Media Watch – March 30

By on 30/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Libraries stop doing it by the book (Times) Feature on modern hi-tech libraries highlighting the Library of Birmingham.

Council blunders caused Birmingham municipal golf crisis, claims Sir Albert (Birmingham Post.net) City leisure chiefs have been accused of hatching privatisation plans for Birmingham’s municipal golf courses to disguise years of mismanagement. More than 30 bidders, including some golf professionals, are fighting each other to take control of the city’s seven courses.

Climate Change Action Plan aims to slash £1bn off Birmingham’s fuel bills (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham must cut its total energy bill by £1 billion over the next 15 years under ambitious climate change targets set by city bosses. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=8909

Monty Python star Terry Jones gives his backing to Birmingham’s UK Capital of Culture 2013 bid (Birmingham Mail) Monty Python star Terry Jones has become the latest celebrity to back Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?cat=537

Birmingham City Council in plea for more government anti-poverty cash (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham is being urged to make a special case for extra government cash to tackle high unemployment and social deprivation.

Rent reform welcomed (Birmingham Mail) Government plans to reform the council house rent system which sees Birmingham tenants pay £64million to subsidise homes in other cities has been given a cautious welcome by the city’s housing chief.

Cuts ‘hinder recoveries'(Birmingham Mail) Some Midland businesses have cut back so severely to survive the recession they may struggle to fund their recoveries, say regional experts. Birmingham City Council recently launched its own business loan scheme to help local SMERs with loans of up to £1million.
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India petitioned to resume Birmingham-Amritsar air link (Asia Pulse Business Wire) Over 20,000 people in the West Midlands have signed a Birmingham City Council petition delivered to India’s Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel, urging him to reinstate the popular direct Air India flight from Birmingham to Amritsar. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=4580

Eco-car is electrifying (Birmingham Mail) When Mitsubishi’s new i-MieV electric car arrives on these shores in less than a year, it will mark the latest step in a motoring revolution. Its arrival is part of the rising profile of greener vehicles – including initiatives here in Birmingham. The Birmingham Declaration on Climate Change, for instance, includes the pledge that the city council will, by 2015, only be using electric vehicles.
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Dance is art (Streets Ahead) The second International Dance Festival Birmingham will take place in the city in April-May 2010. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7266

Nurseries fear for their future (Guardian) State nursery schools are considered by many to be the cream of the education system. But funding changes could put many of them at risk. In Birmingham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, full-time free state nursery provision is poised to be reduced to part-time.

Regional Headlines

Man who stabbed teenage daughter jailed for 20 years 
A father who stabbed his daughter then drove her dead body around for 10 hours has been jailed for at least 20 years.

Walsall Wood grave mix-up ruling delayed 
A ruling has been delayed over whether to exhume the body of a murdered man who was buried in the wrong plot in the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton shed fire causes gas explosions 
Up to 30 butane gas cylinders kept in a Wolverhampton shed exploded when the shed caught fire

Boys expelled from Birmingham school over BB gun 
Three boys, aged 12 and 13, have been expelled from school after they were caught on CCTV playing with a BB gun.

National Headlines

Long-awaited plan for social care levy due 
A compulsory levy would be introduced to create a universal system of social care for adults in England, under plans to be unveiled by ministers.

Blair to rally Labour supporters before campaign starts 
Tony Blair is to enter the pre-election fray when he addresses party supporters in his old constituency.

Decision on Milly Dowler charge for Levi Bellfield due 
The Crown Prosecution Service is to announce later whether killer Levi Bellfield is to be charged with the murder of 13-year-old Milly Dowler.

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