Media Watch – Dec 15 (am)

By on 15/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby’s ‘huge savings’ on Birmingham library amounts to just £5m (Birmingham Post Online)
Approval has been given for work to begin on Birmingham’s new £193million civic library, amid a row over how much the project will actually cost.

25 nursery schools in Birmingham under threat (Birmingham Post online)
Up to 25 nursery schools in Birmingham are under threat from Government plans to cut funding in parts of the city, the council has warned.

On road to funding crisis (Birmingham Post Online)
Plummeting temperatures and snowfall threaten to bring the region’s roads to a standstill. Transport Correspondent Patrice John looks at how future cuts in funding could bring traffic to a grinding halt.

Council seizes home after homophobic abuse (Inside Housing)
Birmingham City Council has been awarded possession of a tenant's home, following a 'reign of homophobic abuse and anti-social behaviour'.

BBC Midlands Today – Cllr Bore highlighting fire safety issues in council homes.

Regional Headlines

Workers show support for Cadbury 
Cadbury staff from across the UK and from Dublin are meeting in Birmingham to show their opposition to the hostile takeover bid by US firm Kraft.
 
Jury out in post office raid murder case 
The jury at the trial of four men accused of murdering a sub-postmaster’s son in Worcestershire during an armed raid are considering their verdict.
 
Toilets used as medical centres 
Public toilets in Wolverhampton are being turned into a temporary medical centre as part of a campaign to keep Christmas revellers safe.
 
Vandals cause traffic chaos on Aston Expressway in Birmingham (Birmingham Post Online)
Vandalism to one of Birmingham’s main city routes caused traffic chaos during rush hour.

AWM doesn’t know if £300,000 spent at MIPIM attracted investment (Birmingham Post Online)
Advantage West Midlands has no idea if £300,000 spent at this year’s MIPIM property event in the south of France attracted a single penny of inward investment for the region.

National Headlines

Afghan war ‘to be funded by UK job cuts’ 
The defence secretary is due to outline how he plans to pay for extra equipment for British operations in Afghanistan by making cuts elsewhere.
 
British Airways examining ‘all strike options’ 
British Airways says it is exploring “all options” to help it cope with the impact of a planned 12-day strike by cabin crew over the Christmas period.

Vanessa George to be sentenced for nursery sex abuse 
A paedophile nursery worker from Devon who sexually abused children in her care and swapped indecent images over the internet is to be sentenced later.

House prices rise as property shortage persists 
House prices are still being driven up by a relative shortage of properties for sale, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

Car help scheme yet to give funds 
A £2.3bn government scheme set up in January to provide funding for UK carmakers has yet to help a single firm, a committee of MPs has found.

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