate planning to evict brother and sister following their Mother’s death, despite having lived at house in Sheldon since 1953. Council claim tenancy can only pass to one person and that already happened following the father’s death.

Letters (Birmingham Mail) Plea for planners to include more toilets at the summer and German markets. Also criticism of council attempts to ‘destroy’ live music in Birmingham and ‘hare-brained’ Moseley shared space scheme. Also letter from Cllr Reg Corns critical of Cllr Yacoob’s comments to full council regarding the recent BNP election gains.

Pupils aim to clinch record (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of children from schools across Birmingham join forces to create world’s largest ‘walking bus’.

Pester Power (The Stirrer) “The City Council has just launched an online petition service, and we’d love to harness the power of Stirrer readers to us it positively.”

Sink or swim for Birmingham pools (The Stirrer) “Councillors in Birmingham have delivered a shot across the bows to the city’s new Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, Martin Mullaney, warning him to put the future of local swimming baths like Sparkhill ahead of a new 50 metre pool near the city centre. Members of the Hall Green Constituency Committee (were reacting to the news that Sparkhill’s ‘dry side’ (i.e., the gym) has closed.”

Regional Headlines

Louise Casey visits ‘Community Payback’ scheme in Witton.

Further 55 cases of swine flu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins thousands of Rotarians in Birmingham, Brum’s biggest conference for a decade.

Despite £9billion upgrade, West Coast Mainline still experiencing delays, in fact, more delays than last year.

Missing polish girl found safe in Aston.

National Headlines

Royal Bank of Scotland said former chief executive Fred Goodwin had agreed to more than halve his widely criticised 703,000 pound pension award.

The Bank of England governor and the chancellor have clashed on what needs to be done to control banks and prevent a repeat of the financial crisis.

The Chief Constable of Northern Ireland was forced to defend his force today after racist violence against Belfast’s tiny Romanian community spread further overnight.

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