Media Watch – November 7

By on 07/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bonfire night goes with a bang (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s traditional bonfire night celebration attracted thousands of people to see a dazzling firework display.

New council pool set to open in 2012 (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first new council swimming pool for more than 20 years (Harborne) is set to open its doors to the public in the New Year.

Collapse of plan for Jesus Army hub (Birmingham Mail) Plans to open a Jesus Army drop-in centre for prostitutes and drug addicts in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter are on the brink of collapsing.

All that glitters (Daily Mail) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in feature about the world’s best Christmas markets.

Slur on binmen causes a stink (Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Mercury) Birmingham binmen believe they have a ‘God-given’ right to finish work before noon and ‘put their feet up’, a city councillor (Cllr Graham Green) has claimed.

Agent caused Mecca misery for pilgrims (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) A travel agent from Birmingham has been found guilty of ripping off a Muslim family over a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in a conviction thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

JFK memorial’s new city home approved (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Birmingham’s famous John F Kennedy memorial is to go on show once more with a special exhibition to celebrate its re-emergence after an absence of almost five years.

£5 million goes down the pan (Sunday Mercury, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Star) An obese worker was awarded £1,750 compensation from Birmingham City Council – because a toilet seat buckled under his weight.

Adoption Week (Radio WM) Birmingham adoption services featured in look at issues surrounding adoption.

AA+ rating for Birmingham Council but S&P warns over tax revenue reliance (Social Housing) Birmingham City Council has been awarded an AA+ stable rating by Standard and Poor’s in advance of the local authority self-financing system launch next March.

MITIE secures contract with £350 million West Midlands construction framework (FM UK) MITIE has secured a four-year minor works and maintenance contract with the West MIdlands Construction Framework valued up to £350 million, with the possibility of a further two-plus-two years extension.

Planning masterclass (Planning) Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan in the frame for the 2011 Royal Town Planning Institute Awards.

Regional Headlines

Canal journey for Olympic torch
Olympic torchbearers are to travel on a canal boat and tram as the flame passes through the Black Country and Birmingham.

Council to sell off stray horses
Sandwell Council says horses that have been removed from land in Tipton will be sold off if their owners do not pay a £2,000 penalty charge.

‘Ambitious’ jobs target on course
The chair of a West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and boss of John Lewis says creating 100,000 jobs across the region by 2020 is achievable.

National Headlines

M5 firework venue to help police
Organisers of a firework display held close to the M5 crash scene say they will work closely with police investigators, as details of victims start to emerge.

Tuition fees: Universities seek last-minute changes
Thousands of students could discover the fees at the universities to which they have applied are to change, just weeks before the application deadline.

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