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 SURVEY that claimed that check-up costs in Stratford-upon-Avon were the highest in the country has been slammed as “absolute bunkum” by one of the town’s leading practices.
Figures revealed by private healthcare search engine whatclinic.com found that the average price of a check-up in the town was £67 compared to Bradford where a standard examination cost around £15.
But Manju Kumar, owner of Stratford Dental in Aintree Road, said the figures didn’t add up.
“It’s absolute bunkum,” she said. “We are one of the only fully private dental practices in Stratford and we only charge £25 for a check-up.
“We don’t know where they are getting their prices from but maybe they are combining the price for a check-up with that of a scale and polish. Even for a new customer when we spend more time with the patient the cost is only £40.
“Everyone is trying to be competitive. If you out-price yourself then you aren’t going to get the business.”
The website looked at the charges of 11,000 private dentists before compiling the report.
Caelen King, chief executive of whatclinic.com, said: “Even something as straightforward as a dental check-up can fluctuate by around £50 depending on where you live.
“If the whole family has regular check-ups every six months, as recommended, then the accumulated costs over time could be quite significant.
“It’s also worth checking prices in your local area, as we found the cost of dental treatments can also vary quite dramatically between dental clinics in the same city or town.
“Just spending a few minutes online comparing local prices could save you a considerable amount of money over the course of a year.”