Media Watch – January 12

By on 12/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the HS2 approval.

Major city ‘food hub’ plans for clock tower (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s burgeoning culinary reputation is set to be further enhanced after the man who helped deliver some of the city’s most iconic buildings unveiled plans for a ‘foodie’ hub in the heart of one of the city’s smartest suburbs (Harborne). Leader of the council Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Neglected 1960s tower to become luxury hotel (Birmingham Post) An Australian hospitality chain is behind a £100 million plan to develop a landmark luxury hotel on one of Birmingham’s most rundown city centre sites.

New student block design fails to impress watchdog (Birmingham Post) Amended plans for a student tower block above Birmingham’s historic central fire station will still make the city look like a ‘laughing stock’, according to the council’s conservation watchdog.

Sarehole Mill to go hydro-electric (Birmingham Post) A famous beauty spot which is said to have inspired Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is to get a new lease of life. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Da Vinci set to attract art lovers to city (Birmingham Post) Thousands of art lovers are expected to flock to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for the start of a special exhibition featuring drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Night closure for city tunnel (Birmingham Post) One of Birmingham’s busiest city centre tunnels (Lancaster Tunnel) is being shut down at night for more than two months.

Lines chosen as city’s next Lord Mayor (Birmingham Post) A senior Birmingham Tory (Cllr John Lines) has been selected as the city’s next Lord Mayor.

Search for city’s greenest eateries (Birmingham Post)
A competition is aiming to find which of Birmingham’s eateries are the most environmentally friendly. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Foreign students campus plan branded ‘vandalism’ (Birmingham Post)
A plan to turn a historic university campus into a college for overseas students has been branded ‘vandalism’ by city councillors. Cllr Nigel Dawkins quoted.

The scramble for school places (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at the competition for primary school places in Birmingham.

Mail resolves war veteran’s door despair (Birmingham Mail)
A war veteran had to wait two months for council bosses to fix his broken front door after burglars raided his home.

New fears are raised over future of baths (Birmingham Mail)
Fresh doubts have been raised over the future of Moseley Road Baths.

Project leads to easing of yob rule in ‘the Charlie’ (Birmingham Mail)
A project set up to tackle unruly youths suspected of being behind a wave of graffiti and yobbish behaviour has been hailed a success. Cllr Ayoub Khan quoted.

Birmingham housing chief issues ultimatum to central heating contractor (West Midlands Housing News)
Morrisons, the central heating contractor which has kept more than 1,000 Birmingham council tenants waiting for boiler repairs, has been told it has until the end of January to improve its performance or face having its contract with the authority terminated.

Regional Headlines

Sixty officers hunt couple killer
Dozens of detectives work “around the clock” to track down the killer of a Birmingham couple found dead in their home by their policeman son.

New flat pack houses take shape
Flat pack homes are erected as part of a new £10m housing development in Darlaston.

National Headlines

Salmond seeks referendum backing
Members of the Scottish Parliament will be asked to back Alex Salmond in his row with Westminster over the independence referendum.

Welfare reform ‘set to continue’
The government insists it will continue with changes to the welfare system despite defeats in the Lords.

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