Media Watch – June 22

By on 22/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Register office staff tackle two-month delay (Birmingham Mail) A two-month wait to register births at Birmingham Register Office has now been cut to an average two weeks, following emergency action from staff.

Budget ‘black hole’ puts city events at risk (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Council chiefs claim to have uncovered a £400,000 budget black hole which could put Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, Eid Mela and St George’s Day at risk.

Superstore planned at former factory site (Birmingham Mail) Superstore giant Sainsbury’s has unveiled plans for a new store and small business park in a city suburb (Great Barr).

Turf war leaves residents angry (Birmingham Mail) A turf war has broken out over an overgrown grass verge on a major route in and out of Birmingham. Both Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Council say the verge on Hagley Rd West, Quinton, is not their responsibility.

New dental hospital bid a step closer (Birmingham Mail) Plans to build a new dental hospital on the former BBC Pebble Mill site have passed a crucial barrier.

Bromsgrove could get thousands of homes from Brum (Bromsgrove Standard) Bromsgrove is being asked to take thousands of new houses that both Redditch and Birmingham plan to build. It is estimated the Second City needs 70,000 homes by 2026 to meet its housing need, but only 43,000 can be contained within Birmingham's boundaries.

Regional Headlines

Man denies riot car murder ‘plan’
One of eight defendants accused of killing three men during riots last August denies he was part of a “plan to murder”.

Weather forces show cancellation
A free show in Birmingham that was set to open the London 2012 Festival is cancelled because of heavy rain.

National Headlines

Labour ‘was wrong on immigration’
Labour “got it wrong” when it allowed uncontrolled immigration from new EU states in 2004, Ed Miliband will say in a speech later.

UK banks among 15 downgraded
The credit ratings agency Moody’s downgrades 15 global banks and financial institutions including Barclays, HSBC and Goldman Sachs.

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