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.
PLANS for a Freedom Parade are taking shape after county councillors unanimously agreed to grant the freedom of Warwickshire to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
In an extraordinary meeting of Warwickshire County Council last week, councillors voted to award the freedom of the county to the regiment and to celebrate this honour through a Freedom Parade to be held in Warwick on 6th June.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of the council, said: “Granting the Freedom of Entry is the county council’s message of loyal support to the regiment. We are very proud of the work they do in challenging circumstances.”
The councillors were in agreement that granting the freedom of Warwickshire was a clear message of support from the whole county.
Cllr Richard Chattaway, deputy leader of the Labour group, said: “Not only as a former member of the armed forces but also as a county councillor, I am delighted that the regiment has had this honour bestowed upon them.”
Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “I echo the sentiments of my colleagues in the county council. We are extremely grateful to the fusiliers and this is our way of saying thank you.”
Warwickshire will be the second county area to grant them freedom of a county, following Northumberland.