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 DEAD man found in the River Avon in Evesham is most likely from Warwickshire or Worcestershire, police have said.
Officers want help identifying the white man, aged between 45 and 55, who was found near the Weir Meadow Caravan Park in Castle Street at 10.10am, Wednesday.
He had no ID or wallet on him and does not fit any outstanding missing person reports from any upstream areas in Warwickshire.
When he was found, he was wearing a pair of well-used Caterpillar boots; a studded leather belt; a tweed-like Jasper Conran coat worn under a dark blue body warmer; a thick-knit jumper with a zipped collar; a blue and red-checked shirt; and dark blue jeans.
Found in a pocket were a pair of metal-rimmed glasses in a hard, blue case from Boots.
It is believed he had been in the water for some time.
Detective Sergeant Chris Percival, who is leading the search, said: “Usually in such tragic cases, we can quickly identify the person and inform their next of kin, so it is unfortunate that with this man we have so little to go on.
“It is most likely this man is from Worcestershire or Warwickshire, so I would like to appeal to anyone who thinks they recognise the description and the clothes he was wearing to contact West Mercia Police straight away.”
DS Percival can be contacted at Worcester CID on the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Please quote the reference number 151s for 19th February.
All photos from Warwickshire Police.