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.
WITH the Environment Agency predicting more rainfall in south Warwickshire this afternoon and tonight, the already high river levels are expected to continue to rise.
Despite no rainfall this morning, the River Avon has flooded the recreation ground in Stratford-upon-Avon, and closed off roads in Welford-on-Avon, and the rising floodplains continue to disrupt driving conditions throughout the district. Strong winds have also brought down trees, closing roads.
The road into Welford from Evesham Road is closed
At 2pm on Thursday afternoon, the Environment Agency said: “The river level is high on the River Avon and is expected to remain high over the next 24 hours. Further rainfall is forecast for this afternoon and evening and river levels are expected to rise in response to this.”
At that time, the level at the Stratford gauge was 1.596 metres. The agency have issued flood warnings today for Stratford, Welford, Weston-on-Avon, Tiddington, Barford, Alveston, Hampton Lucy, and Warwick.
Motorists were forced to turn around in Welford.
High winds brought a tree crashing down onto the road between Welford and Weston.
Stratford Racecourse was completely flooded this morning.
Welford Football Club – This weekend's sports schedule is likely to suffer as well, with many football and rugby pitches already unplayable.
Only some vehicles can cope with the weather in Hampton Lucy.
Flooded caravans in Welford