Media Watch – February 2

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City’s biggest regeneration scheme back on track (Birmingham Post) A high profile regeneration scheme (Icknield Port Loop) that faltered as the economy collapsed has been given fresh hope after the landowners submitted new plans and the Government pledged funds to kickstart stalled projects.

Motorists cut off as park by phone service switches over (Birmingham Post) Motorists were left confused and angry after trying to pay for parking in the city centre using their phones- only to discover they couldn’t.

Fresh bid to save historic building from bulldozer (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is to ramp up the moral pressure on developer Quintain Estates in a bid to save the 100-year-old Island House Building from demolition.

City council website shut down by computer hackers (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham City Council’s £2.8 million website has been offline after falling victim to online attackers.

Colder than Iceland (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Amey, is treating 1,200km of routes – around half of the city’s roads – every night during the cold spell.

Homeless rescue plan (Birmingham Mail) An emergency ‘cold weather’ plan to provide beds for rough sleepers in Birmingham during the big freeze has been put in place by the city council.

Baby Bhangra boogie at library (Birmingham Mail) Brummie babies can enjoy Bhangra boogie and other activities at Birmingham Central Library this weekend.

Campaign over city markets gathering pace (Birmingham Mail) A campaign to save Birmingham’s historic markets is still gathering pace, a city councillor (Cllr John Clancy) has said.

Fury as ‘pure evil’ clamper walks free (Birmingham Mail)
Victims of a rogue Birmingham clamper , who stole valid parking tickets out of cars before towing them away, have hit out after he escaped a jail term.

£1.2 m payout for riots damage (Birmingham Post)
Around 900 riot-hit Birmingham businesses received £1.2 million in council aid to recover trade from last August’s disturbances.

J’can invasion! – Birmingham training base gears up for Olympians (Jamaica Observer)
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake says he is pleased with the preparation of the Birmingham training base for the Jamaican team ahead of the Olympic Games this summer in London.

Regional Headlines

Jaguar’s largest apprentice plan
Jaguar Land Rover says it is launching its largest recruitment of apprenticeships.

Gypsy protesters facing eviction
Protesters camped outside an illegal Gypsy site in the West Midlands are to be evicted following a council vote.

National Headlines

Covert policeman ‘defied’ bosses
An undercover policeman whose actions led to the collapse of a trial of environmental protesters had “defied” management instructions, a report says.

Prostate drug too costly for NHS
A drug which could extend the life of prostate cancer patients is too expensive to be used on the NHS in England and Wales, a health watchdog says.

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