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.
A SUSPECTED shoplifter was chased by store security staff through Stratford-upon-Avon town centre this afternoon (Wednesday).
After allegedly filling a black Reebok sports bag with perfume and cologne, the man ran out of Debenhams around 2.30pm and jumped into the back of a getaway car by the multi-storey NCP car park in Town Square.
Three security guards ran after him, and when the black Nissan Note got stuck at the Rother Street traffic lights by the Old Thatch Tavern pub, they managed to stop the car.
“We just told him he was on camera,” one of the security staff told the Herald afterwards.
But the shoplifter then jumped out of the car and ran down Rother Street before turning right into the civic hall car park that connects the street with Grove Road.
The man driving the Nissan was left in the car, and although he pulled into a layby, he refused to get out, brandishing crutches and saying he was disabled.
A female member of Debenhams’ security team stayed with the car and the bag of fragrance while two male security guards chased after the suspected shoplifter.
Later, security personnel apprehended a man apparently hiding in a garden in Grove Road and handed him over to the police, who also questioned the driver of the Nissan.
UPDATE: Police confirmed a 34-year-old man was arrested near Rother Street this afternoon and is currently being questioned on suspicion of shoplifting.