Media Watch – May 23

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Revealed: Noisiest areas of our city (Birmingham Mail) Residents in city centre Ladywood have made more noise complaints than those in suburbia.

Old houses will become faith schools (Birmingham Mail) A row of crumbling historic Georgian townhouses are to be revived and given an unlikely new lease of life – as a primary school.

Fans invade Middle Earth (Birmingham Mail) Elves and dwarves helped turn a Birmingham suburb into a scene from Middle Earth as fantasy fans celebrated the life and work of author JRR Tolkien.

City deals win route to Chelsea (Horticulture Week) Leeds and Birmingham City Councils have beaten the rocky economic climate by attracting sponsors for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show displays.

The Library of Birmingham: A sponsorship proposition? (Platform) Birmingham City Council’s Brian Gambles puts the case forward for commercial sponsorship of the Library of Birmingham.

New pool closer to city splash (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first new swimming pool for 20 tears has already got the wow factor – even though it is not due to open until the end of the year.

‘Unlawful’ city his by legal bills (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council could be hit with a £200,000 legal bill after losing two high court challenges over spending cuts.

Spy camera rules are ‘bureaucratic’ (Birmingham Mail) New Government proposals to control the spread and operation of spy cameras have been slammed as ‘excessively bureaucratic’ by a Birmingham City Council watchdog.

John Lewis plans go under spotlight (Birmingham Mail) Ambitious plans to transform a neglected part of the city centre took a huge stride forward when plans were submitted for a new John Lewis department store.

Birmingham City Council IT jobs ‘could go overseas’ (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council and management firm Capita are considering sending some of the work overseas.

Growth fund supports jobs as millions pledged to West Midlands (Machinery Market) The Government has claimed that more than 40,000 new jobs will be created in the West Midlands through schemes benefitting from investment as part of its £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Regional Headlines

Blues relegated
Birmingham were relegated to the Championship after they lost to Roman Pavlyuchenko’s late goal for Tottenham on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season.

MPs criticise Kraft chief executive on Cadbury takeover
MPs still have “significant concerns” about Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury, according to a report.

Beer duty escalator ‘will cost 2,000 jobs’ in West Midlands
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) says that rising duty on beer will cost the Midlands 2,000 jobs.

National Headlines

Rosemary Nelson murder inquiry to publish findings
The findings of a public inquiry into allegations of police collusion in the murder of solicitor Rosemary Nelson in Lurgan will be published later.

David Cameron aims to boost Big Society
Prime Minister David Cameron is to make another attempt to promote the Big Society, by encouraging more charitable donations and volunteering.

Iceland volcanic ash cloud set to reach UK
A volcanic ash cloud from Iceland is expected to reach parts of the UK by the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Met Office has said.

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