Media Watch – February 23

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council means business (Birmingham Post) Council takes equity stake in mobile phone company via Finance Birmingham.

Back-to-back fears over canalside plan (Birmingham Post) Icknield Port  Loop planning application given go-ahead by planners but planning members express support for resident swimming pool petition.

Whitby’s capital claims of creating ‘global city’ (Birmingham Post) Council Leader hosts London reception discussing recent investements and achievements in Birmingham, but offers no indications or discussions of Elected Mayor issues.

£225,000 Loan Shark to pay back just £20k (Birmingham Mail) Loan shark imprisoned after case brought by Birmingham’s Illegal Money Lending Team has only 20k in assets left to be seized.

Urban Meadows (BBC National) Prime time documentary on BBC One last night exploring the idea of ‘urban meadows’ being introduced in city centre to support insects and wildlife. Darren Share hosted reporter and teams who planted beds on highways and in parks.

Regional Headlines

Prime site could be Paradise (Birmingham Post) Detailed analysis of plans by Argent for Paradise Circus site once Central Library has closed.

MEP arrested over expenses fraud (Birmingham Post) Police arrest Nikki Sinclaire, MEP, over alleged expenses fraud.

National Headlines

£2 billion losses for state run RBS

Inquiry into gender selective abortions within the UK

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