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 SPATE of late-night vehicle thefts has hit Stratford-upon-Avon this month.
Sixteen vehicles have been attacked in the Shottery, Old Town, and Clopton areas of the town over the past fortnight.
Thieves are targeting cars displaying valuables they can see through the window, as well as vans that may contain expensive power tools.
Stratford Police Sergeant, Richard Thomas, said: “Most of the vehicles that have been targeted have had items left on display such as sat-navs, laptops, iPods and handbags. The main times for these offences are late afternoon, evenings and overnight.”
The police have stepped up patrols in the area since the recent spike in crime, and are offering deterrent stickers at Rother Street station.
These stickers are for members of the public to put on their vans, confirming no valuables or power tools are kept in them overnight.
Sgt Thomas said catalytic converters had also been targeted, mainly on four-wheel drive models.
Widely known by thieves to have high scrap value, some catalytic converters have a coating containing precious metals including platinum.
The police also have Cat marking kits available. These mark the shell of the converter with a unique code so if it is stolen and recovered it is easier to trace back to the owner.
Sgt Thomas urged the public to hide their valuables and report any suspicious activity to the police.
“Take a few simple steps to reduce the possibility of being a victim of vehicle crime by removing any items of value, and ensure that vehicles are left secure,” he said.
Call Stratford Police station on 01789 444500 or call the non-emergency number 101.