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.
AN ALCESTER man whose quad bike was stolen by thieves in a hired van has been left frustrated by what he describes as police inaction.
Brendan Walker, aged 29, knows the registration number of the van and the Birmingham hire company thieves used to get the transit.
A support worker for adults with special needs, he’s annoyed nothing has been done since the quad bike was stolen from a lay-by outside his home in Meadow Road on Friday 21st February.
“The police haven’t done anything,” he said. “They haven’t phoned me, I keep phoning them and bugging the hell out of them.”
A neighbour rang police at 12.37am on the day when she saw two men acting suspiciously around the quad bike.
A security guard also called police about the van, and when Brendan got home at 3am he phoned them to report his vehicle stolen.
Worth between £800 and £1,500, the Alcester man has only had the quad bike for eight months and was looking forward to using it much more in the summer.
He’s now going to lodge a formal complaint against Warwickshire Police.
He said: “I believe if they did what they could have done at the time I would have my quad bike. Now, I think it’s gone forever.”
Warwickshire Police said investigations were still ongoing and officers were waiting to recover CCTV footage.