Media Watch – Nov 20

By on 20/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Minister Eric Pickles visits advanced manufacturing hub site (Birmingham Post) Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles visited the site of one of Birmingham's six economic zones after signing over £2 million of funding to help it come to fruition. Mr Pickles visited the advanced manufacturing hub in Aston, a project expected to create and safeguard up to 3,000 jobs within the automotive supply chain industry and associated businesses. It is one of six economic zones launched by Birmingham City Council in September.

Birmingham planning smartphone apps for residents to report problems (Birmingham Post) Neighbourhood problems in Birmingham such as fly-tipping or graffiti could soon be reported at the push of a phone button. Birmingham City Council has started work on a series of apps for smartphones and tablets to allow residents to report nuisances from their locations.

City shines for Diwali (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham was transformed into a sea of colour during the Diwali new year celebrations.

Britain's doziest driver clocks up 55 parking tickets in just one YEAR (swns.com) Britain's doziest driver clocked up a staggering 55 parking tickets - in just one year. The defiant motorist has had his VW Golf slapped with a total of £3,850 in fines from Birmingham City Council - the equivalent of paying to park in a city centre car park for two years.

Paradise Street hotel plans set for green light (Insider Media) Plans to transform a seven-storey building in Birmingham city centre into a 137-bedroom hotel complex have been recommended for approval by council planners.

Regional Headlines

Premier Foods to cut 900 UK jobs
Premier Foods, the maker of Hovis, is cutting 900 jobs at its bread division and is closing two bakeries, one of which is in Birmingham, next year.

Driver shortage affects 43 trains
Forty-three London Midland services are cancelled or disrupted because of a shortage of drivers.

National Headlines

Energy tariff plan to be outlined
Ministers will detail later how they intend to force energy firms to offer customers the lowest suitable tariff, which will include a cut in the number available.

Mentor plan for freed prisoners
Every prisoner in England and Wales should be given a mentor to help them keep away from crime on their release, the Justice Secretary is to say.

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