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.
WARWICKSHIRE Police are the least likely force in the country to send a police officer to a crime scene, a new report suggests.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary revealed today that the force attended just 39% of crime scenes between November 2012 and November 2013.
The national average was 79%, although only 24 out of 43 forces provided data.
Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball has today defended the force.
“Every crime and incident reported to the force is investigated, either by an officer on the scene or by a crime bureau,” he said.
“Assessing the threat, risk and harm to a victim of crime is of paramount importance to us, and will always be done first.
“This is why a police officer will always be dispatched when thecrime involves sexual offences, domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour.”
In today’s damning report, HMIC said there is a “postcode lottery” when it comes to policing in the UK.
It warned that car crime was on the verge of being decriminalised because in many places the police have “given up” trying to catch vandals and thieves.
In some cases, victims have been asked to conduct their own investigations.
But Mr Ball said, in Warwickshire: “Under no circumstances are victims of crime expected to carry out their own investigations.”