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 Primary School pupils have set their sights on a brand new playground and hope to raise £20,000 to pay for it with a little help from their friends and the school’s parents’ association.
The aim is to resurface the existing school playground and buy new play equipment for the children so they can learn and have plenty of outdoor fun.
About £5,000 has been donated since the recent launch of the playground project and a big thermometer positioned at the school gates will be topped up each time a donation is made.
Stratford Primary School does not have any green space attached to it so a major revamp of the playground is seen as the best way to let pupils run around and keep fit during their playtimes and lunch breaks.
The fund was boosted by some footie mad dads whose children attend Stratford Primary School.
Twenty-two dads formed two teams and held a fundraising game of football on Stratford Recreation Ground which was sponsored by tyre manufacturer Bridgestone for £250. The footie friendly raised £450.