Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Frankfurt Christmas Market open for business (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Free Radio) Tankards of beer, the sweet smell of roast chestnuts, and a singing moose can only mean one thing â€“ the return of Birminghamâ€™s German Market.
Birmingham Â£4bn transport plan revealed (BBC, ITV, Birmingham Mail) Three new tram lines may be built in Birmingham, alongside high-speed bus routes, under a Â£4bn transport plan. Sir Albert Bore quoted.
Birmingham congestion charges could still be introduced (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s council leader refused to rule out congestion charging or workplace parking taxes to pay for a Â£4 billion package of transport improvements announced yesterday.
It’s a holy new health check (The Voice) A set of scales are the last things you expect to see in a church, but that’s where you’ll find this latest hi-tech health monitor – thanks to a move by Birmingham City Council. Aston’s New Jerusalem Apostolic Church is the latest of ten city-wide venues to house the state-of-the art monitors, which in total have been used more than 10,000 times in three months.
Obesity chief calls for 2,000 double donut burger to be withdrawn from sale (Birmingham Mail) An obesity chief has called for a pub chain to scrap a 2,000-calorie double donut burger from its menu. Birmingham Public Health childhood obesity co-ordinator Charlene Mulhern has added her criticism to the backlash against the Â£8.99 dish available in Hungry Horse pubs.
Getting started at Eastside Locks site (Birmingham Mail) Work has started on a key Eastside regeneration scheme which is the first speculative office building to be built in Birmingham since before the recession. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted.
Firms sign ‘buy Brummie’ charter (Birmingham Mail) More than 100 firms have signed up to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility. Cllr Stewart Stacey quoted.
School guidelines on ‘British values’ too narrow, says Church (Independent, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express) The Christian commandment to â€œlove your neighbourâ€ should be included in the â€œBritish valuesâ€ taught to schoolchildren, the Church of England has suggested â€“ warning against making them a narrow test of patriotism. The move came in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal â€“ an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take over schools in Birmingham and promote their own ideology.
Inquest call for pub bombing victims
A lawyer for the family of one of the 21 people killed in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974 is calling for inquests to be held for the victims.
Yorkswood Primary School children tested for poisoning after coach fire
More than 50 school children have been tested for carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation after a coach fire.
Powers to stop UK jihadists returning
Britons who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight could be temporarily barred from returning home under plans announced by David Cameron.
NHS winter fears ‘prompt cash boost’
Fears of a winter crisis in the NHS in England have prompted ministers to increase the emergency funds available.