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 DECISION on a proposal to build 190 homes on the edge of Alcester was deferred yet again last night – on this occasion to give councillors time to digest the implications for the scheme of Stratford-on-Avon District Council losing a planning appeal in Shipston-on-Stour.
Consideration of the 190-home plan was originally deferred five weeks ago, after the council’s west area planning committee ran out of time because members spent so long discussing a separate proposal for 160 homes in the same vicinity, Allimore Lane.
The committee rejected the 160-home scheme even though planning officials had recommended they should approve the application (as they had also done with the 190-home proposal).
But yesterday news came through that the council had lost the appeal by Cala Homes against the authority’s refusal of the company’s plan to build 130 homes on the site of the former Norgren site in Shipston.
Councillors were advised to take this into account when considering the Alcester scheme, but the committee members decided they needed more time to examine the implications of the Shipston ruling before making a decision on Alcester.
For a full report and reaction see next week’s newspapers.