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.
WEST Midlands Ambulance Service are facing a £3 million fine over poor response times.
Under national targets set by the government’s Department of Health, ambulances should reach 75 per cent of patients in life-threatening conditions within eight minutes.
However, according to the BBC the service failed to meet this standard in 2013, and Chief Executive Anthony Marsh has told staff there is a “real risk” of being fined by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in the West Midlands.
A spokesperson for the service pointed out their ambulances had met the target in the 2012/13 financial year, but admitted response times had recently fallen away.
“In the last few months our targets have not been reached,” he admitted.
However, it has been questioned whether the hefty fine will improve results when a lack of resources has been blamed for the poor response times.
A WMAS spokesperson said: “The trust is hopeful that the Clinical Commissioning Groups in the West Midlands will adopt the same lines as other CCGs across England, which are reinvesting their fines into the ambulance service to help maintain a safe service to patients.”
In Coventry and Warwickshire, the ambulance service only just failed to reach its 75 per cent target in 2013 for patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest or stopped breathing.
South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been contacted for a response.