Media Watch – 11 August

By on 11/08/2011 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued follow-up from the unrest across all media: stories include

 Counting the economic to businesses - Chamber of commerce estimates the impact of  the disturbances within the city at around £2.5m per day in lost trade - this is without taking into account cost of damage/looting.

 'Solidarity' at clean up (Birmingham Mail) Citizens join councillors and MPs to help with post disturbance clean-up.

 We'll come back strong, say Whitby (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Whitby pledges council will do it all it can to get city back to normal as soon as possible and urged ethnic communities to work together to ensure community relations are not set back years.

 Other stories:

 Millions wasted on council's redundant property portfolio (Birmingham Post)

BCC has paid nearly £4million in rates and council tax on empty properties since 2009. Council spokesperson highlights rental outcome far outweighs empty property expense and disposal of empty sites, especially at a time when market is slow, may not be the best economic decision in the long term.

 New library shows it face (Birmingham Post)

First section of metal façade for the Library of Birmingham lifted into place.

Wrong maps blamed over Gun Quarter name debacle (Birmingham Post)

The 'use of wrong maps' has been blamed for the row over the future of the Gun Quarter name. Cllr Huxtable says maps used over recent years by the Council have wrongly designated a far wider area as the Gun Quarter than is actually the fact and now we are simply returning to the correct definition.

 Legal battle over New Street Store (Birmingham Post)

Ruling expected later in the week in legal dispute between Argos and BCC over whether changes to original plans for New Street Gateway still allow the authority to use previously granted  CPO powers to demolish site of Argos store in Pallasades.

 Ban these rogue clampers (Birmingham Mail)

One year after the Government announced intention to ban clamping on private land Cllr Eustace writes to express frustration at how long it is taking for this to become law, and highlight the ongoing problems.

 Holiday tenant's fury at empty flat (Birmingham Mail)

Council tenant returns from holiday to find the locks of his council home changed and furniture sold off by the authority. He claims he has proof he told council he would be away for 13 weeks and has email to prove it. Council spokesperson claims they did not know where he was and tried to contact him for 5 months without success.

Regional Headlines

Father of man killed by motorist in Winson Green urges communities not to take revenge

Crews battle blaze at scrap metal yard

Record crowd at Edgbaston Test

National Headlines

PM to adress recalled Cabinet on riots

Eurpean shares open higher despite French fears

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