Media Watch – Dec 29

By on 29/12/2009 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council axe jobs to plug cash gap (Birmingham Mail, Page 5) Jobs are to be axed at Birmingham's community libraries, swimming pools and sports centres to stem a £1.8m cash crisis.  Cllrs Martin Mullaney and Ian Ward quoted.

Parking ban hits traders (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) Birmingham traders have accused council officials of threatening their livelihoods over parking restrictions they said were driving away customers.

Education chief backs youngsters (Birmingham Mail, Page 13) Birmingham City Council has promised to try to strengthen the link between youngsters and councillors by giving them the opportunity to speak at official meetings.  Cllrs Les Lawrence and Jon Hunt quoted.

Joy in blitz on empty homes (Birmingham Mail, Page 19) More than 5,000 fewer homes in Birmingham are lying empty after a crackdown by the city council.  Cllrs Mike Leddy and Vivienne Barton quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found in Paradise Circus with serious head injuries on Christmas Day.

Snow is forecast for today and tomorrow in the West Midlands.  Lingering showers may lead to as much as 10cm of snow in some areas.

Police are investigating a stabbing incident outside the Wing Wah restaurant in Langley on Christmas Eve.

Over 200 Virgin Rail booking office staff members have voted for strike action around the New Year period, closing ticket offices at several main stations locally, in protest at planned cutbacks.

Around 14,000 tons of waste metal was ablaze today, as fire crews tackled a conflagration at a recycling plant in Brierley Hill.

National Headlines:

PM Gordon Brown has said he is “appalled and disappointed,” following the execution in China this morning of a man convicted of drug smuggling.

The government has confirmed that the man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic plane on US soil had been refused a UK visa in May and was on a British watch-list.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham has outlined proposals to phase out hospital parking charges for in-patients and some out-patients which, he says, have caused “great resentment.”

Thousands of pub landlords are to vote on whether or not to take industrial action in protest at the amount they must pay in overheads.

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