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 STRATFORD-upon-Avon care home taken over by a private company last year is going to undergo a £3 million rebuild to “improve the quality.”
Runwood Homes took over eight care homes in Warwickshire from the county council in January 2013.
The company now wants to demolish Lower Meadow Care Home in Drayton Avenue and build a new one with 67 en-suite bedrooms, a private garden area at the back, and 26 parking spaces.
Geoff Pride from Runwood Homes said: “We are undergoing extensive refurbishments to all eight homes. We’re adding extra rooms to some, we’re knocking some of them down and rebuilding them. It’s all to improve the quality.”
There is currently work taking place at Lower Meadow to build a £400,000 temporary extension to the home, increasing the number of bedrooms from 35 to 46.
Planning permission for this extension was granted last year but now Runwood wants to demolish the whole care home and start from scratch.
As well as Lower Meadow, the company now runs Low Furlong care home in Shipston and Park View in Warwick.
It also took over care homes previously run by the council in Atherstone, Nuneaton, Studley, Coleshill and Whitnash.
A Stratford District Council planning committee will decide whether to grant Runwood permission to rebuild Lower Meadow at a meeting in Elizabeth House, Church Street, next Wednesday. The meeting starts at 6.15pm and is open to the public.
The new care home would roughly be in the shape of an ‘H’ and if granted, must be built within three years.