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.
THE traffic in Stratford-upon-Avon has been snarled up for the last few days and today (Friday).
Motorists attempting to cross town have been making U-turns in a hope to get out of the worse than usual traffic jams.
When the Alcester Road has been reduced to single file traffic next to the railway station, motorists can sit in queues for up to half-an-hour or more.
Temporary traffic lights have been operating during the day at the crossroads for Greenhill Street, Arden Street, Alcester Road and Grove Road.
Over the last few days, as soon as the two lanes are re-opened next to the railway station and the usual traffic lights are working, the traffic seems to be more free-flowing.
Earlier this week, Bishopton Lane was closed between Timothy’s Bridge Road and Barn Lane, as well as at The Avenue and St Peter’s Way at their junctions for Bishopton Lane.
The road closure was for a toucan crossing next to the pedestrian entrance of Stratford Parkway railway station.
Diversions were put in place, but left motorists trying to reach Stratford town centre the options of driving along the A46 northern bypass and then onto the Alcester Road and Masons Road, or down the often-congested A3400 Birmingham Road.
Greenhill Street traffic at a standstill.