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 YOUNG man arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old boy stayed in a B & B in town the night after the stabbing.
Teenager Connor Tremble was stabbed repeatedly in the chest and legs at his home in Oxford around 6.45pm on Thursday (13th February). He died in hospital on Saturday morning.
On Friday, a 20-year-old man from Banbury was arrested in Evesham Place, Stratford.
Before that, armed police had been looking for him in Shipston Road, where he had stayed in a Bed & Breakfast on Thursday night.
Officers do not believe the stabbing was a random attack, and Thames Valley Police have been questioning the man in custody over the weekend.
Connor was originally from Banbury, but had recently moved to Oxford, it is understood.
His mother Lisa Tremble said in a statement: “Connor was a much-loved son, big brother, nephew and grandson.
“His death has ripped my heart into pieces and I feel I have been robbed of something priceless.
“I want justice for Connor and to appeal for anybody with information regarding his death to come forward.”
Nearly 2,500 people joined a Facebook page over the weekend called “Justice for Connor Tremble” in tribute to the teenager.
Connor’s father Martin Smith, described him as a “charming, happy-go-lucky boy”.
“Wherever he is, may he have found peace and comfort. He will be greatly missed,” he said.
Thames Valley Police have been given more time to question the 20-year-old man arrested in Stratford and can hold him in custody until tomorrow (Tuesday).
A second man, aged 21 from Birmingham, arrested on suspicion of assisting the offender has been released from police custody with no further action.
The police are continuing to investigate the murder. Anyone with any information should call the non-emergency number 101.