Media Watch – February 17

By on 17/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Crooked cabbie gets to keep licence (Birmingham Mail) A fraudster banned from driving taxis over fears he may fleece passengers is back on the road – after pocketing £1,000 in legal fees.

Lives put at risk as manhole mayhem spreads across city (Birmingham Mail) Metal thieves have been putting lives at risk by stealing more than 900 manhole covers in just six months from Birmingham streets.

Flats threat to Cadbury future (Birmingham Mail) Proposals to convert a six-storey office block into flats have been rejected amid claims the development could have led to the closure of the iconic Cadbury factory.

Academy plan for 12 schools (Birmingham Mail) A dozen Birmingham primary schools are set to become academies in a government crackdown on poor performance.

US stars are raring to hit the Brum track (Birmingham Mail) Hannah England welcomed some of the USA and Jamaica’s leading athletes to Birmingham ahead of tomorrow’s Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena.

First Director of Birmingham Museums Trust appointed (Museums and Heritage News, Art Media Agency)
Professor Ann Sumner has been named as the first Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, the new body responsible for running Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and Thinktank.

Library services in a cold climate (Public Sector Executive)
Brian Gambles, Chief Executive of the Library of Birmingham Development Trust, talks about innovation during a time of financial pressure.

Birmingham City Council approves £297m three-year council housing investment programme (Construction Now, West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham City Council has approved a three-year council housing investment programme of £297m from 2012/12 to 2014/15.

Fresh flaws found in funding reform plan (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes says a Treasury rethink is needed over how to claw back excess business rates.

Lord Jones not standing for mayor (BBC) The former director general of the CBI says he wants a mayor for the West Midlands region as a whole and not just Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Riot victim’s family ‘frustrated’
The family of a man murdered during riots in Birmingham say they are frustrated that no-one has been convicted.

Man jailed for ‘brutal’ murders
A man is jailed for life for murdering an elderly Italian couple in a “savage” attack with a hammer and knife at their home.

National Headlines

UK and France sign nuclear deal
The UK is to sign a deal with France to strengthen co-operation on civil nuclear energy, Downing Street says ahead of a Franco-British summit in Paris.

Delay call over NHS 111 phoneline
Doctors’ leaders say they have ‘serious concerns’ about the rollout of the NHS 111 non-emergency phoneline in England.

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