Media Watch –  September 30

By on 30/09/2015 in News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Bournville no longer ‘dry’ as newsagent gains booze licence (Birmingham Mail, page 2 lead): Coverage of decision made by Licensing Sub Committee B to grant Mary Vale News a licence to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. This article fails to make clear that the shop is located outside the Bournville Village Trust Conservation Area, which is the ‘dry’ area of Bournville ward.

Pilgrims returning from Hajj warned over potentially deadly infection (Birmingham Mail, online): Story raising awareness of people returning from their Hajj pilgrimages of the symptoms of MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips quoted.

Speed cameras coming back to Birmingham and Solihull (BBC Radio WM, Richard Wilford Show): Discussion about plans to introduce average speed cameras along some major commuter routes in the two areas, also referenced the introduction of 20mph zones under the 20 is Plenty campaign.

New jobs and a bigger home thanks to grant (Express & Star, page 21 lead): Story on how a Kingswinford tool-making firm has been able to expand its business after receiving a six-figure grant through Birmingham City Council’s ERDF programme to help businesses in the Black Country expand and thrive.

Famous city sons are on the move (Birmingham Mail, page 11 lead): Coverage of the removal of the statues of James Watt and Joseph Priestley,  from Chamberlain Square to enable Paradise Forum works to continue.  The statues have been taken to Birmingham Museum Trust’s Collection Centre.

Trams near to return in city centre (Birmingham Mail, page 18 lead): Article answering common questions about how and when the trams will operate and when the project is expected to finish, ahead of the first test runs due to take place in November.

RMT Pushes back implementation of Taxi Access charges at Birmingham New Street Station (Cab Driver, page 2 lead):  Coverage of black cab drivers dispute over introduction of access charges at the revamped New Street station. Story states Birmingham City Council has sent Network Rail’s plans ‘back to the drawing board’.

Regional headlines

Ten major Midlands motorway improvement projects – including the M54 and M42 – have been confirmed as part of a £1.8billion package of upgrades by Highways England. Work is due to start in 2017.

Birmingham Area Coroner Emma Brown dismissed as ‘speculation’ claims that IT worker Isteaque Ahmed’s drink was ‘spiked’ before he fell into the River Seine, in Paris.  The inquest into his death concluded that his death was due to drowning.

A 16-year-old girl has been stabbed multiple times after a fire broke out at a house in St Giles Road, Kitts Green, last night.

National headlines

Ten women in Britain will be chosen to undergo the first ever womb transplant operations after approval was granted for a clinical trial of the pioneering treatment, following the birth of a baby boy after a transplant in Sweden last year.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would not use Britain’s nuclear weapons if he were Prime Minister.

The UK is to spend £25m on building a prison in Jamaica so that foreign criminals in the UK can be sent home to serve sentences in the Caribbean.


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