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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’.
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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.
DANGEROUS and anti-social motorcyclists in Alcester, Bidford, and Salford Priors were targeted by police at the weekend.
Speeding bikers have been causing problems for residents in these areas and so on Saturday and Sunday the police were out on the roads for “a mixture of education and enforcement”.
Thirty road traffic offences were dealt with during the operation, which centred around the A46 between Alcester and Bidford.
Sergeant Stuart Allen from Warwickshire and West Mercia Police said: “In the spring and summer, particularly on nice weekends, these three locations in South Warwickshire are always busy with bikers testing their skills, and often racing up and down.”
The majority of the offenders were dealt with education rather than prosecution. Officers dished out five cautions for speeding and one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.
Not only are the police cracking down on dangerous speeding, they are also targeting inappropriate riding and noisy bikes which are being regarded as “nuisance offences”.
It comes after residents complained about both the noise and speed of bikers.
Sgt Allen confirmed it was only the start of the campaign which will run throughout the summer.
“We intend to continue with this initiative until the message gets through to the minority of motorists causing the problems that their activities will not be tolerated,” he said.
As well as the A46, activity also focused on the Kinwarton Road in Alcester, Tower Hill in Bidford and the B4088 in Salford Priors.
The initiative was run by The Safer Roads Partnership, who are part of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police. For more information follow @ThinkSaferRoads on Twitter.
Photo: Ian Britton