Media Watch – Dec 15 (pm)

By on 15/12/2009 in Media Watch

Fire door fears putting residents in danger (Midlands Today)
Shropshire and Birmingham said to be putting residents at risk due to policies on fire doors. Cllr Bore claims council is taking 12 months to upgrade doors however Elaine Elkington says no-one is at risk and we are simply further upgrading already safe doors. Safety in council homes statement: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5745

Library savings 'just £5m' (Birmingham Mail)
Suggestion that 'major savings' to be achieved in construction contract for the Library of Birmingham will amount to only £5 million (2% of project costs). Cllr Whitby quoted extensively on the value of the project, importance of the savings and general scheme.

Financial crisis fear (Birmingham Mail)
Plans to cut 400 jobs in adult services may not be enough to stave of crisis in social care. Peter Hay quoted as saying system is 'creaking at the seams' and Cllr Anderson says the jobs cuts are 'planned and consulted on.'

Mr Egg back open (Birmingham Mail)
Environmental health allows the Mr Egg café to re-open a week after it closed down the takeway with an emergency order to to health and contamination fears.

Starring role for sports presenter (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham television presenter Gary Newbon awarded a place on the Walk of Stars.

'Improved' New Street on display (Birmingham Mail)
New Street Station model to go back on public display at the Pallasades from this week.

Electric cars create buzz (Birmingham Mail)
TV presenter Quentin Willson is one of first to trial one of 25 eco-friendly cars in Birmingham. Cllr Tilsley quoted saying this is a great step on route to our plan to cut carbon emissions by 2026.

Regional Headlines:
Super-sized fridges at mortuary (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham Hospitals having to invest in 'supersize' fridges in their mortuaries due to traditional equipment not being suited to increase in obese bodies.

DNA hope in burned alive case (Birmingham Mail)
Case of Tracey Mertens, who was burned alive 15 years ago in Birmingham to be re-examined as police have new DNA profile and family are to make public appeal for info.

Joining forces against Kraft (Birmingham Mail)
Mass meeting of Cadbury's workers staged in Birmingham as fight to stave off hostile takeover continues.

National Headlines:

The closure of RAF Cottesmore in Rutland is set to be among cuts announced later to pay for 22 new Chinooks

 Negotiations at the Copenhagen summit are progressing too slowly, the United Nations’ climate chief warns

 A convicted child killer joked with a neighbour while digging the grave for a second victim, a court hears.

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