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Coun Robert Alden

Future taxpayers face £1.1bn burden from Birmingham's debt, Tories claim

But after 20 years taxpayers will be spending more on debt, according to Opposition Conservative leader Coun Robert Alden

Cannock Chase

Peter Shirley: Ministers' parks and open spaces tax proposal

Ministers have suggested that people living near parks, and whose houses increase in value because of this, should pay extra tax to contribute to the upkeep of the parks.

Geoff Childs, managing director of Extraenergy which is now looking to hire 1,000 staff for a new base in Birmingham

Extraenergy to create 1,000 city jobs to take on 'big six'

Company which has signed up two million German customers since 2010 now eyeing UK market and a new large base in Birmingham

An artist's impression of the type of building now being planned at the V Building site

New plans drawn up for V Building site at Arena Central

Less extravagant proposals are being mooted for the site once expected to house 51-storey mega tower

Paul Fielding, Mike Mounfield, both CBD; Rafael Cuesta, Centro; Sir Albert Bore, Rob Valentine, CBD; Alan Bain, JMP.

Birmingham's business community gathered for launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan

Birmingham's business community gathered at Two Snowhill for the launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan (SHIP), organised by Colmore Business District (CBD).

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

CGI of 'Hutong' viewed from Masshouse Lane which has received the green light from city planners

Nikal gets green light for next phase of Masshouse scheme

Developer to build 15 apartments and a retail unit on land next to Masshouse and Hive towers

Broad Street in Birmingham

Birmingham's most polluted streets unveiled

Prominent city centre streets and Spaghetti Junction named as hotspots where air is polluted with nitrogen dioxide

Bernadette McNally OBE, who will be the new executive director of children's services at Birmingham City Council from November

New children's services chief at Birmingham City Council

Bernadette McNally OBE to join troubled local authority department to spearhead 'substantial change programme'

The former Harrison Drape building in Bradford Street, Digbeth, which is to become an apartment complex

Harrison Drape redevelopment poised for go ahead

Seven Capital's vision for disused warehouse due to be approved by city planners

Alpha Tower as seen from the Library of Birmingham

Alpha Tower handed listed status

Icon of post-war city development has been given a Grade II listing by English Heritage

Artist's impression of the 51-bedroom Serena Hotel in Digbeth which would use the existing listed Ladbrooke House

Ladbrooke House renovation set for green light

Planners recommended to approve redevelopment of run-down 1930s warehouse to create hotel and banqueting hall

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert on the hunt for £50k chief of staff

New post advertised internally by Birmingham City Council to provide in-depth support to leader's office

Laurie Evans

Colin Povey insists Warwickshire are ready for T20 Finals Day

The Bears have reached T20 Finals Day for the first time since 2003 and will face Surrey in the first semi-final inside a packed Edgbaston on August 23.

Studio portraits taken by Heinrich Hoffman of Hitler rehearsing his hand gestures for public speeches

Neil Elkes: UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge used Hitler as an example of a great orator

There are plenty of examples of great political speakers to draw on without needing to pull the abhorrent Nazi leader from the proverbial hat.

Birmingham City TV

Jon Griffin: Birmingham's local TV station dream is over

Six years or more after the vision of a local TV station in Birmingham was first publicly discussed, the dream is over, at least for BLTV/City TV.

Debra Davis

City TV Birmingham investors set for shortfall after £195,000 debt

The company, the trading name of City TV, collapsed last week nearly two years after being granted the licence by Ofcom

City of Birmingham

Record visitor numbers come to Birmingham

New research suggests spending also on the rise as visitor economy supports more than 2,000 new jobs in 2013

Debra Davis

'Great regret' for City TV chief over station's failure

Debra Davies says company must look ahead as administrators battle to find solution to local TV licence farce

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