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.
STRATFORD Town’s seven-match unbeaten run in the Calor Southern League Division One South & West came to an end on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat at title-chasing Cirencester Town.
After an even first-half ended goalless with chances for both teams, the Centurions dominated the second period and went ahead when Steve Davies converted a 65th minute penalty after Town defender Mason Rowley had fouled Lee Smith in the box.
Cirencester effectively wrapped up the points 10 minutes from time when James Mortimer-Jones curled a spectacular 25-yard left-footed effort past Stratford keeper Andy Kemp.
The visitors were offered a lifeline on 87 minutes, when they were awarded a penalty of their own after Chris Sterling was tripped by Leigh Henry. But leading scorer Richard Gregory made it two successive failures from the spot when his effort was saved by Glyn Garner in the home goal.
Stratford manager Carl Adams said: “Too many of our big players didn’t turn up on the day which made it hard against a side challenging for the title.
“Even so, we matched them in the first-half, and although they had the better of the second-half at the end we have only been beaten by a penalty and a wonder strike.
“That’s only our first defeat in eight games and we will look to bounce back at Cinderford on Tuesday.”