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 £4.5 MILLION project to transform New Place – site of Shakespeare’s last home – is a step closer after the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to help it draw up plans.
The grant of £176,000 will help develop the scheme before applying for a full grant of up to £1.7 million at a later date.
The remaining money would need to be raised from other sources before work is completed in 2016 in time for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Julie Crawshaw, the New Place project manager, said plenty of hard work had already been done.
“We held a number of consultations with the public and have spent a lot of time looking at the options,” she said.
“We are not looking at rebuilding Shakespeare’s last house because we don’t know what it looked like. We know how big it was and how tall it was.
“But it is extraordinary to think that so many works were written at New Place and this was where he died —we need to create something that reflects that and something that is also quite beautiful and spiritual.
“People get quite emotional when they visit New Place, some take their shoes off so that they can walk on the same ground as Shakespeare. Some spend their whole life planning their visit so we need to make it special.”
The playwright bought New Place in 1597 at the height of his success. It was the largest single residence in the town and his family home until his death in 1616.
When it was demolished in the 18th century, a new house was built on the site but this too was pulled down by its owner who was reputedly annoyed by visiting literary pilgrims.
In addition to the work at New Place, a large proportion of the £4.5 million would pay for vital repair work to Nash’s House which would also see the building extended at the rear to create an exhibition centre.
Money would also be spent on the Great Garden and the sunken Knot Garden, created after the First World War.