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.
MEMBERSHIP of Stratford District Council is to be cut from 53 to 36 by early summer next year under proposals being put forward by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The proposals, which have to be ratified by Parliament, will mean 17 fewer district councillors—a third of the current membership—will be voted in at the local government elections of May 2015.
Under the new arrangements each ward will be represented by a single member.
And with such a dramatic reduction in numbers there’s already speculation about how the ruling Conservatives will share out what’s left among themselves.
For example, the ward of Bidford and Salford is currently represented by three Tories—Cllrs Maurice Howse, Jonathan Spence and Daren Pemberton.
Under the new proposals the ward will be split into Bidford East and Bidford West and Salford—reducing the number of councillors from three to two.
Both Cllr Howse and Cllr Spence are members of the council’s ruling cabinet, but Cllr Pemberton is a former Liberal Democrat who defected to the Conservatives.
Which one of these three sitting councillors is most likely to be dropped when the race for seats begins?
The redrawing of the wards is not just a Tory problem, however.
In the rural areas the wards have become bigger and the market town wards have been expanded to take in more of the countryside.
The Lib Dems are traditionally stronger in the towns and weaker in the rural areas, which means that the new wards could present them with extra challenges.
In this new electoral landscape the town of Stratford will have nine wards and nine councillors, instead of the present four wards represented by 11 councillors.
In the wider district some wards that are now separate will be joined together and others will be split into two.
For instance, the wards of Brailes and Long Compton will become one ward, Brailes and Compton, and Wellesbourne will be divided into Wellesbourne West and Wellesbourne East.
Alcester will become Alcester Town and Alcester and Rural and Shipston will be Shipston North and Shipston South.
One interesting aspect of the proposals is that Tredington—the ward represented by the leader of the council, Cllr Chris Saint (Cons) – will disappear and be divided among other wards in the deep south of the district.
In Stratford the new wards will be: Avenue, Bishopton, Bridge-town, Clopton, Guildhall, Hathaway, Shottery, Tiddington and Welcombe.
Throughout the rest of the district they will be: Alcester Town, Alcester and Rural, Bidford East, Bidford West and Salford, Bishop’s Itchington, Brailes and Compton, Ettington, Henley, Kineton, Kinwarton, Long Itchington and Stockton, Napton and Fenny Compton, Quinton, Red Horse, Shipston North, Shipston South, Snitterfield, Southam North, Southam South, Studley with Mappleborough Green, Studley with Sambourne, Tanworth, Welford, Wellesbourne East, Wellesbourne West and Wootton Wawen.