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 Town will be hoping to return to action on Tuesday night when they are scheduled to travel to Cinderford Town in a rearranged game, kick-off 7.45pm.
Carl Adams’ side had another blank day on Saturday when heavy overnight rain caused the postponement of their home game with Mangotsfield United. That followed two previous home postponements since the last game at the DCS Stadium against Evesham United on Boxing Day.
But more rain forecast could put the Cinderford game in doubt. The original fixture between the two clubs was postponed back on New Year’s Day.
Town won the Senior Team of the Year award at last Friday’s Stratford District Council Celebration of Sport 2014, which recognised the club’s achievement in winning the Midland Alliance championship last season. Adams was also runner-up in the Coach of the Year award.
Adams told the Herald: “It was nice to be recognised at the awards night after all that has happened at the club. I think that last season’s efforts really put Stratford on the football map.
“I was pleased to be a finalist in my own right but winning the team award is an accolade for everyone who works so hard at the football club.”
On Saturday’s events Adams added: “It’s frustrating to see games postponed because we are really firing at the moment – but the pitch was just unplayable after all the rain. On the positive side it means that Mangotsfield will have to travel to us on a Tuesday night now which won’t be easy for them.”