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.
ALCESTER Town Council is increasing its portion of council tax by four per cent for 2014/15.
The Mayor, Mark Cargill, stressed that this was the equivalent of a £4 increase per year per household.
The council’s precept is £243,000 and whereas last year a band D property in Alcester gave them £100, next year they will pay £104.
The Mayor said the main reason behind the increase was to pay for a new mandatory government pension scheme for the council’s six employees.
The tax hike is also covering the potential increase in the adult minimum wage from £6.31 to £7 which would affect all but one of the council’s staff.
The Mayor said: “We have not raised the precept for two years. This is not an inflation-busting increase, it is a stand-still increase.”
The final tax bill is made up of payments Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, and Warwickshire Police, as well as your local parish or town council.
See also: Warwickshire heading for a 2% increase in county council tax