Media Watch – September 8

By on 08/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Advertising hoardings bid to boost council cash (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council aims to ease the pain of spending cuts by making more money from selling advertising space.

Action on carbon pollution could save city £900m in 15 years (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A £900 million saving is within the grasp of Birmingham within 15 years – if the city can meet environmental targets by cutting carbon pollution by 60 per cent.

Council tax plea to save firefighter jobs from cuts (Birmingham Post) Millions of pounds needs to be raised from council tax payers to help save the jobs of firefighters, the region’s fire authority chairman has said.

Angry Wall could be restored in revamp of vandalised park (Birmingham Post) The Angry Wall which marked a dispute between two of Birmingham’s most historic figures is among the features which could be restored under a revamp of Highbury Park.

Region’s heritage sites open doors to public for free (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) From historic places of worship to Birmingham’s world famous coffin works and buildings which inspired JRR Tolkien, heritage sites across the region will throw open their doors to the public this weekend.

Enjoy cultural extravaganza that is artsfest (Birmingham Post, BBC Online) Birmingham’s free artsfest returns to the city this weekend.

BMX track in demand (BBC WM) Both Australia and the USA have expressed an interest in using Birmingham’s brand new BMX track as a 2012 Olympic training base.

Teacher hid seven years of convictions (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham teacher hid a string of convictions from her employers including biting a police officer and drink driving.

Cycle route will link up town’s parks (Birmingham Mail) Cyclists and families are being asked for their views on plans to link two parks in Sutton Coldfield with a new cycle route.

Travellers move into Tesco site (Birmingham Post) Residents were in shock after a convoy of travelling caravans moved onto land owned by a supermarket.

Traders call for top level market talks (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Wholesale Market traders have called for a meeting with City Council leader Mike Whitby.

Facebook campaign launched to tackle illegal loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) A new internet campaign has been launched to encourage loan shark victims to get help to free themselves from their problems.

Green deal work boost (Heating and Ventilating News) Birmingham City Council is to include non-domestic public buildings in its green deal scheme, which is set to spend £1.2 billion on retrofitting buildings over eight years.

Development partners welcome new Birmingham student housing project (Construction Now, West Midlands Housing News) A host of organisations have officially opened a new £40m development of student accommodation at Bagot Street in Birmingham.

Asbestos exposure leads to fines (Construction Now) Birmingham City Council and a Solihull refurbishment company have been fined for exposing three men to asbestos during work on a school.

Regional Headlines

Riots change police riot tactics
New tactics are being developed by West Midlands Police to deal with public disorder in response to the large-scale looting in the Birmingham riots.

Samples destroyed after taxi case
Hundreds of DNA samples taken from people during the hunt for a taxi driver’s killer are to be destroyed.

National Headlines

Baha Mousa death inquiry report due
A report into the death of an Iraqi in British Army custody is to be published after a year-long inquiry.

Gay blood ban likely to be lifted
The ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK.

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