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 SURVEY suggesting the need for a new slip road off the Birmingham Road into Tesco was handed to the store’s manager last week.
John Parker was handed the survey by Clive Thomas, town councillor for the Avenue and New Town ward.
Cllr Thomas posted the survey to 1,000 houses in Stratford-upon-Avon, asking them how often they shop at Tesco and if they would like a new entrance.
Proposing a new slip-road into the Tesco car park for traffic coming into Stratford, he said: “I am continually getting complaints on the traffic in Birmingham road.”
Ninety-six people completed the survey. Seventy-three people said a new entrance would make it easier for them, whereas 20 said it would not. Eighty-three said it would benefit Tesco, and nine people said it would not.
Thirty one respondents said they use Tesco every day, 49 said they use weekly, eight said monthly, and five said never.
Councillors now want to ask Warwickshire County Council to spend some money provided by developers for improvements to the town on putting in the slip road, with Tesco also putting forward a contribution.
It’s unknown at this stage how much it would cost.
Mr Parker has handed the petition on to Tesco’s planning team.
This Friday, a major summit is being held on Stratford’s problems. Read more here.