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 MP Nadhim Zahawi has welcomed new government figures showing that recorded crime in Warwickshire has fallen by eight per cent.
The figures for September 2012 to September 2013—the most recent available—showed particularly sharp drops in robbery (down 18 per cent), burglary (down 15 per cent) and public order offences (down 18 per cent).
The overall fall of eight per cent was higher than the regional average, which was a decline of six per cent.
Other figures published on the same day, the results of the Crime Survey of England and Wales—a different measure to recorded crime, show a countrywide fall in crime of ten per cent.
There were particularly high falls in violent crime (down 13 per cent) and household theft (down 19 per cent), but crime fell in almost every area looked at by the survey.
Mr Zahawi said: “I am delighted that we are seeing crime fall, not just here in Warwickshire but across the country. I’d like to congratulate the police on the fantastic job they do, everyone in Warwickshire Police should be rightly proud of this achievement.”