Media Watch – Oct 21

By on 21/10/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City council begins consultation over 20mph speed limit (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The proposals will affect 90 per cent of the city's road network and see residential streets given the 20mph limit

Widespread coverage of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

New look at the city’s sexual health offer (Birmingham Mail) Health chiefs have launched a consultation scheme on the future shape of sexual health services.

Council to compete in choir show (Birmingham Mail) Workers from Birmingham City Council are on song after forming a choir for TV personality Gareth Malone.

‘Take veg’ parks boss is blasted (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham parks chief has come under fire after suggesting that people help themselves to veg from community gardens.

Treatment of UK mentally ill ‘is a disgrace’ (Birmingham Mail) Deaths of mentally ill people in police custody is ‘a national disgrace’ according to a campaigner who has spoken out during an evidence gathering session on mental illness in Birmingham.

‘Chuggers’ set for city ban by council bosses (Birmingham Mail) A ban on nuisance ‘chuggers’ in Birmingham – the first of its kind in the country – has been approved by council bosses.

Children home plan halted by planning chiefs (Birmingham Mail) City planning chiefs have rejected plans for a home for vulnerable children because it would be too close to an area frequented by prostitutes and hit by high crime.

Avoid loan sharks this festive season – at all costs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy warns people not to turn to loan sharks to fund Christmas.

‘Naughtiest ever’ five-year-old expelled from Birmingham school (Birmingham Mail) Harry Reid was kicked out of St Ambrose Barlow Catholic School, in Hall Green, over a ‘number of very serious incidents’.

Free advice and grants up to £50k offered to Birmingham entrepreneurs and small business owners (Birmingham Mail) Free expert advice and grants of up to £50,000 are being offered to small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs by Birmingham City Council's newly expanded Enterprise Catalyst Business Support initiative.

There’s a new place for the mayoral mace (Birmingham Mail) Carpentry students have created an elegant new holder for the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s ceremonial mace.

Project to tackle young tenants’ debt problems (24 Dash) Over 6,000 young social housing tenants in Birmingham are to be targeted by a project designed to prevent them from spiralling into debt.

Regional Headlines

Linesman hit by flare at Villa Park
Assistant referee David Bryan is hit by a flare thrown from the crowd during Aston Villa’s game with Tottenham Hotspur.

Minister: Mitchell deserves apology
A Home Office minister promises policing will become more open and says Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell deserves an apology from officers involved in the so called Plebgate scandal.

National Headlines

Nuclear power plant gets go-ahead
The government has signed a deal for the construction of Hinkley Point C, the UK’s first nuclear station in a generation.

Npower to put up prices by 10.4%
Energy firm Npower is the latest supplier to announce price rises, with a dual-fuel bill to go up 10.4% from 1 December.

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