Media Watch – Jan 12

By on 12/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued coverage of the refuse collection backlog, including: Positive talks in hope of an end (Birmingham Mail) Talks aimed at ending Birmingham’s bins dispute continue today after a first round of positive meetings between unions and council bosses.

Rates review for Scientology base (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is reviewing an 80 per cent reduction in taxes it is currently offering to the controversial Church of Scientology.

42,667 calls over cold spell (Birmingham Mail) City housing staff were inundated with 42,667 calls about broken boilers, heating faults and other repair requests during December as a result of the severe cold weather, it has emerged.

Birmingham Council to set up firm to run regeneration services (Regeneration and Renewal) Birmingham City Council is set to establish a private company to deliver its regeneration services in the city.

Tory defends £6k Hyatt bill (Birmingham Mail) Council Leader Mike Whitby has defended his five-night stay at the Hyatt Hotel during the 2008 Conservative Party Conference, insisting he was promoting Birmingham.

Birmingham regeneration continues (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) A groundbreaking £27m regeneration scheme in Shard End, Hodge Hill is underway to deliver an urban village that will completely rejuvenate the area.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham schoolgirl, 15, dies from tuberculosis
A 15-year-old girl from Birmingham has died from tuberculosis (TB), the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.

Man held over Birmingham Bullring shooting
A 19-year-old man is helping with police inquiries into a shooting in Birmingham on Boxing Day.

National Headlines

Three due in court over Michaela Harte honeymoon murder
Three hotel staff are appearing in court in Mauritius charged in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey on her honeymoon.

BAA says December’s cold weather cost it £24m
The heavy snow in December cost UK airports operator BAA £24m, the company has said.

Post-hospital stroke care ‘needs to improve’
Follow-up care given to stroke patients in England once they leave hospital is often lacking, regulators say.

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