Media Watch – Jan 22 (pm)

By on 22/01/2010 in Media Watch

Birmingham Council stories

Firms pitch in to save golf courses (Birmingham Mai, page 2): Private companies have put in offers to save a BCC golf course in Handsworth. Six other courses have been pitched to private operators to take over and 13 organisations have stepped in to take them over. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Curry boss fined over fly-tipping (Birmingham Mail, 9): Curry house owner is ordered to pay £1,600 for fly-tipping left over curry in Birmingham. Mark Croxford, head of District Services, quoted.

Cash deal will help homes to go green (Birmingham Mail, page 13 and Radio WM Ed Doolan): up to 25,000 homeowners and 1,000 businesses in Birmingham are getting the chance to go green with solar panels and insulation under the Green New Deal pilot. Initiative will create 270 new jobs. Cllr Paul Tilsley and Cllr John Lines quoted.

Plans for property sale hit by slump (Birmingham Mail, page 19): Efficiency savings of nearly £50 million at BCC under Business Transformation are dependent on a full recovery in the property market over the next two years. Report says Council planned to raise £49.7 million through sale of surplus offices, but based on current forecasts it will only make £2.5 million this year, £8.8 million next and £36.6 million the following year. Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted admitting figures based on market upturn and Cllr Albert Bore quoted saying this is “financially risky”.

Award not to be sniffed at (Birmingham Mail, page 19): Cllr Deirdre Alden is shortlisted for the national Scrutineer of the Year award for a review into Birmingham's preparedness for swine flu.

Firm set to probe lights fiasco (Birmingham Mail, page 21): Consultancy firm called in to head inquiry into problems at Christmas lights switch on at Millennium Point. Cllr Ian Ward and Council spokesman quoted.

Mystery millions to private sector (Birmingham Mail, page 21): Article says BCC bosses admit they do not know how much is being spent on private sector consultants (rehash of story in Birmingham Post yesterday).

Moseley Rugby Club to get new buildings (ITV Central): BCC approve plans for Moseley Rugby Club to build stand for 5,000 new seats creating about 100 jobs.

Regional Headlines

You're all whingers (Birmingham Mail, page 1 and 5): Conservative MP Bill Wiggin branded an “utter disgrace” for describing Cadbury workers as a “whingeing workforce”.

Birmingham MP says Cadbury takeover could be better for workers (BBC Midlands Today): Report based on Liam Byrne's appearance on Question Time last night where he claimed sale to Kraft could open firm up to their established markets in China, India and Europe.

Small universities could close due to funding cuts (BBC Midlands today): Vice-chancellor of Warwick University Nigel Thrift warns of danger to universities that rely heavily on Government funds.

Khyra Ishaq trial (Birmingham Mail page 7, ITV Central): Report on latest from Crown Court trial in Birmingham, focusing on neglect and starvation claims by prosecution.

National Headlines

Edlington torture attack brothers detained
Brown to face Iraq Inquiry early
Cameron: torture case not “one off”

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