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.
AS far as market towns go Alcester might be rated as a market leader when a new 20mph High Street speed limit takes effect in March to increase pedestrian safety.
Reducing speed related accidents and enhancing the shopping experience were all key factors in Alcester’s decision to opt for a 20mph limit in the town centre after Warwickshire County Council gave the green light to the safety scheme with funding from council coffers.
County Cllr Mike Gittus (Cons, Alcester), who pressed for the new limit, said: “Alcester has always enjoyed a feel-good factor, boosted by the success of our annual festivals which continue to prove popular.
“The work will improve road safety for all road users, because I know that slower speeds mean, less severe casualties in both pedestrians and road users.
“Apart from the road safety issue there’s also a benefit to the pleasant shopping experience by reducing speeds drivers and passengers can absorb the retail possibilities as they drive by.”