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.
LABOUR’S only representative on Stratford District Council, Cllr Jeff Kenner (Shipston), has been chosen as the party’s parliamentary candidate for the Stratford-on-Avon constituency at the 2015 general election.
Cllr Kenner, who is a professor of law, won his seat at Shipston at a by-election in 2012 after the departing Conservative councillor urged the electors to vote Labour.
He told the Herald: “I am proud and honoured to have been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stratford-on-Avon. Labour is ready and determined to be the main challenger to the Conservatives in Stratford in 2015.”
He added: “My message is straightforward—if you have had enough of Nadhim Zahawi [the Conservative MP] and you feel let down by the Liberal Democrats, it is time to choose Labour because Stratford can do better than this.”
He said Labour would challenge the Conservatives in every town and village across the length and breadth of the constituency.
People needed a Labour government for a sustainable, job-rich, not credit-fuelled recovery.
Cllr Kenner said Labour would tackle the cost of living crisis by, in the first instance, freezing fuel bills until 2017, cutting childcare costs and reintroducing the 10p tax rate.
Labour would also abolish “the pernicious Bedroom Tax” and “put the education system and the NHS back together again.”
He said he had four key priorities for the Stratford constituency:
Investing in infrastructure to cope with a growing population and boost the local economy. Primary health facilities were overstretched and schools were struggling to cope. Roads were in a bad state and rail connections were poor. Labour was committed to a long-term national infrastructure strategy and devolving Whitehall budgets to the regions to focus investment on local needs.
Requiring Stratford District Council to start building social housing again in collaboration with housing associations to meet local need for affordable homes. Labour’s aim was to plan strategically for the homes and economic development that were needed. Under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, Stratford had become “too dependent on developers” to determine the size, quality and location of housing.
Reviving the market towns and villages with a strategy to attract new businesses, promote tourism, re-launch markets, provide more retail choice and keep pubs and shops open.
Valuing the arts and making them accessible to all in the community. Stratford had a unique cultural heritage. It was a vital part of the economy with five million visitors each year. He would work with the arts organisations, local businesses and community groups, to promote an inclusive policy for the arts.