Media Watch – Dec 7

By on 07/12/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council ‘faces £40m more cots’ (R5Live, BBC, ITV, BBC Online, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Chamberlain Files) An extra £40m will have to be cut from Birmingham City Council’s budget because of further government funding cuts and increased costs, leaders say.

‘Soviet style’ tag for new hospital plan (Birmingham Mail) Designs for Birmingham’s new dental hospital were likened to Soviet-style architecture at its worst by council planners.

Opening date for new pool (Birmingham Mail) More details have emerged of Birmingham’s newest swimming pool (Sparkhill) which is due to open to the public in two years’ time.

Double battle for green belt (Birmingham Mail) People fighting proposals for the development of Sutton Coldfield’s green belt face a battle on two fronts with both the Government and local council willing to consider such a move.

Back to the fields of gold (Birmingham Mail) Archaeologists have returned to the spot where the Staffordshire Hoard was found – to see if the soil is still hiding more treasure.

Green role for McKay in Europe (Public Servant) James McKay, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for a green safe and smart city has been appointed the chairman of the Eurocities Environment Forum.

West Midlands plan for combined strength (Public Servant) Council leaders in the West Midlands have begun exploring the idea of creating a combined authority to counter the growing political and economic influence of Birmingham’s great northern rival Manchester.

Food hygiene scheme for Birmingham (Morning Advertiser) Birmingham City Council has introduced the Food Standards Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Regional Headlines

More London Midland train delays
An ongoing shortage of drivers causes 39 more London Midland services to be cancelled or disrupted.

Trains fiasco ‘to cost taxpayer’
The collapse of the £5bn West Coast Main Line deal will come at “a significant cost to the taxpayer”, a National Audit Office report says.

National Headlines

Hillary Clinton in Belfast visit
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive in Belfast as part of a four-day trip to Europe.

Which? says bank staff ‘still push unsuitable products
‘Major mis-selling scandals have failed to stop banks pressuring staff into pushing potentially unsuitable products, Which? has said.

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