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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.
A RETAINED watch commander at Henley Fire Station has retired after 35 years with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Richard Butler was inspired to become a retained firefighter when the then firefighter in charge at Henley played in the same football team as him.
Richard told the Herald: “The guy in charge played football with me and two of us joined the fire service on the same night. He said to us that two fit young lads like us playing football should become firefighters, so we did.”
After two years’ training, Richard was 18 when he walked through the door of Henley fire station, for his first drill night on 24th January 1979.
He was working weekdays as a computer numerically controlled (CNC) engineer at Wright Engineering, in Stratford, and was on call when he got home to Henley from 5.30pm until 7am, and at the weekends.
When he left Wrights in 1988, to work as a CNC engineer at Henley Engineers, in Edge Lane, Richard was on call between 120 and 140 hours of a 168-hour week.
He said that his wife Sara and their children, Lucie, aged 26, and Alex, aged 22, were used to him having to dash off to the fire station when they were growing up.
Richard said: “There has been many a time when I have left my shopping in the aisle as my pager has gone off.
“All the local people know me though and just put my shopping back on the shelf,” he added.
The watch commander attended his last drill night at the station on Tuesday 25th February, where he was presented with a recognition certificate for his 35 years’ service, by station commander Ken Probin.
In 1999, Richard received an award for 20 years’ service.
Richard added: “I feel it’s been quite an achievement, as I have committed the majority of hours in the week.”
Richard will be continuing to work full time as an engineer, and said that retiring from the fire service will free up the commitment of being on call, and leaves time to do other things at the weekends and in the evenings, as well as spend quality time with his wife.