Media Watch – Sept 18 (am)

By on 18/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Nature area and school fields will be taken by pool (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s £58m Olympic swimming pool will swallow up part of a nature conservation area and school playing fields, it has emerged.

Brummies have a year to cut noise (Birmingham Post, BBC, Radio WM) Birmingham Brummies speedway club will be given a year to cut noise levels at Perry Barr Stadium or face being closed down.

Controversial ‘Be Active’ free swimming sessions are not working, says city councillor (Birmingham Post) A Birmingham councillor has called for an urgent review into controversial £9.3m scheme to get people more active with free gym and swim sessions after he had to pay to use the pool weeks after its launch.

We won’t be back – it’s too violent  (Birmingham Post) Leaders of a controversial group which led protests against Islamic extremism in Birmingham have vowed never to hold demonstrations in the city again, because it is too violent.

Leading figures call for two high speed stations (Birmingham Post) Political and business leaders have presented a united front in calling for two high speed rail stations in Birmingham – one in the city centre and one near the NEC and airport. The Post also features joint statement from senior figures including BCC chief executive Stephen Hughes.

In town without my car day (BBC Radio WM) Birmingham Friends of the Earth has issued a challenge to all members of the Birmingham Post’s Power 50 to travel to work by a method other than car on September 22. Just half of those asked have responded, but amongst those who have is council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes, who says he will not use a car.

Regional Headlines

Suicide of the star pupil who couldn’t cope
A straight A-star schoolboy killed himself the day before a GCSE exam because he couldn’t cope with the pressure, an inquest has heard.

Is Birmingham like Baltimore? (BBC Radio WM) A feature based on comments made by shadow minister Chris Grayling that parts of Britain are becoming like areas of America in terms of gang activity. Focus placed. on issues in Aston and Lozells area of Birmingham.

Girl assaulted before lorry death 
A nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted before being strangled by her mother’s boyfriend who then hanged himself, forensic tests have revealed.

E-fit in taxi driver murder case 
Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of a taxi driver who was stabbed in the head several times.

Police discuss anti-Islam group 
Police forces have met in Birmingham to discuss how to handle protests by an anti-Islamic extremism group. Ninety people were arrested at a demonstration in the city on 5 September when English Defence League (EDL) members clashed with Muslims.

National Headlines

Cabinet discussing spending cuts 
Chancellor Alistair Darling has begun holding a series of meetings with cabinet colleagues to target potential savings in public spending.

Green groups urging joint action 
Eight of the UK’s leading environmental groups have joined forces to urge political parties to adopt a joint approach on green issues.

NHS heart care ‘must get better’ 
There needs to be a renewed drive to tackle cardiovascular disease, the health regulator says.

‘Time against’ Afghanistan forces 
UK and other Nato forces in southern Afghanistan do not have time on their side, the British general soon to take charge of troops in the area has said.

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