Media Watch – June 9

By on 09/06/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Tributes to the man who helped change the face of our city (Birmingham Mail):  Report on the death of Clive Dutton OBE, former director of planning and regeneration, on Saturday who led on major city projects including the Library of Birmingham and The Cube. Councillor Anita Ward quoted.

Rally in fight for extended library hours (Birmingham Mail): Article promoting a rally being organised by the Friends of the Library of Birmingham, which will take place in Victoria Square on Saturday (13 June).

Headteacher steps up to lead drive to boost schools (Birmingham Mail): Report that Tim Boyes, headteacher at Queensbridge School in Moseley, has been made chief executive of Birmingham Education Partnership, which is tasked with delivering the council’s schools improvement plan.

Families kick up a stink (Birmingham Mail):  People living in Harborne have complained that a derelict pub, The Huntsman, has become a health hazard due to waste being dumped on the site. Council spokesperson quoted stating this is being investigated and reiterating that the land owners are responsible for the condition of the land.

Boeing 737 jet to be buried on the outskirts of Birmingham (The Independent / I paper): Article on artist Roger Hiorns plans for a temporary art installation, burying a plane in wasteland on Icknield Port Loop.  Plans for the project, subject to Arts Council funding, are due to be lodged with the city council’s planners.

Osborne hands power to people (Halesowen Chronicle): Report on Chancellor George Osborne’s visit to Birmingham last Monday (1 June), states that while he will not force the West Midlands to have an elected mayor, he’s left council leaders in no doubt that is what he wants.

Bonking mad: Woman JAILED for being too loud during sex (The Star):  Coverage of the recent civil court judgement against Gemma Wale, who was handed a two-week jail sentence for noise nuisance, which included having noisy sex.

Regional headlines

Alton Towers admits liability for last week’s crash on its newest ride The Smiler, as the park reopened to visitors yesterday.

Two men aged 21 and 27, and one woman aged 21 were arrested in Walsall this morning, on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

National headlines

HSBC announces it is to axe up to 25,000 jobs as part of a global restructure  – including 8,000 jobs in the UK.  Note: it has been reported that this will not affect HSBC’s plan to move to new offices in Birmingham.

People will be banned from using e-cigarettes in enclosed spaces in Wales under a new public health law, due to come into effect in 2017.

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