Media Watch – Nov 4

By on 04/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£42m primary school boost (Birmingham Mail) A £42 million plan to expand 15 Birmingham primary schools is set to get formal approval.

New Brum bonfire bash ‘biggest ever’ (Birmingham Mail) More than 25,000 people are expected at Brum’s giant free bonfire amd firework display at Pype Hayes Park in Erdington tomorrow – making it the biggest ever.

Teen filmers win reprieve (Birmingham Mail) A popular teenage video news service has won an 11th hour reprieve from closure – after finding support from councillors and community groups.

Village Tesco plan outrage (Birmingham Mail) City planners are due to decide whether a controversial application for a new medical centre, Tesco store and appartments in Moseley is to go ahead today.

LEPs ‘too weak’ to help the economy (Birmingham Post) Plans for four local enterprise partnerships in the West Midlands are starting to take shape – but the new bodies are coming in for criticism with even business ministers questioning their impact.

Sir Albert puts Tory coalition on notice (Birmingham Post) Labour expects to regain control of Birmingham City Council in under two years and has laid down its first policy objective upon taking power.

Council plea for price cuts bears fruit (Birmingham Post) A request by Birmingham City Council pleading with its suppliers of goods and services to cut their prices has been described as a huge success.

Fears over cost of future care for city’s elderly (Birmingham Post) The cost of caring for Birmingham’s fast-growing elderly population is set to soar by almost £290 million over the next decade.

City banks on recovery to grow population to 1.1m (Birmingham Post) A revival in city centre living is at the heart of Birmingham’s 20-year development strategy (Birmingham Core Strategy 2006-2026)

Save Sparkhill Baths hands out leaflets (Birmingham Mail) Members of Save Sparkhill Baths are gathering to mark the opening of a temporary gym. The gym has been set up on Court Road while Birmingham City Council decides the fate of the baths.

Abu Dhabi signs cooperation accord with Birmingham (tradearabia) The city of Birmingham in the UK and Abu Dhabi's municipal government have signed an agreement for co-operation in the development of local government in Abu Dhabi.

Regional Headlines

Driver critical after Birmingham city centre crash
A driver was critically hurt when she crashed into a road sign in Birmingham city centre.

Stourbridge Glasshouse awarded £1.8m lottery grant
A former Black Country crystal glass factory is to be renovated after it was given £1.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Smethwick shooting bar loses its licence
A Black Country bar which has been closed since two people were shot has lost its licence.

National Headlines

MPs voice ‘grave concern’ over spending cuts
There is a “serious risk” government budget savings will rely solely on cutting frontline services, MPs say.

News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB faces probe
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has ordered Ofcom to investigate News Corporation’s plan to take full control of broadcaster BSkyB.

Iran holds four ‘UK-linked men’ for killings – state TV
Iran says it has arrested four men allegedly paid by a man based in Britain to carry out assassinations, an official state TV station reports.

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