Media Watch – Dec 22 (am)

By on 22/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Survival hopes rise for Birmingham’s golf courses (Birmingham Post Online)
More than 60 organisations, including hotel, pub and leisure companies have registered their official interest in running Birmingham’s cash-strapped municipal golf courses. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Workshy councils won’t empty bins for a month (Daily Express, Dec 22)
Millions face a month-long wait to have their rubbish bins emptied over Christmas because of the hated fortnightly collection system. In Birmingham, residents last had a recycling collection on December 11 and will have to wait until January 8.
Christmas Waste Collections – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5958

Pupils fail to secure a place at any of their top six school choices (Sutton Coldfield Observer)
Ten Sutton students missed out on their top six secondary school choices this year, a new report reveals.

Town park is aiming to ‘beef-up’ income  (Sutton Coldfield Observer)
Sutton’s landmark nature reserve could soon ‘steak’ (sic) a claim for new facilities amid plans to market ‘Sutton Park Beef’.

Regional Headlines

Fatal shooting life term welcomed 
The family of a man shot dead in Birmingham say they hope his killer’s life sentence will make people think twice about using guns.

Man injured in attack outside Solihull restaurant 
A man has suffered head injuries in an attack outside a restaurant. Police were called to an incident outside Shimla Pinks in Station Road, Solihull, West Midlands, in the early hours of Sunday.

Ambulances to promote 999 appeal 
Posters are to be put on ambulances in the West Midlands stressing that the 999 service is for life-threatening conditions and emergencies.

National Headlines

Thousands trapped in cars overnight due to snow and ice 
Thousands of people have been trapped in their cars overnight after snow and ice brought roads to a standstill. In Basingstoke, 2,000 vehicles ground to a halt leaving about 3,000 people stranded, Hampshire Constabulary said.

Bank charges test case dropped by regulator 
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided to drop its investigation into the fairness of bank overdraft charges.

No leaders’ debate place for SNP 
Plans for a series of televised leaders’ debates in the run up to the next election will not include a place for the SNP, it has been announced.

Public sector ‘still expects raises despite recession’ 
Most public sector workers are still expecting a pay rise in 2010, despite the impending clampdown on earnings in the sector, a survey has found.
 
Child fitness levels ‘declining even in affluent areas’ 
Sedentary lifestyles are making children less fit – even among those who are not obese, a study suggests.

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