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 NEW and dramatic evaluation of consultation data is being presented to Stratford District Council’s ruling cabinet on Monday that puts Long Marston Airfield and not Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath (GLH) as the favoured site for a new town.
The alternative analysis has emerged at virtually the last moment after campaigners against the GLH scheme bitterly complained that there had been confusion over how the relevant form should be completed. As a result 206 expressions of opinion had been discounted.
The information contained in the original documents being considered by the council showed GLH coming first and Long Marston Airfield second, out of the five options put to the public and other interested parties.
Under the proposals being considered around 3,000 homes would be built at GLH and 3,500 at Long Marston Airfield. The revised analysis puts GLH second to Long Marston Airfield and in one case third.
Tonight Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Tredington), the leader of Stratford District Council, told the Herald: “I don’t think anybody’s been misled. The consultation responses have been published and have been assessed, and on that basis have been quite fairlhy indicated in the report.”
He added: “I wouldn’t call this anything other than an alternative analysis.”
But Cllr Laura Steele, chairman of Forse, the group set up to fight the GLH scheme, told the Herald: “Whilst is comes as a great relief that SDC now accept that our votes should have been included in the first place and that their own initial figures do NOT fairly and accurately represent the public opinion, we believe that they should still go further and include ALL the votes they have excluded.
“The true accurate reflection of public opinion from the votes received is that Long Marston was first choice, Southam and Stoneythorpe were second choice and GLH is third choice.
“Not only is GLH the worst place to build a new town on the evidence but the voting public seem to agree.
“We welcome the correction of the unfortunate mistake made and hope that the correct figures will receive as much attention as the wrong ones.”
For a full report and coverage of the cabinet’s decision see next week’s papers.