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.
PEOPLE in the Stratford-on-Avon district are more likely to make improvements to their homes than anywhere else in the West Midlands, according to figures recently released.
Residents are more than twice as likely than the average person in the West Midlands to put an extension on their house, convert their garage, or do some other form of home improvement.
In 2012 there were 2.7 home improvement applications for every 100 private homes in Stratford, compared to the West Midlands average of 1.22. The national average is 1.64.
“It may come as little surprise that Stratford tops the home improvements league in the West Midlands. Not only is it regarded as one of the more attractive parts of the region, but also residents there are among the best paid,” says Adam Valentine of Barbour ABI, who conducted the research.
Malvern Hills came second in the table for the West Midlands, and Shropshire came third. Warwick came fourth, with two applications for every 100 private homes.