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.
STRATFORD Town slipped to their second defeat in 2014 when they went down 2-1 at home to Calor Southern League Division One South & West play-off hopefuls Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
Carl Adams’ men were convincingly outplayed by the visitors despite taking a 19th minute lead through Guy Clark, who was on hand to force the ball over the line after Rovers had failed to clear a Jamie Sheldon corner.
Paulton were deservedly level nine minutes later when Stratford defender Aaron Williams could only divert a cross from Saul Williams from the left into his own net for a 1-1 half-time scoreline.
But the Somerset side dominated the second-half which brought several fine saves from Stratford keeper and man-of-the-match Andy Kemp, with Dean Evans scoring what turned out to be the winner just five minutes into the half.
Adams was realistic in his assessment of the game. He said: “We were very poor against what is a very good team. Apart from Kempy in goal no-one else really performed on the day.
“The most disappointing thing is that we didn’t perform in front of our own fans after producing some great performances away from home. We had plenty of praise then so we will have to take this one on the chin and prepare for the next game.
“Before this we had only lost twice in our last 10 games but it was a bit of a reality check for us if I’m honest.”
Town’s next fixture is away at Yate Town on Saturday. The rescheduled home game against Tiverton Town on Tuesday night has had to be postponed again because of the Devon club’s involvement in the Red Insure League Cup, where they host St Neots Town in the first leg.
The Tiverton game will now take place on Thursday 17th April, kick-off 7.45pm.