Media Watch – Jan 29

By on 29/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of car park barrier communicating in German (Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Record, Daily Star, Metro) A Birmingham car park ticket machine has started issuing orders in German.

Report slams city’s £500m budget mess (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council paid suppliers twice, undervalued its property by an incredible £500 million and was not in control of its finances.
Action plan in place to improve financial position. – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6972

Schools end Christian assemblies (Birmingham Mail) A councillor (Cllr John Lines) has blasted Birmingham schools for ditching traditional Christian assemblies in favour of Islamic or multi-faith worship.

Council missing obesity targets (Birmingham Mail) An official drive to crackdown on unemployment, poverty and unhealthy lifestyles in Birmingham is failing to hit half its targets, it has emerged.

Green light for ‘fame academy’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a new Birmingham ‘fame academy’ were yesterday given the green light by the city’s planning officials.

New school proposed to serve Kings Norton and Druids Heath (Birmingham Mail) A new secondary school is to be built in Birmingham for pupils of two others set to close, under plans being explored by the education authority.

Birmingham New Street Station gets CABE seal of approval (Birmingham Post online) Government architecture watchdog CABE has finally given its seal of approval to the refurbishment of Birmingham New Street.

Getting the recycling message out (Local Government Chronicle) LGC’s Recycling United campaign highlights Birmingham City Council’s use of recycling champions. http://tinyurl.com/ykjkjjv

Regional Headlines

Police: Armed gang could strike again (Birmingham Mail) The detective in charge of catching a gun-toting gang who tied up three grave diggers, ran a JCB into a bank wall and threatened officers, has warned they may strike again.

City’s giant tower ‘an exciting icon’ (Birmingham Mail) Designers are hailing proposals to build Brum’s tallest building as ‘exciting and iconic’ in defiance of objections from architects and conservationists.

US retailer to create 1,000 jobs 
A US-owned consumer electronics firm has announced plans to create up to 1,000 further jobs in the UK by 2015. Best Buy will open its first stores this spring in Southampton, Merry Hill, near Dudley and Thurrock in Essex.

Three attacked in raid on store 
A gang of armed raiders dragged an elderly man inside the petrol station they were robbing.
The gang also attacked two members of staff at the Foley Service Station in Beacon Hill, Walsall, at about 0600 GMT on Wednesday.

National Headlines

Blair set to mount spirited defence at Iraq inquiry 
Tony Blair is set to mount a spirited defence when he is questioned in public for the first time about his decision to take the UK to war against Iraq.

MPs Jeremy Browne and Ann Cryer win expense appeals 
Two MPs who lodged appeals against demands to pay back expenses have had their appeals upheld.

US Envoy in warning on final day of NI talks 
Parties in Northern Ireland have until Friday afternoon to reach a deal over justice powers before the British and Irish governments publish proposals.

House prices start 2010 with a rise, Nationwide says 
House prices rose by 1.2% in January compared with the previous month, according to the latest survey from the Nationwide Building Society.

Warm Front energy scheme complaints prompt MPs’ inquiry 
MPs are to examine why some pensioners and vulnerable people in England were left without winter heating, despite a government-funded energy scheme.

Wheel clamping dispute tribunals to be set up 
Motorists who claim to have been unfairly clamped on private land are to be given the right to appeal to independent tribunals for compensation.

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