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-ON-AVON MP Nadhim Zahawi came out in support of gay marriage this week, describing it as a "Conservative value."
Mr Zahawi said: "I think as Conservatives we should be supporting civil partnerships moving towards marriage between a man and a man, and a woman and a woman, because having a fabric of society that is held together by strong relationships is a conservative value."
He was debating with fellow Conservative MP, Peter Bone, in reaction to an assertion made by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the most senior Catholic in Britain, that the government’s plan to legalise gay marriage is 'madness' and a 'grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right'.
Mr Zahawi said: "Conservatives believe in strong relationships that hold together through thick and thin."
"It goes to the heart of what a Conservative is," he added.
Couples in civil partnerships at the moment are not technically married, but they have the same rights and benefits as married couples.
The MP thinks it is time to legalise calling gay couples in this situation married if they so wish. "Everybody already does in the real world by the way," he said.
Dismissing the cardinal’s comments, he added: "Marriage is no longer the sole purview of the church; people can choose to marry outside the church."