Media Watch – December 5

By on 05/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum golf courses saved in £10m move (Birmingham Mail) A deal to save Birmingham’s seven municipal golf courses from closure and see £10 million invested in new club house facilities will be rubber stamped by council chiefs next week.

Avoid pitfalls of Christmas (Birmingham Mail) Jacqui Kennedy, head of Regulatory Services at Birmingham City Council, offers advice on how to avoid financial pitfalls this Christmas.

West Midlands Twitter gritter coverage widened (BBC, WM, Birmingham Mail) Councils across the West Midlands have joined forces to boost a gritting alert service to help drivers setting out in icy conditions. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Cold nights respite for homeless (Birmingham Mail) Plans to provide warmth and comfort for people sleeping rough in Birmingham city centre have been put in place by the local authority.

Deadly vodka is on sale in city shops (Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs are warning shoppers to be on their guard after finding illegal and potentially deadly vodka on sale in the Midlands.

Region warned of potholes ‘plague’ (Birmingham Mail) Councils have been warned to ‘get a grip’ on pothole repairs on the roads of the West Midlands before winter sets in.

Councils turn to the bond market (Sunday Telegraph) Local authorities, including Birmingham City Council, are considering revamping the municipal bond market to finance the road, light rail and school projects that are key to the Government’s plans for £250bn of infrastructure investment.

Is the Christmas Market too big this year? (Birmingham Mail) Visitors to the Frankfurt Christmas Market dismiss isolated complaints that the extended market is too big this year.

Birmingham plans to put museums into trust model (Museums Journal) Birmingham’s museums are set for a radical overhaul with plans to merge the city’s museum and art gallery and Thinktank science museum into a new trust from April next year.

Housing staff strike as 700,000 face job loss (Inside Housing) Social landlords across the UK battled to keep crucial services open during the national public sector strike over pension changes. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Where to slip into the past while buying the presents (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in a feature looking at the best places to shop this Christmas.

Regional Headlines

Breast op patients to be reviewed
Up to 70 women in the West Midlands are to be contacted by a hospital over concerns they may not have had full mastectomies, a hospital says.

Government considers HS2 tunnel
The government is to look again at the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham, which could result in a new tunnel being built in the Chilterns.

National Headlines

‘Anger at police’ drove rioters
Anti-police sentiment was a major factor in the summer riots in England, according to a study in which 270 rioters were interviewed.

Lodger sought over double murder
An international manhunt is under way after a woman and her mother were found murdered at a house on Merseyside.

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