Media Watch – November 21

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympic effort to crush counterfeits (Birmingham Mail) Trading Standards watchdogs in Birmingham today reveal the murky and dangerous world behind fake merchandise ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

£31m dental gets green light (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) An application to build Birmingham’s new £31 million state-of-the-art dental hospital has been given a warm welcome by city planners.

Don’t be loan sharks’ prey (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers tips on how to avoid being ripped off by loan sharks.

In the market for festive fun(Mail on Sunday) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in feature on festive markets.

It’s a Christmas horror show (Sunday Mercury, Metro, Birmingham Mail) Gruesome garden gnomes covered in blood and holding severed heads are being sold at Birmingham’s family Christmas market.

Chief apologises (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive Stephen Hughes has apologised to staff for the stress caused by local public sector spending cuts, and conceded he needs to do more.

Funding boost for advanced-engineering firms (Machinery Market) A £25 million fund is set to provide investment for SMEs operating in the advanced-engineering supply chain. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership joined forces with three other LEPs to bid successfully for the £25 million.

A new chapter (Architects Datafile) Cllr Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, laid the last piece of concrete on the highest point of the new Library of Birmingham at the Official Topping Out Ceremony.

Disruption after union strike vote (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of pupils and parents in Birmingham are facing disruption in the run up to Christmas after one of the largest teaching unions voted to join strike action over public sector pensions.

Ceremony for bomb victims (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anita Ward, will lay a wreath at Birmingham Cathedral on Monday in memory of those who lost their lives in the Birmingham pub bombings.

Cadbury victory in functions fight (Birmingham Mail) Residents have lost their fight to stop the West Midlands’ biggest tourist attraction – Cadbury World – holding more private functions.

Police in tower block plan row (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A proposed 15-storey tower block earmarked for Birmingham city centre could pose a threat to national security, councillors heard.

Regional Headlines

Prison boss advocates more work
The new director of Birmingham prison says he is in favour of the government’s initiative to make prisons places of work.

Eight hurt as three cars collide
Eight people are injured, two of them seriously, when three cars collide on the Aston Expressway in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Affordable housing plan unveiled
Plans to allow first-time buyers of new homes to borrow up to 95% of the value, with the government underwriting part of the risk, are to be unveiled.

Fog disrupts flights from London
Passengers are facing a second day of disruption as hundreds of flights are cancelled or delayed because of dense fog in London.
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