Media Watch – October 25

By on 25/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council boss swears at rival in email (Birmingham Mail) A senior Birmingham city councillor (Cllr Matt Bennett) has apologised after abusing a rival in an email sent to every elected member of the authority.

Outcry over navy charge (Birmingham Mail) A former tank driver and Lord Mayor has criticised the city council over plans to charge the armed forces to carry out recruitment campaigns in Birmingham city centre.

Just two hours to get moving (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council and police can remove travellers from illegal sites at two hours notice under a new policy.

Brum gets new Ikon Gallery (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s leading modern art gallery is set to launch a second venue at the heart of a new city centre creative village.

Design firm hits nail on the head (Birmingham Mail) A Solihull based graphic design firm has landed its first contract to produce work for Birmingham City Council.

Park gets a £42k boost (Birmingham Mail) Young visitors to a Birmingham country park (Woodgate Valley) will soon be able to swing and climb on new play equipment.

20,000 coaches create £20m of revenue for Birmingham (Coach and Bus Week) Coaches are bringing in £20m to Birmingham, according to CPT West Midlands, which has been surveying local towns and cities within the region to see if there is any planning taking place to capture the coach market and boost the local and regional economy. Birmingham City Council has invested in providing coach parking and ‘drop off’ points.

Compensation bill for local authorities (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) Councils have paid staff £75 million in compensation for work related accidents over the last five years. Birmingham City Council made 274 payments worth £4.9 million.

Regional Headlines

Killer driver jailed over crash
A 33-year-old man from Handsworth, Birmingham, is given an indeterminate jail sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

Premier League star in M1 crash
Aston Villa and Scotland footballer Barry Bannan is arrested and bailed on suspicion of drink driving after a crash on the M1 in Nottinghamshire.

National Headlines

Oil giant BP at ‘turning point’
Oil giant BP reports a big rise in third-quarter profits and says it has reached a “turning point” for its operations and production.

Cameron defeats rebels on EU vote
The prime minister comfortably defeats an attempt to bring about a referendum on Europe, despite a sizeable rebellion by Conservative MPs.

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