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 STRIKING new £3.2 million caravan park clubhouse open-ing in Stratford-upon-Avon next month is believed to be the largest wooden structure in the UK – and will be run by the same company that does the catering at the NEC.
Elevated on stilts because it is built on the flood plain, Stratford Caravans’ new 13,000 sq ft clubhouse off the Tiddington Road now dominates the skyline and catches the eye from the Warwick Road.
With three restaurants, three bars, and two function rooms, it is being run by Amadeus food, the company that provides catering for the NEC in Birmingham.
Nic Allen is the 35-year-old managing director of Avon Estates, the company that owns Stratford Caravans.
He told the Herald: “We have been working on it for a long time, it’s been on the drawing board for over ten years. We believe it’s the largest wooden structure in the UK.”
The design, based on Swiss chalets, was built in Russia before it was shipped over here in pieces.
As well as a much-needed clubhouse for the holiday parks, it will also be available for conferences, weddings, birthdays and other events.
Family business Avon Estates has been running the caravan park for nearly 30 years.
“My grandad had it before that so we’ve probably had it for 50 years,” said Nic.
They have 500 static caravans on site.
The majority of these are privately owned and they also have 12 wooden lodges, 12 camping snugs known as ‘hobbit huts’, and space for people to bring their own caravans.
“We see ourselves as one of the biggest hotels in Stratford with the amount of beds we have on site,” said Nic.
“On a bank holiday weekend we could have probably 2,500 people, we bring a lot of tourism into the area.”
What started off as just a clubhouse for Stratford Caravans has now turned into something bigger.
Nic said: “When we started designing it we realised we had designed something pretty special.”
He decided to capitalise on that potential and now that Amadeus have come in to run the Riverside Clubhouse, 15 new hospitality jobs have been created.
“Who better than the NEC Group, where Amadeus has experience of serving some of the biggest exhibition and conference customers in the world?” asked Nic.
Kevin Watson, managing director of Amadeus described it as a “fairytale” location for weddings and “well-equipped” for conferences.
“Amadeus has over 34 years’ experience of providing venue management and catering,” he said. “We are really looking forward to welcoming local residents and businesses alike.”
The Riverside Clubhouse opens to the public on Friday 7th March.