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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.
GOTHS, punks and emos are going to be better protected from hate crimes by Warwickshire Police, the force claimed this week.
On Tuesday, the police launched a new strategy which classifies attacks on people who listen to different music and wear dark make-up as a hate crime.
In the past, hate crime victims have been classified as members of a religious group, people with disabilities, those from ethnic backgrounds, or those who are gay, lesbian, or transgender.
But now, people who are targeted because they are part of a sub-culture group like goths or emos are also included.
Superintendent Graeme Pallister, Crime Manager for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police said: “Hate crime is where people are unjustly treated because of what they are, not who they are.
“We live in a multi-cultural and diverse society and it is important that members of our community know that whatever group or culture they belong to, they have the same rights as everyone else to live their life as they choose and to live it whatever their religion, lifestyle, sexuality, gender, appearance, views or ability.
“No-one should suffer the indignity and the trauma of being a victim of crime through ignorant hatred of what they are.”
In recent years goths and other members of sub-cultures have been attacked because of the way they choose to dress, the make-up they choose to wear, or the music they choose to listen to.
The case of 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster, who died after being brutally attacked in Greater Manchester in 2007 for being a goth, has brought the issue in to the limelight.
When her killers were sentenced, the judge recognised her death as a hate crime.
Hate crime has many forms. It can be verbal abuse, insults or harassment, it can be offensive material such as posters and leaflets, or gestures and physical acts such as dumping rubbish outside a building or through the letterbox. It can also manifest as emotional or physical bullying at school or in the workplace.
Sup Int Pallister said: “It is equally important that people should know that if they are a victim of hate crime because of the group they are in or the views they have, they know that the police will listen and will treat them fairly and the issues they have experienced will be investigated.”
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