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.
ASTON Martin is recalling more than 17,000 cars because of a potentially defective accelerator pedal.
The South Warwickshire-based luxury car maker confirmed the recall accounts for 75% of its cars built since 2007 but stressed there had been no reports of any accidents.
The firm, based in Gaydon, is recalling 17,590 cars in total – 1,553 in the UK – after discovering a Chinese sub-supplier was using counterfeit plastic in part of the accelerator pedal. There are fears the pedal may break.
A spokesperson said: “Customer safety is very important and to change the pedal takes less than an hour, so take the car and get it replaced.
“It's very important to say that there have not been any incidents or accidents.”
The company said the financial impact to the automaker was small, but did not give a figure.
The recall affects all left-hand-drive models built since November 2007 and all right-hand-drive models built since May 2012.
It applies to all cars apart from the new Vanquish coupe and Volante models.
Production of the pedal arm will now be shifted from China to the UK.