Media Watch – Jan 11 (pm)

By on 11/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

On the road to nowhere (Birmingham Mail, Radio WM) City gritting lorries were on a “go slow” over the weekend in a desperate bid to eke out the supplies of salt.  Alistair Campbell (Highways) appeared on Ed
Doolan's show to set the record straight.
Grit claims irresponsible –

Fare deals in bad weather (5Live Weekend Breakfast Show, Saturday 9th) Pete Barrow, Head of Licensing, discussed private hire taxi firms who try to charge passengers extra during the current weather conditions.

City gets £5m for council houses (Express & Star)More than 100 new council houses are to be built in Birmingham after the city secured more than £5 million in funding, it was announced today.

Club by canal forced to turn down noise (Express & Star) Bobby Browns nightclub has been forced to turn the volume down after people living on canal boats in Gas Street Basin had complained that they could not sleep.

City's snow man to be next mayor (Birmingham Mail) Council Cabinet minister for Transport, Len Gregory, will become the city's Lord Mayor later this year.  Cllr John Lines quoted.

150 patients stuck in city beds crisis (Birmingham Mail) As many as 150 people are occupying beds in Birmingham hospitals, even though they are well enough to be discharged, because social services cannot provide care for them at home.  Cllr Deirdre Alden quoted.

Relief as farmers' market grows on (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council threat to refuse to give Kings Norton Farmers' Market the necessary road closure notice has been lifted.

Housing aid “hit by cuts” (Birmingham Mail) Elderly and disabled residents will face longer waits for improvements to their homes after council budgets were slashed in order to fund a government project, it was claimed.  Cllr Ian Bowen quoted.

Kicking up a stink over chicken firm (Birmingham Mail) Neighbouring businesses have claimed that a chicken meat packaging plant in Highgate is causing traffic chaos and creating an appalling stench.  Cllrs Keith Linnecor and Bob Beauchamp quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Motorists in Birmingham faced traffic misery this morning in spite of predictions that “the big thaw” was imminent.  Icy conditions led to severe delays on the roads into town.

Meanwhile, one West Midlands farmer has warned that the most prolonged chill for nearly 30 years looks set to take its toll on the prices of home-grown food.

A Birmingham doctor has labelled the controversial “Bodies Revealed” exhibition at the Custard Factory a “crime scene” and handed a file to police, claiming there is evidence that corpses on show are victims of torture.

An ambitious £4.7m Lottery bid to transform Walsall Arboretum has been successful.

Reports suggest that the Italian Ferrero brothers are poised to make their own bid for Birmingham-based confectioners Cadbury.

National Headlines:

Tributes have poured in from around the globe after the Sunday Mirror's defence correspondent, Rupert Hamer, died in a blast in Afghanistan while embedded with US Marines.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has confirmed that the recession means his party will have to shelve some of their best-known policies, in a speech on his election “priorities.”

A scheme to give free laptops to pupils from poor backgrounds is being rolled out to 270,000 families across England.

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