Media Watch – May 16

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City parking fees scheme is halted (Birmingham Mail) Plans to make motorists pay to park on Birmingham city centre streets at night and on Sundays are said to have been put on hold.

Top guide’s big thumbs-up for Brum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s top image makers have welcomed the glowing reviews of the Second City contained in the latest edition of a top worldwide travel guide.

(Political) Labour bids to block city mayor plan (Birmingham Mail) Labour will try to block plans to make city council leader Mike Whitby the unelected mayor of Birmingham.

Thieves nicked boiler and left flats flooded (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) Torrents of water poured through a Birmingham tower block after thieves ripped a boiler from a fourth floor flat.

(Political) Birmingham City Council Labour party elects leader (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has defended his position as party leader.

Hard-up city council splashes out on pool (Birmingham Mail) Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is splashing out on the renovation of a historic swimming pool.

New rules on way to stop takeaways (Birmingham Mail) City planners have been promised greater powers to halt the surge of takeaways on Birmingham’s shopping parades.

Regional Headlines

Severn Trent Water in appeal over reservoir levels fall
Water company Severn Trent is appealing to people to conserve supplies, with reservoir levels being about 10% lower than normal for this time of year.

Probe by police watchdog after body find
The police watchdog is investigating the West Midlands force’s contact with a man who was later found dead.

National Headlines

MoD cost reviews looks to find fresh cuts
The Ministry of Defence is seeking to find more savings from the armed forces in the next financial year.

Cameron set to stand firm on need for NHS changes
David Cameron will try to rally support for planned changes to the NHS in England, in a speech to health staff.

Two women charged over Tong deaths
Two women have been charged with murder and assisting an offender following the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at a roadside in West Yorkshire.

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