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.
AN ALCESTER hairdresser wants to warn other small businesses in the area about an “aggressive” and “threatening” phone scam.
Sandra Gilliver, aged 60, has been running Stylish Corner hairdressers for 38 years.
She recently received a phone call from a man claiming to be a bailiff from Manchester demanding she pay £4,100 over the internet.
“He was quite aggressive on the phone, he wouldn’t take no for an answer,” said Sandra. “When they’re battering you on the phone your mind’s everywhere and you do get really scared.”
The man, claiming to be a High Court enforcement officer, said she owed the debt to an international internet directory company.
He threatened to come and repossess Sandra’s car later that day, at 3.20pm.
Sandra rushed home from work but by 4.30pm nobody had shown up and the man on the phone said he could reduce the payment to £2,500.
But he said she couldn’t pay by credit card, cash, or direct debit – the only way to settle the debt was via internet banking. “I was a bag of nerves by this time, I was shaking from head to toe,” said Sandra. “My nephew took over the phone call and told him to bring it on and to come down.”
The next day her husband Geoffrey Normansell reported the scam call to both Manchester Crown Court and Action Fraud, the government’s national fraud reporting centre.
Sandra hasn’t heard from her bogus caller since, but she’s worried others might be intimidated enough to fall for the scam.
It scared her enough for her to lock her doors at the hair salon the next day.
“It was just the aggressiveness, it did frighten me,” said Sandra, who informed the Federation of Small Businesses. “I just thought that other people and other businesses ought to know. There are people out there who will pay it.”