Media watch – Jan 17

By on 17/01/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Community bid to run axed library (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham bookworms are set to save their much-loved library (Hawthorn House) after it was shut down in council cuts.

Green light for £60,000 road scheme (Birmingham Mail) A road safety scheme (Aldridge Road, Old Oscott) that could save the lives of Birmingham schoolchildren has finally been given the go-ahead after years of campaigning by residents, teachers and councillors.

Conservationists branded ‘middle class idiots’ by Birmingham councillor (Birmingham Mail) Conservationists were dismissed as “middle class idiots” by a council chief as plans to demolish a row of derelict Victorian villas on one of Birmingham's major commuter routes were approved.

Clare Short ‘interested in becoming Birmingham mayor’ (BBC Online) Former Labour minister Clare Short has told the BBC she is interested in becoming Birmingham’s first directly elected mayor.
‘Don’t dither on library’s repairs’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham finance chiefs have been warned not to cut community projects throughout the city in a bid to find the £1.8 million to fix Sutton Coldfield’s library.

Now cuts could hit Poppy Day parade (Birmingham Mail) Spending on Birmingham’s Remembrance Day Parade could be slashed by council chiefs.

Missed calls cost city taxpayer £260,000 (Birmingham Mail) Missed appointments, inadequate repairs and other delays to council house repairs cost Birmingham taxpayers more than £260,000 last year.

Advice centre falls victim to cash cuts (Birmingham Mail) A long-standing advice centre (St James Advice Centre, Aston) which provides help to vulnerable immigrants is being forced to close after Birmingham City Council pulled the plug on its funding.

Refurb for the Rep (Arts Professional) Birmingham Rep Theatre is to begin its first ever offsite season, as it closes its building for refurbishment.

Regional Headlines

Handful of arrests at Birmingham City/Aston Villa match
A handful of arrests were made during the Birmingham City/Aston Villa derby fixture, police said.

Spelman: ‘Balance needed’ over travellers’ camps
There should be a “balance” between the settled community and travellers, the environment secretary has said ahead of a meeting on unauthorised camps.

National Headlines

David Cameron puts focus on reforms ‘legacy’
Prime Minister David Cameron will set out his determination to modernise Britain’s public services during 2011, in a key speech later.

Clegg unveils plan for couples to share maternity leave
The Deputy Prime Minister will this morning outline plans to allow couples to share maternity leave.

Children as young as 10 ‘groomed for sex by gangs’
Children as young as 10 are being sexually exploited by organised gangs of men in cities across the UK, a leading charity says.

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