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.
ANDREW Pozzi is back on track and clocked a personal best time in the men’s 60m hurdles final at the World Indoor Athletic Championships in Poland on Sunday.
The Great Britain athlete from Stratford finished fourth and clocked a 7.53 Personal Best time as he battled against a tough field which saw America and France race to a photo-finish in Sopot which was televised live on BBC.
Pozzi, aged 21, suffered hamstring heartbreak at the hurdles in the London 2012 Olympics but was clearly delighted with his performance when interviewed in front of camera after Sunday’s final.
“Things are coming together and even though there’s still a bit of fine tuning to be done it all feels much better,” the Stratford Athletic Club member said.
Pozzi had set his sights on a podium finish in the 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor championships after winning his heat in a time of 7.56, which not only equalled his personal best but was the joint fastest in qualifying.
The omens were good for Pozzi in the run-up to the World Indoors when the sprint hurdler turned in a series of back-to-form performances at high profile athletic championships in England.
Last month he set a new record of 7.57 at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport during the BUCS Gatorade Nationals. But Pozzi the perfectionist still reckons there’s more gas in the tank and looks like man determined to improve with every race.
“This is not a bad way to start my season. I just need to keep my head down and keep working hard because after last year’s disappointments I don’t want anything to get in my way,” Pozzi said.
The West of England University student is now looking forward to a high-flying hurdles season ahead.