Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Brum sees record numbers in market for German fun (Birmingham Mail, Midlands Today, ITV Central, BBC online, Travel Daily UK) A record number of visitors flocked to Birmingham at Christmas for the annual German market, new figures show. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward, who also did an interview with ITV Central.
Commuters set for more road turmoil (Birmingham Mail) Â£14 million of works on the heavily congested Birmingham city centre ring road are due to begin in April. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali pointing out that these works are vital to the cityâ€™s transport network as they will reduce congestion and support economic growth, as well as assuring people that any work will carried with a minimum of disruption.
Fluoride safe, insist city chiefs (Birmingham Mail) Fears over fluoridated water have been dismissed by city health chiefs after a study of Birmingham residents suggested higher levels of thyroid conditions were leading to weight gain and depression. Quotes director of public health Dr Adrian Phillips saying that extensive research over many years shows that water fluoridation is a safer and effective public health measure, adding that the dental health of children in Birmingham, where water supplies have been fluoridated for 50 years, is noticeably better than in non-fluoridated cities.
Birmingham focusing on homeless health (Heart FM) Cllr John Cotton interviewed about homeless health as figures show a rise in rough sleepers. The city has signed up to St Mungoâ€™s Broadway Homeless Health Charter.
City towpaths are an â€˜eyesoreâ€™ (Birmingham Mail) Rough sleepers, syringes, oil slicks and dumped rubbish are blighting parts of Birminghamâ€™s canal network as the city pushes to turn them into a haven for cyclists, it has been claimed. Quotes a member of the public, James Leyshon, saying he believes Birmingham City Council will ignore the problem and just focus on putting down new footpaths. No quote sought from council, although article does quote David Cox, chairman of cycling charity CTC, saying he was optimistic that the cityâ€™s canals are moving in the right direction.
Firm told to compensate Hajj pilgrims (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham company offering Hajj pilgrimage packages has been ordered to pay more than Â£22,000 compensation to customers after they were sold accommodation resembling a building site. References fact prosecution was brought by Birmingham City Council.
Police have still not decided if any action will be taken over claims by a former senior IRA officer that the terrorist group was responsible for the murder of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.
A hero shopkeeper has seen off two armed robbers with a baseball bat who struck at his store in Vardon Way, Kings Norton. The crooks fled with just a crate of beer and a mobile phone.
The widow of British aid worker David Haines, who was killed by a masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, says she wants him caught alive. The killer was named yesterday as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from west London.
Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.