Media Watch – Feb 18

By on 18/02/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bore: Bin collections won’t be privatised (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour leader has stated categorically that he will not privatise the council refuse collection despite offering to ‘market test’ the bins service.

Rabies alert over dog smugglers (Birmingham Mail) Crooked pet dealers are risking a rabies outbreak in Britain by selling dogs smuggled in from abroad, Birmingham animal welfare chiefs have warned.

Boss in mobile rip-offs scam faces jail term (Birmingham Mail) A company boss is facing jail for selling phone chargers which could have exploded.

Grit bins may be the next to go (Birmingham Mail, WM) Grit bin numbers are set to be slashed in Birmingham, with residents told to buy their own salt instead. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “Grit bins where provided are an aid to road safety rather than as an aid to the free movement of traffic. They are an additional measure to the city council’s gritting policy and are not an alternative to conventional gritting procedures. We are reviewing carefully the numbers and location of grit bins, to ensure that they are located where there is a justifiable need for them. We continue to monitor the level of grit in our grit bins and they are filled on a regular basis particularly when we experience severe and prolonged spells of poor weather.”

This old haunt could be all yours for just £60k (Birmingham Mail) Report looking at a number of local authority properties up for auction.

Meat tests will continue (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy reveals the work being done to stop horse meat reaching shops and restaurants.

Shisha smokers must be aware of the serious health risks (B31 Voices) Birmingham health chiefs have issued a warning about the serious risks associated with shisha pipe smoking following a sevenfold increase in the number of shisha bars across the city.

Regulator joins retail forum (Retail Express) Jacqui Kennedy, director of regulatory services at Birmingham City Council, will join representatives from West Midlands Police, the Department of Health and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors at the ACS Responsible Retailing Forum.

Local authority projects gets cash boost for energy projects (Government Business) Over 130 local authority and third sector energy projects (including Birmingham Energy Savers) have been awarded a share of £46 million in government funding.

Baroness learns about Birmingham energy saving scheme (West Midlands Housing News) Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, met with city residents who are benefitting from energy efficiency work through the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.

UK markets celebrated in NABMA awards (Market Trader and Independent Retailer) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market named Best Market Attraction in the Market of the Year Awards.

Regional Headlines

Honour for shot basketball coach
A Birmingham man who created the largest community basketball club in the country after a gang shooting is honoured.

Man charged over Yardley crash death of pedestrian, 80
A 26-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after an 80-year-old woman was knocked down while crossing the road.

National Headlines

Fizzy drinks tax needed – doctors
Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the TV watershed, doctors say, in a call for action over obesity.

Food retailers set for meat talks
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is set to meet food retailers and trade bodies later to establish what is being done to restore consumer confidence.

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  1. dianne says:

    Snatch the grit bins. Fine. No problem at all.

    BUT you must make sure we have A MORE EFFICIENT ROAD-GRITTING SERVICE THEN.

    THAT MEANS: the council need to Wake up and be More on the Ball than they usually are when the snow and ice comes.

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