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.
THE ruling cabinet of Stratford District Council tonight voted unanimously in favour of recommending Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath (GLH) as the location for a new town of around 3,000 homes.
Members dismissed proposals to build 3,500 homes at Long Marston Airfield along with a plan for more than 2,000 homes that would have joined the village of Long Itchington to the town of Southam.
Despite an impassioned argument against the GLH proposals by Cllr Laura Steele, the chairman of Forse – the group set up to fight the scheme – councillors considered that GLH was the most sustainable and deliverable of the options available.
Heavy emphasis was also placed on the need to consider the employment and expansion plans of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), situated near to Gaydon, with fears voiced that the industrial giant might move elsewhere if the council turned down the GLH scheme.
The cabinet’s recommendation will be put to a full meeting of the district council on 12th May.
For a full report see Thursday’s Herald.