Media Watch – March 19

By on 19/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympic torch streets announced (BBC) Olympic torch relay organisers reveal the streets on which the torch will be carried through Birmingham and the Black Country.

Cllr Sue Anderson interviewed by BBC WM about adult education services to re-skill and up-skill Birmingham residents.

Seeing red as yellow lines appear (Birmingham Mail) Rednal resident Ray Murray unhappy after double yellow lines were painted outside his home. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said parking was banned on the stretch of road in 1993 and Highways partners Amey were simply re-instating lines that had faded, as part of a 25-year programme of maintenance.

Mayor campaigners deny war jibe at MP (Birmingham Mail) Campaigners against an elected Birmingham mayor have denied a leaflet with references to the Blitz was a swipe at German-born candidate Gisela Stuart.

OAP living with hole in house (Birmingham Mail) Pensioner Roy Stocker has waited three months for repairs after accidentally driving through his front window. Mr Stocker has to claim the repairs on his motor insurance and that is causing the delay.

Golden girl drives kids on to be good sports (Birmingham Mail)
An Olympic hopeful (Louise Hazel) took time out from her hectic schedule to share the secret of her success with city children.

City’s third OAP village on track (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s third retirement village is progressing quickly with a foundation stone being laid to mark the next stage of the construction project.

Help us beat metal thieves (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy calls on Brummies to help win the battle against scrap metal thieves.

Boulevard Brum (Birmingham Mail) Transport bosses have unveiled proposals for greater pedestrianisation in Birmingham city centre – but denied they are planning to banish the car.

Filthy shop put lives at risk (Birmingham Mail) The owners of a ‘filthy’ Birmingham supermarket have been fined hundreds of pounds after admitting flouting hygiene laws and having food on sale well past its sell by date – putting consumers’ lives at risk.

No rubber stamp for mail plans (Birmingham Mail)
Royal Mail must go back to the drawing board after a second set of plans to redevelop the historic Sutton Coldfield town centre sorting office were rejected by city planners.

Warning on ‘rogue’ trips for the Hajj (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs in Birmingham have called on the government to support its fight against rogue travel agents ripping off Muslim worshippers making annual Hajj pilgrimages to Mecca.

Regional Headlines

PCs cut in West Midlands Police dog unit
The number of police constables working in the West Midlands Police dog unit is to be cut by eight to 50 from April.

Two men shot in Hockley, Birmingham

Two men have sustained gunshot wounds in an incident during the early hours in Birmingham.

National Headlines

PM to urge private roads funding
David Cameron will say much more private investment is needed in England’s road network in a speech later.

Heads ‘illegally exclude pupils’
A report from England’s children’s commissioner finds evidence that some schools are illegally excluding pupils.

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