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 MAN pretending to be a police officer tried to scam four elderly people in South Warwickshire out of their bank details on Saturday.
Between 4pm and 6.45pm elderly people in Aston Cantlow, Barford, Earlswood and Studley received phone calls from a so-called police officer telling them their bank details had been compromised.
The fraudster said a courier would collect their bank cards from their homes and told them to call their banks to report the situation.
Three of the four people recognised this as a scam, which has previously been reported in the Herald, and refused to give details.
One however, did not realise until it was too late and had money taken from an account.
Police later arrested a 20-year-old man in Leicester on Saturday night in connection with the four cases of courier fraud.
He was taken into custody for questioning and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A police spokesperson advised: “Banks and police officers will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone, and would not come round to the house to collect your cards or property.
“If you do get such a call, hang up immediately and dial 999 using another phone.”
Investigating officers would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the New Road area of Studley, Aston Cantlow village, the Church Lane area of Barford or the Malthouse Lane area of Earlswood on Saturday.
Call Warwickshire Police on 101.