Media Watch – Feb 18

By on 18/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Eyesore flats pulled down (Birmingham Mail) Two tower blocks branded eyesores by locals are finally being demolished (Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers in Bromford).

Fury as sheep unit approved (Birmingham Mail) A butcher has been given the go-ahead for a sheep-holding pen attached to a controversial city centre abattoir despite protests from neighbouring businesses.

Lord Mayor’s charity boost (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be guest of honour at a sold-out murder mystery night in aid of four city charities.

Green light for £57.8 million housing investment (Construction Now) Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet has approved a £57.8 million budget for investment in council properties this year which will contribute to a better quality of life for Birmingham citizens.

Library grilling for Kings Heath councillor (AboutMyArea) The newly-formed Friends of Kings Heath Library will get to put their concerns directly to the key local councillor in the future of the threatened building.

£1.5m Birmingham lorry park to open in March (Roadtransport.com) A new £1.5m truckstop opening in Birmingham is expected to alleviate freight crime in the region. A 32-space lorry park in Brewery Street is under construction and due for completion by mid-March, according to Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Revolution in benefits system to target 120,000 jobless in Birmingham
A revolution in Britain's benefits system targeting more than 120,000 Birmingham residents who don't work has been launched by David Cameron.

West Midlands Police Authority considers 2,250 job cuts
West Midlands Police Authority is meeting later to set its budget after the force warned it would have to lose 2,250 posts over the next four years.

National Headlines

Votes referendum: Cameron and Clegg to set out views
David Cameron and Nick Clegg are to set out their opposing views on whether to change the Westminster voting system.

UK arms sales to Bahrain under review
Britain’s arms sales to Bahrain are under urgent review following violence there, the Foreign Office has said.

Man, 19, charged in Torbay child sex abuse inquiry
A 19-year-old man has been charged with sexual offences by police investigating allegations of child abuse in Torbay in Devon.

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