Media Watch – January 16

By on 16/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The da Vinci Crowd (Birmingham Mail) Huge crowds – including celebrities – queued to see the first works of Leonardo da Vinci to ever go on show in Birmingham.

Showdown at historic tram depot (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A senior politician (Cllr Martin Mullaney) once suspended from Birmingham City Council for trespassing at a historic tram depot, is set to return to the scene of the crime.

Sun panels for all new houses (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Construction firms could be forced to install solar panels of energy generators on new houses in Birmingham, under planning guidelines being drawn up.

Find builders you can trust (Birmingham Mail) Jacqui Kennedy, Head of Regulatory Services at Birmingham City Council, reveals how to avoid being ripped off by cowboy builders.

Kids home in Brum saved (Birmingham Mail) A campaigning group has claimed a victory for parent power after a Birmingham children’s care home (Charles House) escaped council cuts.

Nursery backed despite protests (Birmingham Mail) Plans to convert a former computer shop (on Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath) into a before and after school club have been narrowly approved despite protests from neighbours.

MP Dromey backs drive to save Brum window maker (Birmingham Mail)
Erdington MP Jack Dromey is backing a campaign to save a council-owned window manufacturer (Shelforce) which is under the threat of closure.

New flats plan hits small snag (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Newflats planned for the car park of Edgbaston cricket ground have been branded ‘inadequate’ – leaving some tenants looking onto the back of the venue’s stands, it has been claimed. Members of Birmingham’s planning committee were stunned at the proposals to cram 133 flats, in blocks of up to eight storeys, and 79 houses on land behind the Raglan and Priory stands.

Probe into student flat demand (Birmingham Mail)
City planning chiefs have called for an investigation into the numbers of student flats being built in Birmingham.

Birmingham’s housing chief to become the next Lord Mayor (West Midlands Housing News)
Cllr John Lines, who has transformed Birmingham’s housing department over the last eight years, is expected to become the next Lord Mayor of the city.

Homes must be protected (Birmingham Mail) The developer behind 43 homes on wasteland next to a former landfill site (Booths Lane, Great Barr) has been told it cannot wriggle out of an agreement to protect the new estate from explosive gas.

Regional Headlines

Gypsy protest camp deadline day
Protesters camped outside an illegal Gypsy site must tell a council whether they plan to move.

Second arrest over couple’s death

A second man is arrested on suspicion of murder by officers investigating the death of a couple at their home in Birmingham.

Campaigners fight police closures

A public consultation ends into plans for overnight closures at several police stations in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Shipwreck Britons returning home
British survivors of the fatal Costa Concordia cruise ship accident in Italy arrive home to describe scenes of chaos during the evacuation.

Clegg plan for employee ownership
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to urge more firms to offer shares to their staff, saying it will improve productivity and boost growth.

UK in recession, says think tank

Britain is already technically in recession, and unemployment will rise further, economic forecaster the Item Club warns.

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