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.
SHIPSTON-on-Stour High School has been awarded £1.6 million of government funding to build a new classroom block at the overcrowded school.
The new state-of-the-art building will contain six new classrooms together with office space, new student toilets and a large open-plan resources area.
The building, which will be on two floors, will also have a lift, making it the only part of the school to be fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Headteacher Jonathan Baker said: “It was the best Christmas present the school could have wished to receive.”
The High School has become heavily over-subscribed in recent years and now has over 450 students crammed in a building designed for up to 388.
In the next few years the school is likely to need to grow to over 500 without taking into account the impact of all the new housing developments taking place in the area.
In addition, the original building was completed in the 1950s and is now showing serious signs of its age.
Mr Baker said: “We are really delighted with the news not least because we have been planning and working hard on getting the project off the ground.”
The building already has planning permission so construction work may start as early as Spring.
This is just the first phase of a plan to gradually rebuild the entire school. When it’s finished, the new building, which will be the first part of the school visitors will see, will showcase what the whole new Shipston High School will eventually look like.
Mr Baker said: “We have, however, no intention of taking things any easier and we are already making plans to start a huge fund-raising appeal for the next phase of our project, to build a four-court sports hall for the school and its wider community.”
An artist's impression of the new classroom block.