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.
FREESCORING Stratford Town made it 12 goals in two games with a 5-3 Calor Southern League victory over Taunton Town at the DCS Stadium on Saturday.
The win follows last Tuesday night’s 7-1 success over Thatcham Town and means that Carl Adams’ side have netted an incredible 89 goals so far with seven games still left in the season.
Only Division One South & West leaders Merthyr Town have scored more with 99. Stratford travel to Merthyr next Saturday.
Tyrone Fagan gave Town a 1-0 half-time lead on 25 minutes when he headed home a cross from Jamie Sheldon from the right.
The Peacocks equalised early in the second-half through Ross McNab, but Stratford regained the lead on 55 minutes when Trey Brathwaite’s shot was defected into his own net by Taunton defender Ben Carter.
A Sheldon special seven minutes later made it 3-1 before the division’s leading scorer Richard Gregory announced his arrival off the bench with a stunning finish soon after.
Taunton’s own leading scorer Nat Pepperell pulled a goal back on 71 minutes but Gregory was on hand again when he finished off a move created by a great run by Chris Sterling down the left.
Taunton’s Steve Murray converted a stoppage-time penalty to complete the day’s scoring.
Stratford boss Carl Adams said: “The scoreline was particulary pleasing as Taunton are very good at nullifying teams. Not many sides put five past them.
“Some of the goals were real crackers and showed what we are really capable of. We are a handful going forward for any side in this league.
“We’re in a solid 10th place now which is a great achievement in our first season in the Southern League. We’ll go to Merthyr next Saturday and give it a real go – it’s the only way we know.”