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.
TEENAGE pregnancy rates in Warwickshire have hit their lowest rate since records began.
The latest teenage pregnancy data has been released by the Office for National Statistics with data for conceptions in 2012, revealing the lowest teenage conception rate in Warwickshire since the 1998 baseline, at 24.3 conceptions per 1,000 girls aged 15-17.
This represents a decline of 21.4 per cent from the 2011 rate and 41.3 per cent from the 1998 baseline.
It also means Warwickshire is below the national average of 27.4 conceptions per 1,000 girls aged 15-17.
Cllr Bob Stevens (Cons, Feldon), Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for health, said: “We’ve not always performed that well in this area, but these latest statistics have not only put us ahead of the national average, we are also performing well against our statistical neighbours.”
Luke Carter, the council’s Respect Yourself Campaign manager, said: “This success has been achieved by a concerted effort from a wide range of partners over many years.
“We’re not complacent, we are aware that children of teenage parents are much more likely to experience factors such as low educational achievement or poverty.
“We are continuing to develop what we do, for instance piloting a new evidence based resource to support primary schools to deliver more effective relationships and sex education.”
Warwickshire’s director of public health, John Linnane, said: “Teenage pregnancy can be associated with poor educational achievement, poor physical and mental health and social isolation, so it is vital this downward trend continues.
“Public Health Warwickshire and Warwickshire County Council are committed to further reducing teenage pregnancy rates in the county, as well as providing support for young parents and young adults to make informed choices.
“Evidence shows us that young people need comprehensive sex and relationship education in and out of school and targeted support for those most at risk.”
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