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.
A CHILD KILLER found in Alcester after escaping from prison has been given a further six-month sentence to run alongside the life term he is already serving.
Alan Giles, aged 56, absconded from an open part of HMP Hewell on 28th October last year.
After a massive police search, he was arrested nine days later on 6th November when he was spotted by Alcester school cleaner Lesley Witchard.
Giles, who was sleeping rough, had left prison while serving two life sentences for the 1995 kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts.
Following his escape from HMP Hewell a manhunt was launched with up to 50 officers working on the investigation at any one time.
While Giles was on the run, police received more than 100 potential sightings from members of the public.
Detective Inspector Stephen Tonks of West Mercia Police said: “During the nine days or so that Giles was missing there was a great deal of concern in the community, particularly in North Worcestershire where the prison is and in Warwickshire where most of the sightings were.
“We are extremely grateful to members of the public who rang in with sightings and for the hard work and commitment of the officers from West Mercia, Warwickshire and neighbouring forces.
“In particular praise needs to go to the two officers who caught Giles and this case is an excellent example of the valued contribution that Specials make.
“An off-duty police officer who cycled in from home to join the search after a member of the public knocked on his door also deserves to be singled out for his dedication to duty.”
Giles, formerly from Oldbury, admitted escaping from lawful custody and was sentenced on Thursday 16th January at Worcester Crown Court.
Initially jailed in 1997, he would have been eligible for consideration for parole this year.