Media Watch – January 6

By on 06/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Clamp cheat nailed (The Sun, Daily Mail) A rogue Birmingham clamper is facing jail for towing away motorists’ cars – after stealing their pay and display tickets.

Bid to halt opening of more off-licences (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Matt Bennett) is trying to form an alliance against the opening of more off-licences in his ward.

War memorial makeover is set to begin (Birmingham Mail) The South African War Memorial in Cannon Hill Park is set to undergo renovation work. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Council pulls the funding for city park upgrade (Birmingham Mail) Plans to upgrade a Birmingham park (Aldridge Rd Recreation Ground) have been shelved after the city council pulled the funding.

Ban dangerous private hire drivers – councillor (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Crackdown on clampers delay (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses today hit out at the Government over delays in introducing new laws aimed at stropping rogue car clampers from blighting the lives of Birmingham drivers. Cllr Neil Eustace quoted.

Simon sets out mayoral plans (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Five-ring circus of the arts (Times Higher Education Supplement) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s forthcoming ‘Children’s Lives’ exhibition highlighted as one of the cultural highlights of 2012.

The Midlands meetings empire (Conference News) Birmingham offers its own unique style of hospitality to visitors at some 200,000 conferences and 320 exhibitions every year. Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Regional Headlines

Campaign backs HS2 fast rail link
A group of business leaders, economists and MPs unites in a newspaper campaign to support the proposal to link Birmingham and London with a new high speed rail line.

Cell photos murderer disciplined
A convicted Birmingham murderer is disciplined after photographs of him taken in his prison cell reportedly appeared online.

National Headlines

PM tackles patient care ‘problem’
Nurses will be told to do regular ward rounds and patients encouraged to carry out inspections as part of a drive to improve hospital standards in England.

Olympics ticket resales under way
People have the chance to try to resell their unwanted London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic tickets from Friday.

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