Media Watch – Dec 10

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City election campaign ends in punch-up (Birmingham Mail) A councillor’s sister was punched in the face as a Birmingham election campaign ended in a fracas involving rival party followers. Liberal Democrat supporter Nadeem Azam injured 18-year-old Zaniab Khan – sister of Cllr Mariam Khan.

Centre’s 50-page application form for £388 grant (Birmingham Mail) A probe into charity funding has blasted ‘ludicrous’ rules which forced church volunteers to fill in a 50-page booklet for a grant of less than £400.

10 per cent pitch hike just not cricket (Birmingham Mail) A city cricket group representing more than 800 players is facing pitch hire price hikes of ten per cent for the second year in a row.

Bowls club could go after 65 years (Birmingham Mail) An indoor bowling club in Birmingham could be forced to close after 65 years to make way for a new Tesco store.

Council blamed as plan for centres is shelved (Birmingham Mail) The city council has been accused of backtracking after a youth centre and health centre were removed from plans for the rebuilding of the Lyndhurst Estate in Erdington.

Birmingham plans city-wide recycling reward scheme (letrecycle.com) Birmingham city council is planning to procure a partner to roll out a city-wide recycling incentive scheme, following the ‘great success’ of a trial which saw residents receiver Nectar points for recycling waste paper and card.

West Midlands to road test Heseltine LEP role recommendations (Local Government Chronicle) Lord Heseltine’s call for local enterprise partnerships to be given a stronger role in economic growth could be piloted in the West Midlands.

Cuts call for total transformation (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes looks at the current state of local government finances.

Birmingham orders contractor to cut £20m (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council has instructed its largest contractor (Service Birmingham) to cut spending by a third.

Record numbers visit Frankfurt in Brum (Travel GBI) Visit Birmingham’s meet and greet service has received record bookings from visitors arriving by coach to the city’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Middle-earth? You needn’t fly down under to find it (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham’s Sarehole Mill features in an article looking at the locations that inspired JRR Tolkien.

MP’s anger in appeal over mast (Birmingham Mail) An MP (Steve McCabe) who spearheaded a community’s battle against a phone mast has been told local feeling is not ‘a determining factor’ in planning decisions. Birmingham City Council had rejected Vodafone and O2′s application to build a 39ft communication tower in Bournville but it was given the green light on appeal.

Bore defends friend’s face on JFK mural (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour council leader has defended the decision to add the face of a former Lord Mayor (Mike Nangle) to the restored memorial to John F Kennedy.

Regional Headlines

London Midland timetable changes
A train operator says changes to its timetable and work patterns will help address cancellations caused by a driver shortage.

Malala Yousafzai visited by Pakistan president
The President of Pakistan has visited a schoolgirl who is being treated in hospital in the UK after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.

National Headlines

Kate hoaxers ‘gutted’ over death
The Australian radio hosts at the centre of the royal hospital hoax say they are “gutted and heartbroken” over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

MPs call for drugs policy rethink
A committee of MPs urges ministers to closely consider a system of decriminalising drugs adopted in Portugal, saying the UK must rethink large parts of its drugs policy.

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