Media Watch – January 30

By on 30/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

25,000 join Chinese New Year fun (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Dragons danced, drums pounded and fireworks exploded as 25,000 people celebrated Chinese New Yearin spectacular style in Birmingham.

Not-for-profit firm in pledge after golf deal (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s golfers have been promised a raft of new facilities after a not-for-profit social enterprise took over the city’s seven municipal courses.

New policy to tackle homelessness in the city (Birmingham Mail) A cut in the use of temporary bed and breakfast accommodation, raising the quality of private rented homes and a focus on the effects of domestic violence are at the heart of a new council strategy to tackle homelessness in Birmingham.

Charity forced to cut services after fresh cash crisis (Birmingham Mail) The future of Birmingham’s Citizens Advice Bureau has been thrown into turmoil for the second time in a year after the charity suffered fresh funding cuts.

New pool a hit with 10,000 users (Birmingham Mail)
More than 10,000 people have used Birmingham’s new showpiece swimming pool (Harborne) in its first month.

Out in cold on ‘eyesore’ depot ruins (Birmingham Mail)
Councillors visiting the ruins of a tram depot found themselves locked out – and the owner at the centre of the controversy on holiday.

Plea to turn tower into a ‘Toblerone’ Birmingham Mail) A student tower block proposed to rise above Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station and branded a ‘tombstone’ should look more like a Toblerone chocolate bar, according to city planners.

Beware certificates scam (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council’s director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy on how to avoid being ripped off by firms duping people out of cash over birth and marriage certificates.

99 year wait for Birmingham residents looking for larger council houses (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham families anxious to move into a larger council house face a 99 year wait.

New York loves Brum (Birmingham Mail) A 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’.

Muzzled (Birmingham Mail)
Police, council workers and animal charities have joined forces to crack down on irresponsible pet owners in Birmingham in a bid to stop children being mauled by dogs.

Backing for mosque plan (Birmingham Mail)
A city mosque is being redeveloped and expanded after getting the green light from planners.

Five groups make shortlist for £1.45bn public retrofit job (Building, Planning) Five teams are on the shortlist for the contract to provide energy efficiency retrofitting services in a partnership with Birmingham City Council.

Green planning rules could instruct builders to use solar panels in all new homes in Birmingham (Construction Now) Firms building new homes in Birmingham could be forced to install solar panels or energy generators on new houses under new planning guidelines currently being drawn up.

Regional Headlines

One dead and three hurt in crash
A man dies and three other people are hurt in a road accident in the Black Country.

Man charged with parkland murder
A 28-year-old man appears before magistrates charged with the murder of Jagjit Singh Villkhu in Willenhall.

National Headlines

RBS boss Hester rejects £1m bonus
Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester will not take his controversial bonus worth nearly £1 million.

Man bailed over FA Cup ‘gesture’
A man arrested after an alleged racist gesture was made by a fan at the FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United is bailed by police.

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