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.
A BUS will stop at Bidford-on-Avon’s new medical centre once there are bus stops in place, operator Stagecoach has confirmed.
Steve Burd, managing director for Stagecoach Midlands, told the Herald the number 28 bus between Bidford and Stratford-upon-Avon would stop on the road, but would not be able to turn into the car park.
Stagecoach are being encouraged by councillors to turn buses off the busy 50mph road because of safety concerns.
Mr Burd said: “We don’t like doing that, because realistically you have got to allow three minutes for the manoeuvre.”
He said the earliest they would be able to look at turning into the car park was six months from now.
Bidford’s new medical centre is a mile outside of the village on the Stratford Road and was due to open over bank holiday weekend.
After a shuttlebus was cancelled, residents were concerned there would be no way for non-drivers to get there.
Warwickshire County Council said they were “confident” the bus stops would be in place within the next month, and hoped it would be “a lot quicker”.
Although the moving process started at the weekend, the surgery told the Herald it was unlikely to be completed.
They could not give an exact date for the move.