Media Watch – May 29

By on 29/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council boss clears his desk…and the rest of his office (Birmingham Mail) Outgoing council head Mike Whitby cleared his desk – and stunned his political rivals by taking much of his office furniture to boot.

Labour cut in top cabinet posts will create savings of £70,000 (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The total bill for Birmingham’s senior councillors is to be cut by up to £70,000 in a major overhaul by the new Labour administration.

Rhinestone Rhino ready for unveiling (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s famous Rhinestone Rhino will be officially unveiled on top of an office block at the heart of the city’s gay village.

Supermarket to be built on wasteland (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a new supermarket and cafe which would transform Sutton Coldfield town centre are set for approval despite concerns over the existing town centre shops.

Cash to fight gangs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has been handed a £1.2 million grant to help tackle gang and youth violence.

Unholy row over noise at church (Birmingham Mail) Plans to extend a Birmingham church ran into problems – after the vicar living next door complained.

Shisha warning hits the big screen (ITV) A campaign has been launched to highlight the dangers of shisha smoking as its popularity increases in Birmingham.

Ethnicity of Birmingham City Council’s cabinet defended by leader (BBC) Black councillors hold important roles within Birmingham City Council despite being absent from the cabinet, the leader of the authority has said.

Life got better when Birmingham closed “outdated” care homes, says study (carehome.co.uk) Life got better for nearly half of the residents when Birmingham City Council closed 14 of its care homes, according to a new study.

Regional Headlines

Olympics ‘testing’ for officers
The Olympics will be “testing” for forces in the West Midlands region with 1,404 police deployed elsewhere, officers warn.

Arrests over railway cable theft
Eleven men, some from Birmingham, are charged with conspiracy to steal railway power cable in the North Cotswolds area.

National Headlines

U-turn on pasty tax ‘a shambles’
Labour condemns the way the government has dealt with planned VAT rises to Cornish pasties and static caravans as a “shambles”, after it reverses the plans.

‘Secret inquests’ plan scrapped
Plans to hold more court hearings in secret have been scaled back, following criticism from civil liberties groups and Liberal Democrats.

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