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 STRATFORD-on-Avon district councillor has claimed that his children are afraid to walk alone through their home village because of a campaign of bullying and harassment against him and his family.
The disturbing claim was made by Cllr Robert Vaudry (Cons, Bardon), who has aroused fierce opposition from local people over his plans to convert his home—the historic Moat House in Dorsington—into a wedding venue.
Cllr Vaudry’s accusations against his fellow villagers came on the eve of a hearing into his appeal against Stratford District Council’s refusal of his wedding venue proposals.
In a statement to the Herald Cllr Vaudry declared: “For over a year my family and I have had to endure a nasty, spiteful and very personalised campaign of bullying and harassment.”
He added: “We’ve had to endure one neighbour regularly shouting abuse at us and I caught another searching through my rubbish. My children will no longer walk alone through the village.”
Cllr Vaudry said the hostility towards him and his family was all about the hosting of up to 24 weddings a year in a beautiful barn, which would create significant employment opportunities for local people and provide a social meeting place for the village, which currently had no village hall.
To the villagers and parish council of Dorsington, however, it is not they who are the villains of the piece but Cllr Vaudry himself. Indeed, they are so angry with him that they have lodged an official complaint against him to Stratford District Council.
Meanwhile Cllr Vaudry has become embroiled in a row with the parish council over its neighbourhood plan proposals.
In a lengthy objection to the parish council’s neighbourhood plan submission Cllr Vaudry argues that the council is “currently not fit for purpose.”
Of the parish councillors, he declared: “Far from building a neighbourhood their actions have created a vile atmosphere in Dorsington.”
The parish council’s neighbourhood plan submission was subsequently rejected by Stratford District Council’s ruling cabinet—on 2nd December 2013.
When asked by the Herald if the cabinet felt the submission did not meet the necessary criteria solely because of the objections by Cllr Vaudry, a district council spokeswoman said: “The cabinet concluded that, on the basis of the information available, it was not clear that the area application had been properly authorised by resolution of the parish council.”
The Herald also asked the district council to confirm that the official complaint against Cllr Vaudry was being investigated by a Birmingham-based solicitor hired by the council and how much this was costing the council tax payer.
But the spokeswoman said that because of the appeal hearing the council was not prepared to make any comment. She said the council would make a comment “when it is appropriate” to do so.
In a letter last month to the district council Cllr Lesley Perry, the chairman of Dorsington Parish Council, stated: “The most unacceptable criticism levelled by Cllr Vaudry is that there is a ‘vile atmosphere in the village’.
“The parish council has the full support of 100 per cent of the households with the obvious exception of Mr Vaudry. They are all hard-working councillors that give their time and energy to meet the aspirations of their parishioners.”
Cllr Vaudry’s appeal hearing took place on Thursday at 10am at Elizabeth House in Church Street, Stratford – the headquarters of Stratford District Council. The Planning Inspector visited Dorsington for an on-site inspection on Friday.