Media Watch – Sep 6

By on 06/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Wheelie bin city-wide roll-out (BBC WM) Details of the plan to roll-out wheelie bins across Birmingham are expected to be confirmed later today. Those interviewed included Julien Pritchard of Friends of the Earth who said he thought the bins would help increase recycling and keep the streets clean - adding that he hoped food recycling would be offered as soon as possible to households.

Six trapped in glass lift at new library (Birmingham Mail) Six visitors to the new Library of Birmingham had to be freed after a lift broke down at the building, opened earlier this week.

Council finances (BBC Daily Politics) Featuring looking at the financial health of local government, featuring clips from an interview given by Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, in which he said government cuts would seriously affect services to citizens.

Cameron and Bore in row over funding cut (Birmingham Mail) Prime Minister David Cameron has disputed claims over the severity of cuts affecting Birmingham, during a visit to the city this week.

Don't be glum about my Brum (The Sun) TV personality Adrian Chiles defends the city's reputation after recent figures about worklessness were published.

Industry profile (Retail Newsagent) Feature profiling Sajeela Naseer, the council’s Head of Trading Standards, after the recent Tesco strawberry pricing court case.

Get free chips for your dogs (Birmingham Mail) Dog owners can get free microchips and health checks for their pets during an event at Kingstanding Leisure Centre next Thursday - event being jointly held by the Dogs Trust and the council.

Day of the triffids (Birmingham Mail) Council contractors are set to clear an overgrown garden in Highters Road, Warstock, after complaints from a resident.

Store told 'try again' with its £100m scheme (Birmingham Mail) A project which would feature a new Sainsbury's store in Selly Oak has been put on hold after members of the council's Planning Committee unanimously voted to defer a decision on the plan after raising concerns over the suitability of the scheme.

'Build homes and protect green belt' (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the news that Birmingham has a backlog of 17,000 homes with planning permission that have yet to be built, leading to calls from campaigners including Andrew Mitchell MP that these are built first ahead of any projects on the green belt.

Olympic star Jess joins in city Sky Ride (Birmingham Mail) London 2012 star Jess Varnish is set to take part in the Birmingham Sky Ride on September 15. Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Steve Bedser, quoted in support of the event.

HS2 Benefits (BBC WM) Members of the HS2 growth task force, including Council Leader Sir Albert Bore are set to meet in Birmingham at Moor Street station today, to discuss the benefits of the proposed project.

Regional Headlines

Plans for a £31m expansion of the Midland Metro in the city centre towards Centenary Square have been unveiled by Centro.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has reiterated his call for the role to be scrapped as he believes the post is not an improvement on the previous system of police authorities.

National Headlines

G20 leaders remain divided over the Syrian conflict as they enter the final day of their Russian summit. Italian PM Enrico Letta said the splits were confirmed during a working dinner in St Petersburg on Thursday.

Protracted difficulties following the invasion of Iraq made the UK “hesitant” to intervene in Syria, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.

Nurses and midwives in the UK look set to face three-yearly checks from the end of 2015 under proposals being put forward. The Nursing and Midwifery Council wants to see patients, colleagues and employers give feedback on performance.

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