Media Watch – January 9

By on 09/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sports hub for run-down area (Birmingham Mail) Four sports clubs based in one of Birmingham’s most deprived areas are joining forces with the city council on a pioneering new leisure facility – Holford Drive Community Sports Hub. Cllr Martin Mullaney and Cllr Les Lawrence quoted.

Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation ends (BBC)
Consultation on Birmingham City Council’s 2012-13 budget, which could see up to 1,200 jobs cut, has drawn to a close.

HS2: High-speed rail link ‘being seriously considered’ (BBC) Ministers are “considering very seriously” building a controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham.

Plan hatched to save rare breed (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) Bird lovers and Birmingham City Council have joined forces to save the endangered black redstart.

Proposal for supermarket (Birmingham Mail)
High street giant Sainsbury’s has submitted its final planning application for a major store in Erdington.

Returning unwanted gifts (Birmingham Mail) Head of Regulatory Services Jacqui Kennedy reveals how customer aren’t always entitled to a refund.

Waste firm’s training plan (Birmingham Mail) Veolia Environmental Services, Birmingham City Council’s waste partners, are offering 12 apprenticeship opportunities in waste management.

Birmingham wins retrofit award (Local Authority Building and Maintenance) Birmingham City Council won the Urban Retorfit Award in the 2011 Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Building at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Housing plan revealed (Birmingham Mail) The city council has unveiled plans for 129 homes following the closure of one of its offices.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham named in the New York Times’ The 45 Places to Go in 2012.

Murder charge over homeless death
A man is charged with the murder of a homeless man who died after an attack at a Birmingham bus stop.

Road sweepings will be recycled
A Warwickshire council starts a new process to recycle road sweepings from seven local authorities across the Midlands including Solihull.

National Headlines

Cabinet to discuss Scottish vote
The cabinet is to discuss proposals to give the Scottish government the legal power to hold a binding referendum on independence.

Have two drink-free days, MPs say
People should have at least two days a week completely clear of alcohol, a group of MPs say.

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