Media Watch – May 18

By on 18/05/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

The greatest show in earth (Sunday Times) Feature on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which references Birmingham City Council’s entry which celebrates 300 years of the city’s cathedral with a floral tower

Cockroaches found inside café kitchen (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) An internet café in Sparkhill was prosecuted by the city council after inspectors found cockroaches in the kitchen

Students stage library sit-in over cuts (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Coverage of another protest over the reduction in opening hours at the Library of Birmingham

Crisis-hit school fears new rival will ‘take away pupils’ (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Teachers at Small Heath school are concerned that Perry Beeches V free school will have an impact on pupil numbers. Cllr Jones quoted

Five years of hell…Brum jams will get worse, council warns (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) Traffic problems will get worse the transport scrutiny committee has been told. Cllr Victoria Quinn quoted

Bruntwood’s Colmore office renovation to go ahead (Midlands Business Insider) A £14m refurbishment project is to go ahead at Two Colmore Row. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted

Birmingham’s next Lord Mayor to raise money in memory of his son and sister (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Birmingham’s next Lord Mayor Cllr Ray Hassell will help raise money for a leading cancer charity in memory of his late son and sister

Fury as cash earmarked for suburbs used in city centre (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Council bosses have been slammed for using money set aside to support suburban high streets to prop up one of the city centre’s most successful business groups, the Broad Street or Westside BID. Cllr Robert Alden quoted. A council spokesperson said a consultation is taking place on a new financial model for BIDs

School’s £100,000 prize for clinching premium accolade (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Parkfield community school in Saltley has been named one of the top in the country

Regional Headlines:

Fundraising to bring body home – A family is trying to raise £17,500 to bring back the body of Fiona Reid who died in a car crash in Jamaica

Man charged over car-jacking incident – A man is charged over a car-jacking incident in West Bromwich which left an elderly man seriously injured

National Headlines:

Cameron renews NHS funding promises – The prime minister is to renew his vow to boost NHS funding to create a ‘seven-day’ service

Militias head for IS-held Ramadi – Iran-backed Shia militias are on their way to Ramadi to confront IS militants who seized the Iraqi city on Sunday


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