Media Watch October 2

By on 02/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Trust hits back over Bournville alcohol sale row (Birmingham Mail page 7 quarter page) Article about Bournville Village Trust’s response to criticisms that it didn’t object to plans to allow a shop to sell alcohol for the first time in ‘The Dry Village’. The Trust points out, as has the council, that the premises are well beyond the estate boundary. Also quotes Cllr Lynda Clinton.

Smoking in cars carrying children now banned (Big Centre TV) Cllr Paulette Hamilton welcomes the ban and believes that it can be effective – just as seatbelt legislation overcame initial scepticism a generation earlier.

Sheltered housing at Campion and Saffron House (BBCWM Adrian Goldberg) Interview with resident Adam Lloyd who claims the review of sheltered housing will adversely affect residents. Council statement read out in full – “We are in the process of reviewing high rise sheltered housing provision across the city because a number of schemes have minimal demand and do not meet the needs of older people. This review is a slow and sensitive process and the City Sheltered Housing Board, which is made up of tenants, are aware of the review. We would like to reassure your listener that no firm decisions have been made and individual tenants, and their families when appropriate, will be both correctly supported and fully consulted on an individual basis. We will continue to provide Sheltered Housing, in fact the review aims to improve on the current standard of service.”

Teachers banned for life over exam cheating scandal (Birmingham Mail page 12 lead story) Article about Woodgate Primary School teacher Beverley Reynolds and her headmaster husband Robin Reynolds who helped pupils cheat in the SATs exams and intimidated whistle blowers. The pair have been prohibited from teaching indefinitely.

Plans for new animated digital advertising on Birmingham’s streets (Birmingham Post online large article) Planning permission for three animated street adverts has been approved along side a further 21 illuminated digital poster sites throughout the city. Quotes Deputy leader Cllr Ian Ward.

Firms will show true grit to help keep city roads clear (Birmingham Mail page 32 half page lead story) Article about council roads contractors Amey which has today launched its winter maintenance service with a fleet of 25 gritter trucks on standby in Birmingham.

More 20mph zones ‘great news for city’ (Birmingham Mail page 55 half page lead story) Birmingham’s public health chief has hailed plans to extend the city’s 20mph zones as great news for cyclists and walkers. Quotes director of public health Dr Adrian Phillips.

Morrisons Great Birmingham Run (Halesowen News, Express and Star, Athletics Weekly) Various stories about people competing in the forthcoming half marathon on 18 October.

Regional Headlines:

Two British women found dead off Spain’s Costa Brava – The bodies of two British women, thought to be from Birmingham, who went missing off the Costa Brava have been found by Spanish search teams, the Foreign Office has said.

Levi-Blu Cassin death: ‘Serious failings’ in safeguarding Solihull children – A report into the death of a 21-month-old boy at the hands of his parents has revealed major failings in safeguarding children in the Solihull area.

Birmingham prostate surgeon inquiry sees 170 patients recalled – Some 170 men who had their prostate removed have been recalled after the surgeon was investigated, the Heart of England NHS Trust has said.

National Headlines:

Oregon college shooting: Nine dead in Roseburg attack – Nine people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon, say police.

Syria conflict: Russia and France meet amid tensions over air strikes – The French and Russian presidents are set for talks on Friday amid fears Russia is carrying out “indiscriminate” air strikes on Syrian militants.

GPs being paid to cut patient referrals – Some doctors in England are being offered thousands of pounds to cut the number of patients being sent to hospital, an investigation has found.


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