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 pregnant woman and four elderly people were left shivering by the side of the road this week after their bus was involved in a collision with a lorry.
Michaela Moore, aged 22, and her grandmother May Moore — both from Shipston-on-Stour — were forced to wait in the cold after a tree branch smashed through the window of the 50A bus to Banbury.
Five months pregnant, Michaela stood in the rain with four OAPs on the outskirts of the village of Swalcliffe for over an hour on Monday morning.
“It was quite a tight road and there was a yellow lorry coming towards us,” said the expectant mother from Pittway Avenue, Shipston.
“You could see he wasn’t going to get through. The branch came straight through the door, and all of the glass went flying. There was an old lady sitting nearby.”
The bus driver pulled over and phoned Stagecoach bosses. He was initially told to wait with the passengers, and then to drive them all to Banbury.
Finally, he was told to leave them on the side of the road and return the damaged bus to the Stratford-upon-Avon depot.
He shovelled the shivering people off the stationary bus and told them to wait by the side of the road for the next bus in 20 minutes.
But when Michaela telephoned her 23-year-old partner, Ben Wickham, around 10am, he called Stagecoach and found out they were not planning on sending another bus until 12noon.
“It started to rain, it was freezing cold and two of the old ladies that were there hadn’t got proper coats on, they just had cardigans,” said Michaela.
“We were all worried about each other, because everyone was either old or pregnant.”
Ben, who is a director at Security Guards UK, is adamant the driver should have stayed there and let them sit in the bus.
“There was no reason for him to leave five vulnerable people in the cold, wet and rain,” he said. “I think it’s disgusting really.”
He demanded Stagecoach go and pick up his pregnant partner straight away and then threatened to go and get her himself and bill them for his time.
After Ben kicked up a fuss Stagecoach eventually sent taxis to Swalcliffe around 11.35am, over an hour after the bus had left the passengers there.
A company spokesperson apologised for the incident: “We are very sorry to hear of the problems experienced by five of our passengers, who were required to vacate the bus following damage to its wing mirror and door.”
The incident was not dealt with in “the way we would have expected”, he said.
“The matter is being internally investigated to ensure that swifter action is undertaken in the future.”
Michaela and her grandmother eventually got to Banbury, but the expectant mother said: “I wasn’t happy, my nan was suffering with cold feet all day.”