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.
BOTH unisex and single-sex changing rooms will be available at Stratford Leisure Centre after this year’s £5 million revamp.
The council is sticking to its controversial plan to install a unisex changing ‘village’ at the leisure centre despite protests from users. It says the unisex village gives “greater flexibility” to families and the disabled, and allows staff of either sex to clean the area. Cubicles will also offer users “adequate privacy.”
However, recognising the objections, the group changing rooms will be single-sex changing for those that don’t want to use the unisex village.
Due to start in spring, the pool is expected to be shut for three months while work takes place.
The most eye-catching aspect of the refurbishment is a new £289,000 climbing wall in the foyer.
Four out of five people who were consulted were in favour of the scheme. In total 104 questionnaires were completed. The leisure centre gets around 1,600 visitors a day.