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.
DETERMINED residents in Henley-in-Arden met up on bank holiday Monday to walk a public footpath taped off by controversial allotment developers.
Around 100 people gathered in the north of town opposite the golf club at 11am to walk up and down a 150-yard part of the Arden Way near Buckley Green.
They were protesting again Allotment Plots Ltd, a company who taped off the public footpath and redirected it.
“It was the people of Henley exercising their legal right to walk a public footpath,” said one of the organisers, who did not wish to be named.
“It sounds a bit petty and a bit silly but I think public footpaths are quite important, this footpath is probably 150 years old or even older, and nobody wants it rerouted.”
Allotment Plots have courted controversy since announcing they wanted to build modern allotments for sale in Henley last year.
Residents initially thought it was a front for a gypsy site, and some still believe the project is a scam. Allotment Plots have consistently denied this.
But Monday’s walk was purely about the path.
“A lot of people regularly use that path, dog walkers and ramblers,” said our resident.
“People walk up the middle of the town, walk up the mount, along the mount and then down to this field and back into Henley. It’s a circuit for dog walkers and at weekends you get ramblers. It’s certainly a path that’s used regularly by several people each day.”
Last week Stratford District Council issued a temporary stop notice on activity on the land, alleging there had been a breach of planning control.
Although you do not need planning permission for allotments, you do for much of the surrounding infrastructure Allotment Plots want to build, like roads.