Media Watch – Oct 15

By on 15/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Council pools could become privately-run (Birmingham Mail) Up to seven council-run swimming pools could be rebuilt and handed over to private contractors to operate as part of the effort to head off a £3million annual funding shortfall. Reference made to Stechford Cascades after Yardley District Committee backed a plan to run the facility in a similar way to Harborne Baths.

Uncertainty hits plan to have St Andrew's listed (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Ian Ward quoted in an update story on plans by Birmingham City FC fans to have the St Andrew's stadium listed as an Asset of Community Value to prevent it being sold off without any notification. Cllr Ward says the council is awaiting the outcome of a similar case involving Manchester United - but promised a decision would be made “within the next few weeks”.

Metro plan is handed £40m boost (Birmingham Mail) A total of £42.4million has been earmarked to take the Midland Metro up to Centenary Square. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted in support of the scheme.

Meeting for the next governors (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Brigid Jones is set to be the guest speaker at an event in the Council House on Friday which aims to help recruit more parent governors for schools.

Dad's anger after school shuts for Eid (Birmingham Mail) One parent has criticised Wheelers Lane Technology College for asking pupils to complete five hours of work online as part of an E-learning day - the parent claims the school is using a “back door” way of enabling pupils to observe Eid. A school spokesperson dismisses the claim, saying the decision had been taken legally and offered pupils a different learning opportunity.

Town petition given to leader (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the handover of a petition from campaigners calling for a Sutton Coldfield Town Council to city council leader Sir Albert Bore.

School dinners under the microscope (BBC Inside Out) Feature on school meal testing undertaken by city council inspectors - during which a third of 33 samples were reported for further action because they contained meat that they should not.

Regional Headlines

Campaigners from the West Midlands are set to visit Downing Street today to hand over a petition calling on the Government to reverse a proposal to axe the Second Battalion of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Five people have been arrested overnight after raids on suspected brothels in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Police say they have had an overwhelming response to a TV appeal that revealed the abduction of Madeleine McCann may have been pre-planned.

Hidden cameras and mystery-shopper exercises may form part of a revamped inspection regime for care homes and domiciliary care in England next year.

The US Senate is nearing a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling, sources say, but Republicans in the lower house have yet to agree.



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