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.
STRATFORD Town face their biggest test of the season when they travel to Calor League Division One South & West leaders Merthyr Town on Saturday.
The Martyrs lead the table from second-placed Cirencester Town by five points and are the highest scorers in the division with 99 goals so far this campaign.
They edged the previous encounter with Stratford when a stoppage-time goal gave them a 1-0 victory at the DCS Stadium at the beginning of December.
Saturday’s game promises plenty of goals with Stratford having slammed in 89 of their own, leaving them the second-highest scorers in the division.
Town boss Carl Adams is looking forward to Saturday’s test. “There was nothing between us when we played them at our place and we were unlucky to lose to the last kick of the match,” he said.
“They are obviously a top side and there will probably be around four or five hundred there which should make for a great atmosphere. My biggest problem is who to leave out of the team now that nearly everybody is available. Mason Rowley is still out suspended but all the others are fit and raring to go.
“Everyone did well last Saturday including the lads who came on as substitutes. People say that it’s a nice problem to have but it’s still a difficult decision to have to make.”
Town have been named Calor League Division One South & West Team of the Month for February.
In a rain-hit month, which saw just three games played, they won all of them, scoring 13 goals and conceding five in the process.