Media Watch – January 18

By on 18/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

More council staff earn £50,000 (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) The number of middle managers at town halls in some areas rose sharply in the past financial year, despite public sector cuts and redundancies, according to new research.

No fees for bulky items (Birmingham Mail) The city’s bins chief has pledged not to introduce charges for bulky waste collections, syringes, asbestos and garden waste, despite being urged to consider it. Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Birmingham lake drained to complete makeover (BBC) A lake in the West Midlands where hundreds of fish died in a pollution incident will be drained to improve water quality.

£9m BMAG project moves forward (Leisure Opportunities) A £9m development to create new galleries exploring the history of Birmingham at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has moved forward with the internal fit-out now set to begin.

Green light for Edgbaston cricket ground flats (West Midlands Housing News)
Plans for 133 flats of up to eight storeys and 79 houses on land behind the Raglan and Priory stands at Edgbaston cricket ground have been approved by Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Council unveils plans for The Pallasades (FashionUnited)
Network Rail and Birmingham City Council has appointed retail consultants to commence the leasing of The Pallasades shopping centre, which is being significantly upgraded and remodelled as part of the major redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

Regional Headlines

Petition bid for car plant museum
A Worcestershire man starts a petition calling for a museum of working life on the former MG Rover site in Longbridge, Birmingham.

More time to quiz couple suspect

Detectives investigating the murder of the parents of a West Midlands Police officer are granted an extra 36 hours to question a third man over their deaths.

National Headlines

Radical cleric cannot be deported
Radical cleric Abu Qatada wins his appeal against deportation from the UK to Jordan to face terror charges, at the European Court of Human Rights.

Lords welfare defeat headed off
The government averts a House of Lords defeat over its plans to replace the Disability Living Allowance.

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