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.
THE speed limit on the Tiddington Road in Stratford-upon-Avon has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph while – despite a campaign – it has stayed 40mph outside a primary school.
Many motorists have been recently surprised by Warwickshire County Council’s decision to remove the 40mph signs from the wide Tiddington Road.
None more so than Snitterfield mother-of-two, Fiona Cockburn. Her children go to Wolverton Primary School, where the same council recently told staff there was not enough money to reduce the speed limit.
She said: “I am appalled, I just think it’s outrageous. They’ve basically told us that they didn’t have enough funding, and there needed to be six accidents before they can even consider reducing the speed limit.”
Fiona and other parents at the school have been campaigning for two years to get the 40mph Wolverton Road outside Norton Lindsey reduced to 30mph, or ideally, 20mph.
“I’m really disappointed, our children’s lives are at stake,” she said. “It’s been an issue for many years, and it just seems to fall on deaf ears.”
Many Stratford residents are also perplexed by the decision to change the Tiddington Road limit when there is still a 40mph limit near Stratford High School.
Rod Barnett said: “Why a 30mph limit on that section of road, you don’t see many young children walking along that stretch of road, in fact you don’t see many people. On the Alcester Road you still have a 40mph limit just past the school, which does have many pedestrians using it, especially children.”
Jo Edwards, from the council’s road safety team, recently visited Wolverton Primary School and told secretary Jane Thirlaway the speed limit could not be reduced.
Speaking to the Herald, Ms Edwards suggested a 20 or 30mph speed limit outside the school would not actually reduce the speed of motorists.
She said: “The speed limit cannot be reduced outside Wolverton School as any lower speed limit would not meet the required criteria.
“The environment here is very different to that of Tiddington Road, and extensive research carried out by the Department for Transport shows that inappropriate speed limits (i.e. where the criteria is not met), simply does not result in reduced speeds by the majority of drivers.”
The change on the Tiddington Road was made because of the significant number of driveways that open on to the road.