Media Watch – Jan 6

By on 06/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Green belt proposals spark protest march (Birmingham Mail) Scores of Sutton Coldfield residents staged a protest walk around threatened green belt land. The proposals are part of the council’s wider Birmingham Development Plan

£40m tower 'must be cut down to size' (Birmingham Mail) City conservationists have called for a proposed 13-storey office block to be cut down to size because it will loom over a historic pub (Old Contemptibles). Council planning officers have recommended it is given the green light

Friends of park fear the return to 'bad old days' (Great Barr Observer) Environmental groups in Perry Barr say proposed cuts to park services could undo their hard work in the area's green spaces. The proposals are part of the council's budget consultation

Eyesore one of Brum's 9,000 vacant homes (Birmingham Mail) Article about a bungalow that has been empty for years. A council spokesperson said they would be applying for a CPO order

Most ticketed street earns council £250k (Birmingham Mail) Story about the number of parking tickets issued in Alum Rock Rd in Washwood Heath. A council spokesperson said the road is a major arterial route and must be kept as clear as possible

Brum kids in care 'can't be too far away' (Birmingham Mail) Children in care may no longer be sent to homes hundreds of miles from Birmingham under new Government rules. Last month the city council announced its own review of children's homes
Regional Headlines:

Benefits Street backlash over 'TV lies' - Angry residents have accused a TV company of tricking them into starring in a controversial Channel 4 documentary, which they say has labelled them as welfare 'scroungers'. The programme is due to air tonight

Meningitis outbreak hits care home - Two elderly residents have contracted meningitis  after an outbreak of the disease at Orchards care home in Shard End

National Headlines:

Osborne says £25bn more cuts needed – A further £25bn spending cuts will be needed after the next election, Chancellor George Osborne warns

UK storm disrupts return to work – The latest storm to batter the UK is causing disruption for many returning to work after Christmas, amid warnings of more coastal flooding

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