Media Watch – Nov 28

By on 28/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Leader of Birmingham City Council adamant local government will survive (Information Daily) Labour Party councillor, Albert Bore, has said the budget scenario is “a very very dire one” but he is “quite optimistic” that by working in partnership, Birmingham City Council will not leave its people stranded.

Cities in spat over Christmas markets (Independent) Their city councils may need to make combined cuts of hundreds of millions of pounds, but the battle cries coming from Birmingham and Manchester yesterday suggest their Christmas markets are safe. NB: In this ‘war of words’ Birmingham City Council actually said: We hope Manchester enjoys as much success as we continue to have.”

£7m plan to restore Highbury Hall in Moseley unveiled (Birmingham Post) Ambitious plans to save the historic Birmingham home of the Chamberlain family have been unveiled. Birmingham City Council wants to completely restore the Grade-II listed manor house and gardens and lay on more facilities and events for the public and community groups.

Birmingham considering 'more balanced' HMO licensing fee structure (RLA News Service) Birmingham City Council is considering the introduction of a 'more balanced' HMO licensing fee structure; following complaints by the RLA, local landlords and other landlords organisations.

PPL: WPD Initiative Secures Birmingham’s Low Carbon Future ( The WPD initiative will use ground-breaking new solutions to accommodate more low carbon generation across the city, reducing power cuts and helping Birmingham City Council achieve its climate change emission targets.

Regional Headlines

Runway extension gets under way
Work is due to start later to extend the runway at Birmingham Airport in a bid to compete for long haul flights.

Chemical link to distillery fire
A massive fire at a distillery in the Black County was probably caused by a combination of chemicals being mixed, fire investigators say.

National Headlines

Don’t curb freedom, Leveson urged
More than 80 MPs and peers are urging Lord Justice Leveson not to recommend statutory regulation of the press in his report on media standards.

Alcohol minimum price details due
Ministers are due to unveil plans for a minimum price for alcohol in England and Wales as part of a drive to tackle problem drinking.

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