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 WARWICK man who tried to strangle his 89-year-old mother has refused to be examined by a psychiatrist—because he will have to pay for it himself.
Clive Cheshire had pleaded guilty to assaulting his mother Margaret Cheshire in December last year and two charges of making threats to kill her.
Warwick Crown Court has heard that Cheshire, aged 66, who had lived with his mother in Cornwall Close, Warwick, made the first threat directly to her and the second to a police officer when he was arrested.
At a hearing in February Judge Alan Parker adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Cheshire, who he said he believed might pose a danger to the public.
The judge commented on that occasion: “I find it extraordinary that someone should attack their own mother, particularly a man of 66. He tried to strangle his mother and told her he was going to kill her and wanted her to believe it.
“I regard this as a most profoundly disturbing case. I want a psychiatric report.”
But following the adjournment, Judge Parker asked why there was still no psychiatric report. Martin Groves, defending, explained: “He’s privately funded, and he's not prepared to pay for a report.
“He would be prepared to co-operate with a report, but is not prepared to pay for it.”
If Cheshire had been eligible for Legal Aid, the cost of the report would have been met by the Legal Aid Commission.
But because he had savings of around £8,000 he did not qualify for legal aid, and therefore has to pay all his defence costs himself—including any psychiatric report, which Mr Groves said was likely to cost around £1,200.
Judge Parker said he did not see why the public should pay for the report, commenting: “He’ll have to be dealt with without one, but it seems to me the consequences might be serious.
“He may well have been acting as a result of a psychosis, but if there is no report, there is no report and I have to proceed on the basis that he was not suffering from a psychotic episode.”
Mr Groves pointed out: “He doesn't seem to care what happens to him, which is in itself worrying.”
And he said that Cheshire wanted to be sentenced without a report, and has indicated that if his family use his money, to which they have access, to pay for a report he will not co-operate with it.
But giving a further opportunity for a report to be prepared, and remanding Cheshire in custody, Judge Parker stressed: “I am not ordering the public to pay for it.
“I expect those who have the defendant’s best interests at heart to make the funds available.”