Media Watch – April 27

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cockroaches close down takeaway (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have secured a court order to temporarily close down a Birmingham takeaway after environmental health officers found it riddled with cockroaches.

Green light for jewelled rhino statue (Birmingham Mail) Visitors to Birmingham’s gay village will be greeted by an illuminated jewel-encrusted rhinoceros rooftop statue.

Mayor ‘can shift power to people’ (Birmingham Mail) An elected mayor will make local politics exciting and could shift power from political parties to people it has been claimed.

City in ‘green’ dream (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore has set a challenge to make the city the ‘green, safe and smart capital of Europe’ – including the creation of a new environmental cabinet post.

Connecting with people is the DNA of HR (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s Raffaela Goodby says social media is already being extensively used by HR managers but there are plenty more opportunities.

Plans submitted for Birmingham housing scheme (Insider Daily) Plans for a multi-million pound residential development on the outskirts of Birmingham have been submitted by the council’s housebuilding arm.

Regional Headlines

Men lose new year shooting appeal
Three men jailed in 2005 for murdering two friends at a new year party in Birmingham lose an appeal against their convictions.

Gypsy protesters lose camp appeal
Campaigners opposed to an illegal Gypsy site are told to leave their camp after asking a council for permission to keep it for another year.

National Headlines

Hughes joins Hunt inquiry calls
Senior Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes joins calls for an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt breached the ministerial code of conduct.

Barclays facing pay protest vote
Barclays is facing a revolt by shareholders, angry at the pay of its top executives, when the bank holds its annual general meeting later.

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