Media Watch – April 4

By on 04/04/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tributes paid to political giant Yapp (Birmingham Mail) Tributes have been paid to a former Birmingham political ‘giant’ who died at the weekend.

12 booze shops… and plans for two more (Birmingham Mail) A row is brewing over plans to open two new off-licences in a Birmingham suburb (Quinton) which is already home to 12 shops selling alcohol.

Councillors in ‘cut and paste’ petition probe (Birmingham Mail) Three Birmingham councillors have been accused of handing in a fraudulent 1,500 name petition  opposing plans for a centre for people with learning difficulties.

Blue Badge promise to city drivers (Birmingham Mail) Disabled motorists in Birmingham have been reassured that a blunder in issuing new Blue Badges will not affect them.

Pool promise from Labour (Birmingham Mail) Residents in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham have been reassured they will still get their new swimming pool – even if there is a change of administration at the city council.

Challenge over pay freeze at care homes dismissed (Birmingham Mail) A decision to freeze the fees paid by Birmingham City Council to care homes has been unsuccessfully challenged by backbench councillors.

Birmingham wins IBM Smart City grant (NetWorking Plus) Birmingham City Council has won an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant worth up to £250,000.

Birmingham’s Green Deal partner shortlist revealed (West Midlands Housing News) A shortlist of four bidders has been named by Birmingham City Council as part of its ongoing search for a delivery partner for its pioneering Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.

Regional Headlines

Woman held over murder of man, 92
Police investigating the murder of man aged 92 in the West Midlands arrest a 35-year-old woman.

Cyclists’ anger at pothole plans
Cyclists are unhappy with Walsall Council’s pothole repair plans that could lead to longer response times.

National Headlines

Clegg disquiet over secret courts
The deputy prime minister signals opposition to parts of the government’s plans for secret trials in some civil cases involving national security.

Fuel leak worry for stricken ship
Concern grows that the fuel tanks may have ruptured in a cargo ship which ran aground, leading to the dramatic rescue of seven crewmen.

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