Media Watch – September 20

By on 20/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£760m plan to fit solar panels on 114,000 rooftops (Birmingham Mail, BBC, BBC WM) Birmingham City Council bosses have unveiled a £760 million plan to fit solar panels on 114,000 rooftops over the next 15 years.

Fake eggs fail to stop gull menace (Birmingham Mail) Measures to cut the rising seagull menace in Birmingham city centre by replacing their eggs with fakes are unlikely to succeed, councillors have been told.

14% fall in visitors as museums charge (Birmingham Mail) Visitor numbers at Birmingham’s community museums are on track to have fallen by 14 per cent this year following the introduction of admission charges.

Volunteers clean up cemetery litter (Birmingham Mail) A group of volunteers, working closely with Birmingham City Council, have spent the last six years doing their bit to spruce up a city cemetery.

Separate waste collection call (Birmingham Mail) Research from Friends of the Earth found three out of four people believe all councils should provide separate household food collections.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition featured on BBC R4’s Today Programme.

Brum council law team scoops work from firms (The Lawyer) Birmingham City Council’s legal team will generate its own income by pitching for external work.

Village model unveiled (Investment Now) Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr John Lines has unveiled an artists model of the city’s Hagley Road Retirement Village.

Youths get a helping hand (Birmingham Mail) St Basils homeless shelter is working with Birmingham City Council and Willmott Dixon to provide DIY training for young residents.

Regional Headlines

Woman jailed over body in bath
A woman is jailed for nine years for the manslaughter of a 49-year-old woman found dead in a bath in Birmingham.

Seven held in anti-terror raids
Six men and a woman are arrested in Birmingham in an anti-terrorism operation, West Midlands Police say.

National Headlines

Failed 999 project ‘wasted £469m’
A project to reorganise 999 fire control centres wasted nearly half a billion pounds and was a “complete failure” says an MPs committee.

Huhne pledges energy price action
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will say he is determined to “get tough” with the six biggest energy companies, in his speech to the Lib Dem conference.

Water complaints ‘fall by 4.5%’
Complaints from customers to water companies in England and Wales have fallen for the third year in a row, falling by 4.5%.

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