Media Watch – Jan 10

By on 10/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Refuse collection industrial action (BBC WM) Cllr Timothy Huxtable interviewed on current situation following work to clear a refuse backlog from the city's streets over the weekend. Cllr Huxtable said the effort would continue over the coming days.

Binmen leaving rubbish on purpose (Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph) The city council has accused regular refuse collectors of adopting “guerrilla tactics” to hamper the efforts of casual crews hired to clear the current backlog following industrial action.

Hospital car park price rise is just a sick joke! (Birmingham Mail) Car parking prices at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital have risen following last week's VAT increase, attracting criticism from Cllr Deirdre Alden, chair of the Birmingham health scrutiny committee.

Brum chefs fight for balti honour (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's best balti competition, backed by the council, has been won by Duet - based at Fort Dunlop.

Regional Headlines

A petition has been set up calling for Forensic Science Service, which has offices in the West Midlands, to be saved from the Government's spending cuts.

Walsall Council has cut market trader rents to help get them through a “challenging trading time”.

National Headlines

US authorities have charged a 22-year-old man over Saturday’s Arizona shooting in which a congresswoman was seriously wounded and six people died.

The trial of six green campaigners has collapsed after an undercover policeman who had infiltrated their group offered to give evidence on their behalf.

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic is withholding the fees it pays airport operator BAA because of its “slow reaction” to last month’s heavy snow.

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