Media Watch – May 18

By on 18/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympic Torch Relay coming to Birmingham (BBC WM, BBC Online) Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed by Phil Upton. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/05/london-2012-olympic-torch-relay-heads-to-birmingham/

Road closed in safety protest (Birmingham Mail)
Angry parents are staging a daily road blockade to stop speeding traffic outside a Birmingham school (Yarnfield Primary) where a boy of ten was hurt in a hit and run crash.

Link-up sees fall in death toll on roads (Birmingham Mail) The number of people killed or seriously injured on Birmingham roads has fallen by a fifth in the past three years, new research has shown. The success has been put down to a partnership between the police and city council.

Sparkhill Pool gets green light (Insider Media) Plans to create a community swimming pool and leisure centre in Sparkhill have come to fruition after Birmingham City Council agreed to give the go-ahead. Officials said they are confident “significant savings” can be made from the £13.5m estimated cost of the venture.

(Political) Worst-off areas need more help, warns Bore (Birmingham Mail) A senior city councillor (Sir Albert Bore) warned the divide between the city’s richest and poorest young people was likely to widen.

Kids in bid for £30k playground revamp (Birmingham Mail)
Conway Primary School in Sparkbrook has entered a competition for a dream makeover of its playground.

Regional Headlines

Third of city’s kids trapped in poverty (Birmingham Mail)
More than one in three children in Birmingham are living in poverty with thousands believing they will never achieve their goals for life.

Oldbury College of Sport head teacher in head-butt row

A head teacher at a Black Country secondary school has been suspended for allegedly head-butting a pupil.

Gecko travels 120 miles from West Midlands in parcel
A gecko was sent on a 120-mile journey from the West Midlands to Berkshire after it climbed inside an envelope.

National Headlines

Nick Clegg to oppose NHS competition regulator
Nick Clegg will oppose the idea of a regulator promoting competition as part of NHS reforms, the BBC has learned.

Mothercare to close a quarter of UK stores

Mothercare has said it will close more than a quarter of its UK stores over the next two years as part of its plans to reduce its High Street presence.

Police Federation accuses government of seeking revenge
Ministers are seeking “revenge” on the police for foiled attempts to reform pay in 1993, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ chairman is to say.

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