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.
STRATFORD RFC felt the full force of Midlands 1 West leaders Lichfield in a thumping 67-14 defeat at Cooke Fields on Saturday.
The free-scoring Staffordshire side have now won 15 out of their 16 league games played so far with an astonishing points difference of plus 515. They lead the table by 15 points from second-placed Burton, who have a game in hand.
The result leaves Stratford in ninth place ahead of next Saturday’s home game against Malvern, who are just one place below them.
In Midlands 3 West (South), Shipston chalked up their third victory on the campaign after beating visiting Manor Park 31-26. Southam shared the spoils in a 20-20 draw at home to Ledbury.
Harbury maintained their position at the top of Midlands 4 West (South) with a 27-6 win over Coventry Welsh at Waterloo Fields. But Alcester stay in the bottom two following a 24-10 home defeat to league newcomers Barton-under-Needwood. Claverdon’s game at Stoke Old Boys was postponed.
Midlands 5 West (South) action saw wins for both Wellesbourne, 15-10 at Coventry Technical, and Warwickian, 13-5 victors at Keresley.
For full rugby coverage see Thursday’s Stratford Herald.