Media Watch – Sept 14 (am)

By on 14/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

ArtsFest – full page spread (Birmingham Post) More than 270,000 people filled venues across Birmingham at the weekend for the UK’s biggest free arts festival – ArtsFest.

Overnight election count ‘to continue’ (Birmingham Post) The General Election votes of Birmingham citizens will continue to be counted late on Thursday nights, city bosses have confirmed.

Council sees red over savings plan (Birmingham Post) A £40million savings programme at Birmingham City Council is unlikely to be achieved unless ‘corrective action’ is taken, the local authority has admitted.

Inquiry into ‘flawed’ binmen payout (Birmingham Post) An £8,000-a-year pay rise handed to 500 Birmingham City Council binmen and street sweepers was ‘legally flawed’ and is likely to be challenged in court.

Budget crisis sparks cost cutting (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is facing its worst cash crisis in five years, with projected overspending running at more than £20million.

Anger as ‘garden grab’ is approved (Birmingham Post) Sutton Coldfield residents have failed in a bid to halt a garden-grabbing development which they claim will alter the character of their leafy suburb.

In safe, caring hands (Birmingham Post) The City Council’s childcare chief Colin Tucker assesses the progress since the Government called for improvement.

Just over the moon (Birmingham Mail) Regulars at a Birmingham pub are over the moon it was named the city’s best inn. The Man on the Moon was judged Birmingham’s best licensed establishment at the city council’s annual Best Bar None ceremony, held at the ICC.

Regional Headlines

Work starts on M6 hard shoulders 
Roadworks have begun on two long stretches of the M6 to prepare the motorway to take traffic on its hard shoulder at busy times.

Fifteen held in football clashes 
Fifteen people have been arrested as trouble flared during and after the Second City football derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Cadbury spurns ‘low growth’ Kraft 
UK confectioner Cadbury has said would-be suitor Kraft has a “low growth” business model, and that a tie-up between the firms is “unappealing”.

National Headlines

MG Rover report coverage continues

Anger E.coli farm not shut sooner 
Parents of children hit by an E.coli outbreak at a farm say they are angry the attraction was not closed earlier.

‘Foolhardy’ five in Channel scare 
Five adults who got lost while sailing with four children in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes have been branded “foolhardy” by rescuers.

Girl, eight, found hanged at home 
An eight-year-old girl has been found hanged in her bedroom at a house in Nottinghamshire, police said.

Shops ‘flout cigarette sales law’ 
A fifth of corner shops in England flout the law and sell cigarettes to teenagers and young children.

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