Media Watch – June 28

By on 28/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New Street Station: Work starts on flagship store (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC) Work has started on a flagship store as part of a £598m redevelopment in the centre of Birmingham.

Cllr John Cotton appeared on BBC R4 You and Yours discussing the local government response to last summer’s riots.

City left in dark over carbon target (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has no idea if it is on course to deliver a flagship policy of a 60 per cent cut in carbon emissions, an investigation has found. Cllr James McKay quoted. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2012/06/city-reviews-carbon-reduction-targets/

Council stops sex in church grounds (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham City Council has been forced to seek an injunction to prevent people having sexual intercourse in the grounds of a historic church.

Historic barn ‘left to rot’ by council (Birmingham Post) Conservationists have called on Birmingham City Council to stop the demolition of a fire-damaged Victorian barn (Westminster Farm in Frankley) which they claim could be restored and reused.

New superstore in ‘noise at night’ row (Birmingham Mail) A new Birmingham superstore is facing an investigation over claims of late night noise problems.

Stars back new Irish fundraiser (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore has backed a new funding project to help Irish people in the city.

Festival outcry as organisers sacked (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC WM) A row has broken out after organisers of Birmingham’s huge Eid Mela celebration claimed they were axed from their roles. Councillor Majid Mahmood, chair of the Eid Mela committee, said: “The Eid Mela committee now – for the first time ever – features representatives from all political parties, on a proportionate basis. This has cross-party support and has been done to make the event more inclusive and as appealing as possible for the whole city to enjoy. All residents are welcome to make their views known through their elected member. The newly-strengthened committee will also feature, for the first time, a councillor from the Moseley and Kings Heath ward, which is where Cannon Hill Park (the event venue) is based. All this will ensure the Eid Mela this year will be the biggest and best ever.”

Tories call for Bore to resign second post (Birmingham Post) Council boss Sir Albert Bore is facing more pressure over his two public sector jobs.

Regional Headlines

Riots car deaths an ‘accident’
A man accused of deliberately driving into three men during the summer riots in Birmingham says their deaths were an accident.

No charges over double shooting
Two people arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a couple in their home will not face any charges, police confirm.

National Headlines

Barclays accused of ‘dishonesty’
The former chief executive of Barclays, Martin Taylor, tells the BBC that the bank was engaged in “systematic dishonesty”

Man held over boy’s blast death
A 32-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the death of a two-year-old in an explosion in Oldham.

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