Media Watch – March 7

By on 07/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council assets in big sell-off debate (Birmingham Mail) The Taxpayers’ Alliance says Birmingham City Council should sell off assets like the NEC and airport.

Refuse collection truck damaged my driveway (Birmingham Mail) A man furious at bin lorries allegedly turning around in his drive has started a legal battle with the council because of the damage he claims has been called.

‘Too noisy’ scrapmen targeted (Birmingham Mail) Rag and bone men in Birmingham face a crackdown from environmental health officers following a string of complaints about them being too noisy.

Borrow £250. Repay £90,000. A loan shark’s maths lesson (The Times) Article looking at efforts to combat loan sharks features Birmingham City Council’s Illegal Money Lending Team.

Fears as social services cuts bite (Birmingham Mail, BBC) An estimated 4,100 vulnerable elderly and disabled adults will see their council care services scrapped under proposals aimed at saving Birmingham’s adult social care department £51 million over the next year.

Pay as you drive scheme revs up for Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Motorists will be tempted to ditch their own cars for a new pay-as-you-drive scheme set to hit the streets of Birmingham. The city council has issued a tender which will see dozens of bays dedicated to the use of a car club.

New chapter for library as roof is fixed (Birmingham Mail) Staff at a Birmingham library which had to close temporarily due to a leaky roof were given a warm welcome when it reopened on Saturday.

Electric cars ‘the future for Brum’ (Birmingham Mail) Drivers who have taken part in a pioneering electric car scheme say they are convinced that they are the future of motoring in Birmingham.

Local elections focus: Birmingham’s embattled Con-Lib coalition ( The Conservatives don’t have an overall majority, so they combine with the third-placed Liberal Democrats to keep Labour out of power. They’re forced to vote through devastating public spending cuts worth about a quarter of their revenue. The opposition, while kicking up a big fuss, don’t seem to have many practical alternatives on offer. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Yet this isn’t the national government. It’s the state of play on Birmingham city council.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands planning money remains ‘unspent’
Almost £70m of planning “gain” money remains unspent by councils in the West Midlands.

Man charged over Thimblemill cemetery damage
A man has been accused of causing up to £100,000 worth of damage in a “wrecking spree” at a Black Country cemetery.

National Headlines

More Prince Andrew revelations ‘could end trade role’
Downing Street sources have made it clear Prince Andrew may not survive as a UK trade envoy if there are more damaging revelations about him.

William Hague says more diplomats may go to Libya
Foreign secretary William Hague says more UK diplomats may be sent to Libya despite an SAS-escorted team being captured by anti-Gaddafi rebels.

Census 2011: Forms on their way to millions of homes
The 2011 Census is getting under way, with forms posted out to households around the UK.

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