Media Watch – September 5

By on 05/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum on feel the noize (The Sun) Slade’s Noddy Holder looks at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition. The show is also featured in today’s Times.

Historic swimming pool on show (Birmingham Mail) A historic Birmingham building (Stirchley Baths) was on show over the weekend like never before ahead of major redevelopment work.

Islamic festival is a big crowd pleaser (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham people turned out in their thousands to enjoy the city’s huge annual Eid Mela in Cannon Hill Park.

Incompetent social services staff axed (Birmingham Mail) Some members of staff at Birmingham social services have been found to be incompetent and ‘have left’ it has been revealed.

Council ‘lost’ info on 64,000 tenants (Birmingham Mail) Personal details of 64,000 Birmingham City Council tenants were lost when a USB computer memory stick was mislaid by an employee.

Mum Rebecca is 10,000th Brum Run hopeful (Birmingham Mail) Runners are sprinting to take part in Birmingham’s half marathon – with entries now reaching the 10,000 mark.

Museum show for snappers (Birmingham Mail) A group of aspiring photographers are to have their work displayed at a Birmingham museum thanks to Arts Council funding.

City OAP’s 2-year damp flat plight (Birmingham Mail) An MP has taken up the case of a pensioner who claims she is living in a damp flat two years after the city council apologised and carried out work to fix it. Birmingham City Council said Margaret Weir had only recently complained again and an inspector will visit the house to check the situation.

Youth project helps save lives (Dispensing Optics) A Land Rover Defender packed with ophthalmic equipment is on the way to Liberia having been donated to the charity Sightsavers. The vehicle has been restored by young people based at Birmingham City Council’s Vehicles for Vision project.

Aston Manor Transport Museum to close (Coach and Bus Week) Birmingham’s Aston Manor Transport Museum is to close at the end of the year after its £350k bid to buy its grade II listed Victorian tram shed home from the city council was rejected.

The Green Deal: Considering your role (Local Government Executive) Birmingham City Council referenced in article looking at the Government’ as Green Deal policy.

Flying the nest (Birmingham Mail) A family of peregrine falcons have flown the nest – finally paving the way for the demolition of a derelict Birmingham City Council tower block.

Thousands of under-11s branded ‘homophobic’ (Sunday Times) More than 20,000 primary school children (including 1,617 in Birmingham) were labelled racist or homophobic last year.

Regional Headlines

Motorcyclist killed in collision
A motorcyclist dies in a collision involving a car in Wolverhampton.

Thousands in city marathon events
About 2,300 people take part in this year’s Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon events.

National Headlines

Clegg rejects free school profits
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg rules out profit as a motive for running England’s new free schools as many open their gates.

Osborne defends planning changes
Chancellor George Osborne defends government plans to change the planning system in England, saying they are “key to our economic recovery”.

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