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.
STUDENTS at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School were treated to a talk by writer Lucy-Anne Holmes, the founder of the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign, on Monday.
The campaign is calling for The Sun to stop printing topless women on page 3 of their newspaper, a feature which started in 1970. The petition currently has around 187,000 signatures.
During her talk Ms Holmes said the photos condition readers to view women as sex objects and referenced research that claims 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
Year 12 pupil Georgia Holden said: “Lucy-Anne spoke to us about the importance of ensuring that women have the freedom to express themselves and feel confident about their body image without being dehumanised or objectified by a newspaper.
“She was a fantastic speaker, and her talk about the ongoing campaign is particularly important for us as young women in the 21st Century.”
Ms Holmes giving her talk to the pupils at Stratford Girls' Grammar School.