Media watch – December 2

By on 02/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

32,000 people ignored their council bills (Birmingham Mail) A staggering 32,000 residents failed to pay their council tax bills this year, landing Birmingham City Council a further £25 million black hole in its finances.

Cllr Randal Brew appeared on BBC WM to explain Birmingham City Council’s use of bailiffs for non-payment of council tax.

Is the Frankfurt Christmas Market too busy (BBC WM) Report suggesting an even that brings over 3 million people into Birmingham, generating around £90 million in economic benefits for the city economy, is now too big. Matt Kelly explained how Birmingham City Council manages congestion on the world famous market.

Meeting to discuss kids’ home future (Birmingham Mail) Worried parents are set to meet a council education chief to discuss possible cuts to a Birmingham children’s care home (Charles House, West Heath) next week.

Green light for city care home (Birmingham Mail) A new care home for adults with mental health problems has been given the go ahead despite complaints from neighbours.

Aid festive appeal for city’s poorest (BIrmingham Mail) City communities among the most deprived in the country stand to benefit from the Birmingham Mail and Lord Mayor’s £1 Christmas Appeal.

Gritting alerts on twitter (BIrmingham Mail) Six West Midlands councils have joined forces on a new social network scheme to keep motorists and commuters updated.

New eco council houses for Birmingham city centre (Construction Now) A street of 28 new eco homes has been completed by Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and its partners in Ladywood, Birmingham.

Housing association is fined over scalding death (Modern Building Services) Following the death of a man from burns received from a scalding hot bath, Midland Heart, a housing association, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £35,000  costs. Proceedings were started by Birmingham City Council.

Chamber joins new business hub (Chamberlink) Seven organisations across Birmingham will be sharing space at Baskerville House to form the Birmingham Business Hub. Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, quoted.

Plans to limit takeaways in city (Chamberlink) Guidelines which would limit the number of takeaways allowed in any one particular location, while also definining 73 local shoppng areas within Birmingham, have been unveiled for public consultation by BIrmingham City Council.

Tot’s death was ‘preventable’ (Birmingham Mail) A serious case review into the death of Kristiana Logina found her death could have been prevented if her guardians had sought earlier medical help

Regional Headlines:

Norovirus leaves to ward closure – Walsall hospital has closed its wards to visitors due to a winter vomiting bug

Company wins £7m jubilee contract -a Worcestershire company has beaten off international competition to produce official medals to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee

National Headlines:

Merkel calls for ‘fiscal union’
Iranian diplomats set to leave UK

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