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.
FOUR men, two of them from Stratford-upon-Avon, have appeared in court over a burglary in Clifford Chambers in which five shotguns were stolen.
As well as the guns, there was also ammunition, jewellery and electrical items taken in the burglary, which was reported to police on Tuesday 8th April.
One of the shotguns has been recovered but there are still four missing.
Last week, four men appeared before magistrates charged with burglary and other offences.
Raymond Kerridge, aged 48 and unemployed, of Masons Road, Stratford, was charged with burglary, fraud and firearms offences.
Connor Kearney, aged 21 and unemployed, of Holly Walk, Stratford, was charged with possession of a firearm and assault.
Lee Forbes, aged 30 of no fixed address, was charged with burglary, fraud, robbery and firearms offences, while Ashley Simmons, aged 21 and also of no fixed address, was charged with burglary and fraud.
All four men have been remanded in custody until court dates in late June.
Two other men, a 36-year-old and a 23-year-old were also arrested but both were released on police bail pending further enquiries.
DC Collette O'Keefe, who is leading the investigation, would like to hear from anyone who has information about the burglary or the location of the stolen property particularly the four missing shotguns.
Contact her directly on 01926 684284 or by calling Warwickshire Police on 101.