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 STRATFORD-ON-AVON district councillor who’s involved in a bitter dispute with the residents of the village in which he lives over his proposals for a wedding venue, last night had his plans rejected for a second time by his council colleagues.
Cllr Robert Vaudry (Cons, Bardon) had submitted a revised scheme to Stratford-on-Avon District Council to hold wedding events at his historic home, The Moat House in Dorsington, after having previous proposals turned down both by a local planning committee and by an independent inspector.
The original scheme was for 24 wedding events a year, but this was refused both by the planning committee and the inspector – after Cllr Vaudry had lodged an appeal – because of the impact it would have on the environment and tranquillity of Dorsington. Cllr Vaudry’s revised proposals were to cut the number of events to 12 a year.
But at last night’s meeting of the district council’s east area planning committee the revised scheme was refused by five votes to three despite a recommendation by planning officials that it should be granted.
Today one of the scheme’s opponents, Dorsington resident Ray Perry, told the Herald: “We’re all very happy that the planning committee saved our village for a second time. They put democracy and common sense above party politics and cronyism.”
And Cllr Gail Williams, the chairman of Dorsington Parish Council, gave this reaction to the committee’s decision: “It was a feeling of pure relief!”