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.
THUNDERSTORMS and torrential rain wiped out sport in Stratford on Saturday with both cricket and football suffering abandonments.
Stratford Cricket Club’s crucial Birmingham League Third Division game at home to Bridgnorth became the first casualty when it was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Heavy rain prior to the scheduled 12noon start got through the covering on the square and soaked the wicket prepared for the match, leaving both captains and umpires with no other alternative than to call the game off.
That left both teams with five points each, and Streetly’s drawn game at Milford Hall has cut Stratford’s lead at the top of the table to just one point ahead of next Saturday’s home game against second-placed Sutton Coldfield.
Meanwhile, Stratford Town’s final pre-season game at home to a Solihull Moors XI got under way at 3pm in torrential rain and first-half goals from Richard Gregory and Chris Sterling gave Carl Adams’ team a 2-0 lead at the break.
But a half-time thunderstorm flooded the DCS Stadium pitch and the match referee kept both teams in the changing rooms before inspecting the surface and calling the game off.
Town begin their second season in the Southern League next Saturday with a home game against Bishops Cleeve.