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.
SMOKERS who have managed to quit or are struggling with quitting are being offered prizes by Warwickshire County Council.
The council want both current smokers and ex-smokers to get in touch with them in order to help others in the county kick the habit.
They have called the campaign the rather contrived name, “the eX-Smoker Factor challenge”.
One in five adults in Warwickshire smoke, and so to tackle this, the council have set up a platform for people to share their stories about quitting with each other.
They’re offering anyone who gets in touch a range of prizes, including family tickets at National Trust attractions, memberships to health clubs, football tickets, a round of golf, and tickets to Warwick Castle.
Cllr Bob Stevens, Portfolio Holder for Health at the council, said: “It is important that we do everything we can to encourage people to give up smoking. If you can share any of the experience you have had whilst giving up smoking this will inspire others to take the plunge and give up as well.”
To enter the competition, email your experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org or set up your own blog on an external site and email the link.
You can also video your thoughts on YouTube and send the link to the council.
Tweet them using the hashtag #exsmokerfactor or post a video on the Public Health Warwickshire Facebook page.
The prizes are:
• 2 x family tickets for Upton House (National Trust)
• 1 family ticket for Charlecote Park (National Trust)
• A family voucher for Ash End House Children’s Farm
• Membership for 4 months to Lea Marston Hotel health club
• A mid-week 4 ball at Maxstoke Park Golf club
• 4 tickets to Warwick Castle
• Afternoon tea for 2 at Hathaway Team Rooms, Stratford
• Family ticket to Nuneaton Town FC
• 2 x goody bags from Holland and Barrett
• A Nuneaton bootcamp
Contact the NHS Warwickshire Stop Smoking Service who provide support and stop smoking medication – phone 08000 085 2197, text “LIFE” for free to 80800 or visit www.smokefreewarwickshire.org