Media Watch – April 15

By on 15/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

BBC boss told to make Brum its digital centre (Birmingham Mail) The head of the BBC has been urged to make Birmingham its national digital headquarters, as he met political and business leaders.

Security review follows Council House invasion (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A security review will take place after left-wing protestors stormed Birmingham’s Council House to protest against the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

Roaches found in curry house’s filthy kitchens (Birmingham Mail) Horrified Environmental Health inspectors were confronted by cockroaches crawling out from under the oven and fridge of an upmarket city curry house.

Birmingham street racers get driving bans totalling 300 Years (Birmingham Mail) Street racers who tried claiming a major Birmingham A-road as their personal drag strip have collectively been handed driving bans topping 300 years. The Safer Birmingham Partnership, which includes West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and Birmingham City Council, issued injunctions against many racers which prohibits them from participating in or watching street racing.

Welfare fears after rise in people keeping livestock (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers legal advice for people planning to keep their own livestock.

Parking fine was ‘legal robbery’, claims musician (Birmingham Mail) A Jazz musician playing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall finished his concert to discover he had been given a parking fine – despite paying for a ticket. Traffic wardens gave Rupert Christie a £50 fine for parking over the white line in the next bay of the council-run Paradise Circus car park.

Housing protocol pledged as ‘out of borough’ placements spark tensions (Local Government Chronicle) London boroughs are to fast-track the introduction of a ‘rehousing protocol’ to inform regional authorities when residents are moved outside the capital. The pledge to ‘escalate’ the new rules comes after Birmingham City Council warned that the £26,000 benefit cap, which will be rolled out from July, would create a spike in placements outside London.

Regional Headlines

Two men injured in town attack
A man is taken to hospital in a critical condition and another man is also hurt in an attack in Walsall, West Midlands.

Regiment to be given new colours
The Mercian Regiment will be presented with new colours in the summer, the Army says.

National Headlines

Benefit payments cap rollout begins
A government-imposed limit on benefit payments begins in four London boroughs ahead of its introduction across England, Scotland and Wales.

Firms count cost of cold weather
Both retailers and small businesses say the exceptionally cold weather in March damaged business activity.

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