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.
STRATFORD’S Historic Spine—the route from Shakespeare’s birthplace to his grave and which is lined with many of the town’s most historic buildings—is the subject of a newly published comprehensive guide.
The book, The Frieze, is by Paul Burley, retired architect and practising artist, and Bob Bearman, formerly head of archives at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It provides a detailed account of every building along it.
Paul has contributed a series of drawings in the form of continuous ‘fold-out’ friezes so that the buildings along each side of the four streets can be appreciated as part of the street scene.
Underneath each building, Bob has provided notes of its historical and/or architectural interest.
Through his simple line drawings, Paul has sought ‘to capture the essence of this wonderful diversity in the town’s architectural heritage’, while Bob has welcomed “the opportunity to bring home the fact that the true value of the spine lies not just in its well-known showpiece but in the many other attractive buildings which provide the links between them.”
The Stratford Society, which for the last five or six years has been promoting measures to protect and enhance the spine, has supported publication costs in the hope that this study will be of interest and help to local schools, town planners, local historians and visitors to the town but above all to do justice to this remarkable collection of buildings of which Stratford should be proud.
Copies are available in local bookshops but can also be obtained by emailing the Stratford Society at email@example.com