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.
WARWICKSHIRE County Council has defended itself against accusations of “jobs for the boys” when it was revealed the deputy chief fire officer had been re-engaged in his old job only a month after retiring from it.
The council’s decision to re-employ Gary Phillips so soon was attacked by Marcus Giles, the secretary of Warwickshire Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU).
He declared: “Across the country firefighters are facing massive attacks on their pensions, being expected to work longer, pay more and receive less.
“The return of the deputy just days after retiring shows there is one rule for one, another for everyone else.
“This is just a question of jobs for the boys and is a particular insult at a time when the service is being cut to shreds by central government.”
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently making £2.39 million in cuts.
On Wednesday a council spokeswoman said many fire and rescue services had a policy of potential re-engagement following a retirement when a clear business case existed and this had been agreed by the recognised fire service unions.
In re-engaging Mr Phillips, the council’s staff and pensions committee rec-ognised the need for stability within the senior management whilst still delivering a major change programme.