Media Watch – December 9

By on 09/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Potential economic boost for Birmingham (B'ham Mail) Nick Clegg made the announcement that eight core cities in England – including Birmingham – would potentially be given extra powers to help with economic growth.  The Deputy Leader was interviewed on Midlands Today and Radio WM.

Unlawful landlord prosecuted by City Council (B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council successfully prosecuted a landlord who failed to obtain a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence from the Council.  Sabirul Islam of Handsworth.  Mr Islam was fined £500 and ordered to pay the Council's £2000 legal costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

Birmingham opens homeless centre for cold snap (Midlands Housing News) Cold weather provision for those sleeping rough have been put in place by Birmingham City Council in preparation for weather reports of another bleak winter.  The William Booth Centre provides food and shelter for those sleeping rough on the streets of Birmingham, and will open its doors as soon as a cold snap kicks-in. 

Acting up at festive market (B'ham Mail) Shoppers at the city's Frankfurt Christmas market were treated to the stars of Birmingham REP's Sleeping Beauty who took to the markets stalls.  Characters from the pantomime served shoppers on Victoria Square.

Going Swimmingly (The Municipal Journal) The City Council has signed a deal with DC Leisure Management to run the city's new public swimming pool for more than 20 years.

Select Committee seek housing pointers from council (Construction Now) Members of the Select Committee met with Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, and senior staff from Birmingham City Council to gather information about its work on building and financing new council houses.  The Council was visited for its nationally recognised new council house building programme - Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).

Regional Headlines
Hole in heart boy is torchbearer
A schoolboy born with a hole in his heart and epilepsy is nominated to carry the Olympic torch.

Cyclist killed in an accident
A 45-year-old woman died in the collision with a van a man from Walsall has been arrested.

National Headlines
Cameron vetoes EU-wide treaty change
David Cameron has vetoed EU-wide treaty changes to tackle with the eurozone crisis, saying they were not in the UK’s interests.

Kelvin MacKenzie ‘should apologise’ for Hillsborough comments
A Liverpool journalist has demanded an apology from ex-editor Kelvin MacKenzie for blaming reporters in the city for the Sun’s Hillsborough coverage.



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