Media Watch March 4

By on 04/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council pays £2,000 for every tree (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is being charged an astonishing £2,000 for each sapling planted by its highways contractor Amey.

£9,000 of fake Bieber goods seized (Birmingham Mail) Police and Birmingham City Council trading standards officers seized £9,000 of fake Justin Bieber merchandise during a crackdown on bootleggers at his Birmingham concert.

Campaign to fight gangs wins praise (Birmingham Mail) A campaign to try to tackle the problem of gang violence in Birmingham has been praised by a Home Office study.

Check energy efficiency of homes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy reveals the work done by trading standards helping consumers buying, renting and selling homes.

A land of opportunity (Sunday Express) London watch out, Birmingham is coming up behind you. “Multinationals are coming to Birmingham because it is more cost efficient compared with the capital,” says Wouter Schuitemaker, investment director of Business Birmingham.

Enterprise zones key to proper recovery, says Osborne (Property Week) Chancellor extols virtues of country’s regional cities in wake of Britain’s credit rating downgrade, as Treasury pledges to lend Birmingham City Council up to £1.2 bn over 25 years.

Work starts on community park in Egg Hill (West Midlands Housing News) Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and Kier Partnership Homes have announced the start of work on a new community park.

Regional Headlines

Bank loses ‘irreplaceable’ jewels
NatWest loses a Solihull pensioner’s safety deposit box which contained family heirlooms worth £20,000.

Man charged after body find at flat
A 40-year-old man is charged with murder after a body is found at a flat in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Cardinal to face Vatican inquiry
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, formerly Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, is expected to face a Vatican inquiry after admitting sexual misconduct.

Four live mortar bombs found in van
Four live mortar bombs have been found in a van in Londonderry which had its roof cut back to allow them to be fired, police confirm.

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