Media Watch – April 16

By on 16/04/2012 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council Stories

Yes to a mayor campaigners: change needed (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham has made little progress in the last 25 years and needs political change, elected mayor campaigners have claimed.

Bulldoze plans for part of post depot (Birmingham Mail) The future of the historic Sutton Coldfield post office depot has been settled after a partial demolition plan was finally approved.

MP’s fear on mayor wages (Birmingham Mail) A directly elected mayor of Birmingham could end up demanding a £200,000 salary plus the cost of running an office and staff at huge expense to the taxpayer, it has been claimed.

Centre owner in legal threat to new store (Birmingham Mail) A shopping centre owner has threatened legal action against Birmingham City Council after it indicated it was set to approve a large superstore nearby. Council planners have backed the development of a major Sainsbury’s store on a car showroom site on the edge of Erdington.

Birmingham defends e-auction system (Community Care Market News) Birmingham City Council has defended its new online care allocation system after it was heavily criticised by local care providers.

Regional Headlines

Drought may last until Christmas
Official drought zones are declared in a further 17 English counties, as a warning comes that water shortages could last until Christmas.

Two killed in traffic collision
A man and a woman are killed when a car hits railings in Bilston.

National Headlines

Tata makes £800m steel investment
The Indian steel giant Tata is to spend £800m at its Welsh plants over the next five years, with the company saying it is an “expression of intention and vision”.

Peer suspended after bounty claim
A Labour peer suspended from the party after accusations he called for a £10m bounty for the capture of US Presidents Obama and Bush denies the claims.

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