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.
RESIDENTS of a street in Stratford-upon-Avon, sick and tired of parked cars clogging up their road, have taken matters into their own hands.
Using their wheelie bins, they taped off both sides of St Peter’s Way this week to stop people parking there.
Employees on Timothy’s Bridge Road and people catching trains from Stratford Parkway station are parking along the road because it’s free.
Residents are angry with both call centre company Sitel, which employs 650 people nearby, and Warwickshire County Council.
“We are just worried at some point there will be a serious car accident or children will be hit by a car,” said 35-year-old mum-of-two, Anna Stowe.
“There has been lots of near-miss accidents because it’s so dangerous.”
A lot of families are concerned their young children will run out in front of parked cars snaking around both sides of the windy road.
It’s been a problem for nearly two years, but this week, their patience snapped.
“We have been in contact with the council and staff and everybody keeps fobbing us off,” said an exasperated Anna.
“We will continue to put the bins out in the short term, until Highways take some action.”
Some have gone as far to call the police when motorists leave their cars parked on the street for days on end.
But because St Peter’s Way is still an unadopted road, the council is still deciding what restrictions, if any, to put in place.
The estate was built over eight years ago and residents are annoyed it’s taking so long for the council to adopt it.
Last year, the Stratford Parkway station was built opposite St Peter’s Way at a cost of £6.9 million and, whilst it has 300 spaces, parking costs £4 a day.
Resident Julian Bannister said: “This has forced local business employees to use local residential streets for parking, and leaving the huge car park built and funded by tax paying residents to sit empty most days.”
Residents have complained to most companies on Timothy’s Bridge Road but their anger is directed mainly at Sitel.
“I mainly blame the council for an inept attitude to take this issue seriously, along with the likes of Sitel that don’t work with the local residents to resolve issues they impact on,” said Julian.
Sue Mason, 33, has lived on St Peter’s Way for eight years. Sympathising with Sitel’s staff, who are “just trying to get work” she blames the management.
“It’s not fair that we have to go through this just because Sitel don’t have enough parking spaces,” she said.
A spokesperson for Sitel said: “Sitel obviously takes its matters regarding the local community seriously and is looking into the matter.”
UPDATE: The council are expected to make a decision on the road on 25th July.