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.
HENLEY-in-Arden residents are desperately fighting plans to build 82 homes just outside the town boundary because of full schools, busy roads, and a medical centre stretched to its limits.
Last week, over 150 people packed into the Baptist Church Hall to discuss how to launch their opposition to the houses – planned for greenbelt land to the west of the railway line, south of Bear Lane.
Since then, nearly 200 people have written letters of objection to the district council, and last night the parish council joined the fight, voting in favour of objection.
David Jackson, a 38-year-old lawyer who’s lived in Henley for four years, is fronting the campaign.
“The schools are already oversubscribed, and the roads are always gridlocked in the morning during rush hour,” he told the Herald.
At last week’s meeting Dr Catherine Taylor, a senior partner at Henley Medical Centre said they wouldn’t be able to cope with so many new families.
“They’re already stretched to capacity and they can’t physically extend it because it’s built on a flood plain,” said David.
“It will be even harder to get appointments and waiting time will increase. Henley has a high percentage of older people in its population, a lot of people retire to the area. They rely on that medical centre.”
The land is currently owned by Henley resident, Halina Poloczec.
Over the last 30 years there have been several applications to build on the site, including one in 1993 to put up an ice cream factory.
Most of these have been either withdrawn, or refused by the district council because the site is in the greenbelt.
David is confident this application will be refused too, but he said: “The trouble is you can never be sure.”
Next to this application, there are plans for 110 more homes on land north of New Road.
With a population of just 3,000, campaigners say an extra 192 homes could increase the town’s size by up to 20 per cent.
The medical centre couldn’t cope with one of these developments, Dr Taylor said, and granting the Bear Lane application “would set a dangerous precedent for development west of the railway station,” said David.