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.
THE former HMV music shop in High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, looks set to be turned into a Tesco Express if planning permission is given for changes the supermarket giant wants to make to the building.
Tesco already has a store at the Maybird Shopping Centre, Birmingham Road and a Tesco Express convenience store on Banbury Road, Stratford.
The proposal has provoked a less than enthusiastic response on social media with many people questioning the need for another super market in the town centre with a Sainsbury’s Local store just around the corner in Bridge Street.
Others said they would like to have seen a small local business move into the site, while some said they were just glad the premises were actually going to be used and not left empty for months on end or turned into another charity shop.
The planning application to Stratford District Council involves installing a new shop front and air conditioning units to a listed building situated at 12 to 13 High Street. No major interior work is envisaged.
The matter is due to be determined by the district council on 6th June.
A statement from Tesco this week confirmed it was planning to open an express convenience store in Stratford.
“Our Express convenience stores are very popular with customers and communities. We think this will be a welcome addition to the high street here and we’ll be employing approximately 20 people from the local area,” it read.
The HMV music store shut its doors at the end of January having escaped the threat of closure the year before when there were widespread cuts to HMV stores across the country.
Ironically, the music retailer said at the time it was finding it difficult to compete with large food retailer which sold music products cheaper.