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 MOTORIST has been exceptionally lucky to escape serious injuries after the pick-up truck he was driving rolled over several times on the M40 motorway in Warwickshire.
The crash happened on the southbound carriageway between junction 12 (Gaydon) and junction 11 (Banbury) around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.
An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that there had been a collision between two vehicles which resulted in one rolling over several times coming to rest in the middle lane of the motorway.
“The driver, a 47-year-old man managed to get himself out of the vehicle, despite the roof being pushed down.
“The man was complaining of neck and back pain but had no other apparent injuries.
“He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by ambulance to the Horton Hospital in Banbury for further assessment and treatment.
“Given the damage to the vehicle, there is no doubt that the level of injury could have been significantly more serious than it was.”