Media Watch – Dec 30 (am)

By on 30/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Urban Living secures £11m grant for further regeneration (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 10) The Homes & Communities Agency has announced fresh funding for the Urban Living housing market renewal pathfinder, which is creating new homes in parts of Sandwell and north-west Birmingham.

Bigger library means more for less - Whitby (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 20) Council Leader Mike Whitby launched a robust defence of the plans for the new Library of Birmingham at a recent scrutiny meeting, saying that tough negotiating by the council meant that a larger facility would now be built than originally intended - at a cheaper cost.

Council set to axe jobs at sports centres (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 20) Further coverage of the menu of savings drawn up by Hall Green Constituency Committee to address a £1.8million 'cash crisis'.

Authority left bunkered by growing losses from municipal golf courses (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 20) Figures published by Cllr Martin Mullaney show that financial losses at council-run golf courses have tripled in the last five years.

A decade of standing still (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 25) Iron Angle political sketch column in which it is stated “the noughties might as well never have happened in Birmingham” when considering how similar the current events facing the council are when compared to ten years ago.

Leader explains plans for city to the civic society (Birmingham Post, December 30, page 51) Post People picture spread from recent engagement at which Council Leader Mike Whitby spoke at Birmingham Civic Society's Annual Leader's Breakfast, attended by 90 local business people.

Regional Headlines

West Bromwich Building Society has named Mark Nicholls, a senior city of London figure, as its new chairman (Birmingham Post).

Shopping centres from across the region say they are optimistic that 2010 will be a better year for business after the success of the recent Christmas sales (Birmingham Post).

Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that there an average of 250 accidents happened at places of work across the West Midlands this year (BBC Radio WM).

National Headlines

“Unacceptable” intelligence failures allowed an extremist to board a US plane with explosives, US President Barack Obama says.

The Prime Minister will use his new year message to pledge to “get Britain moving forward” and warn voters not to “wreck the recovery”.

Doctors in Brazil say a two-year-old boy who was pierced with at least 31 sewing needles is out of danger after a third operation.

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