Media Watch – Feb 8

By on 08/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Call to ban EDL from city visit (Birmingham Mail) Police chiefs and council officials making huge budget cuts are facing a £1 million bill for an English Defence League march planned for the same day as a key Midland football derby.

Fly-through: Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo (Architects Journal) Link through to the fly-through video showcasing the Library of Birmingham development.

Loo row sparks chain reaction (Birmingham Mail) Council tenants in Birmingham are flushed with anger after discovering a £9 million call centre cannot handle complaints about broken toilets.

Three city councils seek financial self-sufficiency (Public Finance) Councils in three of England's biggest cities have linked up to propose an alternative to the current 'broken' local government finance system, with the aim of increasing self-sufficiency. Westminster, Manchester and Birmingham city councils have set up a City Finance Commission to examine the issue, bringing together representatives of the three authorities and local government experts.

Recycling boxes can be crushed by lorry (Birmingham Mail) New super-strong recycling boxes which can withstand being crushed by a dump truck without shattering could soon be handed out to households in Birmingham.

Leaked youth cuts memo ‘misleading’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s official education watchdog has moved to allay fears that dozens of youth centres will close in a wholesale attack on the service.

Longbridge £70m redevelopment plan submitted (BBC) Part of Birmingham could undergo a £70m transformation, which could create more than 600 jobs. St. Modwen Properties Plc and partner Advantage West Midlands have submitted plans to Birmingham City Council to redevelop Longbridge.

Regional Headlines

MP John Hemming’s wife denies stealing kitten
The wife of Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming is to stand trial for burglary and stealing a kitten from the home of her husband’s mistress.

Sex attacker sought after Wolverhampton assault
Police are investigating after an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Wolverhampton city centre.

National Headlines

Government to increase bank levy to £2.5bn
The government says it will increase the levy on bank profits to £2.5bn this year – raising an extra £800m.

Met accused of ‘campaign’ against shaken baby witnesses 
Three leading pathologists have accused the Metropolitan Police of attempting to discredit them as expert witnesses in so-called Shaken Baby court cases.
M25 scheme ‘may have wasted £1bn’
A project to widen two stretches of the UK’s busiest motorway could have wasted £1bn of public money, MPs have said.

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