Media Watch – March 17

By on 17/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Longbridge revamp hit by cash row (Birmingham Mail) One of Britain's wealthiest property firms has been accused of using the recession as an excuse to wriggle out of stumping up the cash to improve public transport at Birmingham's giant Longbridge redevelopment site. St Modwen Properties is appealing against BCC's refusal to allow the building at the Longbridge Technology Park to be used chiefly as offices.

Council homes 'cheap' (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's council housing is among the cheapest in the country to run, latest figures show. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Most council homes now 'fit to live in' (Birmingham Mail) Nearly all council homes in Birmingham now meet the Government standard for being warm, safe and comfortable, according to a report. The council achieved the target without any Government grants. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Arrears improve (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is winning the battle against rent arrears with figures showing it is currently owed £9.2 million in unpaid rent, which is down from £13 million five years ago.

Regional Headlines

Pope Benedict XVI will visit in September, to beatify Birmingham Oratory founder Cardinal Newman.

The vice-president of Kraft Foods says he is “terribly sorry” for the firm’s pledge to keep open Cadbury’s Keynsham plant.

A lonely old soldier battling eviction from his charity home in Birmingham is now the only resident left at Lashbrooke House, in Rubery.

National Headlines

Head teachers say a ban on the legal drug mephedrone should be considered following the death of two teenagers.

Tens of thousands of hospital beds in England must be axed to save money and improve care, a think tank says.

Two British soldiers have been killed in an explosion in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, the MoD says.

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