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.
DRIVERS are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys on the M42 near Birmingham with the start of the International Spring Fair this Sunday at the NEC.
The Highways Agency anticipates the M42 junction 6 exit for NEC and Birmingham Airport could be particularly busy from Sunday until next Thursday and drivers using the airport or attending the fair should leave plenty of time.
Frank Bird, emergency planning officer for the Agency in the West Midlands, said everything was being done to try and alleviate congestion, but such a large event would inevitably lead to some delays.“We are working with police and the NEC to do all we can to minimise disruption and delays, but there is only so much we can do when extra traffic is expected to converge on the area for the event.“The fair gets underway on Sunday and we expect that and Monday to be the busiest, especially during the morning and evening peak times. We will open the hard shoulder on the M42 for longer than normal each day until Thursday to enable extra capacity, but queues are expected.“If you can possibly avoid this area then please do, but if you need to catch a flight please plan carefully and allow longer for your journey.”It is anticipated that 3pm until 7pm each day will be particularly busy around M42 junction 6 until the event ends on Thursday.