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.
MCDONALD’S have been given permission to build a 24-hour drive-through restaurant at the bottom of Birmingham Road in Stratford-upon-Avon
The fast-food chain are putting a two-storey, 130-seat restaurant on the corner of Western Road by the canal.
Adding to their existing restaurant on Bridge Street, it will create around 65 full and part-time jobs.
It is feared this new drive-through will increase traffic problems on the already heavily congested Birmingham Road.
Despite this, McDonald’s were granted planning permission last week by a Stratford District Council planning committee.
John White, who lives nearby, wrote to the council on behalf of the residents of Bardswell Court.
He said: “The restaurant is in the wrong place, will cause noise and disturbance and add to traffic flow problems.”
Stratford Town Council also objected. “It is public knowledge that there is significant congestion on the Birmingham Road and this development would simply exacerbate this situation,” they argued.
McDonald’s said the majority of their customers would be existing road users, with less than 6 per cent of visitors making a specific trip to the restaurant.
The town council hit back. “It is nonsense to suggest the existing car park would have more trips associated with it than the proposed development,” they said.
The restaurant will include a 22-space car park and patio area by the canal.
McDonald’s also has to contribute towards a new CCTV camera as part of the agreement.
A spokesperson said: “We are not yet in a position to give an exact timetable for the opening of the restaurant. However, construction will likely start late 2014 or next year.”
Last year, when the Herald revealed the plans to build a second McDonald’s in town, online readers responded calling for a KFC or Burger King.