Media Watch – January 5

By on 05/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Rogue swiped tickets from cars, then clamped them (Birmingham Mail) A rogue car clamper is facing jail for towing away the cars of Birmingham motorists – after swiping their legitimate parking tickets.

Grand hotel set for five-star rebirth (Birmingham Post) The owners of what was once Birmingham’s most iconic hotel have unveiled a £30 million scheme that they hope will bring it back to its former glory almost a decade after it was forced to close its doors. If approved by city planners, the Grand on Colmore Row will be transformed into a luxury five-star hotel.

Ban dangerous private hire drivers – councillor (Birmingham Post) A leading city councillor (Cllr Lynda Clinton) is urging the courts to dish out driving bans to dangerous private hire drivers who stack up as many as 18 points and still keep their licence.

Roads firm warned over consultation (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s £2.7 billion roads contractor has been told to make more effort to talk to residents about repairs and works in a report from a council watchdog committee.

Inspirational entrepreneur the latest face of new city library (Birmingham Post) An out-of-work engineer turned entrepreneur has been selected to be one of the faces to front the new Library of Birmingham.

Mayoral hopeful Simon in call for greater powers (Birmingham Post) An elected mayor should be given control or influence over all public sector spending and assets in the city, including health, policing, transport and economic development, a candidate (Sion Simon) has argued.

Century-old ‘gateway’ to Eastside set for demolition (Birmingham Post) A distinctive period building in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside could be demolished and landscaped due to uncertainty over High Speed 2 rail.

UCI BMX World Championships ride into the NIA (fit4talent.com) A BMX Racing track will be built in the NIA over the course of just one week. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Regional Headlines

Rail user group attacks 13% rise
A rail watchdog attacks a 13% increase in a rail fare between Birmingham and London.

NEC caravan exhibition cancelled
A long-running caravan show, due to take place at Birmingham’s NEC in February, is cancelled by its organisers.

National Headlines

‘Strong case’ for assisted dying
There is a “strong case” for allowing assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill in England and Wales, a group of experts says.

Police deny closing Lawrence team
Scotland Yard denies it is planning to disband the dedicated team of detectives investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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