Media Watch – June 21

By on 21/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Free Sunday city centre parking scrapped (Birmingham Mail) Drivers are to be charged for on-street Sunday parking in Birmingham city centre for the first time in 13 years.

The grand plan to fill all the potholes of Brum (Birmingham Mail) The timetable for replacing pot-holed Birmingham roads  with improved winter-proof Tarmac has gone online.

Flying the flag for our forces (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, whose soldier son was badly injured in a Taliban attack, spoke of her pride in taking part in a ceremony to honour the armed forces.

Shadow mayor plan scrapped (Birmingham Mail) Ministers have scrapped plans to appoint Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby as city mayor without an election.

Families’ anger at homes plan (Birmingham Mail) Controversial plans to build 262 new homes next to Edgbaston cricket ground have been given a cold reception by local residents.

National role for city head (Birmingham Mail) A head teacher who transformed a failing city secondary school has been hired as an education guru to help poorly performing schools.

Empty store is set to be pub (Birmingham Mail) A vacant former Woolworths shop could bring new life to a city shopping centre (Yardley) when it is taken over by national pub chain JD Wetherspoon, city planners have claimed.

Loophole may mean taxi war (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham taxi war could be looming amid fears that cabbies from across the Midlands could exploit a legal loophole to work in the city.

Star wars: the final (Inside Housing) Birmingham City Council neighbourhood manager Rishi Spolia is a finalist in Inside Housing’s Rising Stars competition.

Regional Headlines

Review ordered on £32bn rail plan
An independent review of the £32bn HS2 London to Birmingham high-speed rail project is to published on Tuesday.

Three jailed for stabbing murder
Three men are jailed for murdering and robbing a father-to-be in Wolverhampton.

Birmingham female officers win bravery award
Three Birmingham police officers have won a national award for bravery for chasing armed bank robbers.

National Headlines

RAF chief in warning over Libya
The RAF’s ability to deal with future emergencies is under threat if British intervention in Libya continues beyond September, MPs are warned.

Target migration cut ‘unlikely’
Government plans to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” by 2015 are likely to fail, a report has found.

‘Jail discount’ plans abandoned
Proposals to allow criminals to serve only half their sentences if they plead guilty at an early stage is set to be dropped entirely.

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