Media Watch – May 31

By on 31/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Save the earth and some cash …share a car (Birmingham Mail) City centre residents are being urged to give up their motors and join a new environmentally friendly car sharing scheme. Birmingham City Council has teamed up with the City Car Club company.

Gym fixes it (Birmingham Mail, AboutMyArea)
Birmingham’s free gym and swim scheme (Be Active) has won an Olympic seal of approval after inspiring thousands of citizens to keep fit and healthy.

(Political) Chief: We may go private on Brum voting (Birmingham Mail)
City Council leader Mike Whitby is threatening to privatise elections in Birmingham after accusing his own staff of sloppiness, inefficiency and inconsistency.

Village green bid to halt 110 homes (Birmingham Mail)
A campaign to protect sports pitches from controversial plans to build 110 homes and a YMCA youth centre is gathering pace.

Aston Hall opens a new chapter of fun (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of young bookworms had the chance to meet their favourite authors at Birmingham’s annual Book Bash.

Success story for once homeless apprentice (ITV Central) Feature looking at success story from Birmingham City Council backed apprentice scheme.

Noisy teen is told: Behave or lose home (Birmingham Mail) A teenager who is said to have brought misery to the lives of her neighbours has been given one last chance before she can be evicted from her council flat.

Singing in the rain at Lord Mayor’s Show (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham residents braved the Bank Holiday rain to attend the annual Lord Mayor’s Show.

Outcry at ‘silence’ of police (Birmingham Mail)
City planners are ‘disgusted’ and ‘frustrated’ by West Midlands Police failings to respond to crime concerns raised by controversial planning applications.

Residents block mobile mast plans (Birmingham Mail)
Councillors and residents have won their battle to stop a mobile phone mast being built in their neighbourhood.

Pickles picks ‘next leader’ (Birmingham Mail)
Government minister Eric Pickles could personally choose the next head of Birmingham City Council if the authority’s current leaders refuse to go along with controversial plans to create a city mayor.

Summer of top sport in Brum (Birmingham Mail)
Article looking at high profile sporting events to be staged in Birmingham over the next few months, including the Aviva Grand Prix at Alexander Stadium.

Pride festival a huge success (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury)
Birmingham’s 15th annual Pride festival attracted over 50,000 people.

Where does the buck stop in localism’s mismatch of resources and rhetoric? (Public Servant) The recent judgement against Birmingham City Council for cutting care for disabled people without adequate consultation has serious implications for the funding of social care.

Regional Headlines

Families pay tributes to shot men
The families of two men, one from Birmingham, who were shot dead in Milton Keynes pay tribute to them.

Hotel and house damaged in fire
Part of a main route into Birmingham was temporarily closed after a severe fire in a hotel and house.

CCTV checked after Sikh dispute
Police check CCTV footage after three people, including a police officer, are injured in a protest at a Sikh cultural centre in the Black Country.

National Headlines

‘Record’ numbers saved from abuse
More than 400 children are identified as victims of abuse over the past year by the UK’s national centre for child protection, while a record 500 people are arrested on child sex offences.

First-time buyers fear lock-out

Two-thirds of young people without their own home believe they have no prospect of buying a property, a survey suggests.

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