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 MAN in his late 80s has died following a crash outside Ragley Hall near Alcester on Friday (21st March).
West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the incident just after 9.30am, and then requested the help of firefighters to cut the man free from the wreckage.
The elderly man was removed from the overturned gold Rover 45 around 10.30am.
He was given pain relief and immobilised before being flown to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham. The helicopter took off around 11am.
He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the collision along the unnamed road between Arrow and the Kingley Bend. It is believed no other cars were involved.
They also want to hear from anybody who saw the vehicle which was travelling away from Alcester.
Please contact PC 1001 Pearson, Operational Police Unit, Rugby on 01926 415000 ext 3890 with information.