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.
A STRATFORD-upon-Avon woman says BMW owe it to her family to reveal what they know about her husband's fatal accident at the press launch of one their bikes.
Kevin Ash, one of the world's leading motorcycle journalists, died in South Africa on 22nd January last year while testing the new model of the BMW R1200GS.
The 53-year-old, who lived in Bishopton Lane, left behind three daughters and wife Caroline. An inquest into his death was held at Warwick Crown Court today (Friday).
Kevin fell off the bike near the town of George, 155 miles east of Cape Town, while riding on a gravel road in dusty conditions. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Recording a verdict of accidental death, the coroner said because nobody saw the crash there was insufficient evidence for him to say whether the bike, the road, or the weather conditons played any part in his death.
BMW did not release a technical report on the R1200GS Kevin was riding at the time.
After the inquest, Mrs Ash said: “I believe BMW owe it to Kevin, myself, and to our daughters to reveal what they know about Kevin's accident.”
“If anyone deserves to know why Kevin died, it is us,” she added.
For a full report on the inquest, see next week's papers.