Media Watch – October 5

By on 05/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Michelin stars are icing on the cake for the Yummy Brummies (Observer pge 12 feature) Time was when Birmingham’s most celebrated association with food was Spaghetti Junction. It was not a place for gourmets. Indeed, many of its residents could hardly afford to eat out. “In the late 1970s Birmingham collapsed,” said Sir Albert Bore, the leader of Birmingham city council. “We lost 200,000 jobs. Unemployment was at 25% in 1984. Some parts of the city, it was in excess of 50%.”

Birmingham children now safer from sexual abuse says Government troubleshooter (BBC WM, Birmingham Mail web, Heart) Children in Birmingham are safer now than they were two years ago according to Home Office child protection expert Stephen Rimmer.

Schools named where parents lie to get their children a place (Birmingham Mail Monday pge 11 lead) The number of parents caught lying about where they live to try and get their child into a top Birmingham school has more than doubled in just three years.

Birmingham rehoused 41 homeless families from London in last year (Birmingham Mail web) More than 40 homeless families from London have been rehomed in Birmingham in the past 12 months.

Students should be better prepared for mental wellbeing (Big Centre TV) As reports show more university students are seeking help for stress and other mental health problems, Cllr Paulette Hamilton calls for greater awareness of the issue in schools.

Exclusive hotel plan set to double in size (Birmingham Mail Monday pge 27 lead) Plans for an exclusive hotel at a rundown former warehouse in Digbeth have been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

City ads set to go digital (Birmingham Mail Monday pge 27) New animated digital advertising could be coming to the streets of Birmingham as the city council reviews its pavement advertising contract.

Highways bosses preparing early for winter (Great Barr Observer pge 5) While Great Barr, Perry Barr and Kingstanding enjoy an Indian summer, gritters are about to be put on standby ready for the winter season.

Check central heating call to council tenants (Sutton Observer pge 15) Council tenants in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington are being urged to switch on their central heating this week to help discover any problems before winter bites. Birmingham City Council is urging householders to turn up the heat, despite the mild conditions, so its staff can attend to any faults early.

‘You have no right to light’ (Sunday Mercury pge 19 lead) Yardley Wood pensioner Fred Bedford has called on Birmingham City Council to cut trees four metres from his property, claiming they are blocking too much light.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police’s £5m bill for ‘snooping’ on mobile phone records 234,000 times
West Midlands Police has paid out £5 million to telecom companies after using ‘snooping powers’ to look at mobile phone records of suspects.

Police investigating 372 child sexual exploitation suspects fear ‘paedophile networks’ involved
West Midlands Police is continuing to investigate 372 suspects over child sexual exploitation – including some involved in possible ‘paedophile networks’.

National Headlines

Merseyside policeman struck and killed by stolen vehicle
A police officer has been struck and killed by a stolen car during a pursuit in Merseyside.

Lloyds: Government to sell £2bn stake to public
Plans to sell shares worth at least £2bn in Lloyds to private investors have been announced by the government.


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