Media Watch – Dec 5

By on 05/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City council Stories:

Busker told by council to keep the noise down (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham busker has been rapped by the council - for singing too loudly. Quotes council spokesperson.

Call for mum-of-eight's bus lane fines to be ripped up (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor has spoken up for Birmingham mother-of-eight Marie Buchan - and called for her £600 bus lane fines to be quashed.  Quote Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn and  CllrTahir Ali.

More budget meetings please (Birmingham Mail) A community activist claims that large numbers of residents are being excluded from council budget cuts consultation due to lack of public meetings.

Mixed reaction to plan for big leisure shake-up (Birmingham Mail) District leaders across the city have given a mixed response to plans for a major overhaul of swimming pools and leisure centres,  Quotes Cllrs Bruce Lines, Mahmood Hussain and Penny Holbrook.

Santa grotto gets the old heave-ho-ho (The Daily Mirror) Heartbroken children will miss out on a visit to Santa this year after a council axed his grotto due to spending cuts.  (In fact this was a decision taken by Birmingham Museums Trust   – see  )

Regional Headlines:

Thousands of jobs as HS2 plans move to Birmingham - Promises of job creation on the back of high-speed rail investment have taken a giant step closer with the company behind it planning to move to Birmingham in the next two years.

Boy, 15, sentenced for airgun attack  – A teenage boy is sentenced for shooting a girl in the mouth and her younger brother in the head with an airgun.

Car site store ‘to create 350 jobs’  – Plans for a new store, creating up to 350 jobs, at Longbridge’s former MG Rover factory site are revealed.

National Headlines:

More will not get pension until 68  – The date when the state pension age goes up from 65 to 68 is to be brought forward, Chancellor George Osborne will announce later.

Storm brings fear of wind and floods – There is severe travel disruption in Scotland as high winds hit the UK, with flooding predicted for eastern England later.

Car tax disc scrapped after 93 years – The paper disc that people have had to display in their cars to show they have paid vehicle excise duty is to be replaced by an electronic system.

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