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.
THE RIVER Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon is being dredged for the first time in 13 years.
A floating digger is removing silt from the river and clearing the arches under the Clopton and Tramway bridges.
BD Westby, contractors from Broadway, have been brought in by Stratford District Council, the Holiday Inn, and businesses on the marina.
Barry Westby, Managing Director of the company, said: “We’re removing the deposits of leaves and branches and sand that’s washed down the river.
“It’s filled up with silt to such an extent that the boats can’t come into marina.”
Thirteen years ago he hired the machine, but the small company decided to order one themselves this time around.
“The word is they’re going to try and do it a lot more often now,” he said.
But he said the decision to dredge the river was not because of the recent flooding in other parts of the country, but just because the job needed doing.
The digger will be working on the river five days a week for the next three to four weeks.
It won’t be operating at weekends to allow more space for recreational boats.