Media Watch – Oct 18

By on 18/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£21million NIA plan will be new 'experience' (Birmingham Post) Feature on the planned revamp of the National Indoor Arena, recently granted full planning permission by the city council.

Traders hit by road works get financial lifeline from council (Birmingham Post) Traders operating in the area surrounding St Philip's Cathedral have been given a business rate reduction by the Valuation Office Agency to mitigate against a loss in trade from the start of work on the Metro Extension in the city centre. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Green light for massive canal-side regeneration (Birmingham Post) Outline planning permission has been granted for the transformation of the Icknield Port Loop area, which will see 1,000 new homes built.

Vote for a tax rise? You just might… (Birmingham Post) A feature written by Chris Game of the University of Birmingham, in which he looks at the merits of a Council Tax increase in 2013/14 for citizens.

Gun and knife crime down half in decade (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of latest figures that show a drop in such crime for the Birmingham area.

Ministers put pressure on tardy LEPs to get cracking (Birmingham Post) Local Enterprise Partnerships need to “step up their pace” and demonstrate their value to employers, ministers have said.

Putting city culture centre stage in times of austerity (Birmingham Post) A preview for this week's Birmingham Arts and Culture summit in which leading personalities from the sector comment on what they hope the event will achieve.

Firms which refuse 'living wage' could lose contracts (Birmingham Post) Coverage of the launch of consultation into the council's Business Charter for Social Responsibility. Cllr Stewart Stacey quoted as saying the charter could help boost the local economy.

It's good for kids to learn how to stay in top shape (Birmingham Mail) Aston Villa star Charles N'Zogbia has backed a scheme to fight obesity amongst city children. Cllr Steve Bedser also quoted.

Fury as mast is granted go ahead (Birmingham Mail) Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has expressed disappointment at a government decision to approve appealed plans for a phone mast in Bournville, which were refused by the city council back in February.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police will have to contribute £500,000 from its funds towards the overall cost of protecting the recent Conservative Party Conference staged in Birmingham.

Walsall Council has announced a reduction in parking charges and a plan to make parking free on some streets as part of plan to breathe new life into the local economy.

National Headlines

The number of people being trafficked into the UK is rising, latest government estimates suggest.

Plans announced by the prime minister to force gas and electricity suppliers to offer customers their lowest tariffs have been criticised by Labour.

China’s economy has slowed for a seventh quarter as problems in Europe and the US hurt demand for its goods.

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