Media Watch – March 5

By on 05/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hordes flock to Hoard in America (Birmingham Mail) Treasures from the Staffordshire Hoard are set to return triumphant to Birmingham after attracting more than 50,000 paying visitors during an exhibition in America.

City to get a slice of Mothers pride (Birmingham Mail) Councillors are backing a campaign to secure official recognition for a historic Birmingham rock music venue which hosted Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in its 1970s heyday.

US Army postal depot spared (Birmingham Mail) A former Second World War US Army postal depot has survived a planning battle.

Gritters out after warning of cold snap (Birmingham Mail) Gritters have been out in force on Birmingham’s highways in a bid to beat the winter frost.

‘Dreadful’ plan for bland tower block (Birmingham Mail)
Architects behind plans for what was described as Birmingham’s blandest big building have been urged to go back to the drawing board.

Eating out with confidence (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy  reveals changes to a scheme aimed at stopping customers from suffering food poisoning at the hands of filthy restaurants.

Help on the home front (Daily Star Sunday)
Brave veterans leaving the armed forces will be offered a cash boost to buy a new home. Birmingham City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to offer ex-servicemen and women a free loan to buy a house.

Birmingham Museums Trust names first director (Museums Journal)
Ann Sumner has been appointed as the first director of Birmingham Museums Trust, the new body responsible for running Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and the Thinktank science museum.

Birmingham's red squirrels set for release into the wild (BBC WM)
Red squirrels bred in captivity at Birmingham Nature Centre are set to be released into the wild as part of a campaign to save the endangered species.

Drain covers marked in a bid to beat the metal thieves (Daily Mail) Birmingham City Council has come up with a unique way to protect its valuable drain covers.

Birmingham’s military covenant wins support from city’s development partners (Construction Now Daily)
Birmingham City Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant has won support from the city’s development partner Keepmoat.

Live online first for city council (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is set to broadcast a committee meeting on the internet for the first time this Tuesday (Leisure, Sport & Culture Scrutiny).

Development to preserve statue of field marshal (Birmingham Mail) The statue of a British Second World War hero will be given pride of place fronting Birmingham’s Broad Street under a £100 million transformation of a rundown shopping centre.

Enterprising ideas (Estates Gazette) A complex number of elements are in play to make the best use of Birmingham city centre’s enterprise zones.

Regional Headlines

Police ‘privatisation’ criticised
Plans led by West Midlands Police to contract out some elements of policing to private security firms are heavily criticised.

Spelman’s son ‘took sports drugs’
The son of the Environment Secretary and Meriden MP is not appealing against a High Court decision to lift a privacy injunction about his use of banned substances.

National Headlines

New rights over domestic violence
People in trial areas will soon be able to find out from police if partners have a history of domestic violence, under a scheme dubbed Clare’s Law.

Man shot dead by officers named

A man who was shot dead by police in a Cheshire village is named, as three men are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

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