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.
A 32-year-old man died in a head-on collision on the Warwick Road in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday night.
The silver Hyundai Coupe the man was driving was travelling along the 50mph road toward Stratford around 9.30pm when it spun out of control and collided with a red Ford Ka travelling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Hyundai was declared dead at the scene, and the driver of the Ford, a woman in her 20s, was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for treatment.
Her injuries are unknown at this time, but are not believed to be life threatening. There were no passengers in either car.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash, near to the Menzies Welcombe Hotel, shortly after 9.30pm.
A West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two vehicles that had been in collision. Both cars were carrying single occupants.
“The driver of the first car, a woman in her 20s, was out of the vehicle on the crew's arrival. The woman was treated for back and abdominal pain.
“The casualty was fully immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.
“The driver of the second car, a man, was immediately assessed by crews but unfortunately it quickly become apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”
Police closed Warwick Road and Ingon Lane for some time, and emergency services were on the scene until after midnight.
Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the collision. Please contact PC 1887 Wayne Knight on 01926 415415.