Media Watch – September 22

By on 22/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of yesterday’s industrial action (BBC, ITV Central, BRMB, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post)

Hughes: Pre-emptive care action could save millions (Birmingham Post) Expanding foster care or ensuring early intervention to protect vulnerable children could keep 500 youngsters out of residential care and save £22 million a year, the chief executive of Birmingham City Council has claimed.

Green deal will be new chapter for city (Birmingham Post) A £760 million investment in green energy could kickstart a new era in Birmingham’s manufacturing history, Birmingham City Council has claimed.

Clampdown on saucy lap-dancing club signs (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Birmingham’s lap dancing clubs have been told to remove suggestive images of women from their buildings as part of a city-wide clampdown on sex venues.

Library contract row dismissed (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has dismissed a complaint that it broke procurement rules to award a lucrative cable installation contract for the new Library of Birmingham to its own IT partner, the Capita-run Service Birmingham.

Outcry over library deal (Birmingham Mail) Councillors have accused city officials of ‘dragging their feet’ over repairs to Sutton Coldfield Library.

Inquiry into development plans around cricket ground (Birmingham Post) A public enquiry is to be held into controversial plans to redevelop land around Edgbaston Cricket Ground, which could see new homes, a hotel, restaurants, shops, pubs and a public plaza built in the area.

Business revolt over Jesus Army Centre (Birmingham Post) Business leaders are threatening to leave one of Birmingham’s most prestigious commercial districts because of plans by a controversial religious group to open a drop-in centre and place of worship in a former office building.

Insect infestation shuts landmark city restaurant (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A landmark Indian restaurant (The Maharaja in Hurst Street) that has entertained celebrities, sports stars and a former Prime Minister has been closed due to a cockroach infestation.

Nectar rewards Birmingham residents for recycling (Marketing Week) Nectar is partnering with Birmingham City Council to launch a scheme that rewards residents for positive behaviours such as recycling and getting fit.

More visitors to attractions (Destination UK) Visitor numbers to attractions across the West Midlands increased by two per cent in 2010. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery remained in the list of top 20 free attractions nationwide.

Regional Headlines

‘Chuggers’ threatened with fines
Charities employing overly-aggressive street fundraisers, or “chuggers”, could face fines in Wolverhampton.

New footage in Ding murder case
Previously unseen footage of a man who worked in Birmingham and is suspected of killing four members of a family is to be shown on Crimewatch.

National Headlines

PFI costs ‘put hospitals at risk’
The rising cost of paying for hospitals built through the Private Finance Initiative is jeopardising the finances of some NHS Trusts, ministers say.

Bloody Sunday compensation offer
The BBC learns that the government is to pay compensation to the families of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday.

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