Media Watch – September 1 (am)

By on 01/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Work starts on New Street revamp (BBC Radio WM, September 1, 7.20am) The council's Director of Planning and Regeneration, Clive Dutton, interviewed on the Phil Upton Breakfast Show, discussing today's start on work to rebuild New Street railway station.

More severe epidemic of swine flu is feared (Birmingham Post, September 1, page 9) Senior health and council officials have been refining plans to deal with a second wave of swine flu, which most experts believe will hit the UK this autumn. Article claims the city was caught off guard when the virus reached the region in May.

Police and council to decide on demo ban (Birmingham Post, September 1, page 9) A decision is expected in the next 48 hours over whether planned demonstrations by anti-extremist groups will be allowed in Birmingham this coming weekend. Cllr Alan Rudge is quoted.

My seven-year wait is over (Birmingham Post, September 1, page 16) Richard McComb uses his regular column to consider the launch of the Be Active scheme, which offers city residents free access to gym facilities during off-peak hours - and he concludes the move is a good one, albeit belated.

On your marks for the Bolti! (Sunday Mercury, August 30, page 3) A restaurant in Birmingham's Balti Triangle has made a special dish in tribute to champion sprinter Usain Bolt, who is due to train in the city ahead of the 2012 Olympic games. Council Leader Mike Whitby is quoted in reference to the Jamaican decision to use Birmingham as its track and field base.

200mph high-speed link 'could stop at airport' (Birmingham Post, August 31, page 1) Sir David Rowlands, appointed by the Government to investigate high-speed rail, has reiterated that a new route from London to Scotland could still potentially stop close to Birmingham Airport and in the city centre.

An idiot's guide to the apostrophe (Sunday Telegraph, August 30, page 12) Local authorities are issuing staff with crib sheets on correct apostrophe use, it has emerged. Reference made to a decision in Birmingham to abandon the use of them on road signs.

Join our war on the carpark Dick Turpins (Sunday Express, August 30, pages 12-13) A campaign has been launched by the newspaper against car clampers. Reference made to activity to combat the activities of clampers in Birmingham, with Chris Neville, Head of Trading Standards, quoted.

Regional Headlines

Northfield MP Richard Burden has called for former Rover workers to be given a share of a £22million fund left over from the winding-up of a car leasing firm linked to the failed Longbridge company (Birmingham Post).

Campaigners fighting to keep open Coseley Baths have said they will seek an injunction to keep the venue operational (Birmingham Post).

Police are still trying to find a motive for the murder of Stacey Lawrence, a nine-year-old girl from the Black Country (BBC Radio WM).

National Headlines

The Scottish Government is due to publish documents it says justify the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds.

A day of commemorations has begun in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

A third of teenage girls suffer abuse in a relationship and a quarter experience violence at the hands of their boyfriends, a new survey suggests.

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