Media Watch – September 29 (pm)

By on 29/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Anti swine flu dvd launched (BBC Midlands Today, BRMB & BBC WM) BCC & local PCTs funded dvd to educate children on preventing the spread of swine flu launched at Welford Primary, the school at the centre of the original outbreak.

12,000 step up for city half marathon (Birmingham Mail) Record numbers will compete in the EDF half marathon on 11th October, up from 9000 the previous year to 12,000.

A million trees for Brum's forest (Birmingham Mail) Former regeneration boss Clive Dutton reveals new proposals for city, including turning 1,000 acres of woodland in the south west into woodland, and the part pedestrianisation of Great Charles Street, creating a Parisian-style boulevard.

Campaign to buy hoard (Birmingham Mail) A public fundraising campaign will be launched this week in a bid to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands. BMAG is linking with Stoke-on-Trent Potteries Museums to buy the hoard. Coun Martin Mullaney quoted.

Anger over ugly design (Birmingham Mail) Chair of Jewellery Quarter Association tells BCC's regeneration scrutiny committee that the area's chances of earning World Heritage Status could be under threat unless property developers brought into line. Coun Kath Hartley and Philip Singleton quoted.

Letters (Birmingham Mail) Midland hoard cannot be lost - letter in support of keeping the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands.

“Special measures” for Tories (The Stirrer) “Mike Whitby's hopes of showing off Birmingham as a flagship Tory authority are coming to grief - and not only because of the Council's well-documented financial problems. The Stirrer can reveal that two Conservative associations in the city have been placed in “special measures”.

Overspend blamed on social services (The Stirrer) Birmingham Council has blamed the city's projected £26million overspend on pressures in the city's troubled social services department which is under threat of being taken over by the government. They also blame cutbacks in spending on parking and leisure facilities.

Regional Headlines:

Moseley animal lover leaves entire £165,000 estate to Birmingham Dog's Home.

Coventry Health Authority suspend cervical cancer vaccination programme in city following death of 14 year old girl.

19-year-old woman rescued from stream after police were called to reports of a fight involving about 20 people. She told ambulance staff she had been thrown into Bourn Brook in Selly Oak, a drop of about 9ft.

The campaign to keep open a Wolverhampton care home which houses a 106-year old woman has gained national attention after campaigning solicitor Yvonne Hossacks won her battle to avoid being struck off.

National Headlines:

Winter 2009/ 10 predicted to be milder than last year.

The Government announces plans for a £180 million programme to build 1,200 new council houses.

A mother-of-two who killed an 11-year-old schoolboy in a hit-and-run crash before going on the run for ten days admits death by dangerous driving.
Sam Riddall was walking home from a church youth group in Bristol when law graduate Hannah Saaf's car mounted the pavement and crashed into him.
Israeli minister Ehud Barak faces arrest in UK for alleged war crimes as lawyers for Palestinian families apply for international arrest warrant.

The children of working mothers are less healthy than those who stay at home, according to an authoritative study by British researchers.



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