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.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 80 homes on land south of Oxhill Road at Tysoe have been unanimously rejected by Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s east area planning committee.
The proposals attracted additional attention because they are in a village where Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has his constituency home.
Although Mr Zahawi does not normally become involved in individual planning applications, this one prompted him to speak out against “rapacious developers” taking advantage of the district council’s current lack of a local plan.
The MP became further embroiled in a row over planning when he this week criticised the coalition government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Mr Zahawi’s criticism is especially pertinent because he is a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street policy board.
The reasons given by the district council’s committee for refusing the Tysoe application included expressions of concern about the effect of the scheme on the local landscape.
There was also a feeling it would bring no local benefit and would create a lack of social cohesion.
For a fuller report and analysis see next Thursday’s Stratford Herald.