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 VILLAGE of Barford in South Warwickshire has been ranked in the top 10 places to live in the Midlands.
It will feature in the Midlands category of The Sunday Times’ annual 101 Best Places to Live in Britain, published on 16th March.
The guide combines crime rates, house prices and school performances to select places with the best quality of life, good local shops and attractive outdoor spaces.
Not only does the picturesque village- which had a population of 1,336 in the last census – have the River Avon flowing through it, it has great transport links with the M40 less than two miles away.
Corenna Jennings, manager of Barford Village Shop, said: “There’s lots of facilities in the village, there’s lots to do.”
Residents raised money for the shop, which opened in 2008, and now eighty villagers volunteer to run it, taking it turns to do three-hour shifts.
The shop is owned by the village and has 500 shareholders.
“People look out for each other here and it’s just a fabulous place to live,” said Corenna.
Sunday Times Home Editor, Helen Davies, said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages. We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.
“There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating, and everyone has different priorities, so this year our supplements cover everything from the countryside to inner-cities.”
Barford is new to the Midlands list, along with Byfield in Northamptonshire.
Leamington Spa is the only other Warwickshire place on the list, and the others are Buxton in Derbyshire; Ledbury in Herefordshire; Malvern in Worcestershire; Shrewsbury in Shropshire; Stamford in Lincolnshire; Oakham in Rutland; and Yardley Hastings in Northamptonshire.