Media Watch – Oct 28

By on 28/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Historic library closes after roof lead theft (Birmingham Mail) Bloomsbury Library in Nechells has closed due to heating system problems - but employees who do not wish to be named claim that the theft of lead from the roof has caused flooding at the site. A council spokesperson quoted as saying the authority is looking at various options to deliver services in the area.

Cosmetics boss jailed for selling banned products (Birmingham Mail) A boss of a chain of shops in Birmingham has been jailed for six months following a case brought by the city council's trading standards team.

Stars make tracks for Brum (Birmingham Mail) A £325,000 revamp of the running track at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre has been completed.

1 in 4 Brum 10-year-olds are 'obese' (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of latest figures, which place Birmingham as one of the worst-performing areas in the UK. Cllr Steve Bedser quoted as saying the statistic is the “single scariest thing” he knows about the city.

And still they die: up to 110 since Baby P (Sunday Times) Feature looking at the number of child deaths since reforms introduced following the high-profile case involving Baby P in Haringey. Reference made to cases in Birmingham, including Keanu Williams and Dylan Crean.

Decision to expel boy, 5, upheld (Sunday Mercury) Governors at St Ambrose Barlow School in Birmingham have upheld the recent widely-publicised decision to permanently exclude Harry Field.

The great bus lane scandal (Birmingham Mail) Feature covering case studies of some motorists who have been fined for entering bus lanes in the city centre following the start of a high-profile enforcement campaign. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted as saying he will look at the situation again, but some people are taking no notice of the signs put up.

Metro extension plan lacks ambition, says councillor (Birmingham Mail) Liberal Democrat deputy leader Cllr Jon Hunt has criticised plans to extend the Midland Metro from New Street to Centenary Square. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted - saying the issue of where Metro goes next will be addressed by an upcoming urban mobility plan.

Tackling child exploitation (Birmingham Mail) Stephen Rimmer has been announced as the region's new strategic leader on action against the sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable people. He will be based at the city council.

Call to roll out free vitamins to stop rickets (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of calls from the Chief Medical Officer for a scheme in Birmingham, which gives free Vitamin D supplements to children to be rolled out nationwide. Adrian Phillips, Birmingham Director of Public Health, quoted.

Champion for mental health issue (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the recent appointment of Cllr Paulette Hamilton as the city's new Mental Health Champion.

Regional Headlines

Dudley Council has been criticised for cutting its garden waste collections. Previously they ran until November and started again the following March. Now the collection season ends in October and will resume in April.

Birmingham has been hailed as a leading winter vacation destination by the New York Times.

Last year 6,000 bikes were stolen in the region, according to a new report.

National Headlines

Rail services across much of southern Britain have been cancelled for the morning rush hour as a storm continues to batter parts of England and Wales.

The US National Security Agency secretly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month, Spanish media say. The reports say the latest allegations came from documents provided by the fugitive US analyst Edward Snowden.

A government-commissioned report says the alternative to a new HS2 high speed rail link would see 14 years of weekend route closures and longer journeys.



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