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.
STRATFORD-on-Avon District Council are warning residents to be on their guard for scam phone calls claiming they are entitled to refunds on their council tax.
The council has issued an immediate alert after a resident got in touch to say they had received a call saying that they were entitled to a council tax refund.
The caller claims to be from the council and will be making a personal call to your property to refund an overpayment of tax. This is not genuine and they are not from the council.
If a council tax payer does overpay, the council will arrange a refund direct to the paying bank account or will send a cheque to the account payer. These refunds are never hand delivered.
Dave Webb, Head of Enterprise, Housing and Revenues at the council said: “If any callers come to your house claiming they are from the district council and that you are owed a refund for council tax and you cannot establish their identity by calling the district council, or if you have any doubt regarding their identity we advise you call the police on 101.”
All council employees carry staff identity cards and will be happy for you to call the district council on 01789 267575 to check their authenticity.
The district council has informed Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards. Anyone concerned should phone Stratford District Council on 01789 267575.