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.
ELDERLY and vulnerable people are being conned into revealing their bank account details.
Police in Warwickshire and West Mercia have launched a campaign to tackle the increasing number of incidents, putting up posters encouraging victims to contact them.
Fraudsters contact the victims claiming that their accounts have been compromised and ask them to phone their banks using a number which the offenders supply.
Some offences have involved criminals posing as officers from the Metropolitan Police.
The confused victim dials the number given not realising that the offender has not cleared the line and gives them the account details, including personal identification numbers (Pins).
In some cases the offenders have sent round “couriers” to collect the bank cards and take them into safe keeping. They then withdraw cash from the victim’s account.
The couriers may be the offenders or unwitting taxi drivers booked to collect the cards.
Incidents have been reported across the country, but the West Midlands has been hit particularly hard in recent weeks.
Warwickshire Police are urging individuals to be vigilant, and not to be taken in by this scam.
A spokesperson said: “Banks and police officers will never ask for account details or Pins over the phone, and would not come round to the house to collect your cards or property.
“If you do get such a call, hang up immediately and dial 999 using another phone.”
If you have already been taken in by this scam, or know someone who has, make sure the cards are cancelled and contact the police on 101 or Crime-stoppers on 0800 555111.