Media Watch – September 6

By on 06/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Riots Debate (BBC R4 Today) Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby was a panellist in last night’s debate. The debate was streamed live online and the Today Programme will feature clips throughout the week.

Changes to family support services (WM) Cllr Les Lawrence outlined changes to family support services in Birmingham, stressing that community day nursery provision is not being withdrawn, just delivered in a different way.

Birmingham leisure centres will be better run by private firms, says councillor (Birmingham Post) Admission charges at Birmingham swimming pools and sports centres will not rise dramatically if the facilities are taken over by private operators, the city council's leisure chief (Cllr Martin Mullaney) has insisted.

School run mums face £70 fines (Birmingham 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.

China traders welcomed (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham can expect to reap the rewards of closer business links with China according to Leader of the council Mike Whitby.

Birmingham prepares swimming pool framework (Construction News) Birmingham City Council is preparing to begin procurement of a framework contract for leisure centres and swimming pools across the city.

Pub plan for old Woollies (Birmingham Mail) A former Woolworths will be converted into a pub after bosses moved to allay fears over anti-social behaviour.

Staff in line for awards (Birmingham Mail) A park ranger who promotes conservation on local radio and the team who prepared Birmingham for the Pope’s famous visit are among Birmingham City Council staff shortlisted for a prestigious award.

1979 photo project revived for artsfest (Birmingham Mail) In 1979 three Handsworth-based photographers set up a stall in the suburb’s busy Green Lane and invited passers-by to take their own picture. Now Self-Portrait Handsworth is being revived for this weekend’s artsfest.

Council fines for school asbestos risk (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been fined £5,000 for exposing a school caretaker and two workmen to asbestos while they refurbished classrooms.

Sticks do not work to boost recycling, so here come the carrots (Materials Recycling Week) Birmingham City Council is to run a pilot scheme where residents in Bournville and Erdington receive 25 Nectar points every time they put out their paper recycling boxes.

Tennis: Building on a rising profile (Sports Management) The LTA is working with Birmingham City Council on the £12m redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory Club – part of a country-wide strategy to extend tennis accessibility for all.

Regional Headlines

Joint bid to tackle knife crime
West Midlands Police join forces with surgeons to discuss ways to reduce knife crime.

Riots ‘caught police on the hop’
A report criticises West Midlands Police for not being prepared to cope with the riots in north-east Birmingham last month.

Man badly injured in knife attack
A man is seriously wounded in a knife attack in the Hodge Hill area of Birmingham.

National Headlines

Riots: Clarke blames penal system
Justice Secretary says the worst recent rioters were known criminals whose behaviour had not been addressed by the “broken penal system”.

Critics renew NHS revamp attacks
Critics have renewed their attacks on the overhaul of the NHS as Parliament prepares to debate the plans.

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