Media Watch – March 24

By on 24/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

33 Brum schools to be expanded (Birmingham Mail)
Plans to accommodate more than 1,000 extra pupils at city schools as a result of the rising birth rate have been unveiled. Parents have welcomed the move but some have said they still feel new schools will need to be built in the future.

Council four: we'll keep £15k (, Birmingham Mail)
The three main group leaders and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration are set to continue receiving £15,000 annually for being part of the NEC board. A final decision is due at city council next month but members of the Council Business Management Committee did not back a recommendation in a report from the council's Independent Remuneration Panel to reject the payment.

Staffordshire Hoard to stay in the region (Extensive coverage including The Independent, Financial Times, Daily Sport, BBC Radio WM, Central News, BBC News Channel and Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent have managed to raise the £3.3million needed to buy the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure. The finishing line was reached after more than £1million was pledged by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Rita MacLean from the city council and historian Dr David Starkey amongst those interviewed.

Dismay over threatened pool plan (Birmingham Mail)
Campaigners have reacted with “dismay” at plans that could see a private firm rebuild and then run a revamped Sparkhill Baths.

Fire-ravaged golf club back to best (Birmingham Mail)
An update feature on work being carried out to restore Pype Hayes Golf Club, which was badly damaged by a fire last Easter.

Budget 2010: Government urged to press ahead with high speed rail and Birmingham Airport expansion (, Birmingham Mail)
Council and business leaders from across the region have revealed their wishlist from the Government's budget, due to be presented later today.

Regional Headlines

A Birmingham woman and her granddaughter have received a £7,500 payout from Starbucks after they accidentially stabbed themselves with a syringe found in one of the coffee chain's Birmingham stores (Birmingham Mail).

A cannabis factory worth £190,000 has been uncovered by police officers on the Welsh House Farm estate in Quinton (Birmingham Mail).

Walsall Council has announced that it aims to combat the threat of fly tipping by introducing concrete bollards at strategic points across the town (BBC Radio WM).

Child protection services in Sandwell will be overseen by an independent chair appointed by the Government, after inspectors slammed the council for failing to protect youngsters (

National Headlines

Chancellor Alistair Darling is to present his pre-election Budget, tipped to pledge investment in the industrial future.

Smoking should be banned in all cars as well as in public places where young people congregate, doctors in England are urging.

UN farm experts will look at links between meat-eating and greenhouse emissions amid claims they have been exaggerated.



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