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.
TWO more people have been arrested in connection with the death of a South Warwickshire sailor killed defending his wife in St Lucia.
Roger Pratt, a 62-year-old retired engineer from Moreton Paddox, was killed on Friday (17th January) when three armed robbers boarded the 45-ft yacht him and his wife Margaret were using to sail around the world.
Five people are now being held in custody by St Lucian police over the incident after a post-mortem earlier this week found Mr Pratt died as a result of being beaten and drowned.
Mrs Pratt told the BBC she had been touched by people’s kind words since her husband’s death.
“We've been here almost two and a half weeks. We've enjoyed our time in St Lucia and not felt unsafe until those final tragic minutes,” she said.
“We have had considerable kindness from very many people and that kindness is continuing during the period of the homicide investigations.”
See also: South Warwickshire man murdered defending his wife in St Lucia