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.
WARWICKSHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball today (Friday) pledged to protect frontline policing in the county despite next year’s budget being £5 million less than this year’s.
He said: “Policing budgets are continuing to be squeezed. I have been analysing the effects of the reductions in next year’s budget and how that will impact on policing in Warwickshire.
Thanks to the foundations laid in my first budget last year, prudent management by the Police Authority in previous years, and our strategic alliance with West Mercia, I am proposing a plan which will provide reassurance to the people of Warwickshire despite the budget next year being £5m less than this year.”
He is proposing to:
• Bring forward officer recruitment to ensure that numbers are maintained across the force and are not affected by any retirements.
• Maintain 100 police and community support officers— 24 more than planned in the original alliance blueprint.
• Increase the number of special constables from 262 to 314, giving Warwickshire the highest proportion of specials in the country.
• Allocate £800,000 to community safety.
• A repeat of the initiative last year with £300,000 from the £800,000 mentioned above available for groups with innovative bids in the community safety area.
• A commitment to Operation X, targeting the county’s most determined criminals.
• £1.5 million across the alliance to target cyber crime, rural crime and business crime.