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-upon-Avon College is undergoing a £2.9 million refurbishment to upgrade student buildings that were constructed in the 1960s.
The work involves re-roofing and replacing windows on two buildings that date back to the 1960s and a further three blocks are to be re-roofed at an estimated cost of £500,000.
Although no end date for the project has been set, college officials hope the work will be finished by the end of the year.
The project is part-funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the college.
An open event for prospective students is planned at the college on Wednesday 11th June where plans for the £2.9 million refurbishment will be on display; visitors will also be able to view the recently refurbished learning zone on the campus.
The final engagement for the outgoing mayor of Stratford, Cllr Diane Walden, was to help Stratford College students celebrate their academic success at their annual awards ceremony held at the Stratford ArtsHouse.
It was also a double celebration for Cllr Walden who celebrated her birthday the same day. Students sang a rendition of Happy Birthday before presenting her with a cake.
Guest of honour was Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges.