Media Watch – February 24

By on 24/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Demolition begins on Island House (Birmingham Mail)
The demolition of Island House has started, its owner has confirmed. The Moor St building will be levelled within weeks after a legal hurdle preventing demolition was cleared.

Council's veteran's homebuy scheme first in the county (West Mids Housing)
Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority in the country to launch a home buying scheme to help ex-service personnel gain a foot on the property ladder.

Government push on more to adopt (Central News)
A gay Birmingham couple who adopt were featured to the news programme to show the mix of couples who chose to adopt.

Banned from keeping dogs (Birmingham Mail)
A Birmingham Man who neglected his dog has been banned by the court for keeping canines for 10 years.  BCC dog wardens took the dog from the owner when they found out it was being mistreated.

Council credit rating warning (Local Government Chronicle)
Six councils including BCC have had their credit worthiness put on negative outlook by the ratings agency Moody's. This does not change the councils 'triple A' rating.              

Repairs confusion (Birmingham Mail)
Cllr Jerry Evans claims hundreds of the city's pavement must be 'self repairing' highlighting errors in resurfacing plans by the council's 2.7 billion highways contractor.

Regional Headlines

Overweight pregnant women offered weight loss help
A weight loss programme is being offered to obese pregnant women in Birmingham to tackle a rise in the number of overweight mothers-to-be.

Wolverhampton MP behind youth work experience bid
A major work experience drive for young people is being launched in Wolverhampton where unemployment is nearly twice the national average.

National Headlines

Missile extradition ‘a disgrace
Christopher Tappin condemns treatment as missile case extradition looms
A Briton being extradited to the US for allegedly selling batteries for Iranian missiles described his treatment as “a disgrace” as he arrived at Heathrow.  Retired businessman Christopher Tappin had said he was leaving the UK feeling he had fewer rights than a terrorist.

Gangs of youths have clashed with police
Rochdale takeaway attacked as youths clash with police
Gangs of youths have clashed with police after targeting a takeaway business in Greater Manchester.  Police were pelted with bricks and other missiles as a takeaway was attacked and four vehicles damaged.


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