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.
INCREASING traffic congestion in Stratford-upon-Avon has become such an issue that a special meeting on the subject has been called for next week.
The meeting—described as a “traffic summit”—is being chaired by Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi and will be held next Friday (4th July) between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at the Rosebird Community Centre, in Shipston Road.
Mr Zahawi has received a growing number of complaints from residents and businesses frustrated with slow moving traffic, out-of-sync traffic lights and parking issues they have encountered throughout Stratford.
“Traffic delays and congestion in Stratford have become increasingly problematic, impacting on businesses and residents alike,” said Mr Zahawi.
“While we cannot solve these problems overnight, I want to make sure that we explore every option and that all parties are doing everything in their power to tackle these concerns.”
The aim of the summit is to bring together local councils, business representatives and members of the public to look at ways of dealing with the growing traffic congestion issues in the town.
Representatives have been invited from Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, Stratford Transport Group, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership,Stratforward Bid, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Warwickshire Police.
Mr Zahawi is encouraging people who are unable to attend to send their thoughts to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “traffic summit.”
Traffic congestion in Stratford has become an increasingly thorny issue in recent years, with the town’s roads and general infrastructure unable to cope with what some people regard as willy-nilly over development and the installation of a succession of new traffic lights, especially on Birmingham Road.
Various suggestions have been put forward to rectify the problems, including the building of relief roads, or even an entire ring road, to take pressure off Stratford town centre.
One of the focal points of concern is the medieval river crossing known as Clopton Bridge. Although the centuries-old structure continues to provide an extraordinary service considering its age, there are fears that it cannot carry heavy traffic for ever.
The government-approved scheme to build 800 homes on land west of Shottery contains provision for a relief road, but there’s no indication yet when that will be built.
The proposals to build 3,500 homes on Long Marston Airfield also contained plans for a relief road to link up with the Shottery relief road, aimed at offering a continuous route from Clifford Chambers on Campden Road across Evesham Road and up to Alcester Road. But the Long Marston option was dropped in favour of the scheme for a 3,000-home new settlement at Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath.