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.
Stratford Town 3 Mangotsfield United 2
THE theatre of dreams put on another top quality production on Tuesday night, which wowed an audience of 170 who witnessed another box office blockbuster.
If it’s entertainment that you want right now then the DCS Stadium is the place to be as Carl Adams’ side produced another five-goal thriller. The game ended 3-2 to the hosts but it could quite easily have been 6-5 as both teams missed opportunities to add to their tally in a pulsating end-to-end affair.
As it was, a brace from Town leading scorer Richard Gregory and a further strike from Chris Sterling were enough to overcome a strong Mangotsfield side who are favourites for a play-off spot at the end of the season.
Adams was full of praise for his players. “It was a fantastic game between two very good teams,” he said. “With the chances we had in the second-half we could have wrapped the game up much earlier but I thought overall that we were superb against one of the best sides in the league.”
Town face a tricky couple of games on the road in their next two fixtures.
On Saturday, they travel to title-chasing Cirencester Town (3pm), before making the trip to the Forest of Dean on Tuesday night to play Cinderford Town in a game that kicks off at 7.45pm.
Full report in Thursday's Stratford Herald.