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.
HOUSEHOLDERS in the Stratford-on-Avon district should be paying no more in council tax in 2013-14 than they have paid in the past year – unless their parish or town councils impose increases.
This week Warwickshire County Council – which takes the lion’s share of council tax – fulfilled its pledge to again go for a tax freeze in line with government policy.
Stratford District Council is also planning a freeze and so is Warwickshire Police, which in recent years has tended to buck the trend and impose higher tax rises—in percentage terms—than the other precepting authorities. Police commissioner Ron Ball promised a tax freeze in his election campaign, as did the other two candidates.
Following Tuesday’s budget-setting meeting of the county council a typical Band D taxpayer will be paying £1,155.25. The district and town and parish council elements of the tax, along with that of the police, will come on top.
Cllr Alan Farnell (Cons, Nuneaton), the county council leader, said: “Once again we do not propose to increase the county council tax which remains at the level set back in 2010-11.
“We recognise that families’ budgets are being squeezed in these constrained times and we remain committed to playing our part in helping them whilst providing residents with value for money.”