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.
MAISON nightclub in Stratford-upon-Avon has been granted a new premises licence – but must stick to a number of strict operating conditions aimed at curbing late-night excessive noise and rowdy public behaviour which nearby residents say has plagued their lives.
The conditions include tougher controls on the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers and measures to prevent excessive bouts of binge drinking.
In addition to these, nightclub staff are to be trained in identifying drinking and drug abuse and the selling of drugs on site.
A noise limiter will be fitted and operational at all times with the limit set by an environmental health officer at Stratford District Council (SDC) and all amplified music must pass through this limiter.
Noise from regulated entertainment will be controlled so that it can’t be heard in the homes of people living nearby after 11pm, and all external doors and windows at the nightclub must be shut by 11pm.
The tough new measures come about following a meeting of the district council’s licensing panel which last week considered an application from Maison for a new premises licence after the previous one lapsed following the death of the then licence holder.
The panel received 24 opposition letters or representations from residents living nearby who objected on the grounds of late night rowdiness and public order offences caused by people leaving the nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
At a hearing on 6th May the panel heard that many residents in Wellesbourne Grove, Stratford, had been subjected to drunken revellers vomiting, urinating, fighting and screaming in front gardens or by the roadside as they left Maison and staggered back to parked cars.
Both Warwickshire Police and SDC environmental health officers withdrew their objections to the application at the hearing following a revised submission from Maison which stated that staff and management would tackle public order concerns.
To this end SDC has said that CCTV cameras must be situated at all public areas and entrances of the premises, and Maison will “take all reasonable steps to ensure staff do not carry out, arrange or participate in any irresponsible promotions” that encourage customers to drink as much alcohol within a given time limit or as part of a special offer or customer competition.
Living diagonally opposite the nightclub has been a sobering experience for John Hartley, who is a spokesman for the residents at Scholar’s Court retirement home.
This week he expressed his disappointment with the decision to grant Maison a premises licence but added that it was now up to nightclub staff to make sure the new arrangements worked.
“I am disappointed but in fairness if they stop the excessive noise and rowdy behaviour that will make it easier for us all to live together,” said Mr Hartley.
Commenting on the renewed licence, Maison general manager, Tab Daelman, said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the decision but wanted to reassure residents that there would be more communication with them about any concerns they might have from now on.
“We’re not here to upset anyone. I’m proud of living in Stratford and there will be more communication with residents than there has been in the past,” Mr Daelman said.