Media Watch – Nov 18

By on 18/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

First day of the Frankfurt Christmas Market (Midlands Today, BBC WM, BRMB, Heart, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)

Cash summit for council (Birmingham Mail) The austere shape of the future was being plotted by Birmingham City Council chiefs in a two-day summit starting today.

Forced to ‘live out of black bags’ (Birmingham Mail) Some of Birmingham’s most needy families are being forced to live out of plastic bags in bed and breakfast accommodation, councillors have been told.

Petition fails to block flats (Birmingham Mail) Residents and a leading wildlife campaign group have failed to stop ten flats being built on the site of a Birmingham bungalow and its garden.

Market could now remain at present site (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is set to consider a range of options for the future of the wholesale markets.

‘Red light’ fears laid bare as strip clubs face limit (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s business leaders have successfully pleaded for a limit on the number of lap dancing and strip clubs allowed to operate in the city centre.

Pre-Raphaelite coup for gallery (Birmingham Post) A previously unseen work by the celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti will go on show for the first time next year in a major new exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

City centre to be a bus-free zone (Birmingham Post) A £15million plan to drive buses off city centre roads and replace them with super-fast shuttles has been drawn up by transport chiefs.

City council’s £3m savings through office vacations (The Business Desk) A HOST of offices have been vacated over the past year saving the public purse £3m, according to Birmingham City Council.

City hosts gay arts festival (Birmingham Post) The region’s only gay cultural festival is taking place in Birmingham this month.

City’s housing plan criticised (Birmingham Post) A city council planning document setting how Birmingham will grow substantially in size by 2026 has been heavily criticised for advocating a dash for new housing at the expense of industrial development and jobs.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Airport’s old Maglev carriage to be sold
An example of one of the world’s first magnetic levitation transport systems is being auctioned off for charity. Birmingham Airport used its Maglev carriages between 1984 and 1995.

Two killed and two hurt in crash in Walsall
Two men have died and two others have been injured in a crash in the Black Country.

Man charged with soliciting murder over Iraq war blog
A man has been charged with soliciting murder in relation to a blog listing MPs it claimed voted for the Iraq war. Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, 23, of Dunstall, Wolverhampton, was also charged with other offences under the Terrorism Act, West Midlands Police said.

National Headlines

Flood-hit Cornwall residents prepare for clean-up
Hundreds of people in Cornwall have spent the night in emergency accommodation after severe flooding.

Nato cuts to be backed by UK government
The government is backing proposals for radical changes to Nato’s command structure which could see big cuts in the numbers of staff and command bases.

Police continue to quiz Sunningdale van murder suspects
Police are continuing to question four men arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died soon after armed officers stopped a van in Berkshire.

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