Media Watch – Dec 18 (am)

By on 18/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Tesco jobs boost in Birmingham (Birmingham Post online)
A total of 90 unemployed people in Birmingham have landed new jobs at Tesco, providing a boost to the region’s flagging employment sector. Scores of jobless people living in the Hodge Hill area of East Birmingham have secured posts at a new store due to open in January 2010. Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted.

Plans for Olympic pool approved  (BBC)
Plans for an Olympic-size swimming pool for Birmingham have been given the go-ahead. The 50m pool will be built at a cost of £60m on land close to the National Indoor Arena in the city centre. A city council spokesman said the council had ambitious plans for swimming pools with work starting on another pool in Harborne next year.

Birmingham’s Olympic pool gets planning permission but is unaffordable (Birmingham Post Online)
Birmingham city bosses are trying to cram too many major buildings into the city centre, leading to inferior facilities such as the Olympic-sized swimming pool, which could not host an Olympic swimming contest.

Birmingham City Council fails to produce annual accounts to audit commission (Birmingham Post Online)
Financial watchdogs have slammed Birmingham City Council for failing to produce its annual accounts, in the latest blow to its reputation for financial competence.

‘No review’ of Edgbaston revamp  (BBC)
There will be no judicial review of Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s plans to develop the Edgbaston ground, a court has ruled. The county received planning permission from Birmingham City Council in May for the £30m redevelopment of the site.

Regional Headlines

Minister Sion Simon to repay second home expenses 
Junior culture minister Sion Simon has promised to repay thousands of pounds in expenses and apologised after renting a second home from his sister.

Swine flu death toll rises to 35 
Two more people with swine flu in the West Midlands have died in the past week, it has emerged. The latest deaths bring the total number of cases where there has been a positive test of the virus to 35.

National Headlines

Travellers hit by snow disruption 
Travellers are experiencing transport disruption as heavy snow falls across much of the UK, with south-east and north-east England worst affected.

UK banking sector ‘significantly more stable’ 
The UK’s financial system has become “significantly more stable over the past six months”, the Bank of England has reported.

Woman murdered by ex-partner failed by police – IPCC 
Greater Manchester Police failed in its dealings with a woman who was killed by her ex-partner, a police watchdog says.

Top town hall earners to be named 
Councils and the police will be legally required to publish the names, pay and perks of all officers earning more than £150,000, under new regulations.

Council CCTV cameras ‘treble in 10 years’ 
The number of council-operated CCTV cameras in the UK has nearly trebled in a decade, privacy campaigners say.

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  1. Well said. I’m confused about the whole ‘rent to buy’ process over here in Ireland.