Media Watch – Feb 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Students trial wheelie bin scheme (Birmingham Mail) Wheelie bins are being rolled out in Birmingham as part of a new refuse collection scheme for students.

Council tax on the poor faces legal contest (Birmingham Mail, Independent) Birmingham City Council faces a High Court challenge over plans to make some of the poorest households in the city pay council tax for the first time.

Waste collection was snow joke (Birmingham Mail, WM) City councillors are demanding action after streets were left with piles of black rubbish during the recent snow. Assistant Director of Fleet and Waste, Matt Kelly, interviewed by BBC WM about the backlog of recycling collections.

New green scheme is launched (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents will be showing off their green credentials today in front of council leaders.

New hub puts jobs ‘at risk’ (Birmingham Mail) A huge industrial scheme aimed at helping to create 50,000 jobs has been branded a ‘vanity project’ that could throw up to 150 Birmingham workers on to the dole queue.

Academy will boost skills (Birmingham Mail) A new £1 million academy providing training and lifelong skills to 2,000 people a year has been launched in Birmingham in a much-needed New Year boost to the construction sector.

Blueprint for broke (Municipal Journal) The DCLG must come up with emergency intervention plans in case budget cuts and demand force a spate of town hall bankruptcies, government spending watchdogs warned this week.

‘Urgent’ talks to save £150m Superconnected Cities project (NetWorking Plus) Businesses in inner-city areas desperate for access to high-speed networks may not have much longer to wait.

Paradise is coming (Commercial Property Register) Apart from the positive impact of the enterprise zones, the green light has been given to the £450 million Paradise Circus scheme.

Green light for 650 homes plan at Selly Oak Hospital site (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council has approved plans for up to 650 new homes to be built on the city’s former Selly Oak Hospital site.

Regional Headlines

Overnight closures on M6 motorway
A section of the M6 motorway is due to shut later in the first of a series of weekend closures.

Suspected meteor filmed by cabbie
A taxi driver captures film of a suspected meteor over Birmingham Airport.

National Headlines

Argentina declines Falklands invite
Argentina’s foreign minister has turned down a Foreign Office invitation to meet members of the Falkland Islands government in London next week.

Government urged to act on flooding
A committee of MPs welcomes plans for more competition in the water market but says urgent action is needed to reduce flooding.

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