Media Watch – December 7 (pm)

By on 07/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council reveals plans to make Birmingham greener (Birmingham Mail, BBC Midlands Today, Ed Doolan Show BBC Radio WM) Deputy Leader Paul Tilsley speaking before his visit to the Copenhagen climate change summit, BCC is one of only three UK councils to attend. Coun Tilsley hopes to persuade European colleagues to sign up to the 'Birmingham Declaration', a 7 point plan the reduce CO2 emissions. He also aims to establish the UK as a world leader in the development of new green technologies, including LPG & electric vehicles. From 2015, BCC has pledged to only procure LPG or electric vehicles.

‘Time to do more with less’ (Community Care) Council, Youth Justice Board and Local Government Association heads comment on the economic downturn. Coun Sue Anderson, cabinet member for Adults and Communities for Birmingham City Council quoted at length.

Man injures brain in swerve to avoid dog (Sutton Coldfield Observer) A 75-year-old cyclist suffered bleeding on the brain when he was catapulted from his bike - after swerving to avoid a dog in Sutton Park is calling for tighter controls to keep dogs off the park’s roads. A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “There is no legal requirement for dogs to be held on leads in parks. Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, dogs have to be held on leads while on designated roads. The only places where dogs must be on leads by law in Birmingham is the main arterial routes, the inner ring road and the outer circle.”

Car scheme plan at risk (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a £100K park and ride scheme for train commuters at Longbridge have been put on ice after Birmingham City Council's youth services claim the land for a £4m youth centre. Developers St Modwen, Centro and Birmingham City Council are said to be considering alternative locations.

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Regional Headlines:

Walsall regeneration boss Peter Cromar quits.

Lord Mandelson warns Kraft not to try to make a 'quick buck' as decision expected next week on Cadbury takeover bid.

240, 000 Christmas shoppers visited Bullring on Saturday, compared to 170, 000 on a regular Saturday.

Wolverhampton City Council criticised by Labour opposition for planned cuts to adult social services.

Fully loaded MAC-10 pistol that fires 1,200 rounds per minute seized from gang members in Birmingham.

National Headlines:

Chancellor thought to be planning to unveil banker bonus tax.

British Grand Prix saved for next 17 years following financial difficulties at Silverstone.

Latest must have Christmas toy, Hamster Go Go Pets declared safe following fears of toxic contamination of the 'Mr Squiggles' range.

Army builds new bridge at Workington in Cumbria, named in honour of policeman who died during floods.

Facebook to introduce 'panic button' for users targeted for online bullying.

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