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.
OLYMPIC gold medalist and world-renowned show jumper, Nick Skelton, has backed an award-winning scheme that helps horse owners in the area fight horse-related crime.
Warwickshire Horse Watch is a free police service that provides owners and riders with advice on crime prevention and alerts them on horse-related criminal incidents in the county.
The idea relies on horse owners passing information onto the police, creating a network of information, and the scheme already has over 750 members who receive e-mail alerts directly from officers.
Skelton, Alcester’s London 2012 champion, and his ten-year-old stallion Big Star are now urging others to join Horse Watch.
Nick said: “The scheme is a really good idea and I hope that by giving my support it will encourage horse owners and those that work with horses to join and help reduce equine related crime.
“People need to be more aware and take precautions to keep their tack and horses safe both at home and when out competing, Warwickshire Horse Watch gives guidance on how to do this and also lets people know about incidents in the area.”
Warwickshire Horse Watch recently received the NFU Mutual Insurance Best Country Crime Fighter Community Scheme Award for 2013, a nationwide competition to celebrate and reward fantastic examples of crime prevention in the countryside.
Deputy Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Neil Brunton said: “Warwickshire Horse Watch has my full support. It is important that the police and horse owners work together to tackle equine crime both through preventative action and communication.
“The Warwickshire Horse Watch Scheme enables us to do this through social media, their website and attending events and meetings. I would encourage anyone with a horse to join the scheme.”
People can join at www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk which is also full of crime prevention advice and has an incident log with equine alerts.