Media Watch – April 26

By on 26/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Wheelie bin phone-in (BBC WM) Cllr James McKay ‘in the hotseat’ to take calls on the planned introduction of wheelie bins.

City tunnel closing for nine days (BBC) A Birmingham tunnel is to shut later for nine days for refurbishment work.

Loan shark ‘had unexplained £1m in accounts’ (Birmingham Mail) A loan shark from Birmingham faces jail after allegedly pocketing more than £1 million from his victims.

City council owed almost £100 million in unpaid tax (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is owed almost £100 million in unpaid council tax, official figures have revealed.

Get on yer bike! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is on the cusp of a cycling revolution. The council is bidding for £17 million to make major changes which will transform using bicycles for thousands in the city.

House building drop leaves city facing big crisis (Birmingham Mail) Plunging levels of construction in Birmingham mean the city is heading for a housing crisis, with demand far outstripping supply.

New school certificate for students (Birmingham Mail) City school pupils will start studying for a new specially designed qualification from September, it has been revealed.

Council’s green light for derelict canal site plans (Birmingham Mail) A scheme aiming to create 7,000 jobs on a derelict inner city site has taken a step forward.

Council in spring clean tweet mix-up (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council marketing staff were left red-faced after accidentally promoting a community clean-up in Birmingham Alabama.

Archives packed for library move (BBC) Millions of items from Birmingham’s Central Library heritage and archive collections are being packed up ahead of the move to the new £190m premises.

Funds for Birmingham’s £450m city revamp (Leisure management) Birmingham’s £450m regeneration programme for its city centre has taken a step forward with a funding allocation of £63.1m approved for the first phase of the project.

Regional Headlines

IPCC probes man’s pillowcase arrest in Wolverhampton
An investigation has begun into claims a man, who had his head covered with a pillowcase when he was arrested, was assaulted by police.

West Midlands Police custody ‘super block’ plans approved
Plans to build a 60-cell custody block in the West Midlands have been approved by Sandwell Council.

National Headlines

Ban ‘insider’ tax accountants – MPs
MPs call for a ban on external accountants working inside government, to stop them telling clients about tax loopholes they have found.

Met Police rape units face shake-up
The Metropolitan Police teams that specialise in rape and sex assault cases are to be reorganised after a series of failed investigations.

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