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 HEADTEACHER from Bidford-on-Avon is appearing in court on Friday facing a charge of voyeurism after an alleged incident at a leisure centre.
David Doubtfire, who has resigned from his post at Walkwood C E Middle School in Redditch over the charges, is also in court on three offences of possessing extreme pornographic images.
The 51-year-old, of Westholme Road, is due to appear at Worcester Magistrates Court.
The voyeurism charge relates to an alleged incident at Evesham Leisure Centre on 17th July 2013. Afterwards, a 26-year-old woman complained to the police.
Walkwood School is a Church of England school in Feckenham Road, Redditch, for children aged 9 to 13. It has approximately 640 pupils.
A statement released by the school this afternoon said: “We are aware that David Doubtfire, former Headteacher at Walkwood School, will appear at Worcester Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges which are unrelated to children or his former role at the school.
“Mr Doubtfire has not been at Walkwood since we were informed about the police investigation and formally resigned as Head when the charges were brought. We are unable to comment further while the court process is ongoing.”
Last year, Mr Doubtfire controversially banned girls at the school from wearing skirts and blouses.
“Some of the older girls were beginning to wear extremely short skirts,” said Mr Doubtfire at the time.
“It was becoming difficult, especially when it came to them sitting down in the school hall. It was very unladylike.
“We would ask them to make their skirts longer, but they would just roll them up again when we turned away.”
Their uniform was changed to trousers and shirts, to match the boys.