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 FLEET of sixteen new 4×4 ambulances will soon be hitting the region’s roads.
With greater ground clearance and electronic doors, they’re designed to reach patients in rural areas in difficult weather and muddy off-road conditions.
Each Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 ambulance cost £140,000, compared to £100,000 for a normal two-wheel drive ambulance.
In total, West Midlands Ambulance Service has spent £2.4 million on the project which has been 14 months in the making.
Craig Cooke, the ambulance service’s Support Services Director, said: “The new vehicles will mean that for the first time we will have a full size ambulance with 4×4 capabilities.
“This investment in new vehicles will help us provide high quality clinical services to people who suffer serious injuries or medical conditions when they are out and about on uneven and difficult to access terrain.
“This should improve the comfort and care to patients and offer a much better working environment for our staff.”
The ambulance service currently has over 300 two-wheel drive ambulances and 200 rapid response cars.
One new 4×4 vehicle will be based at each of the 16 ambulance hubs around the region. Closest to Stratford-upon-avon are the Warwick and Coventry hubs.
WMAS take up to 3,000 emergency ‘999’ calls a day and employ approximately 4,000 staff.
Eeach year they respond to more than 800,000 emergency and urgent incidents and complete approximately 700,000 non-emergency patient journeys.