Media Watch – April 26

By on 26/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

CAB saved by new funding (Birmingham Mail) Five Citizens’ Advice Bureaux helping thousands of people across Birmingham have been saved from closure.

In the driving seat to cut emissions (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s use of ultra-low carbon vehicles has been boosted after the city council picked up the keys to a pair of electric cars.

Birmingham’s Sikh Vaisakhi festival attracts 90,000 people (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham was transformed into a sea of orange as tens of thousands of Sikhs paraded through the city streets to mark the annual Vaisakhi festival.

Sun shines on Birmingham St George’s Day celebrations (Birmingham Mail) Patriotic Brummies turned out in Birmingham city centre to celebrate a sun-kissed St George's Day. The city's council held a free event in Victoria Square with live music, Morris dancers and children's rides.

Birmingham MP attacks council over plans for Selly Oak Hospital (Birmingham Mail) A city MP has slammed Birmingham City Council for failing to move fast enough or consult widely enough about the future of the hospital site in Selly Oak.

Fly-tipping costs Birmingham tax payers £8m (Birmingham Mail) Council tax payers in Birmingham had to fork out £8 million in the past year to clean up 36,000 tonnes of waste dumped illegally across the city.

Park rangers run wildlife tours (Birmingham Mail) Families are invited to learn more about wildlife in Highbury Park.

Birmingham City Council launches bid for £50m new homes (Construction Now Daily) Birmingham’s council house building programme is set to enter its next phase with a funding bid for up to 900 more new homes.

Burstow names areas to pilot more ‘flexible’ care (Muinicipal Journal) Health minister Paul Burstow has announced the six areas which will pilot a new scheme for adult social care. Birmingham City Council is one of six local authorities involved.

Upgrade for Birmingham roads (World Highways) UK public services provider Amey, as part of the £2.7 billion highways partnership with Birmingham City Council has placed its first major order for traffic signalling equipment with Siemens.

Regional Headlines

Three arrests over Wolverhampton couple’s murder
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an elderly Italian couple in Wolverhampton.

Dog attack leaves man with leg injuries in Tipton
A man has been attacked by three Staffordshire bull terriers in Tipton.

National Headlines

BBC’s Andrew Marr ‘embarrassed’ by super-injunction
BBC presenter Andrew Marr has revealed he took out a super-injunction to protect his family’s privacy – but says he will not pursue it any further.

AV referendum: Bid for Labour swing voters
Senior Labour figures on both sides of the referendum on voting change are stepping up their appeal for crucial swing voters within the party.

London 2012 Games: Ticket applications ‘hit the roof’
Applications for tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have “hit the roof”, according to organisers.

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