Media Watch – March 27

By on 27/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City destined for tourism boom (Hotel Business) Birmingham is reaping the benefits of a government tax incentive set up in 2007.

Jewel-studded ‘gay’ rhino costs council £10,000 (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham City Council is putting £10,000 towards the cost of a rhinestone-encrusted model rhinoceros to mark the entry into a gay district.

Extra hours at city library (Birmingham Mail) Acocks Green Library will stay open for 50 hours a week for the next six months after the Yardley constituency committee promised extra funding.

Hound out danger dogs (Birmingham Mail) Police and council bosses have joined forces to urge the Government to change the law to give officers more powers to tackle dangerous dogs.

300 agency bin staff given job in savings bid (Birmingham Mail) More than 300 agency and temporary Birmingham binmen are to be offered full-time jobs as part of an efficiency drive aimed at cutting the council’s refuse collection bill by £7 million.

EU cash to lure firms to Brum (Birmingham Mail) More than £8 million of EU cash will be ploughed into Birmingham to encourage investment in the city.

Royal Mail plea over demolition (Birmingham Mail) Royal Mail has pleaded with the city’s planning department to reconsider a decision not to give the go ahead for a housing development in Sutton Coldfield.

Leaflet issued on mayor plan (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of homes across Birmingham will this week receive leaflets promoting the elected mayoral referendum.

Elected mayors debate (Birmingham Mail) Voters in Birmingham are being invited to find out more about May’s elected mayor referendum at a public debate this week.

Regional Headlines

Tribute to M5 crash lorry driver
The family of a lorry driver killed in a crash on the M5 in the West Midlands pays tribute to a man doing a job “he so very much loved”.

Patrols after sex worker attacks
Special police patrols are being carried out in the West Midlands, where 10 sex workers have been attacked in 15 months.

National Headlines

Planning system awaits overhaul
Changes to the planning system in England aimed at making it easier to gain consent for large-scale, sustainable projects, are coming into force.

GPS plan for community sentences
Community sentences for offenders in England and Wales are to be changed to ensure they are “tough and credible”, ministers will say later.

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