Media Watch – July 29

By on 29/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hundreds of foreign labourers flown in to work on city tunnels as unemployment rises (Birmingham Mail) Amey confirmed around 30 per cent of the project's 1,000-strong workforce were from outside the Midlands.

Sir Albert: 'Miss out or pay more' threat to Brum taxpayers (Birmingham Mail) Sir Albert Bore warned taxpayers would have to decide whether to miss out or pay more for some facilities in the future.

Call for member of public on library board (Birmingham Mail) A regular user of Birmingham’s new library should be appointed to the board set run the £188 million development, according to a senior city councillor (Cllr Paul Tilsley).

Thousands of fish die during freak weather (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of fish have died in the furnace heat at a Birmingham lake where council chiefs failed to replace equipment to oxygenate the water. But both Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency have stressed freak weather conditions are to blame for the deaths.

Council’s new system to cut print bill (Birmingham Mail) City council bosses are hoping to shave £500,000 off the authority’s bill for printing leaflets, brochures and posters with a new centralised ordering system.

Blooming Birmingham representing UK in European flower competition (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Dignitaries from across Europe will visit some of the city's historical landmarks as part of the judging process for the prestigious Entente Florale competition.

Plan for 129 homes is backed by council (Birmingham Mail) Proposals to build 129 homes on a former school and office site in Sheldon have been given the unanimous backing of council planners. Video: See the planning committee discuss the scheme here: http://bit.ly/15YBzob

Planners ditch homes scheme on green space (Birmingham Mail) Planners have thrown out proposals for homes on a former primary school’s playing fields in a bid to protect the city’s green spaces. See the planning committee discuss the scheme here: http://bit.ly/1bsgUiT

£20k fund set up for estate (Birmingham Mail) A new crisis fund has been launched to help hard up residents on Birmingham’s largest post-war estate (Castle Vale) deal with welfare cuts.

Regional Headlines

Final Longbridge factory Mini sold
The final Mini to leave the Longbridge factory sells for £1,400 after being hidden in tunnels for three decades.

Dudley Hippodrome demolition plan protest held
About 30 people have protested over plans to demolish a theatre, a campaign group said.

National Headlines

Energy watchdog ‘failing consumers’
MPs call for the energy regulator Ofgem to do more to make profits at the big six energy companies more transparent and restore trust in the market.

UK complains about Gibraltar delays
The UK government raises “serious concerns” with Spain about long delays at the border with Gibraltar caused by a rise in vehicle searches.

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