Media Watch – March 28

By on 28/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Traders fear ghost town (Birmingham Mail) – Shopkeepers in Shard End say the area will be left without a food shop “for months” before a new Co-op opens as a result of the council asking them to vacate their premises so work to create a new urban village can begin.

Museum entrance fees (BBC WM) – The council has said it cannot rule out charges being introduced at all of the city's museums after last week's announcement that fees were being phased in at community museums. Chris Rice interviewed.

Powerful way to help the aged (Birmingham Mail) – Profile piece on the Norman Power Centre in Ladywood and Cllr Sue Anderson's work as Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, written by Alderman Mike Olley.

Half a century of city service (Birmingham Mail) – Harbone Ward Councillor Peter Hollingworth is standing down after 51 years of consecutive service.

Council 'red tape puts kids at risk' (Birmingham Mail) – The council has been accused of putting vulnerable mothers and young children at risk of abuse due to the red tape which surrounds the way housing is allocated in the city. The claims have been made by Labour Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward.

The old rush! (Birmingham Mail) – More than 1,000 senior citizens have put their names onto a waiting list for places at a retirement village being developed in Edgbaston.

Councils killing the royal wedding fun (Sunday Telegraph) – The city council has been named as one of two nationally that has been accused of making it hard for people to stage Royal Wedding street parties by not waiving certain costs. The other cited is South Northamptonshire Council.

Crisis-hit children's services to axe 750 (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) – A package to save £68million from the council's children's services budget has been announced.

Payment error mum in nailed (Sunday Mercury) – A youth offender worker who mistakenly received £17,500 in overpayment from the council has been given a suspended jail sentence after going on a “spending spree” and refusing to repay the money.

Unholy row over Easter Sunday clash (Birmingham Mail) – Christian and Sikh community leaders are attempting to resolve their differences over a date clash between Easter Sunday and the city's Vaisakhi festival.

Apology over tax mistake (Central News, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) – The council has apologised to citizens and offered compensation after sending out some Council Tax bills without the correct postage - which meant a small number of people had to pay to collect their bills from their local sorting office.

Extra funding for potholes (BBC WM) – Paul O'Day from the city council interviewed about the Government's budget announcement of extra funding for councils to tackle potholes.

Regional Headlines

Further disruption expected on London Midland rail services

Men sentenced for FA cup violence

Two arrested following death of man in Rednal

Sixty speeding fines were issued to motorists in Birmingham every day during a 12-month period

National Headlines

149 people have been charged in connection with Saturday’s cuts demonstration in London

Real take-home pay sees ‘5 per cent fall’

Dementia checks at 75 urged

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