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.
STRATFORD Town manager Carl Adams has completed the signing of Rugby Town defender Mason Rowley.
The 21-year-old centre-back trained with his new team-mates yesterday (Saturday) after Stratford’s scheduled home game against Tiverton Town was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
It was Town’s seventh game to be called off since New Year’s Day, which followed an 8.30am pitch inspection on Saturday morning at the DCS Stadium.
Adams took advantage of the club’s 3G pitch training facility to give his team a run-out ahead of Tuesday night’s home game against Thatcham Town (7.45pm).
He said: “It’s disappointing to see another game postponed but on the positive side it will be tougher for Tiverton to come to us on a Tuesday night than a Saturday. They are one of the better teams in this league.”
When asked about his new signing Adams said: “We’ve already got two top centre-halves in Callum Burgess and Loyiso Recci. But the Tuesday night games are now starting to stack up and Loyiso in particular may have some work commitments so we need strength in depth.
“Mason is a top player and will be a very good signing for us. When he became available I had no hesitation in signing him.”
Just three games went ahead in the Calor Southern League Division One South & West on Saturday.
League-leaders Merthyr Town sent out a message of intent with a staggering 12-0 win at home to struggling Guildford City. Merthyr have a 3G pitch at Penydarren Park.
Elsewhere, two goals from former Port Vale striker Lewis Haldane gave Yate Town a 2-0 home win over Shortwood United. They move up to fourth place, ahead of Paulton Rovers, who suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to bottom-of-the-table Fleet Town.