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.
A BUZZARD launched a series of dive-bombing attacks on an unsuspecting woman jogger near Snitterfield this week.
Sara Casley was attacked by the giant bird when it swooped down on her head as she ran along the Snitterfield to Bearley road in a frightening encounter which she described as “absolutely horrible!”
On the final attack the bird scratched the top of Sara’s head before her jog turned into a sprint as she ran for cover.
“I think it must have been nesting nearby and was probably protecting its territory or chicks.
“It had five goes at me and clipped the top of my head on the last but I wasn’t badly hurt just a bit shaken up by the whole experience,” said Sara who is joint owner of the Snitterfield Arms public house.
She contacted the Herald to alert other joggers, cyclists and walkers in Snitterfield to make them aware the bird is airborne and at times a bit angry.
A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said this week: “Attacks on humans are very infrequent.
“It probably was the case that this buzzard was protecting its young because buzzards are very maternal by nature and will react to any sort of disturbance near their nests.”