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 WOMAN hit by a car at a drag racing event in Long Marston on Saturday was airlifted to hospital with a serious broken leg.
The 43-year-old from Rushden, Northamptonshire, is a drag racing enthusiast who has been volunteering at the strip on Long Marston Airfield for 15 years.
She was working in the “staging lanes”, grouping the cars before they enter the strip, when her lower left leg was clipped by a racer.
Suffering an “open fracture” – where the bone pierces the skin – racing was stopped while an air ambulance was flown in.
A spokesman for Shakespeare County Raceway said: “It was just a freak accident. She was working in the staging lanes which is a collective area for the cars.
“One of the cars taking place in the drag racing clipped her on the back of the leg.”
Over 1,000 people were in the grandstand watching on as raceway paramedics rushed towards the woman and started treating her.
“We have on-site paramedics who were with her within a matter of seconds,” said organisers.
They decided to call Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to take her to hospital as quickly as possible.
The helicopter touched down on the airfield shortly after 6pm and after doctors administered pain relief to the woman – whose partner is a drag racer – they took her to University Hospital in Coventry.
According to the raceway spokesman, she was forced to stay in hospital over the weekend and have a number of operations on her leg.
“She’s still in hospital, but she’s in good spirits,” he said today. “At the end of the day it is normally a safe sport, but these things happen.”
After the helicopter took off, the racing continued. There were around 170 races in total at the qualifying event for the UK Drag Racing Championships and racing took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.