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.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses to yesterday's fatal lorry crash on the A429 between Wellesbourne and Ettington.
The crash took place around 3.30pm on Tuesday near Wellesbourne Wood.
It appears the driver, Lee Nicholas Bolah, aged 28, who came from Streatham, in London, lost control of his HGV on a downhill left-hand bend before the vehicle travelled across the road and ploughed into trees, snapping several of them and showering debris everywhere.
Firefighters were called to cut the man free from the wreckage and an air ambulance was flown to the scene.
“Crews arrived to find a lorry that had left the road and come to rest on its side in a copse of trees,” a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said.
“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
The road was closed between Ettington and Wellesbourne for several hours on Tuesday while the road was made safe.
Police would like to hear from anyone who was travelling on the A429 between Wellesbourne and Ettington, in either direction , between 3pm and 3.30pm on Tuesday who may have seen the blue Renault Artic lorry prior to the collision.
They are asked to contact Acting Police Sergeant Daniel Hicks in the Operational Police Unit at Rugby by contacting Warwickshire Police on 101, extenstion number 3775.