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-upon-Avon Town Trust this week defended the large penalties being imposed on motorists who overstay their limit on the civic hall car park in Rother Street.
The issue was raised with the Herald by an angry driver who had absent-mindedly gone over the limit and found she was being charged £50—even if she paid within 14 days.
The motorist, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I stupidly thought I had three hours when I in fact only had two. I arrived back at the car thinking I had half an hour to spare and found I’d been stung with an £85 parking fine reduced to £50 if I paid within 14 days. I was astonished.”
By contrast all the car parks administered by Stratford District Council—either on-street or off-street—impose a penalty of £50 reduced to £25 if paid within a fortnight. A district council spokeswoman told the Herald that these charges were set by the government.
Helen Munro, chief executive of the town trust—which owns the land on which the civic hall car park is situated—told the Herald: “The town trust reviews the parking charges annually with LPS [Local Parking Security].
“The charges are clearly displayed in the car park and if people choose not to follow the car parking terms as set out that is entirely their choice.
“Clearly in exceptional circumstances people can appeal against the decision. The excess is set by LPS. It is in line with all LPS car parks in Stratford and across the country. The current excess has been in place since July 2013.”
Frank Aston, chief executive of LPS, said: “The excess charge was changed to £85 which is reduced to £50 for payment within 14 days on 12th July 2013. It was previously £60 with a reduction to £40 for payment within 14 days.
“It had been at that level since 2006. These charges are in line with all LPS car parks in Stratford-on-Avon and indeed all of our car parks across the country.
“The signs in Rother Street car park have been changed. This has been done in order meet the latest British Parking Association requirements for signage in private car parks,” he said. “Please note that part of this requirement is the need to offer a minimum 40 per cent reduction from the highest excess charge rate for prompt payment.”