Media Watch – June 24 (am)

By on 24/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

MP attacks Egdbaston floodlights (Birmingham Post 24 June)
Warwickshire County Cricket Club has misled residents over claims it will be forced to stop hosting international matches unless it builds permanent 150ft floodlights at Edgbaston, a city MP has claimed.

Councillor abandons pub plight after insult (Birmingham Post 24 June)
The landlord of The Rainbow pub in Digbeth is remaining upbeat about his campaign against its noise clampdown despite a key council ally walking away because of an online spat.

Deckchairs, shade and sandcastles…it’s Birmingham-Not-Quite-On-Sea (The Times 24 June) (Photograph of people on deckchairs) It may look like a postcard showing a beach abroad, but this summery snap was taken in Birmingham city centre, many miles from the sea.

£25m electric car project (Birmingham Post 24 June) Electric cars could be a common sight on the roads within five years thanks to a major Government pilot scheme involving manufacturers in Birmingham and Coventry, Transport Minister Lord Adonis has predicted.

Selly Oak road contract sealed (Birmingham Post 24 June) A £16million contract has been awarded to carry out construction work on a key Birmingham road. The City Council said up to 160 construction jobs would be created.

City strengthens India ties (Birmingham Post 24 June) Birmingham is to lead the way in a nationwide bid to establish business links with India.

Council: Flexible working is paying off (Birmingham Post 24 June) More than 1,200 Birmingham City Council employees facing redundancy have been found other jobs in the organisation as a new flexible working strategy begins to bear fruit, chief executive Stephen Hughes has claimed.

Regional Headlines

Contingency plans for NHS staff (BBC)
The West Midlands NHS has contingency plans in place in anticipation of staff being absent from work with swine flu.

One dead and four hurt in crash (BBC)
A woman dies and four people, including a child, were taken to hospital when a car overturned on a dual carriageway.The five, from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, were in a Toyota Aventis travelling along the A38 London Road, in Weeford, Staffordshire.

Ex-vicar ordered to vacate home (BBC)
A clergyman who refused to leave his vicarage after being barred from office for having an affair has been given 28 days to vacate the property.

National Headlines

£1million migrants project ‘a scandal’

Tories urge ‘proper Iraq U-turn’

Refinery dispute talks adjourned

Schools ‘need not expel under-7s’

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