Media Watch – October 1

By on 01/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Alcohol sold in ‘dry’ Bournville after 120 years (Extensive local and national coverage including Birmingham Post page 9 lead, Guardian page 15 lead, Daily Telegraph page 11,, Daily Mail Online, Mirror Online) Coverage of the council’s decision to grant an alcohol sales licence to Mary Vale News. Some of the articles overlook statement issued by council that clearly outlines the fact that the newsagent is based outside of the Bournville Village Trust area, commonly regarded as the ‘dry’ part of Bournville. The articles also overlook the fact that the BVT area already has three venues licenced to sell alcohol.

‘Free’ M6 Toll road would cost millions but rake in billions (Birmingham Post page 2 lead) Further coverage of the contents of a document outlining the demands and requirements of the emerging West Midlands Combined Authority as it seeks to strike a devolution deal with the Government. Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Mark Rogers quoted.

Priestley, Watt and Atwood on the move as old library comes down (Birmingham Post page 2 picture story and BBC WM news bulletins) Statues situated on Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square have been removed for safe keeping ahead of demolition work at the old Birmingham Central Library site.

£56m weekend to remember for city (Birmingham Post page 6 lead) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore reflects on last weekend’s Super September events, saying the city has once again shown it can stage major events and play host to people from around the world.

Midland pensions fund ‘fuelling climate change’ (Birmingham Post page 15 lead) The West Midlands Pension Fund has rejected calls from climate change campaigners to withdraw from backing oil, coal and other fossil fuel companies. Cllr John Clancy quoted, saying that the fund should look to invest in local businesses and homes instead of “global oil corporations or even wind farms in Mexico”.

New 20mph speed limit zones are welcomed (Birmingham Post page 19 lead) Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, has offered his support to council plans to extend the initially-proposed pilot areas for the 20 is Plenty road safety project. A series of new areas are being added following public consultation.

City station an ‘ungainly hulk’ – critic (Birmingham Mail page 6 lead) A design critic from a national newspaper has attacked the revamped Birmingham New Street, with readers rejecting his views online.

School in ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal turns the corner (Birmingham Mail page 7 lead) An article concludes that Rockwood Academy (formerly Park View School) has turned the corner after last year’s Trojan Horse scandal. Conclusion based on the fact the inner city school has the smallest catchment area in Birmingham.

Killer infection outbreak sparks warning to pilgrims (Birmingham Mail page 23 lead) Travellers returning from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca have been warned to be on the lookout for the signs of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome after 540 people died following an outbreak in Saudi Arabia. Director of Public Health Dr Adrian Phillips quoted.

Recycling bins boost (Birmingham Mail page 25) Ten recycling bins have been placed on the city centre’s streets as part of the effort to keep Birmingham clean and green. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted in support of the trial scheme.

DCLG report on most deprived areas (BBC Online) A new report reveals that Birmingham (as the largest local authority area nationally) has the largest number of areas officially related as deprived. Wokingham in Berkshire was named the area with the least deprivation.

Wheelie bin scheme set to benefit south Birmingham residents (Bromsgrove Standard page 20 lead) Preview of the upcoming fourth and final phase of the city council’s wheelie bin roll-out. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Regional Headlines

Reports suggest that technology retailer Apple are set to move into the building currently occupied by Waterstones on New Street – leading to retailer representatives to say it will rejuvenate the area.

Union Unite have called on Business Secretary Sajid Javid to “bang heads together” to address the threat to more than 300 jobs at Goodyear’s Wolverhampton tyre plant.

National Headlines

The US and Russian military will hold talks “as soon as possible” to avoid clashing in Syria, the countries’ top diplomats say.

A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England and Wales. Drivers and passengers who break the law could face a penalty fine of £50 – but police say they will take a non-confrontational approach initially.

Tony Blair’s government made a mistake in promoting diesel cars as they are now “killing people”, former science minister Lord Drayson has said.



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