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.
MEASURES to help prevent child sex exploitation in Warwickshire – in the wake of shocking revelations of child abuse cases in Rotherham – will be discussed by police chiefs and council leaders at a meeting later this month.
Ron Ball, the Police Commissioner for Warwickshire and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council, have both expressed their “profound shock and sadness by the horrific cases of abuse suffered by over a thousand vulnerable children in Rotherham.”
On Wednesday this week public officials and Warwickshire Police called a joint summit to consider the checks and balances currently in place that form part of the safeguarding procedures for children in Warwickshire.
“Whilst we have every confidence in our robust safeguarding teams, our police force and social workers, it is vital for each and every one of us to learn the lessons of Rotherham to ensure we protect and safeguard our young people,” said Cllr Izzi Seccombe.
Further discussion on preventing child sex exploitation will take place at Public Scrutiny Meeting on Monday 15th September.