Media Watch – Oct 1

By on 01/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City residents shine light with oil recycling scheme (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents have been praised for creating enough renewable electricity to make more than 2.5 million cups of tea, all by recycling their used cooking oil. Cllr James McKay quoted.

Year’s trial for ‘nuisance’ hostel (Birmingham Mail) A hotel for destitute Somali immigrants has been given a year to prove it will not cause nuisance to neighbours.

Clamping banned on private land (BBC WM) Hannah Davies (Trading Standards) interviewed about a change in the law that means wheel-clampers are now outlawed from clamping vehicles on private land in England and Wales.

Residents hail Pype Hayes transformation (West Midlands Housing News) A major project to transform one of Birmingham’s largest housing estates has been given a huge thumbs-up by residents.

He looks like a lawyer, but this man is a notorious loan shark called Jaws (The People, Mirror) Article looking at the work of the Birmingham City Council-based Illegal Money Lending Team.

Plague to fall on a city hall (Birmingham Mail) Blakesley Hall will be infested by the plague as part of a staged event entitled plague and pestilence on Sunday 23 October.

1 in 3 kids fail to get first choice school (Birmingham Mail) Almost one in three Birmingham children have missed out of their first choice of secondary school this year, new figures have shown.

Residents find club no laughing matter (Birmingham Mail) A disused bed showroom will be converted into a new comedy club and disco despite fears over late night noise and nuisance. City planners ruled the former shop next to NatWest Bank in Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch Shopping Centre could be converted into a nightclub.

Trouble at mill (Sunday Mercury) Story covering refurbishment work at Sarehole Mill.

Regional Headlines

Church gets £1m for restoration
A Birmingham grade II-listed church is to be restored and turned into a community centre with £1m of funding.

Walsall EDL march sees 28 arrests
Police make 28 arrests following demonstrations by the English Defence League in Walsall town centre, West Midlands Police say.

National Headlines

Radical reform of pensions begins
Automatic enrolment into a workplace pension comes into effect – heralded as a radical change – but the impact on savings remains unclear, economists say.

Balls calls for stamp duty break
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to call for a two-year stamp duty holiday to help kick-start growth – paid for by the sale of 4G mobile frequencies.

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