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.
BOTH swimming pools at the Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure and Visitor Centre are closed for a second day today (Friday), due to a sudden spike in water pressure.
Everyone Active, which operates the leisure centre, is currently working with Seven Trent Water to identify the possible cause of the problem.
At present all activity areas of the leisure centre are fully operational and the hot showers in the member’s area should also be restored by mid-afternoon today.
The swimming pools are currently closed to the public, but contractors are working to resolve the situation, and it is hoped that they will re-open to the public on Sunday 26th January.
Toni Gaskins, who is the contract manager for Everyone Active, in Stratford said: “On Thursday 23rd January Stratford Visitor and Leisure Centre experienced a problem in its plant room which it believes was due to a sudden spike in water pressure.”
She added that customers are advised that Shipston, Southam and Studley leisure centres are available for use.
To keep up-to-date with the situation visit www.everyoneactive.com/stratford and for swimming pool opening times at other centres visit www.everyoneactive.com