Media Watch – Jan 28

By on 28/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum sets the scene (Sunday Mercury) Feature about City Council House used as backdrop for the BBC2 Stephen Poliakof drama to be aired this month.

Tea rooms locked but family vow to keep serving (B'ham Mail) The owner of a family-run tea room (MK Catering) has vowed to continue serving despite the council issuing a notice to quit.  The council said: “…MK Catering was given ample notice to leave the premises which they chose not to do.  Having exceeded the length of their contractual term they were served with a notice to quit…”

Brummie History should be taught in Birmingham schools (B'ham Mail) Children should be taught more of Birmingham's history according to the report lead by Cllr Waseem Zaffar called What Makes us Brummie.

Holocaust Memorial Day (Midlands Today) Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated at Birmingham's Town Hall on Sunday 27 January.  The ceremony included lighting candles of remembrance, speeches, poems, music, prayers and a short film screening.

Anti-Islamic rally in city (Sunday Mercury (B'ham Mail) An anti-Islamic protest by the English Volunteer Force which took place in Centenary Square over the weekend. It ended peacefully.

Minister at war over 'cheating' councils (Daily Telegraph) Eric Pickles says town halls across the county are showing contempt for residents by increasing local taxes without public backing.  The City Council indicated that further restraint was not possible.  The Leader described the financial situation as the end of local government as we know it.

Regional Headlines:

Brummie history week and city ambassadors plans.
Welcome packs for new immigrants, a history week and Brummie “ambassadors” could be introduced in Birmingham.

HS2: Phase two of high-speed rail route details announced
Details of the next phase of the £32bn HS2 high-speed rail network have been unveiled by the government.

National Headlines:

Councils ‘dodging democracy’ over tax rises, says Pickles
Some English councils are “dodging democracy” by not holding referendums on council tax rises, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

Hanham tandem crash car ‘being followed’ by police
A car involved in an apparent hit-and-run with a couple on a tandem bicycle was being followed by police at the time, it has emerged.


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