Media watch – March 7

By on 07/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council to sell off historic hall (Birmingham Post) Rookery House, once the home of William Wilberforce, is to be put up for sale by Birmingham City Council – with a pledge that community access will be guaranteed

Conservation group in battle to save pub (Birmingham Post) A conservation group has made a last-ditch plea for Edward VII pub to be saved from the bulldozer. Today’s planning committee is expected to approve demolition to pave the way for the Aston Regional Investment site

Leisure firms being bullied off track in council lease row (Birmingham Post) Motorsport and bike racing firms claim they are worried they could be forced of their home (Wheels) after council officials questioned its future and tried to get tenants to sign new contracts. A BCC spokesperson said they are working with Wheels Trust but the challenge is that most of the charitable income and grants have ceased over recent years

Population growth ‘will boost construction sector’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is a ‘shining beacon’ for the Uk construction sector with an array of new projects pumping vital new life into the city economy, Sir Albert Bore has said

Brum’s poorest hit by ‘bedroom tax’ (Birmingham Mail) More than 13,000 of Birmingham’s poorest families will take a £500-a-year hit under the controversial ‘bedroom tax’, new figures have suggested. Birmingham City Council is now carrying out its own tenants’ survey

Regional Headlines:

The man who changed the face of Birmingham (Birmingham Post) Feature on the 50th anniversary of Sir Herbert Manzoni’s retirement as civil engineer and surveyor for the city

A transformation worth waiting for (Rail Professional) Feature on the redevelopment of New Street station

Priest, 83, arrested over child sex claims (Birmingham Mail) A Midland priest has been arrested by police investigating child sex allegations

Police incident closes main road (BBC WM and online) Hagley Road has been closed at Fiveways following a stabbing on a bus

National Headlines:

Processed meat early death link – Bacon and other processed meats appear to increase the risks of dying young

We will hold firm on the economy – PM – Changing  course on the economy would plunge the UK ‘back into the abyss’, the PM is due to say

RBS sorry for disruption to services – Royal Bank of Scotlands says all services are back to normal following disruption on Wednesday

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