Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
FROSTBITE has forced one of the members of the British team trekking to the North Pole this week to be airlifted off the ice.
Henley-in-Arden businessman Steve Bennett is now trudging on towards the pole in a depleted team of three, after Dr Phil Heywood required emergency treatment.
They expect to finish the challenge either tomorrow or Friday.
The 48-year-old founder of the Genuine Gemstone Company is trying to reach the North Pole to raise £100,000 for charity, as reported on the front page of last week’s Herald.
The three-man team, which includes fellow staff member Jake Thompson and a marine commander, are the only British group attempting to reach the pole this year, but their challenge didn’t get off to the best start.
Delayed for a couple of days towards the end of last week, the ice at their base camp was too thin for their plane to land.
Updating the Herald from the arctic circle, Steve said: “This trip is totally unaided and once we land and set off, we are on our own.
“We'll have no way of charging batteries, nowhere to take shelter if it gets too cold, and we'll have no-one else to rely on than each other. It's a real adventure. And now we've lost a day, we only have nine days to walk, ski and sledge 60 miles to the pole.”
The team lost another day on Monday when retired doctor Phil had to be rescued half-way through the trek.
The frostbite scare has hit home how hard the challenge is. Steve said both him and Jake were tired but enthusiastic to continue.
The ice at base camp was initially too thin for Steve and Jake's plane to land.