Plans to deliver a Birmingham library fit for the 21st century have hit a new crisis after the city council warned that even a slimmed-down #147 million project carried huge financial risks.

Senior local authority officers and councillors admitted for the first time that it might not be possible to deliver controversial proposals for a split-site library at Centenary Square and Millennium Point.

One alternative under consideration is to revert to a fall-back position by improving and refurbish the existing Central Library at Paradise Forum, which is facing a #25 million repair bill.


Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of the Midlands rugby scene and one of Birmingham's best known business faces who died suddenly aged 39.

Harry Jeavons-Fellows, a corporate finacier at Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity in the city, had recently undergone surgery for an Achilles tendon operation and was on his way to hospital for a check-up on Tuesday when he fell ill and died.


Birmingham business leaders have called for special taxes to be levied on oil companies if they are found to be making windfall profits from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The move follows new threats of refinery blockades by the same fuel protesters who brought the country to a standstill five years ago.

Fuel Lobby spokesman Andrew Spence said there "won't be a refinery in the country left open" if the Government does not cut fuel taxes before 6am next Wednesday.

The country's largest inland oil terminal at Kingsbury, Warwickshire was a main focus of the blockades in 2000 - a week-long protest which caused panic and fuel shortages at petrol stations and is estimated to have cost UK business over #1 billion.

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A pioneering study at a Birmingham hospital aims to discover why some women spend hours in labour while others give birth easily. Health Reporter Emma Brady found out how this could help cut the soaring rate of Caesarean deliveries...


A young couple from Shropshire are spending seven weeks in a queue to buy their first home.

Jodie Butler, who is seven months pregnant, and her partner Tony Rhodes, have been queuing day and night at Annington Court near Telford since August 5.

They are determined to keep their place in the queue, to ensure that when 43 homes go on sale on September 16 they will get the one they have set their hearts on.

See Thursday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories