Media Watch – October 10

By on 10/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Taxi drivers’ strike threat (Birmingham Mail) Private hire taxi drivers in Birmingham are threatening to strike if council bosses fail to act on concerns they have over working conditions.

Pledge on social homes (Birmingham Mail) City planners have been reassured that the council remains committed to social housing despite cutting the number of cut-price homes on a new estate.

Leading the green agenda (Birmingham Mail) The identities of the West Midlands Green Leaders have been revealed in a bid to help the region move towards a low carbon economy by 2020.

Mission to revive the high street (Birmingham Mail) Today marks the second week of a month-long Birmingham City Council campaign aimed at boosting the city’s high streets.

Cherry tree axed (Birmingham Mail) Council workers sparked fury among Birmingham park lovers as they cut down a cherry tree to combat drug use.

Loan sharks use violence, kidnap and rape as tools of their trade (Sunday Mercury) Article looking at the work of Birmingham City Council’s Illegal Money Lending Team.

Councils cut back on snooping (Sunday Mercury) West Midlands councils have cut their use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Birmingham City Council used RIPA 112 times in 2010.

Landmarks in danger (The Times) Birmingham Central Library has been placed on the World Monuments Fund watch list.

Three-quarters of councils have cut planning numbers (Planning) Three-quarters of councils that responded to a request for data have reduced planning staff numbers over the past three years, research by the National Trust has found.

Stores targeted over fake vodka (Independent Retail News) Shops in the Birmingham area are being targeted by Customs and environmental health officers after a raid on a fake vodka manufacturing plant in the city.

Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust wins top award (Planning) The winner of this year’s award for the best use of housing in regeneration – and also the project selected for the Grand Prix for the category winner in this year’s Regeneration Awards.

Midland Heart fined £100,000 following Birmingham bath scalding tragedy (West Midlands Housing News) Midland Heart has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £35,000 costs after a man died from complications following burns received from a scalding hot bath. Birmingham City Council started proceedings against the housing association.

Coffee plant seals city link (Horticulture Week) Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Mike Whitby was the guest of honour as Birmingham Botanical Gardens was presented with a new Blue Mountain coffee plant for its tropical house.

Birmingham housing development tops out (Construction Now Daily) The Chestnuts development in Sheldon is turning over a new leaf, celebrating the topping out of the first new home at the £8.7 million project.

Club wins compromise (Birmingham Mail) A Great Barr club was refused permission to open until 2am following a meeting of city licensing chiefs.

Cricket nets turned down (Birmingham Mail) Plans to turn a vacant industrial unit into cricket nets for inner-city youngsters have been thrown out by Birmingham City Council.

Store unveils big shops plan (Birmingham Mail) Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has unveiled the long awaited plans for its new Selly Oak development.

Regional Headlines

Two in court after ‘burglar’ shot
Two men are due in court later accused of drugs and firearms offences after a suspected burglar was shot in Worcestershire.

Cancer fundraising boy, 11, dies
Tributes are paid to an 11-year-old Birmingham boy who has died after raising thousands for cancer research.

National Headlines

Cameron to receive report on Fox
The PM will see an interim report later into the working relationship between Liam Fox and the defence secretary’s friend Adam Werritty.

Focus on forced marriage offence
The government is to consult on making it a criminal offence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to force a person to marry against their will.

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