Media Watch – December 20

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Da Vinci magic comes to Brum (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Ten rarely seen drawings by Leonardo da Vinci are set to go on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery next year.

Top award for city energy saver plan (Birmingham Mail) A prestigious international honour has been awarded to the city council’s Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) programme.

Watchdog demand to gas service firm (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham housing watchdog committee has demanded a gas central heating repair contractor appear before it today to answer questions over poor performance.

NIA unveils vision for major transformation (Leisure Opportunities) A major £20.6m renovation of the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham is set to deliver improved facilities and a greater emphasis on the pre and post show experience.

Longbridge development (Insider) Plans for a 21,000 sq ft office building at the £100m Longbridge Technology Park have been approved by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.

Regional Headlines

‘Father’ of football remembered
The grave of the founder of the Football League and former chairman of Aston Villa is restored, 100 years after he died.

Volunteers respond to snow call
Sandwell Council says volunteers have “snapped up” shovels and salt to help keep paths clear of snow.

National Headlines

Train fares to increase by 5.9%
Train fares will rise by 5.9% on average in January 2012, after the chancellor capped increases at 6% in his Autumn Statement.

MPs attack ‘cosy deals’ at HMRC
A committee of MPs criticises “cosy” deals between HM Revenue & Customs and large businesses, saying the exchequer has lost out on millions of pounds.

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