Media Watch – March 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council considers selling naming rights for Library of Birmingham (Birmingham Post) The new Library of Birmingham could sell naming rights to a sponsor for up to £10m as part of a drive to raise income from commercial activities.

Birmingham toilet for sale for £30,000 (BBC WM)
Cllr Randal Brew interviewed about today’s Birmingham City Council property auction.

‘Time bomb’ budget keeps council tax ‘artificially low’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s new budget – which saw £100 million of spending cuts with little detail on how they will be achieved – has been described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ by the opposition Labour deputy leader.

New pedestrian link to join train stations (Birmingham Post) One of the city’s leading architects has been tasked with creating a new link between two key train stations as part of the massive investment in Birmingham’s traffic infrastructure.

Inviting a new generation of library users (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham’s libraries must be transformed into a service dedicated to inspiring a new generation of users, a major conference in the city was told.

Third of city pupils miss out on first choice school (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Almost a third of Birmingham children missed out on their top choice in the annual race for secondary school places.

Development to preserve statue of field marshal (Birmingham Post) The statue of a British Second World War hero will be given pride of place fronting Birmingham’s Broad Street under a £100 million transformation of a rundown shopping centre.

Drain covers marked in Birmingham metal theft crackdown (BBC,5Live, Midlands Today, ITV Central, Birmingham Mail)
Drain covers in Birmingham are to be forensically tagged after nearly 950 were stolen in less than two years.

Housing chief John next mayor (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s housing chief John Lines will become the next Lord Mayor of Birmingham following a vote by city councillors.

Bins boss sorry over misprints (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s bins boss (Cllr Tim Huxtable) has apologised to residents in Handsworth and Lozells after leaving them in chaos and mess following a change in the black bag and recycling collection days.

Birmingham’s military covenant wins support from city’s development partners (West Midlands Housing News)
Birmingham City Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant has won support from the city’s development partner Keepmoat.

Birmingham Council set to create 400 new homes in Highgate (Birmingham Mail, West Midlands Housing News) The cabinet of Birmingham City Council will next week receive a report next week which sets out proposals to develop St Luke’s estate in Highgate.

Regional Headlines

Stove theory over industrial fire
A fire which destroyed a 115-year-old builders merchants in Wolverhampton may have been caused by a wood-burning stove, say fire crews.

Airport board backs runway plan

Birmingham Airport’s directors back plans to extend the runway for flights to the Far East and the US west coast.

National Headlines

PC shot by gunman Moat found dead
The police officer shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat is found dead at his home in Northumberland.

Dump 50p tax rate, say businesses

More than 500 business leaders have signed a letter calling for the 50p top rate of tax to be scrapped in next month’s Budget.

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