Media Watch – May 24

By on 24/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City children’s care gets new Tory chief (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s youngest councillors has been put in charge of turning round the city council’s children’s social services department.

Never mind the politics… here’s the punk mayor (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Birmingham will today get its first Lord Mayor from the punk rock generation (Cllr Anita Ward)

City pupils build for future with library (Birmingham Mail) A group of students from a Birmingham secondary school are heading to Norway as part of an innovative building project linked to the city’s new £193 million library.

Street where cars hit 70mph (Birmingham Mail) Families on Reddings Road in Moseley have been told they will not be getting speed bumps despite claiming the road is an accident blackspot. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “There is no history of this being an accident blackspot. There are other places in the area where we have taken action as a result of accidents.”

Foster parents give shy Kelly a bright future (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at fostering in Birmingham as part of Fostering Fortnight.

Birmingham on track for £100m John Lewis store (Estates Gazette) Network Rail, on behalf of Birmingham City Council, has submitted a detailed planning application for a £100 million John Lewis at New Street station.

Birmingham City Council highlights the plight of the gorillas at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, BBC Online, ITV Central, Birmingham Mail)

Regional Headlines

Father and son stabbed in Birmingham street
A father and son were stabbed trying to prevent a group of youths entering their home in Birmingham.

Thimblemill cemetery vandal Jason Griffiths jailed
A vandal who caused an estimated £100,000 worth of damage to gravestones in a West Midlands cemetery has been jailed for four years.

MP names footballer as Ryan Giggs
Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming names Ryan Giggs as the footballer who took out an injunction over an alleged affair with a reality TV star.

National Headlines

Thousands face ash flight delays
Thousands of passengers face UK flight cancellations because of an Icelandic volcanic eruption, but Ryanair objects to an order to ground services.

Obama to get royal welcome to UK
Barack Obama and David Cameron hail the US-UK relationship as “essential for us and for the world” as the president arrives in London for a state visit.

Allies in Libya ‘helicopter’ move
France says it is being joined by Britain in deploying attack helicopters to take part in Nato strikes in Libya to increase pressure on Col Gaddafi.

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