Media Watch – April 19

By on 19/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Fares upfront’ taxi plans axed (Birmingham Mail) Council chiefs have refused a bid by city cabbies to allow them to demand passengers hand over fares upfront – to prevent them ‘doing a runner’

Outcry over expansion at day nursery (Birmingham Mail) A children’s day nursery has been condemned by city councillors for requesting planning permission only after expanding its size by more than 25 per cent.

Improvements in city flats plan (Birmingham Mail) Architects behind a seven-storey apartment block have improved their design following criticism that it was too boring.

16,000 city homes to get wheelie bins (Birmingham Mail) More than 16,000 homes in two Birmingham suburbs have been rated as suitable for controversial wheelie bins.

Museum call as bank goes on market (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s historic Municipal Bank building is to be put on the market – prompting calls for it to be turned into a museum. The city council plans to offer a long-lease on the Broad Street site and has suggested it would be suited to becoming a ‘cultural facility’.

West Midlands Police spend £1m on consultants in one year (Birmingham Mail) Spending comes as force axes 250 police officers and 450 support jobs in last two years following budget cuts. Cllr Deirdre Alden quoted.

Mapping the impact of welfare reforms in Birmingham (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham organisations dealing with the impact of the Government's welfare reforms have drawn-up a map identifying crisis support for people affected across the city.

Regional Headlines

Fatal house blaze ‘was murder’
A fire at a house in Birmingham in which a woman in her 50s died is being treated as murder, police say.

Crash death motorcyclist named
Police name a biker who died when his motorbike was in collision with a car in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Rolf Harris in sex offence inquiry
Rolf Harris is the previously unnamed entertainer who was arrested by police as part of an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual offences.

Tough inspection plan for nurseries
Nurseries and childminders in England are to face tougher inspections, the education watchdog Ofsted is expected to announce.

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