Media Watch – May 30

By on 30/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Revealed: Mailbox to get £50m facelift (Birmingham Post) The popular retail, leisure and entertainment venue is to be revamped. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore is quoted in support of the proposals.

Bedrooms reclassified (The Independent) Article says councils and housing associations are reclassifying thousands of bedrooms as box rooms, studies or non-specific rooms so that tenants can avoid the spare rooms subsidy. Leeds, Nottingham and North Lanarkshire are cited as authorities as doing this, while it is reported Birmingham is looking into a similar move.

Damage claims timebomb could see rough ride ahead (Birmingham Post) Analysis of damages claims made to council's highways department. Article says £160,000 has been paid out in last three years, covering 220 claims, with a further 776 cases outstanding. Figures only cover period up to the point at which Amey became the council's highways partner (and off-contract instances where the council rather than any contractor was liable).

Top Jamaican honour for former city council leader Whitby (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail) Cllr Mike Whitby and the University of Birmingham have been given awards by the Jamaican government for their roles in hosting the nation's track and field team ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

Government 'must relax cap to allow home help' (Birmingham Post) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has called on the Government to revise borrowing rules to enable the city to meet its housing shortage.

Veteran Bev rocks on for Lord Mayor (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of the Lord Mayor's Show - focussing on an appearance by former ELO and Move drummer Bev Bevan.

Pride and joy for 100,000 revellers (Birmingham Post) Double page spread on last week's Birmingham Pride - hailed as the biggest and best ever staged.

Fake clothes are seized in Brum raids (Birmingham Mail) Officers from the council's trading standards team have worked with West Midlands Police to swoop on three stores in Alum Rock. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted as saying shoppers who knowingly bought fakes were financing major and organised crime.

'We have to get tough on obesity' (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of a workshop staged last week, at which health experts called for a zero tolerance policy on the issue. Dr Adrian Phillips, the city's director of public health, quoted as saying there were a host of things local businesses could do to tackle the issue.

Regional Headlines

The landlord of premises currently home to the Dunlop Motorsport tyre factory in Castle Bromwich has sold the site to Jaguar Land Rover - which it is claimed is putting 180 jobs under threat.

Luke Walker - the Brierley Hill man found guilty of killing his girlfriend on the Greek island of Crete - has launched an appeal against his eight-year suspended sentence, after the case concluded yesterday.

National Headlines

A man has been charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in south-east London last week, police have said. Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, London, has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

The UK is to be taken to the European Court of Justice over its alleged failure to correctly assess whether immigrants are entitled to benefits.

Revised planning rules coming into force in England could lead to new “clusters” of betting shops and money lenders, according to the LGA.

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