Media Watch – Oct 12

By on 12/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Creating a pedestrian paradise (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The redevelopment of Paradise Circus will return the city centre to pedestrians, ending the dominance of the motor car, city planners have claimed.

Schools change goes to inquiry (Birmingham Mail) An inquiry is set to decide on the future of Birmingham City Council’s education department in the face of the rise of academies by the end of the year.

Anger over private Olympic party at city council house (Birmingham Mail) An Olympic champion has slammed a reception honouring the city’s Olympians and Paralympians in Birmingham tonight for not being open to the public. Ken Matthews went to a similar invite-only civic reception in 1964.

Big screen on hotel bridge (Birmingham Mail) A billboard firm has been given the go ahead to put two giant advertising screens on the side of a bridge over Birmingham’s Golden Mile despite fears it could distract drivers.

Carillion wins pioneering £600m Green Deal contract (Construction News, West Midlands Housing News) Carillion Energy Services has been named preferred bidder for the £600 million Birmingham Energy Savers contract.

Strengthening the flood defences in Birmingham (WET News) Birmingham City Council and flood protection product manufacturer Gravitas International have worked together to help strengthen the city’s flood defences.

Regional Headlines

Acid douse death ‘preventable'(BBC, ITV Central, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Metro, Birmingham Mail)
A serious case review into the death of a girl, who was stabbed and doused in acid, finds her death could have been prevented.

Driver dies in lorry collision
A 41-year-old car driver from Worcestershire dies in a collision with the back of a lorry in Birmingham.

National Headlines

‘Unwelcome’ rise in energy prices
British Gas gives its customers the “unwelcome news” that gas and electricity prices will rise by 6% next month, adding £80 to an average customer’s bill.

Marines held in Afghan murder inquiry
Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the Ministry of Defence says.

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