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.
THE court hearing involving a charge of dangerous driving against former Warwickshire magistrate Alan Marks has been adjourned again.
At Birmingham Crown Court today the judge, Recorder Andrew Smith, was told that further documentation involved in the case was needed before the hearing could proceed.
Mr Marks – who was involved in the so-called “Costa Coffee Crash” in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon on 23rd April 2012 – appeared at the court for what had been scheduled as a hearing for the airing of legal arguments.
His previous court appearance in Birmingham was on 29th November last year when proceedings had to be postponed so that key information could be provided.
A new hearing has now been fixed for Friday 16th May.
During the incident in 2012 a car driven by Mr Marks mounted the pavement by the Costa Coffee café at Market Cross in Stratford.
Several people were injured and required hospital treatment, including Mr Marks himself.
After an investigation lasting several months Warwickshire Police announced that there would be no prosecution because of “insufficient evidence”.
The decision not to prosecute prompted the newly-elected police and crime commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball, to ask for a review of the decision.
A further investigation then took place – again lasting several months – and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) eventually announced that Mr Marks was being charged with dangerous driving.