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.
ANGRY residents of Long Marston and neighbouring villages will be driving their cars through Stratford-upon-Avon on Easter Monday to try and prove how bad traffic will be if 3,500 homes are built on Long Marston Airfield.
The “vehicle procession protest” is expected to consist of around 30 cars, and each one will be adorned with ribbons and posters to warn of the "traffic chaos" that campaigners say will be caused by the Long Marston development.
The procession will start from the car-park of the Mason’s Arms pub in Long Marston at 11am and go over Clopton Bridge, through Stratford town centre and up and down Birmingham Road before gathering opposite the airfield between 12.30pm and 1pm.
John Radcliffe, one of the campaigners, explained the reason behind the protest.
He said: “This development would not only cause huge traffic disruption to residents in the wider Stratford community, but would also have a generally bad effect on the environment, with increased pollution.”
Members of the Long Marston Airfield Action Group have collected over 280 signatures from 180 homes to petition against the plan.
The group say that the building proposals, along with other local developments in the pipeline, would result in some 15,000 extra vehicle movements each day.
On Wednesday, Stratford District Council revealed Long Marston Airfield was the second most likely location for a new housing settlement, behind Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath.
Here are all the options, in order of preference.
1) Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath – 3,000 homes
2) Long Marston Airfield – 3,500 homes
3) Southam and Stoneythorpe – over 1,000 homes
4) Dispersal of houses around the district
5) South-east Stratford – 2,750 homes.
Last minute proposals to build 1,600 homes on Wellesbourne Airfield and 750 homes at Lower Clopton were not strong enough to be considered alongside the initial five plans.
A final decision on which scheme should go forward will be made by a special full meeting of the council on 12th May.