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.
STRATFORD Town have re-signed their Midland Alliance championship-winning captain Joe Halsall for the 2014/15 season.
The powerful midfielder has returned to the club following a season with Chasetown in the Northern Premier League Division One (South).
Town manager Carl Adams confirmed that he has signed both Halsall and Harvey Headley from Redditch United as he looks to finalise his squad before the summer break.
Adams told the Herald: “We welcome Joe back to the club. He was the type of player that we were missing last season and he will give us a real presence in the middle of the park.
“Harvey Headley is a another good addition for us. He had a good game against us when we played Redditch in the Birmingham Senior Cup last season.
“But apart from finding a left-back, I’m not looking to add too many more players to the squad. I think that the ones we have got have the ability to give it a real go next season, having the experience of the last one under their belt.”
Adams also revealed that highly-rated goalkeeper Andy Kemp has decided to stay at Stratford despite receiving offers from elsewhere.
For the full story see Thursday’s Stratford Herald.