Media Watch – May 28

By on 28/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Europe's biggest gay celebration in Brum as Pride hailed best ever (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail, BBC News online) Rainbow-draped revellers bathed in the sunshine as the city's 2-day Pride festival started with a bang.

Brum lords it with fun in the sun (Birmingham Mail) Thousands turned out for Bank Holiday fun at one of the region's biggest spectacles, the Lord Mayor's Show.

Energy award for city council (Birmingham Mail) The council has won a national environment award for a scheme to fit boilers to homes in north Birmingham.

The bikers who are putting Brum on the map - and making Birmingham a safer cycling city (Birmingham Mail) Feature on project to map city's cycling routes. Also highlights council's £17m Birmingham Cycle Revolution bid to government which would transform Birmingham into one of the UK's leading cities for cycling.

Drive to cut city obesity (Birmingham Mail) Doctors and public health experts in Birmingham have joined forces with agencies across the city to tackle the growing problem of childhood obesity.

NEC to get VAT windfall (Sunday Mercury) The council-owned company that runs Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and other venues is  in line for a VAT rebate after a tribunal ruling.

Neighbours' fury over home extension 'like a bungalow' (Birmingham Mail) Handsworth Wood residents have hit out at the council's planning department after a neighbour was allowed a two-storey extension just months after securing permission to construct a sun room in his back garden. Cllr Henley quoted.

Erdington shopping centre plans (Sutton Coldfield Observer) Planning permission granted by the council to transform the Central Square Shopping Centre in Erdington town centre.

Plan to appoint firm to run city library shelved (Birmingham Mail) Plans to find a company to run the £187m Library of Birmingham have been shelved. The council's priority is to complete and open the building, and ensure it starts to deliver excellent services.

Plans for homes on two school sites 'good news' (Sutton Coldfield Observer) The council has submitted an outline planning application to develop the sites of the former Langley and Woodington primary schools in Sutton. Cllr Pears quoted.

History Trail tells story of Handsworth (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor, Cllr John Lines, officially launched a new Handsworth and Lozells heritage trail.

Boldmere High Street celebration (Birmingham Mail) The shopping parade in Boldmere will soon be decked out in carnival colours to celebrate the summer. Cllr Pocock quoted.

Shopkeeper sold 'deadly' Sikor pills (Birmingham Mail) Shopkeeper prosecuted for selling potentially deadly tablets to pregnant women, following Birmingham Trading Standards investigation.

Green building scheme job boost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Energy Savers, partnership of city council and Carillion, has created 53 jobs for unemployed and at-risk people in the city.

Droppings littered city takeaway (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham takeaway fined after mouse droppings found on premises, following investigation by council environmental health officers.

Birmingham's new bins wheeled out to residents (BBC News online) New wheelie bins are being delivered ahead of the first collections next week.

Regional Headlines:

Extra patrols to stop rail trespassers in West Midlands.

Black Country scrapyard fires could be linked.

National Headlines:

Chancellor George Osborne says seven departments have agreed savings of up to 10% for 2015.

More than 57,000 people are currently on police bail, the longest for more than three and a half years.

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