Media Watch – September 6

By on 07/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

BMX track in demand (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM) Both Australia and the USA have expressed an interest in using Birmingham’s brand new BMX track as a 2012 Olympic training base.

The road where everything stops for the school run (Daily Mail) Parents who park badly outside seven Birmingham schools face being hit with £70 fines in a pilot programme to ease traffic congestion and anti-social behaviour.

Birmingham gets set for ArtsFest (Birmingham Mail, BBC Online, BBC WM) Final preparations are made for Birmingham’s annual two-day ArtsFest event.

Vote for your top park (Birmingham Mail) People who want to see their favourite park win an award only have days left to place their votes.

Swimmers get price fix pledge (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Admission charges at Birmingham swimming pools and sports centres will no ‘go through the roof’ if the facilities are taken over by private operators, the city council’s leisure chief has insisted.

Birmingham City Council’s carbon reduction targets met (Government Business) Birmingham’s efforts to become greener city have been confirmed as successful following the publication of carbon reduction figures for 2010/11.

Birmingham City Council to sell prominent empty office buildings to raise funds (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council is planning to sell several prominent empty office buildings in the city for housing to raise funds.

Social impact bonds to raise £40m (Children and Young People Now) The government is hoping to raise £40m from private investors as part of a trial into the use of social impact bonds to fund family intervention projects. Birmingham City Council is one of four local authorities involved in the pilot.

Close call on ‘lethal’ phone chargers (Trading Standards Today) Thousands of potentially lethal iPhone chargers have been seized by Birmingham Trading Standards officers.

Neighbour’s racist rant on film (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is promising to evict a Moseley tenant after she pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated assault and criminal damage.

Markets: We might find cash for move (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Council leader Mike Whitby has suggested that cash could be found to relocate Birmingham Wholesale Markets to a new facility in the city.

Regional Headlines

TV retune for digital switchover
Digital television viewers in parts of the West Midlands have to retune their sets as part of the final stage of the digital switchover in the region.

Riots ‘not only fault of gangs’
A former gang leader warns people not to put the Birmingham riots solely down to gang culture in the city.

National Headlines

High tax rate ‘harms UK economy’
Twenty leading economists have written to the Financial Times saying the 50p tax rate applied to high earners damages the UK.

Parents ‘in debt over childcare’
A quarter (24%) of UK parents questioned in a survey by the Daycare Trust and Save the Children say the cost of childcare has caused them to get into debt.

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