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 FORMAL investigation has been launched by Stratford District Council into the conduct of three senior councillors following a complaint from a South Warwickshire parish official.
The probe concerns the behaviour of district councillors Izzi Seccombe (Cons, Ettington), Mike Brain (Cons, Quinton) and Maurice Howse (Cons, Bidford and Salford).
Cllr Brain and Cllr Howse are both members of the district council’s ruling cabinet.
The investigation of Cllr Seccombe and Cllr Brain relates to the recent district council debates (of the full council and of the cabinet) that led to Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath (GLH) being selected as the preferred option for a 3,000-home new town as part of the council’s emerging core strategy.
Philip Grafton, the district council’s monitoring officer, had been asked by Andy Turner, the chairman of Chesterton and Kingston Parish Meeting, to make inquiries into whether interests had been properly declared by Cllrs Seccombe and Brain in the process leading up to the adoption of GLH into the council’s proposed core strategy.
Mr Turner also raised a question about a third councillor (not Cllr Howse).
After looking into the complaint, Mr Grafton wrote to Mr Turner and told him that “having carefully considered the matter” he believed that a prima facie case had been raised.
“Accordingly, I have decided that the complaints against Cllr Brain and Cllr Seccombe do merit a formal investigation,” wrote Mr Grafton.
And he added: “During the course of my initial enquiries an issue has also been raised in relation to Cllr Howse and I have decided to include those matters within the scope of the investigation as well.”
Mr Turner said that Mr Grafton had—of his own volition—initiated a formal investigation on similar lines with regard to a fourth councillor. Last Friday Mr Turner asked Mr Grafton to investigate a fifth councillor.
This article first appeared in the Herald on Thursday 17th July. For the latest South Warwickshire news pick up the paper each week for 60p.