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.
NEW video footage has emerged of the moment a park warden told a busker to stop playing his music on the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon last week.
The video, which lasts 40 seconds, was filmed by the busker himself – Jack Morgan – as he is confronted by the park warden amid jeers and boos from a crowd of people who’d gathered to enjoy the music last Monday.
In the video the park warden says: “This is provoking a riot.”
Busker Jack Morgan responds: “I’m just standing up for my rights, this isn’t China.”
“You have no rights on private property,” says the park warden. “Jack, it’s private land and you know it,” he adds.
Following a front page article in last week’s Herald, some online comments claimed the person instructing the busker to stop playing was a bin man, and not a park warden provided by The Landscape Group on behalf of Stratford District Council.
But this footage clearly identifies the man as a park warden. When he turns around, it is written on the reverse of his orange reflective vest. His blue sweat shirt has the words The Landscape Group written on its front.
The Landscape Group are paid by the council to look after the district’s green areas and verges. They recently installed three new park wardens to patrol the Bancroft Gardens and recreation ground.
A spokesperson for Stratford District Council said today: “The whole issue with the buskers has been resolved now and the district council’s position hasn’t changed on this from last week.
“The district council apologise for the buskers being caught up in the recent enforcement action on Bancroft Gardens and has now worked with Stratforward to initiate the Buskers’ Code.
“As far as we are aware it was a park warden that was involved in the incident.”