Media Watch – June 22

By on 22/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council staff vote for strike action (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Thousands of Birmingham City Council workers have voted for strike action in a pay and conditions row.

Firm to target the litter louts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is drafting in a private firm to slap fines on litter bugs to be funded from the fixed penalty notices it issues.

Taking Brum by storm (Birmingham Mail) People in Aston are being warned to expect days of major disruption as the Take That bandwagon arrives at Villa Park.

Police vans ‘vanished’ (Birmingham Mail) Councillors and residents are furious after claiming two vans they gave to police to fight crime in their neighbourhood have ‘disappeared’.

Birmingham New Street Station to ‘get daylight’ (BBC) A Birmingham railway station is to be lit by natural light for the first time in 40 years.

Birmingham City Council to build new homes in Saltley (Construction Now Daily, West Midlands Housing News) New homes for council tenants are underway in Saltley as Birmingham City Council and partners begin construction work this summer.

Leader calls for more hotel space as visitor numbers soar (Construction Now Daily) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has said that the rise in Birmingham visitor numbers proves that the city has become a tourist  hotspot.

Working together against violent extremism (West Midlands Housing News) The Hall Green Preventing Violent Extremism Working Group, a local Community Safety Partnership, has been recognised as one of Birmingham’s most successful working groups by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Chinese premier due in Birmingham
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will visit Birmingham this weekend on his first stop on a visit to the UK.

Men raid charity’s headquarters
Masked men, armed with a Taser, raid an ambulance charity’s headquarters in Brierley Hill and hold 20 members of staff hostage.

National Headlines

Photographer shot in Belfast riot
A press photographer is wounded as shots are fired when violence flares for a second night in sectarian clashes near a Catholic enclave in east Belfast.

Ofgem to probe energy firm offer
Energy watchdog Ofgem is to hold an inquiry into a “potentially misleading” offer by Scottish Power promoted after it announced 19% price rises.

Older drinkers ‘need lower limit’
People over 65 should limit themselves to half a glass of beer or a glass of wine a day, a report suggests.

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