Media Watch – September 23 (pm)

By on 23/09/2009 in News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Maternity unit plans unveiled (Birmingham Mail) Health scrutiny chair Coun Deirdre Alden raises concerns that planned changes to city's maternity services could put extra pressure on Birmingham's maternity wards.

Schools praised (Birmingham Mail) Education secretary Ed Balls praises BCC for dramatically reducing the number of schools failing to meet the Government's GCSE target.

Volunteers set up rival city website (Birmingham Mail) A group of volunteers is building a rival version of Birmingham City Council’s website which they believe improves on the £2.8million official site pilloried by the internet community on its launch earlier this month.

Traders fight back on the high street (Birmingham Mail) Feature on thriving trading in Acocks Green and the area's town centre manager Melinda Brown, part of a network of 6 managers tasked with breathing new life into places like Northfield, Harborne and Washwood Heath.

Officials ban report copies (Birmingham Mail) Claims that the public are being banned from receiving copies of agendas and reports at public meetings as part of latest cost-cutting initiative. Coun John Alden and Coun Ian Ward quoted.

Money not too tight to mention (The Stirrer) “Birmingham Council’s Finance Boss has moved to damp down disquiet over the city’s projected £26million overspend – but The Stirrer fears that major cuts are inevitable as efforts are made to rein in the deficit”.

Regional Headlines:

Chris Sims, chief constable of West Midlands Police has announced he will close 21 operational command units and replace them with 10 local police units, based upon council boundaries.

Scientists successfully operate on Florence the nurse shark at Birmingham's Sealife centre, 1st time shark been operated on out of the water.

Captain Peter Burkill, the Worcester pilot who saved 152 passengers by landing a stricken jet at Heathrow airport, has signed on the dole after failing to get a job – because he has a crash on his CV.

National Headlines:

Blacks leisure group subsidiary Sandcity placed into administration.

Labour MP Stephen Hesford has resigned as a parliamentary aide after attorney general Baroness Scotland was fined £5000 for breaking employment laws.

Three British motorcyclists have been killed and another critically injured in an horrific crash during a touring holiday in northern Italy.



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