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 POLICE helicopter called to Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday to chase four males who ran away from a car crash did not locate them.
A dark Vauxhall Insignia collided with a white van on the Shipston Road roundabout with the Seven Meadows Road and Trinity Way shortly before 4pm.
Eyewitnesses saw the four males in the car, who are believed to be young and local to the area, get out of the car and flee the scene on foot.
A police helicopter and dog teams were called to the area to try and find them.
Police cars with dog units were seen opposite Budgens in Trinity Mead and the helicopter was hovering over Waitrose and the Rosebird Centre.
However, this morning, police said nobody had been found in the search.
A spokesperson for the National Police Air Support said it costs approximately £700 per hour to deploy the helicopter, taking into account fuel and maintenance.
The Vauxhall Insignia was taken away by police, who don't believe at this stage that it was stolen.
A number of Herald Facebook readers say they saw the car earlier, driving erratically on the Birmingham Road.
The driver of the van had to be taken by ambulance to Warwick Hospital after the crash to be checked over as a precaution.
Any witnesses who can help identify the males is asked to call police on non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 245 of 19th February.