Media Watch – September 10

By on 10/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Boss’s £3,300 bill after mum filled wrong bin bags (Birmingham Mail) The boss of a Birmingham beauty salon has been ordered to pay £3,300 for putting out trade waste for collection when she had not paid for the service (and not, as the headline suggests, that she had used the wrong bags). The article initially gives the impression that Susan Le Poidevin, who runs Tan & Beauty, in Bristol Road, was taken court simply for using the wrong bag, but also includes a quote from Cllr Barbara Dring making clear that the case was about a business not disposing of its waste in a responsible and lawful way.

‘Show us colour of your money for metro mayor’ (Birmingham Post) West Midlands council leaders will agree to a ‘metro mayor’ in return for an unbeatable devolution deal from Chancellor George Osborne, it has been confirmed. Quotes Sir Albert Bore saying that the seven leaders of the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) acknowledged that they would have to agree to a mayor to secure funding and powers from Whitehall.

Council closes in on deal to take in refugees as Bore pledges help (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Part of wider pieces on the issue of Syrian refugees in which Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham needs to do whatever it can to help those fleeing war in Syria. References fact that Sir Albert and Cllr James McKay will put forward a detailed motion outlining the city’s offer of support at next week’s full council meeting.

Sutton Coldfield Town Council election (BBC WM) Discussion on the breakfast show around the fact that the first election to select members of the new Sutton Coldfield Town Council will take place in May next year.

Rainbow to keep its licence after weapons pledge (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Rainbow nightclub has managed to hold on to its licence after pledging to search its own security staff for weapons. The club has its licence suspended by Birmingham City Council licensing chiefs last month after police produced CCTV footage of an attack – allegedly carried out by two members of security staff and a steward – that left a customer with a fractured skull.

Bike push as workers shun cycles (Birmingham Post) Just one per cent of journeys to work in Birmingham take place by cycle, according to new figures. References Birmingham City Council giving away 5,000 bicycles earlier this year.

Regional Headlines:

A Birmingham nightclub has apologised after a black job hunter was told via Facebook that the venue needed “less Afro Caribbean staff”. The Bambu nightclub, in Wrottesley Street, blamed an unidentified former member of staff who had been able to access the venue’s Facebook account and pledged to review its social media protocol.

An anti-Islam demonstration in Walsall planned for next month has been cancelled. A group calling itself United Patriots (Walsall) was planning to stage the protest in the town on October 3. A previous English Defence League demonstration in the town attracted only 160 people and led to nine arrests.

National Headlines:

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to close 11 stores with the potential loss of 900 jobs as part of plans to transform the company’s fortunes. It also reported a 47 per cent drop in half yearly profits before tax of £126m.

People may be able to contract Alzheimer’s during certain medical procedures in the same way as the brain disease CJD, according to researchers, who say contaminated surgical instruments or injections, such as human growth hormone, may pose a rare but potential risk.


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