Media Watch – September 14

By on 14/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£24m school under way (Birmingham Mail) Work is under way on the site of the new North Birmingham Academy.

Cities ‘need say in green policies’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham and other leading cities need more credit for cutting carbon emissions, Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley has told a European convention.

Birmingham charity ban hits British Legion poppy collectors (BBC) The Royal British Legion has been forbidden from making street collections in Birmingham city centre in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday. Birmingham City Council statement:  “Between 29th October and 13th November, The Royal British Legion has permission to make charitable collections across the whole, or the major part of Birmingham every day. This includes the city centre on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”

Brains of Brum battle in quiz (Birmingham Mail) Brainy Brummies can compete against up to 100 teams taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Mega Quiz.

Demand exists (24Housing) The market place for older people looking for a housing solution – one supported by a range of care and support mechanisms is large and growing fast. Birmingham City Council has embarked on a £200 million programme to build five extra care villages with the Extra Care Charitable Trust.

Anglesey to piggyback on Birmingham FiT (Surveyor) Frameworks created by Britain’s biggest council (Birmingham City Council) could help some of the country’s smallest local authorities with the cost and complexity in installing solar panels.

Way to go (Surveyor) Birmingham City Council and public services provider Amey are delivering transport cost savings through careful asset management.

New appointments and new beginnings (Housing) Thomas Vale Construction has become the only incumbent contractor to be retained on a new multi-million pound Constructing West Midlands Framework being led by Birmingham City Council.

Tragic Laura’s burial blow (Birmingham Mail) The grieving father of Solihull teenager Laura Greenway has been unable to bury her at Brandwood End Cemetery because the cemetery has been full since 2004. A Birmingham City Council spokesman explained: “While we understand the family’s anxiety and have every sympathy at this difficult time, Brandwood End cemetery has been full since 2004.”

Regional Headlines

Romanian man arrested over murder
Police investigating the murder of a man in Birmingham say a man has been arrested in Romania in connection with the case.

Boundary plan ‘pointless’ says MP
Birmingham Hodge Hill Labour MP Liam Byrne calls the boundary change proposals a “pointless reorganisation”.

Firmly on the conference map (Government Business) Birmingham is a vibrant and successful global events destination which boasts an exceptional range of internationally renowned venues and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

National Headlines

Unions planning ‘UK-wide strikes’
Unions are planning sustained industrial action over public sector pension changes involving several one-day national strikes, a senior union leader says.

UK families face ‘brand bullying’
Childhood in the UK is being damaged by too much emphasis on spending and too little family time, says an international report.

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