Media Watch – April 17

By on 17/04/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council plans to build 3,500 homes in city (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has unveiled ambitious £206 million plans to build 3,500 homes over the next decade.

Birmingham City Council party leaders clash over education and jobs (BBC) The leader of Birmingham City Council’s Labour group Sir Albert Bore has accused the coalition partners of having no clear policy on education.

Big splash as old pool is reopened (Birmingham Mail) Swimmers are finally making a splash in Birmingham – with the reopening of a 105-year-old pool (Moseley Road Baths).

Old farm to be restored after grant (Birmingham Mail) Restoration work has begun on a Grade II* listed farm in Birmingham (Bells Farm in Druids Heath)

Brum’s baby boom sees school reborn… 30 years after it shut (Birmingham Mail) A primary school which shut down almost 30 years ago is to reopen in a bid top cope with Birmingham’s birth rate crisis.

Brum mayor vote: The great debate (Birmingham Mail) Supporters for a yes and no vote have their say.

£35m plan for ex-college site (Birmingham Mail) The former site of Bournville College is set to be transformed into a £35 million state-of-the-art retirement village and dementia care facility following a meeting of city planners.

Regional Headlines

Rare medical library is auctioned
The Birmingham Medical Institute is to auction its 5,000-book library, containing many rare medical books, in a bid to raise £500,000.

Minister’s son banned from rugby
The son of West Midlands MP Caroline Spelman is banned from playing rugby for 21 months by the RFU, after he admitted taking drugs.

National Headlines

Gas extraction ‘should continue
A controversial technique to extract shale gas, known as fracking, should resume in the UK with measures to minimise earthquakes, a government-appointed panel of experts recommends.

May to give Abu Qatada statement
The home secretary is expected to give a statement to MPs later on the case of the radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada.

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