Media Watch – May 7

By on 07/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Can free leisure services get people fit? (BBC) When it comes to council responsibilities, most people would think of collecting the bins, running libraries and looking after elderly people. But they now have a new responsibility – encouraging people to live healthily. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed about Birmingham’s successful Be Active scheme.

Sir Albert Bore set to quit as Birmingham hospitals chairman (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore is to stand down as chairman of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, according to reports.

Birmingham roadshows prepare for wheelie bins (BBC, Birmingham Mail) A month-long roadshow has opened in Birmingham as the council prepares to introduce wheelie bins to some parts of the city.

Fake phones and illicit ciggies seized in raids (Birmingham Mail) Stolen mobile phones, fake designer covers and illicit cigarettes were seized in a series of raids on Birmingham shops.

Breaking through the bike barriers (Birmingham Mail) With Birmingham City Council bidding for £17m to transform cycling in the city, what are the biggest hurdles for Brummies wanting to get back on two wheels?

Centre ‘is not at threat’, insists council (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have categorically denied they are considering closing a much-loved Birmingham community children's centre following a protest in Victoria Square.

New initiative aims to raise awareness of scams (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy on the work being done to combat fraudsters.

Pensioners left without day care after centre shut down (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Community Association says Harmony Day Centre closure is temporary.

Regional Headlines

Fresh appeal over city stabbing
Police make a fresh appeal for information after a man was stabbed to death in Birmingham last week.

Khadija Shah’s family call for Pakistan prison release
The family of a Birmingham woman being held in prison in Pakistan with her seven-month-old baby have called for their release.

National Headlines

Queen to miss Commonwealth meeting
The Queen will not be attending this year’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting for the first time since 1973, Buckingham Palace announces.

Lord Lawson calls for UK to exit EU
Ex-Chancellor Lord Lawson calls for the UK to leave the EU – but No 10 says the PM remains confident his strategy “will deliver results”.

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