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.
A SERIOUS knee injury to goalkeeper Andy Kemp overshadowed Stratford Town’s 5-1 defeat at Calor League Division One South & West leaders Merthyr Town on Saturday.
The former Bedworth United stopper sustained the injury after just five minutes when he landed awkwardly after punching away a cross in his six-yard box. With no substitute keeper on the bench, Town defender Guy Clark had to don the gloves for the remainder of the game.
And the Martyrs showed no mercy as they stormed into a 3-0 lead with a hat-trick from Ian Traylor before Stratford leading scorer Richard Gregory pulled one back for his side in first-half stoppage-time.
Despite being hampered by the loss of Kemp, Town put in a spirited second-half performance and denied the home side until the last 15 minutes when substitute Ryan Prosser and Traylor, with his fourth goal, sealed the points.
Stratford felt that they should have had a penalty when Jamie Sheldon was bundled over by Merthyr keeper Lee Idzi but the referee ruled otherwise.
Town manager Carl Adams said: “The early injury to Andy Kemp was a major blow which totally changed the game and affected us badly.
“Having said that, in the first-half we stood too far off them and gave them far too much time on the ball. But in the second-half we competed much better, and even though the odds were stacked against us at least the lads kept going right to the end.
“Had the penalty decision gone for us when Jamie Sheldon was floored we might have got the score back to 3-2, but in the end Merthyr took their chances and overall fully deserved to win.”