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.
THE countdown is on with less than a fortnight to go until the winner—or winners— of a £1 million prize designed to get new community projects off the ground in Stratford are announced.
Last year Stratford Town Trust launched its £1m CommYOUnity Challenge offering a share of a £1 million pot to schemes aimed at providing a lasting legacy for the town.
More than 70 applications were received and cut down to a final nine.
Detailed applications were then submitted and judged by a panel, made of up of town trust staff and trustees, as well as local businessmen, councillors, the local MP and pupils from two Stratford schools.
The results will be revealed at the Touch FM Pride of Stratford Awards on Friday of next week 7th February. Those selected will share the £1 million, with a minimum of £200,000 per scheme. Or, of course, one exceptional idea could be chosen to get the entire £1 million.
The finalists are:
Stratford Athletics Club —for a new community centre at the athletics track at Stratford School.
Springfield Mind—plans for a 48 hour respite hotel for people with dementia.
Stratford Cycling Club—to build a new cycling facility behind Stratford Leisure Centre.
Stratford Samaritans— for a charities hub, operating from one single point in Stratford and providing a range of support.
Chalk and Cheese—a combined project for a community café/hub, also used by Stratford’s schools to run Young Enterprise initiatives.
Heart of England Mencap (with Stepping Forwards)—a plan to provide a new support service for young people with learning disabilities.
Escape Community Arts —creating a heritage arts centre by converting the old slaughter house in Stratford.
Community Kitchen—plans for a skill sharing community kitchen.
Orchestra of the Swan—adding significant value to Stratford schools’ music provision.
Town trust chief executive Helen Munro said: “What we’re looking for is a project or projects that will be of real benefit to Stratford, with a genuine legacy value.
“The town trust has three key priorities for grant giving; promoting welfare and wellbeing, helping to strengthen communities and providing opportunities for young people.
“We’re looking for an innovative project or projects, something new that will act as a source of inspiration for the future. All of those shortlisted are exciting prospects.”