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 PARK-and-ride bus service to Stratford Parkway is being removed less than a year after the £6.9 million railway station opened.
The SP1 service for commuters installed in May last year has been labelled the ‘ghost bus’ by residents because hardly anybody uses it.
Starting in West Green Drive, Shottery, it stops at Trevelyan Crescent, Drayton Avenue, and Masons Road, before arriving at the Parkway station in Bishopton.
But it is being removed on 17th March because of “low passenger use”.
A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “As demand has been significantly less than expected, it is only right that we withdraw the service.”
There was a park and ride in Bishopton before the station was built – and both the 221 and 222 services that come into town throughout the day will still be in operation – but the SP1 service was specifically for rail users.
Last year, the Herald revealed on average, only 80 railway passenger journeys a day were made from Stratford Parkway in October.
However, this week new figures show signs of improvement.
The council said yesterday (Wednesday): “Train passenger figures for Stratford Parkway continue to show an upward trend, with over 4,500 trips being made in December compared with 2,500 in October.”
London Midland confirmed these figures and said it normally takes between six months and a year for passengers to start using a new railway station.
John Morgan is a regular user of the rail service in Stratford. He said: “The new semi-fast Stratford-Birmingham service via Solihull is useful as it saves having to drive to Warwick Parkway.”
But like many, he thinks instead of a new station, the line into Stratford needs improving.
“It beggars belief that an international tourist destination like Stratford, the sixth most visited tourist destination in the UK, lies at the end of a truncated branch line,” he said.
“Unfortunately, Stratford Park-way was destined to be a white elephant from the start.”
Nine SP1 buses run each day Monday to Friday – four in the morning and five in the evening.