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.
CRUCIAL questions about the membership of the board of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust are to be discussed at tonight’s (Tuesday’s) meeting of Stratford Town Council.
The questions have been posed by Rase (Residents Against Shottery Expansion), the pressure group vehemently opposed to the decision to allow 800 homes to be built on the edge of the village.
Rase is asking the questions because it fears the trust will sell a field behind Anne Hathaway’s Cottage needed by the developers for a road. If the trust refused to sell the field, known as Briar Furlong, the route of the road would have to be changed.
In a letter to Stratford’s town clerk, Sarah Summers, the chairman of Rase, Martyn Luscombe, declares: “We are concerned that the composition of the trust board does not include the appropriate number of representatives with an interest in Stratford town, including those who are elected, that it constitutionally should.”
Mr Luscombe says the trust is bound by the Shakespeare Birthplace Act of 1961 which requires ten members to represent local interests, including three aldermen – a title in local government that disappeared 40 years ago. The only elected representative now on the board was the Mayor of Stratford during his or her year of office. Mr Luscombe also challenges the “potential conflicts of interest” of some trustees.
The town council has hired Richard Eggington, former chief executive of Stratford Town Trust, to investigate. He will report his findings tonight.