Media Watch – June 29

By on 29/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City binmen strike threat (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s binmen could strike after council bosses ordered them to hand back an £8,000 pay rise, union leaders warned.

Fourth strip club for Broad St (Birmingham Mail) A fourth lap dancing club will open along Birmingham’s Golden Mile after city licensing chiefs dismissed fears it would be a magnet for rowdy stag parties.

City centre ‘Floozie in Jacuzzi’ fountain to get £300,000 repair (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at plans to overhaul the Victoria Square fountain.

Uproar over academy plan (Birmingham Mail) Education bosses have backed plans for another Birmingham school (Harborne Hill Secondary) to leave council control amid signs that the government’s drive to open controversial academies is beginning to gather pace.

Sandy Taylor (Birmingham City Council’s Head of Climate Change) interviewed on BBC WM to preview the launch of electric car charging points in the Midlands. Motoring journalist Quentin Wilson praised Birmingham City Council’s pro-electric car stance. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11296

Recycle your electrical items in green drive (Birmingham Mail) Brummies are being urged to hand in their toasted toasters, ruined radios, loathed lamps and malfunctioning MP3 players as part of a new City Council recycling initiative. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11170

Regional Headlines

Man remanded on murder charge over 2005 riot stabbing
A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder after a stabbing during riots in Birmingham.

Acorns Children’s Hospice hit by collection scam
A West Midlands-based children’s charity has lost thousands of pounds in income due to a collection scam. Fake Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust collection bags have been distributed to households across the region, with a private firm collecting the donations.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of England’s World Cup exit.

Spending cuts mean police numbers ‘not sustainable’
Current police numbers are not “sustainable” in the face of budget cuts, a senior officer will warn later.

Iraq inquiry begins questions after election break
The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war is set to resume its hearings after a four-and-a-half-month break.

Defeated England football team arrive home
The England football team have returned to the UK after being knocked out of the World Cup by Germany.

‘Coconut’ row Bristol City councillor found guilty
A councillor has been found guilty of racial harassment after she called a political opponent a “coconut”.

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