Media Watch – Feb 25

By on 25/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

East Birmingham regeneration ‘may create 9,000 jobs’ (BBC) Up to 9,000 jobs could be created under plans for the regeneration of land in east Birmingham. The council aims to revamp 120 hectares between the city centre and the airport ahead of the planned HS2 rail link.

Empty Birmingham house turned into rubbish dump (ITV, Sun, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail, BBC) Residents in a suburb in Birmingham are to be questioned after an empty home was turned into a rubbish dump because of fly tipping.

HS2 gives up claim on land to create jobs (Birmingham Mail) Land once earmarked for a high-speed rail maintenance yard has been freed for immediate development and the creation of up to 2,334 jobs, it has been revealed.

Sparkhill company Mushtaq’s guilty of food hygiene offences after black mould found on piping (Birmingham Mail) A sweet and savoury food firm has been found guilty of seven charges of flouting environmental health laws – with black mould found on piping and sponges left on the bottom of a chiller with food debris.

22 new homes to bridge gap (Birmingham Mail) A development of 22 new homes in Lozells, which will help close Birmingham’s housing gap, is nearing completion.

Regional headlines

Ex-Selly Oak Hospital site homes-plan contracts exchanged
Hundreds of homes will be built on a former Birmingham hospital site after contracts were exchanged to seal a multi-million pound land deal. The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) had been in talks with Persimmon Homes over the Selly Oak Hospital site.

Alum Rock slavery prosecution dropped by prosecutors
The case against a mother and son accused of holding four men as slaves has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

National headlines

Tasers drawn on ‘400 children in 2013′
More than 400 children have had tasers drawn on them by police in England and Wales in 2013, a 38% rise on the previous year

Clampdown on cold call companies
Companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages are to face tougher rules after thousands of complaints about their conduct.

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