Media Watch – February 16

By on 16/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Thousands caught out by new evening parking fees (Birmingham Post) Thousands of motorists have been caught out by extended parking hours for parking in Birmingham city centre. The Post says not one person they spoke to had seen reports and advertisements outlining the new changes that were carried by local media.

Council loan deferment draws Greek comparison (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
Council chiefs have been accused of ‘behaving like Greece’ after it emerged that loan repayments are being put back to help cut £61 million from the annual budget.

Portrait expert to be new face of museums (Birmingham Post) The director of the city’s renowned Barber Institute of Fine Arts has been appointed to take over the soon-to-be merged Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank.

Muhammad Ali Centre in Birmingham set for resurrection as six organisations come to the rescue (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
Six organisations have come forward to resurrect the derelict Muhammad Ali Centre in Birmingham which was opened by the boxer almost 30 years ago. Now the community groups have been asked to draw up plans for the restoration and running of the Muhammad Ali Centre in Icknield Street, Hockley

Midlands primed for MIPIM as opportunity for investment (Birmingham Post) An unprecedented amount of development opportunities from across the region are set to be showcased to the world when the property fraternity decamps to the south of France next month.

Leo’s a big draw (Birmingham Mail) Nearly 1,000 people are flocking to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery every day to see the blockbuster Ten Drawings exhibition featuring the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

Disabled workers face job switch (Birmingham Mail) Up to 69 disabled staff working at Birmingham City Council’s loss making double glazing manufacturer could be moved to other jobs.

‘Space age’ purification at pool proves a success (Birmingham Post) A pioneering swimming pool disinfection system – developed as part of the US space programme – could be developed by councils and health clubs after users gave it a resounding thumbs-up.

On the fast track to regeneration (Construction Manager) The HS2 announcement has been met with resounding approval from Birmingham’s business community. Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, called it the “single most important opportunity for economic growth in the region for generations.”

New system leads to delays in registering births at Birmingham Register Office (WM)
Parents have been reassured they will not face fines if delays in the early days of a new appointments system mean they fail to register babies within the statutory 42-day limit.

Regional Headlines

Street stabbing victim is named
Police name a man who died after being stabbed in the chest in Birmingham at the weekend.

Shivers begins Massereene appeal

A terminally ill man jailed for murdering two soldiers, including one from Birmingham, launches a legal bid to overturn his conviction.

National Headlines

UK ‘stronger and richer together’
The prime minister is to use a speech in Edinburgh to launch what he calls a positive vision for the union between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Student loan penalty ‘abandoned’
Plans to impose penalties on students who pay off university loans early are to be abandoned, the government is expected to announce next week.

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