Media Watch – April 12

By on 12/04/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Protest vote can open door for small parties (Birmingham Post) Minor parties are hoping to make progress at next month’s local elections in Birmingham due to apathy and disaffection with the mainstream parties.

Tesco celebrates victory in ‘store wars’ battle (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A decade-long ‘sore wars’ battle appears to be over after Tesco claimed a High Court victory over rival Midlands Co-op in a bid to build a Birmingham shop.

Jamaican netball players in city (BBC) Top teenage Jamaican netball players are in Birmingham as part of a cultural exchange programme leading up to the Olympic Games.

Affordable homes row puts tower plan on hold (Birmingham Post) A planning application to transform a 20-storey city centre tower into apartments has been put on hold after developers were told to provide more affordable homes.

Legal appeal to save postal depot would be too costly (Birmingham Post) City planners have been told they have no watertight legal grounds to refuse plans to partially demolish an historic Second World War post office depot in Sutton Coldfield.

Rise of new library catalogued in photographic essay (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A photography project has been launched to chart the construction progress of one on Birmingham most talked about buildings (Library of Birmingham).

Baby boom causes register delays (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A baby boom in Birmingham has led to parents having to wait more than two months to register a birth, it has been claimed.

Great hopes after birth of new economic ‘incubators’ (Birmingham Post) Enterprise zones offering business tax breaks and fewer planning restrictions have gone live across the West Midlands.

Joy in booze shop fight (Birmingham Mail) Residents in a Birmingham suburb (Quinton) fighting plans to open two more off-licences in an area which they say is already saturated with shops selling alcohol are celebrating a partial victory.

Sham weddings cause register office delay (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham couples are being forced to wait up to four months to register their intention to marry because of a backlog caused by an attack on sham weddings.

Council receives funding for two big Birmingham projects (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council will go ahead with two projects that will benefit the city by creating new houses and economic growth, thanks to the approval of a £12.075m fund that will be spread across the Midlands.

Regional Headlines

‘No funeral’ a year after death
The family of a man detained by police under the Mental Health Act and then taken to hospital, say they still do not know how he died and have been unable to bury him one year on.

Man charged over woman’s murder
A man is charged with the murder of a 22-year-old Korean student whose body was discovered in a flat in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Charities’ tax fear for donations
Nearly nine out of 10 charities fear government plans to limit tax relief will result in a drop in donations from wealthy benefactors, a survey suggests.

Probe into patient night releases
The government is investigating after figures emerge suggesting hospital patients in England have been discharged overnight to free up beds.

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