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 developer Redrow has won its appeal against Stratford District Council’s refusal of its revised scheme to build 214 homes on the old cattle market site in Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.
A government planning inspector has given the go-ahead for Redrow to fully develop a site that was once called a “carbuncle” on a key gateway into one of the most famous towns in the world.
Redrow revised the scheme because of changed economic circumstances. It cut the number of affordable homes on the site to 18 and declined to agree any further Section 106 payments towards local infrastructure costs and public services.
The company argued that if it agreed to what the council wanted it would have made the scheme unviable.
Councillors refused the revised scheme on the grounds that it was unviable anyway.
But planning inspector Clive Sproule said: “Due to its location, the nature of the development and the benefits that flow from it, the appeal scheme would plainly be a sustainable form of development.”
He said that while the amount of affordable housing would not be of the proportion normally sought by the council—and previously approved—its “likely delivery” provided significant weight in favour of the scheme.
“Allowing the proposal would not be an example of getting development moving at any cost,” said Mr Sproule.
Redrow have already agreed to pay Section 106 payments of £20,080 towards a nearby play area, as well as £123,313 towards primary school education in the area.