Media Watch – June 29

By on 29/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Super grease thwarts the metal thieves (Birmingham Mail) Metal thieves look to have met their match after the launch of a unique DNA-style grease marker sparked a 75 per cent drop in manhole cover thefts in Birmingham.

Bar close to cancer ward turned down (Birmingham Mail) Plans to open a 4am student bar next to the teenage cancer ward at Birmingham Children’s Hospital have been thrown out.

‘Save Central Library’ (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners battling to save Birmingham Central Library from the bulldozer have asked Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to step in.

Future of most council services in doubt, financial modelling reveals (Local Government Chronicle) Ministers have been warned that popular council services could be lost forever unless they take a ‘realistic review’ of what local government does and how it is funded. Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes quoted.

Victory in fight to meet in town (Birmingham Mail) Sutton Coldfield will host its own council meetings following a U-turn by city leaders.

Historic barn ‘left to rot’ by council (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Meet Brum’s torch team (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at the torchbearers as the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Birmingham this weekend.

Sphinxes back 200 years on (Birmingham Mail) A pair of stone sphinxes have returned to their Birmingham home (Soho House) after more than 200 years.

Regional Headlines

Two schools shut after flooding
Two schools are closed in the West Midlands after the area saw flash flooding on Thursday.

Football medal found at school
An ex-Manchester United player has a medal returned to him after it was found in a school cupboard and a relative’s house was tracked down in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Barclays boss: I will not resign
Barclays boss Bob Diamond says he will not resign and blames a “small number” of staff for rigging the key lending rate between banks.

Travel disruption after downpours
Transport, power and schools are expected to be disrupted for a second day after storms caused flash floods across parts of the UK.

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