Media Watch – October 17

By on 17/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Blessing for new village square oasis (Birmingham Mail) Kings Heath shoppers and residents have welcomed a new £660,000 village square offering an oasis away from a busy suburban high street.

New threat to city school bus passes (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham school children and their parents face a second battle to keep their free bus passes under revised plans to halve the city’s £12 million home to school transport budget.

Explosion concerns halt waste scheme (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a waste recycling plant in Birmingham have been thrown out after safety experts warned lives could be put at risk.#

Club award is just the best bar none (Birmingham Mail) Bosses at a Birmingham nightclub are cracking open the champagne after scooping a top city prize for licensed premises.

Creche cash from council (Birmingham Mail) Parents taking courses with a Birmingham college could be studying in the knowledge their children are in safe hands thanks to a city council handout.

Brighten up Christmas (Birmingham Mail) The grand rooms and corridors of Aston Hall  will be lit by hundreds of candles this December.

Brum remembers Nelson’s victory (Birmingham Mail) Landlocked Brummies lined the city streets to pay tribute to the victorious Royal Navy hero Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson alongside his great-great-great-granddaughter.

Outrage at ‘how to kill’ classes (Birmingham Mail) Police and council bosses have condemned a US combat expert who wants to train Brummies to kill in response to the riots of two months ago.

Labour ‘would not shut museum’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s opposition Labour leader said he would not evict the Aston Manor Transport Museum if he was running the city council.

Birmingham transport museum ‘could reappear’ after closure (BBC) A transport museum in Birmingham could reappear elsewhere after its closure, its financial director said.

Tickets firm boss probed (Birmingham Mail) A hospitality boss who has wound up one of his companies is being investigated by Birmingham trading standards officers following complaints against two other firms he runs.

Council vows to beat winter heating chaos (Birmingham Mail) Engineers are in a race against time to frost-proof thousands of Birmingham central heating boilers before the winter sets in.

‘Danger’ goods seized in raid (Birmingham Mail) A second Birmingham shop has been raided in a consumer watchdog crackdown on the sale of potentially life threatening furniture.

Hire drivers in sticker blow (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s licensing chief has told private hire drivers that their cars are ‘always private hire vehicles’ and that permanent stickers are here to stay.

New road open for business (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s newest road, designed to cut traffic congestion in the south of the city, has been officially opened by a transport minister.

Regional Headlines

Brain surgery needed after attack
A 25-year-old man undergoes brain surgery after an unprovoked attack in Wolverhampton.

Birmingham riots: Public debate discusses impact
A public debate has been held in Birmingham to discuss the impact of the August riots in the city.

National Headlines

PM pledge to ‘bring down bills’
The prime minister says the government needs to work “harder and faster” to bring down energy bills ahead of a summit on gas and electricity prices.

UK driver killed in IndyCar crash
British driver Dan Wheldon has died following a crash involving 15 cars at the Las Vegas Indy 300.

MPs to debate Hillsborough files
Calls for the release of documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster in which 96 Liverpool football fans died are to be debated by MPs later.

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