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.
CRIMINALS in Warwickshire are less likely to be jailed than in all but one of the other counties in England, according to figures released by the Centre for Crime Prevention.
More than 11,000 criminals avoided prison in Warwickshire during 2012, which means 95.5 per cent of all sentenced criminals escaped jail.
The only county where a higher percentage of criminals escaped jail was Northumbria (96 per cent).
The Centre for Crime Prevention has attacked the courts’ failure to imprison repeat offenders.
Its figures suggest nationally, 29,000 criminals who had 25 or more previous offences escaped jail in 2012.
Peter Cuthbertson, author of the report and director of the centre, said: “The courts are utterly failing to show they take crime seriously.
“Prison is the only sure way to protect the public from hardened criminals.
“The most prolific offenders are responsible for a growing percentage of all crime, and locking them up would have a massive impact on the crime rate,” he added.
There were 523 people who escaped jail England and Wales during 2012 despite having 100 or more previous offences, and eight people avoided incarceration despite having 300 or more previous offences.
Mr Cuthbertson said: “New Zealand recently fought rising crime by letting criminals know that it is ‘three strikes and you’re out’. In Britain, we don’t even have 300 strikes and you’re out.”
He wants the government to build more prisons to protect the public from prolific offenders, and reckons the government should consider an automatic minimum sentence of four years for anyone convicted after a certain number of previous offences.