Media Watch – September 1

By on 01/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Erdington man’s bins not collected (BBC WM – Tuesday) Piece on Adrian Goldberg show about an elderly man whose wheelie bin has not been collected for five weeks. Quote from council spokesperson read out, apologising for any inconvenience but stressing that this is the still the early stages of the wheelie bin roll-out and that it was always anticipated that it would take more time to bed in.

Street where buses crashed head-on set for 20mph speed limit (Birmingham Mail – Tuesday) Addison Road in Kings Heath, where two buses crashed head-on at the weekend, is among those earmarked for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced later this year. Quotes Cllr Claire Spencer.

Labour councillor quits over stress of party squabbling (Birmingham Mail – Tuesday) Councillor Ian Cruise, who represents the Longbridge ward, has quit the Labour party to become independent, citing squabbling among his party as being too stressful.

Fly-tippers costs hard-up Midlands councils £3.6m (Birmingham Mail – Tuesday) Birmingham City Council was forced to spend more than £1.5 million in two years on cleaning up fly-tipped rubbish, according to figures which show the cost across the wider West Midlands to be £3.6 million.

Tamarin twins steal show but can YOU give them a name…? (Birmingham Mail – Monday) Visitors to the council-run Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park are being asked to come up with names for new baby twin golden lion tamarin monkey twins born six months ago.

Crossed out! (Sunday Mercury, Daily Mail) The Saint George’s Day Association has been informed that it cannot hold its annual St George’s Day concert at Symphony Hall next year as the venue had already been booked two years ago by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Reference made to Birmingham City Council withdrawing subsidy, as has been the case for events across the board as part of wide-reaching cuts.

Fears over cost to city of housing asylum seekers (Birmingham Mail – Saturday) The number of asylum seekers being housed in Birmingham has risen by 14 per cent since last summer, with Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood calling on the Government to ensure that the cost is not borne by local communities. Quotes Cllr James McKay, pointing out that people come to Birmingham for all sorts of reasons and that, whatever the Government’s policy around asylum and immigration, it will always be in Birmingham’s interest to be an inclusive and integrated city where everyone who comes here can make a contribution.

Backing for new market paves the way for quarter (Birmingham Mail – Saturday) Planning chiefs at Birmingham City Council are expected to approve major plans to build a replacement for the Wholesale Markets on land at The Hub, near Witton train station, for when the city centre site is demolished to make way for the Birmingham Smithfield development.

Decline in housebuilding needs new regional plan (Birmingham Mail, Solihull News – Saturday) Article based around comments by Andy Argyle, a partner at KPMG in Birmingham, saying a region-wide planning strategy is needed to tackle a housing shortage, suggesting that the new West Midlands Combined Authority, which includes Birmingham City Council, could help turn the problem around.

Comic show set to draw the crowds (Birmingham Mail – Saturday, Sunday Mercury) Preview piece on the Wild About Comics event happening at the council-run Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park in Edgbaston.

Regional Headlines:

A family have spoken of their grief after their pet dog was stolen from their garden and then thrown 60ft to its death from a tower block in Druids Heath.

Coverage of the Fusion festival which took place in Cofton Park over the weekend.

National Headlines:

Employers who do not pay workers the national minimum wage and the National Living Wage – once it comes into force – will face tougher penalties under plans outlined by the Government.

A satellite image confirms that the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Syria, seized by Islamic State, has been destroyed, the United Nations says.


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