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.
“ARE we living in a stasi state?” That’s the stunned reaction of Welford’s Jeremy Mansfield who’s been told to take his ‘no new homes’ protest poster down by Stratford-upon-Avon District Council or face formal enforcement action.
Jeremy’s bright yellow poster – which was put up Easter Monday – reads, “No to the airfield development at Long Marston.”
It’s positioned in his driveway in High Street, Welford and it’s his way of expressing what he describes as his “democratic right to object to the possible development of 3,500 new homes at Long Marston.”
But he’s been told in a letter from the district council’s planning enforcement officer to remove the poster because it, “constitutes a breach of planning control for which advertisement consent is required.”
The council also says in its letter to Jeremy that the poster, “harms the visual amenity and the advertisement should be removed forthwith.”
A comment Jeremy finds laughable because he reckons the possible construction of 3,500 new homes and the increased traffic they will bring to Welford is more of a threat to the conservation area he lives in than his poster.
He says it’s designed to make people think and it’s his way of urging the 30,000 drivers that pass his house each month to say “no” to the Long Marston development as well.
“I’m wondering who reported this to the planning enforcement officer? Are we now living in a stasi state? All I want to do is express my opinion! I think double standards are in operation here. Do the district council tell estate agents to take their posters and signs down surely these constitute more of an advertisement than my poster!”
The Herald was not able to establish what the district council’s policy was toward estate agent signs nor did the council wish to comment on what it said were “current cases.” Therefore there is no council comment to report on Jeremy Mansfield’s poster.
However, the council’s letter does state: “Under s. 224 Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 it is an offence to display an advertisement other than in accordance with the regulations. It is the practice of this council to take formal enforcement action against unauthorised advertisements.”
For the time being Jeremy’s adamant his poster is staying put.