Media Watch – Dec 9

By on 09/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

First glimpse inside the Library of Birmingham (Birmingham Post) As the first anniversary of building work nears, computer generated images of the interior have been released. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14742

Doubts over city exchange (Birmingham Post) Doubts hang over the future of the region’s stock exchange after Birmingham City Council took over Investbx’s loans arm – but not the trading platform.

Cash wasted on designs for 19 cancelled schools (Birmingham Post) The London-based architectural practices were paid more than £1 million by Birmingham City Council under the Government’s axed Building Schools for the Future Programme, it has been revealed.

Party chief talks tough over Twitter row Tory (Birmingham Post) Conservative Party chief Baroness Warsi said there may be no way back for the Birmingham Tory councillor (Gareth Compton) who was arrested for comments he made on social networking site Twitter.

Cuts could drive bobbies off the beat, warns councillor (Birmingham Post) Parts of Birmingham could suffer a 25 per cent reduction in bobbies on the beat when cuts to the police budget hit home, it has been claimed.

Emergency talks after fears of £3.5 million arts cuts (Birmingham Post) Arts organisations have been locked in emergency talks with Birmingham City Council over arts funding for the next four years.

No tinsel..it’s an elf risk (Birmingham Mail) Untrue reports that residents of a Birmingham sheltered housing scheme have been banned from putting up Christmas decorations.

Posties anger at council vote (Birmingham Mail) Angry Midland postal workers have declared outright war on Birmingham City Council after the authority voted to support controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail.

New Street set to bring ‘wow’ back (Birmingham Post) The re-modelled New Street Station will put the ‘wow factor’ back into Birmingham, a debate on Big City Plan heard.

Copy of £7.3 million book to go on display in city (Birmingham Post) A copy of the world’s most valuable book is set to stay in Birmingham and will go on display in the city’s new library when building work is completed.

Regional Headlines

US-style gunshot sensors installed in Birmingham
Sensors used in the US to detect gunshots being discharged have been installed in areas of Birmingham with a high number of firearms incidents.

Sandwiches poisoned 47 West Midlands Police officers
A former shop owner whose sandwiches gave 47 West Midlands Police officers food poisoning has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence.

M6 drivers delayed by lorry shedding concrete load
Motorists faced long delays on the M6 in the West Midlands after a lorry shed its load of concrete rings.

National Headlines

Protests due as MPs vote on tuition fee rises
The controversy over raising tuition fees in England to £9,000 per year is due to reach its climax, with a vote by MPs and plans for student protests.

Deal to tackle poorly insulated homes is unveiled
A “green deal” to tackle the UK’s poorly-insulated housing stock has been outlined by the government.

Pension savers set to get more flexibility
Ministers are preparing to announce changes to the rules on pensions that they say will give savers more freedom.

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