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 opposed to plans for 270 new homes on Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, have been given a boost by the news that Stratford Town Council has objected to the plan because the “town’s infrastructure is at tipping point!”
Critical infrastructure questions which still hang over the new homes proposal and which include issues like traffic chaos, schooling and tourism, helped frame the town council’s objection last week which stated: “piecemeal, unplanned developments such as this (Loxley Road) across the town are contrary to the principles of a sustainable planning system.
The infrastructure is at tipping point with congested roads and schools which are nearing capacity.
“Moving specifically to the development, unacceptable levels of increased traffic will put pressure on Clopton Bridge and other local roads will be adversely affected.
“Due to the top down planning policies imposed on the district council, opportunistic developers are exploiting the situation.”
More than 150 local residents opposed to the Loxley Road development recently attended a meeting at Stratford Town FC organised by CAUSE (Campaign Against Urban Sprawl and Exploitation) which has vowed to fight the 270 home planning application put forward by developers, Gallagher’s.
Like the town council, “No” campaigners argue 270 new homes on Loxley Road would create traffic congestion and educational demands the area couldn’t cope with.
In addition to the concern expressed by Loxley Road residents, neighbouring communities in Banbury Road, Bridgetown, Tiddington and Alveston say they fear the scheme would gridlock Stratford completely.
At the meeting, residents were told if the housing scheme was passed the knock-on effect could bring chaos to the local community; 500 extra cars on local roads, a severe shortage of school places at Tiddington and Bridgetown and finally a body blow to tourism, “who wants to come and visit Stratford-upon-Housing Estate?” one resident asked.
Concern was also expressed over wider issues regarding the consultation process associated with the town’s Core Strategy and the possible provision of 2,500 to 3,000 houses south of the river, this would result in over a 40% increase in the total number of houses in Stratford since 2011.
The planning application and the town council’s objection now goes to district council planning in April or early May.