Media Watch – January 27

By on 27/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sphinx statues to return to historic Birmingham house (BBC) Two stone statues are set to return to a historic house in Birmingham as part of a £162,000 project to refurbish it. The sphinx figures were originally owned by 18th Century industrialist Matthew Boulton and were in the gardens of his home, Soho House in Handsworth.

‘Outstanding’ man’s new post (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has appointed a new strategic director for children, young people and families.

Warm words of help (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has launched a new initiative to help vulnerable people keep warm during the winter.

36 Hours: Birmingham, England (New York Times)
Travel article looking at the delights of Birmingham urges visitors ‘Don't miss the guided tours at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter’.

Residents object to new bars plan (Birmingham Mail) Kings Heath locals have given potential plans for three new bars to open on a busy high street a big thumbs down.

Demolition time at old warehouse (Birmingham Mail) The future of a historic Birmingham building remained clouded in doubt last night – even after planners approved its demolition. Despite opposition from residents and conservation groups, Birmingham City Council’s planning committee was powerless to prevent a demolition order for Island House at Eastside.

NSPCC centre gives hope to abuse victims (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of at-risk children in the West Midlands will be given help from a new Birmingham City Council backed NSPCC centre which has opened in the city.

Kick off year of the dragon (Birmingham Mail) A traditional dragon dance will kick off the Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham on Sunday.

Kids get chance to name gritters (Birmingham Mail)
Youngsters across Birmingham are being given the chance to name their very own gritter lorry, which they may then see battling through the snow and ice on the city’s streets.

Council debt of £2.5bn adds £35 to taxpayers’ bills (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council’s debt stands at £2.5 billion, including vast amounts borrowed to pay for the new library and the purchase of the Pallasades shopping centre, it has emerged.

Regional Headlines

Double murder ‘brutal and savage’
An elderly couple were murdered in a “brutal and savage” attack in Wolverhampton, a court hears.

Man jailed for 1987 manslaughter
A man is jailed for 11-and-a-half years after admitting killing a friend almost 25 years ago.

National Headlines

Outrage at RBS boss’s bonus deal
A £963,000 bonus in shares awarded to Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester is strongly criticised by politicians and unions.

Babies’ brains ‘show autism risk’

It may be possible to detect autism at a much earlier age than previously thought, says an international team of researchers.

Olympic Village site handed over
London 2012 organisers are to take control of the Olympic Village site in a ceremony to mark six months until the Games begin.

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