Media Watch – March 10

By on 10/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham binmen accept council offer in pay and contract dispute (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, BRMB, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Binmen in Birmingham have voted to accept the latest offer from the city council resolving a lengthy contract and pay dispute.

Final death knell for city library as appeal rejected (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The final stumbling block standing in the way of a £500 million redevelopment of Paradise Circus in Birmingham has been removed after the Government refused a request to block the demolition of the 1970s Central Library.

Council loses patience with under-fire service centre (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s under-fire call centre has been accused of failing to deal promptly with pleas from angry residents.

False start for plan to relocate athletics body to city stadium (Birmingham Post) Six months after Birmingham City Council announced that UK Athletics was to move its administrative headquarters to Alexander Stadium, there is still no sign of the relocation actually taking place.

Council leads charge for rail link (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes is emerging as a major figure in a move to lobby support nationally for high speed rail.

Forget council cuts, we’re on the Riviera (Daily Telegraph) Article looking at councillors and council officials currently promoting UK towns and cities at MIPIM in Cannes refers to the Birmingham presence.

City to install hundreds of electric car charging points (Birmingham Post) Hundreds of new charging points for electric cars will be installed across Birmingham and the West Midlands within the next two years.

Store will be a real jewel (Birmingham Mail) A look at new artists’ impressions of the planned £100 million John Lewis store at New Street Station.

Stars appeal over world record bid (Birmingham Mail) Telly couple Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley are backing the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Big Birmingham Blood Pressure Challenge at Star City on April 2.

Council develops ‘panic rooms’ to protect domestic violence victims (24Dash.com) Housing officers from Birmingham City Council have spoken at a national conference hosted by West Midlands Police to discuss how the council is helping better support victims of serious domestic abuse by promoting the use of 'sanctuary rooms'. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/sanctuary-rooms-for-domestic-violence-victims/

Regional Headlines

Work starts at former HP Sauce factory site in Aston
Work has begun to turn the former HP Sauce factory site in Birmingham into a wholesale cash and carry and spice distribution centre. East End Foods bought the site in 2007 when Heinz US relocated production of HP Sauce to the Netherlands, making 125 workers redundant.

Solihull teacher sentenced for downloading indecent images
A teacher has been given a three-year community order for downloading 140 indecent images of children.

National Headlines

Public service pension overhaul urged by Hutton report
A major review of public sector pensions is expected to recommend that people pay higher contributions, work longer and earn less in retirement.

Gaddafi forces beat up BBC team
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces detained and beat up a BBC news team who were trying to reach the strife-torn western city of Zawiya.

UK soldier dies in Helmand blast
A British soldier from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence says.

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