Media Watch – March 11

By on 11/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New binmen contract could save the city £15m (Birmingham Mail) New working conditions ‘reluctantly’ agreed by city binmen could save the council taxpayer an estimated £15 million, it emerged today.

Festival in for climate prize (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Climate Change Festival is in the running for a top award.

Thousands to enjoy parade (Birmingham Mail) Six champion Irish dancers will carry the lead flags at the head of the UK’s largest St Patrick’s Day Parade in Birmingham on Sunday.

Four firms compete to run Birmingham’s municipal golf courses (Birmingham Mail) Four companies have been asked to provide outline bids to take on the management of Birmingham's seven municipal golf courses for the next 25 years.

Wibbly wobbly, modern, futuristic and airy (FT.com) Birmingham is a city unafraid of flirting with architectural notoriety, and its latest big project - the redevelopment of New Street Station - was unveiled at Mipim on Wednesday. The John Lewis department store is designed by Foreign Office architects, and has been shown off by landowner Birmingham City Council.

Crisis fear as homes dry up (Birmingham Mail) Just 830 houses were built in Birmingham last year – raising fears of a major social crisis as thousands of families seek to climb onto the housing ladder.

Parent’s anger as teacher chalks ‘Allah’ on floor (Birmingham Mail) Furious parents were left in tears after a Birmingham teacher allegedly daubed a phrase from the Koran on a school’s playground floor.

Regional Headlines

Knighthood for Birmingham soldiers’ trauma surgeon
The consultant responsible for co-ordinating the care of British troops injured in Afghanistan has been knighted.

High-speed rail a ‘white elephant’, say business heads
A group of business leaders has called for the proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham to be scrapped.

Electric meter crime hits Kent, London and Midlands
Criminal gangs are targeting people with electricity pre-payment meters in a doorstep fraud with hotspots reported in Kent, London and the Midlands.

National Headlines

Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake
A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.

Libya revolt: UK and France increase Gaddafi pressure
The UK and France have sought to ramp up the pressure on Col Gaddafi ahead of Friday’s EU summit, saying the Libyan leader has “lost any legitimacy”.

Pensions anger from unions following Hutton review
Unions have reacted angrily to a major report proposing a radical overhaul of public sector pensions which would see millions working for longer.

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