Media Watch – November 14

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Legal issues stall village green bid (Birmingham Mail) A bid to protect a Sutton Coldfield playing field from development has stalled amid heated scenes at the city’s licensing committee.

Brum winter wonderland (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham was transformed into a winter wonderland as the city’s festive celebrations got underway with a Christmas parade.

Silent prayers for the dead (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham came to a standstill to remember those who gave their lives in wartime.

Traders scrap market talks (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Traders who have launched a High Court battle over the future of Birmingham’s wholesale market say they have withdrawn from consultation discussions with council chiefs.

Shop man ignored mercury warning (Birmingham Mail) A shop owner who ignored warnings about offering for sale beauty products containing mercury was ordered to do 130 hours’ unpaid work by city magistrates in a case brought by Birmingham City Council’s trading standards.

Candlelight treat at hall (Birmingham Mail) A historic Birmingham stately home (Aston Hall) will be throwing open its doors next month for its annual Christmas lights show.

Don’t fall prey to loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s head of Regulatory Services, Jacqui Kennedy offers advice on how to save money by joining a credit union.

Birmingham City Council Municipal Housing Trust (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council has won the overall prize at the UK Housing Awards for its Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust  scheme.

Celebration for new Birmingham retirement housing project (West Midlands Housing News) Residents at Saxon Court in Northfield were presented with a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the extra care scheme for older people.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Lost in Lace exhibition listed in Saturday’s Times.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market featured in a Daily Mail look at things to do over the festive season.

Riot aid left unclaimed as businesses remain confused (BBC) Most of the Government money pledged to help small businesses after the riots is unlikely to be paid out, judging by an assessment of claims made so far. Nigel Godfrey, business manager at Birmingham City Council, has been surprised at the low uptake.

What a turn-off (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham’s Christmas lights switch on criticised for the lack of celebrity appearance.

Regional Headlines

Flood causes £1m damage to homes
Flooding which hit a West Midlands housing estate has caused more than £1m of damage, South Staffs Water says.

Hero marine at arboretum service
A Royal Marine awarded the George Cross, who grew up in Birmingham, is among those at an open-air service on Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum.

National Headlines

Two in court over Lawrence murder
Two men are due to appear at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of black student Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago.

Judge to begin phone-hack probe
A judge-led inquiry set up in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal begins looking into the practices of the press.

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