Media Watch – October 19

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Patrols target yob crimes (Birmingham Mail) Police have joined forces with council officials and firefighters for a week long blitz on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Former city school to be demolished (Birmingham Mail) City councillors have agreed to the demolition of a former Yardley school despite a pressing need for primary school places.

Cracked water pipe warning (Birmingham Mail) A week or two after people in Birmingham were basking in record high temperatures, council bosses are preparing for a winter deep freeze.

Council say gritters are ready to roll (Birmingham Mail) Councils across he West Midlands today insisted their gritters were ready for action come the inevitable cold snap.

School policy talks wrong (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s education chief has admitted consultation over changes to the home to school transport was flawed.

Homeowners warned over extensions (Birmingham Mail) Homeowners who build extensions and businesses who change their properties without permission face increased charges for planning applications.

New website shows calls to city council (Birmingham Mail) Incidents reported to Birmingham City Council on a range of issues from housing repairs to anti-social behaviour are now being collected on a new website.

Birmingham invests in city-wide telecare (UK Authority Report) Birmingham City Council is to roll out a £14m citywide telecare service.

Euro recovered paper award for city council and Smurfit (Print and Paper Monthly) A promotional campaign by Birmingham City Council, designed to encourage members of the public and businesses to take part in paper and cardboard recycling, has won an award at the European Recovered Paper Council Awards.

Regional Headlines

Cyclist killed in lorry collision
A cyclist dies after a collision in Aston in Birmingham on Tuesday

‘Neglected’ horse and foal seized
A mare ‘in pain’ and her foal are seized from open land in Birmingham under the Animal Welfare Act.

National Headlines

Violence at Dale Farm evictions
Bricks and debris are thrown at police moving in to prepare the way for bailiffs clearing the illegal part of the Dale Farm travellers’ site in Essex.

Millions in line for tax rebates
About six million people are set to receive tax rebates, but another million will be told they have underpaid, after a computer system found discrepancies.

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