THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
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.
A MOTORCYCLIST in his early 20s was taken to hospital this morning after a crash with a car on the Banbury Road in Stratford-upon-Avon at 9am.
The biker collided with the driver’s side of the car at the junction with Dale Avenue and ended up ten feet away.
He is currently en route to University Hospital in Coventry, suffering from leg, pelvic and hand injuries, although he is fully conscious.
Police closed Banbury Road from Rushbrook Road down to the Trinity Way roundabout until 10.20am while paramedics dealt with the man.
He was given pain relief and put in a pelvic binder to stabilise his left hip.
In Shipston-on-Stour this morning, another motorcyclist had to be taken to hospital after a crash with a car at the Portobello crossroads.
Found by an off-duty paramedic from South Central Ambulance service at 8.33am, the 59-year-old biker went over the top of a car and landed ten metres away.
Suffering from neck pain, a bruised right knee, and a potential broken ankle, he was also taken to University Hospital in Coventry.
The Portobello crossroads, where the A429 crosses the B4035, is an accident blackspot.
After the man’s helmet was damaged in the crash, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It shows just how
important wearing protective equipment is. It undoubtedly helped reduce the level of injuries to this motorcyclist.”
Paramedics reminded all road users that there are more motorbikes on the road in the warmer weather.
One in five people killed on our roads is a motorcyclist and on average, in the West Midlands between March and October every year, around 240 motorcycle accidents occur every month, that’s around eight every single day.
Motorcycle Paramedic, Mark Hayes, said: “A significant number of motorcycle crashes result in fatalities or serious injuries. It is important for motorcyclists as well as other motorists to understand their role in the safety of all road users.
“For motorcyclists, a good set of leathers and safety helmet go a long way to minimising injury. Secondly, it is really important for people to concentrate on arriving at their destination safely, rather than as quickly as possible. Preventing the accident is the ideal as opposed to relying on safety equipment to save lives.
“I think I speak for all riders by saying that the thing we want most from our ride is to return safely, in one piece. The last thing your family wants is a policeman delivering devastating news of a fatal accident.
“As an experienced rider and having dealt with many accidents involving riders, one of the causes of accidents is drivers failing to see the biker because they are more difficult to spot than a car.
“The common comment from car drivers involved in accidents with motorcyclists is that they never saw the motorcycle until they collided. Contrary to popular belief, motorcycle accidents are not always caused by errors on the part of the motorcyclist.
“However, motorcyclists have a responsibility to do their part and practice safe driving habits whether they are riding for pleasure or part of their job.
“All motorists, whether on two, three or four wheels are responsible for respecting the rights of all other drivers no matter the size or type of their vehicle.”