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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon resident caught a thief stealing his BBQ on video after installing his own CCTV system when vandals repeatedly attacked his dad’s car.
Gavin Phillips, aged 34, got sick and tired of replacing windshields and so spent £1,000 putting five cameras up outside his home in St Peter’s Way.
On Sunday, he noticed the BBQ from outside the front of his home was missing, and after trawling through the camera footage found a video of somebody wearing a hoody picking it up and making off with it on his back.
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“There have been several thefts round St Peter’s Way and Birmingham Road recently,” said Gavin, who works as a security guard at music festivals.
“My mate had a few bikes stolen about two and a half weeks ago.
“And they tried breaking into the neighbour’s garage and dented the back of his Renault.”
Last week, a van fire spread to the roofs of four homes in the area and a man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson.
Although the BBQ was only worth £80, thefts and vandalism in St Peter’s Way is too common an occurrence for Gavin.
He lives with his elderly father and disabled sister, and installed the CCTV system two years ago after a spate of attacks on his dad’s car.
“We had to replace three or four car windshields,” he said.
The family were advised by the police to install the cameras, but although Gavin has sent them the videos, including one where you can see the thief’s face, he hasn’t heard anything back yet.