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 LORRY driver has been arrested after a fatal crash on the M40 yesterday (Sunday).
A lorry and a white VW Polo were involved in a crash on the southbound carriageway between Gaydon and Banbury shortly before 5am.
Afterwards the male driver of the Polo and his two passengers got out of the car, which had hit the central reservation before coming to rest.
A BMW then crashed into the stationary Volkswagen and the Polo driver was killed in that resulting collision.
Police have now arrested the driver of the lorry, a 62-year-old male from Lincolnshire, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Following questioning he has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The investigation into the collision is still in its early stages and officers are appealing for witnesses in order to progress their enquiries.
The driver of the BMW was uninjured.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collisions or the driving of any of the vehicles before or after the collisions and are asking witnesses to please contact PC 534 Franklin on 01926 415415 or 101.