Media Watch – October 5

By on 05/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Warning over mud danger (Birmingham Mail) Warnings have been issued at a city nature reserve (Queslett Nature Reserve) after a walker sank into mud.

Council denies ground claims (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has denied forcing through the redevelopment of land around Edgbaston cricket ground to ensure it was reimbursed on a £20 million loan.

Work on pool on schedule (Birmingham Mail) Work to get a popular Birmingham baths (Moseley Road) open for the New Year is said to be on schedule.

Birmingham City Council wins housing and regeneration award (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council’s housing department has won two national awards for its Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust housing programme at the Regeneration and Renewal Awards.

OCS pilots local social impact bonds (Charity Finance) The Office for Civil Society will work with four local authorities (including Birmingham City Council) to design tailored social impact bonds  to fund help for ‘problem’ families.

Rebel Tory council ‘sabotages’ school (Sunday Times NB this was not picked up by our cuttings agency) Re-hash of last month’s Birmingham Post story where Liam Nolan, head teacher of Perry Beeches School said he had 'no faith' in the city's ability to lead Birmingham schools. His comments are rejected by Cllr Les Lawrence who says suggestions of 'failure' are no borne out by any facts. A council spokesman added: “We have no experienced any difficulty with other schools seeking to convert to academy status, with head teachers working co-operatively with the same staff dealing with Perry Beeches.”

Regional Headlines

Police officers feel ill equipped
More than half of a group of West Midlands police officers surveyed say they do not have the right equipment needed to do their job.

Further arrests over summer riots
A further 14 people are arrested by police investigating the disorder in the West Midlands in August.

National Headlines

‘We can turn UK around’ – Cameron
David Cameron will urge the UK not to become ‘paralysed by gloom and fear’ in his big speech to the Tory conference.

Tesco profits grow but UK subdued
Supermarket group Tesco reports a rise in half-year profits despite a fall in underlying sales in the UK.

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