Media Watch – February 10

By on 10/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Planners tell pub: We want darts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham planners have told a brewery to put up darts boards in a pub – in the first request of its kind in the UK.

Queen to visit city in jubilee year (Birmingham Mail) The West Midlands will be rolling out the red carpet this summer to give a right royal welcome to the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

August riots youth probe (Birmingham Mail)
Teenagers are to have their say on the Birmingham riots during a ‘Citizens’ Inquiry’ into the violence and looting.

Have your say on Paradise (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post)
Brummies are being asked for their views on the redevelopment of landmark city centre Paradise Circus.

New village for city OAPs opens (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s new £22 million retirement village has opened its doors.

New Street trainees joy (Birmingham Mail) A total of 100 new apprenticeships are being rolled out in Birmingham – thanks to the redevelopment of New Street Station.

A city of opportunity: Our four-point plan for success (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes on the magnitude of the challenge faced as Birmingham City Council balances a £3.5bn budget against rising social demand.

Committed to change and rising to the challenge (Local Government Chronicle) Achieving savings of £460m by 2016 against a backdrop of persistent deprivation and rising social demand will not be an easy task. But Birmingham has big ambitions and a robust action plan.

Pulse unveils Birmingham installations (Leisure Opportunities) New gyms at the Alexander Stadium athletics venue and Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre in Birmingham have benefited from the installation of Pulse Fitness equipment worth more than £270,000.

Regional Headlines

Farmers’ HS2 compensation meeting
The National Farmers’ Union is briefing farmers whose land is on the route of HS2 high-speed rail line, which goes through the West Midlands.

Shots fired in carjacking attempt

Two men try to steal a woman’s car at gunpoint as she parks on her drive and fire shots as they flee the scene.

Guilty plea over dog’s stab death

A man admits causing unnecessary suffering to an animal after a dog died from stab injuries in Dudley.

National Headlines

Barclays’ profits fall to £5.9bn
Barclays reports a 3% fall in annual profits to £5.9bn, and cuts the bonus pool at its investment banking division by 32%.

Prescott seeks commissioner role
The former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott says he wants to stand as Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside Police.

England hit by more snow and ice
Severe weather warnings for ice and snow are in place across much of England, after the second significant snowfall in less than a week.

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