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 NUMBER of Alcester councillors have spoken out against plans to give the go ahead to a new off-licence in the town.
Stratford District Council’s licensing panel approved the application from Super Wines and Spirits to open up in Hopkins Precinct in Kinwarton Road—within yards of a supermarket already selling alcohol.
At a recent committee meeting, objections to the plans were made by police, community leaders and councillors—but it was still given the all clear.
Cllr Mike Gittus (Cons) who sits on both Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is an extraordinary decision for the licensing panel to make.
“Much was made of the reduction of public nuisance in the vicinity of the application over the last two years.
“What the panel members clearly failed to understand, was that this reduction came about as a direct result of our police, the town’s youth club and voluntary workers.
“In my past professional opinion as a time-served uniformed police officer, this consent to a booze supermarket in this location will lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.”
Alcester district councillor Sue Adams (Cons) was also critical of the panel’s decision.
She said: “I often chair these meetings and I understand the issues involved. It is very unusual for the police to object to an application and I would have thought that this in itself should have given weight to its rejection.”
Super Wines and Spirits has three other Midlands stores and a spokesman for the company said the police had never been called to any of the shops.
A CCTV system will be installed with cameras both inside and outside the shop which is in an alcohol restricted zone.