Media Watch – Oct 25

By on 25/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Birmingham Vitamin D scheme wins national praise (widespread coverage) A scheme commissioned by Public Health Birmingham, offering free vitamin D supplements to all children, has halved the number of cases of rickets in the city.

Street lights road safety worries (Birmingham Mail) Safety campaigners concerned as senior councillors consider turning some of the city's 95,000 lights down in the early hours in a bid to cut the council's £3m annual electricity bill. Cllr McKay quoted.

£11m upgrade to crucial Brum road welcomed (Birmingham Mail) A huge road improvement scheme for the A452 Chester Road project gets underway next spring after the government gave final approval.

Black Councillor appointed first Mental Health Champion (The Voice) A Labour councillor who has served Birmingham for the past decade is to become the city's first mental health champion. Councillor Paulette Hamilton has been appointed to the role by Councillor Steve Bedser, the city's cabinet member for health and well being.

Healthy eating and the obesity challenge (BBC WM) Linda Hindle of Public Health Birmingham interviewed about efforts to cut childhood obesity in the city – including the Cooking with Your Kids education programme for parents.

Fines for hundreds after road change (BBC Online) Hundreds of motorists near Birmingham’s New Street station are facing £60 fines for going on a bus and taxi route.

Only one pupil in three is white in UK‘s second city (Daily Express) Further coverage of data contained within the BCSP Strategic Assessment. A council spokesman said that Birmingham's diversity makes it the great city that it is.

Luxury brands all aboard for New St rebirth (Birmingham Mail) The £600m redevelopment of New St Station has been given a major boost two years before it opens after a raft of international retailers signed up.

Birmingham expects…parade to mark Nelson's great victory (Birmingham Mail) Nelson's victory at Trafalgar will be marked on Sunday with a ceremony and parade through Birmingham.

Tributes to ex-councillor (Birmingham Mail) Tributes have been paid to former councillor Renee Spector, who has died aged 84. Cllr Spector represented Billesley, Chelmsley Wood and Erdington in a political career spanning four decades.

Anger at scheme to bulldoze church hall (Birmingham Mail) Conservation groups have reacted with anger to plans to demolish historic Glynn Edwards Hall in Acocks Green, and build a replacement community hall, to be considered by planning committee next month.

Regional Headlines:

The opportunity to create 7,000 jobs in Birmingham has been lost due to plans for the HS2 high speed rail line, according to a city MP.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is to spend £2.7m revamping its city centre rehearsal rooms.

National Headlines:

Oxfam is set to cut 125 posts in the UK and close several of its regional offices to make it more “efficient”, the charity says.

A 3D printer and suspected “homemade” gun components are seized during police raids in Manchester.

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