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.
THE ROYAL Humane Society has given special commendations to six people for their heroic actions in the Barford river tragedy.
Julian Mynott, 42, and his three-year-old son Freddie were killed on the River Avon in May 2012 after their boat fell over a weir.
Thanks to the lifesaving effort of neighbours, Julian’s two other children, Archie Mynott, seven, and Florence Mynott, six, were pulled from the swirling waters and later recovered.
Matthew MacFadyen, Mark Benton, Michael Dennis, Kirsty Healey, Melissa Price and Karen Dennis all received public commendations for their part in the rescue at a police awards ceremony last week.
Three men who pulled a mother from a burning car moments before it went up in flames on the Warwick Road in Preston Bagot last November were also commended.
Max Tubbs, who featured in the Herald at the time, was given a joint service commendation from the emergency services along with Chris Brackstone and Richard Evans.
The police awards ceremony, which took place in Kenilworth last week, was hosted by Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker.
The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Tim Cox.
PC Pete Hayes and PC Marcus Franklin, who helped recover more than £7 million worth of stolen goods from Wellesbourne Market in two separate raids in September and December were also commended on the night.
Two Special Constables from South Warwickshire – Rachel Oaten (Stratford), and Matthew Brown (Alcester) – were given long-service awards for completing at least nine years of voluntary work with the police.
There are 279 voluntary officers in the Warwickshire Special Constabulary, and the force wants to increase this to 410 by April 2016.