Media Watch – Dec 6

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Christmas with a German accent (Guardian) Article looking at the popularity of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

New talks delay action by binmen (Birmingham Mail) Industrial action by hundreds of city binmen has been postponed for two weeks after talks between unions and the city council resumed.

Anti-social behaviour ‘still our top priority’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s community safety chief has claimed that anti-social behaviour remains a top priority for the city council despite cutbacks.

Brum gets £25m fame academy (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Work is now well under way for the doors to open on Birmingham’s first £25 million ‘fame academy’ the Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

Rogue taxi drivers targeted in blitz (Birmingham Mail) An undercover crackdown on illegal private hire cabs in Birmingham netted drivers willing to risk their livelihood for as little as £5.

No let up as freeze lasts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council sent the gritters out at 6pm last night to treat the entire network in preparation for more freezing temperatures. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14466

Brum could be set to have first elected mayor (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham could be set for its first elected mayor if Government reforms pass through parliament – the Localism Bill is due to be published by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week.

Rivalry fears as store is approved (Birmingham Mail) Store wars could break out along Birmingham’s Coventry Road after a major supermarket was given the go ahead by city planners.

Sick OAPs without heating (Sunday Mercury) Two pensioners recovering from serious illness have been left without heating in sub-zero temperatures after council contractors failed to fix their broken boilers.

Regional Headlines

Fireman speaks of transplant organ rescue from plane crash
The firefighter who pulled a pilot to safety and rescued a transplant organ after a plane crash at Birmingham Airport has spoken of his pride at the successful rescue mission.

Kraft to switch Cadbury jobs to Zurich
Cadbury’s new owner Kraft Foods has confirmed plans to move part of the business to Switzerland in a move which could cut its UK tax bill.

Solihull’s Lib Dem MP ‘may abstain’ in fees vote
Solihull’s Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt has said she will probably abstain in Thursday’s student fees vote.

National Headlines

Government reveals super-fast broadband plans
Every community in the UK will gain access to super-fast broadband by 2015 under plans outlined today.

Police cuts timetable ‘needs rethink’
The Home Office is being urged to rethink the phasing of cuts to police budgets in England and Wales.

Drivers warned of icy roads across the UK
Drivers are being warned to take extra care as they head to work amid warnings of widespread ice across the whole of the UK.

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