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.
THREE young men who were caught red-handed as they tried to steal copper cable from a railway repair yard at the former army camp near Stratford-upon-Avon have been jailed.
Gheorghe Chilian, Ionut Crecea and Ion Ruset pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a charge of attempted theft from the Motorail Logistics Park at Long Marston.
Chilian, aged 18,of Rood End Road, Oldbury, and Crecea, 21, of Sydenham Road, Smethwick, were both jailed for eight months.
But Ruset, 21, of Kentish Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, who Mr Justice John Saunders said he was satisfied was the ringleader, was jailed for 12 months.
Motorail Logistics repair, refurbish and store railway rolling stock at what was formerly the MoD’s Central Engineer Park at Long Marston, the court heard.
There had been a number of thefts from the site, and in the early hours of 3rd February the police were alerted to suspicious activity, said prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe. The defendants had scaled a fence to get in, and had started to identify lengths of copper cable to steal. When officers arrived they found £3,000 worth of cable had been put to one side ready to steal.
The three thieves fled and hid on the huge site, but were found with the aid of the police helicopter and arrested, added Mr Amarasinghe.
Jailing the three men, Mr Justice Saunders said thefts of copper cable had become prevalent, and sentences had to be passed which would deter others.