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.
STRATFORD Town face a hectic last two months of the season after last Saturday’s game at Guildford City became the latest postponement of this washout year.
The list of call-offs has now risen to nine since New Year’s Day, with just two games played since then after the wet weather wrecked the fixture schedule. It means that Town will have to play their remaining 17 games over the final nine weeks of the season, starting with Saturday’s trip to Bishops Cleeve (weather permitting).
After that game, they have a rearranged trip to play Clevedon Town on Monday night in a game that will kick off at 7.30pm instead of the normal 7.45pm.
March will prove to be a real test with nine games now scheduled utilising every Saturday and Tuesday throughout the month. Six of those matches are at home.
Town manager Carl Adams said: “It’s going to be tough from now on trying to make up all the postponed games but we are in a positive frame of mind about it. With the lighter nights coming we could have some decent crowds, especially if the weather picks up."
Full story in Thursday's Stratford Herald.