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.
NEW data published today by Public Health England suggests nearly 65 per cent of adults in Warwickshire are overweight or obese.
Warwickshire adults are fatter than those in Coventry, where 56.5 per cent are overweight.
The national average is 64 per cent and the average in the West Midlands is 65.7 per cent.
Part of the government’s Department of Health, Public Health England are highlighting the extent of the challenge faced by local authorities.
Every year health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS a staggering £5 billion.
Dr Lola Abudu, from the Public Health England West Midlands Health and Wellbeing team, wants to develop a broad programme of action to reduce excess weight.
She said: “There is no single solution to reducing obesity. It is an issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level. However, local authorities are ideally placed to develop co-ordinated action across their departments, services and partner organisations to tackle overweight and obesity in the local population.”
Obesity is a complex issue and influenced by a variety of factors, including social and economic deprivation and age.
Although the number of overweight and obese adults is still increasing, on the positive side, the rate of increase has slowed in recent years and in children, levels are stabilising.
However welcome though this is, given the health problems associated with being overweight, Public Health England says there are no grounds for complacency.
Dr Abudu hopes this new data will now enable local councils to monitor progress towards the national ambition of achieving a downward trend in excess weight by 2020.
“Today’s information will help local authorities to understand the extent of the problem in their area and support their on-going efforts to tackle overweight and obesity and improve the health of their local population,” she said.
To read the data and to find out more visit www.noo.org.uk
% of adults who are overweight or obese
Telford & Wrekin
West Midlands region